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									    UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
SCHOOL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION
             TECHNOLOGY



       POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
     COMPUTING PATHWAY GUIDE


             2006/7
                                                           CONTENTS

1. Introduction and Welcome to Computing .............................................................................. 1
2. Modules, Pathways, Routes and Programmes of Study ......................................................... 2
3. Pathway Directory .................................................................................................................. 3
   Pathway Definition Form: MSc Computer Science ............................................................... 4
   Pathway Definition Form: MSc Computer Science (Games Development) .......................... 5
   Pathway Definition Form: MSc Computer Science (Multimedia Technology) .................... 6
   Pathway Definition Form: MSc Computer Science (Internet Technology): .......................... 7
   Pathway Definition Form: MSc Strategic Information Technology Management ................ 8
   Pathway Definition Form: MSc Strategic Information Technology Management (Health) .. 9
4. Guidance about choice between and within Pathways ........................................................ 10
   MSc Computer Science ........................................................................................................ 10
   Example programmes of study:............................................................................................ 12
   MSc Strategic Information Technology Management ......................................................... 15
   MSc Strategic Information Technology Management (Health) ........................................... 19
5. Brief Module Descriptions .................................................................................................. 20
   MSc Computer Science ........................................................................................................ 20
   MSc Strategic Information Technology Management/SITM (Health) ................................ 27
6. Staff involved with the delivery of the Modules. ................................................................. 31
7. Pathway Group Leaders/Staff with responsibilities for Pathways ....................................... 32
8. Further Information .............................................................................................................. 33
   8a Information for MSc Computer Science Students........................................................... 34
   8b Information for MSc SITM /SITM (Health) Students .................................................... 35
9. General Information ............................................................................................................. 37
10. Timetables .......................................................................................................................... 40
   MSc Computer Science ........................................................................................................ 40
   MSc Strategic IT Management ............................................................................................ 42
   Annual Timetable 2006/7 ..................................................................................................... 42
1. Introduction and Welcome to Computing

                                      Welcome

On behalf of the staff of the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT),
welcome to the University of Wolverhampton.

This guide contains general information for SCIT Postgraduate students and
information relevant to your specific award. The information in it was correct at the
time of going to press, but may be subject to minor changes. It should answer many of
your questions about how your award is operated. Please keep it for further reference.

We hope that studying in SCIT meets your expectations and wish you success in your
studies.




Please note: In order to develop and improve the Awards, it may be necessary on
occasions to amend or revise the details given in this guide.
2. Modules, Pathways, Routes and Programmes of Study

What is a module?

All our courses are made up of units called modules which contribute towards your final
degree/diploma, known as an „award‟. You need to register and pass a certain number of
modules which fall into three types:

a)     Core – you must study and pass all these compulsory modules to meet the
       requirements of your award.

b)     Core option – you must choose a set number from this group of modules in order
       to meet your course requirements

c)     Elective – you make up the balance of your award with electives. This scheme
       allows you to include more modules from your subject.

What is a pathway?

All our Postgraduate courses are Specialist pathways.

a)     Postgraduate Certificate
       60 credits of core, core option or Computing elective modules.

b)     Postgraduate Diploma
       120 credits of core, core option or Computing elective modules.

c)     Masters
       120 credits of core, core option or Computing elective modules plus
       60 credits Masters project

What is a programme of study?

A programme of study is a record of the modules you have registered for, after you have
chosen your core option and elective modules. This choice should be made with the
help and advice of an academic counsellor. You can check your programme of study at
any time via the internet using the University‟s Evision system.




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3. Pathway Directory

This section shows the modules that constitute the postgraduate programmes offered by
SCIT, indicating those that are core, core option and elective. A programme may
specify core modules only, or may also include core option and elective modules.
Programme outcomes will be determined by the core and core option modules.

The information presented in this section covers:

MSc Computer Science
MSc Computer Science (Games Development)
MSc Computer Science (Multimedia Technology)
MSc Computer Science (Internet Technology)
MSc Strategic Information Technology Management
MSc Strategic Information Technology Management (Health)

In addition, SCIT offers a number of postgraduate certificate and diploma awards. The
programme of study required to achieve one of these awards will drawn from a subset
of the MSc modules listed in this section. Guidance on permissible programmes for all
SCIT postgraduate awards is presented in section 4 of this guide.




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Pathway Definition Form: MSc Computer Science

Pathway Title      MSc Computer Science           Pathway Code          P/COMPS

Core modules
Module code         Module title                                        Level      Credits
CP4017              Systems Development & HCI                           4          15
CP4041              Advanced Topics in Computer Science                 4          15
CP4046              Operating Systems & Architecture                    4          15
CP4026              Postgraduate Computer Science Project               4          60

Core option modules, 15 credits from:
Module code      Module title                                           Level      Credits
CP4043           Research Methods in Computer Science                   4          15
GS4000           Advanced Generic Research Skills                       4          15

Elective modules, 60 credits from:
Module code        Module title                                         Level      Credits
CP4015             Methodologies for Systems Development                4          15
CP4019             Ensuring Systems Quality                             4          15
CP4020             Visualisation and Image Processing                   4          15
CP4022             Research Topics in Nets & Dist. Systems              4          15
CP4023             Advanced Databases                                   4          15
CP4024             Multimedia Technology                                4          15
CP4044             Programming for Systems & Networks                   4          15
CP4040             Internet and WWW based research topics               4          15
CP4049             Programming for Games and Animation                  4          15
CP4050             Games Design and Development                         4          15
CP3349             Social Legal & Professional Aspects                  3          15

In addition, a programme of study for an individual student may include one or more of
the following modules by approval of the Award team, where underpinning knowledge
is not given by the undergraduate course. These modules are not available to students
who already have the pre-requisite knowledge.

CP4011              Databases Concepts & Techniques                     4          15
CP4012              Programming Concepts & Techniques                   4          15
CP4013              IS Analysis & Design                                4          15
CP4014              Internet & Communications Technology                4          15

Exceptionally, students may choose up to 30 credits from the level 3 Computing
modules by approval of the Award team.




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Pathway Definition Form: MSc Computer Science (Games Development)

Pathway Title      MSc Computer Science         Pathway Code
                   (Games Development)*

Core modules
Module code        Module title                                       Level   Credits
CP4017             Systems Development & HCI                          4       15
CP4043             Research Methods in Computer Science               4       15
CP4049             Programming for Games and Animation                4       15
CP4050             Games Design and Development                       4       15
CP4051             Postgraduate Games Development Project             4       60

Core option modules
Module code      Module title                                         Level   Credits
GS4000           Advanced Generic Research Skills                     4       15

Elective modules
Module code        Module title                                       Level   Credits
CP3015             Rapid Application Development                      3       15
CP3317             Organisation and Control of Computer Operations    3       15
CP3033             Business Process Design and Systems Integration    3       15
CP3346             Advanced Topics in Human Computer Interaction      3       15
CP3349             Social Legal & Professional Aspects of Computing   3       15
CP4011             Databases Concepts and Techniques                  4       15
CP4012             Programming Concepts and Techniques                4       15
CP4013             Information Systems Analysis and Design            4       15
CP4014             Internet and Communications Technology             4       15
CP4015             Methodologies for Systems Development              4       15
CP4019             Ensuring Systems Quality                           4       15
CP4020             Visualisation, Image Processing & Pattern          4       15
                   Recognition
CP4022             Research Topics in Networks and Distributed        4       15
                   Systems
CP4023             Advanced Databases                                 4       15
CP4024             Multimedia Technology                              4       15
CP4046             Operating Systems and Architecture                 4       15
CP4041             Advanced Topics in Computer Science                4       15
CP4044             Programming for Systems and Networks               4       15




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Pathway Definition Form: MSc Computer Science (Multimedia Technology)

Pathway Title      MSc Computer Science           Pathway Code          P/CSMT
                   (Multimedia Technology)

