Computer Science (Network Computing) (BSc)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3290

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 11765

All study options

About Computer Science (Network Computing) at Brunel University London

On completion of this course, you will be knowledgeable and skilled in the efficient design of software and in the modern mathematics that can be applied to all aspects of software design, development and verification. You will also know enough about the hardware to exploit its potential to the full with your designs.

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff - 320 points, from: GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBC, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.

Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.

Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, plus 1 Higher.

Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Engineering or IT, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.

BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.

IB Diploma 32 points.

Access: Pass, with Distinctions in 30% of units and Merits in the remainder. For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to enable you to acquire knowledge and practical skills in network and distributed computing, software engineering and computer programming, in order to utilise the latest wired and wireless network technology for delivering and managing information. You will consider this technology in every possible context, that is: any kind (such as video, audio, text, graphics); any time (24/7); any where (such as in the office, in the car, at home, on the move); and on any device (such as a home personal network, local area network, wide area network, mobile network or the Internet).

You will initially share a number of modules common to other Information Systems and Computing courses, but will go on to take more course-specific modules such as distributed databases, multimedia computing and ubiquitous application development. In your final year you will develop a networked application such as an interactive video game, an animation movie, a virtual music band, a security system to monitor activity in your house or business over the Internet, or a tracking system to monitor human activity over a satellite.

Course Content

Our approach

The emphasis in all our degrees is on acquiring a range of knowledge and skills which enable you to design and implement your knowledge creatively and professionally. This is an academic degree which balances theoretical concepts with practical application and information and computer management.

Level 1

The Level 1 course meets the needs of students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with differing experience in computing. These classes establish a firm foundation for the rest of the degree. You will be introduced to the style and ethos of both the school and the computing profession.

Core material includes foundation units in systems architecture, systems analysis, software development and the relevant mathematics. Level 1 will concentrate on establishing a sound knowledge of key points within the discipline. Although the context and related areas will be identified, they will not be explored or compared in great depth until Level 2. By the end of Level 1, regardless of your degree programme, you have covered the fundamental concepts of computer science and information systems, with a particular emphasis on programming.

Level 2

This period consolidates Level 1 learning but more emphasis is placed on judgement and evaluation skills. You will enhance your understanding of: the process of developing large and complex software systems the roles that you might need to adopt and the technologies available to help you control such projects human-computer interface how to develop sound criteria 'user friendliness' and make reliable and repeatable judgements based on them.

You will further specialise in Computer Science. At the end of Level 2, you will have covered systems analysis and design. You will also have studied foundation topics such as logic and compilers. For modules see below.

Level 3

Final year project

You will undertake a substantial individual project where you research a topic in Network Computing in depth. If you are on a sandwich course it is quite likely that this project will be of interest to your past, and perhaps future employer.

This is assessed and is worth a third of your Level 3 marks. In this final year, you can continue to specialise within your chosen discipline. At the same time you will study options which allow you to broaden your understanding of computing and you will begin to address research-level issues in areas such as software engineering, information systems, simulation modelling, digital media and games, artificial intelligence.

The range of options available is revised each year and reflects the range of specialist interests among our staff. Current specialisms include:

  • eCommerce Component-based design
  • Managing information systems projects
  • Multimedia information superhighways
  • Multimedia information systems
  • Developing systems that closely match business and user requirements
  • The development of intelligent systems
  • Vision and image processing using neural networks
  • Self organisation and robotics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Simulation modelling to help decision makers
  • Business process design
  • Digital media

Typical Modules

New scheme modules (for first year entrants 2009)

Level 1

Level 1 Group Project Introductory Programming Data and Information Information Systems and Organisations Logic and Computation

Level 2

Level 2 Group Project Software Development and Management Usability Engineering Algorithms and their Applications Networks and Operating Systems

Level 3

Final Year Project in Network Computing Software Project Management Advanced Topics in Computer Science Network Computing

Level 3 Options

(choose one)

Artificial Intelligence Software

Engineering Digital Mediaand Games

Current scheme modules (for direct entrants to level 2)

Level 2

Computation and Algorithms Software Engineering Methods Professional Software Practice Networks and Operating Systems Information Security and Trusted Computing Distributed Database Systems Level 3 Distributed Systems and Multimedia Software Project Management Mobile Computing Ubiquitous Systems and Multimedia Network Computing Project

Teaching and LearningExpert staff

Our courses are taught by more than 50 academic staff, many with a strong background in the computer industry. Practically all staff are involved in applied computing research, which includes software technologies and modelling, human computer interaction and information systems development and evaluation We take great care to ensure a smooth transition from school or college to university.

Groups of around 12 meet for twice-weekly seminars with a personal group tutor and practical workshops of around 24 are run with the same tutor. This both ensures continuity and allows you, particularly in your first year, to become well acquainted with your tutor.

How many hours study a week will I have?

You will have about 12 hours directed study per week. In addition, staff are normally happy to answer queries outside of this time. Students are expected to do an average of 30-35 hours private study a week.

How will I be taught?

Lectures - These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to computer science or network computing. They give you a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.

Laboratory work - This helps you develop and understand the technical skills using the methods and techniques introduced in lectures. You will do individual work, but a tutor is on hand. He/she may stop the group for discussion on common problems and issues from time to time.

Seminars -You will give presentations, learn key business skills such as report writing self-study and evaluation and, crucially, communication skills. Professional Issues Seminars will help you understand the professional context of your academic studies, even if you opt for the three-year course.

Tutorials - In a tutorial you will work on a computing-related problem with guidance from a member of staff. He/she will be on hand to help you with your problems.

One-to-one - In your final year you will normally get one-to-one supervision for your project. You will also be allocated a personal tutor each year who is available to discuss personal or academic problems. If you go on placement you will also have an industrial tutor who will help you set objectives and monitor your progress, and will provide further support if you need it.

Other - Guest speakers from prominent organisations give presentations on relevant business aspects. We host weekly talks on topical computing research issues. If you do work experience, this will also be an important part of your professional development.

Assessment

Assessment will vary from one module to another. It may be based entirely on coursework, entirely on examination or a combination of both. It is equally important for you to learn how to establish your own criteria for assessment and reliably to assess the quality and value of your own work.

Level 1 does not count towards your final degree classification.

Level 2 is worth a third and Level 3 makes up two thirds.

The final year project is worth a third of the Level 3 marks. Assessment will vary from one module to another. It may be entirely based on coursework, or entirely on examination, or a mixture of both. Overall the split is usually about 50:50 exam to coursework. It is equally important for you to learn how to establish your own personal criteria for assessment and to reliably assess the quality and value of your own work.

Careers

'Computing experts of high quality able to handle the increasing demands of scientific, technological and commercial development in the new millennium' would be an apt description for our graduates. Not unexpectedly, they are in high demand with every sort of company and enterprise dependent on computer technology. Our graduates have a wide variety of careers to choose from.

In addition to the general analyst/programmer jobs, you may join a consultancy firm, which is often just a first step toward setting up your own business. The major companies within the industry all have openings for well-qualified personnel. Students with 'sandwich' experience are particularly in demand for the better graduate appointments. There are openings, too, for good honours graduates to proceed to higher degree studies in our research areas.

Past students

Last year's graduates went to work for: Anderson Consulting; Barclays; British Airways; British Telecom; Compaq; Demon; IBM; ICL; Logica; the Meteorological Office; and Oracle - to name just a few of the more well known organisations. There are also openings for good honours graduates in the University's research areas.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 11765
  • The awardBScHow you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 11765

Entry requirements for this course

Contact Brunel University London to find course entry requirements.

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