Professionals working in the computing and IT sector bring many different kinds of expertise to their work. Indeed, computing and information technologies are often deployed in the context of another discipline. The aim of this degree is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need both in computing and IT and in a second complementary subject to underpin a broad-based career. As well as developing your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts, technologies and techniques, and the issues involved in their application, it will also:
- enable you to keep ahead in rapidly changing subject areas by helping you to develop as an independent learner
- develop relevant skills in communication, numeracy, and collaborative working
- imbue the qualities that come with being a graduate in any subject: specialist knowledge, intellectual self-confidence and independence, analytical ability and the life-long learning skills needed to keep up with fast-changing technologies
- enable you to apply your learning in your private, social and professional life.
And, depending on the pathway you choose through the degree, you may gain:
- practical experience in the use of information and communication technologies
- an understanding of the types of software and IT systems that are now being constructed and used, such as distributed internet systems, intelligent systems and databases, and the digital network that underlies the internet itself
- a grasp of the key concepts of computing and of modern computer systems
- skills in the main tasks that are carried out as software is built and maintained, such as analysis, design, programming and evaluation.
Teaching, learning and assessment methods
You will learn independently, using the following types of material, provided by us:
- printed teaching texts
- multimedia packages, on CD-ROM, DVD and online
- directed readings from textbooks and papers
- specialised software tools.
We will support your learning with:
- self-assessment questions and exercises, included in the teaching texts
- programming tasks, computer-based investigations and open-ended project work
- feedback and guidance from a tutor, tutorials and revision
- email and online moderated forums
- study and project guides.
We will assess your learning with:
- tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
- multiple-choice computer-marked assignments (CMAs)
- formal examinations
- progress and project reports.
Cognitive skills are promoted in the teaching materials via a range of activities including self-assessment exercises, multi-media tasks and computer-based investigations. They are supported by tutor-led discussions and activities at tutorials and day schools. Online discussion forums provide an environment for interaction bringing students, tutors and module team members together for critical discussion and guidance. Tutor feedback aids the development of these skills.
Cognitive skills are assessed by questions asking for the application of concepts in new situations, for analysis, for synthesis, etc. (TMAs and examination) and also by more open-ended design, investigative and project activities (TMAs and examinable component).
Key skills are explicitly taught and developed within the teaching materials and are supported by tutor feedback and guidance on TMAs. There is a progressive development of key skills through the levels of the degree.
Key skills are assessed by TMAs, by examinations where practicable and by examinable components.
Practical and professional skills are developed through the teaching materials and are supported by tutor feedback and guidance on TMAs.
Practical skills are assessed by TMAs and examinable components. Some professional skills are developed but not assessed.