KV5037 - Computing Consultancy Project

What will I learn on this module?

This module is a practical hands-on application of business principles. It aims to put you – and a group of your peers - into the real-world situation of solving problems for businesses. This will include contacting the client to negotiate, agree and confirm initial project requirements and then working towards a deliverable that is acceptable to the client within the given time frame. This process requires the application and development of several key skills associated with project management and consultancy such as team organisation, working with others, planning and timekeeping. Employers are looking for students with these transferable skills who can adapt and work as individuals and as members of a team in analysing computing problems and applying effective programming solutions.

The consultancy projects vary year-on-year many technology-based and, therefore, students are expected to use and develop their own expertise in this area. At the end of the module, each group will be expected to present their findings in report format and to give a formal presentation for the benefit of the tutors and the client. The projects will be supplemented by lectures and seminars introducing the skills required for such consultancy and project management work especially during the first third of the module.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, and independent learning. The lectures will cover consultancy and project management theories and concepts that will enable you to work effectively within your team. You will work on these during workshops within the collaborative workspaces in Northumbria’s CIS building computer labs.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by lecturers during the timetabled sessions when you will receive feedback, guidance, and support with your client and consultancy project. The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to all lecture and seminar materials to reinforce your learning. In addition, the university library offers support for all students through providing electronic resources.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 You will be able to recognise the role of a consultant and associated professional issues.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO2 You will learn to interact professionally with real clients and use and apply appropriate project management techniques to your consultancy activity.
MLO3 You will be able to identify appropriate solutions to a range of well-defined and abstract problems both on an individual and group basis.
MLO4 You will be able to present your chosen solutions using logical and reasoned arguments.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 You will be able to differentiate between the module requirements and the reality of business/organisational requirements.

How will I be assessed?

Assignment 1 – (50%) Reflective Log (2,000 words): documenting and reflecting upon your approach to meeting the general and specific requirements of the project brief which you have been assigned.

Assignment 2 – (50%) Group Work (10,000) To develop your individual skills in consultancy related activities.
If the assessment is completed by groups of more than one student, then a rigorous Peer Assessment mechanism is employed to ensure a fair distribution of marks based upon students’ individual contributions to the project.

MLO1, MLO3, MLO4, and MLO5.
Feedback is verbal or via notes made to students work.
Continuous formative feedback and advice is provided on, student engagement with external clients, team dynamics and communication. This is and tutors for all assessed components.





Module abstract

This module is designed to deepen your knowledge and enhance employability, acquiring hands on experience working on a real-life project, an experience that is directly transferrable to industry and the world of work after your graduation. You will enhance your abilities as a problem solver with valued investigative, theoretical and practical skills to implement a solution as part of a consultancy team. The computing sector is a wide discipline in which professionals can find themselves working within a number of different roles and specialisms, each requiring a specific skillsets, knowledge and behaviours. You will work as a member of a team bringing your own skillset to a project with a specific set of requirements which will be negotiated with the client. These requirements could be technical, organisational or commercial and the consultancy project will align to your degree specialism. The final deliverable will be a client-oriented solution along with a report and reflective log.

Course info

UCAS Code GN50

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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