School of Computer Science

BSc Computer Science with Study Abroad - 2016

Final Award BSc
Programme TitleComputer Science with Study Abroad
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code5571
Length of Programme4 years
Total Credits480
UCAS CodeG400
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

  • A solid foundation for a career or further study in computing/IT.
  • Thorough coverage of the core areas of computer science.
  • A solid grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary developments in computer science.
  • A solid grounding in practical software development skills.
  • A curiosity-driven programme offering a choice of options in the second year and an extensive choice of advanced and specialist options in the third year.
  • Flexibility to change programmes after the first year, to the BEng/MEng in Computer Science / Software Engineering or the BSc in Computer Science / Software Engineering with Business Studies.

Programme Outcomes and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies

Knowledge and Understanding

  • The essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to Computing and computer applications as appropriate to the topics covered in the programme.
  • Appropriate theory, practices and tools for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based systems.

Skills & Other Attributes

  • The ability to apply the knowledge and understanding noted above to the analysis of a given information handling problem.
  • The ability to specify, design and construct computer-based systems, using appropriate tools, and to document all stages of this process.
  • The ability to evaluate computer-based systems in relation to a given information handling problem.
  • A professional software engineering ethos, and a responsible, ethical and open-minded attitude to their work.

Transferable Skills

  • The ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.
  • The ability to use and apply general IT facilities, including those required for effective information-retrieval.
  • Numeracy, in both understanding and presenting cases involving quantitative or similar formal, symbolic dimensions.
  • Management of learning and development, including time management, organizational skills, and the ability to pursue independently further professional development.

Footnotes

  • Programme Year Requirements: Students with a C or better in Mathematics at A-level (or equivalent as approved by the School) must choose one 20 credit or two 10 credit modules from the list of 'modules from outside the main discipline' (MOMDs), excluding modules provided by this School. Students without this level of mathematics must take the 20 credit mathematics module. Those required to take this module should note that it must be passed to allow progression to Year 2.
  • Pre-requisites: Some of the modules in the option block are prerequisites for options available in the final year, so that choices need to be considered across both years.
  • Module Failure: The Syllabus web page for every module defines the resit rules if they are different from the first attempt -- follow the links under the module code.
  • Language Modules: Language modules (at Level 2 or above) may only be chosen in order to continue study of a language successfully passed in Year 1.
  • Progress Decisions: Please refer to Section 7 of the University Regulations for further information on assessment, progression and awards.
  • Study Abroad: See also the web page for Degrees with Study Abroad.
  • Optional Modules: Not all options may be available in any particular year. Some option combinations are only available if the timetable permits. As students may have to make preliminary option choices before timetables are available, changes may be needed later if there are clashes. In selecting options, students need to pay attention to pre- and co-requisites.
  • Language Modules: Language modules (at Level 3 or above) may only be chosen in order to continue study of a language successfully passed in Year 2.
  • Degree Classification: Refer to the University Regulations for further information on the general rules governing degree classification. It is a specific requirement of this programme that students pass the Computer Science Project in order to be awarded an Honours Degree.
  • Accreditation: 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.