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Mike Child, LSBU

Mike Child

Course Director for Computer Science; Senior Lecturer

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    Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics

Mike Child joined the London South Bank University School of Computing in 2000 as a research assistant developing web systems and tools for the detection and visualisation of plagiarism. He has taught on and run a variety of software development units involving both object-oriented development with Java and web development. Having completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education he became a full time lecturer in Computing in 2007. 

Mike has collaborated on research related to plagiarism and its detection, contributing to two papers in this area and presenting some research at an HEA Event on Managing Academic Misconduct & Preventing Plagiarism in February 2010. He has acted as lead academic for a knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) project developing a novel integrated project management environment to facilitate scheduling, production, resource allocation and financial planning for the production of visual effects, animation and motion graphics assets. 

Mike is now coordinator for the Web Development Pathway and continues to maintain the School's internal student registers. He has recently commenced study for a PhD based on the use of coupling between objects as a means of visualising software systems.

Currently running the modules Web Design and Development, Dynamic Technologies for the Web, Web Services, Security and Management and Computer Platforms Technologies.

Currently carrying out PhD research into the relationships between types of coupling in Java software systems and fault proneness.


Rosner, P., Child, M. & Counsell, S. (2014) Visualising Java Coupling and Fault Proneness, IVAPP 2014 – International Conference on Information Visualisation Theory and Applications, Lisbon 2014

Culwin, F. & Child, M. (2010) Optimising and automating the choice of search strings when investigating possible plagiarism, Proceedings of the 4th International Plagiarism Conference, Newcastle June 2010

Culwin F., Child M. & Warwick, J. (2008) An empirical investigation of student behaviour when non-originality detection is made available before submission; Proceedings of the 3rd International Plagiarism Conference, Newcastle July 2008

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