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Demonstrate a critical awareness of the combination of theory and practice, with practice being informed by theory, when considering innovative solutions to solve problems

Assessment Information/Brief 2021-22

  • To be used for all types of assessment and provided to students at the start of the module. Information provided should be compatible with the detail contained in the approved module specification although may contain more information for clarity.
  • Module title Innovative Problem Solving
  • CRN N100-M0106 Level: M (53159 / 53160 / 53162 / 53163 / 53165)
  • Level 7
  • Assessment title Digital Portfolio
  • Weighting within module This assessment is worth 100% of the overall module mark.
  • Submission deadline date and time 4pm Friday 13th May 2022

How to submit

You should submit, via Blackboard, a link to your digital portfolio within the supplied template document.

Assessment task details and instructions

Students will be presented with a business/societal issue for which they must innovatively problem solve, developing their solution with support from tutors. The proposed solution will be delivered via a digital online portfolio and must include a variety of components (listed below). Students will research, develop and collect material relevant to their innovative solution and upload it to a personally created blog/website platform such as WordPress, Wix or similar of their own making/choosing. The digital portfolio is worth 100% of the mark for the module, with weightings for each component listed below

Referencing should use APA Harvard; see the following link for a full guide:

https://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/using-and-referencinginformation/referencing. Background information and links to relevant news stories regarding your proposal are welcome, but these should be short, referenced quotes and careful referencing should be adhered to throughout, as per the guidelines specified above. Be explicit to state all work that is not your own and reference clearly. You should not be including large entries of content created by others and all content you use must be credited, whether text or otherwise.

Requirements are specified above, however as a guide, the entire portfolio should be the equivalent of a piece of work requiring the effort for 4,000 words.

Assessed intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the combination of theory and practice, with practice being informed by theory, when considering innovative solutions to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional, legal, social, cultural and ethical issues related to computing and an awareness of societal and environmental impact.
  • Select the appropriate tools, techniques and technologies (established, current or emerging) to develop innovative solutions to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the technical, societal and management dimensions of computer/technical systems.

Transferable Skills and other Attributes

  • Competently use a range of digital literacy skills and applications to research, analyse and communicate findings to a non-technical audience.
  • An ability to recognise and respond to opportunities for innovation.
  • An ability to critically review the literature (academic and practitioner), which includes identifying all of the key developments in a particular area of study, critically analysing them and identifying limitations/avenues for further development or explanation.
  • Develop reflective skills for continued learning, set goals and identify resources for the purpose of learning.

Module Aims

  • To equip students with the knowledge to model (prototype) user and information requirements, information flows, and business processes in such a way that allows effective and efficient translation into DIY innovative designs.
  • To facilitate a comprehensive understanding of systems methodologies and/or computer systems lifecycles, an appreciation of the issues around systems development, implementation and maintenance, including human ideas of abstraction and design, linked to problem solving. Assessment Information/Brief 4
  • To bring awareness and appreciation of the innovative, exploitive nature of emerging and disruptive technologies and open-source possibilities.
  • To facilitate a critical awareness of professional, legal, social, cultural and ethical issues related to innovative use of technologies and an awareness of societal and environmental impact.
  • To equip students with the knowledge obtained by problem analysis, to design creative solutions to meet information needs of defined and potential user communities.

Feedback arrangements

Feedback will be provided as per the Assessment and Feedback Policy.

Support arrangements

You can obtain support for this assessment from your lecturers during the session or by appointment. The lecturer delivering the content for any given week can be seen in the schedule located on Blackboard.

askUS The University offers a range of support services for students through askUS.

Good Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to learn and demonstrate skills associated with good academic conduct (academic integrity). Good academic conduct includes the use of clear and correct referencing of source materials. Here is a link to where you can find out more about the skills which students require http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning. Academic Misconduct is an action which may give you an unfair advantage in your academic work. This includes plagiarism, asking someone else to write your assessment for you or taking notes into an exam. The University takes all forms of academic misconduct seriously. You can find out how to avoid academic misconduct here https://www.salford.ac.uk/skillsfor-learning.

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Personal Mitigating Circumstances

If personal mitigating circumstances may have affected your ability to complete this assessment, you can find more information about personal mitigating circumstances procedure here.

Personal Tutor/Student Progression Administrator

If you have any concerns about your studies, contact your Personal Tutor or your Student Progression Administrator.

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria is provided in the table below.

In Year Retrieval Scheme

Your assessment may be eligible for in year retrieval. If you are eligible for this scheme, you will be contacted shortly after the feedback deadline.


If you fail your assessment, and are eligible for reassessment, you will need to resubmit on or before reassessment deadline. For students with accepted personal mitigating circumstances for absence/non submission, this will be your replacement assessment attempt.

Reassessment will take the same format as the original assessments.