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BCU Academic Regulations on Assessment, Progression, and Awards

Undergraduate Regulations

Undergraduate Regulations
Your studies will be governed by the BCU Academic Regulations on Assessment, Progression and Awards. Copies of regulations can be found at For courses accredited by professional bodies such as the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) there are some derogations from the standard regulations and these are detailed in your Programme Handbook Cheating and Plagiarism Both cheating and plagiarism are totally unacceptable and the University maintains a strict policy against them. It is YOUR responsibility to be aware of this policy and to act accordingly.

Please refer to the Academic Registry Guidance
The basic principles are:
Don’t pass off anyone else’s work as your own, including work from “essay banks”. This is plagiarism and is viewed extremely seriously by the University.
Don’t submit a piece of work in whole or in part that has already been submitted for assessment elsewhere. This is called duplication and, like plagiarism, is viewed extremely seriously by the University.
Always acknowledge all of the sources that you have used in your coursework assignment or project.
If you are using the exact words of another person, always put them in quotation marks.

Check that you know whether the coursework is to be produced individually or whether you can work with others.
 If you are doing group work, be sure about what you are supposed to do on your own.
 Never make up or falsify data to prove your point.
 Never allow others to copy your work.
 Never lend disks, memory sticks or copies of your coursework to any other student in the University; this may lead you being accused of     collusion.
By submitting coursework, either physically or electronically, you are confirming that it is your own work (or, in the case of a group submission, that it is the result of joint work undertaken by members of the group that you represent) and that you have read and understand the University’s guidance on plagiarism and cheating.

You should be aware that coursework may be submitted to an electronic detection system in order to help ascertain if any plagiarised material is present. You may check your own work prior to submission using Turnitin at the Formative Moodle Site. If you have queries about what constitutes plagiarism, please speak to your module tutor or the Centre for Academic Success. 

Electronic Submission of Work It is your responsibility to ensure that work submitted in electronic format can be opened on a faculty computer and to check that any electronic submissions have been successfully uploaded. If it cannot be opened it will not be marked. Any required file formats will be specified in the assignment brief and failure to comply with these submission requirements will result in work not being marked. You must retain a copy of all electronic work you have submitted and re-submit if requested.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Learning Outcomes to be Assessed:
1 (LO1) Reflect on the application of computer systems theory.
2 (LO2) Illustrate the design configurations of a secure digital device solution.
3 (LO3) Develop a knowledge based written article of your solution.
4 (LO4) Demonstrate knowledge of security techniques in computer systems.

Assessment Details:
Title: IOT Centred Knowledge Based Article
Style: Development of a Journal Article in formal style using Harvard style referencing(template provided).

1a, 1b 2 and 3 allow students to demonstrate experience of both hardware and software implementation of basic IOT concepts, learnt during labs sessions and in private study time. The delivery of a peer review article encourages students to read about new trends and latest developments in preparation for continued academic study. Together the combination of Knowledge Tests, Article writing and Practical development using Tinkercad encourages students to engaging in professional, reflective dialogue with their peers and the course team.

1a – Tinkercad Tutorial: An introduction to Tinkercad in the form of simple exercises. Once complete a short quiz reflecting on the tutorials such as logging in, editing components attributes and running basic simulation, builds confidence in skill learnt. (5%) 1b – Knowledge Test - Hardware & Software: Quiz based on a bank of question reflecting course materials including number systems, logic circuits, basic electrical components and general computer hardware like the Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU). Basic safety when working with electrical components is also covered. (15%)

2 – The article is to be written based on theoretical and practical skills learnt in lab sessions. Theoretical and practical skills include Computer logic, Digital electronics, Computer Hardware and Security. The assessment emphasises the writer’s ability to research and reflect on the knowledge acquired during the study of Computer Systems. Research may include reading scientific journals and other relevant literature suggested by lecturers or through personal interest throughout the course. The assessment contains digital problems to solve using logic principles and the ability to translate these into practice through the designing of circuit configuration diagrams and the implementation of software.

The problems to be addressed being based on lab exercises which students have completed prior to the assessment exercise. The article component of the assessment is designed to develop critical thinking about skill learnt by bringing together research and practice in a distinctive discussion of how they would lead technological advancements in the future while maintaining digital security. (60%)

3 – Tinkercad Build: Emphasises student’s ability to research and reflect on practical skills and knowledge acquired during the study of Computer Systems. The build is designed to reenforce the student’s abilities to assemble hardware components, write code and troubleshoot issues associated with the development of a prototype. (20%)

Academic Registry Guidance

Additional information:
For advice on writing style, referencing and academic skills, please make use of the Centre for Academic Success: Knowledge Based Article This is an individual piece of work submitted through Moodle. The course work emphasises on your ability to research and reflect in the knowledge acquired during the study of computer systems. It contains digital problems to solve using logic principles and the ability to translate these into practice through the designing of circuit configuration diagrams and the discussion of applicable components and software. It develops critical thinking by bringing together research and practice in a distinctive discussion of how you would lead technological advancements. This assessment develops your professional presentation standards to that of academic and industry standard.

The following six deliverables provide detailed expectations and guidance of word count and allocated marks.
1. SmartTech is a young technology company known for the digitization of products and devices to provide connectivity for real time-nformation. You have been requested to research the up-to-date literature and to write a brief review. The review is based on innovative features in modern computing, current and future trends to be expected in areas such as Internet of Things (IoT) and basic system security.
2. SmartTech’s Client A requires a bespoke home entertainment system. This part of your article focuses on the design and technical development of the required system based on client requirements:

Client Requirements
 Run on battery when there is a mains power cut.
 Support manual as well as spoken control (voice recognition).
 Mobile phone enabled.
 Support multiple user profiles.

a. The client has also asked for a system upgrade so that it can support a 5th parameter (examples include: user verification, sending and receiving emails, event logging such as search history, etc.) but has left the choice of parameter to you. b. Your article should explain the home entertainment system using logic gates (e.g; AND, NOT, OR, XOR, NOR, XNOR) and associated truth tables. c. Your article should also include a Boolean expression for Q (final output) for the 5- parameter circuit.

3. Being a young technology company SmartTech is looking to launch its own range of smart devices for the home consumer market. To remain competitive SmartTech is relying on a range of products which are innovative and may not be currently available on the market. As a skilled professional, you have been hired by SmartTech to design and develop one such product for Client B.

This section of your article focuses on the technical development of the product assigned to you (you will be assigned a product category at random). SmartTech has requested that you produce the following:

a. A description of the new product and how it is intended to work b. A detailed logic circuit diagram that describes how one aspect of new product is intended to work c. A Boolean expression, stating Q, to accompany the aforementioned logic circuit diagram

4. On the basis of research and your knowledge, the article in this section should propose the hardware requirements to implement a solution to Part 3, using a design package such as Tinkercad include a clearly labelled diagram and a detailed discussion of components.

5. The article should end with the following:
a. Draw conclusive recommendations on how you believe technological competiveness of Part 2 and 3 can be further achieved for both the consumer and manufacturer.
b. Security considerations relevant to your designs such as communication encryption, firewall configuration and end user awareness for IOT style devices.

6. The presentation of your Knowledge Article is based on institutional standards recommended by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and with adherence to Birmingham City University’s academic assessment policy and guidance. This part measures your ability to follow instruction and present your work in a professional manner, with clear attention to your writing, structure and ability to reference using the Harvard approach.

The following will assist you in accomplishing your article to standard.
a. The ‘CS Article Template.doc’ is the recommend template for your article. It is
adapted from the IEEE and takes into account the IET requirements.
b. The IEEE 
c. The IET

The article has a word count of approx. 2500-3000.
Scheduled Learning 48hrs, Directed Learning 112hrs, Private Study 88hrs. Of this 50hrs would be spent on the Knowledge Based Article.

Transferable skills:
Encourages realisation of multi-disciplinary computing, challenges students to interface with the environment by configuring Internet of Things devices and systems for collecting data for the proposed solution. Fosters the ability to respond to a technical brief to find practical solutions to problems; evaluate and respond to the challenges of interdisciplinary approaches; respond flexibly and imaginatively within a fixed timescale.

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