Tech Talk - A lunchtime guest lecture programme in computing.

In computing, local companies are eager to deliver guest lectures to students on a range of software and technology topics and this has been ongoing at module level over a number of years.

Outline of Activity

Over the course of the academic year, students would qualify for EDGE accreditation by engaging in an assessed reflective account, as well as a minimum attendance requirement at the seminar series. The proposed EDGE activity would aim to open up some of these talks beyond the module level. Selected companies would be invited to present lunchtime technology seminars, with an invitation to all students and staff within the School. It is anticipated topics address would include professional practice in agile development, automated testing, database security, dynamics of teamwork in computing, tools for build management and deployment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an awareness of a range of modern technologies and professional in the computing industry
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to technology use and management in different companies.
  • Identify key issues and trends in future directions in the software industry.

Assessment Details

  • Attend a minimum of eight lunchtime seminars (8 hours)
  • Maintain a blog summarizing the essence of each seminar and reflecting on the key themes presented. Over time the blog will represent the student’s reflective account of technology trends and patterns of professional practice as observed by them through the seminar series. Consistent with the learning outcomes, the blog should link themes they have identified across Northern Ireland technology companies. As a guide, expected length would be approximately 3000 words.

Level of Commitment

20 hours.

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