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General Option Directory (Word version) - University General

    University General Option Directory 2010-11

General Options

What are they?

    The majority of undergraduate awards at the University include an opportunity for students to take modules which are not directly related to the main subject(s) of their award these are

    general options.

What contribution do they make to my award?

    Within the Undergraduate Modular Framework, General Options carry general credit. General Credit contributes to the overall total credits needed for your award and, if Level 2 or 3 general credit modules are studied as part of an honours degree, counts towards the calculation of your base classification. However, if you degree results are such that the Award Board has discretion to raise your classification, your performance in general credits will not directly influence the decision.

What kinds of modules are available?

    Some general option modules are available to students on all undergraduate awards (except where their content overlaps with core or specific option modules). These are the modules included within this Directory. These University-wide modules enable you to broaden your skills in, for example, IT, or allow you to study a subject which would raise your awareness and knowledge of, for example, environmental issues or law. You can also take modules in academic-related skills such as academic writing or presentation, and a Careers module or a Volunteering module will assist you in developing the skills needed for employment.

    In addition, the academic staff responsible for your award may have designated some modules as general options for your particular award. These will be modules in a subject area which is related in some way to the main subject(s) of your award, but not sufficiently closely to be included as a compulsory part of it.

At what levels are the modules available?

    There are General Option modules available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Because these modules carry general credit and do not contribute to the minimum number of subject-related credits your award requires, you can take modules at any level during any year of your award, as long as you have any necessary prior knowledge or experience. Some of the modules are part of ‘programmes’ which include modules at different levels, allowing you to progress within the

    subject.

    For example, if you reach the final year of your degree and think that learning some basic business law would be useful, you could choose to take Legal Environment of Business, which is a Level 1 module. This module would not contribute to the classification of your degree because it is at Level 1.

    Alternatively, in your first year you may decide that taking an IT-related module is a good idea and choose a Level 1 module. In this case you could carry on taking modules from the University IT Programme during the second and third years of your degree by including Level 2 and 3 modules. These level 2 and 3 modules would contribute towards the calculation of your base degree classification, but not towards any decisions on possible raising of classification.

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    However, you could also stop after the Level 1 module and choose a different type of module for your second year the choice is yours.

What if I don’t want to take any of these modules?

    There is a considerable amount of flexibility in how you can use your general option choices. However, if you do not wish to take any of the University-wide general options or those designated for your award, you can instead take additional credits from your award’s specific options. You need to be sure that, overall, you are studying the correct number of credits at each award level.

    If you do take additional specific options, these will count as specific credit and will, in the case of Level 2 and 3 modules, contribute to the calculation of your base degree classification and, where appropriate, will also be taken into account by the Award Board when deciding whether to use its discretion to raise your classification.

University-wide General Options are available in the following subject areas:

    ; Management

    ; Information Technology

    ; Forensic Science

    ; Law

    ; Ethics

    ; Exercise & Health

    ; Careers

    ; Volunteering

    ; Mentoring

    ; Benefits, Debt and Housing Advice

    ; Study Skills

    Attached is a full listing of the modules which are available to all students as general options (with any exceptions noted). Where these form part of a ‘programme’, the progression between the various stages is described. Remember, you can choose general option modules at any level as long as you meet any prior knowledge or experience requirements.

    Please note that this listing may be subject to change and that some timetabling information has not yet been confirmed.

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University Management Programme (UMP)

    NB the modules within this programme are also included within the specific options of some Business-related awards. If you are on such an award you can only take modules from the list below as specific credit modules.

This programme focuses on ‘Enterprise’ and includes three modules.

    Module title Level and Sites available Admissions Brief content Assessment methods Timetable

    number requirements (teaching block &

    of credits time) Small Business Enterprise Level 1 Stoke and None This module is mainly concerned with Individual assignment Teaching block 2 BLB00064-1 15 credits Stafford (time-developing an understanding of the role (1500 words)

    tabled delivery) of accounting and finance in small

     business enterprise. The importance of

    business planning in this context is

    examined, the module follows through

    the successful deployment of a viable

    business idea from the start-up stages

    to the day to day management of a

    small business (as opposed to a large

    organisation).

