COMPX251-19A (HAM)

Applied Computing Tools 1

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science


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Paper Description

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The paper provides an opportunity to widen your experience of computer software. It is based on an intensive laboratory programme, where you are able to tailor the paper to meet your needs and interests by selecting from a variety of themes including prototype application design, digital library development, computer game construction, animation and 3D modelling, desktop publishing, and video digital effects manipulation.
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Paper Structure

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This is primarily a self paced laboratory paper. Each student will work through material from two themes. The organisational lecture will introduce the themes and the paper structure.

Laboratory practicals are integral to the course. Practical work and 'show & tell' sessions will be done in R-Block Labs 3 & 4 (RG.10 & RG.11). Attendance at scheduled labs is expected. Scheduled labs are the only time when coursework can be assessed. Students are also expected to regularly participate online using moodle.

‘Show & Tell’ sessions will allow the student to demonstrate practical work to the lecturer, tutor, and other students in the paper. “Show & Tell” attendance is compulsory.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competent use of the software packages used in their chosen two themes.
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  • Explain the general concepts that relate to these themes.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Practicals (P1a & P1b) x2
  • In Class: In Lab
2. Project (P2) x2
  • Presentation: In Lab
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
3. Moodle Participation
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Theme coursepacks need to be purchased from Campus Copy once students have chosen their two themes and had this selection approved by the tutor.
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Students should expect to spend about 12 hours per week on this class. Each student will have 4 scheduled laboratory hours each week. In addition the student may choose to spend additional time in the laboratory. The remaining time should be spent in preparation or review of the coursework.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restrictions: Students enrolling in this paper and one of COMP221 or COMPX252 cannot include the same themes in their COMP221 or COMPX252 module selections.
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Restricted papers: COMP223

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