This course enables you to become knowledgeable about computing in industrial and commercial organisations and to be able to assess what computing is appropriate in a given circumstances.Entry RequirementsUCAS 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 AimsThe aim of this course is to enable you to become knowledgeable about computing in industrial and commercial organisations and to be able to assess what computing is appropriate in a given circumstance. To do this you will need a good understanding of basic computer science and a grasp of the important elements of IT management.Course ContentOur approachThe emphasis in all our courses is on acquiring a range of concepts and skills which enable you to design in a creative and sound manner. This is an academic degree which balances theoretical concepts with practical application and information and computer management.Level 1The 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 University 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
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. For modules see below.Level 2This 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
how to develop sound criteria 'user friendliness' and make reliable and repeatable judgements based on them.
You will further specialise in Information Systems. At the end of Level 2, you will have covered systems analysis and design. You will also explore the human and organisational aspects of information systems. For modules see below.Level 3Final year projectYou will undertake a substantial individual project where you research a topic in Information Systems in e-Commerce 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 IS in e-Commerce. 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 computing for business, human computer interaction, social web and other Web 2.0 technologies , information systems, simulation modelling and artificial intelligence. The range of options available is revised each year and reflects the range of specialist interests among our staff.
Current specialisms include:
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
Simulation modelling to help decision makers
Business process design.Typical ModulesNew scheme modulesLevel 1Level 1 Group Project
Data and Information
Information Systems and Organisations
Logic and ComputationLevel 2Level 2 Group Project
Software Development and Management
Business Analysis and Process Modelling
ICT’s in SocietyLevel 3Final Year Project in IS for e-Commerce
Software Project Management
Advanced Topics in Information Systems
e-CommerceLevel 3 Options(choose one)
Human Computer Interaction
BusinessTeaching and LearningExpert staffOur courses are taught by an academic staff of more than 50, many with a background in the computer industry. Practically all are involved in the our application-oriented research, which includes information systems, software engineering, knowledge-based systems, and simulation modelling.
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 to this, 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 taughtLectures - These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to computer science or information systems. 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 for building software 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.