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Computing BSc (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

G404

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich or study abroad

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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Overview

Did you grow up embracing the digital age? Always been keen on playing computers? Computer degrees can turn your enthusiasm into a career.

The uptake of digital technology in society has greatly increased our need for interactive computing devices – now an intrinsic part of everyday life for anything and everything from entertainment and education to healthcare, work and transport.

Accredited by the British Computer Society, this course focuses on applying computing concepts, such as web technologies and mobile computing systems, with a focus on software development design, as well as usability and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Whereas our undergraduate Computer Science course mainly concentrates on the theoretical aspects of Computer Science.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Computer Society

Accredited by the British Computer Society and fully meeting the academic requirements to become a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) and partially meets the educational requirements for Chartered Scientist (CSi) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration upon graduation.

What our alumni say

My work placement at Microsoft was so successful that I was offered employment on their graduate scheme.

Jonathan Lickiss, BSc (Hons) Computing, graduated with first in 2012, now Product Marketing Manager, Surface and Lumia, at Microsoft

Course information

Our professionally accredited Computing degree is designed to produce graduates with a high level of knowledge across a variety of computing technologies.

You will learn the core elements of computing, such as programming, algorithms, operating systems, computer architecture, enterprise information systems, databases and data retrieval, as well as robotics, usability, human computer interaction (HCI) and software development methods. Advanced topics such as artificial intelligence and pervasive computing provide you with a wide-range of computing knowledge and a complete skillset.

100%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of study covers the fundamentals of computing and computer principles including mathematics, programming, computer architecture, usability and information systems.

Modules

  • Introduction to computing

  • Computer architecture and networks

  • Mathematics for computing

  • Designing for usability 1

  • Enterprise information systems

  • Introduction to algorithms

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

These fundamentals can then be applied to larger scoped problems within the computing discipline in Year Two. You may find yourself tasked with analysing big datasets, designing complete and functioning systems and developing creatively designed mobile apps.

As well as the technical focus, the course contains content which allows you to explore the social, ethical and professional aspects of computing and its relationship to work and society.

Modules

  • Programming, Algorithms and Data structures

  • Data information and retrieval

  • Computing and its Legal, Social and Ethical context

  • Designing for usability 2

  • Developing the modern web 1

  • Real world project 20

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution.

Modules

  • Optional placement

  • Study abroad

Overview

In your final year, you can select two optional modules from a range of technical computing disciplines, giving you the opportunity to specialise in topics, such as open-source software development. This will enable you to shape your learning to your career aspirations and allow you to study topics you are interested in.

Modules

  • Developing the modern web 2

  • Individual project

  • Agile development

  • Optional modules

    2 from the following:

    • Interactive pervasive computing
    • Intelligent agents
    • Mobile application development
    • Open source development

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Fully meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and provides partial fulfilment for Chartered Scientist and Chartered Engineer.
  • Excellent track record in employability – with 93% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) and 80% of those employed in professional level roles.
  • Regular guest lecturers from employers and researchers who specialise in different areas of computer science, which have included Npower, Vodafone and IBM.
  • Regular guest lectures from employers and researchers who specialise in different areas of the computer science for building a professional network.
  • The Annual New Wizards event provides students with the opportunity to present their work to other students, staff and employers. From the event, students gain placements and permanent jobs.
  • Large range of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree in the final year to specialise in topics such as mobile application development, pervasive systems and open source software development.
  • Support applying for short and long-term placements with a technology company to gain the experience employers desire. Past students have worked for Microsoft UK Ltd, Intel, Accenture as well as a range of medium sized companies in web, media and the creative industries.

Free access to Microsoft software for study and development as part of the Microsoft Academy scheme.

Our main study themes are:

  • Computing: You will learn the underlying concepts and algorithms which enables you to apply whatever programming techniques that appropriate for the problem encountered. You will develop core skills in programming by learning and applying syntax, problem-solving strategies, and theories common to most programming languages. We also examine professional practices associated with the industry, including key software development concepts such as testing code, version control, functional decomposition and event driven programming, as well as how to interact with non-technical users and clients.

  • Computer architecture and networks: Provides a broad overview of computer architecture, including the origin, structure and use of fundamental components of a computer. You will be guided in investigating operating systems from a historical perspective, reviewing the development of the operating system over time as computers became more complex and diverse. We will then explore practical and theoretical aspects of computer hardware and software, as well as fundamental concepts of networking and the internet.

  • Designing for usability: We look at increasingly challenging communication, interface and application design problems. You will be encouraged to respond creatively to the challenges through the techniques of participatory design, role play, domain integration and domain hopping, rapid prototype evaluation and contextual, task and user modelling. We aim to enhance your awareness of creative generative techniques within a framework of user centred design methods and usability evaluation. You will assess technologies, applications and development methods as a ‘toolkit’ for the generation of design solutions.

  • Enterprise information systems: We focus on information systems, people, software, hardware, data and communication technologies and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage for business. You will be introduced to the methodology and techniques of IS/IT strategy and modelling tools and techniques. You will gain a practical introduction to the information systems development process, its constituent stages and associated techniques and tools.

