CS2SM16-Systems Design and Project Management

Module Provider: School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Lily Sun

Email: lily.sun@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module exposes students to a holistic approach for planning and management of a project during which a technological solution is created for a given problem situation. The module juxtaposes project management principles and career management skills (such as team-work, presentation, professional report writing, and communication) along with specialised knowledge and technical skills.

This module aims to provide students with the practical skills for planning, managing, and designing technical solutions to specific problems of the kind arising in careers associated with computer systems, technology. The career management skills (CMS) in this module facilitate students to develop self-awareness and self-assessment of the career opportunities towards the personal career goal in the context of career decision making.

Assessable learning outcomes:
A student completing the module should be able to
- Demonstrate professional competence and transferable skills
- Define precisely a project with its factors and issues, and apply the principles of a principle method of project management
- Inquiry technical problems in a given context and adopt "best practices" in developing solutions
- Validate design and construction of the solution The module also facilitates students to develop the systems thinking and competence in designing coherent solutions to solve technological problems.

Additional outcomes:
- carry out tasks in a team
- practise collaboration and communication skills
- develop professional writing of technical reports and presentations

Outline content:
The learning content are organised in the following teaching components.
Learning component 1- Career Management skills (5 credits)
- Build a professional portfolio while at University; self-awareness/evaluation of strengths and weaknesses; job requirements for technical and engineering competences as well as the career/job opportunities available
- Develop professional presentation and writing skills

Learning component 2 - Professional Writing and Presentation
- Features of and structure for scientific reports
- Design and deliver effective presentations
- Strategies for searching and referencing information sources

Learning component 3 - Project Management (5 credits)
- Change Management (project management and service management, quantum change and evolution)
- PRINCE2 - an established Process Model for project management
- Human Aspects of project management - balances up the ‘person-free’ process model
- Product Based Planning - defining products; product breakdown structures; product flowgraphs and work-packages
- Risk management
- Monitoring and controlling, and closing a project

Learning component 4 - Systems Design (10 credits)
- Object-oriented concepts in software requirements analysis and systems design
- Formal requirement specifications for software systems
- Design processes for ensuring the system’s quality
- Validation of design against the system requirement specifications
- Reuse in software development
- Use of OO design case tools

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will take a problem-based learning approach. The lectures will introduce students the theories, concepts and underpinning principles specified in the indicative content. Students will be supervised in the practicals to apply the concepts and principles to a given problem context and develop a technical solution. The lectures and tutorials will enable students to inquiry innovative solutions, and critically apply the methods to design and document the resultant products.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12 10
Tutorials 10 10
Guided independent study 78 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The assessment consists of three components:
CM Skills 25%
Project management report 25%
Systems design technical report 50%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Students will be re-assessed by a resit examination or the failed component (i.e. CMS) in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 4 January 2017

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