Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Placement

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Science

DESCRIPTION This unit is a practicum designed to help computer science students learn through supervised project experience, consolidating their knowledge and skills by conducting a work placement.

Students will spend a number of hours at an ICT company or research institute where they will be given an approved assessable task that will provide them with the opportunity to apply computing theory and skills from prior learning. This will also furnish the students with first-hand experience of how these skills and theories can support software design and development within the practices and constraints of a real-world ICT work environment.

The Board of Studies will publish a list of potential placements but in addition, students may choose to identify a potential placement opportunity themselves. A list of placement opportunities approved by the board will be made accessible to the student throughout the year.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit addresses two specific student demographics: (i) students without industry experience and (ii) students coming from industry. The prior (i) are provided with:
- exposure to a practical, real-world industrial and business environment;
- familiarisation with the opportunities that exist for careers in ICT;
- development of contacts which might be useful for a career in ICT;
- enhancement of employability opportunities;
- participation in the day-to-day running and operation of a company, while the latter (ii) receive academic merit for their contributions within their respective places of employment.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- make informed decisions about their research through their experience of a real work environment;
- apply problem-solving skills and the knowledge of computer science to solve real-world and more applicative problems;
- design, correctly implement and document solutions to computing problems.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- develop a willingness to face practical solutions to work-related problems;
- develop a capacity to undertake duties required for employment;
- evaluate and report upon the requirements and challenges of a professional career.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Knuth, D. E. (1997). The art of computer programming (Vol. 3). Pearson Education.

Readings will be selected on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the placement. Each individual placement plan will be updated to reflect the chosen texts.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Report and Presentation SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Keith Bugeja
Mark Micallef

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