BSc (Hons) Applied Computing

Applied Computing covers a wide range of computing topics whilst still delivering the core essential computing modules.

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Course Overview

Why choose this course?

  1. This degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding computing and information systems industry within the UK.
  2. The programme includes the traditional concepts, principles and techniques of software development, databases systems but applies these within the context of engineering large and complex systems.
  3. Through our industrial links, we have also developed a program structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry.
  4. Graduates would seek positions in application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration etc.

What you will learn ?

The enormous growth of the Internet, the proliferation of computer networks, programmable devices and information systems in various forms and the highly accelerated rate of change ensures a continuing requirement for employees with contemporary computing related skills and qualifications. 

The Internet, in particular, is a major technological revolution that is having and will continue to have an enormous impact on society. The radical, transformational change that has been observed in the arena of computing and organisations’ dependence on technology for competitive advantage are compelling reasons to incorporate new ideas, paradigms and technologies into computing related programmes.

In the first year, you will study a broad range of subjects common to several courses within the Computing Portfolio. These provide the underpinning required for later years.  In the final year, you will undertake a major project which provides a focus for your studies.

The expertise and skills you develop from engineering software solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

This programme is available to Home and International applicants.

Modules

Graduate Attributes Framework:

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.

Module details:

Level 4

  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • select and apply appropriate statistical methods for the analysis of well-defined problems;
    • demonstrate an ability to present nominal, ordinal, categorical and network data in forms that enable the easy understanding of the data;
    • demonstrate an ability to rearrange data in order to extract hidden information;
    • apply colour, position, size, shape and icons to encode information creatively and effectively to solve well-defined problems in information visualisation.
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • demonstrate the foundational skills required to be a resilient and healthy independent learner;
    • practise the principles of learning agility;
    • use suitable technology to support and enhance their learning experience within the discipline area.
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • develop fundamental understanding of network basics in terms of architecture, devices, application and protocols;
    • demonstrate systematic understanding of security policies and measures to mitigate internal and external attacks and threats in a network.
  • Software Development  (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • understand the syntax and semantics of a high-level programming language and develop programs using good programming practices;
    • select and deploy basic software constructs using simple algorithms in the development of solutions to programming problems.
  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems  (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • determine the essential characteristics and concepts behind computer systems and components, number systems, data capacities and transfer speeds, in the context of typical PC hardware and networking environments;
    • demonstrate an understanding of general Operating System concepts.
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts  (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • demonstrate a systematic understanding and application of the fundamental concepts, technologies, and standards required for building and rendering web pages;
    • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the underlying concepts of data and databases, and the methodology of database design. Apply appropriate systems investigation and analysis techniques to design and implement relational database solutions.

Level 5

  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of innovation, creativity and enterprising mindset, recognising the values and the contribution creativity makes to the common good;
    • conceive, articulate and apply creative thinking within a work-based or academic context to develop novel solutions and/or value creation.
  • Data Security and Compliance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • understand the key issues associated with inspection, protection, detection of and reaction to threats to information assets;
    • provide an overview of the field of information security assurance, governance, policies, risk management and regulatory compliance.
  • Network Operating Systems and Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • apply a systematic understanding of network operating system environments to deploy, manage and maintain critical network services and resources;
    • analyse a given network to produce suitable security audit/disaster recovery strategy, working individually and as part of a team.
  • Software Engineering Principles and Testing (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • evaluate software development approaches, software development methodologies, software design techniques and approaches for collaborative working;
    • recognise the importance of software testing and demonstrate knowledge of the essential principles of test development;
    • apply effective judgement in the selection and deployment of software development principles and techniques in the implementation of software.
  • Web and Mobile Technologies (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • evaluate the concepts, principles, technologies and techniques used in the development of web and mobile applications;
    • design and implement web and mobile applications using client- and server-side programming language(s) to resolve a range of problem scenarios.
  • Databases and Application Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • critically evaluate the concepts, technologies and techniques used in the design and development of databases and data applications;
    • select and deploy appropriate concepts, technologies and techniques to design and implement database solutions and backend data applications for real-world problem scenarios.

Level 6:

  • Advance Cyber Security (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • demonstrate a systematic understanding of a wide range of current research and technological advances in Cyber Security;
    • consistently apply the principles and practices of Cyber Security for mitigating the key technical internet security vulnerabilities and threats that organisations face.
  • Emerging Trends (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • analyse the principles and concepts associated with an emerging field of computing such as the professional practices being adopted in industry, a novel technology or a new application of an existing technology;
    • evaluate the effectiveness, benefits, drawbacks or suitability of deploying appropriate technologies or approaches to the solution of a problem.
  • Data Warehousing and Data Mining (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • analyse critically the structure, capabilities and role of a data warehouse within a modern business environment;
    • select and perform appropriate data analysis and reporting on data within a data warehouse environment and critically evaluate the results;
    • provide business intelligence through the creative application of appropriate data mining processes and the critical evaluation of their results.
  • Usability Engineering (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • research and evaluate cognitive and social information processing;
    • select, apply and analyse critically techniques of interface evaluation;
    • synthesize a solution to a complex design problem from the concepts and principles of usability engineering and software development;
    • critically analyse, individually and as part of a team exercise, input and output hardware appropriate for specialised applications, for example for use by disabled people, and for three-dimensional modelling applications.
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • demonstrate intellectual skills in the identification of an appropriate topic, problem or challenge for investigation pertinent to their field of study and formulate a suitable plan for further research utilising relevant investigative methods in order to produce a response;
    • evidence in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of principles necessary to underpin their education within their chosen field of study and problem solving techniques applicable to this;
    • evidence independence of thought and critical evaluation in the production of an independent piece of work, demonstrating transferable skills through exercising initiative and personal responsibility in planning own learning and self-management;
    • organise their knowledge and learning through use of a range of media, and present their work appropriately in a manner that can be understood by specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Key Features

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations.  Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Entry Criteria

This programme is available to Home and International applicants.

A wide range of international qualifications which are equivalent to two A-Level passes, including International Baccalaureate and European Baccalaureate are recognised. The University will normally accept students who have completed a recognised International Foundation Programme, for example, those offered by UK Further Education Colleges, Universities, and Colleges of Higher Education.

English language proficiency at or exceeding an average IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent in any other approved test), with no score less than 5.5 in any components of the test.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Visit the Fees and Scholarships and Bursaries sections for more information.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. 

Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with study such as transport and may wish to purchase coffees, snacks or other sundry items on campus.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops over the course of their study, though this is not a programme requirement. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Career Opportunities and Employability

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Graduates would seek positions in application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management, etc.

Questions?

For any questions related to the academic content of the course, please contact Renuga Jayakumar.

For all other enquiries, please call us on 0207 127 7453 or email the London Admissions team at londonadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk.