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1.      Welcome to HND                                      2


2.      Purpose of this Pathway Guide                       3


3.      About your Award                                    4

         a.     Aims and Objectives
         b.     General Aspects


5.      Guidance about choice between and within Pathways   7

         c.     Computing
         d.     Computing BIT


6.      The Award Structure                                 11

         e.     Core Modules
         f.     Key Skills
         g.     Planning your programme of study
         h.     Introduction to the subject
         i.     Assessment methods and grading
         j.     BTEC Common Skills and Competences


7.      Module Descriptions                                 33


8.      Staff involved with the delivery of modules         36


9.      Student Responsibilities                            39


10.     Further Information                                 41

         k.     Communications
         l.     Resources
         m.     External Examiner
         n.     Award Regulations
         o.     Progression Regulations
         p.     Counselling and Programme Planning
         q.     Problem Solving
         r.     Administrative forms
         s.     Submission of coursework
         t.     Vital Information / key words


11.     Academic Calendar                                   53


12.     HND Course Team (photographs)                       54


13.     Notes                                               55


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WELCOME TO THE HND COMPUTING/ HND COMPUTING (BIT) AWARDS


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



SCIT runs a range of named awards at HND, Degree and Masters level where Computing or
Mathematics and Computing form a major part of the study. This pathway guide contains general
information for SCIT HND students, HND Computing and HND Computing (BIT) Award information and
information relevant to your HND modules. It should answer many questions about how your award is
operated. Please keep it for future reference.



I hope that studying in SCIT meets your expectations and that you find the topics covered both useful
and interesting. I wish you every success in your studies and hope that your time spent here at the
University of Wolverhampton proves to be a good foundation for your career or future study plans.




Brendan Riordan
HND Computing and Computing (BIT) Award Leader




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PURPOSE OF THIS PATHWAY GUIDE

This Pathway Guide contains all the essential information you will need to understand how your Award
operates. You will at various points have to consult other sources of information. You will be referred to
these, as well as to other material, at the appropriate points.

We encourage you to read the pathway guide through now since it will be useful for you to be familiar
with the various aspects of your studies which are described in these pages. Of course, the relevance
of some sections will not become fully clear until later on.

The pathway guide has been designed for ease of use. We hope that its size will enable you to keep it
somewhere accessible where you will always know where it is and can thus refer to it quickly when
needed.

In order to save yourself (and possibly others) time, do please read the pathway guide carefully. The
answers to most of the questions you will want to ask during your time as a student are contained in it.
You should look particularly closely at section 7.1 "How to solve your problems" later in the pathway
guide.

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 pathway guide.

In reading the Pathway Guide you will come across a number of words and phrases, relating both to the
Award specifically and the University generally, with which you may not be familiar. A list of Keywords
is included in the "Vital Information" section of the Pathway Guide.




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ABOUT YOUR AWARD

INTRODUCTION

The scheme has been developed using the Guidelines for Higher National Awards in Computing set out
by Edexcel/BTEC in March 1998.

The awards have been developed for students seeking a vocational education appropriate to the needs
of the "computing practitioner" at Edexcel/BTEC Higher National level.


YOUR AWARD

On admission, you will register on one of the two-year full-time awards. The full-time awards are the
HND in Computing and the HND in Computing (BIT). Transfer between these schemes is possible but
normally should take place before the start of semester 2 of the first year.


TITLE OF AWARDS

The awards will be made by the University of Wolverhampton, under licence from the Business and
Technician Education Council.

The following full-time awards are offered:

   HND Computing, which addresses the knowledge and skills required for the development of
    computer systems in a structured and professional manner.

   HND Computing (BIT) which focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to find I.T. solutions in a
    structured professional manner.


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

General Educational Aims

All programmes of study share a common set of general educational aims which reflect the
Edexcel/BTEC Common Skills (see section 7.0) and enable personal effectiveness in working and adult
life for competent practitioners.
Scheme Aims

The scheme aims to provide a general education in modern computing practice so that diplomates will
be able to contribute to the design and implementation of a variety of computer applications within a
range of computing environments.

This will enable students to:

   obtain employment and build a career in the computer industry, or enhance their career
    opportunities; or

   proceed to further higher education or training, e.g. a degree or professional qualification.

Scheme Objectives

Qualifying students should be able to:

   study and understand specific computing environments in relation to the development and
    implementation of a given computer application;
   investigate the requirements of a given application;



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   specify, evaluate and justify alternative approaches to the implementation of a computer application
    within a given environment;
   acquire specific skills needed to contribute to the development of computer-based applications;
   demonstrate the necessary interpersonal and communication skills to operate effectively within a
    project team.

Specific Award Aims: HND Computing

To provide students with:

   a broad understanding and knowledge of computing;
   a range of technical and methodological skills necessary to analyse, design and implement software
    and computer-based systems;
   skills to develop robust, reliable and maintainable computer applications;
   commercial programming skills using a standard design methodology;
   sufficient knowledge to make informed judgements when advising organisations on the
    requirements for small business computer systems software, hardware and networks.

Specific Award Aims: HND Computing (BIT)

To provide students with:

   an understanding and knowledge of information technologies and their organisational context;
   a wide range of skills to enable them to analyse requirements, and to assist in the development of
    computer systems to meet these needs;
   an appreciation of how PC networks (systems/software) should be set up, maintained and
    evaluated;
   sufficient knowledge to make informed judgements when advising organisations on the
    requirements for small business computer systems software, hardware and development tools;
    commercial programming skills using a standard design methodology.




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AWARD STRUCTURE

General aspects

The scheme identifies material common to a wide range of computer applications and includes part of
this as core studies in the first year. Two first year routes are available though many of the modules are
in common.

The HND in Computing Award is provided for students who require an award with a more technical
background.

The HND in Computing (BIT) Award is provided for students who require an award with a more I.T.
support orientated approach.

Students would normally only be allowed one change of award - at the end of semester one.

The Academic year is 32 weeks. This will consist of two 15 week semesters and two weeks between
semesters. This is based upon the University calendar.

The award is studied over two years in full-time mode. The award structures are shown on pages 8 and
9.

Modules are assessed at the end of the semester in which they occur.

Whilst there is some assessment of Common Skills/Key Skills in most modules in the scheme, the project
and advanced project modules will have an important role in the development and assessment of the
Edexcel/BTEC Common Skills.


HND options

To enable the named awards to respond to future trends in the I.T. market, the award reserves the right
to offer other Edexcel/BTEC option modules in future award programmes.

Students’ choice will be subject to timetabling constraints.

Personal Tutors will advise students of the availability or otherwise of the above at the appropriate time.




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                                     Pathway Modules Template

                                  Prescribed programmes of Study

                                               LEVEL 1

 Pathway Title          BTEC Higher National Diploma               Pathway   H/CM
                        Computing                                  Code


                                              List all modules
 Semester                    Module Title                                       Credits
               Module
               code
                                                                                15
 Sem 1         CP1043        Computer Platforms
                                                                                15
 Sem 1         CP1045        Software Constructs and Tools
                                                                                15
 Sem 1         CP1046        Computing Solutions
                                                                                15
 Sem 1         CP1051        Introduction to Programming
                                                                                15
 Sem 2         CP1044        Introduction to Systems Analysis
                                                                                15
 Sem 2         CP1049        Data Analysis and Database Design
                                                                                15
 Sem 2         CP1050        Visual Programming
                                                                                15
 Sem 2         CP1047        Computer Implementation Project




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                                     Pathway Modules Template

                                  Prescribed programmes of Study

                                              LEVEL 2

 Pathway Title          BTEC Higher National Diploma               Pathway   H/CM
                        Computing                                  Code


                                             List all modules
 Semester                    Module Title                                       Credits
               Module
               code
                                                                                15
 Sem 1         CP2070        Communication Technology
                                                                                15
 Sem 1         CP2069        Quality Management Principles
                                                                                15
 Sem 1         CP2075        Computer Architecture
                                                                                15
 Sem1& 2       CP2071        Advanced Computing Project
                                                                                15
 Sem 2         CP2073        Networking
                                                                                15
 Sem 2         CP2076        Database Management
                                                                                15
 Sem 2         CP2077        Web Site Management




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                                     Pathway Modules Template

                                  Prescribed programmes of Study

                                               LEVEL 1

 Pathway Title          BTEC Higher National Diploma               Pathway   H/BIT
                        Computing (BIT)                            Code


                                              List all modules
 Semester                    Module Title                                        Credits
               Module
               code
                                                                                 15
 Sem 1         CP1043        Computer Platforms
                                                                                 15
 Sem 1         CP1045        Software Constructs and Tools
                                                                                 15
 Sem 1         CP1046        Computing Solutions
                                                                                 15
 Sem 1         CP1051        Introduction to Programming
                                                                                 15
 Sem 2         CP1044        Introduction to Systems Analysis
                                                                                 15
 Sem 2         CP1049        Data Analysis and Database Design
                                                                                 15
 Sem 2         CP1050        Visual Programming
                                                                                 15
 Sem 2         CP1048        Bit Implementation Project




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                                     Pathway Modules Template

                                  Prescribed programmes of Study

                                                LEVEL 2

 Pathway Title          BTEC Higher National Diploma               Pathway   H/BIT
                        Computing (BIT)                            Code


                                             List all modules
 Semester                    Module Title                                        Credits
               Module
               code
                                                                                 15
 Sem 1         CP2070        Communication Technology
                                                                                 15
 Sem 1         CP2078        Business Applications Development
                                                                                 15
 Sem 1         CP2069        Quality Management Principles
                                                                                 15
 Sem1& 2       CP2072        Advanced BIT Project
                                                                                 15
 Sem 2         CP2074        End-User Support
                                                                                 15
 Sem 2         CP2076        Database Management
                                                                                 15
 Sem 2         CP2077        Web Site Management




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THE AWARD STRUCTURE

The Award Management Team reserves the right to alter the order in which specific programmes of
study, shown below, are offered. In such cases, the pre-requisite requirements will be maintained.

BTEC Core Units are shown in bold text.

Year 1: HND Computing Award




                  CP1043               CP1045            CP1046                 CP1051
        S1      Computer              Software          Computing           Introduction to
               Platforms H1         Constructs and     Solutions H1          Programming
                                      Tools H1                                    H1




                  CP1044               CP1049            CP1050               CP1047
        S2    Introduction to        Data Analysis        Visual             Computer
                  Systems            and Database      Programming         Implementation
                Analysis H1           Design H1             H1               Project H1




Year 2: HND Computing Award:




                CP2070                 CP2069             CP2075              CP2071
       S3    Communicatio              Quality           Computer            Advanced
             n Technology           Management        Architecture H1        Computing
                  H2                Principles H2                            Project H2




                CP2073                CP2076             CP2077
             Networking H1            Database           Web Site
       S4                            Management         Management
                                     Systems H2             H2




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Year 1: HND Computing (BIT) Award




                 CP1043               CP1045          CP1046             CP1051
       S1      Computer              Software        Computing       Introduction to
              Platforms H1         Constructs and   Solutions H1      Programming
                                     Tools H1                              H1




                 CP1044               CP1049          CP1050           CP1048
       S2    Introduction to        Data Analysis      Visual            BIT
                 Systems            and Database    Programming     Implementation
               Analysis H1           Design H1           H1           Project H1




Year 2: HND Computing (BIT) Award




                CP2070                CP2078           CP2069         CP2072
       S3    Communicatio             Business         Quality      Advanced BIT
             n Technology            Applications   Management       Project H2
                  H2               Development H1   Principles H2




                CP2074                CP2076         CP2077
       S4       End-User              Database       Web Site
               Support H1            Management     Management
                                     Systems H2         H2




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  HND Computing Modules For 2004/2005

  Semester 1                 Semester 2            Semester 3                           Semester 4


     Computing                  Introduction to        Business
      Solutions                Systems Analysis       Applications
                                                      Development


                                Data Analysis                                                 Database
                                and Database                                                 Management
                                   Design                                                     Systems




                                    BIT
                               Implementation
      Software                                                        Advanced BIT Project
                                   Project
    Constructs and
        Tools


                                 Computer
                               Implementation
                                   Project                      Advanced Computing Project
    Introduction to
     Programming




                                   Visual                       Quality
                                Programming                   Management
                                                               Principles


                                                                                          Web Site
                                                                                         Management


                                                                                             End User
                                                                                             Support


                                                      Communication
                                                       Technology
   Computer
   Platforms

                                                                                        Networking



                                                        Computer
                                                       Architecture




Computing and                 BIT                 Computing
    BIT                                             only
                              only




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KEY SKILLS/COMMON SKILLS

In a broader context, the award seeks to develop your critical faculties and communicative and
interpersonal skills in order to provide a firm basis for your chosen career or to enable you to go on and
undertake further study.

The development of key skills is increasingly being seen as an important aspect of higher education in
general. It is of particular importance for students entering employment with business knowledge, and
there are indications that these skills are often valued more highly than technical skills and knowledge.

The skills and outlook fostered by your studies will equip you to fill posts in a wide variety of fields in
industry and commerce, the Civil Service, international organisations and agencies and the financial
services sector.




PLANNING YOUR PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Registration
At the beginning of each semester you will be asked to confirm your award/ programme of study in
consultation with your Personal Tutor. You should ensure that you meet the publicised deadline during
the induction period. Any amendment to your study programme must be approved by your Award
Leader.

At the end of each semester, you will receive a transcript which sets out the modules you have taken and
the grades awarded. When you have completed your studies, you will receive a final transcript listing all
modules taken and grades awarded.

If, at any stage, you have a query about your transcript, you should in the first instance go to the Student
Registry.




INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBJECT

LEVELS OF STUDY

There are two Levels of study offered on the scheme: H1 and H2.

H1 : characteristics of these modules include providing an introduction to the character and activities of a
subject and to the basic skills required for subsequent study in the subject. Some of these modules may
have other H1 modules as pre-requisites. Normally H2 modules will have one or more H1 modules as a
pre-requisite.

H2 : modules are concerned with developing the acquisition of skills, methodologies, principles and
knowledge in a subject.




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ASSESSMENT METHODS AND GRADING

Timing of Assessment

Assessment is deemed to have taken place at the end of the module, even though particular assignments
may need to be completed prior to that date.

An Assessment Schedule will be produced at the beginning of each Semester so that work is reasonably
distributed.


Methods of Assessment

Each module within the scheme will be assessed. However, a variety of methods of assessment will be
used. These may include examinations, tests, vivas, practical work, projects and in-course assignments.
Where examinations are used for assessment, the examination will normally be of two hours duration and
taken at the end of the unit under formal examination conditions. The methods used will be chosen to
reflect and support the aims of the unit. Examinations and tests will generally be used for assessment of
the knowledge base. Assessment of skills will be based upon realistic in-course assignments and
projects, individual and in groups.

The type of assessment will vary between modules but the following are typical assessment activities:

           Documented programs which may also need to be demonstrated
           Multichoice and other tests
           Documented practical work
           Seminar presentations
           Case Study presentation and documentation (group work)

A module may be assessed by more than one method.

In order to pass a module a student must normally pass all components. (e.g. if there is one in-course
assessment and an examination for a module, a student must pass both components).




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Assessment Grading

Assessment elements within a unit are graded A, B, C, D, E or F where:


         Grade           Performance                         Status
         A16             Outstanding                         Pass - Distinction
         A15             Outstanding                         Pass - Distinction
         A14             Outstanding                         Pass - Distinction
         B13             Above average - very good           Pass - Merit
         B12             Above average - very good           Pass - Merit
         B11             Above average - very good           Pass - Merit
         C10             Average - good                      Pass - Merit
         C9              Average - good                      Pass
         C8              Average - good                      Pass
         D7              Satisfactory                        Pass
         D6              Satisfactory                        Pass
         D5              Satisfactory                        Pass
         E4              Compensatable fail
         F3              Uncompensatable fail
         F2              Uncompensatable fail
         F1              Uncompensatable fail                F3 F2 F1
         F0              Uncompensatable fail                Fail, no resit permitted
         DNA             Did not attempt
         NYC             Not yet completed

A student who does not reach a satisfactory pass standard (i.e. obtains a Grade E or Grade F) in an
assessment element will be allowed to recoup the mark by further work decided upon by the module
team. After further work of satisfactory standard a minimum pass mark will be recorded.

Pass

A Pass grade is achieved by meeting all the requirements defined in the assessment criteria for each
unit.

Merit                                                 Distinction

In order to achieve a merit the student must:         In order to achieve a distinction the student must:

   use a range of methods and techniques to             check validity when collecting, analysing and
    collect, analyse and process information/data         processing complex information/data

   apply and analyse detailed knowledge and             evaluate and synthesis relevant theories and
    skills, using relevant theories and techniques        techniques to generate and justify valid
                                                          conclusions
   coherently present and communicate work
    using technical language accurately                  show an individual approach in presenting and
                                                          communicating work coherently, using technical
                                                          language fluently

Using grade descriptors

The grade descriptors listed are for grading the total evidence produced for each unit. In order to do this,
the descriptor should be contextualised and incorporated into the design of assessment activities. Some
units may not give the opportunity for the use of all the features of the Merit or Distinction grade
descriptors. Consequently, centres should select the appropriate features of the grade descriptors for
those units. Students’ work should then be assessed using the assessment criteria and contextualised
grade descriptors.



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BTEC COMMON SKILLS/KEY SKILLS

APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Common Skills are transferable skills which are seen as being applicable to all vocational areas, enabling
personal effectiveness in working and adult life. Faced with choices in work, education and training,
Common Skills/Key Skills enable individuals to take responsibilities for all aspects of their lives.

Edexcel/BTEC have defined seven Common Skill areas as follows:

       Managing and developing self
       Working with and relating to others
       Communicating
       Managing tasks and solving problems
       Applying numeracy
       Applying technology
       Applying design and creativity

Each of the seven skill areas is broken down into a number of Competencies. There are 18
Competencies in all. Section 6.2 shows each of the Common Skills and the related competencies.
Section 6.3 gives a definition of each of these competencies.

The main vehicle for the administration, development and assessment of BTEC Common Skills will be
the project modules.

The Edexcel/BTEC common skills will be further assessed throughout the course. Common Skills
Competencies are allocated to each module studied. The proposed Edexcel/BTEC Common Skills
programmes are shown in Section 6.5.

Throughout the two year course students will produce a Common Skills Portfolio containing several
completed BTEC Competency forms for each of the 18 Competencies.

The BTEC Competency form will be completed by the student and be submitted with the corresponding
module assignments. The module leader will grade and sign the Competency form keep a record and
return it to the student.

A Common Skills Assessment proforma showing an example of where each competency can potentially
be assessed can be found in Section 6.4.

Each year a Common Skills profile will be completed for each student, showing the grades obtained for
each competency in each appropriate module. This will be used by the Edexcel/BTEC Common Skills
Coordinator to arrive at an overall grade for each Common Skill/Key Skill at the end of your course.

In some instances students are encouraged to claim Edexcel/BTEC Common Skill competencies by
submitting evidence obtained from other learning experiences to demonstrate they have reached the
required standard.

COMMON SKILLS GRADING

For assignments that are largely concerned with the development of common skills, students will be given
a list of skills being assessed prior to the assignments being undertaken.

After completion of an assignment that explicitly assesses common skills, the student will be given a
grade for their achievement in each skill listed.

A final grade (D, M, P or R) will be awarded at the end of the programme of study for each of the
Common Skills.



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LIST OF BTEC COMMON SKILLS AND COMPETENCES


Common Skill                                Competence

Managing and Developing Self                1:     Manage own roles and responsibilities.
                                            2:     Manage own time in achieving objectives.
                                            3:     Undertakes personal and career development.
                                            4:     Transfer skills gained to new and changing
                                                   situations and contexts.


Working    with   and    Relating   to      5:      Treat others' values, beliefs and opinions with
Others                                             respect.
                                            6:      Relate to and interact effectively with   individuals   and
                                            groups.
                                            7:      Work effectively as a member of a team.


Communicating                                8:    Receive and respond to a variety of information.
                                             9:    Present information in a variety of visual forms.
                                            10:    Communicate in writing.
                                            11:    Participate in oral and non-verbal communication.


Managing     Tasks      and   Solving       12:    Use information sources.
Problems                                    13:    Deal with a combination of routine and non-routine
                                                   problems.
                                            14:    Identify   and    solve     routine   and     non-routine
                                                   problems.


Applying Numeracy                           15:    Apply numerical skills and techniques.


Applying Technology                         16:    Use a range of technological equipment and systems.


Applying Design and Creativity              17:    Apply a range of skills and techniques to develop
                                                   a   variety    of     ideas     in   the    creation      of
                                                   new/modified products, services or situations.
                                            18:    Use a range of thought processes.




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COMPETENCE DEFINITIONS


Competence 1: Manage own roles and responsibilities

This competence is concerned with the ability to recognise, understand and meet the individual's
responsibilities within a range of personal and work roles.


Competence 2: Manage own time in achieving objectives

This competence is about developing the ability to use time effectively. This requires a positive attitude
towards applying time management techniques to the achievement of objectives. A range of time
management techniques could be used across these levels. These might include:-

       use of logs/diaries/charts/personal organisers;

       CPA/scheduling;

       planning cycles;

       time analysis.

The learner will exercise autonomy in deciding how to tackle tasks, including the prioritisation and the
continuous evaluation of the processes to be used.

Competence 3: Undertake personal and career development

This competence is about the planning and management of personal and career development. It will
require an understanding of the current and future requirements to effect the learner's career and
personal development. Situations could be devised to meet short, medium and longer term objectives
eg:

       identification and familiarisation with new equipment or technology;

       identification of skills weaknesses and their subsequent improvement;

       consolidating present job or career path and thinking about future possibilities;

       planning stages in career progression;

       identification and planning of possible changes in direction of career.

The learner will be operating independently, whilst recognising when to seek advice.


Competence 4: Transfer skills gained to new and changing situations
and contexts

This competence is about developing the ability to transfer learning from one situation to another. The
range goes from transferring basic and previously established procedures eg:

       safety;

       administrative;

       maintenance;

       calibration procedures;

to the selection or modification of established procedures and processes eg:


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       managing projects;

       supervision;

       training;

       decision making.

This will also include the opportunity for the identification of any new skills and knowledge to be
developed by the learner.


Competence 5: Treat others' values, beliefs and opinions with respect

This competence is concerned with the development of the awareness and understanding of other
peoples' opinions and beliefs, in relationship to the learner's. The competence could be developed in
peer groups, in which the learner interacts with individuals and groups with differing values, beliefs and
opinions. Situations should be used in a vocational context, where the learner is confronted by issues
which may conflict with their own or the accepted point. Examples of such issues are:

       technological development;

       pollution and industrial development;

       roles of the individual in a large organisation.

In addition to justifying the learner's own position, there should be a demonstration of the ability to
challenge others' values, opinions and beliefs in a sensitive and constructive manner.


Competence 6: Relate to and interact effectively with individuals and
groups

This competence involves relating to and interacting with others. This may involve work colleagues,
other students or staff. This competence could be developed and assessed in almost any aspect of the
award, where the learner is able to enhance his/her own performance and those of others by the way
he/she relates to them. The learner should demonstrate the ability to initiate actions which would
improve relationships enhancing their own performance and those of others.


Competence 7: Work effectively as a member of a team

This competence is about the achievement of goals and objectives in collaboration with colleagues. At
college, vocational situations could be devised where tasks are completed by team work. The learner
will have to be able to operate effectively as a team member and leader.


Competence 8: Receive and respond to a variety of information.

This competence is about the learner seeking, analysing and utilising information from a wide range of
sources, eg:

       responding correctly to written and/or verbal instructions;

       assembling equipment according to a diagram;

       operating equipment according to a manual.

All student centred learning processes will enable the development and assessment of this
competence. The types of communication should include confused, misleading, contradictory and


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ambiguous messages and information capable of a variety of interpretations. The complexity of types
of communication increases with progression. The competence should include the explanation of
technical and specialist information to a non-specialist.


Competence 9: Present information in a variety of visual forms

This competence is about the presentation of information in a visual form as an alternative to the
written. In the main the information will be presented graphically, but video and film may also be used.
Processes as well as physical descriptions should also be presented in this way. Examples may
include:

       an office design;

       a control process;

       tables of results;

       an organisational structure;

       text for reports.

The learner will communicate the intended message accurately and effectively to the audience or
recipient.


Competence 10: Communicate in writing

This competence is about the learner being able to use writing to communicate in a concise, precise
and stylish manner, conveying information accurately and sensitively. The learner should use aids to
writing such as a dictionary, thesaurus and specified conventions for style. Examples could include,
letters, notes, memoranda, specifications and reports.


Competence 11: Participate in oral and non-verbal communication

This competence is about the learner being able to recognise the importance of verbal and non- verbal
communication and to develop their abilities accordingly. This communication should be developed in
both formal and informal situations and should enhance the abilities of the learner to work with and
relate to others. The learner should be able to operate in the context of familiar and unfamiliar
situations and a variety of differing audiences. Regard must be given to being sensitive, persuasive and
effective.


Competence 12: Use information sources

This competence is about the learner being able to gather and use information from a variety of sources
to complete the relevant task. A wide range of sources could be made available to the learner eg:

       expert individuals;

       manuals;

       databases;

       text books;

       results of surveys.

This will include the process of evaluation of self and others to identify which skills and techniques need
to be developed to meet the objectives.


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Competence 13: Deal with a combination of routine and non-routine
tasks

This competence is about being able to carry out a variety of tasks in an organised way to enhance the
process of completing the tasks more efficiently. Complex tasks should be undertaken in a structured
and planned way to ensure their successful completion. This will also involve the learner in recognising
when and from whom to seek help and guidance as appropriate.


