Module Details

CE101-4-SP-CO: Professional Development

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Professor Anthony Vickers
Teaching Staff: Dr Anthony Vickers
Contact details: School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module is designed to develop a range of professional skills of students using a team project as the vehicle. Each team of students will work on a project of their choice given a set of attributes that the project must contain. The projects are research based and incorporate the concepts of specifications, design, and implementation. Within the project students will be learn about sustainability, project and time management, design, legal issues, health and safety, data analysis and presentation, team reporting, and self evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Apply design methodology to arrive at a design to meet a specification.
2. Undertake a project using appropriate time management and reporting.
3. Have a systematic approach to data gathering, analysis and presentation to a professional standard.
4. Research and apply the appropriate legal issues associated with a project.
5. Maintain a record of work, including a reflective diary.
6. Investigate and report on the sustainability parameters of a project/product.

Outline Syllabus

The module lectures cover a range of topics including research skills, managing a team web server, team work, data gathering/analysis/reporting, project management, product development, product design, creativity and problem solving, and professional issues (sustainability, legal & ethical, health & safety). Two further lectures are provided by the Employability & Careers Centre to get students of to an early start with their career planning. The lectures are accompanied by a laboratory session each week in which the students hold team meetings and follow weekly activities. These activities are designed to assist the teams in developing a team product and producing a team report that contains sections on teamwork, product development, project management, and professional issues. In addition to the lectures and laboratory sessions the students undertake individual work for their team and report this through a web based server.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures, laboratory sessions and classes


70 per cent Coursework Mark, 30 per cent Exam Mark


Assignment 1 - Precis worth 5%, submitted in week 4. Assignment 2 - Team Report worth 50%, submitted in week 25. Assignment 3 - Individual Report worth 15%, submitted in week 30.

Exam Duration and Period

1:30 during Summer Examination period.

Other information



  • Recommended Reading
  • LEVIN, P., Successful Teamwork! For undergraduates and taught postgraduates working on group projects, McGraw Hill 2005
  • Background Reading
  • Other references will be supplied during the module.