School of Computer Science

BSc Computer Science with an Industrial Year - 2012

Final Award BSc
Programme TitleComputer Science with an Industrial Year
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code9499
Length of Programme4 years
Total Credits480
UCAS CodeG401
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
Designed for accreditation by BCS
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

  • A curiosity-driven programme offering a choice of options in the second year and an extensive choice of advanced and specialist options in the final year.
  • Flexibility to change programmes after the first year, to the MEng in Computer Science / Software Engineering or the BSc Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science.
  • The vocational aspect of an honours degree in Computer Science is considerably enhanced when students are able to augment their academic study by working in a commercial environment. The integration of an industrial placement of one year's duration in the programme aims to provide the opportunity for a student to: (1) understand how theoretical and academic work completed within the university environment relates to its practical application in the work place; (2) learn how computing professionals operate within a commercial organisation; (3) improve his or her skills of organisation, time management and record keeping over a significant period of work; (4) undertake technical project work in a commercial environment.

Programme Outcomes and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies

Knowledge and Understanding

  • The role of computing professionals within a company and the interactions that normally take place with other disciplines.
  • The application of technical knowledge in a commercial context at an appropriate level for the student's qualifications.
  • The standard of professional presentation and reporting skills required in industry and commerce.

Skills & Other Attributes

  • The ability to work as a computing professional in a commercial environment, demonstrating a professional and responsible attitude.

Transferable Skills

  • The ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.