School of Computer Science

MSci Computer Science - 2014

Final Award MSci
Programme TitleComputer Science
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code4443
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

  • 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.

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.

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.

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

  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.
  2. 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.