Computing, BSc Top Up Degree

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The programme provides the opportunity to study a BSc top-up that covers core areas of computing and information technology. These being networking and security, advanced database development and advanced web development. The curriculum is designed to provide a structured and cohesive focus on the core areas along with the advanced aspects of how the different areas integrate to create systems using current technologies. The additional options also allow you to tailor the BSc top-up to your own interests and chosen career path.

The programme will enhance vocationally relevant professional skills, through specific modules, activities within certain modules and the generic opportunity to undertake applied study. Technical and academic skills are embedded in the modules allowing you to emerge from the programme with an updated skill set that you can use to market yourself with employers and the opportunity to move into further study if you wish to.

Skills and knowledge developed:

– Development of IT products and services that is relevant to everyday life

– Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to computing and computer applications

– Deploy appropriate theory, practices, tools and strategy to analyse, specify, design, implement and evaluate a computer-based solution to a given problem

– General issues relating to the management of Information Technology (such as ethical, legal and security of information)

Teaching methods: Modules are typically assessed through one or more coursework assignments. Depending on the nature of a given coursework assignment, you may be given the assignment specification at the beginning of the module for hand-in at the end of the module, or it may be given later in the module to complete for a set deadline. Normally, you received feedback on coursework within three weeks of submission or completion. Modules also provide ample opportunities for formative feedback to guide you in your learning. A common approach is for activities to be set based on the content of an online unit and then provide you with the opportunity to discuss this work in online discussions. The feedback may be in groups or to you individually.

Another common approach is for you to demonstrate progress on the development of your IT product to the tutor or the group and receive guidance on the design approach taken and also on the more technical aspects of the implementation.

Coursework assignments may involve essays, reports, projects, software development, answering questions, or various combinations of these submitted as a portfolio of work. Coursework assignments may be individual or collaborative (i.e. involve group work). Some may be based entirely on material covered in online untis or others may require independent research.

Assessment methods: The assessment strategy for students undertaking the level 6 (top up) programme online also takes into account the differing learning needs of online students. The following principles also inform our approach:

– to include a range of assessment types, with these being viewed holistically, within and across a programme structure.

– to ensure that at the very beginning of a module you are made very clearly aware of the specific, assessed, activities or online participation that will be required of you and of the assessment criteria involved.

– to take a well-planned approach to the initiation of new or unusual assessment activity, paying attention to the need for clear instructions and opportunities to undertake low-risk preparatory activities to support familiarity with the technology involved or the development of new skills.

– to ensure that sufficient time is allowed within modules where there are multiple assessment types for you to grasp the different approaches to assessment.

Assessments for all modules have been designed to be inclusive for all students.

In order to ensure you are making your decisions based on accurate, up to date and complete information. All information about your course including the programme structure, entry requirements, fees and teaching & assessment methods is available to you via the prospectus.

Please see our HE Prospectus available in full online.

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