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Software Development MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECT092

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018
January 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), this Master’s degree aims to equip you with the professional and technical skills needed to specify, design, develop, test and implement large-scale software systems in a variety of different contexts and organisational settings.

The course is designed and delivered with input from our extensive industry contacts; we will teach you how to construct and deliver software solutions working with clients in real-life situations, which could lead to careers in software development or internet systems development.  

You’ll study in our modern Engineering and Computing building with well-equipped laboratories featuring the latest workstations, dedicated servers and industry standard software.

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

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Information Technology Professional

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.

Course information

The curriculum has been designed to provide essential developer skills for those with some previous experience of programming who wish to refocus their careers in this area, however, it is also suitable for those with previous good programming experience, who require a formal qualification and want to stay abreast of emerging technologies.

The degree combines theories and practices in programming, computer architecture and networking, design and development of computer systems, with neural networks, machine learning, cloud computing and intelligent information retrieval.

Modules

Overview

In the first semester, we look to develop your knowledge and skills to create computer programs that are well specified, designed and tested. We will consider some of the latest topics and trends in software engineering, such as in the areas of methodologies and software quality.

In the second semester, we will explore internet systems development, assessing the theoretical and practical issues involved in the development of web-based and distributed computer systems using Java EE. We will switch the focus of study to the server-side and beyond, looking at one of the key growth areas in Java software development, namely in-house enterprise application development. You will have opportunities to develop modern web applications using industry recognised best practices.

In your final semester, you will demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learned by undertaking an in-depth individual project. Guided by an expert tutor, this project helps to develop your research skills and gain an experience matching that of a professional software engineer. Past students have undertaken projects in areas as diverse as steganography, health informatics and internet applications.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Advanced Software design and development  
    • Software Engineering
    • Advanced Database Systems  
  • Semester 2

    • Internet Systems Development 
    • Open Systems Application Development 
    • Research Methods in Computing 
  • Semester 3

    • Individual Project

In more detail...

  • Research expertise developing software in several areas such as cloud computing.
  • Opportunity to be involved with Microsoft Academy facilities (subject to availability).
  • 90% overall student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), fully meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and provides partial fulfilment for Chartered Scientist and Chartered Engineer.
  • £50m Engineering and Computing building features a large range of specialised computing laboratories in computer security, communications and signal processing, electrical, electronics and microprocessors, ethical hacking and forensic computing, together with a games and multimedia studio and open access computer facilities.

Your main study themes are:

  • Software Engineering: We will review the tools and techniques for each stage of the software development process, concentrating on modern iterative process models using object-oriented modelling methods and tools. You should acquire in-depth knowledge of software engineering principles, software quality with assurance issues and practical skills using the Unified Modelling Language (UML).

  • Advanced software design development: We will cover the study of programming concepts such as data abstraction, inheritance, type hierarchies, interfaces and data aggregation and composition, which will be used to exemplify core General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns (GRASP) design principles.

  • Computer architectures and principles:  We will consider the structure, organisation and operation of computer systems in a wide context, underpinned by knowledge of the technology and of basic computing principles. We will investigate the demands of modern computing environments, incorporating an awareness of the communications infrastructure, system robustness and deployment and support considerations. We examine more advanced uniprocessor architectures and the systems software and applications tools they support, as well as parallel and distributed architectures.

  • Internet Systems Development: Provides the theoretical knowledge and significant practical experience of modern component-based application development. We cover the entire process of building and deploying such applications, including development for smart devices, components security, delivering functionality through rich Internet clients and XML Web Services. We focus on the Microsoft .NET framework and VS.NET development environment.

The programme allows you to study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. You can start in September, January or May.

Theory and lab-based classes aim to develop your knowledge of a wide range of computer science theory and practice, and how this can be used in creating software for use in the real world. Learning and teaching incorporates lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, group projects, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, supported by an extensive suite of labs staffed by experienced staff. The course adopts an engaging approach to teaching making use of videos, quizzes, real-world examples and interactive teaching. 

Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on the practical development of work, with a significant portion of your time being spent on assisted lab tasks, which might involve internet security, seminars discussing topics like stegoanalysis, or project-based classes, in which you might find yourself developing software for the detection of steganography images.

External talks, by our academic and research staff, as well as visiting lecturers, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of topics.

The assessment for the modules vary and include a diverse set of approaches, such as portfolios, essays, papers, phase-tests, posters, presentations and formal exams.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, essays, project and group work: 50%
  • Formal examinations: 50%

50% assessed by coursework, essays, project and group work

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • A range of systematic approaches used in the development and management of computing and information technology systems.
  • Approaches used in the development and management of distributed, internet-based computing systems.
  • Different tools and techniques available for effective specification, design, modelling and development of software systems.
  • A range of application areas for software systems and appropriate methods and technologies for a variety of areas.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Conduct a thorough and systematic analysis of a practical problem a specialised area of computing and critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions, presenting a soundly reasoned justification for the final recommendation.
  • Make a substantial contribution to high level implementation decisions for design and development of complex computer-based systems 
  • Apply appropriate techniques in developing efficient and robust real-world distributed applications across a range of platforms. 
  • Apply appropriate principles and techniques in the development of software systems across a range of application areas.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Small group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials and, later, individual project supervision, each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 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 20 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on course assignments and taking part in the flipped classroom activities.

All over the world, businesses are looking for ways to make better products, delivered faster and provide their customers with the highest levels of service – they often look to software developers to drive technical innovation. This course acknowledges the borderless nature of software development and the common languages of programming used throughout the globe.

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 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

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)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

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


Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • A good honours degree or an equivalent qualification;
  • A relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma;
  • An unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience.

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • A good honours degree or an equivalent qualification;
  • A relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma;
  • An unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • A good honours degree or an equivalent qualification;
  • A relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma;
  • An unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


January 2019

£7,750 (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 2018

£7,750 (per year)


January 2019

£7,750 (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 2018

£15,050 (per year)


January 2019

£15,050 (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!

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. The technical content is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect what is currently important and in demand in industry.

Career opportunities for computer scientists are many and varied, including a software architect, software consultant, software designer, software engineer or project leader. You could find yourself working in the private and public sector in areas such as software engineering, health, communications, education, life sciences, physical sciences, finance and manufacturing.

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.

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.

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.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.