SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3W225670
Module Leader Peter Barrie
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Computing
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Integrated Project 2 (or Equivalent)

Summary of Content

The module offers students the opportunity to develop a solution to a realistic problem relevant to the domain of the student's programme of study and appropriate to the student's level of study. It will involve the utilisation of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the student's current and previous levels of study in producing an appropriate solution. The emphasis of this module is on innovation relevant to the student's chosen study pathway. The balance of activities will depend on the specific objectives of the topics covered but the problem is intended to provide challenges and learning experiences that further help develop the student's insight into their intended career pathway and develop their competence to operate successfully. The project to be undertaken is normally expected to be group-based. Project groups can be multidisciplinary and integrate a range of professional working practices. At this programme level the group are expected to be able to develop innovative solutions to a challenge. Students are expected to demonstrate significant autonomy in planning, selection of resources and (within set guidelines) defining the deliverables that demonstrate their concept. Groups are expected to develop their own code of conduct that members will follow and choose their own documentation & management standards. Within the module deliverables, groups must document the working practices they have followed, to evidence the group's professional practice. As well as reflecting on their personal performance, students will also undertake peer evaluation. The primary assessable outcome of the project will be an artefact, together with supporting documentation. For students on the ITMB and SDfB pathways, their cumulative engagement with The Tech Partnership will be assessed within the Individual Reflective Report.


Applied project planning and management in a group context. Interpreting business requirements and applying appropriate design & development techniques to meet these requirements. Presenting solutions in a professional manner. Project reporting.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate competence and professionalism in developing an innovative solution to a realistic problem, relevant to the domain of the student's programme of study.2. Demonstrate the application of a project lifecycle, from business case through to final deliverables.3. Employ appropriate technical solutions and soft skills acquired from previous learning experiences on their programme of study.4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the processes involved in developing and delivering software-based artifacts.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. The course material and overall project guidance approach will be introduced through seminars/workshops. The tutorials will be used as project supervision, monitoring and support sessions with each individual project group, and for the explanation and elaboration of seminar material and overall project guidance and support. A significant portion of the student's independent learning is expected to be spent in group based situations developing elements of the problem solution. Full use will be made of GCU Learn to provide Lecture-based and related study materials, along with sample solutions of Tutorial and Laboratory exercises, thus encouraging the development of independent learning and allowing self-reflective feedback on student performance. Staff-based feedback on student performance for submitted work will be provided in line with the University feedback policy, with summative feedback and grades on the coursework assessment utilising GCU Learn. The additional interactive discussion features of GCU Learn will be utilised, as appropriate to the module, to stimulate independent and flexible student learning outwith scheduled class time. The course material and overall project guidance approach will be introduced through seminars/workshops. The role of the project supervisor is to provide advice to the group and facilitate periodic independent review of the group's progress during the project period through occasional pre-arranged regular meetings. The group is also likely to have several client meetings throughout the course of the project. A significant portion of the student's independent learning is expected to be spent in group based situations developing elements of the problem solution. Students registered on part-time programmes may use elements of work-related activity to underpin the learning on this module. To support part-time students in undertaking group activities use will be made of GCULearn to provide study materials. Additionally the interactive features of GCULearn will be utilised to support group learning outwith scheduled class time. GCULearn facilitates group interaction through discussion forum, file sharing, blogs, wikis and journals. Students will also be encouraged to make appropriate use of social media and collaboration tools.

Indicative Reading

Rapid Wireframing: Team project organisation with Trello: Using Git version control: Brown T (2009), Change by Design: How Design Thinking Creates New Alternatives for Business and Society, Harper Collins Inc Chapman J (2007) Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories: A Collection of Sustainable Design Essays, Trowbridge Press Vinck D (2009), Everyday Engineering: and Ethnography of Design and Innovation, The MIT Press

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving. Communication skills, written, oral and listening. Effective Information retrieval and research skills. Computer literacy. Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working). Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. Knowledge of International Affairs Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness Entrepreneurial, independence and risk-taking Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership. Presentation skills. Commercial awareness (Narrative)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 146.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Project Artefact with accompanying documentation and Presentation(s).