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Work-related Project

Short name: WRP
SITS code: COIY069S5
Credits: 30
Level: 5
Module leader: Gordon McIntyre
Lecturer(s): Gordon McIntyre
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Module outline

The work-related Project requires students to source, plan, design and build an original and significant piece of software for a real-world customer that satisfies a clear business need. Students are also required to provide comprehensive documentation of all aspects of their work (e.g. project planning, analysis, design, implementation, testing, project management, etc.).

The project must address a business need and involve a customer. The customer can be an employer, a small business, a charity, a school, or any other small-scale organization. The actual artefact produced for the customer might be a web application, database, desktop application, financial spreadsheet, or any other piece of practical software.

The project should bring together all the different strands of learning students have undertaken on their degree. It serves as a bridge between the academic context of study and the practical, professional world of work in the computing, IT and web-related sectors.

Module Coordinator

Gordon McIntyre








2 Terms (autumn, spring)


You should expect to spend around 100 hours on your project


- To provide the opportunity to demonstrate the practical application of academic learning in a work context.

- To develop technical and work specific skills relevant to the IT industry

- To develop a range of ‘soft skills’ essential for successful project management.

- To prepare students to work effectively in the IT industry, or a related area, on completion of their Foundation Degree.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be expected to be able to:

Subject specific:

  1. Apply underlying concepts and principles from academic learning in a workplace context.
  2. Select technology appropriate for the solution of a specific problem or business requirement.
  3. Plan and manage a small IT project.


  1. Determine relevant skills to apply to a particular task
  2. Identify and plan additional learning required for successful completion of a specific project
  3. Reflect critically on their learning and evaluate its relevance and limitations.


  1. Utilize a range of IT tools and techniques to meet a business need.
  2. Present information effectively and appropriately to a group of peers and tutors/workplace supervisors.
  3. Produce a portfolio of work to a professional standard.

Personal and Social

  1. Engage professionally with an organization
  2. Manage and monitor own learning activities


Indicative timetables can be found in the handbooks available on programme pages. Personalised teaching timetables for students are available via My Birkbeck.