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Speaker 11 jim o'dwyer


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Speaker 11 jim o'dwyer

  1. 1. Commonality with a Difference Jim O’Dwyer Head of Department of Computing
  2. 2. Background• Computing is a rapidly evolving discipline• Explosive growth in application areas• Corresponding growth in course diversity & course titles; • Software Development • Web Development • IT management • Computing Forensics • Cloud Computing
  3. 3. Confusion• Students may be confused by choice• Parents find it hard to assist in making a choice• Add a lack of practitioners known to students• Students can make a poorly informed choice• Retention can suffer as a consequence
  4. 4. Decision Deferral Delayfinal course choice and hopefully improve the the quality of the decision. Two distinct approaches:  Common entry (undenominated)  Denominated entry to a common start
  5. 5. The Two Approaches Undenominated entry:  A separate intake from the denominated courses and students join the desired course at a later stage;  Student may have to do some “catch up” depending on path choosen Denominated entry to common:  All courses share the same modules in stage 1  Transfer is easy and no “catch up” is required
  6. 6. Computing Stage 1Programming/Web Hadware/Systems/Networks Maths MiscProbl.Solving & Web Dev Computer NetworkProg 1 Fund. Hardware Fund. I Ess. Maths CITProbl. StatisticsSolving & Computer Network &Prog 2 Web Pub. Architecture Fund. II probability HCI
  7. 7. Transfers A level 8 entrant has free choice of courses. A level 7 entrant has some restrictions:  Can change to another level 7  If s/he has the entry requirements may move to a level 8 The first intake to the new arrangement was September 2012 Course Boards will review its operation annually
  8. 8. Thank You