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Software Engineering (Top-up) - BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you have a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) or a Higher National Diploma (HND) in a computing-based subject or equivalent, this internationally recognised qualification gives you a chance to top-up to a degree. Giving you key skills in building software with the latest theoretical understanding, complete with full coverage of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) Foundation Certificate in Software Testing syllabus, this career-focused degree is designed to help you succeed in the workplace.

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This course will provide you with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills in software development and maintenance. You’ll work with the most up-to-date technologies and study the latest industry practices to prepare you for a career in the field.

On this course, you’ll study application development and software engineering and undertake a related project of your choosing. You’ll also have the option to specialise in subjects that interest you, such as artificial intelligence, digital crime or ethical hacking.

You can take advantage of our World of Work agency to gain hands-on work experience. They provide affordable IT solutions to organisations such as Times Online and Comic Relief, and can assign you real, paid projects.

There’ll also be the option to undertake a work placement to further boost your CV and expose you to the industry.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a combination of coursework, case study reports and presentations, lab logbooks and workbooks, unseen examinations, and a final-year project report, presentation and viva.

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

  • a minimum of 240 credits from a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND), a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an Association of Computer Professionals (ACP) Advanced Diploma in Computer Science
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent eg Key Skills Level 2 in Communications, Functional Skills Level 2 or Adult Literacy Level 2)

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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 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.

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Year 3 modules include:

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

    This module is one of backbone modules of the BEng Software Engineering (top-up) course that is designed for those students who have already obtained a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND), the Association of Computer Professionals (ACP) Advanced Diploma or an International Advanced Diploma (IAD) in Software Engineering, Computing, Computer Studies or other software development-related courses and would like to gain an internationally-recognised degree qualification specialising in building software for various software-based systems.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • 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 morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    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:
    • 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:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    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:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    Nowadays, digital crimes are far more sophisticated and harder to fight against. It is imperative to explore advanced detective and preventive technology in combating the ever-changing computer crimes. This module provides knowledge of how to detect and prevent digital crimes. In this module, students are also prepared for their career as a professional working in Computer Forensics and IT Security industry. It provides students with practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the certification of CompTIA Security+.

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

    This module equips students with professional level programming skills required for developing distributed software systems to solve real-world problems. Students are taught alternative conceptual paradigms, design patterns, frameworks and programming techniques for developing distributed systems for local networks, Internet or the Web. The typical phases of software development life cycle are covered using industry standard languages and tools, for example modelling (UML, XML), design, implementation and testing using popular IDEs, thereby improving students’ employment prospects. Successful completion of this module will give students an opportunity to gain professional Java certification or similar and essential modern requirements of risk assessment prior to embedding appropriate cybersecurity.

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

    This module provides an in-depth knowledge of ecommerce and ebusiness. It introduces the concepts and practical techniques for ecommerce and ebusiness. Ebusiness strategy, models, processes, opportunities in marketing, CRM and procurement as well as legal, ethical, social and global issues are covered. The module also equips students with knowledge and skills to build a themed on-line interactive ecommerce web site with shopping cart for an SME, incorporating a range of software applications and script programming.

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

    This module is designed to develop understanding, knowledge and skills associated with the various malicious hacking attacks targeting computer systems and the appropriate safeguards needed to minimise such attacks.

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

    The module introduces a model based approach to the constraction of software systems using formal specification languages as a basis for the software development. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills to produce formal specifications from informal descriptions and to implement them using appropriate programming techniques.

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

    The module gives students who successfully complete its requirements recognition of their extra training and perspective. It provides a framework for formalising the subject-contextualised work-based learning obtained during a year-long placement: it specifies the supervisory and support requirements and assessment procedures. At the start of the placement a learning agreement is produced and approved by the placement coordinator. The learning agreement states the expected learning outcomes, how they will be developed during placement, and the evidence required to demonstrate their attainment.

    It is expected student should work in the placement for 300 hours which should be recorded clearly in the learning log. The 300 hours can be completed in 50 working days in a FT mode, or spread over a year in a PT mode.

    Students should register with the Placements Organiser to be briefed on the module, undergo induction and placement planning, and to have the placement approved, before they take up a placement. It is essential that students are made aware that both the “placement learning agreement” and “placement employer health and safety checklist” need to be approved before starting the placement.

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

    This module introduces a range of specialist programming techniques as applied to mobile platforms. Specific areas of study will include: programming strategies for resource-limited portable devices – including reviewing key components through the development of exemplar applications using an appropriate mobile-based programming platform such as Google Android.

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

    The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of security threats against network and cloud computing systems and the security measures designed to protect such systems. The module will explicitly develop students’ knowledge and experience in the design and application of network and cloud security solutions. The module will also equips students for further academic study and future employability in the area of computer security.

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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 School of Computing and Digital Media 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 - 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 School of Computing and Digital Media 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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There is a total of 360 credits for this course.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Application Development
  • Project
  • Advanced Database Systems Development (optional)
  • Artificial Intelligence (optional)
  • Digital Crime Investigation (optional)
  • Distributed and Internet Systems (optional)
  • Ecommerce and Ebusiness (optional)
  • Ethical Hacking (optional)
  • Formal Specification and Software Implementation (optional)
  • Long Work Placement (optional)
  • Management Support Systems (optional)
  • Mobile Applications (optional)
  • Network and Cloud Security (optional)
  • Work Related Learning II (optional)

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This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in software development and maintenance in a wide variety of industries such as finance, health and defence.

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 2018. 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

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

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.

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