Developing a Work-based Software Engineering Degree in Collaboration with Industry

Barr, M. and Parkinson, J. (2019) Developing a Work-based Software Engineering Degree in Collaboration with Industry. In: UK and Ireland Computing Education Research Conference (UKICER 2019), Canterbury, United Kingdom, 05-06 Sep 2019, ISBN 9781450372572 (doi: 10.1145/3351287.3351292)

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Work-based learning has been in practice in Software Engineering for some time, but only in recent years has it been introduced as a pathway to an honours-level undergraduate degree across the UK. Through the lens of one such scheme, the Graduate Apprenticeship programme in Scotland, we have investigated what challenges work-based learning degree programmes are likely to face and took this question to 26 industry partners. Also, since we are aware of a persistent skills gap between Software Engineering graduates and entry-level industry roles, we investigated the skills that Software Development teams are looking for in Scotland. This paper details our findings concerning perceived challenges to industry, the skills and knowledge to be imparted at university and the workplace learning opportunities which can be exploited by companies.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parkinson, Mr Jack and Barr, Dr Matthew
Authors: Barr, M., and Parkinson, J.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Association for Computing Machinery
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3030040Opportunities for Partnership Activity in Work-based learning InnovationQuintin CuttsSkills Development Scotland (SKIDEVSC)G17-043Computing Science