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Friday, 31 October 2014

STEM Steering Group blog

The STEM Steering group now has a new web presence through the blog: http://mypad.northampton.ac.uk/stem/ 

The STEM Steering Group (SSG) was formed in 2011, made up of staff and students from across the University’s Schools, Professional Services and external partners. 

Its aim is to promote STEM activities, research and partnerships, that contribute to the Raising the Bar strategy and to raise the profile of STEM through public engagement, activities and initiatives.

To find out more go to http://mypad.northampton.ac.uk/stem/ and to get involved email stem@northampton.ac.uk

To find out the work done by the group on employability go to http://apslandt.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/student-employability-skills-through.html

Sample screenshots from the blog:





To find out more go to http://mypad.northampton.ac.uk/stem/ and to get involved email stem@northampton.ac.uk



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All views are the authors, and may not reflect the views of any organisation the author is connected with in any way.

Monday, 15 September 2014

OERs Summary September 2014


A selection of the open educational resources that have been released from the School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton. This post shows the number of views and downloads of these resources.



Pollution And Pollutants


Authors: Paul Cox and Nigel Freestone

Details
Pollution is the undesirable introduction of pollutants (contaminants) into the natural environment (land, air and water) and can have an adverse affect on human health. This resource provides an introduction to pollution and pollutants. The classification and distribution of pollutants is also considered. A number of self-assessment questions are provided to allow you to check your new knowledge. The material comes in Word format and its HTML equivalent. The pollutants.htm file includes two images (poll.gif and ld50.gif) and an answers page (SAQ_Answers.htm) related to it that need to be put in the same folder as the pollutants.htm file.

Keywords: UKOER, Environmental Science, Waste Management, Pollution, Pollutants, Environment, Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Pollution Pathways, Toxicity 

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The resource found on Jorum at: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/18529 



Properties of Ultrasonic Waves

Author:  
Details
This material gives the description of the physical processes involved in the propagation of ultrasonic pressure waves as they pass through a material. It includes a mathematical derivation of the amplitude of the transmitted and reflected pressure waves, and an explanation is given for the differences between the near and far zones. This material has been used in the Advanced Inspection Methods and Techniques module as part of the BSc programme in Non-Destructive Testing at the University of Northampton.
Published:  School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton
Keywords: UKOER, Ultrasonic waves, Inspection and testing, Non-destructive testing 










Summary of Evolutionary Algorithms
Click here for the resource: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19204
Author:  
These slides are intended for undergraduate computing students, providing an overview of Genetic Algorithms, a concept of in artificial intelligence. As well providing an overview the material also include links to applications via web resources. The slides are taken from an undergraduate artificial intelligence module on the BSc Computing Programme at the University of Northampton. Possible uses of these including support material for second year, third year or masters level course on artificial intelligence.

Click here for the resource: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19204


C Programming


Click here for the resource: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19192
Author: 
In this material you will be introduced to some of the principles of programming, and specifically learn to write fairly simple programs using a programming language called C. An idea central to this material is that programming is about problem solving; you write a program to solve a particular problem. It is hoped that at the end of the material you should see that there is nothing magical or mysterious about programming. One of the features some people like about programming is you are making the computer do what you want. During the programming exercises, do not worry about making mistakes. In this material you will be expected to try out programs and eventually write your own. The target audience is anyone who wants to learn a programming language or is looking for some assessment questions around programming. The material was originally aimed at second year engineering students at the University of Northampton.
Click here for the resource: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19192



Problem-Solving



Author: Dr Scott Turner




These mini lectures are intended for undergraduate computing students, for providing simple steps in problem solving before the students learn a programming language. Problem-Solving and Programming is a common first year undergraduate module on the BSc Computing Programme at the University of Northampton. This material was taken from the problem solving part of the module and provides an introduction to five topics in problem-solving.

The resource can be found at: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19001


Sustainability: Environmental Business Imperatives

Author: 
Created: 7 July 2014, by School of Science & Technology and Northampton Business School, The University of Northampton
This video outlines the drivers for resource efficiency for business including raw materials scarcity and economic imperatives. The savings that can be made by more efficient use of raw materials, energy and waste are highlighted. Case study examples are given to show how different sectors have achieved resource efficiency and moved towards a circular model of resource use.



