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The Computing and Information Technology Foundation Year offers a wide-ranging and rigorous introduction to the various facets of computing and information science and gives you the experience to make an informed decision about which degree course to study.


From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

The modules will provide you with a solid introduction to information technology, information systems and computing, and students who successfully complete the course can progress onto the following degree courses:

*subject to availability

Northumbria is ranked 5th in the sector nationally and 1st in the North East for the sustained employment of Computer Science graduates one year after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

The Computing and Information Technology Foundation Year offers a wide-ranging and rigorous introduction to the various facets of computing and information science and gives you the experience to make an informed decision about which degree course to study.


From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

The modules will provide you with a solid introduction to information technology, information systems and computing, and students who successfully complete the course can progress onto the following degree courses:

*subject to availability

Northumbria is ranked 5th in the sector nationally and 1st in the North East for the sustained employment of Computer Science graduates one year after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Course Information

UCAS Code
I200

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department
Computer and Information Sciences

Location
Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Computer and Information Sciences

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On this course, you will learn through a mix of formal taught sessions and guided independent research. You will experience a wide range of learning opportunities in a stimulating, challenging, and dynamic learning environment and you will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions.

You will be expected to play an active role in seminars and workshops as part of your learning and development and be encouraged to develop independent learning skills and techniques. You will have the opportunity to research topics independently and in small groups to deepen your learning and understanding and you will be taught the skills to communicate the findings of your research and investigations in a number of ways.

You will be assessed through a variety of different methods including exams, reports, presentations, individual, group and project work.

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You will be taught by a range of academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience from the Computer Science and Information Science sectors.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem-solving skills, self-directed learning and communication skills. You will develop an understanding of important research methods and approaches which could be directly applicable to the demands of your future career.

You will be fully supported throughout the course, with up to 15 hours of contact a week and evaluation through continuous assessment. This will help you to build valuable life and learning skills alongside your IT knowledge.

Book an Open Day / Experience Computing and Information Technology (Foundation Year)

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You will be provided with a wide range of learning opportunities in a challenging, stimulating and dynamic quality learning environment.

You will have access to dedicated computing areas which students can use during free periods and into the evenings and weekends.

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We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted by digital technologies and information systems. You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with new and exciting insights by our rapidly expanding Computer Science and Information Science Research Groups.

Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practise and are shaped by world-leading internationally excellent research, contributing significantly to both the industry, and quality of teaching here at Northumbria.

You will be taught by staff with a strong academic background in areas such as Computational Linguistics, Web Programming, Informational Visualisation and User-Centred Information. With access to diverse research work carried out by our expert academic staff, we seek to promote innovative and excellent learning and teaching practice, which will improve your student experience here at Northumbria.

Research / Computer and Information Sciences

We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted and challenged by digital technologies and information sciences, from cyber security and AI, to social media, games and visual effects, to digital libraries, archives and records.

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The foundation year in Computing and Information Technology is specifically designed to prepare you for a full computing or information science degree course. It will equip you with a range of technical and academic skills which will give you the grounding you need to succeed on these courses.

There are no option modules available on the course but as part of the Exploring the Digital Society module you will have the opportunity to choose an area to study in more depth within small groups.

This course is specifically designed with further study in mind and the content of all the modules on the course contributes to this. Each module provides you with the blend of various characteristics of the degrees available for you to study within the faculty.

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We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of careers. These include communication, analytical and problem solving skills, technical skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to progress onto a full degree course. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Computing and Information Technology (Foundation Year)

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will be provided with a solid introduction to Information Technology, Information Systems and Computing. During the second semester, you will be made aware of the courses you can progress onto so you can make an informed choice.

Who would this Course suit?

Do you aspire to a career in Computing or Information Sciences? Are you interested in studying a one-year course which will provide you with all you need to progress onto your chosen degree? Then this is the course for you.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Pass Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

 

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KC3004 -

Personal, Academic and Skills Development (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to equip you with some of the skills that are necessary for securing success whilst studying at university. The module comprises three main skill areas:

Personal Skills – this area will support the identification of your skills and abilities through targeted activities that highlight both your strengths and weaknesses, looking at ways to maximise your presence within both a university context and the wider workplace. This identified skill-set will be mapped against a matrix that illustrates an idealistic set of skills for future succes and personal development planning (PDP).

