Applied Computing Top-up Course to BSc
Valuable to every industry
Computing is one of the biggest drivers in the global economy and dictates much of how we live our lives today. By training in IT, you're joining one of the fastest-growing sectors around and making yourself of value to almost every industry.
Why Applied Computing at LSBU?
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- Recognised for full exemption from British Computer Society examinations.
- Business ready: combine system-development skills with business-orientated knowledge.
- Opportunity to prepare for professional certifications (such as Microsoft MCP and IT industry framework ITIL) alongside academic award.
- Gain a wealth of experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming and simulation packages.
Top 10 in UK for career prospects in Computer Science and Information Systems (Guardian 2019).
Modules cover a wide range of subject areas, but the underlying philosophy is that in the development of software the true professional adopts an engineering approach, with all the implications this has for rigour and quality. Topics include business and professional issues, mathematical analysis, media and networks, software development, databases, user-centred design, application development, distributed systems and IT management.
Methods of assessment for course overall: 76% coursework.
Taught modules (September - May)
- Research & 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.
- 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.
- IS Project Management
As you come towards the end of your honours degree in a Computing/IT subject area, 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.
Plus one optional module from below:
- Social & Collaborative Computing
s 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.
- Web Services, Security & 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.
Project Module (June - September)
- 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.
This course will prepare you for a career in technical fields, such as computer operations, systems sales and services, 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.
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.
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 (Prospects).
Web developers work with clients to design, build and maintain websites and website applications (National Careers Service).
System analysts design new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity (Prospects).
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
Watch one of our graduates discuss his final year project.
- HND in an appropriate subject
- Successful record of relevant, recent study to a level broadly equivalent to years one and two of undergraduate study, for example, HND in a relevant subject, with at least 3 merits at level 5.
- Demonstrable managerial experience (where appropriate).
How to apply
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