School of Computer Science

BSc Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science with an Industrial Year - 2014

Final Award BSc
Programme TitleArtificial Intelligence & Computer Science with an Industrial Year
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code9502
Length of Programme4 years
Total Credits480
UCAS CodeGG47
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, including areas involving Artificial Intelligence.
  • Coverage of the core areas of Artificial Intelligence and general computer science.
  • A solid grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary developments in Artificial Intelligence and general computer science.
  • A solid grounding in practical software development skills, including those appropriate to Artificial Intelligence applications.
  • A choice of options in the second year and a wide choice of advanced and specialist options in the final year, covering both Artificial Intelligence and general 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 essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to Computing and Artificial Intelligence and their 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, particularly those with an Artificial Intelligence orientation.
  • 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 given information handling or Artificial Intelligence related 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 or Artificial Intelligence related problem.
  • A responsible, ethical and open-minded attitude to their work and an understanding of the scope of Artificial Intelligence approaches.
  • 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.
  • 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.