Computing Research Project



This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.
Students will choose their own project based on a theme provided by Pearson
(this will change annually). The project must be related to their specialist
pathway of study (unless the student is studying the general computing
pathway). This will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and
current topical aspect of computing in the context of a business environment
and their chosen specialist pathway. The aim of this unit is to offer students
the opportunity to engage in sustained research in a specific field of study.
The unit enables students to demonstrate the capacity and ability to identify a
research theme, to develop research aims, objectives and outcomes, and to
present the outcomes of such research in both written and verbal formats. The
unit also encourages students to reflect on their engagement in the research
process during which recommendations for future, personal development are key
learning points. On successful completion of this unit students will have the
confidence to engage in problem-solving and research activities which are part
of the function of a manager. Students will have the fundamental knowledge and
skills to enable them to investigate workplace issues and problems, determine
appropriate solutions and present evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable
and understandable format. As a result they will develop skills such as
communication literacy, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, reasoning and
interpretation which are crucial for gaining employment and developing academic

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this
unit students will be able to:

LO1 Examine
appropriate research methodologies and approaches as part of the research

LO2 Conduct and
analyse research relevant to a computing research project.

LO3 Communicate the
outcomes of a research project to identified stakeholders.

LO4 Reflect on the
application of research methodologies and concepts.

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