IT Consultancy Project - CO650

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) PROF SJ Thompson
Medway Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR M Migliavacca

Pre-requisites

The CO534 IT Consultancy Methods module is a prerequisite. It also requires a general awareness of computing technology, as would be gained by completing Stage 2 of a computing related programme.
Students will not be permitted to combine this module with the CO645 IT Consultancy Practice 2 module.
Students who have taken the CO535 IT Consultancy Practice 1 module will not be eligible to take this module, but will be eligible for the CO645 IT Consultancy Practice 2 module.

Restrictions

In the event of failure no alternative assessment will be available. Credit can only be retrieved by repeating the module. Where it is not appropriate for a candidate to repeat the module, the School reserves the right to require a candidate to take an alternative module as substitute.

2017-18

Overview

Students taking this module will undertake two or (typically) more assignments for the Kent IT Clinic (KITC). Each assignment will be of one of three types: .
Work on one of KITC’s contracts with an external client. To the extent that client-funded workallows, every student will be given at least one assignment of this type. Wherever practical, astudent will be encouraged to participate in the negotiation and pricing of contracts, under theultimate supervision of KITC management. For each assignment, the student may work on theassignment individually or as part of a group, as directed by KITC.
A contribution to the infrastructure of KITC itself. These assignments work in a similar way to external assignments, but with KITC as the client.
Formulating a costed proposal for the future development of KITC, and presenting reasoned argument in support of the proposal to KITC management, as a candidate for inclusion in KITC’s strategic plan for the following academic year. Every student will have at least one assignment of this type.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

The project constitutes one quarter of the year’s work and a student is expected to expend an average of 1¼ days each week on it. However, students undertaking the module must understand that commercial pressures may mean that the load may vary considerably from week to week

Availability

Admission to the module is subject to interview; these interviews normally take place at the end of the Spring Term except for students out on placement. The maximum number to be admitted to the module, and the required mix of skills, will be determined each year by the Kent IT Clinic (KITC) management according to the commercial prospects at the time, and published in advance of the admission interviews.
The admission interview will seek to determine whether a candidate meets at least one of a number of skills profiles, each skills profile being defined by a set of criteria published in advance. In the event that the number of students meeting at least one skills profile exceeds the number for which KITC has a reasonable prospect of finding work, selection from among those students who meet only oversubscribed skills profiles will be made by ballot.

Preliminary reading

See http://readinglists.kent.ac.uk/

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to formulate and evaluate technical alternatives to meet IT requirements arising from small businesses, including projects which have a medium or large scale impact on the processes of the business. This includes issues of integration with existing technology and procedures, maintenance and expansion. Wherever appropriate, this will include consideration of both proprietary and open source solutions
Students will be able to estimate proposed solutions to IT-based problems in small business situations, in respect of both time and cost. Students should be able to do this under supervision for projects of up to medium scale, and with minimal guidance for small scale projects
Students will be able to present technical and commercial aspects of proposed solutions to IT-based problems to clients, using reasoned argument attuned to the client’s level of technical understanding
Students will have demonstrated an ability to work to tightly-defined cost and timescale budgets, and have gained an understanding of how to respond in a professional manner to changes in client requirements, and other eventualities that raise the prospect of budget overruns
Students will have gained detailed practical experience in applying selected areas of computing technology to meet the requirements of small enterprises
Students will have experience of carrying out IT project work in a framework of defined procedures and processes, be able to evaluate that framework critically, and formulate practical proposals to develop that framework so as to achieve a dependably high-quality service in a cost-effective way
Students will be able to formulate costed plans for the strategic development of an IT consultancy business, and to canvass support for such plans by reasoned argument

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