School of Computer Science

MSc Computer Science - 2014

Final Award MSc
Interim Award PGDip
Programme TitleComputer Science
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code0008
Length of Programme1 years
Total Credits180
UCAS CodeNone
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

  • A solid foundation for a career or further study in computing/IT.
  • 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 choice of options to reflect the student's interests and first degree.

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.
  • An understanding of commercial software engineering and a responsible, ethical and open-minded attitude to their work.

Transferable Skills

  • The ability to work independently on a substantial software project 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 development of their IT education.

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.