    The Entrepreneur Level 2 Stafford (time- The module aims to review the One case study Teaching block 1 BLB10002-2 15 credits tabled delivery) theoretical debate on the nature and assignment (2000 words

    role of the entrepreneur. It analyses max) and evaluates the literature and factual

    information on the nature, personality,

    traits and characteristics of the Individual diary of

    entrepreneur with special reference to development issues

    lone mavericks and team players. The

    module looks at demonstrating an

    understanding of the changing

    environmental factors with reference to

    the impact on the entrepreneurial

    culture.

    Strategic Level 3 Stafford (time- This module focuses on the growth and Individual assignment Teaching block 2 Entrepreneurship 15 credits tabled delivery) development phase of entrepreneurial (2500 words) BLB10006-3 businesses. With an emphasis on

    strategy, sustaining competitiveness

    and selecting appropriate financial

    support.

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University IT Programme (UITP)

    NB the modules within this programme are also included within the core or specific options of some awards. If you are on such an award you can only take modules from the list below as specific credit modules. If you are on a Stafford-based computing award, you cannot take modules listed in the UITP unless they are also listed as an award option or computing option for your award. If in doubt, please check with your award administrator.

This programme includes six different routes, with modules at various levels. Please contact the Faculty of Computing, Engineering &

    Technology for further details of the modules and timetabling.

    Module title Level and Sites Admissions Brief content Assessment methods Timetable

    number available requirements/pre-(teaching block &

    of credits requisites time) Applications Route Computer Essentials for Level 1 Stoke None This module prepares you to 45% class test 1 Teaching Block 2 the ECDL 15 credits Not available to students undertake the most recognised IT 50% class test 2 TBA CE61003-1 on Computing Awards qualification the European 5% assignment

    Computer Driving Licence.

    There are seven topics covering

    basic concepts, using the

    computer and managing files,

    word processing, spreadsheets,

    databases, presentations,

    information and communication.

    Relational Database Level 2 Stoke Computer Essentials for You will gain the necessary skills 50% Group Assignment Teaching Block 1 Systems Development 15 credits the European Computer and knowledge to design 50% Examination TBA CE52700-2 Driving Licence, or relational data models, and

    equivalent, or basic manipulate these using related

    knowledge of Access technologies including:

    SQL/queries, Forms, Reports

    and Macros.

    Electronic Commerce Route

    Publishing for the World Level 1 Stoke None This module will introduce you to 30% Examination Teaching Block 1 Wide Web 15 credits the internet, relevant 70% Assignment to TBA CE51200-1 applications, tools and concepts develop a web site OR

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    and give you the technical ability Teaching Block 2

    to build well designed web sites. TBA

    E-Commerce Level 2 Stoke Publishing for the WWW The module will make you aware 50% Examination Teaching Block 1 CE52302-2 15 credits or equivalent of the broad range of E-50% Assignment TBA

     Commerce business issues and

    give you to the practical skills to

    develop an E-Commerce

    application using the latest E-

    Commerce enabling software.

    Information Systems Route

    Business Information Level 1 Stoke None This module will give you the 50% coursework Teaching Block 2 Systems in Organisations 15 credits background knowledge you need 50% examination TBA CE51800-1 to enable you to look at the

    overall business as a system and

    build computer based solutions.

    Information Systems, Level 2 Stoke Business Information You will study how Information Teaching Block 2 50% Examination Organisation & 15 credits Systems in Systems support the strategy and TBA 50% Coursework Management Organisations structure of organisations, how CE52801-2 management plan to protect the

    IS resource and maintain its

    operation, contemporary

    applications of IS and how to fit

    them into business strategy.

    Information Systems Level 3 Stoke Information Systems, Provides a basic overview of how Group Presentation, 50% Teaching Block 2 Strategy 15 credits Organisation & to develop an IS strategy. Assignment, 50% TBA CE53802-3 Management Covers: basic business strategy development, Earl's 'three

    pronged approach' and 'risk-

    reward portfolio' analysis

    techniques for deriving an IS

    strategy, and basic IS

    implementation strategies.

    Multimedia Route Introduction to Multimedia 15 credits Stoke None This module will enable you to 30% Examination Teaching Block 2 CE51300-1 Level 1 prepare interactive multimedia 70% Assignment to TBA

    presentations that involve the use develop an interactive

    of sound and video, as well as multimedia system.

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    text and graphics.

    Developing Interactive 15 credits Stoke Introduction to Building on the level 1 module, 50% Examination Teaching Block 1 Multimedia Level 2 Multimedia or equivalent this module looks at multimedia 50% Coursework - TBA CE52301-2 applications and at the tools Development of an

    required to support and develop interactive multimedia

    them. It provides a technical application

    framework and design guidelines

    for the development of practical

    interactive multimedia information

    systems.

