Computing Foundation Year Project
The BSc Computing + Foundation Year Project requires you to identify a small business or organisation, and to show how that business or organisation uses IT to achieve its stated goals. It also requires you to suggest ways that the identified organisation can improve its use of IT.
There are three taught sessions at the start of the module. These are designed to provide you with the background knowledge required to complete the project. The remainder of the project is conducted independently, under the guidance of a project supervisor.
The project will be submitted in three stages: the Project Outline (submitted in session 5); the Project First Draft (submitted in session 9), and the Project Final Draft (submitted approximately four weeks after the final taught session).
The module aims to equip students with the ability to independently carry out a small-scale research task.
Understand the use of IT in a small organisational context
Break down an IT system into its constituent parts.
Understand the relationships between the different parts of an IT system.
Draw and document IT systems.
Create an academic report of significant length and complexity.
Find and utilise information.
Plan and organise.
Session 1 – Introduction to the project. Finding an organisation.
Session 2 – IT in Organisations
Session 3 – Researching and report writing for a project
Session 4 – Self-study (writing the project outline)
Session 5 – Self-study (research)
Session 6 – Self-study (research)
Session 7 – Tutorials
Session 8 – Tutorials
Session 9 – Self-study (Writing the first draft)
Session 10 – Self-study (Writing the first draft)
Timetables, locations and term dates
Programme specific timetables are listed in the handbooks available for each programme. Please consult the relevant programme page.
- Term dates and holiday closing
- Timetable listing modules by term and day of the week
- Timetable and venue information for the week ahead
Enrolled students can find their personal teaching timetable and the location of classes on their My Birkbeck profile.
Projecxt Outline: 10%
Project First Draft: 20%
Project Final Draft: 70%
Essay and Report Writing Skills. Open University Course.
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- Damelio, R (2011) The Basics of Process Mapping, 2nd Edition. CRC Press