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For a full-time 3 year Honours Degree, students will study 18 modules, 6 in each of 3 years for a full-time student. Part-time students will study no more than 4 modules per year. If the student has had previous study at an appropriate level, they may be entitled to APL (Accreditation for Prior Learning). Each module has a level rating, ranging from 4-6, roughly corresponding to Years 1-3 of your Degree.
Each module is a self-contained block of learning with defined aims, learning outcomes and assessment. A standard module is worth 20 credits. It equates to the learning activity expected from one sixth of a full-time undergraduate year. Modules may be delivered 10, 20 or 40 credit modules.
To obtain an Honours Degree, the student must pass 18 modules at Level 4 or above, with at least 12 at Level 5 or 6, including at least 5 at Level 6. The double module project will provide 2 of the Level 6 modules.
It is a good idea to take a year out in industry – a placement – between the second and final year. This is optional, but will give the student valuable work experience that will make them stand out when you are looking for a career. During the second year, we will provide help and advice on seeking a placement from the Program Leader, but we cannot guarantee a suitable placement. As the student will be treated as a normal paid employee, they will have to apply for and undergo the normal company admissions process to obtain a placement. Placements can be anywhere in the UK or even abroad.
The Programme Specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate the full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
The course offers a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical classes to help students learn. These are supported by material on a virtual learning environment (VLE). Students will need to supplement the classes with reading and practical work in their own time. Each of the methods can be very effective if made proper use of.
In lectures, the lecturer presents and explains concepts. In practicals, students you will usually use worksheets to guide through computer-based work. Tutorials are often based on worksheets and small or whole group discussion.
Most first year modules in Computing involve three hours of class contact, a one-hour lecture and two hours of tutorial or practical. Students normally have 16 hours per week of class contact in Year 1 and should work for at least that long outside of class, giving a working week of 36 hours on average.
Most second and third year modules have a lecture and either one or two hours of tutorials or practicals. Students should work for around twice that long outside of class as part of your working week of 36 hours.
Students will also have 1 hour a week tutorial time with the Program Leader to discuss any issues or gain additional support if required.
When not attending timetabled sessions 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, undertaking research in the hub/library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the VLE and the computer rooms. Students will have assignments and directed work from practicals or tutorials as well as reading and adding to notes from the lectures. However, students are expected to find and read other relevant information. Computing is a very practical subject and there is always more practical work that you can do to develop skills.
This is the first year for full-timers (FT). You need to pass 6 modules to be ‘stage one complete’. Most modules are common across the computing courses. In the first year, you will study the following Level 4 modules:
Level 4 Modules
The Computing Challenge
Introduction to Networking
Introduction to Programming
Systems Analysis & Database Design
Computer Systems and Security
The first year is a ‘common first year’ and is designed to give you a broad understanding of computing so you can select from a range of options in Years 2 and 3.
Programming is obviously central to Computing and the Interactive Applications module allows you to apply programming skills to the development of web-based interactive programs as well as introducing user interface issues.
Systems Analysis and Database Design studies the problems of obtaining requirements, designing systems and implementing databases, which are an essential component of many complex software applications.
Such complex applications are often distributed, relying on the data communications technology covered in Introduction to Networking. Software engineers must be able to develop secure systems, which require an understanding of computer technology and human factors explored in Computer Systems and Security. Interactive Applications explores user interface design and introduces implementation using web and mobile technology.
The Computing Challenge introduces teamwork and presentation skills, which help you to work on projects and to interact with managers and clients.
This is the rest of your course, and comprises Level 5 and 6 modules. Honours degree classifications are based on 12 stage 2 modules and Ordinary degrees are based on 10 stage 2 modules. The regulations define the formula to calculate your APM (average percentage mark) used to determine the Honours classification.
Level 5 Modules
The Agile Professional
Human Computer Interaction
Internet Application Development
Level 6 Modules
Object Orientated Methods in Computing
Wireless & Mobile Networking
Systems Requirements & Modelling
Games for the Internet
Given the practical and vocational nature of computing courses, there is an emphasis on practical assessment. Students will sit examinations, but will also be assessed on the sort of tasks you might have to perform in industry including communication skills and team work. As a result, progress will be monitored in a variety of ways.
All modules have some coursework assessment. This may take the form of a report or program to write, a system to analyse or design, or a presentation to give. We usually expect students to document the program, justify design decisions and evaluate the quality of the program. They should read the assessment criteria in the assignment specification carefully. We assess work considering industry standards and professional norms. If students work to our criteria, they will learn how to become an effective, respected computing professional.
Many modules have an examination at the end. Some of these examinations may be "open-book" examinations where students are allowed to take notes and/or books into the examination. Others are more traditional examinations, although some of these may be based around a case study that is issued before the examination. The overall mark for each module is calculated as a weighted average of the coursework and examination marks. The details are given in the module descriptor held on our VLE.
Percentage of course assessed by coursework/exam
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on the type of modules undertaken. The percentage breakdown for each year of the full-time course as follows:
Year 1: 77% Coursework 8% Practical 15% Written exams
Year 2: 84% Coursework 8% Practical 8% Written Examination
Year 3: 83% Coursework 17% Written Examination
This is further detailed in the UCLan Academic Regulations.
You will receive feedback on all practical assessments and on formal assessments by coursework via an online submission system (Turnitin). Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and are you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. Tutors will give you formal feedback on assignments to help students do better on other assessments, but more importantly for future career, to show how you can improve your performance on similar tasks in the future. By acting on the feedback from the lecturer, students will develop competence and understanding. Students will also get a lot of informal feedback on your performance in class, particularly during practical classes.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of the submission date.
All modules need to be passed with a Pass Mark 40% (average of all components),
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
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112 UCAS tariff points at A2 or BTEC National Diploma (Distinction Merit Merit)
5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or C or above including Maths and English.
Students whose first language is not English must achieve an IELTS 6.0 (with no component score less than 5.)
Qualifications equivalent to the above are accepted
Fees and funding
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