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BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject: 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.Q67-12,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 study two 30-credit mathematical modules to underpin your further study of computing and enhance your employability. Using mathematics (MST121)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-12,module,MST121,,1 covers a range of techniques including recurrence relations, matrices, vectors and calculus. You’ll also learn to solve practical problems using specialist mathematical software and gain skills in defining and communicating results.

Exploring mathematics (MS221)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-12,module,MS221,,1 builds on the concepts and techniques in MST121 and uses the same software. It looks at questions underlying some of those techniques, such as why particular patterns occur in mathematical solutions and how you can be confident that a result is true. It introduces the role of reasoning and offers opportunities to investigate mathematical problems.

Stage 2

At Stage 2, you’ll focus your study on solutions development with two 30-credit modules exploring the application development processes that underpin the world wide web. You’ll learn how to develop programs using Visual Basic in Designing applications with Visual Basic (MT264)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-12,module,MT264,,1 and to analyse requirements, plan, design, implement and test a range of web applications in Web technologies (TT284)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-12,module,TT284,,1.

In your Stage 2 applied mathematics module – Mathematical methods, models and modelling (MST210)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-12,module,MST210,,1 (60 credits) – you’ll learn how to tackle real problems by finding out how they’re transformed into mathematical models and learning the methods of solution. You’ll explore classical mechanical models and some non-mechanical models such as heat transfer and population dynamics; and methods including vector algebra, differential equations, calculus (including several variables and vector calculus), matrices, methods for three-dimensional problems, and numerical methods.

Stage 3

In computing and IT, you can delve deeper into one of a number of specialist topics that include artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and ebusiness technology.

For your final studies in applied mathematics you’ll choose from a range of topics building on your study at Stage 2. Options currently include:

  • complex analysis
  • graphs, networks and design
  • mathematical methods and fluid mechanics
  • optimization
  • waves, diffusion and variational principles.

You'll conclude your studies with The computing and IT project (TM470)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-12,module,TM470,,1 (30 credits) that will be on a topic of your choice, 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 four (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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