Core modules
Module code         Module title                                        Level      Credits
CP4017              Systems Development & HCI                           4          15
CP4020              Visualisation and Image Processing                  4          15
CP4024              Multimedia Technology                               4          15
CP4027              Postgraduate Multimedia Technology Project          4          60

Core option modules, 15 credits from:
Module code      Module title                                           Level      Credits
CP4043           Research Methods in Computer Science                   4          15
GS4000           Advanced Generic Research Skills                       4          15

Elective modules, 60 credits from:
Module code        Module title                                         Level      Credits
CP4015             Methodologies for Systems Development                4          15
CP4019             Ensuring Systems Quality                             4          15
CP4020             Visualisation and Image Processing                   4          15
CP4022             Research Topics in Nets & Dist. Systems              4          15
CP4023             Advanced Databases                                   4          15
CP4041             Advanced Topics in Computer Science                  4          15
CP4044             Programming for Systems & Networks                   4          15
CP4040             Internet and WWW based research topics               4          15
CP4046             Operating Systems & Architecture                     4          15
CP4049             Programming for Games and Animation                  4          15
CP4050             Games Design and Development                         4          15
CP3349             Social Legal & Professional Aspects                  3          15

In addition, a programme of study for an individual student may include one or more of
the following modules by approval of the Award team, where underpinning knowledge
is not given by the undergraduate course. These modules are not available to students
who already have the pre-requisite knowledge.

CP4011              Databases Concepts & Techniques                     4          15
CP4012              Programming Concepts & Techniques                   4          15
CP4013              IS Analysis & Design                                4          15
CP4014              Internet & Communications Technology                4          15

Exceptionally, students may choose up to 30 credits from the level 3 Computing
modules by approval of the Award team.




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Pathway Definition Form: MSc Computer Science (Internet Technology):

Pathway Title      MSc Computer Science           Pathway Code          P/CSIT
                   (Internet Technology)

Core modules
Module code         Module title                                        Level      Credits
CP4017              Systems Development & HCI                           4          15
CP4022              Research Topics in Nets & Dist. Systems             4          15
CP4040              Internet and WWW based research topics              4          15
CP4042              Postgraduate Internet Technology Project            4          60


Core option modules, 15 credits from:
Module code      Module title                                           Level      Credits
CP4043           Research Methods in Computer Science                   4          15
GS4000           Advanced Generic Research Skills                       4          15


Module code         Module title                                        Level      Credits
CP4015              Methodologies for Systems Development               4          15
CP4019              Ensuring Systems Quality                            4          15
CP4020              Visualisation and Image Processing                  4          15
CP4023              Advanced Databases                                  4          15
CP4024              Multimedia Technology                               4          15
CP4041              Advanced Topics in Computer Science                 4          15
CP4044              Programming for Systems & Networks                  4          15
CP4046              Operating Systems & Architecture                    4          15
CP4049              Programming for Games and Animation                 4          15
CP4050              Games Design and Development                        4          15
CP3349              Social Legal & Professional Aspects                 3          15

In addition, a programme of study for an individual student may include one or more of
the following modules by approval of the Award team, where underpinning knowledge
is not given by the undergraduate course. These modules are not available to students
who already have the pre-requisite knowledge.

CP4011              Databases Concepts & Techniques                     4          15
CP4012              Programming Concepts & Techniques                   4          15
CP4013              IS Analysis & Design                                4          15
CP4014              Internet & Communications Technology                4          15

Exceptionally, students may choose up to 30 credits from the level 3 Computing
modules by approval of the Award team.




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Pathway Definition Form: MSc Strategic Information Technology Management

Pathway Title    MSc Strategic Information    Pathway Code      P/SITM/1
                 Technology Management

Core modules

Module code      Module title                           Level    Credits
CP4030           The Strategic Role of IS and IT           4        15
CP4033           Applied IT Strategic Planning             4        15
CP4034           Consultancy Skills for IS                 4        15
CP4036           Organisational Requirements Analysis      4        15
CP4037           Project and Programme Management          4        15
CP4038           Project                                   4        60
CP4047           Research Tools for IS Evaluation          4        15

Core option modules

Module code      Module title                           Level    Credits
                 None

Recommended Elective modules

Module code      Module title                           Level    Credits
CP4004           Work Bases Learning (15 credit)           4        15
CP4005           Work Bases Learning (30 credit)           4        30
CP4031           Managing Web Information Systems          4        15
CP4035           Enterprise Resource Planning              4        15
CP4045           Information Systems in Organisations      4        15
CP4048           Concepts and Techniques of Databases      4        15
CP4052           Advanced Database Design                  4        15




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Pathway Definition Form: MSc Strategic Information Technology Management
(Health)

Pathway Title      MSc Strategic Information    Pathway Code
                   Technology Management
                   (Health)

Core modules

Module code        Module title                             Level     Credits
CP4030             The Strategic Role of IS and IT             4         15
CP4033             Applied IT Strategic Planning               4         15
CP4034             Consultancy Skills for IS                   4         15
CP4036             Organisational Requirements Analysis        4         15
CP4037             Project and Programme Management            4         15
CP4038             Project                                     4         60
CP4047             Research Tools for IS Evaluation            4         15

Core option modules

Module code        Module title                             Level     Credits
CP4032             Strategic Work-Based Information         4         15
                   Technology Management

Elective modules

Module code        Module title                             Level     Credits
                   None

This pathway is only available to those employed in an appropriate healthcare
environment.




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4. Guidance about choice between and within Pathways

The School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) offers a number of
routes through its postgraduate programme, leading to Postgraduate Certificate,
Postgraduate Diploma and Masters degree.

Students with a good honours degree or equivalent may register for a Master‟s course
on admission. Students with a third class honours or equivalent may register for a
Postgraduate Certificate, and if successful, may then transfer to a higher award.

All students wishing to follow a Masters programme will be expected to take a
minimum of eight taught modules (15 credits per module). Successful completion of
these taught modules will permit the student to progress to the Masters project. The
project is equivalent to 4 modules (60 credits) and is carried out as independent study
with an approved supervisor.

MSc Computer Science

The programme is open to students with a first degree in any subject. Students without
previous knowledge of a particular area will be registered onto one or more special
modules that have been designed to provide underpinning knowledge at a postgraduate
level. All students admitted to the course will have a counselling session with a course
tutor to design a suitable programme of study. Students wishing to specialise in Internet
Technology or Games Development are normally expected to have a good background
in programming.

Full-time study
Full-time Masters students will normally take four taught modules during each of their
first two semesters. Successful completion of these modules will allow a student to
progress to the Masters project, which will normally be studied during the summer
vacation for those students who started in September, in the third semester for those
who started in February. All Full-time students must take a minimum of six modules
during the academic year.

Part-time study
Part-time students normally take four taught modules per year for the first two years
followed by a further year of independent study to complete the project. Exceptionally a
part time student may take up to six modules in a year. Note successful completion of
four taught modules provides eligibility for a Postgraduate Certificate and eight taught
modules provides eligibility for a Postgraduate Diploma. Part-time students may request
these intermediate awards under special circumstances.




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Postgraduate Certificate in Computing
Four Postgraduate Computing Modules to include one or more from:
       CP4011        Databases Concepts and Techniques
       CP4012        Programming Concepts and Techniques
       CP4013        Information Systems Analysis & Design
       CP4014        Internet & Communications Technology

This award is only available for students who have to take one or more of the above
underpinning modules in the general area of Computer Science.

Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science
Four taught Postgraduate Computing modules excluding those listed above.

Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science
A Postgraduate Certificate in Computing or Computer Science plus 4 other level four
modules. The whole programme to include:

The core module:
       CP4017       Systems Development and HCI
Two modules from the core option list:
       CP4041       Advanced Topics in Computer Science
       CP4046       Operating Systems & Architecture
       CP4024       Multimedia Technology
       CP4020       Visualisation & Image Processing
       CP4022       Research Topics in Networks & Distributed Systems
       CP4040       Internet & WWW based Research Topics
       CP4049       Programming for Games and Animation
       CP4050       Games Design and Development

MSc Computer Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science to include:
       CP4017       Systems Development and HCI
       CP4046       Operating Systems & Architecture
       CP4041       Advanced Topics in Computer Science
And one of:
       CP4043       Research methods in Computer Science
       GS4000       Advanced Generic Research Skills
Plus:
       CP4026       Postgraduate Computer Science Project

MSc Computer Science (Internet Technology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science to include:
       CP4017       Systems Development and HCI
       CP4044       Programming for Systems & Networks
       CP4022       Research Topics in Networks & Distributed Systems
       CP4040       Internet & WWW based Research Topics
And one of:
       CP4043       Research methods in Computer Science
       GS4000        Advanced Generic Research Skills
Plus:
       CP4047       Postgraduate Internet Technology Project


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MSc Computer Science (Multimedia Technology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science to include:
       CP4017       Systems Development and HCI
       CP4020       Visualisation & Image Processing
       CP4024       Multimedia Technology
And one of:
       CP4043       Research methods in Computer Science
       GS4000       Advanced Generic Research Skills
Plus:
       CP4027       Postgraduate Multimedia Technology Project

MSc Computer Science (Games Development)
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science to include
       CP4049       Programming for Games and Animation
       CP4017       Systems Development and HCI
       CP4050       Games Design and Development
And one of:
       CP4043       Research methods in Computer Science
       GS4000       Advanced Generic Research Skills
Plus
       CP4051       Postgraduate Games Development Project


Example programmes of study:

(i)      A student with a good honours degree in a non-computing subject wishing to
         take MSc Computer Science

Semester 1:     CP4011        Databases Concepts and Techniques
                CP4012        Programming Concepts and Techniques
                CP4013        Information Systems Analysis & Design
                CP4014        Internet & Communications Technology

Semester 2:     CP4017        Systems Development and HCI
                CP4046        Operating Systems & Architecture
                CP4041        Advanced Topics in Computer Science
                CP4043        Research methods in Computer Science

Semester 3: CP4026            Postgraduate Computer Science Project
(summer vacation)

(ii)     A student with a good honours degree in a computer related subject (eg Business
         Information Systems) wishing to take MSc Computer Science (Multimedia
         Technology)

Semester 1:     CP4012        Programming Concepts and Techniques
                CP4014        Internet & Communications Technology
                CP4024        Multimedia Technology
                CP4041        Advanced Topics in Computer Science




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Semester 2:     CP4017        Systems Development and HCI
                CP4020        Visualisation & Image Processing
                CP4019        Ensuring Systems Quality
                CP4043        Research methods in Computer Science

Semester 3: CP4027            Postgraduate Multimedia Technology Project
(summer vacation)

(iii)    A student with a good honours degree in computer science (with appropriate
         pre-requisite knowledge) wishing to take MSc Computer Science (Internet
         Technology)

Semester 1:     CP4017        Systems Development & HCI
                CP4044        Programming for Systems and Networks
                CP4024        Multimedia Technology
                CP4043        Research methods in Computer Science

Semester 2:     CP4022        Research Topics in Networks & Distributed Systems
                CP4040        Internet & WWW based Research Topics
                CP4018        Ensuring Systems Quality
                CP4023        Advanced Databases

Semester 3: CP4047            Postgraduate Internet Technology Project
(summer vacation)

(iv)     A student with a good honours degree in another discipline wishing to take MSc
         Computer Science (Internet Technology)

Semester 1:     CP4011        Databases Concepts and Techniques
                CP4012        Programming Concepts and Techniques
                CP4014        Internet & Communications Technology
                CP4044        Programming for Systems and Networks

Semester 2:     CP4013        Information Systems Analysis & Design
                CP4017        Systems Development and HCI
                CP4022        Research Topics in Networks & Distributed Systems
                CP4040        Internet & WWW based Research Topics

Semester 3:     CP4043        Research methods in Computer Science
(summer         CP4047        Postgraduate Internet Technology Project
vacation)

(v)      A student with a good honours degree in computer science (with appropriate
         pre-requisite knowledge) wishing to take MSc Computer Science (Games
         Development)

Semester 1:     CP4017       Systems Development and HCI
                CP4049 Programming for Games and Animation
                CP4041       Advanced Topics in Computer Science
                CP4024       Multimedia Technology



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Semester 2:
              CP4050        Games Design and Development
              CP4043        Research Methods in Computer Science
              CP4046        Operating Systems and Architecture
              CP4022        Research Topics in Networks and Distributed Systems

Semester 3: CP4051          PG Games Development Project
(summer vacation)

(vi) A student with a good honours degree in another discipline wishing to take MSc
Computer Science (Games Development)

Semester 1:   CP4012        Programming Concepts and Techniques
              CP4049        Programming for Games and Animation
              CP4014        Internet & Communications Technology
              CP4011        Database Concepts and Techniques

Semester 2:   CP4017        Systems Development and HCI
              CP4050        Games Design and Development
              CP4013        Information Systems Analysis and Design
Semester 3:   CP4043        Research Methods in Computer Science
(Summer       CP4051        Postgraduate Games Development Project
vacation)




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MSc Strategic Information Technology Management

This programme is open to students with a first degree. Students with a relevant
computing or information systems degree will study six core modules (15 credits per
module) plus two elective modules (15 credits per module). Non-computing graduates
from a cognate discipline will be required to study two foundation modules (15 credits
per module) plus the six core modules (15 credits per module). All students admitted to
the course will have a counselling session with a course tutor to design a suitable
programme of study.

Successful completion of these taught modules will permit the student to progress to the
Masters project. The project is equivalent to 4 modules (60 credits) and is carried out as
independent study with an approved supervisor.

Full-time study
Full-time Masters students will normally take eight taught modules during an academic
year. Successful completion of these modules will allow a student to progress to the
Masters project. All full-time students must take a minimum of six modules during the
academic year.

Part-time study
Part-time students normally take four taught modules per year for the first two years
followed by a further year of independent study to complete the project. Exceptionally a
part time student may take up to six modules in a year. Note successful completion of
four taught modules provides eligibility for a Postgraduate Certificate and eight taught
modules provides eligibility for a Postgraduate Diploma. Part-time students may request
these intermediate awards under special circumstances.

Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology
Four taught Postgraduate Computing Modules to include two or more from:
      CP4030 The Strategic Role of IS and IT
      CP4033 Applied IT Strategic Planning
      CP4036 Organisational Requirements Analysis
      CP4037 Project and Programme Management
      CP4044 Consultancy Skills for Information Systems
      CP4047 Research Tools for IS Evaluation
Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Information Technology Management
Four taught Postgraduate Computing modules to include three or more from:
      CP4030 The Strategic Role of IS and IT
      CP4036 Organisational Requirements Analysis
      CP4037 Project and Programme Management
      CP4047 Research Tools for IS Evaluation
      CP4033 Applied IT Strategic Planning
      CP4044 Consultancy Skills for Information Systems




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Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Information Technology Management
Eight taught Postgraduate Computing modules to include the six core modules:
      CP4030 The Strategic Role of IS and IT
      CP4036 Organisation Requirements Analysis
      CP4037 Project and Programme Management
      CP4047 Research Tools for IS Evaluation
      CP4033 Applied IT Strategic Planning
      CP4044 Consultancy Skills for Information Systems

MSc Strategic Information Technology Management
A Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Information Technology Management plus
     CP4038 Postgraduate Strategic IT Management Project




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Example programmes of study:

(i)       Part-time with computing qualification / experience (October start)

Yr1                                             Yr2
Oct      Strategic Role of IS and IT
Nov                                             Advanced Databases
Jan      Organisational Requirements Analysis
Feb                                             Managing Web Information Systems
Mar      Research Tools for IS Evaluation
Apr                                             Project and Programme Management
May      Consultancy Skills for IS
Jun      Applied IT Strategic Planning

(ii)      Part-time with computing qualification / experience (October start)

