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Making Computing Science Students More Employable with Problem-Based Learning and Cross-Site Teamwork

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marie Devlin, Professor Chris Phillips, Emeritus Professor Lindsay MarshallORCiD


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Computing Science graduates need a global perspective of the software engineering industry to make them more employable. As well as gaining the technical and academic skill levels expected from their discipline, students must now learn to operate in ‘virtual teams’. This paper describes how we changed the curriculum of our Software Engineering Module at Newcastle University to incorporate problem-based learning and distributed team working in collaboration with Durham University as part of the ALiC project, (Active Learning in Computing), a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The module involves working with our industrial contacts to ensure realism and has received positive feedback. The paper describes the assignments, assessments and collaboration technologies we used during the module and details tutor and student experiences and the lessons learned.

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Author(s): Devlin M, Phillips C, Marshall L

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International Conference on Engineering Education and Research (iCEER)

Year of Conference: 2007

Publisher: International Network for Engineering and Education Research

Notes: Proceedings on CD-ROM. Session : Industry, Problem and Project Based Learning. Paper no. 5. 11 pp.