  • Data and information and retrieval: You will learn to identify the database approach that best reflects the application and the use of a variety of data analytic approaches.

The programme can be studied full-time over three years of study with the option of extending this to four years, by taking a sandwich year in the form of an industrial training placement or study abroad between Year Two and Year Three. 

We strongly encourage you to spend a year on industrial training and will provide assistance to help you find an appropriate placement. In the past, students have worked in many roles for some of the most prestigious companies in the world such as Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar and IBM in addition to local start-ups and up and coming companies in the field.

Throughout the course, you will not only benefit from our application driven teaching approach, but will also have access to the most modern teaching tools, using learning techniques such as flipped classroom where you will prepare in advance by researching a particular topic or challenge, such as the research you conduct for your final year project which opens the door to graduate degrees and provides you with specialist knowledge to take into the work place. 

You will be given lots of opportunities to work with new technology to help develop new design solutions, in the classroom and on real-life projects, where you will work with staff on real-world computing and design problems as you would in commercial, professional or research practice. This means that you can develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree. In the past, projects have included game development, designing usable real-world portals and live applications which have been published in app stores. 

We organise a wide range of optional field trips, in the UK or abroad, with past students visiting Bletchley Park, the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War II, and the Internet of Thing Expo in London. 

Meet our staff

Dr. Reda Al Bodour

Reda Al Bodour is an associate head of school and lecturer in computer science.

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The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. You need to achieve an average of 40% or above to pass each module; marks of 70% or above are classified as ‘First Class’.
Assessment methods vary and include written practical reports, course work, problem-solving, project reports, presentations, essays, workshops, laboratory reports, phase tests, seminars, examinations and portfolios.

The course work and exam spilt varies within different modules. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, essays, project and group work: 50%
  • Practical exams eg. presentations, tests 25%
  • Formal examinations: 25%

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Science (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

25% assessed by exams

On successful completion, you should be equipped with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying technology, design methods and programming languages required to practice as an IT professional.
  • Appreciate the cultural, commercial, ethical and professional issues connected with the IT industry and professional practice within it.
  • Demonstrate awareness of emergent technologies and techniques in the wider computing domain, such as distributed resources, big data and application development.
  • Apply appropriate problem-solving techniques and design protocols to computing requirements or issues.
  • Research the concept, design and development of a product in the computing domain, providing relevant and useful conclusions in the evaluation of the implementation.

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials and, later, individual project supervision, each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of practical laboratory classes each week
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 23 hours of self-directed study each week eg. guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

We provide our students with ample international experience opportunities. If you have a desire to travel, there are opportunities to apply to study abroad with past students collaborating with students from some of the best institutions from around the world. For example, we have an established exchange programme in which Finnish and Coventry University students collaborate together both here in Coventry and in Helsinki, Finland.

We run a range of UK, European and international field trips, which have previously included destinations such as Spain, Poland and Estonia. Recently, a group of students participated in a two-week fieldtrip to the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) in Gunhdzhou, China, to collaborate with fellow Chinese students to deliver a project called City Compass, which resulted in delivering multiple apps that explore the cultural, culinary, touristic and historical aspects of a particular city.

The opportunity for a sandwich placement means we will also support you in finding an internship anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience, with the list of possible options, destinations and opportunities growing every year. Past students have gone to work in countries as far afield as the USA, Spain, Germany and Cyprus.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

My work placement at Microsoft was so successful that I was offered employment on their graduate scheme.

Jonathan Lickiss, BSc (Hons) Computing, graduated with first in 2012, now Product Marketing Manager, Surface and Lumia, at Microsoft

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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What our alumni say

My work placement at Microsoft was so successful that I was offered employment on their graduate scheme.

Jonathan Lickiss, BSc (Hons) Computing, graduated with first in 2012, now Product Marketing Manager, Surface and Lumia, at Microsoft

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,104 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our alumni say

My work placement at Microsoft was so successful that I was offered employment on their graduate scheme.

Jonathan Lickiss, BSc (Hons) Computing, graduated with first in 2012, now Product Marketing Manager, Surface and Lumia, at Microsoft

Career prospects

The practical nature of our course places an emphasis on your future employability, developing a wide range of technical, analytical, design and professional skills, many of which are gained from placement experiences.

This, coupled with the breadth of the subject domain, means you will be well positioned for a range of employment opportunities including software development, database/systems administration, mobile application development, web development and user centred design to name a few.

You could be employed in a wide variety of roles in business or industry, including as a programmer, web developer, user experience specialist, IT business analyst or data warehouse manager. 

We have an outstanding track record in employability with 93% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15). Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will help you in finding work experience while you study and employment on graduation. Our placement programme is open to every student joining us, including international students, at no extra cost. Graduates have also used their qualifications to progress into teaching careers, as well as postgraduate study to obtain MSc, MPhil and PhD qualifications.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

22

Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

My work placement at Microsoft was so successful that I was offered employment on their graduate scheme.

Jonathan Lickiss, BSc (Hons) Computing, graduated with first in 2012, now Product Marketing Manager, Surface and Lumia, at Microsoft
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.