Limited enrolment capacity. Spots will be assigned on the basis of academic merit and a standard interview.
OverviewStudents taking this module will undertake two or (typically) more assignments for the Kent IT Consultancy (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 work allows, every student will be given at least one assignment of this type. Wherever practical, a student will be encouraged to participate in the negotiation and pricing of contracts, under the ultimate supervision of KITC management. For each assignment, the student may work on the assignment 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.
This module appears in:
Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 300
Total study hours: 300
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
Project Report – 100%
The BS EN ISO9001:2000 Standard BSi, ISBN 580368378
John Locke Open Source Solutions for Small Business Problems Charles River Media 2004,
Efraim Turban et al. Electronic Commerce: a Managerial Perspective Prentice Hall 2003, ISBN
Mark Norris and Steve West eBusiness Essentials: Technology and Network Requirements for
Mobile and Online Markets John Wiley 2001, ISBN 471521833
Owen Briggs et al. Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation APress
2004, ISBN 159059231X
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 largescale 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 smallscale 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.