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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.

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.

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

You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.

Gain the skills you need to succeed

This course gives 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

Gain essential industry experience

There is the option to undertake a work placement to further boost your CV and expose you to the industry

Choose your own speciality

You’ll also have the option to specialise in subjects that interest you, such as artificial intelligence, digital crime or ethical hacking

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Course modules

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2023/24 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 3 modules

Advanced Software Engineering

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

(core, 30 credits)

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. The module runs during 30 weeks. Assessment includes two pieces of coursework, an in-class tests and an exam.

To achieve the aim, this module combines:

1) Understanding and application of software project management process, its products and people roles in the process
2) Learning software development, support and maintenance processes, their products and people roles in the processes
3) Application of software development activities, methods, and documents to carry out every-day tasks of software developers
4) Studying testing activities, methods, and documents to carry out every-day tasks of software testers
5) Full coverage of the “ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing” syllabus
6) Enhance employability skills

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Application Development

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

(core, 30 credits)

CS6004 Application Development 30 weeks: 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). It will cover risk assessment to identify and implement appropriate security.

The module aims are:

● To provide students with a disciplined understanding of the state of the art of application development in terms of development technologies, development platforms and toolsets, risk assessment and security in the broader context of the IT industry business.
● To consolidate the techniques and concepts introduced in earlier programming modules in order for students to be able to employ them in an integrated fashion in realistic application development projects.
● To introduce students to a major contemporary software development platform, including its programming languages and toolsets for application development.
● To train and equip students with necessary hands-on skills in using a major development platform and environment to design and implement a significant software application.

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

(core, 30 credits)

The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work 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.

Assessment: Project Report Interim Submission(25%) + Project process (25%) + Project Report Final Submission(40% -Pass on component) + Viva (10% -Pass on component).

The module aims to develop a wide range of subject specific cognitive abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including practical skills and additional transferable skills of a more general nature and applicable in many other contexts.

Particularly, the module aims to:

•Provide an opportunity to learn, through supervised experience, how to plan and carry out a project through a systematic and creative approach;

•Encourage innovation and originality in approach to investigating a problem in an area that may be unfamiliar to the student;

•Provide opportunity for in depth study of some specialised area of suitable scale and complexity relevant to their course of study;

•Raise awareness in potential business development opportunities in connection to the project work undertaken and of any ethical, legal and professional issues;

•Develop reporting skills as well as the ability to communicate results, conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialists and non-specialist’s audiences, clearly and unambiguously;

•Encourages reflection upon the relationship of design decisions to the appropriateness of the finished task;

•Enhance professional and personal development.

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Career Development Learning

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

(option, 15 credits)

The module enables students to undertake an appropriate, short 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 professional training or certification, a volunteering activity, employment through internal or external work-based placements, research-related activities, business start-up projects, entrepreneurship programs and more. Please see the complete list of accepted activities on WebLearn.

Students are expected to engage in any one or combination of career development learning activities for a total of ~70 hours which should be recorded clearly in a tri-weekly learning log – part of the portfolio. The ~70 hours can be completed in ~30 working days in FT mode or spread over a semester in PT mode.

Students are expected to complete a total of ~150 hours, 70 hours of which is direct engagement in any one or combination of career development learning activities. Progress should be recorded clearly in tri-weekly learning logs which are part of the portfolio. The ~150 hours can be completed in ~35 working days in FT mode or spread over a semester in PT mode.

Students should register for the module to be briefed, undergo induction and module planning and have their career development learning activity approved before they take up the opportunity. Students must be made aware that both the "Learning Agreement" (LA) and relevant "Health and Safety (H&S) checklist", where applicable, must be approved before starting the learning activity. Activities started without prior explicit supervisor approval will not be accepted.

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
• Gain a valuable experience of the working environment and the career opportunities available upon graduation.
• Sharpen critical thinking, creative problem-solving and the ability to articulate solutions correctly to decision-makers and budget-holders alike.
• Undertake a career development learning activity appropriate to their academic level to gain exposure and access to professional networks.
• Extend learning experience by applying and building on their academic skills and abilities by tackling real-life problems through enrichment and extracurricular programs related to student subject areas.
• Enhance existing skills and master new ones through a structured personal and Professional Development Plan (PDP).

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Data and Web Development

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

(option, 30 credits)

This module builds upon the student's general understanding of database design and implementation from prior learning. It discusses some key issues underpinning database management systems and their development, provides a strong coverage to advanced SQL, which helps preparing for professional certification. Introduces some current topics in database technology such as NoSQL. In addition, the module contains a substantial practical element utilising advanced SQL and full- stack web development framework application enabling students to gain transferable skills in designing and developing relatively complex ‘real life’ database applications using web database technologies.

The module will enable students to:
•Gain in-depth understanding of some key issues pertinent to the management and development of modern database applications.
•Acquire skills in advanced SQL which provides an opportunity for gaining professional certification.
•Introduced to current developments in database technology thereby raising students’ awareness and understanding of the future trend in SQL and NoSQL systems development.
•Design and develop relatively complex business web database application using industry-standard database products (e.g. Oracle Server/SQL Server/ MongoDB with .NET Core and MVC Framework).

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Mobile Applications

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Monday morning

(option, 15 credits)

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 Java ME and Google Android.

The key skills and knowledge to be gained are:

•Understanding theoretical concepts related to the work of software in wireless networks and the use of different protocols, frameworks and tools for building mobile applications

•Learning techniques for programming mobile applications using standard technological frameworks, development tools, mobile device emulators and handsets

•Acquiring practical skills in developing mobile applications which utilize wireless services and mobile Internet

•Applying analytical knowledge and practical skills for building typical mobile applications

•Developing ability to compare protocols, models and paradigms for mobile applications and estimate trade-offs during design using different design patterns, development frameworks and programming techniques

•Building professional competence and increasing the employability through the use of industrial standard technologies and tools for software development

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Project Analysis and Practice

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Thursday morning

(option, 15 credits)

The aim of the module is to explore how projects are analysed, developed and managed in a business setting and the types of project methodologies that are used. Students will engage in using a methodology such as Agile in a team setting to understand the different roles within the Agile methodology. The module will examine the role and value of UML and other project management tools. The module will use case studies to gain a deeper knowledge of how projects are analysed, developed and managed. The module will be assessed by means of a 3000 word report based on a chosen case study.

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Course details

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 or above (or equivalent eg Key Skills Level 2 in Communications, Functional Skills Level 2 or Adult Literacy Level 2)

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

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.

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.

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.

How to apply

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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