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Applied Computing BSc (Hons)

Master key technical and practical skills in a wide range of computing specialisms, including computer technology, database design, internet technology, programming, multimedia, interactive systems design and systems development.

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Overview

Please note: this course was previous titled 'Computing BSc (Hons)'

The modules on this course have been carefully designed to provide a fully integrated programme of study. Key skills in English and maths, and business skills including report writing, group work, planning projects and creating presentations are fully contextualised within the subject content. This gives you an opportunity to develop industry-relevant professional skills in a range of areas.

The core modules include Visual Web Development, Information Systems, Database Management and Reporting, Devices and Networks, The Global Web, Project Management, Advanced Programming, Interactive Systems, Multimedia Development, Computing Ethics and Team Development. In addition to the core modules, there are a number of optional modules for students to choose from including Systems Building, Secure Web Application Development and IT Service Foundations, so you can tailor your learning to your areas of interest.

In your final year, you will select from a range of specialist options and also complete a computing project. 

Key features

  • We have more than 50 years of computing experience that you can learn from. This long-standing history allows you to draw on a wealth of research and academic expertise to inform your studies. Computer science and informatics research at DMU was ranked third for its research power among modern UK universities in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
  • Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Previously students have carried out placements at organisations including IBM, Vauxhall, Microsoft, General Electric, Siemens, GCHQ, Caterpillar and Hewlett –Packard.
  • Develop your practical skills in our specialist facilities. You’ll have access to 100 computer workstations which are divided into five interconnected laboratories, each with 20 high-specification PCs running Windows/Linux.
  • Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous DMU Global trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.

 

"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) 

 

Graduate success and news

DMU Computing student gets in deep at work placement 

DMU's Journalism, Film and Computing students among the most satisfied in the UK

DMU's 48-hour Hackathon in Brazil leads to winning app

 

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Computing Foundation

Business Data Analytics BSc (Hons)

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

 

This course is subject to revalidation.

  • 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: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: £9,250
See important information about EU fees

 

Find out more about tuition 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: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,750

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.

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

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: 24+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance.

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

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

 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

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 
  • Information Systems Development 
  • Database Management and Reporting
  • Devices and Networks 
  • The Global Web

Second year

  • Project Management and Development
  • Advanced Programming
  • Interactive Systems Design and Evaluation 
  • Introduction to Research
  • Multimedia Development
  • Business Intelligence

Third year

  • Final Year Project
  • Computing Ethics and Privacy
  • Team Development Project
  • Multi Service Networks
  • Privacy and Data Protection 
  • Team Development Project
  • Secure Web Application Development
  • Systems Building: Methods & Management
  • Database Management and Programming
  • IT Service Foundations
  • IT Service Practice
  • Front-end Web Development

Click here for more detailed module information.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

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 100 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines.

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.

Library and learning zones

 

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.


 

 

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Don't give up' – DMU grad's message to women in tech

Studying at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has helped Selina Hayat land a job with an international provider of technology products and services. 

Since graduating with a Computing BSc (Hons) in January, Selina has been working as a junior IT analyst at CDW, an American company with clients ranging business, government and education. 

Based at its branch in her hometown of Peterborough, she supports customers with IT solutions by troubleshooting and suggesting appropriate hardware and software. 

The 22-year-old said: “I’ve learned so much already and there are lots of exciting progression routes within the company, which is a great start to my career. 

Choosing to study a male-dominated subject was a daunting decision for Selina at first, even though she has been ‘technically-minded’ since she was a child.  

“One piece of advice I would give to any woman pursuing this path is ‘don’t give up’. Each and every course out there is for everyone. There is no label attached saying ‘this is for men’ or ‘this is for women’ and young girls should be encouraged from earlier on to study STEM subjects.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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 DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

Previous DMU Global trips have seen Computing and Computer Science students explore the Silicon Docks in Dublin and be inspired by the educational and networking opportunities at the SAS Global Forum in Dallas.

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Placements (paid placement year)

During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.  

Previous students have taken up placements in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts, with leading companies such as ONVU Retail, TNT, Ashton Court and Taylor Hobson. 

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement. 

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DMU ranked globally

DMU ranked globally for computing and engineering subjects

Far-reaching research and an international outlook are among the reasons DMU has been ranked in the world’s top universities by the Times Higher Education. Our computer science and engineering and technology subjects scored particularly highly in the 2020 World University Rankings, placing 201-250 and 301-400 respectively.  The assessment of almost 1,400 institutions is calculated using 13 performance indicators linked to teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income, to provide comprehensive comparisons which are trusted by students, academics, industry and governments around the world. Read more here.  

“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

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Accommodation


We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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De Montfort Students' Union (DSU)

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.

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A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.