My degree was fundamental in the creation and development of my Apps. Having covered a variety of concepts, supported by helpful tutors, I now have the subject knowledge and skills required to create unique and imaginative solutions.

Alexander

How do you want to study?

Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

G40F

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

This course offers you an alternative pathway to access degree level study in computing. The foundation year is designed to improve your computing discipline knowledge, including programming. You will also gain the knowledge and skills needed to progress successfully into undergraduate study.

You will gain a broad overview of IT systems in the workplace, from designing them to maintaining them, and supporting their users. Areas of focus include networking, system administration, databases and cybersecurity, as well as professional skills in business improvement, E-business and usability.

The degree will enable you to choose from a wide range of career paths in system design and support, or move onto postgraduate study.

Why Study Computing with Foundation Year?

This course has been designed to meet the real needs of the computing industry, particularly in relation to infrastructure development and support. For the technical skills we use a mix of common hardware, open source and commercial software that is heavily used in industry, so skills developed on the course can immediately be used in in the workplace.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

More information about entry requirements.

This course is also available without a Foundation Year.

32
UCAS Points

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

This degree uses the pioneering CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) education model – developed by the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with business. This will help your natural creativity and thirst for problem-solving flourish as you learn and some of your teaching will be done via real world inspired projects. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical labs. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week and are expected to also spend about 4 hours each week coordinating with team members on group activities. Labs will often emphasise working in small groups to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and place theory into practice.

You will also have regular scheduled meetings, in addition to the above contact hours, with an assigned academic personal tutor, which is your first point of contact for assistance to your undergraduates needs.

Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending timetabled sessions it is expected you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves completing computer-based exercises, preparing for workshops and seminars, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, undertaking coursework assignments or preparing for class-tests and examinations and reading journal articles and books. Your module leader will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For your final year individual study (dissertation), you will undertake independent research and will be assigned a supervisor; who will guide you through your first substantial and independent work through regular scheduled meetings.

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours and an additional 25 hours of independent learning. In addition, there may be field trips.

For each 20-credit module, your study time will about 10 hours a week plus work on assessments or preparation for examinations. Assessments would normally be expected to take approximately 50 hours for an assignment worth 50% of a 20 credit module. A similar amount of preparation and revision time would be expected for an examination worth 50% of a 20 credit module.

The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

All our team members hold Doctoral or professional qualifications (e.g. Member of the British Computer Society or Eur. Ing.). Read more about the current teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students assist in some teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the majority of lectures and seminars.

We designed this course to enable you to get necessary technical and graduate skills to be able to serve and lead as a successful computing professional in the era of immersive digital world.

Dr Hannan AzharProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed largely by coursework, though some modules will also have examinations or class tests.

Coursework is mainly practically-oriented with appropriate theoretical elements to ensure a well-rounded education. Assessments are generally individual, with group work in some modules where this matches the approaches used in industry.

We use coursework assessment methods based on their suitability for specific modules. Formative feedback is provided formally in year one and during the year three individual study, and informally in workshops and seminars.

Methods of assessment used include production of software artefacts, project plans and diaries, essays, reports, ‘investigation-based’ presentations, oral presentations, individual studies/projects, poster presentations, online assessment, logs, examinations and time constrained assignments.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

70% Coursework
20% Class test examination
10% Presentation

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000
Part-time - years 1-3 * £4,625 N/A
Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £4,625 / £1,850 relate to 2020/21 only.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

G40F

Location(s):

Canterbury
Apply via UCAS
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