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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT: pathway

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This diploma of higher education is made up of 240 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.W36-1,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 – Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W36-1,module,MST124,,1 or Discovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W36-1,module,MU123,,1 – to underpin your further study of computing and enhance your employability. 

Finally, the 30-credit module – Technologies in practice (TM129)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W36-1,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.W36-1,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. 

You’ll begin your specialist studies in 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.W36-1,module,MT264,,1 and to analyse requirements, plan, design, implement and test a range of web applications in Web technologies (TT284)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W36-1,module,TT284,,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.

How long it takes

Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from two (full-time study equivalent) to 12 years. You can also choose to vary the pace at which you study – see Study explained for further information.


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