School of Computer Science

Module 06-25647 (2013)

Commercial Computing

Level 4/M U

Andrew Howes Michael Mistry Semester 1 10 credits
Co-ordinator: Andrew Howes
Reviewer: Russell Beale

The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page.


Guest speakers present seminars on topics relevant to the work in which Computer Science / Software Engineering (CS/SE) graduates are frequently involved on entering Industry or Commerce. The speakers are chosen to have particular experience in industrial/commercial application of CS/SE, employing or working with graduates in CS/SE or related areas, or legal or managerial aspects of work that requires such graduates. Each speaker provides handouts on his/her chosen topic (usually available either from the School Library or online via the syllabus web page for the module a few days before the speaker's lecture) and a technical report title (available online via the syllabus web page near the end of the semester).


The aims of this module are to:

  • Prepare students for leaving university and entering industry/commerce by bridging the gap between the academic view and the industrial/commercial view of Computer Science / Software Engineering (CS/SE)

  • Expose students to some of the breadth, variety and applications of CS/SE in current practice, helping them to see their degree as the foundation rather than the culmination of their education

  • Enhance the motivation and learning experience of students by drawing on the experience of industrial/commercial practitioners and the immediacy of current challenges that they are facing

  • Discuss some technical topics in CS/SE that have industrial/commercial relevance but for which there is little space elsewhere in the syllabus

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of an industry/commerce viewpoint on, or usage of, some issues or topics in CS/SE

  2. Understanding of some topics in CS/SE that are of relevance to industry/commerce

Cannot be taken with

  • 06-25648 - Commercial Computing (Extended)

Teaching methods

2 hrs of lectures per week, mostly by visiting speakers from Industry/Commerce.

Contact Hours:



  • Sessional: continuous assessment (100%).
  • Supplementary (where allowed): Repeat only.
  • The normal continuous assessment consists of technical reports. Full details will be found on the module web page.

Detailed Syllabus

  1. Software Engineering
  2. Software Technologies and Systems
  3. Managerial and Organizational Issues
  4. Legal issues

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