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Applied Computing BSc (Hons)

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Overview

Computing is one of the biggest drivers in the global economy and the way we live our lives today. By entering the IT sector, you're joining one of the fastest-growing around. There's great demand for expert IT and computing skills in every industry.

7 reasons to study here

Professional accreditation: Recognised for full exemption from British Computer Society examinations.
High demand: 76% of firms will increase their number of IT professionals in 2016 - Computer World UK.
Business ready: Combine system-development skills with business-orientated knowledge.
Professional skills: Opportunity to prepare for professional certifications (such as Microsoft MCP and IT industry framework ITIL) alongside academic award.
Work experience: You'll have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year.
Sophisticated software: Gain a wealth of experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming and simulation packages.
Innovative research: No. 1 London Modern Uni for Research Quality - Computing, Sunday Times League Table 2017.

This degree course covers...

This degree covers a wide range of subject areas, but the underlying philosophy is the recognition that in the development of software the true professional adopts an engineering approach, with all the implications this has for rigour and quality. This course covers:

  • business and professional issues
  • mathematical analysis
  • media and networks
  • software development
  • databases
  • user-centred design
  • application development
  • distributed systems
  • IT management

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Methods of assessment for course overall: 76% coursework

Year 1

  • Business and professional issues
    As a new entrant to the university, this module prepares you for developing an understanding of - and skills for - academic study and the world of work, and the professional and personal skills you 'll need. You'll be introduced to all aspects of university study and being an IT professional, allowing your ideas to be explored and developed throughout your time at LSBU and beyond. The topics studied will be used to develop the skills that both a graduate and an IT professional will require, and will give you ample opportunities to develop your intellectual skills as well as your practical ones. In addition to these topics on professionalism, the module will introduce you to a range of topics relating to computer-based information systems, e-business and how business organisations work. The module is largely based on some existing model syllabi as devised by professional bodies such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), but this has been adapted for the particular needs of LSBU’s new entrants. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Mathematical analysis for informatics
    Programmes within the informatics domain will have an emphasis on the business and managerial functions of organisations. This module will introduce you to the logical and discrete mathematical structures and models, which are commonly used in the broad field of Informatics and which underpin any study of a branch of this discipline. The module will emphasise the formulation of problems into mathematical forms, the interpretation of solutions and the identification of problem characteristics to help suggest modelling approaches. Provisions will be made (typically one hour per week) to allow us to bring you, if necessary, to a level of confidence and expertise in those areas of essential basic mathematics that should have been covered at earlier levels. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Media, computers and networks
    This module will introduce the overall structure and operation of the computer systems and networks found in all areas of business and daily life. Emphasis will be given to the different types of information that must be stored and processed, and how this information is distributed over different types of network. You'll gain an appreciation of the difference between high-level and low-level programming languages and how program instructions are executed at the machine level. The role of operating systems, peripherals, and networking hardware and software will be introduced. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Socio-technical analysis of requirements
    The module will provide you with a first course in systems theory and the analysis of requirements from a socio-technical perspective. The module will explore the modelling of both hard and soft requirements from human, data and process centred perspectives. You'll study requirements analysis as the expression of the business rules of an organisation. Elements of organisational theory and organisational behaviour, with particular reference to technology and culture, will be introduced alongside systems architectures, the systems development life cycle and aspects of change management. Unified Modeling Language will be used throughout. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Software development 1
    This module will introduce you to developing small business systems using PC based applications. In this module you'll learn how to build integrated systems that meet business users’ requirements. The bottom-up approach adopted by the module will enable you to explore and learn how to use the various tools that these applications provide for building and integrating systems. You'll consider the need for and use of programming languages, and the requirement to adhere to a professional approach when developing software systems. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Software development 2
    This module will help you to develop a vocabulary and acquire some simple programming skills using a programming language. It does this by having you develop your own system over the course of the module, supported by the exercises and examples provided in parallel. This experience will include developing familiarity with Objects and Classes, gaining experience in simple Graphical User Interfaces, and looking at good development principles and the kind of support an Integrated Development Environment will provide: all important aspects of the application development process in whatever environment or programming language you may use in the future. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • Database systems
    The database is now the underlying framework of the information system, and it has fundamentally changed the way companies, organisations and individuals work. This module will cover the fundamentals of the database field. The subject of the database field is concerned with how to use computers to store and manage data, usually large quantities of data. This is, first and foremost, an introductory module to database management systems. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Developing web applications
    In this module you'll learn about the technologies used to build the distributed applications by which digital business is conducted. You'll learn how dynamic client interfaces to applications held on remote servers are built and how dynamic processes on servers use databases and other files to both provide and interact with those client interfaces. As well as experimenting with the fundamental mechanisms involved, you'll explore how these are used in a range of complex real world business applications. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Research and professional practice
    This module will provide you with the necessary methodological, analytical and development skills needed to design, implement, and analyse a piece of independent research or development piece of work in the form of a consultancy tender, reflection, etc. at an undergraduate level in the field of Informatics. The module will focus on general issues you're likely to adopt for your research project such as: the Research and Development life cycle; collecting and analysing primary and secondary sources of knowledge; elementary consultancy skills, ethics and managing your time effectively and presenting your findings in a coherent manner. The module will focus on specific issues related to your chosen pathway by providing specific pathway tutorial groups where you'll explore, in greater depth, those issues most likely to be relevant for your chosen pathway. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Systematic software development
    This module will deepen your understanding of software development processes and their associated products. You'll learn how to develop software systematically from initial requirements through to acceptance testing, and how to achieve high quality in terms of reliability, robustness and maintainability. You'll enhance your programming skills and develop new skills in the areas of program design utilising patterns, user interface design and implementation, and rigorous testing. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • User-centred design
    This module provides the practical tools and techniques required to design, develop and evaluate effective interactive systems in an ever-changing digital age. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • System design techniques
    This module explores the techniques for systems analysis and design, divided mainly into four areas: traditional methodologies, agile methodologies, systems thinking methodologies and professionally recognised project management techniques. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.

