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Computing BSc (Hons)

This course allows you to develop technical and practical skills in a range of computing subjects including computer technology, database design, internet technology, programming, multimedia, interactive systems design and systems development. In the final year students select from a range of options and also complete a computing project.

Overview

 

 

This course gives you an opportunity to develop industry-relevant professional skills in a range of areas.

Reasons to study Computing at De Montfort University:

  • 100% graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months of completing this course*, with graduates now working as computer and systems engineers, database managers and software developers
  • More than 50 years of computing experience
    allowing us to draw on world-leading research** and academic expertise, which informs our teaching  
  • Dedicated work placements
    enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at IBM, Vauxhall, Microsoft, GE, Siemens, GCHQ, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard
  • Dedicated specialist facilities
    including our high specification computing laboratories equipped with PCs with the ability to dual book Windows and 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.

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

** The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, 2014

The modules on the Computing BSc (Hons) course have been very carefully designed to provide a fully integrated course of study. Key skills in English and Maths, business skills including report writing, group work, planning projects and making presentations are fully contextualised within the academic subject content. 

 

"Computing has given me fundamental knowledge in different areas. The course has taught me programming skills that are attractive to employers, such as visual web development, HTML5, C# programming, database management and reporting."

Egle Sciglinskaite, Computing BSc (Hons)

 

 

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2013/14

 

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Computer Science BSc (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: I100

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

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £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: I100

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, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 260 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 course. English and Maths 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

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, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 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 course. English and Maths 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

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

 

 

 

First year

Visual Web Development       

Introducing the fundamentals of programming using C#

Information Systems Development

First look at the entire development life cycle

Database Management and Reporting

Understanding and designing database structure and design

Business Technology

Getting to grips with the hardware and software the makes modern systems work

 

Second year

Project Management and Development

How to design and build a professional system from initial idea to final implementation

Interactive Systems Design and Evaluation

Understanding what makes systems usable.

Multimedia and Internet Technology

Exploring software for creating web based multimedia e.g. text, graphics animation, video.

Advanced Programming in Visual Studio

Develop your C# skills acquired in the first year

Third Year

Computing Project (Mandatory)

Your first major software development project

Optional modules

Secure Web Application Development

Looks at how a web application may be designed and implemented in such a way as to reduce the likelihood of unauthorised access to information

Telematics

Provides an understanding how distributed telematic systems are designed and implemented

Multi-Service Networks

Provides a comprehensive analysis of problems and solutions found in modern networks

Fuzzy Logic and Knowledge Based Systems

Fuzzy logic is a technique for modelling uncertainty and imprecision and appears in many applications for example in consumer products such as washing machines and camcorders.

Systems Building Methods and Management

This module covers two important aspects of Information Systems Development (ISD) - the selection and evaluation of methodologies and the management of the Systems Development process.

Information Systems Strategy and Service

This module takes a service view of information systems in which the IS departments role concerns the provision of services and support for the information technology (IT) function.

Privacy and Data Protection

This module examines the balance between maintaining business effectiveness, legal compliance and professional practice in the field of IT/IS.

Data Mining

This module aims to review the methods available for uncovering important information from large data sets.

Computing Ethics

The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity for the student to explore the concepts of ethics in the context of IT, IS, Software Engineering and other related disciplines.

This course uses a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, computer lab sessions, collaborative learning and self-directed study. A number of modules are assessed by coursework only and involve group work.

Assessment in each module is designed to meet its specified learning outcomes. Methods of assessment will include time constrained phase tests, portfolios of work, laboratory exercises, exams, reports and presentations.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 14-16 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

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 Computer Science laboratories include a study space area, in which students can work individually or in groups.

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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

100 per cent of recent graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating*.

Recent graduates are now working as computer engineers, systems engineers, database managers, software developers, development and support officers and in teaching in Computing and ICT.

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

Our dedicated Placements Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career. 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.

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