• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

Do you have a strong interest in technology, gadgets and computers? Would you like to be at the forefront of technological developments in your future career? Do you like to take an analytical approach to problem solving? If so, then this course is for you.  You will be given the opportunity to gain experience in the underpinning technical skills you need to start a challenging and dynamic career in computing.

Computer Systems Development

This degree has a broad scope and covers the main areas within the broad field of computing. You'll also learn key industrial skills that are transferrable within technology based careers. During your time with us, you'll learn about all crucial aspects of computer system and software development including analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance.

This hands on course will see you master the art of computer programming using core languages such as: Java, C# and C++. You'll cover the full systems implementation cycle. This will be done using industrial standard tools and techniques including Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools and through advanced development methods.

Developing skills for a career in IT

Our programme balances theory and practice in computing systems and software engineering. This course provides a strong foundation and offers the opportunity to specialise in various computing branches of the industry. Students focus on their areas of specialist interest by choice of options and through an individual project in the final year.  Thus enabling you to move forward into a number of sector career paths such as Software Developer, System Development, Mobile Development, Networking & Security, Database Management, IT support and Research.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: G400

From analysis and design, through to database theory, networking, object-orientated programming, mobile computing and web-development, the BSc (Hons) Computing course at Bucks offers a strong understanding of current computing applications, design and development. Students will develop a full-range of system development skills including maintenance and quality assurance as well as acquiring a variety of transferable skills for industry.

A wealth of experience

We have a strong computing department at the University, with an experienced team of dedicated academics and professionals delivering industry-relevant courses in a suite of well-equipped computer labs.

The computing curriculum is aligned with key elements of recognised professional certification* programmes. The course has been developed with input from major industry leaders such as Microsoft, Oracle, HP and Cisco. This is to maximise opportunities for graduates when entering the jobs market. (*Full accreditation is via self-funded examinations)

Flexibility

The first year contains common modules with other degrees offered by the Department of Computing. This adds a considerable amount of flexibility to the programme, providing students with the opportunity to change to an area that matches any specific interests you develop as the course progresses.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 3: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Year 1

95 percent coursework 5 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Year 2

85 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Year 3

90 percent coursework 5 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Application Programming
  • Business Modelling
  • Computer Architectures
  • Digital Technologies and Professional Practice
  • Networking
  • Programming Concepts
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Web Development

Year 2 Modules

  • Database Design
  • Intro to Intelligent Systems (Team Project)
  • Mobile Systems
  • Network Systems
  • Object Oriented Systems Development
  • Open Source Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Applications

Year 3 Modules

  • Advanced Mobile Systems (optional)
  • Advanced Programming
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Database Development (optional)
  • Database Technologies (optional)
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Knowledge-Based Systems in A.I. (optional)
  • Learning Machines and Intelligent Agents (optional)
  • Network Security
  • Project
  • Quality Assurance and Testing

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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Employability

What are my career prospects

Being able to contribute to the analysis, design, creation and management of information systems and software, graduates will find a variety of exciting and dynamic career paths open to them. You will be qualified to work in software development, systems analysis, corporate or Government IT, database administration, web system development, system support, network engineering and research. You may also enjoy a career in the vibrant and growing area of Mobile and Cloud Computing.

How will you help me prepare for my future?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We encourage our students to gain sector experience whilst studying and actively look for clients for their project work. Which provide them with the opportunity to develop their skills in a work base setting. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more confident of your discipline expertise, ready for your exciting future within the growing computing world.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.