Computing BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

G404

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Computing, from the internet to mobile computing, smart devices and beyond, has changed the world – and continues to do so: next-generation robots, driverless cars, and digital currencies are just three examples of what is already on the way.

Creating these exciting new technologies generates an ongoing need for excellent computing graduates. Computing BSc (Hons) is a full stack developer degree which aims to teach you the fundamental range of skills necessary to become a software developer. The degree is designed to equip you with key programming, analysis and design skills including (but not limited to) back and front-end web development, internet-of-things development, user experience design, quality assurance and testing, system administration, and security.

We aim to offer a modern, relevant computing degree which directly promotes employable skills to effectively prepare you for a career within the industry. We aim to teach the tools, techniques and skills demanded by industry using state-of-the-art hardware and software and modern approaches to teaching, which emphasise practical, hands-on, problem-driven learning built around real-world challenges.

If you are attracted to programming and want to get involved in shaping and creating the technological future, Computing BSc (Hons) at Coventry University is a degree you should consider.

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

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

This course is currently not accredited, but will be put forward for accreditation by the British Computer Society (BSC) in October 2019. Accreditation is subject to application and approval and is therefore not guaranteed.

Course information

The Computing degree is designed to produce graduates with a high level of knowledge across a variety of computing technologies.

You will learn the core elements of computing, such as programming, algorithms, operating systems, computer architecture, databases and data retrieval, user experience design and software development methods. Advanced topics such as artificial intelligence and pervasive computing can provide you with a wide-range of computing knowledge and a complete skillset.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of study covers the fundamentals of computing and computer principles including programming, computer architecture, databases, mathematics, networks and software design.

Modules

  • Programming And Algorithms

  • Software Design

  • Mathematics For Computer Science

  • Computing ALL Project 1

  • Computer Architecture

  • Database Systems

  • Computing ALL Project 2

  • Object Oriented Programming

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The second year of study offers more advanced work on web development, programming, software development, and data science; and includes legal and ethical issues in computing as well as basics of UX (user experience design). The second year also allows you to carry out an extensive project to an industrial brief.

Modules

  • Web Development

  • Programming For Developers

  • Software Development

  • People And Computing

  • Enterprise Project

  • Data Science for Developers

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution (subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability).

Modules

  • Optional placement

  • Study abroad

Overview

In your final year, you can select two optional modules from a range of technical computing disciplines, giving you the opportunity to specialise in topics, such as open-source software development. This will enable you to shape your learning to your career aspirations and allow you to study topics you are interested in.

Modules

  • Computing Project Preparation

  • Web API Development

  • UX Design

  • Individual Project

  • Security

  • Optional modules

    One option, to be chosen from:

    • Mobile Application Development
    • Opensource Development

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom in The Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Regular guest lectures from employers and researchers who specialise in different areas of computer science. In the past, these have included Npower, Vodafone and IBM.
  • The Annual, free to attend New Wizards event provides students with the opportunity to present their work to other students, staff and employers. From the event, past students have gained work placements and permanent jobs.
  • Optional modules allow you to tailor your degree in the final year to specialise in topics such as mobile application development, pervasive systems and open source software development.
  • Support applying for short and long-term placements with a technology company to gain the experience employers desire. Past students have worked for Microsoft UK Ltd, Intel, Accenture, and IBM, as well as a range of medium sized companies in web, media and the creative industries. These opportunities may be subject to extra costs and competitive application.
  • Free access to Microsoft software for study and development as part of the Microsoft Academy scheme.

Our main study themes are:

  • Programming: You will learn the underlying concepts, technologies and algorithms which enable you to apply programming techniques that are appropriate for the problem encountered. You will develop core skills in programming by learning and applying syntax, problem-solving strategies, and theories common to most programming languages. We also examine professional practices associated with the industry, including key software development concepts such as testing code, version control, functional decomposition and event driven programming, as well as how to interact with non-technical users and clients.
  • Computer Hardware and Networks: We provide a broad overview of computer architecture, including the origin, structure and use of fundamental hardware components of a computer. We will explore practical and theoretical aspects of computer hardware and software, as well as fundamental concepts of networking and the internet, fundamental to modern computing. We integrate hardware, software and networking through a range of work in IoT (Internet of Things).
  • Data Science: One of the major contemporary developments in computing is big data and data analytics, which powers a whole range of applications including social networking, e-commerce, autonomous vehicles, and medical, financial and weather modelling. You will learn how data and information retrieval systems are designed, and study database concepts, theory and design. You will make practical use of database and information retrieval tools and techniques. You will learn a range of concepts related to the data science process, from data collection, to processing, analysis and visualisation.
  • Web Development: Modern computing depends on the internet. You will learn how to implement web architectures, from simple chat rooms to large-scale client-server applications which integrate data, data analytics, interface design and user experience work. You will learn technologies including HTML, css, and JavaScript, as well as a range of java and python-based web development frameworks. You will deploy technologies used to produce a range of standards based websites, incorporate multimedia content, implement database technologies for the web, and design and build a data-driven dynamic websites which utilises both server-side and client-side scripting language technologies and APIs.
  • User Experience: User Experience or UX is concerned with two things: how people feel when they use technology, and how rewarding user experiences can be designed at the interface (UXD). This theme will provide you with knowledge on how to create compelling interfaces and to evaluate them, working with real users.
  • Security Security is a crucial issue in computing. You will learn the concepts and practical considerations relevant to creating and evaluating secure computer systems. You will analyse systems at both the application level and at the level of interconnected devices in architectures such as client-server and cloud-based, with attention given to security-by-design, security legislation and regulation and the associated products and services.
  • Software Design and Development You will learn how to design and implement software from the simple to the more complex. You will study the process of software development including techniques such as Agile Development, learning how to scope, plan, evaluate and implement software within given timeframes. You will learn how to test software, and to ensure quality and standards.