Yr1                                             Yr2
Oct      Strategic Role of IS and IT
Nov
Dec      Project and Programme Management
Jan                                             Organisational Requirements Analysis
Feb      Managing Web Information Systems
Mar                                             Research Tools for IS Evaluation
May                                             Consultancy Skills for IS
Jun      Enterprise Resource Planning
Jun                                             Applied IT Strategic Planning

(iii) Part-time with computing qualification / experience, and currently
employed in an appropriate post (October start)

Yr1                                             Yr2
Oct      Strategic Role of IS and IT            Work Based Learning (30 credits)
Nov
Dec      Project and Programme Management
Jan      Organisational Requirements Analysis
Mar                                             Research Tools for IS Evaluation
May      Consultancy Skills for IS
Jun                                             Applied IT Strategic Planning


(iv)      Part-time without computing experience / qualification (October start)

Yr1                                             Yr2
Oct                                             Strategic Role of IS and IT
Nov      Information Systems in Organisations
Jan                                             Organisational Requirements Analysis
Feb      Concepts and Techniques of Databases
Mar                                             Research Tools for IS Evaluation
Apr      Project and Programme Management
May                                             Consultancy Skills for IS
Jun      Applied IT Strategic Planning


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(v)      Part-time with computing qualification / experience (February start)

Yr1                                              Yr2
Feb      Managing Web Information Systems
Mar                                              Research Tools for IS Evaluation
Apr      Project and Programme Management
May                                              Consultancy Skills for IS
Jun                                              Applied IT Strategic Planning
Oct      Strategic Role of IS and IT
Nov
Dec                                              Enterprise Resource Planning
Jan      Organisational Requirements Analysis

(vi) Part-time with computing qualification / experience (March start)

Yr1                                              Yr2
Mar      Research Tools for IS Evaluation
Apr                                              Project and Programme Management
May      Consultancy Skills for IS
Jun                                              Applied IT Strategic Planning
Oct      Strategic Role of IS and IT
Nov                                              Advanced Databases
Jan      Organisational Requirements Analysis
Feb                                              Managing Web Information Systems

(vii)     Full-time with computing qualification / experience (October start)

Yr1
Oct       Strategic Role of IS and IT
Dec       Enterprise Resource Planning
Jan       Organisational Requirements Analysis
Feb       Managing Web Information Systems
Mar       Research Tools for IS Evaluation
Apr       Project and Programme Management
May       Consultancy Skills for IS
Jun       Applied IT Strategic Planning

(viii) Full-time without computing qualification / experience (October start)

Yr1
Oct    Strategic Role of IS and IT
Nov Information Systems in Organisations
Jan    Organisational Requirements Analysis
Feb    Concepts and Techniques of Databases
Mar Research Tools for IS Evaluation
Apr Project and Programme Management
May Consultancy Skills for IS
Jun    Applied IT Strategic Planning
The above are only example programmes of study.



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MSc Strategic Information Technology Management (Health)

Students study the six core modules in any sequence to fit in with work commitments.
They will be expected to build up the portfolio for CP4032 Strategic Work-Based
Information Management & Technology Portfolio as they study other modules. The
award/pathway leader will inform the students on this pathway of the arrangements for
support for CP4032.




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5. Brief Module Descriptions

MSc Computer Science

CP4011 Database Concepts and Techniques
Semester/Site                1&2/City
Pre-requisites               Basic IT skills
Excluded combinations        Database material taught at L2 or L3 of an undergraduate
                             course
Assessment                   50% Coursework/50% Seen Exam
Brief Description:
The module aims to equip students with the skills necessary to design a relational database.
Understand the theory of the relational model. Implement and use a relational database.
Have an appreciation of alternative data models.

CP4012 Programming Concepts and Technologies
Semester/Site                 1&2/City
Pre-requisites                Basic IT skills
Excluded combinations         Programming material taught at L2 or L3 of an undergraduate
                              course. CP4039 Programming paradigms VB.net
Assessment                    60% Coursework/40% Exam
Brief Description:
The module aims to introduce fundamental object oriented programming concepts which
can be the basis for solving complex problems and develop a high-level understanding of
the processes involved in program development. Students will cover the fundamentals of
program design, documentation, coding and testing through lectures and, more importantly,
practical workshops.

CP4013 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Semester/Site               1&2/City
Pre-requisites              Basic IT skills
Excluded Combinations       None
Assessment                  60% Coursework/40% Exam
Brief Description:
This module aims to enable students to define organisational information requirements as a
precursor to the development of information systems.

CP4014 Internet and Communications Technology
Semester/Site                 1&2/City
Pre-requisites                Some experience of using networked computer facilities
Excluded Combinations         CP2023 and CP3397
Assessment                    70% Portfolio/30% Seminar Presentation
Brief Description
The module aims to introduce fundamental data communications concepts. To develop an
understanding of the methods and techniques that underpin the practical use of computer
networks, using the Internet as a prime example.




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CP4015 Methodologies for Systems Development
Semester/Site                2/City
Pre-requisites               CP4011, CP4012, CP4013 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   40% Case Study/20% Presentation/40% Exam
Brief Description
The module aims to present a range of methods for the development of information systems
and consider the effectiveness of these methods in a variety of problem/system
environment.

CP4017 Systems Development and HCI
Semester/Site                  1&2/City
Pre-requisites                 CP4011, CP4012, and CP4013 or equivalent
Co-requisites                  CP4013
Excluded Combinations          Software development and HCI studied at L2 or L3 of an
                               undergraduate programme
Assessment                     40% Group Work/20% Individual Report/40% Exam
Brief Description
The module aims to enable students to develop knowledge and skills in the development of
software. Specifically it will cover current developments in software engineering, with a
focus on quantitative management of software development and topics in HCI. It will give
students the opportunity to design and develop a small information system in teams. They
should be able to understand the problems and risks that are associated with the exercise.
The system developed will involve use of a database, with access to the database to be
provided through a suitable graphical or browser interface. Students will be expected to
evaluate the processes involved as well as the final product.

CP4019 Ensuring Systems Quality
Semester/Site                2/City
Pre-requisites               CP4011, CP4012 & CP4013 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations        CP3351 or equivalent
Assessment                   50% Coursework/50% Case Study
Brief Description
The module aims to develop awareness of the problems involved in the management of
quality in software systems. Discuss the meaning of quality in relation to software systems.
Examine some contending alternative approaches to the production of quality software
systems, and to the management, assurance and control of quality within that process.
Review the purpose and use of current standards for quality in both software process and
product will be reviewed. Study the contribution of measurement to the improvement of
software.




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CP4020 Visualisation and Image Processing
Semester/Site                2/City
Pre-requisites               CP4012 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   100% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to make students aware of the role of Visualisation and Image Processing
as techniques for generating and manipulating images on a computer. This will cover areas
of application. Provide an understanding at a practical level of methods so that informed
choices can be made regarding selection and application of methods for a range of tasks.

CP4022 Research Topics in Networks and Distributed Systems
Semester/Site                2/City
Pre-requisites               CP4014 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   60% Research Paper/20% Presentation/20% Seminar series
                             review
Brief Description
The module aims to explore various research topics associated with the construction and use
of computer networks, distributed systems and distributed databases.

CP4023 Advanced Databases
Semester/Site               2/City
Pre-requisites              CP4011 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations       None
Assessment                  70% Report & Seminar Presentation/30% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to equip students with the skills necessary to display detailed knowledge
of an advanced database model. Evaluate suitable environments in which advanced database
approaches are applicable. Make use of an advanced database.

CP4024 Multimedia Technology
Semester/Site                 1/City
Pre-requisites                CP4039 or CP4012 or equivalent
Co-requisites                 CP4017 Systems Development & HCI
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    100% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to cover recent developments in multimedia computer technology,
including the integration of sound, touch, video, animation and the Internet, for the purpose
of creating interactive multimedia presentations explore the capabilities and limitations of
relevant tools and standards for each aspect develop the programming skills required to
create multimedia presentations using Visual Basic and authoring packages research,
design, programme, evaluate and demonstrate a multimedia marketing application.




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CP4026 Postgraduate Computer Science Project
Semester/Site                 As required
Pre-requisites                90 credits must have been gained from MSc Computer Science
                              modules to include a research module
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    85% Project Report/15% Viva
Brief Description
The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of a computer science topic.
Analyse information and ideas and create responses to problems defined within the project
area. Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate. Enhance career prospects. Promote
professional attitude to undertaking a computer project.

CP4027 Postgraduate Multimedia Technology Project
Semester/Site                 As required
Pre-requisites                90 credits to include one of the level 4 research modules must
                              have been gained from MSc Computer Science (Multimedia
                              Technology) modules including all required core and core
                              option modules for the MSc
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    85% Project Report/15% Viva
Brief Description
The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of a multimedia technology
topic. Analyse information and ideas and create responses to problems defined within the
project area. Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate. Enhance career prospects. Promote
professional attitude to undertaking a multimedia technology project.

CP4040 Internet and World Wide Web based research topics
Semester/Site                2/City
Pre-requisites               CP4014, CP4017, or equivalent
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   30% Coursework/20% Seminar/50% Exam
Brief Description
The module aims to develop an understanding of current and research topics related to the
use of the Internet and the World Wide Web.




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CP4041 Advance Topics in Computer Science
Semester/Site                 1&2/City
Pre-requisites                CP4011, CP4012, CP4013, CP4014 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    90% Report/10% Oral Presentation
Brief Description
The module aims to equip students with a firm grounding in advanced computing topics
such as component-based programming, agent-enabled e-commerce and ubiquitous
computing. The choice of topics and the exact content of the module may vary from year to
year depending on the emergence of new technologies.
The objective of the seminar-based delivery mode is to train students in conducting
supervised research into the selected topics. This will support the Research Methods
module in developing good communication skills, both written and oral, as well as good
powers for critical analysis.

CP4043 Research Methods in Computer Science
Semester/Site                  1&2/City
Pre-requisites                 CP4011, CP4012, CP4013 & CP4014 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations          None
Assessment                     100% Coursework
Brief Description
Equip students with the skills necessary to conduct a literature search, formulate research
questions, evaluate literature in the context of their own research topic and write a literature
review based on the search and evaluation. Make students aware of the different research
methodologies used in computer science research in order that they can make informed
choices given the context of their own research. To learn how to design and plan an
individual research project. Great emphasis will be placed on the need to critically evaluate
the research process as well as its outcomes.

CP4044 Programming for Systems and Networks
Semester/Site               1/City
Pre-requisites              Some experience of programming
Excluded Combinations       None
Assessment                  100% Coursework
Brief Descriptions
The module aims to provide the skills and understanding necessary to develop software in a
systems and /or networking environment.

CP4046 Operating Systems and Architecture
Semester/Site                1&2/City
Pre-requisites               CP4014 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations        EMOS Level 3 undergraduate programme
Assessment                   50% Exam/15% Group Report/35% Individual Report
Brief Description
Module aims to investigate the structure of modern operating systems and environments. A
short review of Computer Architecture leads into a full discussion of Operating systems
techniques, Multi-Tasking and Multi-Threading models and the standards for distributed
environments (CORBA, RPC, COM, DCOM and .NET).




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CP4047 Postgraduate Internet Technology Project
Semester/Site                 As required
Pre-requisites                90 credits must have been gained from MSc Computer Science
                              (Internet Technology) modules, including all required core and
                              core option modules for the MSc
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    85% Report/15% Viva
Brief Description
The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of an Internet technology topic.
Analyse information and ideas and create responses to problems defined within the project
area. Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate. Enhance career prospects. Promote
professional attitude to undertaking a computer project.

CP4049 Programming for Games and Animation
Semester/Site                 1/City
Pre-requisites                None
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    100% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to introduce students to the games development process. Introduce
students to the .Net framework for developing games. Introduce students to programming
through practical examples. This module covers basic development of computer games and
the tools required to create them such as Visual C++.Net and Direct3D/Direct Input. It
includes the architecture of computer games, Game AI and focuses on design and
specification. On completion of the module, students will understand the basic principles of
game architecture and be able to produce their own computer games. Novice programmers
will gain an insight into a modern programming environment through a tutorial package (the
EGG framework) but will not get bogged down in complex syntax and environment control.

CP4050 Games Design and Development
Semester/Site                 2/City
Pre-requisites                CP4049 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    80% Coursework/20% Presentation
Brief Description
The module aims to provide awareness of the rapid development of the software and
hardware technology required for the next generation computer games (programming
languages, scripting languages, graphics accelerators, network, real time processing, etc).
Develop multidisciplinary skills in areas involving science and technology, multi-media
design systems, simulation and 3D modelling, computer graphics, artificial intelligence,
game theory, human computer interaction, storyboarding, and graphic design. Study issues
related to games design that help in understanding the limitations of the current design tools
and their impact on the next generation games.




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CP4051 Postgraduate Games Development Project
Semester/Site
Pre-requisites                90 credits to include one of the level 4 research modules must
                              have been gained from MSc Computer Science (Games
                              Development) modules, including all required core and core
                              option modules for the MSc
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    85% Project/15% Viva
Brief Description
The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of a games development topic.
Analyse information and ideas and create responses to problems defined within the project
area. Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate. Enhance career prospects. Promote
professional attitude to undertaking a games development project.




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MSc Strategic Information Technology Management/SITM (Health)

CP4004 Work Based Learning 4 (15 credit)
Month/Site                   As required
Pre-requisites               None
Excluded Combinations        CP4005
Assessment                   100% Portfolio
Brief Description
The module aims to enable students to demonstrate the development and acquisition of
strategic IT management skills and competencies in the work place. This will be achieved
by students providing evidence of the application of core programme material within
appropriate strategic management contexts, including contexts other than the participants
current work area.
Note: Available only to part-time students currently employed in an appropriate post.
CP4004 Work Based Learning 4 (15 credit)
Month/Site                   As required
Pre-requisites               None
Excluded Combinations        CP4004
Assessment                   100% Portfolio
Brief Description
The module aims to enable students to demonstrate the development and acquisition of
strategic IT management skills and competencies in the work place. This will be achieved
by students providing evidence of the application of core programme material within
appropriate strategic management contexts, including contexts other than the participants
current work area.
Students will undertake a consultancy assignment within their current workplace.
Note: Available only to part-time students currently employed in an appropriate post.
CP4030 The Strategic Role IS and IT
Month/Site                   October/Telford
Pre-requisites               None
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   100% Academic paper
Brief Description
The module aims to enable students to conduct a strategic analysis of his or her own
organisation and to critically evaluate concepts of strategic fit, congruence and impact
analysis in relation to Information Systems and Information Technology within that
organisation.

CP4031 Managing Web Information Systems
Month/Site                   February/Telford
Pre-requisites               None
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   100% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to develop an understanding of the strategic, management, design and
practical implementation issues involved in the internet oriented organisation.




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CP4032 Strategic Work-based IM & T Skills Portfolio
Month/Site                    As required
Pre-requisites                None
Co-requisites                 6 Core Modules of the MSc SITM
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    100% Portfolio
Brief Description
The module aims to fulfil the organisational application requirements for the work-based
skills and competence aspects of the Strategic Management of Information Management &
Technology (IM & T) (Health) by providing evidence of the application of core programme
material within appropriate strategic management contexts, including contexts other than
the participants current work area.

CP4033 Applied IT Strategic Planning
Month/Site                   June/Telford
Pre-requisites               None
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   100% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to enable students to investigate and analyse changing organisational
needs and contexts and to recommend a strategic IS/IT plan to support these.

CP4034 Consultancy Skills for IS
Month/Site                  May/Telford
Pre-requisites              None
Excluded Combinations       None
Assessment                  100% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to equip the senior IS practitioner with a range of skills in consultancy and
communication that are relevant to the execution of strategic level consultancy and change
management activities associated with the introduction of new IM & T systems within
organisations.

CP4035 Enterprise Resource Planning
Month/Site                    December/Telford
Pre-requisites                None
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    100% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to develop an understanding of the strategic, organisational and technical
issues involved in the introduction of large-scale integrated software into an organisation.




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CP4036 Organisational Requirements Analysis
Month/Site                   January/Telford
Pre-requisites               None
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   30% Time constrained test/70% Report
Brief Description
The module aims to: enable the student to assess and critically evaluate the impact of IS &
T upon organisations, and to justify the contribution of IS &T to the organisation‟s
objectives

CP4037 Project and Programme Management
Month/Site                  April/Telford
Pre-requisites              None
Excluded Combinations       None
Assessment                  100% Coursework
Brief Description
The module aims to enable students to manage a complex programme of IS/IT projects,
developing appropriate operational approaches to planning and control.

CP4038 Strategic Information Technology Management Project
Month/Site                    As required
Pre-requisites                90 credits must have been gained from MSc Strategic
                              Information Technology Management modules to include
                              CP4047
Excluded Combinations         None
Assessment                    100% Coursework (Report and Viva)
Brief Description
The module aims to incorporate a substantial piece of individual work, including practical,
technical and academic work forming the culmination of MSc in Strategic Information
Technology Management. Students will investigate, analyse and develop the solution to a
problem or issue of practical concern in strategic management of information and
technology. Their work will be based on a thorough survey and evaluation of existing
related work and will lead to a critical evaluation of their own efforts, in terms of both
process and outcomes.

CP4045 Information Systems in Organisations
Month/Site                 November/Telford
Pre-requisites             None
Excluded Combinations      None
Assessment                 20% Group Presentation/80% Individual Report
Brief Description
The module aims to provide an understanding of the business, strategic and management
view of the systems development life cycle (SDLC).




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CP4047 Research Tools for Information Systems Evaluation
Month/Site                     March/Telford
Pre-requisites                 None
Excluded Combinations          None
Assessment                     90% Report/10% Oral Presentation
Brief Description
The module aims to equip students with the skills necessary to quantitatively and
qualitatively appraise the effectiveness of Information Systems strategies. Make students
aware of the different research methodologies and approaches used in information Systems
projects. Aid communication skills both written (writing a literature review, detailed
research proposal) and oral (presentation of findings).Great emphasis will be placed on the
need to critically evaluate the research process as well as its outcomes.

CP4048 Concepts and Techniques of Databases
Month/Site                   February/Telford
Pre-requisites               Basic IT skills
Excluded Combinations        None
Assessment                   50% Coursework/50% Seen Exam
Brief Description
The module aims to equip students with the skills necessary to design a relational database.
Understand the theory of the relational model. Implement and use a relational database.
Have an appreciation of alternative data models.

CP4052 Advanced Topics in Databases
Month/Site                  November/Telford
Pre-requisites              CP4048 or equivalent
Excluded Combinations
Assessment                  100% Coursework (includes a report and seminar)
Brief Description
The module aims to equip students with the skills necessary to display detailed knowledge
of an advanced database model. Evaluate suitable environments in which advanced database
approaches are applicable. Make use of an advanced database.




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6. Staff involved with the delivery of the Modules.

MSc Computer Science

                        Room         Telephone        Email

Helen Ashdown           MI308        1455             H.Ashdown@wlv.ac.uk
Avtar Athwall           MI308        1853             A.K.Athwall@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Kamal Bechkoum       MI313        1801             K.Bechkoum@wlv.ac.uk
Chris Dennett           MI112        8534             C.Dennett@wlv.ac.uk
Prof Carl Dudley        MI116        1868             Carl.Dudley@wlv.ac.uk
Steve Garner            MI138        1448             S.Garner@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Mary Garvey          MI112        1483             M.Garvey@wlv.ac.uk
John Hassall            MI122        1467             J.C.Hassall@wlv.ac.uk
Alan Hardcastle         MI122        1857             A.Hardcastle@wlv.ac.uk
Gill Jones              MI125        1475             Gill.Jones@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Quasim Mehdi         MI139        1822             Q.H.Mehdi@wlv.ac.uk
Doug Millward           MI113        1807             DJM63@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Peter Musgrove       MI137        1851             P.B.Musgrove@wlv.ac.uk
Brian Penfold           MI114        1469             B.Penfold@wlv.ac.uk
Tony Proctor            MI317        1839             T.Proctor@wlv.ac.uk
John Roche              MI141        1805             J.M.Roche@wlv.ac.uk
Brendan Riordan         MI308        1487             B.Riordan@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Rupert Simpson       MI141        8526             Rupert.Simpson@wlv.ac.uk
Stuart Slater           MI140        1460             S.I.Slater@wlv.ac.uk
Prof Andy Sloane        MI114        1445             A.Sloane@wlv.ac.uk
Prof Mike Thelwall      MI221        1470
Arline Wilson           MI218        1443             A.F.Wilson@wlv.ac.uk


MSc Strategic Information Technology Management

                        Room         Telephone        Email

Avtar Athwall           MI308        1853             A.K.Athwall@wlv.ac.uk
Pat Clark               MI125        1874             P.Clark@wlv.ac.uk
Pat Costello            MI317        1829             P.Costello@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Mary Garvey          MI112        1483             M.Garvey@wlv.ac.uk
Matthew Green           MI115        1465             M.A.Green@wlv.ac.uk
John Hassall            MI122        1467             J.C.Hassall@wlv.ac.uk
Tim Hipkiss             MI124        1809             T.Hipkiss@wlv.ac.uk
Gill Jones              MI125        1475             Gill.Jones@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Ann Latham           MI314        1850             A.Latham@wlv.ac.uk
Ken Rabey               MI121        1474             K.Rabey@wlv.ac.uk
Brendan Riordan         MI308        1487             B.Riordan@wlv.ac.uk
Phil Weaver             MI124        1888             P.Weaver@wlv.ac.uk




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7. Pathway Group Leaders/Staff with responsibilities for Pathways

         Postgraduate Awards Computing/Computer Science

         Award/Pathway Leader                         Mary Garvey

         Full-Time Tutors                             Andy Sloane
                                                      Mike Thelwall

         Part-time Tutor                              John Roche

         Luneberg Co-ordinator                        Andy Sloane

         Postgraduate Awards Strategic InformationTechnology Management
         (Telford)

         Award/Pathway Leader & Tutor                 Phil Weaver
         Pathway Leader (Health)                      John Hassall




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8. Further Information

         Grading Criteria For MSc Computer Science Modules

         A PASS (grade B,C or D) may be awarded where a student:

               Meets the requirements defined in the assessment criteria.
               Demonstrates a sound level of understanding of the concepts,
                methodology and content of the subject.

         AND, as appropriate to the assignment, meets at least one of the following:

               Provides evidence of critical judgement in selecting, ordering and/or
                analysing content.
               Demonstrates the ability to synthesise material and/or construct required
                deliverables.
               Presents written material in a coherent, well-written form and where
                appropriate, draws on a wide range of properly referenced sources.


         A PASS WITH DISTINCTION (grade A) may be awarded where a student
         meets all the relevant criteria for a pass AND:

         EITHER
             Work is of distinguished quality based on extensive reading and/or
              demonstrates an authoritative grasp of the concepts, methodology and
              content appropriate to the subject and to the assessment task.
         OR
             There is clear evidence of one or more of the following: originality and
              insight; ability to sustain an argument;, critical and/or analytical thought;
              effective synthesis of material, where appropriate to the task.


         A MARGINAL FAILURE (grade E) may be awarded where a student fails to
         meet the requirements for a pass, but where:
             Work covers the basic subject matter adequately and is appropriately
                organised and presented but is insufficiently analytical or contains some
                omissions and irrelevancies.
             There is some evidence of appropriate reading and/or practical
                application but it may be too narrow in its focus.


         A FAILURE (grade F) may be awarded where there is evidence of any or all of
         the following:
              The work is shallow and poorly presented
              There is a misunderstanding of certain key concepts
              The work lacks any suitable conclusions or critical analysis
              Reference material and/or practical application is missing or
                 inappropriate


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8a Information for MSc Computer Science Students

         Award Website
         You should check the award web site notice board on a regular basis. The
         address for this is: http://www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/msc

         Computing Facilities
         The University provides general computing facilities through the Learning
         Centres, on all sites. A number of Computer Laboratories containing PCs are
         available. These also allow networking access to the SUN mainframes. The
         Harrison Learning Centre has a small set of machines with specialist Computer
         Science software.

         SCIT provides further laboratories on the main site in MI block. Most labs will
         be booked for scheduled classes some of the time. At other times they are open
         access.

         The Learning Centre (Library)
         The Subject Advisor with responsibility for SCIT is Jo Smith. You will find her
         in the Harrison Learning Centre on main site. You should consult her on any
         aspect of library use: reference and retrieval procedures, inter-library loans, etc.
         She is always very willing to help. The library has set aside a special room for
         Postgraduate study.

         Assignments
         Most SCIT assignments should be handed in via the Student Registry in
         Reception in MT Block. Staff teaching the modules should explain what is
         required.

         Your assignment should have a Standard SCIT front cover (available from
         Student Registry) and be neatly presented, preferably in a suitable plastic cover.
         Any item handed in must have, clearly written on the front:

                your name
                your course
                your enrolment number
                the module number and name
                the module leader's name


          You must keep a copy or backup of any assessed work that you submit.
          Failure to do so may result in your having to repeat that piece of work.




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8b Information for MSc SITM /SITM (Health) Students

         Award WOLF Topic
         You should check the award WOLF topic on a regular basis. The topic for this
         is: MSc Strategic IT Management.

         In addition, each module will have its own WOLF topic.

         Resources

         Computing Facilities
         SCIT provides a further laboratory on the Telford site in SC block. This lab
         will be booked for scheduled classes some of the time. At other times it is open
         access. PC labs are classified as Grades 1, 2 and 3 where grade 3 has the most
         facilities/up-to-date machines.

         The Learning Centre (Library)
         The Subject Advisor with responsibility for SCIT is Jo Smith. You will find
         her in the Harrison Learning Centre on City Campus. You should consult her
         on any aspect of library use: reference and retrieval procedures, inter-library
         loans, etc. She is always very willing to help. The library has set aside a special
         room for Postgraduate study.

         The librarian at the Telford Campus is Christine Lambert. You will find her in
         the Telford Learning Centre in SA block.

         Assignments
         Your assignments should either be submitted electronically (usually via WOLF),
         handed in via the Student Registry in Reception in MT block or sent by
         registered post to the SCIT Office (submission requirements will be specified in
         the assessment guide for each module).

                   SITM
                   SCIT OFFICE
                   UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
                   MI BUILDING, TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
                   WULFRUNA STREET, WOLVERHAMPTON
                   WV1 1SB

         If you hand in to Registry, your assignment should have a standard SCIT front
         cover (available from Student Registry) and be neatly presented, preferably in a
         suitable plastic cover. Any item handed in must have clearly written on the front:

                   Your name
                   Your course
                   Your enrolment number
                   The module number and name
                   The module leaders name




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         If you send by registered post, the first page of the assignment should contain
         the above details. Please send an email to the module leader informing them
         when you have submitted your assignment, and by which method.

             You must keep a copy or backup of any assessed work that you submit.
             Failure to do so may result in your having to repeat that piece of work.




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9. General Information

a)       Discipline

In order for all students to get full benefit from their classes, we would ask you to
observe the following guidelines:

Guidelines concerning discipline issues in class

Problem                                             Guideline to staff
Mobile phones             Going off in class        At start of class (and TCAs and
                                                    exams) ask students to switch off
                                                    mobiles
                          Going off in class        Student going out of class to
                                                    answer phone, then returning.
                                                    Student should not be allowed to
                                                    return.
                          Use in inappropriate      Advise students that phones
                          places - e.g. labs,       should only be used in the Snack
                          corridors                 Bar in MU block.
Eating/drinking in                                  Drinks and sandwiches not
class                                               allowed. Labs and classes have
                                                    notices up, draw students'
                                                    attention to these.
Talking during            Relatively mild           This is disruptive for other
lecture                                             students who cannot hear the
                                                    lecture. Ask students to be quiet.
                                                    If it persists, ask them to leave.
Talking and other         More serious cases        A student or group of students
disruptive behaviour                                should be excluded from the class.
in class, active use of
mobile phones
                          Very serious - or they   Report student to Dean who may
                          were previously excluded take disciplinary action.




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b)       Practical Work and Assessment

Computing is a vocational subject with a diverse range of industrial and commercial
applications. Consequently, many of the modules involve practical work particularly at
levels 1 and 2. A significant proportion of this practical work is computer based.
Students must expect to work on computers and computer terminals throughout their
studies particularly in the early modules. This is not to say that computing does not have
a theoretical aspect. In fact the modules attempt to set practical work which reinforces
underpinning theories and concepts. Much of the practical element is continually
assessed.

The continuous assessment within the scheme is designed to assess students on other
competencies in addition to practical technical skills. Indicatively, students can expect
to be assessed on any of the following:

        Design skills
        Self-assessment of quality
        Performance in oral presentations or role-played interviews with a client
        The quality of written work in essays, reports and documentation of practical
         work
        Performance in group work and meeting skills
        The ability to source and reference ideas from books and other publications
        The ability to discuss and critically evaluate advanced topic areas
        Research skills

These skills are complementary to the practical technical skills that are sought by
employers of graduates, and are developed throughout the scheme. Experience has
indicated that some students find their progress inhibited by the lack of some basic
skills; this is particularly the case for written English. Students who have difficulty with
this will be counselled to do some remedial work to enable them to gain maximum
benefit from their studies.

c)       External Examiners

External examiners are assigned to modules, for which they see a representative sample
of all student work. Their job is to ensure that modules, assessment procedures and
marking standards are fair and on a par with other degree awarding institutions; and to
ensure that individual students are awarded grades that are a fair reflection of their
performance.

d)       Staff/Student Liaison

There are various levels of liaison. Formally there are staff-student liaison committees
within the various awards. Additionally, modules have a questionnaire, which you are
asked to fill in. We do, however, value more detailed feedback and some modules
gather this feedback at specific points within the teaching process. If students are
unhappy with the progress of a module they are encouraged to discuss it with the
module leader/lecturer concerned in the first instance rather than waiting for formal
meetings. Problems are always solved quickest 'on the ground'.



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 e)       Student Voice

 The involvement of students in the assessment of course quality is an established part of
 the University's procedures. The Students' Union and your Pathway leaders will be able
 to tell you about the representative roles available to students and the communication
 processes in the School. These are important roles that benefit you and other students.
 Further information about student representation and the Student Voice is available at
 the Students' Union website: www.wolvesunion.org/main/studentvoice

 You can contact your student representative via the email addresses below


MSc Computer Science                  Strategic IT                    Strategic IT
                                      Management                      Management
                                                                      (Health)
ComputerScienceMSc@wlv.ac.uk          SITM@wlv.ac.uk                  SITMH@wlv.ac.uk
ComputerScienceMScPT@wlv.ac.uk
(Part time students)




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10. Timetables
MSc Computer Science
Some modules will run in different timeslots in even and odd years. Even years are those years beginning with an even number (06, 08, etc) and odd years are
those beginning with an odd number (07, 09, etc). The proposed timetables are below.
EVEN YEARS – 2006/07
LEVEL 4  SEMESTER 1
                am                                      pm                                      eve
   MONDAY                                               CP4041 Advanced Topics in Computer        CP4020 Visualisation and Image Processing
                                                        Science                                   (CP3349 Social Legal and Professional Aspects )
   TUESDAY                                              CP4046 Operating Systems and              CP4043 Research Methods in Computer Science
                                                        Architecture
 WEDNESDAY                                                                                        CP4011 Database Concepts and Techniques
                                                                                                  CP4017 Systems Development & HCI

