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CSC8426 : Emerging Technologies

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tejal Shah
  • Lecturer: Professor Aad van Moorsel, Professor Raj Ranjan
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In this module, apprentices will be introduced to emerging technologies and innovations in digital services. Apprentices will learn how digital technologies are critical enablers of competitive advantage in organisations, and how to identify, analyse, and write a report on a topic of interest from one of the chosen emerging technologies.

Module Aims

1.       Explain fundamental principles of digital technologies as well as relevant business applications.
2.       Apply fundamental principles of emerging technologies in innovative ways to create sustainable competitive advantages.
3.       Perform requirements and cost-benefit analyses of a technology within the context of their workplace setting.
This exercise will challenge apprentice’s ability to handle unexpected situations in their workplace.
4.       Negotiate with internal and external stakeholders within an organization.
5.       Write reports and deliver presentations directed at influential members in an organisation on their recommendation(s)

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover
•       Emerging Technologies:
o       Review and discuss emerging technologies including distributed systems technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Smart Cities.
o       Conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine which emerging technology would be suitable for stakeholder(s)
•       Software development for emerging technologies:
o Development for distributed infrastructure
o       Scalable computing patterns for the Cloud
•       Business Applications:
o       Consider how the solution addresses (potential) ethical, social and legal issues
o       Practice self-reflecting and critiquing case studies
o       Practice persuasive writing skills?
o       Practice?negotiation skills?
o       Practice presentation skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material, slides and/or text published on VLE each week
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion156:0056:00Prepare for report and business plan.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities82:0016:00Activities to help reinforce or understand concepts covered in the lecture materials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:008:00Supervised practical work developing skills in emerging technologies and software development
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00Apprentices will undertake individual academic research/reading on their own as directed by acads.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops161:3024:00Live presentations, discussions, and Q & A about the topics covered during the week
Guided Independent StudyProject work140:0040:00Work undertaken individually or to demonstrate transfer of learning to the workplace
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00One to one or open class support.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will apply the tenets of Project Based Learning (PBL) whereby apprentices are presented with a challenge that requires apprentices to produce a product or report in response to the challenge. Each week there will be opportunity for learning materials at self-pace, synchronously with an instructor, and in the workplace.

Self-Paced Online includes
•       Lecture materials to help structure and guide the project work and link theories and concepts of emerging technologies and innovations in management
•       Opportunities to practice skills
•       Asynchronous class discussions
Synchronous includes:
•       Instructor led discussions, that may include guest lecturers
•       Scheduled drop-in surgeries for technical issues
•       Identifying a workplace challenge
•       Working on solving the challenge in workplace

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1A50Report on emerging technology relevant to their professional context.
Report1M50A report based on lab/practical activity
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MOptional. Non graded. Exercises designed to help apprentices develop software for/based on the emerging technologies covered
Oral Presentation1MOptional. Non graded. Presentation of their project reports. Feedback can help inform their coursework.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Now that apprentices are in their final semester of becoming Software Engineers, they are ready to focus on innovation within their workplace. In this module they will produce summative reports – an evaluation of technology management currently in their workplace, which may inform which type of emerging technology they’d like to invest in, and the final report is a business plan of how to invest. They will also produce a lab report based on a practical that develops and tests the apprentices’ ability to design and implement a dockerized cloud application.

Other activities that exist to support mastery of learning, but not formatively assessed, include weekly workshops, and skills practice in the workplace. Workshops allow the instructor to meet with groups regularly for a status update on their work towards their final project, help address issues, and provide feedback. In addition to this, workshops are an opportunity to learn from researchers, practitioners through seminars and activities that build apprentices interpersonal skills.

This apprenticeship recognises that not all learning can be mastered in one day, therefore there is time allocated for practising skills, meaning apprentices can transfer their knowledge and skill into the workplace. These opportunities need to be identified during tri monthly tripartite meeting with the apprentice, their manager and their teaching fellow. These events are then documented in another platform (APTEM) which members of the tripartite conversation can access.

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