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LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION A group practical task (GAPT) is a purpose-designed piece of work that is intended to assess the student's mastery of the major project-related skills, including intellectual engagement (the ability of the student to discover, absorb, master and reflect upon theoretical knowledge, accepted practice and methodologies relating to the field in question), engineering (the ability to successfully harness theory in the service of the practical task at hand, as judged by the quality of any artifacts produced), self organisation (this includes aspects of project planning i.e. the ability to divide the project into manageable subparts), time management (i.e. the ability to define and execute a schedule for achieving the subparts) and personal drive (ability to take own initiative) and communication (the ability to successfully present the work undertaken both in written and oral form).

Modern Software Developers as expected to be familiar with relevant ethical and legal issues raised by the project, and identify them and address them as part of their report. One chapter of the project report will be dedicated to ethical and legal issues.

Study-unit Aims:

- To ensure that practical teamwork skills are instilled amongst the arsenal of skills given to our graduates;
- To make students aware of the pros and cons of teamwork;
- To assess how teamwork skills were assimilated and applied by students;
- To instil in students a sense of ethical behaviour and an appreciation of appropriate legislation in the field of IT;
- To provide students with mechanisms to analyse from an ethical point-of-view scenarios related to the development of software.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain and demonstrate operation of a team working on a project, roles and responsibilities of members on a team;
- Work as a member of a project team;
- Draft a project plan;
- Describe and analyse ethical issues related to the software they are developing;
- Identify how the software they develop, its intended use, and the manner in which they collect and process data, complies with appropriate legislation.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Design and implement the solution;
- Perform correctly as team player in different roles;
- Gain practical experience in team work;
- Gain practical experience in design and implementation of more complex tasks useful also for the 3rd year Final Year Project;
- Gain practical experience in ensuring that their approach is both ethical and legal.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Johnson, D. G. Computer Ethics. 4th Edition. Pearson. 2009.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is offered to B.Sc. (Hons) ICT students only.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Project

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) No 15%
Project Yes 85%

LECTURER/S Peter Albert Xuereb

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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