School of Computer Science
Division of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
last updated 13/5/2002
Law exam details
The law exam is on Wednesday May 15th, from 12 noon to 1pm.
People with surnames starting with A to E take the exam in
JCMB Lecture Theatre C.
People with surnames starting with F to Z take the exam in the
Joseph Black Lecture Theatre LT250 (in the old Chemistry building).
CS3 Professional Issues
The Professional Issues module provides an introduction to some
of the non-technical issues of importance to someone working in the fields of
software or hardware development and engineering. It is a compulsory module
for all third-year students on a degree course wholly or jointly in Computer
Science or Software Engineering. Parts of the module should provide insights
in preparing for the CS3 System Design Project, which takes place in term 3.
The Professional Issues module is in two parts. The first part takes place in
terms 1 and 2, and consists of the Professional Issues lectures. The second
part takes place in term 3, and consists of the Law Lectures.
This module is assessed as follows:
- There is no assessment for the term 1 material
- The term 2 material is assessed by an essay (see below). The essay
mark does not form part of your overall CS3 mark. However,
because the term 2 part of Professional Issues is one of the requirements
for BCS accreditation of our degrees, if you do not pass the essay, your
degree may not be accredited by the BCS.
- The term 3 material is assessed by the law exam (see below). Your
law exam mark forms the mark for Professional Issues that is incorporated
into your overall CS3 mark, with a weight one third that of the combined
exam/coursework mark for one of the technical modules (see page 7 of
the CS3 & SE3 Course Guide).
The first Professional Issues lecture ("More Than Just A Degree")
takes place on the first day of Term 1. The slides for this lecture
ere available via a link in the list below.
There is also a link to a copy
of the BCS Professional Examination module which deals with
professional issues, and you are encouraged to pursue you own learning
on all the topics it includes. The story of the engineer and the
manager is designed to provoke you into thinking about the
relationship between technical and managerial attitudes to product
Term 2 - Visiting Lectures
The main series of Professional Issues lectures take place in Term 2 on
Tuesdays at 11am, in JCMB Lecture Theatre A.
Calendar for 2002
The calendar is subject to change at short notice depending on commitments
of those giving the talks. If a lecture has to be cancelled for any reason
this will be posted on eduni.dcs.cs3 and you'll be sent mail.
The assessment for the term 2 part of the Professional Issues module is by an essay. This should
be of around 1500 words in length (that's about three pages of single-spaced
12 point type on A4), as follows:
"The proper management of risk is the most crucial requirement for the
successful provision of any technological product or service".
Discuss, taking examples from at least THREE of the topics raised in the
Professional Issues lecture series.
Deadline is Monday March 18. As that's just into the
vacation I'll accept paper OR mailed Word copy. Please make sure each page has
your name and matric number in the footer. Mail is at the sender's own risk
and should have "PI Essay" in the Subject: line. Unless anyone objects I will
publish a table on the module Web page, indexed by Matric number of which
essays I have received so you can check.
clashes with lectures
Please note that if you have tutorials on Tuesday at 12 you should make
sure you make them on time even if PI speakers over-run. Speakers have all
been warned that they must finish on time, but there is a limit to the
size of the hints we can drop. If the speaker is overrunning and you have
to go, go.
Links to Professional Institutions
For the entrepreneurial
Term 3 - Law Lectures
The law lectures run in weeks 1 to 4 of term 3, on Wednesdays from
12 noon to 2pm. In week 4, the lecture will probably end closer to
1pm. Mechanical Engineering 3 students also attend these lectures,
which are held in Ashworth Building Lecture Theatre 1. The Ashworth
Building is the one in the north-east corner of KB; its entrance
traffic light junction where Mayfield Rd meets West Mains Rd.
The lectures are given by staff from the Law Faculty, and cover
aspects of Scots and UK law of relevance to engineers.
Law lecture handout
The law lectures handout is available in three formats (currently last year's
this year's will replace it shortly):
- pdf (the best for printing - thanks to gxs for converting from Word)
- html (auto-generated by Word)
The law exam is one hour long, with multiple-choice style
questions. Because of its multiple-choice nature, copies of previous
years' papers are not available for this
exam. The law exam mark is the mark for Professional Issues
which is included in your overall third year mark, with a weight one third
that of each of the technical modules.
John Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org, JCMB room 2504, ext. 505181
Tim Hopkins, email@example.com, JCMB room 2616, ext. 505153
Roland Ibbett, firstname.lastname@example.org, JCMB room 3420, ext. 505116