Year 0 - Foundation Year
Working with Software
The aim of this module is to ensure that you have a good grounding in the software we use every day in computing to document and to capture information about computer systems, including video editing packages.
Working with Computer Hardware
This module aims to introduce you to the basics of how electronic and logical systems create computer hardware and to develop simple systems using such things and Arduino and Raspberry Pi computers.
In this module you will learn some basics of computer programming using a language such as Python – how to write simple programs and to test these to ensure that they are working properly.
Mathematics / Advanced Mathematics
Much of what we do in Computing has a mathematical basis to it. On this module you will learn of refresh your knowledge of the mathematics we use most commonly in computing.
Students who have already achieved a good GCSE, or equivalent, may study the Advanced Mathematics module if they wish to. This module covers more advanced mathematics and opens up opportunities for changing programmes to the Computer Science Degree.
Computing in Society
The aim of the module is to investigate the role of Computing in society and how computing can affect the society we live in. For example we may look at how computer technology has enabled the casualization of labour through platforms such as Uber, Deliveroo, changed the shape of the high street with companies such as Amazon and the way we communicate and inform ourselves about the world with social media organisations such as Facebook.
This project provides you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities to develop a solution to a problem area using either hardware and software or just software. You will also learn techniques to keep on track with your project and ensure what you build benefits a target audience in some way.
Introduction to C#
The aim(s) of the module is to introduce you to the C# programming language commonly used in industry and the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The module is an initial module in computer programming and will assume no prior knowledge of programming.
This module provides support for the Design and Implement elements of the CDIO model.
Deployment Technologies for Computing
This module uses rapid application software development tools and hardware to create small computer systems. Many micro-businesses are built from small system developments.
Contemporary Business Issues
Contemporary Business Issues introduces you to the multi-faceted nature of modern business and how each of these can affect the success of an enterprise.
People Management in 21st Century
Essential to business are the people who work in it. People management is about ensuring that this essential resource can be utilised effectively to the benefit of an organisation.
Ethics, Professionalism and Employability in Computing
In order to work in Business Information Systems it is important that you have a good understanding of some of the ethical issues in the field. Areas such as artificial intelligence will have a major effect on the business world. While working it will be important to act professionally and this module will highlight elements that will form part of your everyday working life, such as using communication technology appropriately and obtaining qualifications to demonstrate your capability.
Group Development Project ***
The group development project introduces the concepts of running a project from Conception, through design to implementation and operation. You will learn simple project and product management tools in order to complete a small software development to work in a particular area. The conception, design and implementation will be done in small teams, where you will also learn to review your own skill set and how teams can be formed to maximise productivity.
Business Improvement using Technology
Many businesses have evolved their working practices over time and these can end up being sub-optimal. This can especially be the case when an organisation changes in size or the market changes. Business Improvement is about understanding the business needs and modelling current practice in order to see how improvements can be made. The transition to new working needs change management for it to be successful. You will learn the tools that business uses to plan and perform business improvement using realistic scenarios and business examples.
When we lack information research is the tool we use to understand a scenario more fully. The Research Methods module skills you in the research tools of literature review, quantitative and qualitative research and the supporting statistics and tools to support a viewpoint.
Large projects need project management to ensure that they will deliver the expected needs on time and in budget. This module covers the project management tools we can use to track different tasks and elements of a large project delivery.
Database Enhancement Group Project
The module aims to provide you with a practical appreciation of the fundamental issues involved in designing, implementing and testing a small relational database application in a multi-user environment using an industry-standard database management system. You will be taking an existing database and making improvements to this while understanding the modelling concepts and theory to understand database systems.
This module focusses on businesses that are run using web-based or other electronic systems as a mainstay of their processes. The big new businesses of Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber are all only possible through the use of sophisticated E-business systems. You will study how they operate and harness the technology and also how to build your own systems using content management system. You will also look at success factors for these companies and how to give an organisation the best chance of success.
Individual Study 40
The Individual Study is your opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities and what you have learned over your time at University and is worth a third of your final year credits. You will perform a research task that will usually involve literature and practical work. You will write a dissertation to describe your work and create a poster to present the work to a broad range of people
In this module you will learn to how to perform a risk assessment of a variety of assets linked to an organisation, such as information, computers, networks, delivery and supply chains, people and buildings. You will then develop skills to protect information systems (hardware, software and associated infrastructure), the data on them, and the services they provide, from unauthorised access, harm or misuse.
Current Issues in Computing
This module examines a range of current issues within the field of computing and places them with a broader academic context providing a multi-disciplinary perspective to an otherwise specialised field of study. No prior knowledge of disciplines outside the field of computing is required, but a good understanding of computer related subjects is assumed
Likely optional modules
Choose one of the following modules:
Developing Sustainable Enterprise (20 credits)
This module looks at how to give a business the best chance of continued success. This is not just environmental issues, but also those of the people, the culture, the profit and business processes that will ensure that a successful business today should remain a successful business in the future.
Introduction to Digital Marketing (20 credits)
Many organisations now market themselves outside of the traditional print and Television channels, using, for example social media to develop and sustain their marketplace. This can help start-ups and smaller businesses reach customers who they may never have had access to previously. In this module you will learn different ways that marketing can be used in the digital channel to help a business succeed. This would help you to offer better skills and value to an employer.
Knowledge Management (20 credits)
This module aims to provide you an understanding of the main concepts and theories of business and organisational knowledge and hence to develop a practical perspective on its management in the private and public sectors.
Digital and Social Media Marketing (20 credits)
The aim of the module is develop your critical understanding of the main activities involved in designing and implementing marketing communications using social media and online marketing
HCI (20 credits)
This module shows you to concepts relating to how to ensure usability is part of the design of new systems and to introduce systematic approaches to the design and analysis of user interfaces. You will explore the new research, developments and future direction of the field to enhance the interaction between humans and computers and create more powerful, faster, simpler and intuitive experiences
Strategic Management (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make them aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.