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Computing - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Our 'earn while you learn' philosophy gives you a distinct advantage with this professional computing degree, with its opportunities for placements in industry while you study. You'll learn the basics of programming operating systems and commercial applications, plus specialist topics of your choosing.

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As well as studying the fundamentals of computing, you’ll have the option to specialise in fascinating areas such as artificial intelligence, and ethics and computer law. You’ll develop your IT proficiency and your problem-solving skills, and learn to apply your skills to real-life situations.

This extensive course gives you both a sound knowledge base and hands-on experience. You can choose to undertake a work placement as part of your degree, giving you real-world experience. You’ll also have access to our World of Work agency, which provides companies with affordable IT solutions and give you the opportunity to work on paid client projects.

As well as our team of knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from industry experts. For example, the Vice President of the multi-national company Telefonica has previously given a talk to our students.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through essays, individual coursework, exams, research projects and a final dissertation. You'll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). On graduation, you'll be eligible to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and apply for membership of the British Computer Society.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 200 or more UCAS points from two or more A-levels, including 80 or more points from a maths, science or technology subject (or equivalent, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum grades BB or CCE in A levels of which one must be from Mathematics or numerate subjects (or a minimum of 80 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the BSc Computing Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module introduces students to the basics of Information Technology; past, current and future trend in computer systems. The detailed design of a small scale Computer Systems is presented where students have the opportunity to build, configure and test a computer system for a given application. Students will identify the basic features of the Windows operating system and its elements.
    Health Safety issues and the safe disposal of equipment is also covered leading to an understanding and appreciation of social, ethical, environmental and economical issues related to computer’s hardware and software element.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon

    Students will receive an introduction to the business environment and the role of information management and information systems within business.
    The module develops an understanding of the Information Systems development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students will develop aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability and security.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Friday afternoon

    The module gives students systematic ways of solving problems as well as introduces them to a range of ideas in mathematical logic. It also gives some grounding in standard software packages.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday morning

    This is an introductory programming module, designed to develop interest, ability and confidence in using a programming language. Students will gain the basic knowledge and experience to solve simple programming problems using established techniques in program design, development and documentation.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    Introduces techniques for analysing, designing and implementing database systems. Anunderstanding of data modelling and design concepts is provided and database programming language skills are taught.The practical aspect of developing database systems is emphasised and use is made of a widely-used commercial database system (e.g. Oracle) for this purpose.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module will introduce students to major contemporary programming platforms and technologies and provide them with practical understanding and techniques, to tackle programming issues related to the program scale, complexity and programming productivity. Studying the module will also enable students to evaluate, select and employ suitable platform(s) and technologies for program design and implementation for both stand-alone and web-enabled applications.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module introduces fundamental concepts of modern operating systems and computer networks. It discusses in-depth the key issues in networking structures, systems and services, etc.; and provides knowledge of operating systems on topics such as operation, function and inter-relation of the major software components. This module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through lectures, tutorials, workshop exercises, and self-learning/research activities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law, 15 weeks: This module focuses on computer laws, social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline. It also covers techniques for the world of work such as job search, CV and interviews as well as professional ethics and responsibilities. Topics on academic research and academic writing are also presented. (Exam and course work).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module provides a systematic approach to the analysis, design, construction, testing, deployment and maintenance of software.This module also broadens the student’s knowledge of methods, techniques and tools used in software engineering and systems development.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module builds upon the student's general understanding of database design and implementation in prior learning. It discusses the key issues underpining database management systems and their development, provides a strong coverage to advanced SQL for preparation for professional certification, and introduces some current topics indatabase technology. In addition, the module contains a substantial practical element utilising advanced SQL and database application development tools (e.g.Oracle SQL developer, Oracle.NET developer), enabling students to gain transferable skills in designing and developing relatively complex ‘real life’ database applications. (Course work, test and exam).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module will equip students with essential knowledge and skills to become efficient software developers. The module will consolidate and integrate programming concepts and techniques which students have learned earlier in the degree for the purpose of application development for the real world. The module will also extend students’ knowledge and skills for them to be able to tackle issues pertinent to realistic application development projects.
    The module delivery will be conducted in a practical fashion through exposing the student to one exemplar of modern development platform/technologies in depth and then requiring them to develop a significant software artefact using the exemplary toolset/development platform, and to reflect on the process and the solution. (Exam, course work and practical exam).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work, either individually or as part of a group, in accordance with their course requirements. The topic of investigation will cover a broad spectrum of various analysis and techniques and will lead to a comprehensive and concise academic/industry-related report. Students will be assisted in exploring areas that may be unfamiliar to them and encouraged to develop innovative ideas and techniques. Students will be able to choose a project that may require the solution to a specific problem, creation of an artefact in a real-world environment or an investigation of innovative ideas and techniques related to an area within their field of study. Collaboration with outside agencies and projects with industrial, business or research partners/ sponsors will be encouraged.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, related to their course at level 6, with a business or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements.The activity can be a professional training, a volunteering activity, employment activity, an activity within the Faculty of Computing Virtual Business Environment (VBE), placement or business start-up activity.
    For the purpose of this module – the FOC VBE will be also be recognised as ‘the employer’.

    It is expected student should work for 150 hours which should be recorded clearly (in a learning log for instance) in the portfolio. The 150 hours can be completed in 25 working days in a FT mode, or spread over a semester in a PT mode.

    Students should register with the module leader to be briefed on the module, undergo induction and Work Based Learning planning and to have the Work Based Learning approved, before they take up the opportunity. It is essential that students are made aware that both the “Work Based Learning agreement” and relevant “health and safety checklist” where applicable need to be approved before starting the learning activity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module provides an introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence, from its historical context to its current state. Students will research an aspect of AI and work in teams to design an intelligent system and develop a simple prototype.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module enables students to build on their existing knowledge of databases to understand the application of computer-based information systems used in business for the support of management decision-making, e.g. Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems, Executive Information Systems, etc.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Computer Hardware and Software Architectures
  • Information Systems
  • Logic and Problem Solving
  • Programming

Year 2 modules include:

  • Databases
  • Emerging Programming Platforms and Technologies
  • Networks and Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law
  • Software Engineering

Year 3 modules include:

  • Application Development
  • Advanced Database Systems Development
  • Project
  • Work Related Learning II
  • Management Support Systems (optional)
  • Artificial Intelligence (optional)

"Overall my four years at London Met were amazing. I made some great friends with both students and lecturers. All the modules were useful in starting a career in IT. I would like to thank my lecturers for all of their help over the four years." James Young, graduated in 2015 with 1st Class Honours

The course will help you grow professionally, and prepare you to work in the field of application development as a professional programmer, software system developer, IT consultant, database designer or web application developer.

Previous graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Fyber and itelligence.

This course is also excellent preparation for further study or research.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information

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