People and Computing - COMP3340

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Design and communication, what makes for good written communication, how people get and process information, Personal Development Project, effective spoken communication, how to work successfully in a group, doing academic research, about preparing and giving a presentation, history of computing and the history of communication, the effects of technology, Health and safety issues with computing, the Business of Computing, Employment in IT, software development and software engineering, preparing for examinations, designing –for the web: web usability and web accessibility, the basics of IPR, relevant Laws applying to the use and development of computing, such as the Computer Misuse Act and the Data Protection Acts.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 33
Private study hours: 117
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

13.1 Example assessment methods include a portfolio of pieces of individual and group work, including written work, presentation, video, poster, online test and exam-style coursework.

Driving Test (Practical) (10%)
Plagiarism Certificate (Written) (5%)
Background Reading Summary (Written) (10%)
One-pager (Written) (5%)
Video (Video Production) (20%)
In-class test: computing, the law and risk (In-class test) (10%)
Presentations (Oral) (10%)
Poster faire (Presentations) (20%)
Reflection (Written) (10%)

13.2 Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Williams, Robin. Design for Non-designers
Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug 2nd Edition New Riders. 2005.
Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook (Palgrave Study Guides) by Stella Cottrell
The Elements of Technical Writing by Gary Blake (Author), Robert W. Bly (Author) Longman 2002
Clear and to the Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations by Stephen Michael Kosslyn Oxford University Press 2007
Levin, Peter. Successful Teamwork! Open University Press 2005.
Brief New Century Handbook, by Christine A. Hult and Thomas N. Huckin (2008)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Be able to demonstrate familiarity with history of computing [A1. A2. A3}
8.2 Be able to apply basic design principles of design
8.3 Be able to apply basic principles of HCI [A3]
8.4 Be able to describe the basic processes of software development [A2]
8.5 Be able to describe various ways in which ICT firms operate [A10,A11]
9. The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Work effectively as a member of a team [D1]
9.2 Write simple technical reports [C11]
9.3 Demonstrate a range of study skills [B2, B9, C11, D3, D5, D6]
9.4 Make succinct presentations to a range of audience [B2, D2];
9.5 Make effective use of IT facilities [D3];
9.6 Manage their own learning and time. [D5].
9.7 Carry out a Personal Development Plan [D6]


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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