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

  • Learning in the Digital Era : To develop student’s skills for independent study and life-long learning, which will form the foundations for successful completion of their degree programme and support future employment opportunities.
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials: To provide the students with an understanding of the key concepts and fundamentals of data communications, computer networks and security of data and devices in a network.
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation: To develop the knowledge and skills required to perform basic statistical analysis of experimental data.  To introduce students to a wide variety of techniques used to display different types of data effectively. The student will learn to design data presentations for both static and interactive displays, both individual and team scenarios.
  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems: To provide the student with a fundamental grounding in the key concepts behind typical computer architectures, hardware, networks and operating systems.
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts : To provide students with an understanding of the underlying concepts and principles needed to design and implement relational databases and build and render web pages.
  • Software Development: To introduce students to software constructs and to the development of software using a high level programming language. Simple design concepts and good programming practice will be adopted.

 

Level 5:

  • Network Operating Systems and Services : To provide students with a sound understanding of the concepts, principles, skills and techniques required to manage and deploy network resources in a Network Operating Systems environment, e.g. Windows, or Linux.
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation :To develop the concepts and practice of creativity and value creation for the development of innovative, aspiring and progressive solutions. 
  • Databases and Application Development : To provide students with a systematic understanding of the concepts underlying the design and development of databases and data applications for real-world problems.
  • Data Security and Compliance : To provide students with the basic concepts and understanding about threats and vulnerabilities present in systems. They must learn how to use the information assets securely to support the goals and objectives of organisations through information security governance, risk management and regulatory compliance.
  • Software Engineering Principles and Testing : To enable students to evaluate and deploy appropriate software methodologies, software development methods, tools and techniques in the design and testing of software.
  • Web and Mobile Technologies: To provide students with a systematic understanding of web and mobile using client- and server-side technologies.

 

Level 6:

  • Advance Cyber Security: To provide students with Cyber Security concepts and a deep understanding of how they are applied using Internet technologies. Students will gain a thorough understanding of up-to-date security threats and vulnerabilities posed to the Internet and an understanding of the legal, policy and technical approaches that are necessary to mitigate such risks.
  • Emerging Trends: To enable students to demonstrate a theoretical or practical understanding of current technologies, concepts or practices.
  • Data Warehousing and Data Mining : To provide students with a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the concepts underlying modern data warehouse systems. The student’s technical skills will be extended to allow them to extract business intelligence from a dataset using both data analysis and data mining tools.
  • Independent Project : To develop the ability of students to engage critically and innovatively with theory and/or practice relevant to their studied subject areas in order to produce a discipline specific in-depth project.
  • Usability Engineering: To build upon students’ interface design skills to give the ability to apply and analyse techniques of usability engineering.

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.