Computing

Professional Skills

Module code: G5120
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Practical
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module covers important professional skills in four categories: technical communication, technical and academic writing, professional conduct, and IT law. Topics include:

Technical communication skills (two lectures)

  • giving effective oral presentations
  • graphical aids for oral presentations.

Writing skills (12 lectures)

  • report writing
  • reviewing
  • correct attribution of credit and referencing.

Professional conduct (six lectures)

  • codes of professional conduct
  • computers and society, including the workplace and education
  • ethical implications of the internet, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and emerging new technologies.

IT law (four lectures)

  • digital evidence: Information retrieval, retention and protection
  • privacy and data protection
  • contract law and employment law for IT
  • intellectual property in the IT sector.

Module learning outcomes

  • Give effective oral presentations.
  • Adopt a problem solving approach to the process of writing.
  • Be aware of rules of academic and professional conduct and act accordingly.
  • Have knowledge of the fundamentals of IT law.