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Higher Education Computer Science

A Manual of Practical Approaches

  • Jenny Carter
  • Michael O'Grady
  • Clive Rosen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Approaches to Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Liz Coulter-Smith
      Pages 3-16
    3. Diane Kitchin
      Pages 17-28
    4. Michael O’Grady
      Pages 29-49
    5. Jenny Carter, Francisco Chiclana
      Pages 51-58
  3. Teaching: Examples of Practice

  4. Employability and Group Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Gary Allen, Mike Mavromihales
      Pages 173-186
    3. Chris Procter, Vicki Harvey
      Pages 203-220
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 243-244

About this book


There is currently a great emphasis on teaching quality in Higher Education. In the UK, the Teaching Excellence Framework and the National Student Survey have contributed significantly to this focus. Additional support for staff to develop teaching skills has also come from the Higher Education Academy, whose fellowship scheme encourages HE staff to focus on their practice in the classroom.

The growth in the number of students attending university has resulted in a much wider range of learning styles amongst them. Many students do not fit the idealised average of being adept at learning from primarily text-based media. Two further trends are also driving change and innovation in academic staff teaching. The first is the availability of online teaching materials such as MOOCs. The second is the emphasis now given to student postgraduate employability, represented by certain aspects of the Teaching Excellence Framework that require students not only to know information, but also to be able to articulate that knowledge and to demonstrate their skills.

With a desire to enable our students to achieve their highest potential, many staff undertake initiatives to facilitate learning that accommodate a wide range of learning styles. This book focuses on approaches to teaching and learning within the discipline of Computer Science. The book consists of a selection of chapters that describe a particular teaching activity or topic within Computing in HE, presented in such a way that other practitioners can adopt and adapt them as a way of helping them to develop their own teaching. It provides a number of practical cases of putting theory into practice when teaching Computer Science to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Higher Education institutions.

A chapter on the importance of developing soft skills and a professional online presence is also included as an essential part of preparing the students for their future employment.


Computer science education STEM education Pedagogy Learning styles Higher education The computing profession

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK
  3. 3.Passerelle SystemsNewcastle-under-LymeUK

About the editors

Dr. Jenny Carter is a Subject Area Leader in Computing & Information Systems, in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Dr. Michael O'Grady is a Subject Area Leader in Digital Media at the same institution.

Dr. Clive Rosen is Director of Passerelle Systems, an educational consultancy in Higher Education based in Newcastle Under Lyme, UK.

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