    Advanced Multimedia 15 credits Stoke Developing Interactive This module explores the storage 50% Examination Teaching Block 1 Systems Level 3 Multimedia or equivalent and retrieval of multimedia 50% Coursework TBA CE53304-3 objects using current database

    technologies, techniques and

    tools for developing and

    interacting with multimedia

    interfaces and considers the role

    and application areas for

    multimedia, both on and off-line.

    Technology Route Creative Communications 15 Stoke None Everyone has a mobile phone, 100% Coursework Teaching Block 2 Technology CE51903-1 Credits iPod or MP3 player. Podcasting TBA

    Level 1 Wikis are new forms of

    communication on these devices.

    This practical module aims to

    help you get more from these

    devices by giving you the theory

    and practical skills to create your

    own casts.

    New Technology 15 Stoke CE51903-1 or equivalent This topical module covers the 100% Coursework Teaching Block 2 CE52901-2 Credits latest development techniques TBA

    Level 2 and issues with the mobile

    Internet. You will gain an

    introduction to networking,

    followed by exposure to

    appropriate mobile tools and

    techniques in order to design and

    develop Personal Digital

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    Assistant (PDA) applications.

    The module also includes an

    introduction to global positioning

    systems (GPS)

    Quantitative Techniques Route

    Applied Quantitative 15 credits Stoke At least Grade C GCSE You will learn how to apply basic 50% Assignment Teaching Block 2 Methods Level 1 Maths or equivalent mathematical modelling modelling business CE61001-1 Barred with CE62026-2 techniques to a variety of problems using STOKE - TBA

    Business Decision practical situations, many with a appropriate software

    Techniques business context. 50% Examination

    Elementary Quantitative 15 credits Stoke Grade C or less in This is a refresher course in 70% Staged class tests Teaching Block 2 Methods Level 1 GCSE Maths or basic mathematics to develop 30% Assignment STOKE - TBA CE61005-1 equivalent skills you can use to solve simple

    problems in a variety of

    environments including business,

    computing, science and

    engineering.

    Business Decision 15 credits Stoke Requires knowledge of This module applies Examination, 2 hours 50% Teaching Block 2 Techniques Level 2 basic algebra and mathematical modelling, Assignment, 50% - CE62026-2 graphical work. This analytical, and decision-making Model/analyse business TBA

    module cannot be taken techniques to a variety of problems using

    if CE61001-1 Applied practical situations within a appropriate techniques

    Quantitative Methods business context. It would suit and/or a spreadsheet so

    has been taken and any student wishing to develop as to provide solutions

    passed. their quantitative skills and in

    particular those intending to work

    in a modern decision-making

    business environment.

    Questionnaire & Data 15 credits Stoke Some basic statistics You will learn how to design and 100% coursework a Teaching Block 1 Analysis Level 2 Stafford knowledge. Barred administer a questionnaire, project involving a small STAFFORD - CE62024-2 combination with process the data using a scale survey on a topic of TBA

    CE63024-3 statistical package (SPSS) and your choice resulting in an

    write a report which makes analysis and report. Teaching Block 2

    inferences from the data. STOKE - TBA

    Financial Modelling with 15 credits Stoke Any basic maths & stats Learn how the financial market 50% Assignment Teaching Block 2 Decision Making Level 3 Stafford knowledge works and how City ‘whizz-kids’ creation and management STOKE TBA CE63031-3 make their money! You will buy of a virtual portfolio of

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     and sell shares (virtually) to see if shares STAFFORD

    you have what it takes to be an 50% Examination TBA

    ‘ace investor’.

    Survey Design & Analysis 15 credits Stoke Some basic statistics You will learn how to design and 100% coursework a Teaching Block 1 CE63024-3 Level 3 Stafford knowledge. Barred administer a questionnaire, project involving a small STAFFORD

     combination with process the data using a scale survey on a topic of TBA

    CE62024-2 statistical package (SPSS) and your choice resulting in an

     write a report which makes analysis and report. Teaching Block 2

    inferences from the data. STOKE - TBA

    Spreadsheets Route Computer Essentials for 15 credits Stoke None This module prepares you to 45% class test 1 STOKE the ECDL Level 1 Not available to students undertake the most recognised IT 50% class test 2 Teaching Block 2 CE61003-1 on Computing Awards qualification the European 5% assignment TBA

    Computer Driving Licence.

