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.
You’ll start your Stage 1 studies with
My digital life (TU100) (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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,TU100,,1
Next, you’ll develop your mathematical skills, choosing one of two 30-credit modules –
Using mathematics (MST121) or undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,MST121,,1 Discovering mathematics (MU123) – to underpin your further study of computing and enhance your employability. To help you to decide the best option for you visit our undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,MU123,,1 MathsChoices website and try the quizzes for each module.
Finally, the 30-credit module –
Technologies in practice (TM129) – 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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,TM129,,1
At Stage 2, you’ll begin your specialist studies in software development with two 30-credit modules;
Object-oriented Java programming (M250) and undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,M250,,1 Software development with Java (M256). You’ll learn how to specify and design computer programs, and develop your programming skills using the object-oriented programming language Java. You’ll use industry standard software tools such as an integrated development environment and the Unified Modelling Language (UML); and you’ll also learn about the analytical techniques and processes essential for designing, specifying and implementing a software system including a graphical user interface. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,M256,,1
The professional practice option explores the techniques of managing computing projects and IT services –
Change, strategy and projects at work (T227) (30 credits) – and you’ll gain hands on experience of the factors and processes that drive change within the workplace in one of these 30-credit modules; undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,T227,,1 Accreditation of Certificated Practitioners 2 (TM227) or undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,TM227,,1 IT project and service management (M258). 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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,M258,,1
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:
Developing concurrent distributed systems (M362) – Study the theory and practice of developing concurrent distributed computing systems, learn about advanced use of Java, and examine heterogeneous and mobile systems and security. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,M362,,1
Fundamentals of interaction design (M364) – 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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,M364,,1
Natural and artificial intelligence (M366) – You’ll explore one of humanity’s oldest dreams – the creation of intelligent machines – taking in ideas from biology and philosophy as well as computing and technology. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,M366,,1
Relational databases: theory and practice (M359) – Gain an advanced and detailed insight into relational databases – of direct benefit to those interested in the planning, design and operation of a database. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,M359,,1
Software engineering with objects (M363) – Designing, building and testing software systems can be a complicated process. This module offers you the intellectual tools to make the tasks involved easier. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,M363,,1
You’ll conclude your studies with an individual project on a topic of your choice,
The computing and IT project (TM470) (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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-5,module,TM470,,1
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.
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