Computer Science FdSc

Part-time undergraduate (3-4 years)

University Centre Peterborough

September 2016

Overview

Get the solid technical and professional basis you need to build a career in the different branches of computing, with our foundation degree course.

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Full description

Careers

Our graduates have gone on the successful careers in many areas of computing, including applications development, programming, database development, web infrastructure and applications, business systems, project management, networking and user support.

They’re also working in many different industries, including defence, health, business and telecommunications.

Work experience is an important aspect of this course and we work closely with local employers, both to create placement opportunities and continually develop the course’s content.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Computer Systems
    With the use of computers in all walks of life it's essential for companies to have IT staff capable of specifying, installing, configuring and maintaining the company's IT resources and networks. This module ensures you'll have the practical skills companies look for in an IT specialist. We'll investigate the components and operation of modern computer systems and introduce you to the hardware components which enable a computer to process data and the devices which enable data to be input, output and stored. We'll also introduce you to the fundamentals of computer networks as modern computer systems rarely operate in a standalone manner.
  • Fundamentals of Design
    You’ll be introduced to the concepts of a software life cycle, system theory, design methodologies and relational data modelling. Our module uses a system methodology to work through a software lifecycle looking at analysis, design and implementation. You’ll be given the opportunity to apply a design methodology to a case study producing diagrammatic representations of the data and functionality of a system. You’ll be introduced to the essentials of database design and implementation. You’ll be expected to participate in group work as well as make individual contributions. Our module is 100% coursework, comprising a set of deliverables to demonstrate analysis of the case study example(s) and application of design theory. Exercises will be both formative and summative to encourage discussion of design theory and its application.
  • Introduction to Programming
    This module provides an introduction to high level programming, requiring no prior programming experience. You'll use industry-standard tools and techniques to design, implement, test and document simple programs using a current programming language such as C#, Java or C++. You'll understand the principal components of a high-level program, laying the foundation for subsequent modules requiring structured programming ability. It emphasises the principles of good programming practice and introduce the techniques required to develop software which is robust, usable and efficient. By the end of the module you'll have sufficient mastery of a high-level programming language to allow them to design, implement and test simple programs. The skills taught within the module are directly transferable to the workplace and to provide a suitable foundation to apply programming skills in your later studies and future career.
  • Understanding the Work Sector
    Develop your understanding of the nature of the work sector, including the environments in the optical sector, its performance within these contexts and factors that influence the operation of organisations. You’ll explore the impact of political, social and economic factors on the optical sector and consider the legal and ethical frameworks informing optical professionals. You’ll also reflect on your current role or potential roles within optics.

Level 5 modules

  • Database Design and Implementation
    You’ll be guided through the fundamentals of database design. This grounding will enable you to construct small scale industrial quality databases. You’ll work in groups emulating real world development teams. As part of this you’ll learn the skills of constructing documentation, making revisions and delivering work to a deadline. Implicitly you’ll learn the skill of managing a group environment. This module begins with the development of an acceptable approach to industrial clients and their problems. Working within the specification given, you’ll learn how to extract data from interviews and paperwork. You can then progress to designing and building a database, querying the database to provide the reports (including statistics) that a customer needs. During this process the current industrial choice database language (SQL) is learned. The assessment comprises the design, production and querying of a database and the completion of a portfolio of coursework to be submitted at the end of the course.
  • Internet Databases
    This module will introduce you to the design, development and implementation of client/server applications for internet or intranet web sites. During this module you'll consider the necessity for a website, whether it is on the internet or intranet, and how usable it is for clients. You'll research current design standards, existing web sites, and have access to specialist resources in our computer laboratories including a computer running Internet Information Services (IIS) acting as a server machine. By the end of this module you'll deliver a working, user centred web site with a design of pages and without code errors.
  • Network Routing
    The global internet is a collection of networks, termed Autonomous Systems (AS), that are linked together by high-speed communication links provided by telecommunication organisations. Converged traffic, that is traffic comprising both data and voice, is routed through the network based either on policies agreed between ASs or performance metrics by routers within the ASs. Due to the complexity and dynamic nature of networks, routers use dynamic routing protocols to establish the 'best' path for traffic. You'll focus on the key concepts and protocols of network routing. You'll cover basic routing constructs such as: static and default routing; Interior Gateway Protocols (IGP) such as RIP, EIGRP and OSPF and introduces the Exterior Gateway Protocol BGP that is primarily used by Internet Service Providers. Classes involve a mixture of theory, delivered through a series of lectures, and practical implementation, delivered through a series of guided laboratory exercises. We'll use advanced network simulation tools and industry standard router platforms to teach hands-on skills. This module forms part of the curriculum offered by The Cisco Networking Academy Program, a well-established partnership between academia and industry to provide up-to-date knowledge and skills required by industry and commerce. You'll be able to access on-line material via the university Virtual Learning Environment and access our laboratories remotely.

Assessment

We’ll assess your progress using exams and essay assignments, as well as your presentations, case studies and performance in group work, on placement and in lab-based tasks.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

University Centre Peterborough
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£3,750

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£3,875

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Entry requirements

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120 UCAS tariff points. Required subject(s): 2 A levels in related subjects BTEC/Access required; A BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required: 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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