    There are seven topics covering

    basic concepts, using the

    computer and managing files,

    word processing, spreadsheets,

    databases, presentations,

    information and communication.

    Spreadsheet Modelling 15 credits Stoke Some basic EXCEL You will extend your knowledge Two Practical lab-based Teaching Block 1 Techniques Level 2 Stafford knowledge of spreadsheets to aid modelling tests, 50% each STOKE TBA CE62025-2 and analysis of quantitative

    scenarios such as financial Teaching Block 2

    problems. Amongst other things, STOKE TBA

    you will learn to customise

    interfaces to aid user friendliness STAFFORD

    and to use VBA to automate TBA

    processes.

    Spreadsheet Automation 15 credits Stoke Some basic EXCEL You will learn to use VBA, (Visual 50% Assignment Teaching Block 1 with VBA Level 3 Stafford knowledge Basic for Applications), to 50% In class Test STOKE TBA CE63025-3 automate spreadsheet

    applications and create STAFFORD

    customised user interfaces. TBA

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    Forensic Computing Route Introduction to Forensic Level 1 Stafford None The investigator must seek Task based assignment Teaching Block 2 Tools and Techniques 15 evidence that has been hidden or 100% TBA CE00868-1 Credits obscured with digital storage

    devices such as personal

    computers or shared network

    drives. To complete this task

    efficiently the investigator must

    have the ability to locate and

    retrieve data from a number of

    sources, using a variety of tools

    and techniques. This module

    introduces some standard

    investigation tools and

    processes.

    Data Recovery, Tracing Level 2 Stafford CE00868-1 The gathering of evidence often An ASSIGNMENT Teaching Block 1 and Evidence Gathering 15 involves a process of search and weighted at 1000%. TBA in Computer Systems Credits discovery of data that is relevant CE01098-2 as evidence. The process of

    search and discovery involves

    the analysis of digital data

    storage systems to construct

    evidence of past actions. The

    same processes that are required

    to gather evidence can also be

    used more generally to recover,

    as far as possible, lost or corrupt

    files etc. This is very important

    when possibly as a result of

    criminal damage expensive data

    becomes unavailable to the

    users. This module aims to

    develop your practitioner skills in

    these areas.

    Forensic Data Gathering, Level 3 Stafford CE00884-2 This module further develops the An EXAM length 2 HOURS Teaching Block 1 Reconstruction and 15 foundation of practitioner skills weighted at 50%. TBA Analysis Credits first covered in CE00884-2. More An ASSIGMT weighted at CE00397-3 emphasis is placed on standards 50%

    of evidence handling.

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    Computer Networks Route Introduction to Networking Level 1 Stafford None The module prepares students A Case Study 3000 words Teaching Block 1 with LANs and WANs 15 for the first half of the CISCO (30%) TBA CE00126-1 Credits Certified Network Associate CCNA 1 Skills Test (30%)

    Exam (CCNA), which is an CCNA 2 Skills Test (40%) Teaching Block 2

    internationally recognised TBA

    professional qualification in

    computer Networking. It covers

    basic networking concepts and

    practice. Note the subject

    focuses on larger networks used

    in a business setting, it is NOT

    about setting up a typical home

    user computer network.

    LAN Switching and WAN Level 2 Stafford CE00126-1 The module is the second half of A REPORT length 1500 Teaching Block 1 Networks 15 the progression towards being WORDS weighted at 20%. TBA CE00881-2 Credits prepared for the CISCO Certified An EXAM length 2 HOURS

    Network Associate Exam weighted at 50%.

    (CCNA), which is an A PRACTICAL weighted at

    internationally recognised 30%

    professional qualification in

    computer networking. It builds on

    the work covered in Introduction

    to Networking module, extending

    that to some basic security and

    wireless and more advanced

    network organisation and

    management.

    Advanced Wireless Level 3 Stafford CE00126-1 & This leads to Cisco specialist An EXAM length 2 HOURS Teaching Block 1 Networking 15 CE00881-2 designation in wireless weighted at 70%. TBA CE00860-3 Credits networking. It covers wireless A PRACT EXAM weighted

    fundamentals, network design at 30%.

    and management and

    configuration as they relate

    specifically to wireless networks.

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