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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.Q62-6,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.Q62-6,module,MU123,,1 or Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,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.Q62-6,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 software development with two 30-credit modules; Object-oriented Java programming (M250)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,module,M250,,1 and Software development with Java (M256)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,module,M256,,1. 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.

The solutions development option explores the application development processes that underpin the World Wide Web in Web technologies (TT284)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,module,TT284,,1 (30 credits). You’ll learn how to analyse requirements, plan, design, implement and test a range of web applications, and how to develop programs using Visual Basic in Designing applications with Visual Basic (MT264)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,module,MT264,,1 (30 credits)

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:

Developing concurrent distributed systems (M362)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,module,M362,,1 – 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.

Fundamentals of interaction design (M364)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,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.

Software engineering (TM354)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,module,TM354,,1 – gain the intellectual tools needed to design, build and test software systems.

You’ll conclude your studies with an individual project on a topic of your choice, The computing and IT project (TM470)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q62-6,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 anything from three (full-time study equivalent) 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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