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UDCMPTNG - BSc Computing

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University, INFORMATICS, ESoft (Sri Lanka), The Professional Learning Centre Ltd, Mauritius
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Computer Science and Applied Computing
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS 6 YEARS
Part-time 4 YEARS 8 YEARS
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

Modules are mainly delivered through a combination of lectures (1 hour/week), tutorials/lab-based workshop (2 hour/week) sessions, and blended learning.

Teaching and learning materials such as lecture notes, tutorial materials, workshop tasks and additional support learning materials are accessible on the university VLE network (e.g. WebLearn, Blackboard). Delivered lectures are recorded and online available too. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in, and are supported by, module leader blogs, use of video, role playing, visits to external organisations, presentations and workshops presented by external guest speakers.

Network facilities (e.g. web server accounts) are available if there is any special requirement. Students are encouraged to use the study facilities in the university library and learning centre (including e-books and e-journals).

Course aims

This degree course provides a professional education in the theory and practice of computing, with special emphasis on the techniques, theory and applications in the design and implementation of modern software/IT systems. The course mainly covers principles of programming, operating systems, database design, application development and software engineering, using a range of modern software development tools. The course develops the skills necessary for you to demonstrate professional competence enabling you to work successfully in the computing/IT industry.

The aims of this course include:
• To provide an education in the development and use of software that will equip students with intellectual, practical and problem-solving skills;
• To provide graduates with transferable skills to enable progression in either management or technical areas, with the ability to master new developments and have flexibility in career structure in an era of rapid organisational change and technological innovation;
• To equip graduates with the necessary ability and study skills to progress to advanced postgraduate courses of study;
• To provide industry, commerce and research laboratories with the effective and adaptive IT professionals or computer scientists that society demands.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
LO1. Contribute to one’s own and others intellectual development and represent with integrity and confidence;
LO2. Perform in a varied context: to understand and apply computing applications in a variety of other disciplines by developing an understanding the subject with computing;
LO3. Identify problems and create robust software solutions using appropriate development technologies, platforms and toolsets in the broader context of the industry business;
LO4. Perform at the system and operational level in a fashion that displays integrity in the managing of data and the development and use of software.
LO5. Demonstrate an appreciation of technical, ethical and professional issues related to software application development for the real world.
LO6. Work effectively as a member of a team and demonstrate effective communication skills.
LO7. Research, plan, structure and deliver an academic report and presentation.
ULO. Demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible practitioners/professionals in their discipline.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Subject benchmark: Computing [October 2019]

Assessment strategy

• Modules of this course are assessed mainly by the combination of coursework, case studies report and presentation, lab logbooks and workbooks, class-test, unseen examinations, and final-year project reports, presentation and viva.
• A balanced assessment load per module and a careful distribution of concurrent assessment deadlines will be ensured;
• Constructive and timely formative and summative feedback in written and/or oral modes will be delivered, with 15 working days of completing/submitting an assessment;

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

All students complete a mandatory 15-credit Level 6 module on Work Related Learning. The School of Computing and Digital Media offers opportunities to enhance employability skills, gain real experience and 'earn while you learn' through placements into real client-driven projects - working with business and industry, or within the Research Centres.

Course specific regulations

British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation is awarded according to the following additional course regulation:

The project must be passed in order for a student to obtain BSc (Hons) Computing.

The project must be passed without compensation.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Students are encouraged and expected to regularly write and demonstrate what they have learned each week, set achievement goals with action plans for personal development on the learning activities. Formative feedback on guided workshop tasks and coursework will be given at various points during the academic year. Students are encouraged to meet their academic tutors to get advice whenever they need.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

This course is accredited as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

On graduating, you'll be eligible to apply for Membership of the British Computer Society (MBCS).

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Numerous and regular events (both online and campus-based) are organized by the University’s Careers Service and by the School of Computing and Digital Media. External presenters are invited to address students at all levels of the degree course.

Students are encouraged to participate in subject-discipline extra-curricular activities and Student Societies.
The core module Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law includes coverage of job search, CV writing, interviewing and aptitude assessments.

Graduates gain employment in the financial, industrial, health and service sectors. Job titles include: Chief Technology Officer, Software Engineer, Network Engineer, Mobile Application Programmer, Web Developer, Software Engineer, Java Developer. Graduates can also pursue careers in research and development in scientific areas of computing.

Career opportunities

This course will help you grow professionally and prepare you for work in the field of application development as a professional programmer, software system developer, IT consultant, database designer or web application developer.

Previous graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Fyber and Itelligence.

This course is also excellent preparation for further study or research.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements you should have:

  • a minimum grades BB or CCE in A levels (or a minimum of 80 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Computing (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree.

If you hold relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience you will also be considered.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
JACS codes I100 (Computer Science): 100%
Route code CMPTNG

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC4057 Introduction to Information Systems Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM
CS4001 Programming Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
CS4051 Fundamentals of Computing Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
CT4005 Computer Hardware and Software Architectures Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
MA4001 Logic and Problem Solving Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC4057 Introduction to Information Systems Core 15        
CS4001 Programming Core 30        
CS4051 Fundamentals of Computing Core 15        
CT4005 Computer Hardware and Software Architectures Core 30        
MA4001 Logic and Problem Solving Core 30        

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC5051 Databases Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
CC5067 Smart Data Discovery Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
CS5002 Software Engineering Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
CS5052 Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
CS5053 Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
CS5054 Advanced Programming and Technologies Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CT5052 Network Operating Systems Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC6001 Advanced Database Systems Development Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
CS6004 Application Development Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
CS6P05 Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
FC6W51 Work Related Learning II Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
CC6059 Project Analysis and Practice Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
CS6051 Mobile Applications Option 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
CU6051 Artificial Intelligence Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM