Dr Mahesha Samaratunga
Business Information Systems (Work based)
This module is only open to degree apprentices in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. It covers the following topics: introduction to information systems; types of information system; uses of information systems; information systems in e-commerce and e-business; information system design and development; information systems within and between organisations; case studies of business information systems; the human factor in information systems; legal and ethical issues in information systems.
Business Modelling (Work based)
Introduces students to the development of quantitative models and associated processes for problem solving and decision making in IT management. The module introduces basic statistical concepts and provides practical experience in developing spreadsheet implementations of quantitative methods. A case study approach is taken to the application of statistical analysis and modelling of a range of engineering activities including concept selection, design optimisation, robust design, manufacturing process improvement, and problem-solving. Examples of modelling approaches may include the use of Microsoft Excel Solver, Scenario Analysis, Data Mining and Discrete Event Simulation.
End-Point Assessment (Undergraduate)
The end-point assessment (EPA) gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate that they have attained the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out on the standard. There are two parts to the end-point assessment: (a) A Project Report (a written account of a set of practical tasks undertaken within a work based project context), which the independent assessor assesses and grades. (b) A Professional Discussion (a structured discussion with the independent assessor allowing the apprentice to respond to questions using a portfolio), which the independent assessor assesses and grades. The assessment methods are designed to assess the full set of knowledge, skills and behaviours as specified in the standard. Annex A shows which knowledge, skill or behaviour outcome is being assessed by which assessment method. A failure to pass either one of the methods means that the apprentice has failed overall and neither the apprenticeship nor the master¿s degree will be awarded. This is just until the failed assessment has been passed.
Organisational Environment (Work based)
This module is only available to degree apprentices studying the BSc Digital and Technology Solutions programme. It provides a tailored opportunity for degree apprentices to investigate and analyse the relationships between their study and work contexts through a supervised individual project.
Product Development (Work based)
This module considers the business and innovation aspects of developing an IT product (or service). These include the role of strategy, marketing, design and manufacturing. It also includes detailed discussions of the R&D function as well as the legal aspects (e.g. patenting) around product development. Students will also gain awareness of the entrepreneurial landscape around IT products and services. This module is an opportunity for Degree Apprentices to become aware of the challenges (and opportunities) of turning a technically sound product into commercial success. More specifically, we will discuss the work and the skills behind new product development, its further improvement and introduction to new or existing markets. This will include detailed study of the various phases of new product development. Although much of the course is based around large companies, the specialised needs of small companies will also be covered. Case studies from the international business environment and experience in application of the theory to real-life industry based scenarios will be introduced in this module.
Professional and Research Practice (Work based)
This module is only open to degree apprentices in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. It covers the following topics: discipline topic tasters; finding, retrieving and evaluating information; ethics, science & technology; scientific and technical writing; skills for workplace context.
Software Development and Quality (Undergraduate)
The module will cover the entire software development lifecycle from design through to deployment and maintenance, with an emphasis on quality, industry standards, and professional issues. Topics will include: software in business; software development processes and technologies; modelling, architecture and design; configuration, change, versioning and release management; implementation deployment and maintenance; legacy architectures, technologies and systems; software quality, standards and processes; project management, resourcing and control; project risk management; software documentation.