Smart Technology BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)


September 2017


Today’s digital world is becoming smarter; cities are acting more like living organisms in their interconnectivity and response to occupants’ needs. The “Smart” directive is already very much a part of our future, and subsequently has been adopted by many governments, authorities and organisations. This paradigm shift has led to a notable change in the demand for young professionals to accommodate the rapid market requirements.

This course includes an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry. For more information about Sandwich Placement Opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.

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When you graduate you’ll have a choice of fascinating career options within the tech industry.

With an impressive knowledge of smart systems, big data analytics, mobile and wearable technology, software analysis and development knowledge and technical skills in programming, you’ll be highly desired by local and national IT companies and employers from a range of sectors.

Upon graduation, you’ll be in a good position to apply for a range of jobs within main-line applications development and support (including mobile app development), data management and analysis, decision support systems, general IT systems support roles, core business database development and management, application programming and web development.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including our MSc Cyber Security and MSc Cloud Computing in addition to professional online CISCO CCNA courses.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Software Principles
    Learn the fundamental concepts required to understand, design, implement and test high-level programming languages. We’ll introduce you to a design methodology to help develop linear and hierarchical trains of thought from idea conception through design and implementation to testing. You’ll use a simple interactive programming environment to discover how to create and use a wide variety of different basic and complex data structures. By the end of the module, you’ll be able to analyse a simple set of requirements, design appropriate data structures, select appropriate language syntax to manipulate program data and understand and use syntax for the implementation of conditional logic and repetition. You’ll also be able to create simple scripts, demonstrate familiarity with the taxonomy of programming languages and the software development life- cycle and gain sufficient experience of a range of algorithm design techniques.
  • Web Development
    If you’re anticipating a career in information systems or programming, the knowledge of website construction, whether that is for the internet or a company intranet, is a valuable asset. Our module provides you with the knowledge required to build a standards compliant web site. The website will be a blend of XHTML, Cascading Style Sheet and a scripting language and incorporate media and text elements. You’ll also be expected to submit documentation containing an introduction, descriptions of the purpose and aims of the web site. You’ll choose a subject for the website. The knowledge you’ll gain in this module will form the foundation for further web-based study in areas such as graphic design, user perceptions of the usability and quality of web pages and multimedia/database websites.
  • Basic Maths for Technology
    This module is essential for students who need a solid background in basic mathematical techniques and analysis in order to pursue a degree in technology, physical, life or social sciences, economics or business studies. We'll help you to assess your existing mathematical skills and enable you to remedy any basic deficiencies. You'll develop the core mathematical skills needed for successful study at degree level in science, technology or business studies and also form the base for any further mathematical study later in your degree.

Year two, core modules

  • Cloud Development
    Multi-sensorial web design is central to the production of an engaging site. Although modern development packages may contain all the essential tools needed to achieve this, without understanding the principles of digital design, a web site is unlikely either to impress or deliver. Here, you’ll be involved in the high-level design processes of interactive websites and understand the principles and practice of digital visual design using coding and scripting methods as the delivery technology. You’ll work to a specific brief, interpreting and analysing the original context to shape and inform the design, implementation and production of a web-based multimedia object. Using a suite of commercial-standard development tools and technologies, you’ll apply appropriate theory to the design, specification and creation of a visually cohesive multimedia site. You’ll cover topics such as marketing, site planning and structure, digital layouts, creating design style, navigation models and methods, and metaphors for websites. And you’ll apply key design concepts, principles and elements of visual design to websites, multimedia components and static images to an acceptable commercial standard.
  • Data Security
    Information technology has created a world that is increasingly virtual in nature. Both private individuals and businesses alike suffer the same vulnerabilities in managing access to valuable information that is increasingly being stored remotely. Whilst the public and industry professionals wrestle with the escalating complexity and variation in the ways that information is compromised, we see the emergence of the harnessing of digital insecurities as a weapon on an international stage. You’ll be introduced to some of the key concepts that lie at the heart of information security, but viewed at the more fundamental data level. You’ll be provided with a critical insight into the often misunderstood or poorly defined issues of data security and thereby offered a springboard to the study of information security at level 6. After studying this module you’ll understand how and why the digital data systems we use every day pose such a threat to individuals and businesses, where solutions are possible and where they might prove difficult or impossible. A key issue is the fundamental weakness that humans introduce into the technology. You’re expected to augment the content delivered by lectures with independent study of your own on a weekly (or even daily basis) in order to remain current with developing threats. You’ll write up a dossier of weekly security issues and together with a 1,000 word technical discussion of a particular security vulnerability will form the final assessment making a 3,000 word submission in total.
  • Object Oriented Programming
    Here, you’ll develop your programming skills and enhance your knowledge and skills in best programming practice. You’ll cover the essential aspects of input/output routines, control structures, contiguous data structures, and the devolvement of objects and methods, which will give you a detailed coverage of the object-oriented paradigm. You’ll adopt the computational way of thinking that a software developers use. By the end of the module, you’ll be able to assemble multiclass programs that meet the business requirements set in a specification.
  • Design Methods and Technology Project
    This module is essentially a mini project where you’ll design some artefact, e.g.: electronic hardware, software, multimedia production, website etc. The management of the project is in itself a core element and you’re expected to produce a formal specification using sound design methods, a time plan and progress indicator. You’ll also be expected to produce a number of alternative designs that meet the specification, select the most appropriate design using recognised techniques and carry out design reviews.
  • Data Communications
    You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the techniques used to enable computer systems to receive and transmit digitised information in a manner which suits a variety of applications and highlights the limitations of the method(s) used. You’ll be introduced to the binary representation of real-world data and how that data is communicated over distance using cable or wireless media. Networking and packet switching techniques are introduced and expanded to include the latest forms of baseband and broadband distribution and their current implementations such as DAB, Wireless Internet, 3G, GPRS and modern Ethernet.

Year three, core modules

  • Managing Information
    You'll develop a critical understanding of the problems, opportunities including ethical and legal, faced by organisations in effectively planning, developing and managing information. You'll incorporate strategic management concepts to ensure that IS development supports the business strategy, and progresses through suitable planning methodologies and assessment of ethical and legal considerations to implementation and evaluation (audit). You'll investigates the need for quality assurance standards, quality control of the system(s) and user education. The determining of critical success factors at the planning stage is considered essential to the successful completion and operation of any information system. In order to appreciate the need for methodological approach to planning and managing an information system the reasons for systems failure is investigated through case studies. In tutorial sessions you'll focus on facets of information strategy.


We’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, you’ll undertake coursework, lab tests, group work, presentations, case studies and log books.

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?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

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


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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

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