Computer Science and InformaticsComputer Science and Informatics specialists are in demand all over the world because their applied skills can transform businesses, the public and third sector
Businesses rely increasingly on Computer Science and Informatics, and the speed with which computing technology continues to transform our daily lives is truly astonishing. Specialists in this subject area are in demand all over the world because their applied skills can revolutionise businesses and organisations of all kinds.
Graduating from LSBU's School of Engineering will provide you with not only a degree, but skills and competencies in your chosen area. Our graduates have gone on to find challenging and rewarding careers in sectors that include telecommunications, retail, small and medium-sized enterprises, financial services and the public sector, to name just a few.
Our courses are accredited or developed in partnership with the leading professional accrediting bodies - in particular the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).
Strength of the industry
Research undertaken by the e-skills council in 2012 showed that IT and Telecoms play a large role in working Britain, with a workforce of around 1.5 million. Of these, 862,700 people work in IT and Telecoms products and services, and 673,900 are IT and Telecoms professionals working for organisations outside IT and Telecoms industries. Indeed, the IT sector now employs one in 20 of all jobs in the UK. It's fair to say that careers in IT have never been so important.
Our graduates have secured enviable positions as data administrators, project coordinators, technical service coordinators, IT managers, IT Directors, IT systems team leaders, data scientists, business intelligence analysts and e-commerce technical managers. They work in a variety of different industries, such as healthcare, retail, transport and finance.
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We have a variety of teaching labs with different layouts to suit different types of classes, and the workstations in our labs are all high performance. Here are some of the software packages we have available for students to use:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2012
- SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) tools are globally recognised for capabilities in Data Warehousing, processing Big Data and Business Analytics including OLAP. Students learn to use SQL Server Analysis Services and Microsoft BI tools to perform ad-hoc queries of big data on various data sources, as well as learning about the fundamental architectures and processes that support Big Data.
- Netbeans 7.x with Java 7
- Over 3 billion devices globally run Java applications. With the rise in popularity of cloud computing, the modern organisations need developers who can keep pace with the changing technology and business market needs. Students use Netbeans 7.x with Java 7, to learn to model, code, test, and deploy robust and portable Java applications. Where applicable, you will learn to develop appropriate web services to support Cloud Computing environments.
- Oracle Database 11g is market leading, reliable, secure and easy to manage for all types of database workloads including enterprise applications, data warehouses and big data analysis. Students use Oracle 11g as part of learning about the lifecycle of a database, learning to model, code, test and deploy relational database systems.
- Python is an Open Source programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. Python is free to use because of its OSI-approved open source license. Students learn Python to code, test, and deploy e-commerce B2B, B2C applications.
- SAS is a leading vendor in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Students use SAS Enterprise Miner to build and analyse Big Data, producing reports, charts and predictive models. They use algorithms and apply the latest Business Intelligence and Business Analytics tools and techniques.
- Visual Paradigm
- Visual Paradigm for UML (VP-UML) is a Unified Modelling Language (UML) design tool and UML CASE tool designed to aid software development. VP-UML supports key modelling standards such as Unified Modelling Language (UML) 2.4, SoaML, SysML, ERD and DFD. Students use VP-UML software (often working in project teams) for requirements capturing, software planning (use case analysis), code engineering, class modelling and data modelling for software development projects.
Accessing our facilities
Our extensive facilities and talented students and staff are regularly involved in knowledge transfer and consultation activities with industry. Follow these links to find out more about how we work with businesses at LSBU and about facilities and venue hire at LSBU.