School of Computer Science

BSc Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership (Vodafone) - 2021

Final Award BSc
Programme TitleComputer Science with Digital Technology Partnership (Vodafone)
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code893C
Length of Programme4 years
Total Credits480
UCAS CodeG403
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

Within the context of the general Learning & Teaching Aims of the School, this four-year single honours degree programme aims to provide:

1. A solid foundation for a career or further study in computing.

2. Thorough coverage of the core areas of computer science.

3. A solid grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary developments in computer science.

4. A solid grounding in practical software development skills.

5. A curiosity-driven programme offering an extensive choice of advanced and specialist options in the final year.

Students without A-Level computing will be given guided personal tutorials in their first year to support their understanding of 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.

In addition to the placement year, students will also complete two 10 week summer placements during year 1 and 2 of the programme.

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.

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 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.

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.

Current management and business practices, theories and models and apply these to real world challenges.

Transferable Skills


  • Pre-requisites: Some of the modules in the option blocks are prerequisites for options available in the final year, so that choices need to be considered across both years.
  • Module Failure: The Syllabus web page for every module defines the resit rules if they are different from the first attempt -- follow the links under the module code.
  • Progress Decisions: Please refer to the University Regulations for further information on assessment, progression and awards.
  • Optional Modules: Not all options may be available in any particular year. Some option combinations are only available if the timetable permits. As students may have to make preliminary option choices before timetables are available, changes may be needed later if there are clashes. In selecting options, students are responsible for checking pre-requisite and co-requisite information requirements.
  • Degree Classification: Refer to the University Regulations for further information on the general rules governing degree classification.
  • Accreditation: 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.
  • Study Abroad: See the University webpages for Degrees with Study Abroad.