The programme can be studied full-time over three years of study with the option of extending this to four years, by taking a sandwich year in the form of an industrial training placement or study abroad between Year Two and Year Three.

We strongly encourage you to spend a year on industrial training and will provide assistance to help you find an appropriate placement. In the past, students have worked in many roles for some of the most prestigious companies in the world such as Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar and IBM in addition to local start-ups and up and coming companies in the field. Placement opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application and meeting relevant visa requirements.

Throughout the course, you will not only benefit from our application driven teaching approach, but will also have access to modern teaching tools, using learning techniques such as flipped classroom where you will prepare in advance by researching a particular topic or challenge.

You will be given lots of opportunities to work with new technology to help develop new design solutions, in the classroom and on real-life projects, where you will work with staff on real-world computing and design problems as you would in commercial, professional or research practice. This means that you could develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree. In the past, projects have included game development, designing usable real-world portals and live applications which have been published in app stores.

We organise a wide range of optional field trips, in the UK or abroad, with past students visiting Bletchley Park, the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War II, and the Internet of Thing Expo in London. Field trips may be subject to additional costs, availability and meeting relevant visa requirements.

Meet our staff

Dr. Reda Al Bodour

Reda Al Bodour is an associate head of school and lecturer in computer science.

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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, vivas (where we interview you about work you’ve done), practical exams (e.g. presentations and tests), 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 will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying technology, design methods and programming languages required to practice as an IT professional.
  • Appreciate the cultural, commercial, ethical and professional issues connected with the computing industry and professional practice within it.
  • Demonstrate awareness of emergent technologies and techniques in the wider computing domain, such as distributed resources, big data and application development.
  • Apply appropriate problem-solving techniques and design protocols to computing requirements or issues.
  • Research the concept, design and development of a product in the computing domain, providing relevant and useful conclusions in the evaluation of the implementation.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Large group teaching: around 6 hours of lectures each week.
  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: around 6 hours of tutorials and, later, individual project supervision, each week.
  • Optional sessions including programming support.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20-plus hours of self-directed study each week, for example guided study using handouts and online activities.

We provide our students with ample international experience opportunities. If you have a desire to travel, there are opportunities to apply to study abroad with past students collaborating with students from some of the best institutions from around the world. For example, we have an established exchange programme in which Finnish and Coventry University students collaborate together both here in Coventry and in Helsinki, Finland.

We run a range of UK, European and international field trips, which have previously included destinations such as Spain, Poland and Estonia. Recently, a group of students participated in a two-week fieldtrip to the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) in Gunhdzhou, China, to collaborate with fellow Chinese students to deliver a project called City Compass, which resulted in delivering multiple apps that explore the cultural, culinary, touristic and historical aspects of a particular city.

The opportunity for a sandwich placement means we will also support you in finding an internship anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience, with the list of possible options, destinations and opportunities growing every year. Past students have gone to work in countries as far afield as the USA, Spain, Germany and Cyprus.

Study abroad, field trips and placements may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting relevant visa requirements.

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 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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

University Course Code: ECU177
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB-BBC to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or Computing. Excludes General Studies. DDM - DMM in IT or a technical subject. 29 points to include either Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, or IT at Higher level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Maths, Physics, Computer Science or Statistics. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

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.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (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 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

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, many of which are gained from placement experiences.

This, coupled with the breadth of the subject domain, means that upon completion of the course, you should be well positioned for a range of employment opportunities including software development, database/systems administration, mobile application development, web development and user experience design to name a few.

You could be employed in a wide variety of roles in business or industry, including as a programmer, web developer, user experience specialist, IT business analyst or data warehouse manager.

Our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC 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. Graduates have also used their qualifications to progress into teaching careers, as well as postgraduate study to obtain MSc, MPhil and PhD qualifications.

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 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 University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
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