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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • E & I Engineering
  • Learning Pool
  • Seagate Technologies

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Database Administrator
  • IT Support Specialist
  • PHP Programmer
  • Systems Security Specialist
  • Web Developer

Overview

This course provides a broad-based education in Information Technologies and produces graduates able to apply best practice in the use of IT systems.

Summary

This course is offered at the Magee campus by the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. If you wish to develop your knowledge of Information Technologies (IT) to an advanced level, this is the course for you. This course will enable you to learn about the underlying principles of information technologies and to acquire skills for the development and maintenance of computer-based systems in modern organisations.

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About this course

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About

The Information Technologies course aims to deliver graduates who can apply best practice in the application of computing and information systems principles in organisations. There are three broad streams of study within the course: Programming Principles; Networks/Systems' Security; and Web/Database Systems Development.

​During the first half of the course, you will advance your programming skills and develop the capabilities necessary to design, build, operate and maintain complex computer and information technology systems.

During the second half of the course, you will get exposed to more advanced topics that will consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the different roles that you can undertake in industry. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the planning, development and implementation of an IT System through your Final Year Project and this can be used to showcase your skillset to future employers.

Attendance

This course is part-time. Part-time students are taught alongside full-time students, and modules are scheduled to accommodate day-release from employment.

Each student must complete between 40 and 80 credits (usually two to four modules) in each academic year. Modules are taught on campus on a single day per module basis and are web-supplemented.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

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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Year one

Business information systems

Year: 1

Using common business software applications such as Excel and Web development tools, in conjunction with a series of lectures on computing technology, students will get an up-to-date view of Business Information Systems. Through the lectures and associated workshops in the computer laboratories, students will develop an awareness of the phenomenal technical development associated with such systems over the past few years. Students will be required to use the Internet as a research tool in a constructive manner to extend and update their knowledge of current trends in business markets, processes, and communications.

Software Development I

Year: 1

This module provides students of computing with an initial competence in the development of software through the medium of a modern programming language with facilities for both structured and object-oriented programming

Software Development II

Year: 1

This module is a direct follow-on to Software Development I. Students are introduced to more advanced features of both an algorithmic programming language and an object oriented language, and will be expected to acquire a higher level of competence in writing software.

Database Systems

Year: 1

The module covers the fundamental principles and theory of database design and provides practical experience in designing and developing database systems using a range of techniques, tools and technologies. It emphasises the important role of databases within an organisation and addresses the use of scalable and secure relational database management systems to facilitate the development of software systems involving large volumes of data and over the web.

Year two

Computer Hardware and Operating Systems

Year: 2

Differences in the internal structure and organisation of a computer lead to significant differences in performance and functionality, giving rise to an extraordinary range of computing devices, from hand-held computers to large-scale, high-performance machines. This module addresses the various options involved in designing a computer system, the range of design considerations, and the trade-offs involved in the design process.

Systems Analysis and Design

Year: 2

This module is devoted to the understanding of organisations as systems, the environment in which they operate and the processes they undertake. It provides the student with knowledge of the tools and techniques of modern systems analysis, essential to the creation of information systems. The module will also give the student sound knowledge of the analysing and designing effective systems in modern industrial and commercial environments.

Year three

Computer Networks & Security

Year: 3

This module provides an in-depth study of computer, communications and networks. This module will introduce the concepts and principles of computer networks to guide the installation and maintenance of modern, high quality reliable networks. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn how to configure and test networks, deploy network based software applications and resolve network infrastructural problems. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of basic skills in networking, and an appreciation for emerging themes that could impact networking in the future

Web Application Development

Year: 3

This module concerns the basic principles underlying the creation and maintenance of dynamic, database driven web applications. The module focuses on how to build and maintain real-world, dynamic websites using open source languages including PHP and MySQL.

Internet Technologies

Year: 3

This module provides students with the combination of creative and technical skills necessary to implement design concepts using internet technologies. Lectures and tutorials are used to introduce ideas and techniques, and practical skills are developed through group based and individual mini-projects.

Object-Oriented Modelling

Year: 3

This module investigates the concepts, methodologies and techniques used in object-oriented systems development, including coverage of use case analysis, static and dynamic system modelling, and the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The module will also give the student a sound knowledge of the contemporary problems of analysing and designing effective systems in modern industrial and commercial environments.

Year four

UX

Year: 4

A large number of software have to be deployed on various platforms, and they have to provide a graphical user interface. This module will introduce the key concepts and principles of C# application development using Visual Programming and Event-driven programming techniques in the context of rapid application development of modern, high quality software solutions with Graphical User Interfaces. Programming for both pc windows and mobile platforms will form a core element of the module.

Interactive Interface Design

Year: 4

This module introduces the principles and practice of HCI, ID and UX, such as design guidelines, interface evaluation, analysis and design techniques and tool support. This will enhance their ability to take a professional approach to interface development. This module will aim to give students a depth of knowledge of relevant concepts and to present a practical and pragmatic approach to user interface design and evaluation.

Professional Issues

Year: 4

The module prepares students for professional work including the responsibilities and obligations of employees, employers and clients as determined in codes of professional conducts. Students will have the opportunity to practise the presentation of themselves in, for example, application forms, curriculum vitae, interview and aptitude tests. In addition the module addresses issues such as intellectual property rights and defamation, data protection, computer misuse and other ethical issues related to working as a professional in the software sector.

Year five

Cyber Security

Year: 5

This module provides an in-depth study of secure computer systems. This module will introduce the concepts and principles of secure systems. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn how to configure and test application and network security, deploy secure network based software applications, configure cloud systems and resolve security problems. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of basic skills in security, and an appreciation for emerging themes that could impact secure systems in the future.

Business Intelligence

Year: 5

This module provides the student with a sound understanding of Knowledge Management and the Learning Organisation. Particular attention is awarded to technological development within these fields. The opportunity to construct a simple knowledge-oriented computerised system is provided.

Networking Operating Systems

Year: 5

The module combines an in-depth study of the key theoretical concepts of modern Networked Operating systems, with practical hands-on industry focused techniques to enable the student to understand the relationship between this theory and the practical implementation of modern Operating Systems

Advanced Interactive Web Development

Year: 5

The module provides a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the practical issues arising during the design and implementation of highly interactive web developments. Students are introduced to a wide variety of programming tools used in highly interactive systems and discover how these can be applied in the development of professional, user-centred and highly interactive web based solutions to real life problems.

Year six

Research Studies and Project Management

Year: 6

This module is designed to equip students with the appropriate research and project management skills needed to complete a project within the Computing domain. Firstly, the module provides an underpinning foundation of research concepts, methods and techniques necessary for project development and delivery. Secondly, the different stages of the research process are demonstrated. Thirdly, the students employ skills developed during the module to create a set of project deliverables such as project plan and proposal, critically reviewed literature papers, literature review and project presentation. Embedded in all these activities is the reinforcement of the need for adhering to recognised ethical standards and taking a professional approach to carrying out research.

Final Year Project

Year: 6

Students are required to undertake an individual project during the final year of the course. Its purpose is to provide an experience of developing a software/hardware/engineering solution to a real-world problem. This work combines skills and knowledge acquired previously on the course with those acquired during the project. In particular, students will have an opportunity to

(i) strengthen their competence in project management, in taking an initial concept through to a successful implementation; and (ii) enhance their communication skills, in producing a dissertation and defending the work.

(ii) enhance their communication skills, in producing a dissertation and defending the work.

Entry conditions

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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A level

The GCE A Level requirements for this course are grades CCC.

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment does not accept students with Essential Skills in Application of Number as the only mathematics qualification. Please contact the Faculty Office directly on Tel: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 if you have a query concerning this matter. You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first-degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). If you have other qualifications than those listed, you may be considered for admission at the discretion of the Courses’ Coordinator following an interview.

BTEC

The requirement for this course is BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with overall award profile of MMM to include at least 15 unit Merits. All subject areas considered.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma will be considered if presented with GCE A Level or equivalent qualifications.

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Faculty admissions staff by T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: compeng@ulster.ac.uk.

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 Highers requirement for this course is H3,H4,H4,H4,H4 (typical grade profile) plus English and Mathematics at Grade H6 or above (HL) or Grade O4 or above (Ordinary Level) if not sitting at Higher Level is also required. All subject areas considered.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades CCCCD. All subject areas considered.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades DDD. All subject areas considered.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 24 points to include 12 at Higher Level. Grade 4 in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English Language is also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of an Ulster University validated Access Course (120 credits) with an overall mark of 60% to include a pass in NICATS Maths (level 2) or GCSE Maths at Grade C. GCSE English at Grade C is also required.

Other Access courses considered individually, please contact admissions staff:
T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305
Email: compeng@ulster.ac.uk

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include to include minimum of Grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language.

The General Entry Requirements for English Language must be met. Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger.

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 Environment accept a range of alternative combination of qualifications such as OCR Nationals and OCR Cambridge Technicals.

HND/HNC
HNC requirement is overall Merit in a relevant subject area for year 1 entry only.

HND requirement is overall Merit 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 40% and minimum 40% in all taught level 5 modules and 40% in the Mathematics module. Applicants will normally be considered for entry to an associated Honours degree (normally Year 2 entry).

For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty admissions staff on T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: compeng@ulster.ac.uk. 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 theory and concepts, and are supported through a combination of tutorial discussion and practical, laboratory exercises.


Modules are either assessed by coursework only or by a combination of coursework and formal examinations (January and May). Coursework assessment is carried out using any combination of written assignments, class tests, presentations, and group assignments as appropriate to meet the learning outcomes of each module.

Exemptions and transferability

Transfer between this course and other similar courses within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment may be possible on the basis of academic performance and availability of places.
Exemption from parts of the course may be considered based on appropriate performance in a related, designated course or other approved experiential learning (APEL).

The course has been designed to enable students who graduate with a good honours degree to apply for postgraduate study towards a PhD, MSc, MRes or other higher qualification.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • E & I Engineering
  • Learning Pool
  • Seagate Technologies

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Database Administrator
  • IT Support Specialist
  • PHP Programmer
  • Systems Security Specialist
  • Web Developer

Career options

Graduates with computing skills have many career opportunities available to them, for example in developing new software, in project management, in systems analysis, in planning and technical management, or in information and database management environments.

Opportunities for postgraduate study in computing or a related area are broad.

Professional recognition

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Academic profile

Members of the teaching team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and Members of the industry professional body - the 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, and many modules on the course are directly informed by staff research activities.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,292.00

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.

Contact

Course Director: Mairin Nicell

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5148

E: ma.nicell@ulster.ac.uk

or

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305

E: compeng@ulster.ac.uk