Academic Skills – this area will include guidance and tutorials on academic writing, critical analysis, introductory referencing and research support.

IT Business Skills – this area will explore the subject area of Information Technology within a business context, identifying what it means in relation to the needs and requirements of an organisation.

You will be expected to reflect on the approach that has been taken and evidence your understanding through presentations and portfolio building.

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KC3005 -

Digital Technologies (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the business structure, relating this to the business environment and how it can be controlled by the use of information and digital technologies. You will be expected to research and discuss a given topic on Information Technology.
You will be presented with the opportunity to develop practical skills using the tools and techniques required for business and emphasising how businesses can utilise ICT to meet their business needs.
This will be underpinned by acquiring academic and intellectual skills and competencies, through research and development in related business and information system management areas.

This module is concerned primarily with knowledge and understanding of the business structure and how it is influenced by the use of information and digital technologies; thus it will involve practical sessions along with theoretical debate. In particular, you will cover topics such as:

• Business Modelling
• Problem solving using digital technology software
• An introduction into Information Security
• Utilisation of IT within Business
• Comparing software and hardware
• Research and report writing

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KC3006 -

Introduction to Information Systems (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to
• Develop an understanding of information systems as a multidisciplinary area
• Show how business information systems support different areas of an organisation
• Use methods for analysing, specifying and designing information systems
• Explore how emerging technologies can be used in information systems
• Develop critical and abstract thinking

In this module you will learn about the methods for analysing, specifying and designing information systems within a framework which takes a holistic approach to the introduction of change and in which user requirements are considered fundamental. Information systems are an integral part of any modern organisation and are increasingly used to support every aspect of an organisation's functions and activities. Whilst innovative use of technologies can provide significant benefits, information systems deliver value where they are deployed to meet the goals of an organisation.

You will cover topics such as:
• To explore the system’s components, explain elements in the study of Information Systems
• Business information systems and the core concepts: data and information
• Requirement analysis and presenting data
• Research methods and sources
• Creating instructions
• Growth of the internet, and cloud
• Social media – strengths and weaknesses
• Introduction to web design, HCI for web, testing and evaluation
• Online trading/e-commerce
• Ethical issues in information systems
• Cyber security
• Mobile technologies and apps
• Presenting an idea, peer reviewing, debating skills

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KC3007 -

Exploring the Digital Society (Core, 40 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the real world application of information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) within industry and society. You will learn broadly how IT and IS are used in a range of industries but will then focus on a particular industry sector to carry out a more in depth investigation.
You will learn how technology and systems impact on four key areas of the organisation: business administration; communication; marketing and business/consumer engagement. As part of this module you will also learn how to work within teams, and will develop research and presentation skills. The module will complement the other modules where you learn the specifics of the technology and systems and within this module you will be able to understand where this fits into the real world.

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KC3008 -

Code wrangling for beginners (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will learn that computing and information technology has changed both the world of business and the everyday lives of huge segments of the world's population. You will learn about the rapid evolution of computing technology and how this challenges many aspects of society and offers a potential to change the world. You will also learn how information is created, stored, manipulated, and processed. Using many hands-on practical sessions you will be exposed to some of the latest technologies underlying the Internet of things.The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Using some of the latest educational tools you will begin to paddle in the edges of the ocean of computation.

The module is designed (as part of a programme of study) to prepare you to progress to an undergraduate degree. Topics include;
• Computing & Information
• Introduce the study of information, what is it?
• How Moore’s law has underpinned the development of computing technology.
• Give you a basic grasp of terminology, What is hypertext? What is hardware and software? What is a bit?
• What is inside an Operating System?
• You will See inside the machine and how it works.
• What are the current domains of knowledge of computer science
• You will learn about presenting data
• You will learn basic elements of program construction.
• Problem solving
• You will learn about techniques for problem-solving including decomposition, and brain storming.
• You will learn about top down vs. bottom up thinking and how this impacts on a project's business and technical needs.

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KV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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