29th July 1999

 

THE GAME’S UP FOR COMPUTING STUDENTS

 

A Hessle-based management consultancy will soon have a new business game on its Internet website thanks to HND students from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

Four computing students are spending their summer break working on the game for Collingwood Court, where bosses are delighted with the contribution they’ve made.

 

“We were looking for a business game that’s true to life with scenarios based on real situations,” explained Collingwood Court development manager Beverley Coverdale. “We wanted it to be both good fun and educational, so we decided to approach a local educational establishment like the university.”

 

The four students - Rose Papworth, Tony Dalo, Adrian Fryatt and Rob Cary - have just completed the first year of their HND in Computing and volunteered to bring forward their second-year work placement so that they could get their teeth into the project over the summer.

 

“We ask students to go out and work on a real industrial or commercial project during the second year to get experience of the real working environment,” said Angus Marshall of the university’s Department of Computing and Communications.

 

Collingwood Court asked the students to design a business game for the company’s website, and they were delighted when the youngsters took the idea and ran with it.

 

“We came up with the scenarios and the students have been designing the game from scratch,” said Ms Coverdale. “They started with a blank sheet of paper and they’re doing all the graphic work and the content themselves.

 

“The students have gone well beyond their brief and have come up with some great new ideas. We were really impressed with how well they took on board the business side of things. Originally they were aiming to have it finished by December, but I’m  told that we should have something to look at in three weeks, which is marvellous.”

 

The game features an imaginary company which loses a major contract - and the player has to work out how best to bring that company back into profit.

 

For more information contact Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)