- Liberty IT
- Whitehat Security
- Applications Security Specialist
- Graduate Software Engineer
- Software Developer
- Technical Analyst
- Web Developer
Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus. Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more
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This course is offered at the Jordanstown campus by the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment . The course provides an education in software engineering, supported by fundamental topics in computing science, equipping its graduates to apply best-practice software engineering skills to the development of a wide range of information systems in organisations. The course includes systematic study of the theory and principles of programming and software engineering, computer hardware and software technologies, and the role of computing systems in organisations.
The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’. This course will be ‘refreshed’ during the 2017/18 academic year, with changes put in place for students entering from September 2018. For the most up-to-date course/ module information, please contact the Course Director:Dr Nicola Ayre.
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About this course
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The course structure is centred on three broad themes: programming and software engineering, hardware and software technologies, and computing in organisations. Years 1 and 2 consist of a set of modules addressing these themes, enabling students to achieve the basic competencies in software development and equipping them for a period of professional practice.
You undertake six modules in Year 1 covering subjects such as programming, mathematics for computing, databases, computer technologies, academic skills for computing and professional awareness. In Year 2, further core modules extend your skills in programming and software development and introduce topics relevant to professional software engineering. In Year 3 you undertake a year's work experience, in the UK, Ireland or Europe.
You return to the University in Year 4 for a final year of academic study which consists of four compulsory modules and two optional modules. The compulsory modules reflect the core theme of the course at an advanced level. Optional modules in areas such as artificial intelligence, healthcare technologies and network technologies are available. You also undertake a major project which involves the analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation of the solution to a substantial software-related problem.
Why study Software Engineering?
Computing pervades every aspect of our day to day lives from the gadgets in our homes, our workplaces to our mobile phones. Industry needs dynamic, enthusiastic graduates with interests across the software engineering spectrum.
What types of jobs are available?
Given the variety of applications of computing, there are jobs available in numerous fields for example: software development, education, manufacturing and healthcare.
Do I need to have studied Computing Science or ICT at school or college?
A discipline with such diversity requires students with a variety of interests and backgrounds therefore you do not need to have studied Computing Science or ICT however, we will look for evidence of a passion and enthusiasm for this dynamic, fast-moving discipline.
Diploma in Professional Practice DPP
Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS
Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI
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Four years including placement.
New students are expected to attend a pre-semester induction. Years 1, 2 and 4 of the course are delivered over two taught semesters (September to May) with a supplementary assessment period over the summer. Year 3 students are expected to undertake a placement working for a company, typically over a calendar year.
- September 2019
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Computer programming is a fundamental skill expected of computing graduates. This module will introduce students to the foundational concepts of programming that will be used as building blocks in future modules. Students will also develop and enhance their problem solving skills as an integral part of the module.
Programming II (Java)
Computer programming is a fundamental skill expected of computing graduates. This module will introduce students to the object oriented concepts of programming that will be used as building blocks in future modules. Students will also develop and enhance their problem solving skills as an integral part of the module.
Database management is a fundamental skill expected of Computing graduates. This module will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of database design, implementation, querying and management of relational database systems.
Interactive Web Authoring
This module will introduce the design principles, structural elements and technical concepts that underpin web authoring. Understanding of these concepts will be reinforced by action research into exemplar websites. Application of the technical concepts will be facilitated through the use of web authoring tools in practical sessions to enhance the technical skills for the creation and styling of interactive Websites.
The principal aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the underlying systems that support the applications software. The theoretical concepts covered are illustrated by considering their practical application in modern real-world solutions.
This module will introduce students to the basic hardware components from which a computer system is constructed and the organisation of these components. The components of the computer system that are involved in the execution of a software program will be investigated, as will the main features of typical operating systems. The students will also gain an appreciation of the evolution of computer systems and will be introduced to problem solving using a digital logic and computer arithmetic.
The principal aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the underlying systems which
support networks. The theoretical concepts covered are illustrated by considering their practical application in modern real-world solutions.
This module is intended to support students in developing the broad professional awareness necessary for seeking and obtaining employment.
The principal aim of this module is to provide an understanding of computing systems security concerns and how they can be addressed and mitigated so that security considerations are taken into account, and embedded in organisations and IT projects planning and management.
Mathematics for Computing
This module provides an introduction to the core areas of discrete mathematics that form the foundation of computer science, and that are used throughout the computing science and software engineering courses at Ulster. Each concept is introduced at an abstract level before being applied to an area of computing, and students further deepen their knowledge by using the mathematics within computer programs.
Web Application Development
This module will expand on students' knowledge necessary for developing software systems to be deployed over the World Wide Web, with a specific focus on server side technologies and techniques. Students will also be introduced to important design considerations for web applications.
Software Development Practice
The fundamental aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge and practical skills in relation to the software development process using a contemporary framework such as Agile. The module offers theoretical grounding but will mainly focus on the practical application of Agile in a team setting to provide a systems solution to a given problem.
Algorithms & Data Structures
The module builds upon the expertise acquired in Year I programming modules by expanding upon the students' understanding of data types and algorithms. In addition to providing practical skill with the use of advanced data structures and algorithms, students will also become familiar with approaches to performance analysis of algorithms.
International Academic Studies
This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.
Professional Practice - Computing
This module enables students who have secured a placement job to complete a period of appropriate work experience in a supportive environment. Students will have opportunities to gain employability skills, reflect upon the applicability of their subject-specific skills, and gain insight into the graduate job market. Students who successfully complete the module are eligible for the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI) for international placements.
Software Reliability Engineering
The content of the module provides an overview of principles, steps, methods and tools in building more reliable software systems, and an in-depth treatment of formal requirements specification and formal verification phases, the role such phases play in reliable software development and techniques. The module considers a range of reliable software development models, formal requirement specification and verification techniques. Practical work will require students to apply these techniques in a range of problems domains.
This module will provide an understanding of the process perspective of problem solving for modern software engineers. The module provides the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on organisational change and improvement using well-formed theories of organisational, engineering and support processes. It will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to evolve engineering capability at an organisational and personal level.
Full-Stack Strategies and Development
Full-stack skills are important for the students to understand how people in a team works together to develop high-quality software. This module will introduce students to the key concepts of full-stack development and the tools used to implement the full-stack strategies. The students will be able to use what they learn from this module to work in a team in order to develop a robust software or APIs according to industry processes.
Software Engineering Management
The careful planning and control of project activities is essential to the delivery of successful software systems. The unique nature of software engineering projects requires a blend of generic project management skills and software specific project management and quality assurance capabilities. This module seeks to extend the student's knowledge of software engineering by introducing techniques and methods for the management of industrial software engineering projects.
Students are required to undertake a major project during the final year of the course. The project module allows a selected topic area to be investigated in depth and for a solution to be developed in response. Within the project, the student is expected to integrate and apply material from other modules in the course.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The A Level requirement for this course is grades ABB. All subject areas considered.
Desirable Subject Offer
For those applicants offering desirable subjects at A level (Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry/Software Systems Development/Computing (not IT/ICT)) one grade reduction will be applied at the time of offer. The desirable subject must be achieved at a minimum grade B.
Applicants offering qualifications as an alternative to A-levels will receive the equivalent reduction when those qualifications include a significant proportion of mathematics, software development and/or physical science.
The requirement for this course is BTEC Level 3 QCF Extended Diploma or BTEC Level 3 RQF National Extended Diploma with overall award profile of DDM to include a minimum of 10 unit distinctions. All subject areas considered.
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment accept combinations of the following qualifications:
A Levels with:
BTEC Level 3 QCF Subsidiary Diploma or BTEC Level 3 RQF National Extended Certificate;
BTEC Level 3 QCF 90-credit Diploma or BTEC Level 3 RQF National Foundation Diploma;
BTEC Level 3 QCF Diploma or BTEC Level 3 RQF National Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Admissions staff by telephone on +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or email email@example.com.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate (higher level) grades H2,H3,H3,H3,H3. English Grade H6 or above (HL) and Maths Grade H5 or above (HL) or English Grade O4 or above (OL) and Maths O3 or above (OL) if not sitting at higher level is also required. All subject areas considered.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBBC. All subject areas considered.
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BCC. All subject areas considered.
Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 27 points to include 13 at Higher Level. Specific grades and Higher Level subjects may be required. Grade 5 in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
Successful completion of a Ulster University validated Access route with an overall mark of 70% to include 70% in NICATS Maths (level 2) or GCSE Mathematics grade B (or equivalent) for entry to year 1.
GCSE (or equivalent) profile to include minimum of Grade B or above in Mathematics and Grade C in English Language.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
OCR/Cambridge Technical Combinations
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Envionment accept a range of alternative combination of qualifications such as OCR Nationals and OCR Cambridge Technicals. Please contact Admissions staff for further information.
HNC requirement is overall Distinction in a relevant subject area for year 1 entry only.
HND requirement is overall Distinction in a relevant subject area. HND applications may be considered for year 2 entry where the curriculum sufficiently matches that of Ulster University full-time year 1 course.
Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree with an overall mark of 60% in level 5 modules and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules. Applicants who present a Grade C in GCSE Mathematics must also achieve 50% in the Foundation Degree Mathematics module. Applicants will normally be considered for year 2 entry to the linked Honours degree.
For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty admissions staff on T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence
The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent).
Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger
Teaching and learning assessment
Lectures are used to present and illustrate basic theory and fundamental principles. Tutorials elaborate lecture content, provide problem solving opportunities and examine problem solutions in greater detail. Most modules will have laboratory classes to enable the practical application of theoretical concepts, facilitating deeper understanding of key topics. In programming laboratories there is an emphasis on small group tutoring and support. Timetabled sessions are supplemented by directed private study and may require access to additional online tutorial and study material.
Assessment of the knowledge base is through a wide variety of methods including log books, class tests, individual and collaborative coursework assignments and examinations. In final year, assessment of knowledge and understanding is supplemented through assessment of the project dissertation and oral presentations.
Exemptions and transferability
During the course you may be permitted to transfer to the generic BSc Hons Computing Science course. Students who have successfully completed Year 1 of a similar honours degree course may be permitted to enter into Year 2. Suitably qualified candidates from a Foundation Degree in Computing Science also may be permitted to enter into Year 2.
Transferability is dependent on academic performance and availability of places.
Careers & opportunities
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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:
- Liberty IT
- Whitehat Security
Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:
- Applications Security Specialist
- Graduate Software Engineer
- Software Developer
- Technical Analyst
- Web Developer
Graduates with software engineering skills have many career opportunities available to them in a wide range of commercial and industrial organisations. For example, developing new software, as project managers, systems analysts, planning and technical management, information management and database environments. Average salaries are often higher than that of other graduates. Opportunities for postgraduate study in computing or a related area are broad.
Work placement / study abroad
In Year 3 you undertake a year's work experience, in the UK, Ireland or Europe. You can also study in the USA. This leads to either the Diploma in Professional Practice for a placement year based in UK or Ireland; Diploma in Professional Practice (International) for a placement year based outside the UK or Ireland; or the Diploma in International Academic Studies if Year 3 is spent in study abroad.
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
Members of the teaching team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and Members of the industry professional body; BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Through their research, knowledge transfer and placement activities, teaching staff are also actively engaged with the local software and IT industry. Many modules on the course are directly informed by the research activities of staff. This is reflected in the provision of specialist topics such as artificial intelligence, network technologies and healthcare technologies - topics which are closely related to computer science research at the Jordanstown campus.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
- £9,250.00 Discounts available
- £13,680.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
A variety of scholarships, awards and prizes are available each year to reflect individual academic excellence in specific areas of study or across year groups.
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment