Courses and structure
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you're a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 courses in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 courses in your final year.
A standard course is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half courses or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or Major Project.
First year courses get you developing real world software from the very beginning. You will learn technical programming and web development skills while at the same time working in teams to develop complete software products.
You will develop web and mobile apps that fulfill the needs of you target market, ranging from a website for a local business to an iPhone app advertising a fantasy virtual band. You will be encouraged to work independently and think creatively about your target market and how to design software for them.
In the second term, you will undertake the Computing in Business module that focuses both on business and technical aspects of Business Computing by analysing the technologies used, and business theories applied, by successful businesses across the world.
Courses in the second year deepen your technical abilities with courses on advanced programming, mobile development and databases, but also introduce you to practical entrepreneurship skills. You will deepen your real world development skills with a large scale project developed as a team in an environment that mirrors industry practices.
Our degrees include an optional business placement year between the second and final year of study. Although we encourage you to take the opportunity of a placement year, you can also complete your degree in a straight three years.
Your final year will prepare you for a major project, in which you apply your technological and business skills to solve real-world problems in innovative and practical ways. You will learn project management together with specialist computing topics from a range of optional courses. You will then undertake your final major project in which you will develop a business plan for a software or hardware product and then go on to implement that product.
Assessment Modular: assignments, tests, laboratory exercises, exams, final year project. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement ‘with work experience' on your degree certificate.