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BSc (Honours) Computing and IT: pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll start your Stage 1 studies with My digital life (TU100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,TU100,,1 (60 credits), which gives you hands-on experience of designing, building and programming the small, ubiquitous computers that will become increasingly common over the next decade. You’ll also learn about the profound technological, economic, political and ethical changes brought about by information technology that will affect every one of us.

Next, you'll develop your mathematical skills, choosing one of two 30-credit modules - Discovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,MU123,,1 or Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,MST124,,1 - to underpin your further study of computing and enhance your employability. To help you to decide the best option for you visit our MathsChoices website and try the quizzes for each module.

Finally, the 30-credit module – Technologies in practice (TM129)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,TM129,,1 – will offer you an opportunity to sample some key technologies enabling you to develop essential skills and to explore where your future study and career aspirations may lie.

Stage 2

At Stage 2, you’ll begin your specialist studies in digital technologies with Communication and information technologies (T215)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,T215,,1 (60 credits) – learning about the core principles upon which new technologies are built. You’ll be introduced to the key concepts, issues and technologies associated with online communication and collaboration. You’ll also gain an understanding of the ways in which data is stored, manipulated and transmitted; and discover how new processes and services are transforming our lives. 

The professional practice option explores the techniques of managing computing projects and IT services – IT project and service management (M258)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,M258,,1 (30 credits) – and you’ll gain hands on experience of the factors and processes that drive change within the workplace in either Change, strategy and projects at work (T227)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,T227,,1 (30 credits) or Accreditation of Certificated Practitioners 2 (TM227)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,TM227,,1 (30 credits). For this specialism you need to be in work (either paid or voluntary) and have the support of your employer to use your workplace for study.

Stage 3

Stage 3 studies build on the knowledge, skills and understanding of the specialist subjects you studied at Stage 2. Currently you can choose three 30-credit modules from the following:

Ebusiness technologies: foundations and practice (T320)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,T320,,1 – explores the driving forces behind developments in ebusiness, introducing the fundamental technologies and protocols upon which new systems and services can be built.

Fundamentals of interaction design (M364)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,M364,,1 – You’ll acquire the practical skills and theoretical tools to analyse, design and evaluate interactive products that surround our everyday lives – from websites to drinks dispensers.

Keeping ahead in information and communication technologies (T324)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,T324,,1 – You’ll Investigate how to keep pace with rapid changes in ICT, and how to use ICT successfully in complex systems where people play a major part.

Software engineering (TM354)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,TM354,,1 – gain the intellectual tools needed to design, build and test software systems.

Technologies for digital media (T325)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,T325,,1 – Digital technologies are transforming our experience of media. This module will enable you to understand how, and looks at related social, ethical and legal issues.

You’ll conclude your studies with an individual project on a topic of your choice, The computing and IT project (TM470)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-2,module,TM470,,1 (30 credits), which you’ll research, develop and write up – presenting your findings in a substantial report that you can show employers as a portfolio of your work.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take up to 16 years. You can also choose to vary the pace at which you study – see Study explained for further information.


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