Computer Science MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT043

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Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

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Overview

In a technology-driven world, computers are everywhere – helping us transfer information across the globe in milliseconds, shop online, do homework, play games, navigate new locations or regulate intravenous medicine. Computers are getting smaller and more powerful every day; the science behind them gaining is in complexity and sophistication.

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), this Master’s degree is ideal if you wish to expand your capability and expertise in this field. The course focuses on practical applications, developing knowledge and skills in areas, such as hardware and software systems, which are current and relevant to employers.

Our Computer Science MSc course is aimed at enabling you to acquire advanced skills and knowledge that would enhance your career prospects.

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 (CITP)


British Computer Society (BCS)

Course information

This professionally accredited 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.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In this programme, we will explore some of the emerging technologies, such as emergent Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, machine vision and image processing. For example, when learning about steganography – the practice of concealing a file, message, image or video within another file, message, image or video – we will experiment with tools to analyse stego images to uncover hidden information.

We will look at emerging theories, practices, approaches and management of distributed and intelligent computing systems, examining a wide range of case studies to see how applications have been developed and for what purposes, such as steganography detection system for colour stego images.

Furthermore, you will be expected to 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 computer science professional. Past students have, for example, worked on internet design for companies in their home countries, while others have undertaken projects on dynamic web design for small business firms.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Computer Architectures and Principles 
    • Advanced Computing Technologies
    • Advanced Software Design and Development 
    • Research Methods in Computing
    • Internet Systems Development
    • Project
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

  • Semester 2

    • Internet Systems Development 
    • Advanced Computing Technologies 
    • Research Methods in Computing

  • Semester 3

    • Individual Project

Overview

In this programme, we will explore some of the emerging technologies, such as emergent Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, machine vision and image processing. For example, when learning about steganography – the practice of concealing a file, message, image or video within another file, message, image or video – we will experiment with tools to analyse stego images to uncover hidden information.

We will look at emerging theories, practices, approaches and management of distributed and intelligent computing systems, examining a wide range of case studies to see how applications have been developed and for what purposes, such as steganography detection system for colour stego images.

Furthermore, you will be expected to 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 computer science professional. Past students have, for example, worked on internet design for companies in their home countries, while others have undertaken projects on dynamic web design for small business firms.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to use and undertake software training through the Microsoft Academy.
  • Option to join the CISCO Academy Programme leading to an industry-recognised CISCO Certified Networked Associate (CCNA) qualification.
  • 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.
90%

overall student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

Your main study themes are:

  • 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.
  • Advanced Computing Technologies: We’ll introduce you to key concepts, technologies and issues of several advanced areas in computing technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Cloud computing, Machine Vision and Image Processing. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of various information processing techniques through a study of some applications and how to implement them.
  • Internet Systems Development: Aims to provide 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 course offers theory and lab-based classes, which 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. For example, this might involve parallel computing design for medical applications, seminars discussing topics like cloud computing or project-based classes.

We aim to bring you regular external talks by our academic and research staff, as well as visiting lecturers, to give you the latest issues on a wide range of topics, which have recently covered steganography and big data.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, essays, project and group work, and formal examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The theoretical and technological foundations of computer science and the practical implications of these; approaches used in the development and management of distributed, internet-based computing systems; the architecture of a range of complex computer-based systems; current and emerging practices for a range of state of the art technologies used in computing in a variety of application areas; the technologies and issues of advanced areas in computing technologies, including research, including: risk management; social; legal; ethical and professional issues.
  • Understand and conceptualise a given complex problem relating to computer science and produce an appropriate model at a higher level of abstraction.
  • Critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions to address a sizeable practical problem computer science and present a soundly reasoned justification for the final recommendation. 
  • Make a substantial contribution to implementation decisions for design and development of complex computer-based systems.
  • Apply appropriate principles and techniques in the analysis and design of complex computer systems.
  • Critically compare and effectively apply the fundamental concepts of developing efficient, scalable and robust real-world distributed applications across heterogeneous infrastructure.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: Up to 2 hours of individual project supervision each week 
  • Medium group teaching: Up to 8 hours of practical laboratory classes each week.
  • Large group teaching: Up to 4 hours of lectures each week.
  • Self-Study: In addition, you will be expected to undertake a up to 24 hours of self-directed study for each module per week eg. working on course assignments and activities.

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.

The content of this course acknowledges the borderless nature of computer science and the common practices and technologies used throughout the globe. We offer you the chance to participate in field trips to a number of different overseas locations, which have previously included China, Poland, Spain and Finland (subject to additional costs and availability). 

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

Honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a computing discipline, or an unclassified degree in computing plus professional experience within the field of computing.

Honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a computing discipline, or an unclassified degree in computing plus professional experience within the field of computing.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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Honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a computing discipline, or an unclassified degree in computing plus professional experience within the field of computing.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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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 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


UK 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 2019

£8,350 (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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 2019

£15,800 (per year)


January 2020

£15,800 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

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.

Where our graduates work

Career opportunities in the areas of software development 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.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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