Year 3

Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Distributed computer systems
    Not only the business we are doing, but also our everyday lives depend increasingly on distributed systems linking computers and other devices, from mobile phones to ambient systems, together in a seamless and transparent way. The components of such systems are usually geographically distributed. This module develops the concept of message-passing concurrency and provides a comprehensive source of material on the principles and practice of distributed computer systems. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Engineering software
    There are situations where the software we develop must be highly reliable, for example, safety-critical applications and software designed for re-use. From studying this module you'll gain insight into some of the techniques used in the development of highly reliable software. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Honours informatics project
    The project contributes significantly towards the final degree. In your final year you'll spend about 2 days a week on your project. Future employers will probably ask you about your project, and use performance in the project as one of the most reliable guides to your potential. Requests for references often ask about the project. This module will allow you to demonstrate, through a practical application, the extent of theoretical knowledge gained in the first two years of study, practical skills acquired in the subsequent year of industrial or commercial training and further theoretical and practical skills acquired during the final year of study. The project is therefore a very important piece of work. The project is intended to demonstrate to the examiners your ability to undertake and complete, to a satisfactory standard, all the parts of a professional piece of work. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • IS project management
    As you come towards the end of your honours degree, this module takes a broad and reflective view of the profession in a holistic and critical manner. It considers matters of professional and ethical relevance, and particularly considers issues that are of contemporary significance to the subject area. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Social and collaborative computing
    This module looks at all aspects of social networking that are currently used for both business and pleasure. It also examines collaborative software and how it can be used to best effect. The module provides a thorough understanding of user activity in these areas, how users can be supported and managed and how the various systems can be used to their best effect. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Web services, security and management
    This module covers the practical issues of both hosting and managing web sites, including security and server configuration. It also covers the various approaches used to implement the web services that enable cloud computing, and the competing techniques for implementing the semantic web. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Digital content management
    Modern websites are interactive applications rather than repositories of information, and sophisticated features are taken for granted by both users and owners of the sites. Most organisations have large amounts of digital content, whether of the nature of static information, dynamic news or digital assets which are products in themselves. To handle the required level of complexity and interactive sophistication this demands, powerful Content Management Systems have been developed. This module will explore what these systems are, what they do and why they are necessary. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.

Employability

This course will prepare you for a career in technical fields, such as, computer operations, computer systems sales and service, programming, systems analysis, software engineering and technical authorship. You'll also be well equipped to work in professions that require a combination of computing and other capabilities, especially in the world of business and commerce.

Skills for work

Our degrees in this area equip working professional who require a combination of computing and other capabilities, especially in the world of business and commerce. You'll develop a wide range of employability skills through an emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching.

What to expect from your career

While technical skills are needed for many roles, you often need strong teamwork, problem solving and communication skills as well.

IT Consultant

Working in IT is a constant learning process and, in order to be successful, you will need to keep on top of industry developments and teach yourself new skills all the time. There's a definite advantage to being based in London or the South East, where 39% of IT and Telecoms professionals are located. (National Careers Service).

IT consultants work with clients to advise them how best to use information technology to either meet certain objectives, or overcome problems. The average annual salary for an IT consultant is around £43,000. (Prospects)

Web Developer

Web developers work with clients to design, build and maintain websites and website applications. Starting salaries for junior roles are between £19,000- £22,000, although with experience this can rise to £35,000. (National Careers Service)

Systems Analyst

System analysts design new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Junior analysts typically have salaries around £25,000, but more experienced analysts earn up to £40,000. (Prospects)

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

The placement gives you the opportunity to spend a year in the work-place, honing your transferable skills and proving your academic learning in the development of real-world systems. The assessment of the placement is designed to support and accredit the experience by formalising personal development outcomes, and by contextualising prior learning. Regular online contact with tutors, peer-contact and placement support will be maintained throughout the year.

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Watch one of our graduates discuss his final year project.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and lab-based study Self-directed study
Year 1 36% 64%
Year 2 33% 67%
Year 3 26% 74%

Entry requirements

  • CCC/AA at A Level; or
  • BTEC National Diploma - MMM/DD or
  • All Level 3 qualifications welcome - including Access to HE Diploma with Pass + 9 Distinctions and 27 Merits (must include a minimum of 3 credits at Merit in Maths and a minimum of 12 Merits in ICT); plus
  • 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, (C or above), equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0, or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start date
September
Application code
4935
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
G409
Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
G409
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
4156
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Please note this course is offered from September 2017, no applications for September 2016 will be accepted.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 5112Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £37500
International (including any optional years) £37500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4625International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 4935Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £6935International fee: £9375
AOS/LSBU code: 4156Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27740
International £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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