Competence 14: Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems

This competence is about the learner being able to utilise a range of techniques to solve given problems
effectively. The nature of the problems will include those given to as well as those identified and
perceived by the learner. These problems may occur in the carrying out of a range of routine and non-
routine activities. The nature and urgency of the problem to be solved should determine the appropriate
timescale. The learner will also develop the ability to resolve a number of solutions to given or
perceived problems, and to evaluate, select and implement the most appropriate solution.


Competence 15: Apply numerical skills and techniques

This competence is about utilising and applying a range of numerical skills and techniques eg:

       estimating;

       calculating;

       approximately;

       use of calculators/IT;

       use of models;

       recording data.

An understanding of the role of such techniques will be developed through their application in a variety
of vocational contexts and situations. The use of technology should be introduced where appropriate.


Competence 16: Use a range of technological equipment and systems

This competence is about using a wide range of equipment and software to complete tasks and solve
problems more effectively. An understanding and appreciation of the role and impact of technology
within occupational areas will be developed through their application. This will include when and when
and how to select and use appropriate technologies. A range of equipment may be used eg:

       computers and appropriate software;

       fax machines;

       photocopiers;

       scientific instruments.



Competence 17: Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
the creation of new/modified products, services or situations



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 This competence is about being able to use a range of skills and techniques, in order to develop
different ideas and to create or modify products, services or situations. All vocational areas will provide
a range of opportunities to develop this competence eg design of an administrative procedure, design of
a system, experimental design, design of a presentation. An appreciation of the impact of and need for
creative and design skills will be developed through their application.


Competence 18: Use a range of thought processes

This competence is about the ability to use a range of thought processes, eg strategic, logical, lateral
thinking, in order to devise novel solutions and creative approaches for tasks, systems and problems.




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AN EXAMPLE COMMON SKILLS ASSESSMENT PROFORMA

The table gives an indication of the competencies assessed in which module.

HND MODULES                                                    BTEC COMPETENCY NO
                                                                  1   2   3   4   5        6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18
Sem 1    CP1043: Computer Platforms                                                                                                      X    X
         CP1045: Software Constructs and Tools                                                                            X         X
         CP1046: Computing Solutions                                                                                 X                             X
         CP1051: Introduction to Programming                                                                                   X              X

Sem 2    CP1044: Systems Analysis                                                      X   X                    X
         CP1049: Data Analysis and Database Design                                                                                       X    X
         CP1050: Visual Programming                                                                                            X         X
         CP1047: Computer Implementation Project                   X     X    X   X                    X
         CP1048: BIT Implementation Project                        X     X    X   X                    X

Sem 3    CP2070: Communication Technology H2                                               X   X                                    X
         CP2073: Networking H1 (Comp)                                                                      X    X                        X
         CP2075: Computer Architecture H1 (Comp)                                  X            X
         CP2071: Advanced Computing Project H2                     X     X    X   X                    X                       X
         CP2072: Advanced BIT Project H2                           X     X    X   X                    X                       X
         CP2078: Business Applications Development H1 (BIT)                                X   X           X         X
         CP2074: End-User Support H1 (BIT)                                                         X                 X                   X

Sem 4    Unit 8: Quality Management Principles H2                        X             X                                            X
         CP2069: Advanced Computing Project H2                     X     X    X   X                    X                       X
         CP2072: Advanced BIT Project H2                           X     X    X   X                    X                       X
         CP2076: Database Management Systems H2                                                                           X                   X    X
         CP2077: Web Site Management H2?                                                           X                                          X    X




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Edexcel/BTEC Common Skills Programmes

HND Year 1 Computing Award


Semester One

Module       Module Name                      Comp. No.   Description
Code
CP1043       Computer Platforms               16          Use a range of technological equipment and systems
                                              17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                          the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                          situations

CP1045       Software     Constructs    and   13          Deal with a combination of routine and non-routine
             Tools                                        tasks
                                              15          Apply numerical skills and techniques

CP1046       Computing Solutions              12          Use information sources
                                              18          Use a range of thought processes

CP1051       Introduction to Programming      14          Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems
                                              17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                          the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                          situations




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Semester Two

Module       Module Name                    Comp. No.   Description
Code
CP1044       Systems Analysis               5           Treat others' values, beliefs and opinions with
                                                        respect
                                            6           Relate to and interact effectively with individuals and
                                                        groups
                                            11          Participate in oral and non-verbal communication

CP1049       Data Analysis and Database     16          Use a range of technological equipment and systems
             Design
                                            17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                        the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                        situations

CP1050       Visual Programming             14          Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems
                                            16          Use a range of technological equipment and systems

CP1047       Computer Implementation        1           Manage own roles and responsibilities
             Project
                                            2           Manage own time in achieving objectives
                                            3           Undertake personal and career development
                                            4           Transfer skills gained to new and changing situations
                                                        and contexts
                                            9           Present information in a variety of visual forms




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HND Year 2 Computing Award


Semester Three

Module       Module Name                    Comp. No.   Description
Code
CP2070       Communication Technology       6           Relate to and interact effectively with individuals and
                                                        groups
                                            7           Work effectively as a member of a team
                                            15          Apply numerical skills and techniques

CP2073       Networking                     10          Communicate in Writing
                                            11          Participate in oral and non-verbal communication
                                            16          Use a range of technological equipment and systems

CP2075       Computer Architecture          4           Transfer skills gained to new and changing situations
                                                        and contexts
                                            7           Work effectively as a member of a team

CP2071       Advanced Computing Project     1           Manage own roles and responsibilities
                                            2           Manage own time in achieving objectives
                                            3           Undertake personal and career development
                                            4           Transfer skills gained to new and changing situations
                                                        and contexts
                                            9           Present information in a variety of visual forms
                                            14          Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems




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Semester Four

Module       Module Name                    Comp. No.   Description
Code
CP2069       Quality Management             2           Manage own roles and responsibilities
             Principles
                                            5           Treat others' values, beliefs and opinions with
                                                        respect
                                            15          Apply numerical skills and techniques

CP2076       Database Management            13          Deal with a combination of routine and non-routine
             Systems                                    tasks
                                            17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                        the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                        situations
                                            18          Use a range of thought processes

CP2077       Web Site Management            8           Receive and respond to a variety of information
                                            17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                        the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                        situations
                                            18          Use a range of thought processes




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HND Year 1 Computing (BIT) Award


Semester One

Module       Module Name                      Comp. No.   Description
Code
CP1043       Computer Platforms               16          Use a range of technological equipment and systems
                                              17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                          the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                          situations

CP1045       Software     Constructs    and   13          Deal with a combination of routine and non-routine
             Tools                                        tasks
                                              15          Apply numerical skills and techniques

CP1046       Computing Solutions              12          Use information sources
                                              18          Use a range of thought processes

CP1051       Introduction to Programming      14          Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems
                                              17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                          the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                          situations




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Semester Two

Module       Module Name                    Comp. No.   Description
Code
CP1044       Systems Analysis               5           Treat others' values, beliefs and opinions with
                                                        respect
                                            6           Relate to and interact effectively with individuals and
                                                        groups
                                            11          Participate in oral and non-verbal communication

CP1049       Data Analysis and Database     16          Use a range of technological equipment and systems
             Design
                                            17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                        the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                        situations

CP1050       Visual Programming             14          Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems
                                            16          Use a range of technological equipment and systems

CP1048       BIT Implementation Project     1           Manage own roles and responsibilities
                                            2           Manage own time in achieving objectives
                                            3           Undertake personal and career development
                                            4           Transfer skills gained to new and changing situations
                                                        and contexts
                                            9           Present information in a variety of visual forms




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HND Year 2 Computing (BIT) Award


Semester Three

Module       Module Name                    Comp. No.   Description
Code
CP2070       Communication Technology       6           Relate to and interact effectively with individuals and
                                                        groups
                                            7           Work effectively as a member of a team
                                            15          Apply numerical skills and techniques

CP2078       Business Applications          6           Relate to and interact effectively with individuals and
             Development                                groups
                                            7           Work effectively as a member of a team
                                            10          Communicate in writing
                                            12          Use information sources

CP2074       End-User Support               8           Receive and respond to a variety of information
                                            12          Use information sources
                                            16          Use a range of technological equipment and systems

CP2072       Advanced BIT Project           1           Manage own roles and responsibilities
                                            2           Manage own time in achieving objectives
                                            3           Undertake personal and career development
                                            4           Transfer skills gained to new and changing situations
                                                        and contexts
                                            9           Present information in a variety of visual forms
                                            14          Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems




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Semester Four

Module       Module Name                    Comp. No.   Description
Code
CP2069       Quality Management             2           Manage own roles and responsibilities
             Principles
                                            5           Treat others' values, beliefs and opinions with
                                                        respect
                                            15          Apply numerical skills and techniques

CP2076       Database         Management    13          Deal with a combination of routine and non-routine
             Systems                                    tasks
                                            17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                        the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                        situations
                                            18          Use a range of thought processes

CP2077       Web Site Management            8           Receive and respond to a variety of information
                                            17          Apply a range of skills to develop a variety of ideas in
                                                        the creation of new/modified products, services or
                                                        situations
                                            18          Use a range of thought processes




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MODULE DESCRIPTIONS

CP1043: Computer Platforms

This module is aimed at practitioners who need sufficient knowledge of architecture to make
decisions on the selection/specification of systems and to use computer hardware and
software effectively. Students will be shown how to use operating systems to create their own
operating environment and participate in its development. Many practitioners communicate
with specialist technical support staff during the specification and planning of systems
implementation. This unit aims to give such practitioners the confidence to communicate with
technical specialists and to validate their recommendations.

Students studying this module will use current personal computer and networking resources.

Students will be encouraged to read current publications to investigate and evaluate new
hardware and software developments.


CP1044: Introduction to Systems Analysis

Introduction to Systems Analysis including a comparison of lifecycle models. Practice and
theory of the investigation, analysis, and modelling of Information Systems. Students will
make use of a case study and suitable software tools leading to the construction of a simple
relational database.


CP1045: Software Constructs and Tools H1

This module provides students with an awareness of a wide range of problems within
computing, the way that problems and solutions can be modeled and techniques to solve
them. They will be introduced to the concept of a business model and will be shown how to
use spreadsheets to model current and future situations. The module also introduces basic
programming methodology enabling students to design and code basic programs in Visual
Basic.


CP1046: Computing Solutions

Students will gain an understanding of the ways in which data can be processed and the
applications that support organisations. They will also be asked to evaluate the capacity of an
information system to satisfy the needs of the user.


CP1047: Computer Implementation Project

The aim of this unit is to help students integrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired
during the course to produce a software-based solution to a realistic problem. This is a major
piece of work that should demonstrate the performance expected at Higher National level.
This module will develop the ability to produce an acceptable and viable software solution to
an agreed specification within a defined timescale and constraints.


CP1048: BIT Implementation Project

The aim of this module is to help students integrate the skills and knowledge they have
acquired during the course to produce a computer-based solution to a realistic commercial
problem. This is a major piece of work that should demonstrate the performance expected at
a Higher National level. This will develop the ability to produce an acceptable and viable
solution to an agreed specification within a defined timescale and constraints.



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CP1049: Data Analysis and Database Design

An understanding of databases is fundamental to the development of any significant
information system. Database systems are predominant in the world of IT and continue to
demand more complex data structures as applications become increasingly sophisticated.
The aim of this module is to provide an essential knowledge of database systems including
basic design principles, practical implementation and development skills for both system
designer and software engineer. The importance of structured query languages will be
stressed, and, once created, databases will be used for a variety of tasks including querying
and report writing.


CP1050: Visual Programming

Students will increasingly use visually based software and will need to develop code which
uses similar features and techniques.


The aim of this module is to enable students to develop visual applications, become familiar
with a visual development environment and use its facilities to build applications.


CP1051: Introduction to Programming

An understanding of the general principles and concepts of programming underpins much of
the knowledge in any course in computing or IT.

Being a core module, this seeks to provide the fundamental ideas and opportunities to
develop and reinforce basic programming skills. Students will develop programs of
increasing complexity. The module aims to deliver skills and knowledge which will transfer to
other areas of the programme.

This module also attempts to dispel the common notion that a program ‘works’ if it is seen to
execute once without crashing, asking the student to develop and implement both ‘black-box’
and ‘white-box’ testing schedules based on supplied program specifications and program
code.


CP2069: Quality Management Principles

This module will enable students to learn about quality assurance through the maintenance
of an existing computer system. It will deal with the quality assurance and professional
issues related to computer systems implementation and management.


CP2070: Communication Technology

Communication systems including networks, telecommunications and digital broadcasting
are pivotal to the development of modern information systems. This module will provide the
required knowledge to specify, manage and evaluate communication networks in the light of
the needs of the organisation. It will also provide skills which will enable the practitioner to
make informed decisions on communications strategies in the workplace.


CP2071: Advanced Computing Project

The aim of this unit is to integrate the skills and knowledge acquired during the course to
produce a solution to a realistic problem. This is a major piece of individual project work that
will result in a software product that will be demonstrated.




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CP2072: Advanced BIT Project

The aim of this module is to integrate the skills and knowledge acquired during the course to
produce a solution to a realistic business-related problem. Students are expected to analyse
a business problem, understand its context, and plan and design a suitable solution. This is a
major piece of individual project work that will result in a product that can be demonstrated.


CP2073: Networking

The importance of networked solutions in the business world grows year on year. The
increasingly sophisticated technologies and widening user base means a fundamental
understanding of networks is essential for many. The aim of this module is to provide a
rigorous introduction to networks, and practical experience in installing users and software on
a network. This module will clarify issues associated with network use and how this has
developed. It will identify the architectural concepts behind networking and help develop
preliminary skills necessary to install and manage networks.


CP2074: End-User Support

Users need training in the systems they use and since problems always occur, they also
need support from knowledgeable and sympathetic staff within a formal framework of
systems support. A major element of support is the provision of a service to install the
hardware and software to satisfy changed requirements. This unit supplies the framework for
developing the knowledge and skills needed by those who aim to provide this important
service.


CP2075: Computer Architecture

This module gives the student an understanding of the basic architecture of a computer.
Looking first at fundamental logic principles and building this into a simple model of a
processor (Z80). The underlying principles of digital data presentation, storage and
manipulation are also investigated, looking not only at representation techniques but also at
storage and display on physical peripheral devices etc. The module investigates the
relationship between low level programming and more abstract programming languages as
well as the role of Operating Systems, Network Administration and Applications.


CP2076: Database Management Systems

This module will provide the application developer with essential knowledge of database
management systems software. It will include the evolution of DBMS technologies, database
administrative functions and controls within a multi-user environment.


CP2077: Web Site Management

This module enables students to create and manage web-based applications, with the focus on
the server and the mechanisms to link web pages to databases.


CP2078: Business Applications Development

An evaluation of software development tools in a business context, in order to use a selected
tool to convert a business requirement specification into a software solution.




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HOW THE AWARD IS MANAGED

The number of students studying on the HND Scheme varies according to the intake each year
but is usually in the region of 160 full-time students plus some part-time students. Ensuring
that the academic progress of this large body of students remains smooth and trouble-free
demands a high level of organisation, a well-structured system and an efficient Management
Team. To make the most of your studies, it is important that you are familiar with how the
Award is managed.

THE AWARD MANAGEMENT TEAM

Below are listed the members of the Award Management Team. Each one has an important
part to play and it is in your own best interest to identify them (see the photos of staff outside
the school Office) and locate their offices.

Position                            Name                       Room

Chair of Award Board                Kamal Bechkoum             MU314

Award Leader                        Brendan Riordan            MU215

Associate Award Leader              Peter Wilson               MU217

Subject Leader                      Graham Winwood             MU510

Personal Tutors                     Bernadette Byrne           MU217
                                    Pat Clarke                 MU516
                                    Stuart Slater              MU344
                                    Peter Wilson               MU217
                                    Keith Wade                 MU331

HND Admin Support                   Natalie Freeman            MU207

Edexcel/BTEC                        Brendan Riordan            MU215
Coordinator

Common Skills                       Keith Wade                 MU331
Coordinator

Admissions Tutor                    Philip Bradfield           MU214

IT Subject Advisor                  Lynda Holland              Learning Centre
                                                               (01902 32) 2385
                                                               L.M.Holland@wlv.ac.uk


AWARD TEAM

The Award Team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the award.

The composition of the Award Team* will be:

           Chairman:      Award Leader
           Members:       Associate Award Leader
                          Subject Leader
                          Personal Tutors
                          Admissions Tutor
                          Common Skills Coordinator
                          Edexcel/BTEC Coordinator
                          Admin Support



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AWARDS COMMITTEE

An important adjunct to the Award Management Team is the Awards Committee. This is a
committee of the School of Computing and Information Technology. It meets once each
semester, usually in week 8, and has both staff and student representatives on it.

The main function of the Committee is to discuss issues and to identify and resolve problems
which affect the operation of the award. It is at the same time another line of communication
between students and staff.

The composition of the Award Committee will be:

        Chairman:    Dean (SCIT) or his nominated deputy

        Members:        Award Leader
                        Subject Leader
                        Associate Award Leader
                        Personal Tutors
                        Admissions Tutor
                        Edexcel/BTEC Coordinator
                        All staff currently teaching on the award
                        Two elected student representatives from the first year of each award
                        Two elected student representatives from the second year of each
                        award.



    *The Award Team will usually meet once per month.




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STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

Chair of Award Board:

The Award Chair has overall responsibility for the quality of the award. He/she should be
regarded as the last stage if any student feels that they cannot get a problem resolved after
going through the established channels i.e. via Module Leader, Personal Tutors, Award Leader.


Award Leader:

The Award Leader will be responsible for the overall management of the awards.


Associate Award Leader:

The Associate Award Leader deputises for the Award Leader where necessary.


Subject Leader:

The Subject Leader is responsible for all HND subject/module issues.


Personal Tutors:

The duties of the Personal Tutor role will encompass the counselling of the students on
problems encountered, advising the students on choice of award and generally monitoring the
progress of students.

Personal Tutors will also attend Staff/Student Liaison Committee meetings, which take place
every semester. All HND students are invited to attend.


Edexcel/BTEC Coordinator:

The Edexcel/BTEC Coordinator will liaise with Edexcel/BTEC and the Edexcel/BTEC External
Examiner.


Common Skills Coordinator:

The Common Skills Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining a Common Skills profile for
each student. He/she will normally be the module leader for the Edexcel/BTEC Common Skills.


Module Leaders:

A Module Leader is responsible for the day to day implementation and the leading of a
particular module.


Admissions Tutor:

The Admissions Tutor is responsible for all Admissions to the HND Awards.




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STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

A Two-Way Contract
The Award Management Team and staff generally will endeavour to give you the support and
advice you will need to complete your studies successfully and, on most occasions, will lend a
sympathetic ear.

It is, however, important you realise that you are entering into a form of contract or agreement
with those responsible for you and that you too have certain responsibilities. In the time you
are with us you will have to make a number of decisions affecting your study and by
implication your career and future life. Only you can make these decisions. In particular, you
are expected to be responsible for the following things: -

   you must plan and register your programme of study according to the guidelines laid
    down by the Award Management Team. Failure to register correctly could mean that you
    are not able to follow your preferred programme of study.

   you must make any necessary amendments to your programme in accordance with the
    same guidelines. Again, failure to do so could mean you cannot follow the programme of
    your choice.

   you must complete all elements of assessment according to the instructions given to you
    by the Module Leaders.

   you should take advantage, when necessary, of the counselling facilities available to you.

   you must attend classes at all times unless circumstances prevent you from doing so.

   you should inform your Personal         Tutor of any circumstances likely to affect your
    academic performance.

   you must immediately inform the Student Registry of any change of address or period of
    absence from the University.

   you should check, preferably daily, your Award notice board.

   you should respond without delay to notices and notes placed on the notice board by the
    Award Management Team.


Assessment
It is the responsibility of students to submit coursework and attend examinations as required.
Before an Examination Board meeting students should provide examiners with information on
illness or other personal circumstances which he/she wishes to be taken into account. This
information should be submitted via an AAO34 form which can be obtained from and returned
to the Student Registry. You are advised always to consult your Personal Tutor. If a student
fails to submit work for assessment or attend examinations, the examiners may deem the
student to have failed the module concerned.


The Role of the Student Representative
The role of the student representative is a vital one. The work is interesting, not too onerous
and gives you a useful insight into how things work. The role involves attendance at the
Staff/Student Liaison meetings and the Awards Committee to which the representative relays
the views of students. At the end of the year, a report is produced for inclusion in the Award
Annual Report. Do give careful consideration to the possibility of standing for election as
student representative. Student Representative elections take place during weeks 1 and 2 of
the academic year.




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Award Committee
Students will be represented on the Award Committee by the Student Representatives.


Staff/Student Liaison Committee
Terms of Reference -
To encourage students to discuss with staff at an early stage any issues or problems which are
causing them concern. To foster good staff/student relationships and facilitate the smooth
running of the award.

        Membership -
        Award Leader
        Associate Award Leader
        Subject Leader
        Personal Tutors
        Student Representatives
        All students on the award are invited to attend.

        Meetings -
        The liaison committee will normally meet early in each semester, and is usually held in
        a lunch interval.

        Student Representatives’ Report:
        These are to be written at the end of the Academic year and should give the views of
        the majority of students. They form part of the Annual Award Monitoring Report which
        has to be presented to the award committee.

        Module/Award Registration
        During semester 2 of year 1 all students not on a standard programme must
        provisionally register for the modules and award they wish to study in year 2. This
        programme is reviewed at the start of the next semester.

        It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are registered for modules. Late
        changes are subject to approval by the Award Leader.




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COMMUNICATIONS

One of the most important ingredients contributing to the success of any organisation is an
effective and efficient system of communication. At any time, we may need to contact you on
important matters relating to your work or personal life. You too, from time to time, will want to
consult us, possibly urgently.

It is therefore essential that you follow the guidelines set out over the page:



   Notice boards
    You should check the appropriate notice boards on a regular basis (every day). The notice
    boards are in the area of the School Office (MU207).

   Contacting Staff
    Many staff have notices outside their offices indicating their availability. If the member of
    staff you wish to see is not available then you should send an Email via the University
    networks. Email numbers are given in the Directory of staff, on the noticeboard outside the
    SCIT office. The University email address is @wlv.ac.uk. NOTE – Staff will only respond
    to student emails sent from the University account, which may also be accessed
    from home. You will not get a response if you use Hotmail, Yahoo etc.

   Notification of address
    Do please make sure that the Student Registry MT01 has your up-to-date home and term
    time address. It may be necessary to contact you urgently and this can only be done if we
    have both your current addresses accurately recorded. Your address is also needed so
    that you can be contacted with your End of Year results.

   Illness and Absence - Extenuating Circumstances
    If you are ill or absent from University, please see section 9 for details of how to claim
    Extenuating Circumstances.

   Examinations Timetables
    These are normally published each semester well in advance of the examinations. It is your
    responsibility to inform the Student Registry in MT01 if any of the problems listed below
    affect you:

           "clashes" have occurred
           you have consecutive examinations on the same day on different sites
           you have three examinations on the same day

    Problems such as these are unlikely to occur. However, you must check carefully and in
    good time. Alternative arrangements can usually be made provided you let us know.

   To Sum Up
        Check the notice boards and your email every day
        Inform us immediately of any changes of address
        Notify us of any problem likely to affect your performance
        Do not hesitate to see us about any aspect of your studies




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RESOURCES

The University provides valuable resources for your use. These resources take a variety of
forms and are available both in the University at large and within the School. The features
described here are not an exhaustive list of what is available. They do, however, draw your
attention to those resources which are most likely to be of use to you.

Computing Facilities
The University provides general computing facilities through I.T. Services, on all sites. These
PC facilities are primarily located in The Learning Centre.

The School of Computing provides a number of Computer Laboratories containing PCs on the
Main Site in MU Block and there is also networking access to the SUN Machines. Most labs
will be booked for scheduled classes some of the time. At other times they are open access.
The latest information from IT Services is provided on their webpage - http://www.wlv.ac.uk/its/.

The Learning Centre (Library)
The Subject Advisor with responsibility for SCIT is Lynda Holland. You will find her in the
Harrison Learning Centre. 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.

You will be given short library courses at appropriate times throughout your studies.

In addition, the Learning Centre provides a set of study skills tip sheets.


Edexcel/BTEC EXTERNAL EXAMINER

An External Examiner for the award is approved by Edexcel/BTEC. The role of the External
Examiner is to:

   moderate draft papers and marking schemes;

   inspect marked scripts;

   attend the meetings of the Examination Board and agree the Board's final assessment of
    students;

   sign recommendations made to Edexcel/BTEC;

   discuss the award with students as well as the award team and Dean of School.


AWARD REGULATIONS

UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS

The University Regulations apply throughout unless some other regulation is specified to
meet the requirements of Edexcel/BTEC. For HND Computing and HND Computing (BIT),
the requirements of the British Computer Society will take precedence over University
Regulations.

AWARD REGULATIONS

The award will not be graded overall. For each module, however, three grades of success
(Pass, Merit and Distinction) will be awarded. The criteria are normally as follows:

   PASS - the achievement of a minimum of D5 in each assessment component and the
    achievement of a weighted aggregate over the module of D5 or more.



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   MERIT - the achievement of the pass criteria and the achievement of a weighted
    aggregate over the module of C10 or more.

   DISTINCTION - the achievement of the PASS criteria and the achievement of a weighted
    aggregate over the module of A14 or more.

The Assessment Board in conjunction with the External Examiner will have the authority and
responsibility for deciding a course of action to be taken in the case of students who fail to
satisfy the assessment requirement.

There are also two other grades – referred (E3 or E4) and fail (F1 and F2).

A student who obtains an E3 or E4 grade will normally be referred in a module.

Where a student fails to pass in part of the required assessment for a module but succeeds in
another part (e.g. passes coursework but fails examination), he or she will not normally be
required to repeat the part already passed.

A student who has failed a module may be allowed to acquire the module by repeating with
attendance the course of study and assessment of the module.




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PROGRESSION REGULATIONS

In developing the credit envelope, progression and award criteria the University Regulations
rules have been applied pro-rata wherever possible to the HND awards. The approach taken
by other HND awards within the University has also been incorporated wherever possible.
Due consideration has also been given to the progression of HND students to Degree level
awards and details are included later in this section.

FULL TIME PROGRESSION FROM YEAR ONE TO YEAR TWO

Students studying on the full-time Awards must pass six modules in twelve attempts to
progress to year 2.

Students who progress with six passes will be required to take an altered year two
programme of 120 credits and study the two remaining further modules on a part-time basis
after the second year of study.

Students who progress with seven passes may exceptionally be allowed to take the extra
module required for their award during the second year but this is at the discretion of the
Award Leader.

QUALIFICATION FOR THE HND COMPUTING AND HND COMPUTING (BIT) AWARD

To qualify for an HND Computing or HND Computing (BIT) Award students are required to
pass ten level H1 modules (150 credits) in eighteen attempts (270 credits) and five level H2
(one of which is a 30 credit project) modules (90 credits) using no more than (150 credits).

In exceptional circumstances, and where the student profile warrants such consideration, a
student may be awarded the HND where 225 credits have been achieved, and a reasonable
attempt made in another module.

TRANSFER FROM HND COMPUTING AND HND COMPUTING (BIT) TO DEGREE
SCHEMES

Students may transfer to a degree scheme upon completion of their HND Computing or HND
Computing (BIT) Award if they have a suitable profile of results.




CHANGE OF MODE OF STUDY, FULL-TIME TO PART-TIME

A full-time student who does not meet the progression requirements from Year 1 to Year 2 of
a full-time programme i.e. does not have 6 module passes may be considered for transfer to
part-time HND programme provided that the credit envelope is sufficient to allow this.

A full-time student who is eligible to progress at the end of year 1 may transfer to the HNC
Award (i.e. part time) provided they have sufficient credits in the credit envelope. This will be
applied pro rata to students making the transfer to HNC after one semester.




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COUNSELLING AND PROGRAMME PLANNING

COUNSELLING STRUCTURE

The Personal Tutors
The role of the personal tutor is a vital one as this is the person who is familiar with the
structure of the awards and regulations and who can give you advice regarding your proposed
programme of study. Your Personal Tutor will be able to support you by:-

   helping you complete your module registration at the beginning of each semester;

   authorising extensions to assignment deadlines when there are extenuating circumstances;

   discussing any issues which are affecting your academic work, or time at University.

The Award Leader
The Award Leader is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the award and for all
facets of its operation. You may consult with the HND Award Leader by attending one of the
regular surgeries or by making an appointment to see the Award Leader, via the school office,
or email.

Chair of Award Board
The Award Chair is available for consultation. You should see the School Secretary (MU207)
to arrange an appointment.

The Dean of the School
The Dean of the School is available for consultation. You should see the School Secretary
(MU207) to arrange an appointment.




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VITAL INFORMATION

HOW TO SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS

This section is designed to save the time of yourself, SCIT and Registry staff. Listed below are
the initial points of contact for the different questions and problems which you might encounter.
Please train yourself to look things up here before you approach someone for help.

        Question or Problem                                       Contact
        Approval of transfer to other schemes or awards           Award Leader

        Permission for leave of absence                           Award Leader

        Timetable                                                 Student Registry

        Academic Regulations                                      Student Registry

        Examinations: timetable/rooms                             Student Registry

        Enrolment                                                 Student Registry

        Module Registration and Amendment                         Personal Tutor

        Signing grant release forms                               Student Registry

        Careers                                                   University
                                                                  Careers and
                                                                  Guidance Service

        Aspects of your programme of study and progress           Personal Tutor

        Personal record, transcripts                              Student Registry

        Personal or domestic problems/ill health                  Personal Tutor

        Further Counselling                                       Students Union and
                                                                  University Advisory Services

        Extenuating circumstances forms (EX01, AA034)            collect from registry, then
                                                                 discuss with Personal Tutor

        Assessment/content of specific module                     Module Leader

        Direct entry                                              Award Leader

        Matters relating to appeals                               Award Leader




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TABLE OF UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATIVE FORMS

You should note the following forms which are issued to you under the indicated
circumstances. Failure to complete them may jeopardise your progress.

Compulsory forms which must be checked and signed by both student and tutor:

Enrolment Form                          Produced each year for enrolling, and for checking
                                        student details.
Module Registration Form                Produced regularly, for checking and correcting module
                                        and award results and registration. It is also used for
                                        amendments and withdrawals.
You may need one of the following forms available from the Student Registry if your situation
changes:
Data Amendment Form                     For change of address, name, phone number or
                                        sponsor.
Transfer Form                           For internal or external transfer between awards or
                                        modes of study.
Leave of Absence                        For temporary withdrawal from studying.
                                        Fees and module registrations are frozen.
Student Withdrawal                      For withdrawal from the University.
                                        Fees and module registrations are cancelled.
EX01 Request for Extension form         A SCIT form, used to apply for an extension to an
                                        assessment deadline
AA0 34                                  A University form, used to bring extenuating
                                        circumstances to the notice of an Examinations Board.




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SUBMISSION OF COURSEWORK

You should note carefully the details given here about the handing in of computing coursework.
Your grades are naturally important to you and work not submitted in the ways described can
and occasionally does go astray.

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:

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

clearly written on the front.

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.

Tutorial and Practical work
Small items of continuous assessment such as tutorial or practical work are normally marked in
class.

Late submission of coursework
Late submission of coursework will normally incur a penalty, in the form of a reduction to a
grade of F0.




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VITAL INFORMATION

KEYWORDS

You will find that there are a number of acronyms and special terms at University, School and
Award levels. This list is intended as a quick and easy reference point for you. Please let us
know if you think anything has been omitted.

Appeals: The University Appeals procedure applies only to the decisions of Assessment
Boards of the University.

The full Appeals procedure can be found in the University Academic Regulations for students,
available from the Student Registry.

Assessment Boards:      The bodies responsible for making decisions about students'
performance in the modules they have studied. Boards meet at the levels of Subject and
Award.

Assessment requirements for a module: The total range of coursework assignments and/or
examinations that must be passed to be awarded credits for the module.

Assignments: An item of coursework; the form of the assignment(s) should be specified in the
module guide.

Award: The final or intermediate qualification for which a student has registered and/or is
considered by the Examinations Boards.

Award Leader: A member of academic staff responsible for the management of a named
award.

Awards Committee: A Committee which meets once each semester to consider issues and
problems raised by students and staff. Its membership comprises the management team and
student representations.

Cheating:

Co-requisite: A module which must be studied in the same semester as, and together with,
another module with which it is co-requisited. If a module specified a pre-requisite, then any
co-requisites are normally also pre-requisites for that module.

Coursework: Assessed work undertaken during a semester as part of the teaching programme
of a module. This may or may not count towards your final grade for the module.

Credit envelope: The maximum number of credits permitted to be studied in order to gain an
award. Every resit/re-assessment of a module taken counts as another module studied or
attempted.

Credit requirements for an award: The minimum number of credits that must be gained to
obtain an award.

Deferral: The delaying to a later date of an Examinations Board decision on a student as a
result of incomplete assessment or other cause.

Examination: A timed assessment most usually taken at the end of a module. The form of the
examination(s) should be specified in the module guide.

Extenuating Circumstances forms: The appropriate form must be submitted to your tutor for
extenuating circumstances to be considered. During a module (to extend a deadline) fill in the
‘SCIT - EX01’ form. At the end of the semester, if circumstances need to be considered by an
examination board, fill in the University form, AAO 34.



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see ‘Illness and Absence’ in About Communications

Grades: The mark(s) awarded for assignments, coursework, examinations and the overall
assessment requirements ('the final grade') of a module. A system of combined letters and
numbers is used to indicate the final grade received for each module.

        A16, A15, A14,
        B13, B12, B11,
        C10, C9, C8,
        D7, D6, D5
                         are all pass grades.

        E4, E3, F2, F1
                                  are all fail grades (for E grades referral is allowed, E4 may be
                                  a compensatable pass).

        F0 is given for non-attendance without (certified) cause of all or any coursework
        assignments.

Induction: Is used to provide initial tuition in using various computer systems and to give an
introduction to the modules to be studied. In the first semester of the first year it is also used to
provide guidance in the use of the Universities facilities, e.g. Learning Centre, Computer
Centre, Student Advice Services.

Mode: Method of attendance - full-time, part-time or sandwich.

Module: A separately assessed fraction of a programme. On most programmes modules are
standard sizes e.g. HND modules are all the same size and involve 150 hours of work.

Module Guide: The detailed description of a module's content and assessment, normally
handed to the student in the first session of the semester.

Module Leader: The member of staff responsible for the organisation of a module.

Module Registration Forms: The forms that are required to be completed to register (or to
modify a previous registration) for a module. Failure to register correctly may affect your
progress on the scheme or your award.

Personal Tutor: The member of staff allocated to a student to advise on academic matters
and other matters of concern relating to your academic performance.

Plagiarism - see cheating

Pre-requisite: A module which must be studied and normally passed to qualify to study a
subsequent module.

Prior Credit: You may be entitled to credits in respect of previous study. If so you should
contact your Award Leader.

Programme of Study: A selection of modules made by the student in accordance with award
regulations to qualify for an award.

Programme Validation: The process of checking that a programme of study is consistent with
the award regulations. It is normally carried out by a sub committee including the Award
Leader or a deputy. Only validated programmes will be registered on the computer system
(SAM).

Progression: Qualification to proceed to next semester/year of the scheme. Progression
normally depends on obtaining a specified number of credits. (See Award Regulations)



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Re-assessment of coursework: The requirements following failure of a module with an E
grade to represent all or part of the module's coursework assignments. The maximum grade
that a re-assessed component can be awarded is D5. The module grade is recalculated. A
reassessment counts as another module within your credit envelope.

Referral: The delaying to a later date of an Examinations Board decision on a student until the
results re-assessed or re-sat modules are known.
Repeat: The requirement following failure of a module with an F grade to re-study all of the
module, with attendance, in a subsequent semester. A maximum grade is not imposed on a
repeated module.

Re-sit: The requirement following failure of a module with an E grade to re-do the module's
examination(s) and or coursework(s). The maximum grade which can be awarded for the
previously failed component(s) will be limited to D5. A resit counts as another module within
your credit envelope.

You have the right to resit a module if you achieve an overall module grade of E3 or E4.

Retake means that you must study the module again in its entirety (with attendance) if you
want to gain the credits for the module.

You have to retake a module if you are awarded an F grade. If you are retaking a module,
you must re-register for the module. Similarly you have to re-register for resits.

Maximum grade on retake
There is no limit on the grade you can be awarded for a re-take. However, you cannot carry
forward any grades from your previous attempt at the module, even if these grades are higher
than those you achieve in the retake.

Semester: A period of 15 weeks, currently comprising 13 weeks for teaching and two weeks
for examinations.

Student Registry: - in MT block for SCIT students, it is the point of contact between Registry
and students.

Study Time: This is the total amount of time that should be devoted to a module in one week.
The time includes all class contact and private study.

Subject Leader: The member of staff responsible for the organisation of a subject contributing
to an award or scheme.

Withdrawal from a module
You must note that it is up to you to officially withdraw from a module if you decide to
discontinue studying it. Non-withdrawal will result in the module counting towards your credit
envelope.




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SELECTION OF USEFUL ACRONYMS


GAO                              Generic Academic Outcomes

PTS                              Personal Transferable Skills

SR                               Student Registry

SCIT                             School of Computing and Information Technology

UW                               University of Wolverhampton

UWSU                             University of Wolverhampton Students' Union




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ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2004/2005
2004
Uni. Wk.    Date
         M 23 August                   Mon/Fri 23 – 27 August 2004: Resit examinations
         M 30 August                   Mon 30 August: Summer Bank Holiday
 1       M 6 September                 Mon/Fri 6 – 10 September, Congregations. Resit Exam Boards
 2       M 13 September                 Mon/Tues 13/14 September, Congregations
 4       M 20 September                Thurs 23 September: International Student Orientation Programme
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                       Autumn Term: 27 September until 17 December 2004 (12 weeks)
 5       M 27 September                Start of Semester 1 (15 weeks). Welcome Week - All Years
 6       M 4 October                   Teaching – All Years
 7       M 11 October
 8       M 18 October
 9       M 25 October
10       M 1 November
11       M 8 November
12       M 15 November
13       M 22 November
14       M 29 November
15       M 6 December
16       M 13 December                 Fri. 17 December: End of Autumn Term.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
17       M 20 December     STUDENT Mon/Tues 27/28 December 2004: Christmas/Boxing Day Bank Holidays
18       M 27 December    VACATION Wed/Thurs/Fri 29/30/31 December 2004: Concessionary Days
2005                        (3 weeks)
19       M 3 January                  Mon 3 January 2005: New Year Bank Holiday
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
20 12 M 10 January                     Spring Term: Mon 10 January-Fri 18 March 2005 (10weeks)
21 13 M 17 January
22       M 24 January                  Mon-Fri 24-28 January: Assessment Week. Fri 28 Jan: End of Semester 1
23       M 31 January                  Fri/Sat 28/29 Jan 05: International Student Orientation Programme
                                       Mon–Fri 31 Jan – 4 Feb: Reading Week/Boards
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
24 1      M 7 February                  Start of Semester 2 (16 weeks).
25 2      M 14 February
26 3      M 21 February
27 4      M 28 February
28 5      M 7 March
29 6      M 14 March                   Fri 18 March: End of Spring Term
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
30       M 21 March     STUDENT        Fri 25 March: Good Friday Bank Holiday
31       M 28 March     VACATION       Mon 28 March: Easter Bank Holiday. Tues 29 march – Concessionary Day
                         (2 weeks)
         ______________________________________________________________________________________________
32 7      M 4 April                    Summer Term: 4 April - 10 June (10 weeks)
33 8      M 11 April
34 9      M 18 April                   Mon 2 May: May Day Bank Holiday
35 10 M 25 April
36 11 M 2 May
37 12 M 9 May
38 13     M 16 May
39        M 23 May                     Mon-Fri 23-27 May: Revision Week
40        M 30 May                     M 30 May: Spring Bank Hol. Tues – Fri 31.5/3 June: Sem 2 Exams (Wk.1)
41        M 6 June                     Mon – Fri 6 – 10 June 05: Sem 2 Exams (Wk 2)
                                       Friday 10 June: End of Semester 2 and Summer Term
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
42       M 13 June                      Mon-Fri 13-17 June: Marking Week/Internal Boards
43       M 20 June                      Mon-Fri 20-24 June: Subject Assessment Boards
44       M 27 June                      Mon-Fri 27-1 July: Award Assessment Boards
45       M 4 July                       W/b Mon 4 July: Results posted to students
46       M 11 July
47       M 18 July
48       M 25 July
49       M 1 August
50       M 8 August
51       M 15 August
52       M 22 August
53       M 29 August                   Monday 29 August – Summer Bank Holiday



NB. Teaching weeks and academic-related activities shown in bold.




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                                    HND COURSE TEAM


                                                              Email: B.Riordan@wlv.ac.uk
                                   Award Leader
                                                              Tel: 321487
                                                              Room: MU215
                                 Brendan Riordan




                                   Personal Tutor
                                                                Email: K.Wade@wlv.ac.uk
                                                                Tel: 321471
                           Common Skills Coordinator
                                                                Room: MU331

                                    Keith Wade




                                                              Email: B.Byrne@wlv.ac.uk
                                   Personal Tutor
                                                              Tel: 321838
                                                              Room: MU217
                                 Bernadette Byrne




                                                              Email: P.Clark@wlv.ac.uk
                                   Personal Tutor
                                                              Tel: 321874
                                                              Room: MU516
                                     Pat Clarke




                                                              Email: S.I.Slater@wlv.ac.uk
                                   Personal Tutor
                                                              Tel: 321460
                                                              Room: MU344
                                    Stuart Slater




                                                              Email: P.I.Wilson@wlv.ac.uk
                                   Personal Tutor
                                                              Tel: 321806
                                                              Room: MU217
                                    Peter Wilson




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                                            NOTES

                                  Computing and Information Technology
                                          Wolverhampton Campus
                                               Lichfield Street
 School Address                                Wolverhampton
                                                   WV1 1SB
                                              Tel: 01902 321053
                                             Fax: 01902 321883
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   Course Title
                                                 Technology)
   My Student
    Number
  My University
     Email

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