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Dr Pat Roberts

P E Roberts
Senior Lecturer

contact:
Hastings campus
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 644667

Email: P.E.Roberts@brighton.ac.uk

LinkedIn profile http://www.linkedin.com/pub/patricia-roberts/13/a77/94b

Teaching

I teach across a range of Computing and Information Systems courses. The main subjects I teach are:

  • Database design, development and management including Oracle and SQL Server
  • Information Systems methodologies
  • Project Management
  • Object-oriented analysis and design using UML
  • Undergraduate and post-graduate projects
  • PhD in Computer Science entitled “Structural Transformation in Object-Relational Database Designs: A Framework for Improving Quality”, The Open University, 2010
  • MSc Computing for Commerce & Industry, The Open University, 1999
  • PGCE (Further, Adult and Higher Education), The University of Wolverhampton, 1995
  • BSc (Honours), Combined Sciences, The University of Liverpool, 1976                                                                                                 

Research

Research into model transformations: I have developed a novel approach to the assessment of object-relational database structures as part of recent research projects. Object-relational databases offer extensions to the standard relational database structures and these extensions can pose problems for database designers as they make it easy to produce over-complex or even unusable designs. I have carried out a systematic evaluation of the options available, using various quality aspects, and this proved to be effective in differentiating between the designs, in their simplicity, integrity, flexibility and seamlessness. This new approach can be effective in the context of object-relational database design and the same approach could be used in other contexts.

Pedagogic research: My most recent pedagogic research has been my development of a way of assessing the abstract thinking skills of students. I have been using test of abstract thinking skills to look for indicators of ability in computing subjects.

Consultancy

I am available to carry out consultancy into making the best use of company databases in businesses and organizations.

Biography

 Before coming to the University of Brighton I worked at the Universities of Westminster and Worcester. I worked in the public and private sectors as a Systems Analyst before moving into academia. A brief career history is shown below:

  •   Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton
  •   Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster
  •   Curriculum Leader for IT, University of Worcester
  •   Team Leader and Systems Analyst, Hereford and Worcester County Council
  •   Senior Programmer, Gloucestershire County Council
  •   Programmer, EMI ltd 

Qualifications

  •  PhD in Computer Science entitled “Structural Transformation in Object-Relational  Database Designs: A Framework for Improving Quality”, The Open University, 2010
  •  MSc Computing for Commerce & Industry, The Open University, 1999
  •  PGCE (Further, Adult and Higher Education), The University of Wolverhampton, 1995
  •  BSc (Honours), Combined Sciences, The University of Liverpool, 1976                                                                                                 

Awards

I received the Association of Open University Graduates 2009 Baroness Lee of Asheridge Award for the Open University Faculty of Maths, Computing & Technology

Selected Academic Publications

  • Roberts, P. (2010) Seamlessness as a desirable aspect of quality for MDE: the contribution of object-relational database structures, accepted for the 7th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology, Oporto, Portugal, 29th September to 2nd October 2010
  • Roberts, P. (2009) Abstract thinking: a predictor of modelling ability? Educators Symposium, MODELS 2009: ACM/IEEE 12th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, Denver, Colorado, USA, 3rd – 9th October 2009
  • Roberts, P. (2008) Criteria for assessing object-relational quality. Open University Technical Report No 200817. Available from: http://computing-reports.open.ac.uk/2008/TR2008-17.pdf
  • Roberts, P. (2005),  Assessing Learning in an Undergraduate Database Administration Module using Student Demonstrations, Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Databases (TLAD 2005), University of Sunderland, HE Academy for Information and Computing Sciences, July 2005

Some Recent Talks/Presentations

 “Seamlessness as a desirable aspect of quality for MDE: the contribution of object-relational database structures”

Presented at the International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology, Oporto, Portugal, 29th September to 2nd October 2010 

 “Abstract thinking: a predictor of modelling ability?”

Presented in October 2009, Educators’ Symposium at the ACM/IEEE 12th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, Denver, Colorado. 

My Professional Activities

For the last two years I have been invited to serve on the Program Committee of the Educators' Symposium of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on MODELS, (2010 in Oslo, Norway and 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand).

Professional Membership

  •  Member British Computer Society (MBCS) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP) since  2001, by examination
  •  Chartered Engineer (CEng) since 2001, by examination
  •  Member HE Academy, since its inception, by subscription
  •  Member ACM, since 2009, by subscription