|Participants||Newcastle, Leeds Met and Durham||Aims Covered: 2|
|Timescales||June 2007 to June 2008|
In this activity we will consolidate the previous work by ALiC on collaborative cross-site development work between students on our Software Engineering modules at Durham and Newcastle and between multi-disciplinary teams and industrial customers at Leeds Met in order to embed realistic projects and group working opportunities into the CS curriculum. These projects will allow students to develop the skills employers consider important e.g. communication, teamworking, problem solving etc. as well as further enhance their technical skills. It is imperative to include this realistic perspective when seeking to help our graduates develop both their technical and transferable skills in groupwork situations and thereby enhance their employability.
The pedagogical aims of this activity are to:
This activity has two strands:
1. Cross Site Software Engineering Project between Durham and Newcastle.
This activity involves an industrial partner, (P & G), who have provided us with a case study and are willing to act as a real ‘customer’ throughout the academic year. The introduction of Procter and Gamble in our cross-site work means that students can benefit from their expertise and we can ensure that our work is realistic and valid as a means of increasing the employability of our students. Through this activity we hope to gain a greater understanding of the skills that make our students attractive to employers and use this information to enhance our curriculum design in the future. Another element of this activity is the continued development and improvement of Newcastle E-learning Support System (NESS), to support group and project work. We have already evaluated some of the other communication technologies used in the cross-site activity such as video conferencing and instant messaging as well as the use of the online forums and shared repositories and this work will continue.
2. Multi-Disciplinary Team Projects at Leeds Met.
Leeds Met has implemented a number of initiatives designed to support employability of students across a broad range of computing disciplines, especially in the use of multi-disciplinary student teams and the involvement of external clients in group and project work. A key difference between the approaches adopted by Newcastle and Durham and those used at Leeds Met is the less-formal arrangements with local businesses and charities who are keen to engage students in a project from design to completion. Leeds Met. will continue to report on the approaches adopted and transfer details to Newcastle and Durham for a comparative study on the way employability is supported in different institutional settings.