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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.Q67-19,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 Discovering psychology (DSE141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-19,module,DSE141,,1 (30 credits). This fascinating module explores the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and how psychological research addresses real-life issues. You’ll look at how human behaviour may be influenced by personality and situational factors, and the ways in which learning also plays a role. You’ll also consider what makes people change their behaviour, and how we can study psychological processes that cannot be directly observed, such as language, attention or memory.

Alongside this, you’ll choose one of two 30-credit mathematical modules to gain a good foundation for your future studies – either Discovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-19,module,MU123,,1 or Using mathematics (MST121)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-19,module,MST121,,1.

Stage 2

At Stage 2, you’ll focus your study on networking – a specialist area in computing and IT.

In Cisco networking (CCNA) (T216)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-19,module,T216,,1 (60 credits you’ll l gain the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to configure a LAN/WAN using Cisco equipment (leaving you well prepared for the industry-standard CCNA certification examination). You’ll also gain hands on practical experience of configuring networks at four compulsory day schools.

In Exploring psychology (DSE212)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-19,module,DSE212,,1 (60 credits), you’ll study a broad range of psychological approaches to areas such as identity; language and meaning; personality; and social worlds – exploring the scope of contemporary psychology and its historical roots. You’ll gain a conceptual ‘bag of tools’ – the essential equipment for contemporary psychology. You’ll then consider three topics that illustrate current debates in psychology: lifespan development; language and meaning; and sex and gender. You’ll also learn how to carry out quantitative and qualitative research projects and how to collect, analyse and interpret data.

Stage 3

In computing and IT, you can delve deeper into one of a number of specialist topics that include digital media and ebusiness technology.

Your final 60-credit module, Cognitive psychology (DD303)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-19,module,DD303,,1, focuses on the mental processes involved in learning, perceiving, remembering and thinking. You’ll consider the key debates, issues and controversies for cognitive psychology, and then move on to wider topics that have presented a challenge to the cognitive approach – such as emotion and consciousness. Throughout, you’ll be asked to examine theories, evidence and arguments as well as the methods of cognitive psychology, including neuropsychology and neuroimaging. Using a computer, you’ll be guided through techniques of data analysis and experimentation, and you’ll engage in your own project work.

You'll conclude your studies with The computing and IT project (TM470)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q67-19,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 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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