F27PX Praxis

Dr Tessa BergDr Neamat El Gayar

Course co-ordinator(s): Dr Tessa Berg (Edinburgh), Dr Neamat El Gayar (Dubai).


  • To instruct students in undertaking self-directed study
  • To instruct students in presenting their findings
  • To acquaint students with the work of the department
  • To deepen students’ understanding of the degree courses for which they are registered
  • To familiarise students with the computer systems used by the department
  • To present skills that students could usefully use to become successful students

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisites: none.

Location: Dubai, Edinburgh.

Semester: 1.


  • Writing reports; sources and referencing; group presentation; the matter of plagiarism
  • Exploration of the departmental computer system
  • Current departmental research
  • Exploration of the departmental computer system
  • Study Skills

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

  • Acquaintance with new research in computing
  • Consideration of difficult and even perplexing ideas in their chosen field of study
  • Knowledge of and ability to use departmental computer systems

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT

  • Undertaking responsibility for self-directed research
  • Assimilating information from multiple sources
  • Analysing results to formulate conclusions
  • Writing reports to professional standards
  • Constructively evaluating the work of peers
  • Reacting sensibly to peer evaluation
  • Re-writing work in response to criticism
  • Co-operating in a group to investigate a complex topic
  • Making spoken and visual presentations
  • Acquiring study skills that can be used for both academic studies and later in a professional context


Assessment Methods: Due to covid, assessment methods for Academic Year 2021/22 may vary from those noted on the official course descriptor. Please see:
- Maths (F1) Course Weightings 2021/22
- Computer Science (F2) Course Weightings 2021/22
- AMS (F7) Course Weightings 2021/22

SCQF Level: 7.

Credits: 15.