The aim of the BSc top up in Computing is for students to achieve at a high academic standard and to provide them with the technical skills to become computing professionals. This is achieved in the following ways:
The BSc (Hons) Computing is offered in both full-time and part-time modes and has an excellent history of work experience both in large national companies and in small and medium sized (SME) industries.
Vendor curriculums are an invaluable addition to the course, as they help students progress their education and provide the right skills for learners to find sustainable employment as an IT professional. Aspects of the Cisco CCNA, Cyberoam UTM CCNSP, Linux, Microsoft Server Admin and Oracle Data modelling and Database Programming are embedded into the curriculum content. This means that students will have the opportunity to gain certification in this area with limited further study.
Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.
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Daytime course, six hours per week for 30 weeks per year. Course runs from September to May for two years. Details of the course timetable will be made available at induction.
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Outline Programme Structure
The course is made up of four modules, each worth 30 credit points.
Data Driven Web Application
This is a core module and covers how to design, build and program databases and web applications according to user information needs using Logical Data Models, SQL and Web development technologies. Learners will incorporate these databases into data driven and interactive web solutions. Learners have the opportunity to sit for the second of two exams required to earn the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA).
Operating Systems and Computer Networks
This core module introduces the technology of computer networks. It begins by looking at the applications of networks, devices and protocols required for them to operate. After examining the OSI layered networking model, it examines each layer in turn, taking a top-down approach. Time is spent on the network layer, including routing and IP addressing, protocols used in typical LANs, and the cabling and infrastructure for them to work. Aspects of the unit provide practical experience across different platforms including Linux and Microsoft Windows.
This module is a core requirement for students taking this course. The Capstone Project is in essence student directed, but an academic supervisor will be associated with each Project.
This module also offers the opportunity for students to demonstrate skills and understanding gained through application to a project of their choice. There is a requirement to show evidence of managing and developing the process of running a project, creating a prototype and reflecting critically upon the process and outcomes.
Software Design and Development
The module enables students to enhance their skills in the analysis, design and development stages of a software development project. Considerations will include which methodology to follow and which techniques, tools, programming languages and program types to employ. This module will also enable students to develop their programming skills to build Microsoft Windows, Web and Mobile applications using the Microsoft .Net framework and the Microsoft Visual studio IDE.
Routing, Switching and Security
This module introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the internet and other computer networks.
The practical, hands-on learning techniques used in this programme are designed to steer graduates into careers as networking engineers and network security. Also learners will build an understanding of the security issues that relate specifically to networked systems and develop the appropriate skills and expertise to be effective in this area. Learners have the opportunity to sit for the CompTIA’s Security + certification and CISCO exams required to earn the Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA) and Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT).
Assessment is by examination, presentation, coursework and project. The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.
The minimum entry qualifications for the course are:
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On completion of the course, the specialist knowledge gained of the sector will enable students to progress directly into employment. Further study at postgraduate level is also an alternative for students who have successfully completed the course.K.Sureshkumar - BSc Programme co-ordinator
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