All views are the authors, and may not reflect the views of any organisation the author is connected with in any way.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

OER: Summary of Evolutionary Computing

Another new Open Education Resource (OER) has been made available by the , School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton.



Summary of Evolutionary Computing

Author:  
These slides are intended for undergraduate computing students, providing an overview of Genetic Algorithms, a concept of in artificial intelligence. As well providing an overview the material also include links to applications via web resources. The slides are taken from an undergraduate artificial intelligence module on the BSc Computing Programme at the University of Northampton. Possible uses of these including support material for second year, third year or masters level course on artificial intelligence.











 

 



Views are the authors, and may not reflect the views of any organisation the author is connected with in any way.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

OER: C Programming

 Another new Open Education Resource (OER) has been made available by the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton.


C Programming


Click here for the resource: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19192
Author: 
Created: 11 August 2014, by School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton
In this material you will be introduced to some of the principles of programming, and specifically learn to write fairly simple programs using a programming language called C. An idea central to this material is that programming is about problem solving; you write a program to solve a particular problem. It is hoped that at the end of the material you should see that there is nothing magical or mysterious about programming. One of the features some people like about programming is you are making the computer do what you want. During the programming exercises, do not worry about making mistakes. In this material you will be expected to try out programs and eventually write your own. The target audience is anyone who wants to learn a programming language or is looking for some assessment questions around programming. The material was originally aimed at second year engineering students at the University of Northampton.
Published: 11 August 2014, by 
Keywords: C Programming; Programming; Problem solving; Computer science; Computing 

Click here for the resource: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19192



views are the authors, and may not reflect the views of any organisation the author is connected with in any way.

Monday, 7 July 2014

OER: Sustainability: Environmental Business Imperatives

 Another new Open Education Resource (OER) has been made available by the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton.


Sustainability: Environmental Business Imperatives

Author: 
Created: 7 July 2014, by School of Science & Technology and Northampton Business School, The University of Northampton
This video outlines the drivers for resource efficiency for business including raw materials scarcity and economic imperatives. The savings that can be made by more efficient use of raw materials, energy and waste are highlighted. Case study examples are given to show how different sectors have achieved resource efficiency and moved towards a circular model of resource use.


Other OERs

 

 


















All views are the authors, and may not reflect the views of any organisation the author is connected with in any way.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

opinion: Use of free mindmapping tools

Figure. 1













As part of the two modules involving research methods I have been 'playing' with mindmaps in the class to capture the discussion. Figure 1 above was taken from a classroom discussion around some of the issues within a project idea that the group was working on. The tool used is the free on-line tool https://bubbl.us/ .


Figure 2
Figure 2 shows the tool. Is it the best mindmapping tool out there? I think it is fair to say it isn't, I have some paid ones installed that offer a greater range of features. It was selected as it is-
  • Online;
  • Free;
  • Simple to use;
At the end of the session I wanted to the students to have the final map we had produced together so only having an image of the map was fine.




All views are the authors, and may not reflect the views of any organisation the author is connected with in any way.




Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Preprint: Computer Science Courses Using Laptops

A preprint of paper to be publish in the next edition the journal Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Information and Computer Sciences (ITALICS) is now available at http://journals.heacademy.ac.uk/doi/abs/10.11120/ital.2014.00011

Computer Science Courses Using Laptops

Gary Hill, Espen Svennevik and Scott Turner
Department of Computing & Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton, UK
Corresponding author: Scott Turner, Department of Computing & Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton, UK Email: Phone: +44 (0) 1604 893028

Abstract

Traditionally computer sciences courses have been taught using laboratories full of expensive desktop computers. Although this approach may have been valid in the 80, 90s and even the early part of this decade, this paper suggests that buying, maintaining and replacing laboratories full of computers is no longer required. This paper raises the issues associated with attempting to use laptops – as thin/thick clients using virtual machines – to deliver the computer science curriculum and offers potential solutions that, in some cases, may make computer science courses at such ‘brave’ institutions more appealing.



Read More: http://journals.heacademy.ac.uk/doi/abs/10.11120/ital.2014.00011