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CSC8426 : Emerging Technologies (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tejal Shah
  • Lecturer: Dr Varun Ojha, Professor Raj Ranjan
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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
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
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

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, Blockchain, Deep Learning, and Knowledge Representation technologies.
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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00PiP – Live presentations, discussions, and Q & A about the topics covered during the week
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion156:0056:00Prepare for report (2000 words) and business plan.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PiP lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials112:0022:00Nonsynchronous – A combination of short recordings of lecture material, slides published on VLE
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical72:0014:00PiP - Supervised 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 academics.
Guided Independent StudyProject work140:0040:00Work undertaken individually or to demonstrate transfer of learning to the workplace
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery51:005:00One to one or open class support – online synchronous.
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
• Lab sessions to undertake practical activities
• Scheduled drop-in surgeries for technical issues Workplace:
• 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
Report2A50Report on emerging technology relevant to their professional context (no word count as is based on lab activity)
Report2A50A report based on lab/practical activity (2000 words)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MNon-graded feedback during the lab sessions on technical programming exercises. Supports summative lab report.
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 a summative report analysing and evaluating the applicability of an emerging technology within the context of their workplace 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 PiP sessions, and skills practice in the workplace. These sessions 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, they 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 practicing skills, meaning apprentices can transfer their knowledge and skill into the workplace. These opportunities need to be identified during tripartite meetings with the apprentice every three months, their manager, and the skills coach. These events are then documented in another platform (APTEM) which members of the tripartite conversation can access.

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