- Andor Technology Ltd
- Business Analyst
- Data Administrator
- Security Analyst
- Software Developer
- Technical Support
- Web Developer
Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019. 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 addresses the underlying principles of modern computing technology, its role in helping to solve real-world business problems and the critical issues in its effective management. A graduate would be equipped with skills for the development, maintenance, evaluation and management of computing systems in a range of organisations, typically in the context of IT departments in public or private sector 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 in September 2018. For the most up-to-date course/ module information, please contact the Course Director:Dr Nicola Ayre
If you don't meet our entry requirements for this course you may want to consider our International Foundation Programme (IFP)
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About this course
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The course structure is centred on broad themes of computing in organisations and hardware and software technologies. You undertake seven modules in the first year of the course, covering subjects such as visual programming, web technologies, managing web platforms, computer technology, databases, academic skills for computing and professional practice. Year 2 modules extend your skills in networks and systems software, visual web development, dynamic web authoring and e-Business. The first two years aim to give students grounding in the fundamental concepts and skills necessary for the development and maintenance of computer-based systems in modern organisations.
In Year 3 you undertake a year's work experience, in the UK, Ireland or Europe.
In Year 4 you undertake a range of compulsory modules reflecting computing applications in a range of contexts for example: Information Systems Management, Enterprise Networks, Internet Application Development and Pervasive Computing in Healthcare. 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 Computing Technologies?
Computing and computing technologies 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 computing science spectrum.
What types of jobs are available?
Given the variety of applications of computing technology, 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 2018
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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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.
Introduction to Databases
Database management is a fundamental skill expected of Computing & ICT graduates. This module will introduce students to the foundational concepts of database design, querying and management. Students will also develop and enhance their design skills as an integral part of the module.
Computer programming is a fundamental skill expected of ICT graduates. This module will introduce students to the foundational concepts of GUI event-driven programming that will be used as building blocks in future modules. Students will also develop and enhance their problem solving skills as integral part of the module.
The web is a common platform for the deployment of ICT solutions. This module introduces students to the basic technologies for delivering content via the web in a consistent and manageable way.
Academic Skills for Computing
The purpose of the module is to allow students to learn about and more importantly apply core academic and professional skills, in doing so it will consider the role of personal profiling and self-evaluation. These skills will provide an underpinning for other modules in the programme as well as for further study.
Managing Web Platforms and Content
The use of the Internet by businesses and people continues to grow at an incredible rate, encompassing business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce, services provided by government for their citizens, together with the use of social media across the population. This module examines web platforms and content and the management of the resources and services that are made possible by the platform and content technology provision.
The module is designed to enable students to become aware of the nature of the professional computing work environment, acquire knowledge and understanding of professional issues which may arise, and to initiate planning of their professional development, towards preparing for employability and the workplace. In addition students are challenged to foster entrepreneurial awareness.
Dynamic Web Authoring - Client View
If a web author is to be successful then they must be capable of producing standards compliant, accessible and secure dynamic interactive client-side systems. Such an approach extends basic, static, web authoring techniques and forms a basis for data driven websites and more advanced web based applications. This module allows students to establish a sound understanding of client-side dynamic website authoring techniques and technologies.
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.
Visual Web Development
This module will introduce students to the principles and techniques necessary for developing information systems to be deployed over the World Wide Web. Students will also be introduced to important design considerations for web applications.
Data Communication and Networking
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.
Many organisations have adopted e-business in response to customer expectations, to remain competitive in their business market, and to achieve efficiencies over current business practices. E-Business is a major application area of ICT. This module gives students an introduction to the types and scope of e-commerce, e-business and the role of the underlying technologies necessary for its effective implementation in a commercial context.
In this module students, working in groups, will gain practical experience in the analysis of a business problem and the structured development of a computing solution, using techniques and tools from this module and elsewhere on the course.
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).
International Academic Studies
This module is optional
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.
Information Systems Management
In today's information age it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the role of IS/IT systems in supporting of meeting business needs with particular reference to competitive advantage, added value and resource management. An in-depth understanding of the manner in which IT may be harnessed from a managerial rather than technical perspective and an understanding of information systems management and its relationship to the business and organisational context are therefore required.
The ubiquitous use of Local Area Networks, the Internet and the move towards cloud computing and virtualisation requires the computing student to have an understanding of the underlying communication protocols and the issues involved in their management. In this module the emphasis will be on network, design, planning, and management. Issues such as performance, detection of faults and security management are emphasised. The understanding of such issues and appropriate backup strategies are key issues in the meeting of business goals. Examples based on well-known platforms will be used to support traditional delivery of academic material.
Students are required to undertake a computing project during the final year of the course. The project module allows a selected problem area and software solution to be investigated in depth. Within the project, the student is expected to integrate and apply material from other modules in the course.
This module presents modern project management principles and techniques as a means to help deliver successful software development projects.
Pervasive Computing in Healthcare
The module will provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of developing applications for sensing devices, the theory of activity recognition and the design and evaluation of healthcare applications.
Internet Application Development
Internet Applications have become a major focus of user interface design and software development. This module will enable students to understand relevant technical principles and develop practical user interface design and software development skills to achieve the levels of interactivity, visual richness, functional capability and usability expected of rich internet applications of medium complexity.
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 an 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 Environment 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 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: 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
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 Technologies also may be permitted to enter into Year 2.
Careers & opportunities
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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:
- Andor Technology Ltd
Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:
- Business Analyst
- Data Administrator
- Security Analyst
- Software Developer
- Technical Support
- Web Developer
Graduates with advanced computing technology skills have many career opportunities available to them including database administration, technical support, software development and IT project management. Average salaries are often higher than those of other graduates. There are also opportunities for postgraduate study in computing technologies, computing or a related area.
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 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
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:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
- £9,000.00 Discounts available
- £13,240.00 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.