Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Scholarly and Academic Practice

Course summary

Course code: COMP1715
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Course Coordinator(s): Georgios Samakovitis



The aim of this course is to develop key scholarly and academic skills including; critical thinking, critical evaluation, research practices, information searching, gathering, evaluation and analysis in the context of computing and information system development. This includes developing the student’s personal skills such as reflective practice, team working, personal development planning, time management, developing ideas and report writing.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse range of audiences through group work, individual work and presentation skills.

2. Identify and critically evaluate appropriate literature.

3. Demonstrate analytical and report writing skills.

4. Consider various Legal, Social, Ethical and Professional issues and considerations

Indicative content

Critical thinking and critical evaluation
Reading and effective note-taking
Techniques for literature searching and evaluation, and information gathering
Research methods
Information analysis and management
Problem solving in computer and information systems
Reflective practice
Harvard Referencing and citations
Legal, Social, Ethical and Professional issues and considerations arising in computer and information systems
The British Computer Society code of conduct
Writing a professional CV

Teaching and learning activity

Lecture sessions supported by tutorial based activities involving problem solving exercises and discussions.
Lecture 1/3, Tutorial 2/3.


Portfolio - 75% weighting, 40% pass mark, LO 1, 2, 3 & 4. Outline Details - An individual portfolio of weekly activities addressing all learning outcomes building to an academic article based on literature review. Word Length - To include a 2,250 word article. Formative Assessment for portfolio: Feedback provided in class and online through weekly tutorials.

Presentation - 25% weighting, 40% pass mark, LO 1 and 4. Outline Details - A short team presentation based on the academic article prepared as part of the portfolio. Formative Assessment for presentation: Feedback given at time of presentation.