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, feedback and guidance from tutors and other subject specialists; computer conferences and other online forums; and 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)
end of module assessments (EMAs).
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 group and small group events
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 complex, open 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 will offer opportunities for you to demonstrate integration of knowledge and skills from a range of topics.
Key skills are taught and developed throughout the teaching materials; these are supported by tutor feedback and guidance around formal activities and assessed exercises.
You will undertake both directed 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. TMAs and EMAs will include assessment points related to practical and professional skills. Some aspects of professional practice will be taught and developed but may not be assessed.
You will be supported in developing a style of independent learning and reflective practice that encourage a professional engagement with the computing discipline that encompasses professional codes of conduct and legal, social and ethical concerns.