MSci Computer Science with an Industrial Year - 2013
|Programme Title||Computer Science with an Industrial Year|
|School/Department||School of Computer Science|
|Length of Programme||5 years|
|Awarding Institution||The University of Birmingham|
|Designed for accreditation by||BCS|
|QAA Benchmarking Groups||Computing|
Educational Aims Of Programme
- 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 and fourth year.
- A basis for a career as a computer science professional, 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.
- 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.
- A curiosity-driven programme offering a choice of options in the second year and an extensive choice of advanced and specialist options from our specialised Masters programmes in the third and fourth year.
- Flexibility to change programmes after the first year, e.g. to the BSc in Computer Science or the MEng in Computer Science/Software Engineering.
- 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 s duration in the programme aims to provide the opportunity for a student to:
- Understand how theoretical and academic work completed within the university environment relates to its practical application in the work place.
- Learn how computing professionals operate within a commercial organisation.
- Improve his or her skills of organisation, time management and record keeping over a significant period of work.
- Undertake technical project work in a commercial environment.
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.
- Current problems and issues at the forefront of Computing including an awareness of emerging technology.
- 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 apply the knowledge and understanding noted above to the analysis of a large given information handling problem.
- The ability to specify, design and construct high quality computer-based systems in a professional manner, using appropriate tools, and to document all stages of this process.
- The ability to evaluate critically and apply areas of current research and advanced scholarship in computer science.
- A professional software engineering ethos, and a responsible, ethical and open-minded attitude to their work.
- The ability to work as a computing professional in a commercial environment, demonstrating a professional and responsible attitude.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.