  THURSDAY                                              CP4013 Information Systems Analysis       CP4014 Internet and Communications Technology
                                                        and Design                                CP4049 Programming for Games and Animation
       FRIDAY                                           CP4044 Programming for Systems &
                                                        Networks
                                                        CP4012 Programming Concepts and
                                                        Techniques

LEVEL 4         SEMESTER 2
       MONDAY                                           CP4022 Research Topics in Networks        CP4024 Multimedia Technology
                                                        and Distributed Systems
                                                        CP4014 Internet and Communications
                                                        Technology
                                                        CP4015 Methodologies for Systems
                                                        Development
   TUESDAY                                              CP4011 Database Concepts and              CP4050 Games Design and Development.
                                                        Techniques
                                                        CP4043 Research Methods in
                                                        Computer Science
                                                                                                  CP4013 Information Systems Analysis and Design
 WEDNESDAY                                                                                        CP4041 Advanced Topics in Computer Science
                                                        CP4017 Systems Development & HCI          CP4012 Programming Concepts and Techniques
  THURSDAY                                                                                        CP4046 Operating Systems and Architecture




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       FRIDAY   CP4019 Ensuring Systems Quality   CP4040 Internet and WWW Based
                                                  Research Topics
                                                  CP4023 Advanced Databases
ODD YEARS – 2007/08

LEVEL 4         SEMESTER 1
                am                                pm                                    eve
   MONDAY                                         CP4041 Advanced Topics in Computer     CP4020 Visualisation and Image Processing
                                                  Science                                (CP3349 Social Legal and Professional Aspects )

   TUESDAY                                        CP4046 Operating Systems and           CP4043 Research Methods in Computer Science
                                                  Architecture
WEDNESDAY                                                                                CP4011 Database Concepts and Techniques
                                                                                         CP4017 Systems Development & HCI

  THURSDAY                                        CP4013 Information Systems Analysis    CP4014 Internet and Communications Technology
                                                  and Design                             CP4044 Programming for Systems & Networks
                                                  CP4049 Programming for Games and
                                                  Animation
       FRIDAY                                     CP4012 Programming Concepts and
                                                  Techniques

LEVEL 4         SEMESTER 2
       MONDAY                                     CP4024 Multimedia Technology           CP4022 Research Topics in Networks and Distributed
                                                  CP4014 Internet and Communications     Systems
                                                  Technology
                                                  CP4015 Methodologies for Systems
                                                  Development
   TUESDAY                                        CP4011 Database Concepts and           CP4040 Internet and WWW Based Research Topics
                                                  Techniques                             CP4023 Advanced Databases
                                                  CP4043 Research Methods in
                                                  Computer Science
                                                                                         CP4013 Information Systems Analysis and Design
 WEDNESDAY                                                                               CP4041 Advanced Topics in Computer Science
                                                  CP4017 Systems Development & HCI       CP4012 Programming Concepts and Techniques
  THURSDAY                                                                               CP4046 Operating Systems and Architecture
   FRIDAY                                         CP4019 Ensuring Systems Quality
                                                  CP4050 Games Design and
                                                  Development.


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MSc Strategic IT Management
Annual Timetable 2006/7

PROVISIONAL – please refer to WOLF topic “MSc Strategic IT Management” for latest
version.


                    Foundation                Core                Electives
 October                            CP4030 The Strategic
                                    Role of IS and IT

 November CP4045 Information                                CP4052 Advanced
          Systems in                                        Topics in Databases
          Organisations

 December                                                   CP4035 Enterprise
                                                            Resource Planning

 January                            CP4036 Organisational
                                    Requirements Analysis

 February     CP4048 Concepts and                           CP4031 Managing
              Techniques of                                 Web Information
              Databases                                     Systems

 March                              CP4047 Research Tools
                                    for IS Evaluation

 April                              CP4037 Project and
                                    Programme Management

 May                                CP4034 Consultancy
                                    Skills for IS

 June                               CP4033 Applied IT
                                    Strategic Planning




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Schedule for 2006/2007


CP4030 The Strategic Role of IS and IT:
Distribute preliminary work       Monday 2nd October 2006
Teaching                          Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th October 2006
Assessment workshop               23rd or 24th October, or 25th October 2006
Module surgery                    Wednesday 1st November 2006 (6.30 – 8.30pm)
Assessment workshop               6th, 7th or 8th November 2006
Hand-in assessment                Friday 24th November 2006

CP 4045 Information Systems in Organisations:
Distribute preliminary work     Monday 30th October 2006
Teaching                        Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th November 2006
Assessment workshop             20th, 21st or 22nd November 2006
Module surgery                  Wednesday 29th November 2006 (6.30 – 8.30pm)
Assessment workshop             4th, 5th or 6th December 2006
Hand-in assessment              Friday 5th January 2007

CP 4052 Advanced Topics in Databases:
Distribute preliminary work     Monday 30th October 2006
Teaching                        Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th November 2006
Assessment workshop             20th, 21st or 22nd November 2006
Module surgery                  Wednesday 29th November 2006 (6.30 – 8.30pm)
Assessment workshop             4th, 5th or 6th December 2006
Hand-in assessment              Friday 5th January 2007

CP4035 Enterprise Resource Planning:
Distribute preliminary work     Monday 27th November 2006
Teaching                        Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th December 2006
Assessment workshop             8th, 9h, 10th January 2007
Module surgery                  Wednesday 17th January 2007 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Assessment workshop             24th, 25th, or 26th January 2007
Hand-in assessment              Friday 2nd February 2007

CP4036 Organisational Requirements Analysis:
Distribute preliminary work    Monday 8th January 2007
Teaching                       Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st January 2007
Assessment workshop            29th or 30th January, or 1st February 2007
Module surgery                 Wednesday 7th February 2007 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Assessment workshop            12th, 13th or 14th February 2007
Hand-in assessment             Friday 2nd March 2007

CP4048 Concepts and Techniques of Databases:
Distribute preliminary work    Monday 12th February 2007
Teaching                       Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th February 2007
Assessment workshop            5th, 6th or 7th March 2007
Module surgery                 Wednesday 14th March 2007 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Assessment workshop            19th, 20th or 21st March 2007
Hand-in assessment             Thursday 5th April 2007




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CP4031 Managing Web Information Systems:
Distribute preliminary work   Monday 12th February 2007
Teaching                      Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th February 2007
Assessment workshop           5th, 6th or 7th March 2007
Module surgery                Wednesday 14th March 2007 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Assessment workshop           19th, 20th or 21st March 2007
Hand-in assessment            Thursday 5th April 2007

CP4047 Research Tools for IS Evaluation:
Distribute preliminary work      Monday 5th March 2007
Teaching                         Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th March 2007
Assessment workshop              26th, 27th or 28th March 2007
Module surgery                   Wednesday 4th April 2007 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Assessment workshop              23rd, 24th or 25th April 2007
Hand-in assessment               Friday 4th May 2007

CP4037 Project and Programme Management:
Distribute preliminary work   Monday 2nd April 2007
Teaching                      Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th April 2007
Assessment workshop           7th, 8th or 9th May 2007
Module surgery                Wednesday 16th May 2007 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Assessment workshop           21st, 22nd or 23rd May 2007
Hand-in assessment            Friday 8th June 2007

CP4034 Consultancy Skills for Information Systems:
Distribute preliminary work       Monday 14th May 2007
Teaching                          Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th May 2007
Assessment workshop               4th, 5th or 6th June 2007
Module surgery                    Wednesday 13th June 2007 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Assessment workshop               18th, 19th or 20th June 2007
Hand-in assessment                Friday 6th July 2007

CP4033 Applied IT Strategic Planning:
Distribute preliminary work      Monday 11th June 2007
Teaching                         Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th June 2007
Assessment workshop              2nd, 3rd or 4th July 2007
Module surgery                   Wednesday 11th July 2007 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Assessment workshop              16th, 17th, or 18th July 2007
Hand-in assessment               Friday 3rd August 2007




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