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The Applied Computing course is specially designed for those who have studied a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma (or equivalent) in the UK or overseas and who wish to 'top-up' to a BSc (Hons) degree.

You will study a wide range of topics, from systems development and strategic systems management, to social and current issues in computing, and professional management and practice. You will also complete a case project, which will provide you with the opportunity to apply all of your existing skills to a substantial software development problem.

You will be taught using a range of methods, including lectures and seminars, but also practical workshops, where you will develop your skills in specialist computing laboratories. The computing facilities within the departmet include a 24-hour access computing hub, a computer robotics laboratory and quick access computers in the Matrix.

Northumbria welcomes and encourages international students and the University offers preparatory English language courses (including summer schools) for different levels of ability.

Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments or end-of-module examinations or both. All modules have some elements of practical work, the majority of which require the use of computer systems.

The individual project may be initiated by the University, the student, or an external client and consists of an end product and a report explaining and evaluating the project process.

 

The Applied Computing course is specially designed for those who have studied a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma (or equivalent) in the UK or overseas and who wish to 'top-up' to a BSc (Hons) degree.

You will study a wide range of topics, from systems development and strategic systems management, to social and current issues in computing, and professional management and practice. You will also complete a case project, which will provide you with the opportunity to apply all of your existing skills to a substantial software development problem.

You will be taught using a range of methods, including lectures and seminars, but also practical workshops, where you will develop your skills in specialist computing laboratories. The computing facilities within the departmet include a 24-hour access computing hub, a computer robotics laboratory and quick access computers in the Matrix.

Northumbria welcomes and encourages international students and the University offers preparatory English language courses (including summer schools) for different levels of ability.

Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments or end-of-module examinations or both. All modules have some elements of practical work, the majority of which require the use of computer systems.

The individual project may be initiated by the University, the student, or an external client and consists of an end product and a report explaining and evaluating the project process.

Course Information

UCAS Code
G510

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Computer and Information Sciences

Location
Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Computer and Information Sciences

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

A HND/Foundation Degree in a computing related discipline.

Applicants should use the personal statement on their application to illustrate their abilities, aptitudes, skills, qualifications and experiences which might be taken into account as well as or instead of, any of the formal qualifications listed. It is University policy to recognize a wide variety of evidence, and potential applicants may wish to discuss this aspect of their application with the admissions tutor.


Applicants with non-standard qualifications, or with advanced standing, are assessed individually by the Admissions Tutor, in consultation with the Programme Leader, and admitted if it is felt that they are likely to succeed on the programme.

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent</p

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KC6003 -

Strategic Systems Management (Optional, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the concepts associated with the strategic management of organisations and the importance that information systems can make to the implementation of that strategy.

On completion of the module you will be able to critically analyse the strategic position of an organisation and set out proposals for the use of information systems to gain competitive advantage.

The module includes a study of areas where information systems have made a significant impact on providing organisations with competitive advantage.

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KF6024 -

Object-Oriented Modelling & Design (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will help you develop the knowledge and skills to model business problems and their solutions using the leading object-oriented modelling language. You will gain skills that are widely used by systems analysts and software designers in specifying system requirements, analysing problems, designing software solutions, and communicating about those solutions. This will include learning the principles and practice of object-oriented modelling using the Unified Modelling Language (UML), including object-oriented design principles; how to apply UML in requirements specification, systems analysis, and systems design; and how these activities fit into a development process. The techniques covered include use case modelling, static modelling with class diagrams, dynamic and interaction modelling using sequence and state machine diagrams, object design, association design, and the use of design patterns.

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KF6028 -

Project Management and Professional Development (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will further develop your academic skills in the planning and control of projects to the level expected on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will learn about project management techniques and professional issues associated with industry and will enhance your critical reflection and other transferable skills which will aid your studies and support your career progression after graduating.

The module will help you to develop a strong appreciation of the key issues associated with the disciplines of professional development and management and of business practices in project management. The requirements expected from a student on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme, in terms of the need to critically analyse, evaluate and reflect on material from relevant sources and from your own personal development will be covered. You will learn about a range of techniques to assist in project management and your academic study on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will study tools and techniques to enable you to set out a personal professional development strategy and plan, and the tools and techniques to conduct critical research and evaluation.

The syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:
• Key concepts, tools, techniques and approaches to project management; functions of a project manager; different types of projects; impact of people on projects
• Project management essentials: planning; scheduling; estimating; risk management; resource allocation; monitoring and control; closing projects; use of a PC-based project management tool
• Staffing considerations: selecting project teams; managing project teams; personnel training and motivation; appreciation of the computing marketplace
• Quality issues; what is quality; quality assurance; quality control; quality plans; configuration management and version control
• Professional issues: professionalism as a concept, impact of professionalism on personal development responsibilities and duties of a project manager; professional codes
• Independent learning, academic expectations and conduct, developing research techniques, using on-line support, developing skills for critical analysis, academic report writing, time-management , learning and studying / learning styles, reflecting on your academic experiences, preparing for projects, planning for the future

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KF6034 -

Object Oriented and Web Programming (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about developing high-level object oriented programming solutions and designing and implementing web based systems. A practical focus is taken with the aim of helping you develop a critical understanding and the ability to apply the relevant technical skills and appropriate theory. The syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:

• Analysing a programming problem then designing and implementing a high-level OO solution which maps the design onto concrete programming constructs, using appropriate standards and software tools
• Critically evaluating the methodologies and conceptual tools used in developing solutions to programming problems
• Designing and implementing web based systems with justification
• Building the presentation layer of multi-tier applications using an appropriate scripting language (e.g. PHP or Java)
• Integrating and testing software components which reside on either a Web or database server.

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KF6035 -

Social Issues in Computing (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical awareness of the social and ethical implications of the use and development of information systems in business/industry and/or the wider society. You will examine how organisations can integrate social and ethical approaches to systems development. One of the primary things you will learn on this module is to question what you see, hear and read. Critical evaluation of topics in the sphere of computing is essential to enable you to develop a professional and ethical way of thinking to help ensure developments in the computing industry consider the impacts on society. On this module you will also develop your ability to communicate, in both writing and orally, in a professional and academic manner and to demonstrate this through an investigation of a topic of your choice within the subject area.

You will learn to recognise and consider how many and varied computer systems have impacted on society in ways which weren’t properly considered during planning, design or implementation. You will also learn to structure an academic report using correct referencing techniques and written language to convey your findings. In addition you will learn to present your research in a short presentation to inform and educate the audience about a topic of your choice within the subject area, considering relevant social and ethical issues.

The syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:

• The development of social issues in computing
• Critical investigations into how social issues in computing can be integrated into the computer professional's work in systems development and the business and industry community's use of computer systems, including the social implications of Internet use
• How to raise social and ethical awareness in organisations
• Examination and critical evaluation of the strategies which can be employed by organisations in realising the need for an ethical approach in the development of systems and how to implement strategies to ensure ethical compliance.
• The application of communication and academic skills
• The application of research techniques relevant to the subject being discussed. Correct location and presentation of appropriate materials (references and other material both oral and written).

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KF6047 -

Principles of Wireless Mobile Networks (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to be suitable for a variety of networking professional roles including those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of 802.11 protocols, security and enterprise deployment. Additionally, it is suitable for wireless network administrators and support or design staff requiring a greater understanding of the new technologies and applications of modern converged networks and delegates seeking Certified Wireless Network Associate (or similar) certification. You will study the following areas: Enterprise wireless deployment elements and methodologies. Antenna charactersitics Mobile wireless protocols including 802.11 protocol operation Technologies underpinning wireless communication including those fronm the 802.11, 802.15 and 802.16 families Wireless security issues

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KV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KV6002 -

Team Project and Professionalism (Core, 20 Credits)

This module functions as a “cap-stone” to your Batchelor studies. The module gives you the opportunity to work in a team to build a significant computing product directly related to your programme of study. This develops and demonstrates your skills in leadership, team work, project management, planning, communication (both written and oral) as well as technical skills in the technology you choose to implement in. This module aims to give you further experience of team working in the specialism you have selected which is an invaluable asset and highly prized by employers. The project and its potential future commercial exploitation provide a context for you to critically evaluate your and your team’s performance, the fitness for purpose of the product you have developed and the legal, ethical, professional and social content of your chosen specialism. Appropriate Information Security factors will be considered as part of this evaluation. As part of this learning journey you will also explore the associated commercial and economic factors.

You will have the opportunity to apply a wide range of development skills (in specification, design and implementation) to your product development. All products will consider all aspects of the development life cycle. Some projects may be driven by research activity in the department’s research groups, some by the expectations of a “client” and some by students’ own interests. A “client” is a non-fictitious potential benefactor of the project for example a student’s employer, former placement provider, local charity etc. who are willing to formally consent to be involved in the project.

Wider Legal, Ethical, Social and Professional implications will be examined to enable you to appreciate the responsibilities involved in the development and use of computer products both in work and throughout society.

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