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ECM2420 - Applied Computing (2016)

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MODULE TITLEApplied Computing CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2420 MODULE CONVENERDr Yulei Wu (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 74
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

It is difficult to conceive of any area of science, industry and business that has not been impacted upon by computers and the technologies and techniques developed by computer scientists. This module will expose the student to many diverse areas of applied computing, with lectures delivered by academics from across the university in the sciences, social sciences and the humanities, alongside speakers from business. These lectures will discuss how computers are important in the presenter’s particular field, and what computer science problems needed confronting to solve particular important problems they have faced.

The applied computing module should be of interest to students who are intrigued by the broad application of modern computing, and the range scientific and business fields that a computer science background can lead to. As such it is suitable for students in non-specialist streams, although an enthusiasm for the broad topic area is assumed.

Pre-requisite module ECM1413

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

To expose students to the wide range of applications of computing across scientific disciplines, and within industry, and to reflect upon the range of computing applications and technologies that require people with the computer science skill-set to support them.

 

This module will heavily draw on the research and industrial application of computers, and technologies and techniques from to Computer Science, students on the module will also be able to consider at an early stage in their degree what areas they may wish to pursue further, and the range of employment opportunities these areas align to.

 

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 Explain at a high level scientific and industrial problems, and their resolution with computer science techniques;
2 appreciate the diverse range of problems confronted by computer scientists;
3 compare and contrast different potential solutions to a computer science problem;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
4 systematically break down a problem into its components;
5 recognise how different problem domains may use the same techniques and solutions;

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:
6 work in a team;
7 present and synthesize complex ideas orally;
8 present and synthesize complex ideas in a written form.
 

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

The module will be presented primarily by computer users from outside the Computer Science department. An indicative list of contributors includes:

  • from CEMPS: water systems, systems biology, climate science, astrophysics;
  • from elsewhere in the university: the medical school, geography, biosciences, IT services;
  • from outside the university: Met Office (mass storage), NATS, IBM, the learning project, ATAS, NHS.

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 32.00 Guided Independent Study 118.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching 11 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching 21 Feedback and group presentation sessions
Guided independent study 64 Assessed work
Guided independent study 54 Wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
   
       
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Essay 1 35 22 hours 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Coversheet and comments on documents
Essay 2 35 22 hours 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 Coversheet and comments on documents
Logbook 30 20 hours 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 Coversheet and comments on documents

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Coursework 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 Completed over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Since the module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will be by assignment. There will be a single assignment for reassessment.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading: Varies, will depend on the academic and business lecturers and their topic areas from year to year.

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Web based and Electronic Resources: Varies, will depend on the academic and business lecturers and their topic areas from year to year.

Other Resources: Varies, will depend on the academic and business lecturers and their topic areas from year to year.

 

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM1413
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 5 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 20 October 2016
KEY WORDS SEARCH Applied computing; problem solving using computers; industrial problems; scientific problems