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Programme Specification for the MEng in Computer Science/Software Engineering

NOTE: This is a formal specification for the degree programme. If you are not yet a student in the School, you will find more appropriate information on the Undergraduate Admissions pages.

Final Award MEng
Interim Awards None
Programme Title Computer Science/Software Engineering
School/Department School of Computer Science
Banner Code 4754
Mode(s) of Study Full-time
Length of Programme 4 years
Total Credits 480
UCAS Code GG46
Awarding Institution The University of Birmingham
Teaching Institution The University of Birmingham
Designed for accreditation by British Computer Society, Institute of Engineering and Technology (formerly Institute of Electrical Engineering) [See Footnote 2]
QAA Benchmarking Groups Computing
Completed by Dr P Coxhead
Date 3 Aug 2006
Educational Aims of Programme

Within the context of the general Learning & Teaching Aims of the School, this four-year single honours degree programme aims to provide:

  1. Thorough coverage of the core areas of computer science, with a systematic grounding both in its theoretical underpinnings and in practical software development, through a focussed programme offering an extensive choice of advanced and specialist options in the third year.
  2. Flexibility to change programmes after the first year, e.g. to the BSc in Computer Science, or to transfer to the BEng degree of the same name after the second year.
  3. A basis for a career as a software engineer, producing graduates who are equipped to work effectively in a professional capacity, with transferable skills in numeracy, problem-solving, team working and general communication and information technology.
  4. A solid foundation for advanced study in computing/IT, producing graduates who are self-motivating and are able to take responsibility for their continuing personal and professional development
  5. An accredited degree satisfying the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
Reference Points used to inform Programme Outcomes
Computing Benchmarking Statement, UK-SPEC, Requirements of Accrediting Bodies, the University and School Teaching and Learning Strategies.
Special features of the Programme
None.

 

Programme Outcomes and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies

Knowledge & Understanding

Ref A. Students are expected to have knowledge and understanding of... Teaching, Learning & Assessment Strategies to enable outcome to be achieved and demonstrated
Learning & Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Mathematical, theoretical, scientific and engineering principles and methodologies relating to Computing and computer applications, for use in the analysis and solution of Computing problems and to enable appreciation and understanding of their context and of historical, current and future developments and technologies. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Independent study Examinations, Coursework
2 Appropriate theory, practices and tools for the analysis and evaluation of computer-based systems and their components, including appropriate analytical and quantitative methods and modelling techniques. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Independent study Examinations, Coursework, Reports
3 The context of the development of computer-based systems, including commercial and economic aspects, management techniques, relevant legal requirements, professional and ethical issues and the need to promote sustainable development. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Independent study Examinations, Coursework, Reports
4 Current problems and issues at the forefront of Computing/software engineering, including an awareness of emerging technology. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Independent study Examinations, Coursework

Skills & Other Attributes

Ref B. Students are expected to have attained the following skills and other attributes: Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies to enable outcome to be achieved and demonstrated
Learning & Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 The ability to analyse, specify, design and construct computer-based systems, by:
  • applying the knowledge and understanding noted above
  • using appropriate information sources to obtain further information where required
  • identifying and understanding a range of relevant issues (e.g. environmental issues, risks, customer and user needs, cost drivers, fitness for purpose)
  • showing creativity and innovation where appropriate
  • making use of appropriate tools
  • documenting all stages of the process
  • employing appropriate management techniques throughout
  • evaluating the outcomes.
Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Projects, Independent study Examinations, Coursework, Reports
2 A professional software engineering ethos, showing commitment to quality, understanding and respecting appropriate legal frameworks, codes of practice and standards, with a responsible, ethical and open-minded attitude to their work. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Projects, Independent study Coursework, Reports, Examinations, Presentations
3 The ability to critically evaluate and apply areas of current research and advanced scholarship in Computing/software engineering. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Independent study Examinations, Coursework, Reports
4 The ability to construct high quality computer-based systems in a professional manner, based on a thorough understanding of design processes and methodologies and of their contexts. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Independent study Examinations, Coursework, Reports
(transferable skills)
5 The ability to work both independently and as an effective team member. Practical work, Projects, Independent study Coursework, Reports, Presentations
6 The ability to use and apply general IT facilities, including those required for effective information-retrieval. Practical work, Projects Coursework, Reports, Presentations
7 Numeracy, in both understanding and presenting cases involving quantitative or similar formal, symbolic dimensions. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Projects, Independent study Coursework, Reports, Presentations, Examinations
8 Management of learning and development, including time management, organizational skills, and the ability to pursue independently further professional development. Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Projects, Independent study Coursework, Reports, Presentations

Footnotes

  1. The Learning & Teaching and Assessment Methods above are not intended to be exclusive, but to indicate the main methods in use. Module Descriptions contain more detail.
  2. Whether to award accreditation is a decision made from time to time by a professional body according to criteria which are then current; hence there is no guarantee that the programme will actually be accredited for any particular year of entry by any particular professional body.

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