Computer Science BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-time or 4 years sandwichEngineering and Environment
Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus
This programme will give you a solid grounding in all of the things that matter in a computing course. You will learn the more technical aspects of computing, such as real-time systems, concurrent programming and programming for high integrity and high reliability systems – the sort of systems that account for 97% of all computing systems. We also strive to help you develop your general awareness and professional competency to prepare you well for the start of your career.
It’s challenging – we wouldn’t pretend otherwise – but at the end of it, you’ll be a graduate with a well-defined and sophisticated understanding of the technical aspects of making software and an aptitude for the craft of making software. If you’re like some of our past graduates, you’ll be glad you took the course and be ready to get started on a career in software engineering or software development in any field that takes your fancy and be highly employable due to your skill set.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The programme is delivered through a range of lectures, seminars and practical workshops in specialist computer labs as well as guided independent study.
Independent learning skills are a critical aspect of this degree, and will enable you with the ability to develop new skills throughout your career. Throughout the programme your ownership of your own learning increases, culminating in identifying a specialist area to study for your final year project, on which you will receive one-to-one supervision. This project can result from work during your placement and will develop your practical and academic skills and significantly enhance your employment prospects.
Assessments are carefully designed to ensure all students have gained a thorough understanding of their areas of study. The majority of assessment on this programme is coursework and you will undertake assignments in the form of programming exercises, research reports, analysis and design exercises and individual and group work.
All modules have some elements of practical work to help you develop your practical skills, the majority of which require you to use our computing facilities. Skills such as time management, project management, group working and presentations are assessed in some modules.
There are some examinations in your first year and in one module in your final year.
Graduates of this course will have BCS professional qualifications and will partially meet the requirements for CEng status.
A broad range of computing careers, including programming, systems analysis, software engineering and systems implementation, are options for graduates of this course.
We have graduates working with global companies including Accenture, Hewlett Packard, Nissan, Nestle and British Airways and some have gone on to start their own web consultancy and development businesses.
An annual Employer's Fair takes place in the autumn term for students from all Engineering and Environment disciplines, providing the opportunity to meet a wide range of employers and explore placement and graduate employment opportunities. This is an invaluable networking opportunity and consistently receives excellent feedback from both students and employers who are impressed with the students they meet.
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