Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Professionalism in the IT Industry

Course summary

Course code: COMP1635
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Course Coordinator(s): Aditi Rawal



The aims of this course are:
To enable the student to consider personal employability and career issues;
To develop skills in business communication;
To develop critical awareness and the need for critical thinking;
To explore the role of the IT professional within the development environment.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

A. Apply employability skills to vocational situations;
B. Demonstrate appropriate business communication skills;
C. Apply critical thinking skills to a workplace situation;
D. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the IT professional

Indicative content

Recognising employability skills, understanding IT careers, preparing for job hunting, developing a career plan. Critical reading and note-making, critical thinking, analytical writing.
Understanding business communications, communicating effectively in writing.
The role of the IT professional, professional bodies, ethical & legal considerations.
Subjects considered will relate to the school-wide PDP activity and associated portfolio development.

Teaching and learning activity

Concepts will be introduced during lecture sessions and will be supported by individual and group activities involving problem solving exercises and discussions.
Student time will be Lecture 2/3, Tutorial 1/3.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme.
Lectures 24;
seminars 0;
supervised practical sessions 0;
Tutorials 12;
formative assessment 0;
other scheduled time 0.
Guided independent study:

Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 50;
Independent laboratory work 0;
other non-scheduled time 64;
Placements (including work placement and year abroad) 0.
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 150.


Portfolio - 40% weighting, 2500 words. An employability portfolio. This will consist of a range of employability exercises, eg skills audit, CV, covering letter, organisational research. Assesses outcomes A and D.

Report - 60% weighting, 3500 words. A professional business communication in the form of a report relating to an appropriate area of IT. Assesses outomes B,C,D.