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CSC3131 : Building systems for people

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Laura Heels
  • Lecturer: Dr Christopher Bull
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Charlie Witty, Mr Bradley Read
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce participants to the skills necessary for developing systems intended for use principally by non-specialists such as mobile phone applications. Such systems usually have a client facing aspect which needs to meet requirements for accessibility and ease of use, but also need underlying support systems, most often accessed over the internet. These support systems can range from the relatively simple to those supporting millions of concurrent users such as Facebook or Twitter.

Outline Of Syllabus

Front End
•       Designing the UX
•       Development Tools
•       Development Environments
•       Appropriate Platforms

Back End
•       API design
•       Development Tools
•       Development Environments
•       Appropriate Platforms

•       Privacy and Security
•       Reliability
•       Scaling
•       Data Synchronisation
•       Performance Enhancement
•       Managing Storage

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Traditional lectures as present in person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion331:0033:00Lecture follow-up including guided material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion721:0072:00Background reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical222:0044:00Computer classroom (present in person)
Guided Independent StudyProject work201:0020:00Check-ins: 3 in total
Guided Independent StudyProject work201:0020:00Coursework
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Techniques and theory are presented in lectures. Supervised practical classes on a PC cluster room provide experience of writing programs and using PCs with help available.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M100Equivalent to 5000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MCheck ins which are formative and pass/fail the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework ensures the students understand and can engineer solutions. The check-ins ensure progress is being made and engagement maintained throughout the module.

Reading Lists