School of Computer Science

BSc Computer Science with Study Abroad - 2010

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
Designed for accreditation by BCS
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.