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Computing Foundation Year Project

Short name: FYP
SITS code: BUCI076H3
Credits: 15
Level: 3
Module leader: Gordon McIntyre
Online material:

Module outline

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

  • Study independently.

  • 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)




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


Projecxt Outline: 10%
Project First Draft: 20%
Project Final Draft: 70%

Recommended reading

  • Essay and Report Writing Skills. Open University Course.

  • Day, T (2018). Success in Academic Writing. Palgrave.
  • Beynon-Davies, P (2013). Business Information Systems. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Greasley, A and Hickie, S (2015). Business Information Systems, 5th edn: Technology, Development and Management for the E-Business. Pearson.
  • Damelio, R (2011) The Basics of Process Mapping, 2nd Edition. CRC Press