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Computer Science BSc (Hons)

This course is a traditional computing degree programme with a successful history dating back more than 45 years. It provides you with a common foundation with other technical computing degree courses.

Overview

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The course combines core theoretical computing principles with relevant practical experience, teaching the concepts and techniques you need to pursue a career in this rapidly developing field.

Reasons to study Computer Science at De Montfort University:

  • 96% graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months of completing this course, earning an average salary of £21,000*
  • Graduates with successful global careers
    working for companies such as ITN, Hewlett Packard (HP), IBM, Microsoft, BT, RBS, HSBC, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Experian

  • Accredited by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
    the first step to achieving the industry-recognised Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status; an industry-recognised qualification, which can improve your career prospects

  • Over 50 years of computing experience
    this long-standing history allows us to draw on research and academic expertise allowing us to inform our teaching

  • Dedicated work Placements
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at Syngenta, Jagex Ltd, PepsiCo UK and Ireland, Honda Racing and Avis Europe plc.

  • Industry-standard facilitiesproviding 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into 4 interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines high-specification PCs running Windows/Linux

  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

You’ll gain a solid foundation in the major themes of technical computing, including software development, database design and web technologies, theoretical and practical foundations, computer security and an awareness of professional practice and social responsibility.

The first year is designed to suit students encountering the subject for the first time, but will also challenge those with a good knowledge of computer science. The course shares a common first year with Software Engineering BSc (Hons), Computer Security BSc (Hons) and Forensic Computing BSc (Hons) and you can transfer between courses after the first year of study.

 

"I wanted to do something that challenged me, The diverse skills I'm learning are invaluable to my working life"

Terrence Siddles, Computer Science BSc (Hons)

 

 

 

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2013/14

 

More courses like this:

Computer Security BSc (Hons)

Forensic Computing BSc (Hons)

Intelligent Systems BSc (Hons)

Software Engineering BSc (Hons)

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G400

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £9,000

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G400

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 280 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing : Pass 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing : Pass 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditation

 

 

  • First year

Core modules:

  • Computer Ethics, Law and Portfolio - computer ethics explores the ethical and moral underpinnings of UK society and how these impact on the use of interconnected computer systems. The Computer law component explores the historical basis of UK and EU law, substantive law relating particularly to computers, and procedural law concerning the handling of digital evidence. The portfolio work concentrates on the development of client-side web applications
  • Elements of Computing – this module covers three related themes of computer architecture, operating systems and networks. Aspects of computer security are discussed appropriately within the topics. Operating systems mediate between the user and the underlying machine. Windows and Linux are popular examples of contemporary operating systems. Topics include processes, file systems, memory management, and shell scripting. The computer networks topics include network architectures, data communication fundamentals, transmission schemes and technologies, LAN protocols, and Internet Protocols. The computer architecture topics include CPU components, number representation systems, and an appreciation of assembler programming.
  • Programming in C - this module covers general programming skills and applies them to a widely-used programming language. The syntax and semantics of the program structures is covered and practical experience gained through weekly lab exercises.
  • Computational Modelling – this module covers a number of related topic areas. The underlying discrete mathematics supports the practical subjects of functional programming and SQL. The topics covered include discrete mathematics (including logic and set theory), hypothesis testing - applying the scientific method, functional programming - an important, contemporary programming paradigm, SQL (querying relational database tables) and software testing techniques.

 

Second year

Core modules:

  • Multi-tier Web Applications - topics include Internet Protocols (including HTTP(S), DNS, HTML, CSS, XML, SMTP, IMF; the client-server paradigm; server configuration; introduction to web application penetration testing), Databases (the relational model; keys, relationships, connection traps; SQL mapping via DDL; integrity, transactions, access control, security) and Secure Scripting (server-side scripting with PHP and client-side scripting with JavaScript)
  • Object Oriented Software Design and Development - topics include software design using object-oriented principles (including UML) and practical software development using a contemporary object oriented language
  • Data Structures and Algorithms - topics include: a selection of classical data structures, and standard algorithms including searching and sorting; concurrency and the classical problems associated with concurrent systems; and an introduction to some contemporary approaches for concurrent design
  • Organisations, Project Management and Research - topics include: the business context within which IT projects are procured and developed; major components of the software lifecycle from requirements analysis to system maintenance; software project management including the analysis of risk and metrics for software quality, reliability; compliance and assurance standards; software tools for supporting the management and development process. The module includes a group project element in which a relevant topic is researched and presented to a professional standard.

Third year 

Core modules:

  • Computing Project – the individual software development project covers the specification, design and implementation of a computer-based solution to a practical problem. The work is taken under the guidance of a supervisor and assessment involves a literature review, a written report, and a practical demonstration of the system. The ongoing project management process is also part of the assessment
  • Software Development Methods – This module introduces a variety of Information Systems Development (ISD) paradigms and methodologies. These include 'hard' approaches, both Object-Oriented and Structured, 'soft' and participative approaches, and 'heavyweight' and 'agile' methodologies. A framework will be developed to compare and evaluate methodologies to help determine their applicability to particular development projects and environments.
You will also choose from a variety of optional modules to complete the final year. Available options may change from year to year.

In the first year, you will have timetabled taught sessions for approximately 13-15 hours each week, split across a variety of lectures, small group activities and practical laboratory work. You will have a variety of assessment methods including short tests and report writing.

In the second year the emphasis moves towards more substantive practical assignments using modern software development techniques.

In the final year the individual software development project forms a major part of the practical assessment.

Many of the modules are also assessed using formal examinations which are held at the end of the year.

 

BCS

This course is accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; the Institute collaborates with government, industry and relevant bodies to establish good, best and next working practice, codes of conduct, skills frameworks and common standards.

Once you have graduated and begun to work as an IT professional you can apply to become a full member of the BCS and, as your career develops, gain the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP), giving you a recognised industry-relevant qualification.

Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux).

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home.

The laboratories include study spaces at which you can work individually or in groups; this study space is not timetabled and is available on a casual basis throughout the year.

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

Library and Learning Zones

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Recent graduates are now working as computer engineers, systems engineers, database managers, software developers for companies including HSBC Bank plc, RR Donnelley and Serck Controls. 

96% of recent graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating, from the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2013/14.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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Placements

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. 

Students of this course have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local, national and international companies over the last three years, including Syngenta, Jagex Ltd, PepsiCo UK and Ireland, MMT Digital, HSBC Bank plc, Esso Petroleum Company Ltd, Honda Racing and Avis Europe PLC.

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