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Melanie Coles

  • 01202 961120
  • mcoles at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Deputy Head Of Department In Computing and Informatics
  • Poole House P425a, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a Principal Academic and the Deputy Head of the Computing and Informatics Department. I joined Bournemouth University in June 1997 from the University of East London, where I was a lecturer in the Innovation Studies Department.


My research, both PhD and wider research, has been developed as a result of my teaching experience and has impacted upon subsequent teaching and learning developments. I have taught programming for a number of years, with different sized cohorts, at different levels, on different degrees and it was this experience that led me to explore why programming can be difficult to both learn and teach, and what can be done to improve the student experience in learning to program.

Journal Articles



Profile of Teaching PG

  • Persuasive Technology and Behaviour Change
  • Cyberpsychology

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Principles of Programming


  • KTP with Morning Data Limited (Technology Strategy Board, 01 Jun 2009). Completed
  • KTP with Hark Solutions (Technology Strategy Board, 01 Mar 2009). Completed

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, Quality Assurance and Enhancment Group QAEG


  • MSc in Distributed Information Systems (University of East London, 1994)
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Systems (Polytechnic of East London, 1991)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (CNAA, 1987)


  • BCSWomen, Member (2010-),
  • BCS, Member (2003-),
  • Higher Education Academcy, Fellow (2002-),