Teaching, learning and assessment methods
You will learn independently, using online teaching texts; multi-media packages on CD DVD and the Web; directed reading from textbooks and academic and industry papers and specialised software tools.
We will support your learning with:
- self-assessment questions and exercises
- computer-based investigations, tasks and activities, and open-ended
- project work
- feedback and guidance from tutors and other subject specialists
- computer conferences and other online forums
- study guides, information and guidance packs.
We will assess your learning using some or all of the following:
- interactive computer marked assignments (iCMAs)
- tutor-marked assessments (TMAs)
- formal examinations
- end of module assessments (EMAs)
- progress and project reports.
There will be opportunities for you to:
- apply your learning in practical contexts, for example by reflecting on your own engagement with computing systems in a home, work or social setting
- engage with fellow students, tutors, subject practitioners and academic specialists in online groups
- engage with research papers and industry white papers at the forefront of the discipline
- gain exposure to the professional and employability discussions that are shaping the computing profession.
Cognitive skills are developed via a range of activities including self-assessment exercises, multi-media tasks, tutor-led discussions, and the exploration of open and complex problems. Tutor-mediated online activities and student and tutor conference facilities provide an environment for critical discussion and peer interaction. Tutor feedback on formal exercises aids the development of these skills.
Cognitive skills will be assessed by addressing problems requiring investigation, analysis and synthesis. These will be examined in TMAs and examinations, and TMAs and the project will offer opportunities to demonstrate integration of knowledge and skills from a range of topics.
Key skills are taught and developed throughout the teaching materials; supported by tutor feedback and guidance around formal activities and assessed exercises.
You will undertake both direct and self-selected reading, and there is progressive development of your engagement and use of these materials.
Various types of assessment questions, project reports and some open-ended activity progress reports will be used to formally assess the skills taught.
Practical and professional skills will be taught and developed throughout the qualification, with support from tutors and subject specialists. TMA, EMA and project progress and final reports will included assessment points related to practical and professional skills.
You will be supported in developing a style of independent learning and reflective practice that encourages a professional engagement with the computing discipline, encompassing professional codes of conduct and legal, social and ethical concerns. Some aspects of professional practice will be taught and developed but may not be assessed.