BSc (Hons) Computer Science

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  • Work Placement Opportunity

Overview

UCAS Code:CS12
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, Typically 4.5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Department of Computer Science
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Develop the knowledge and understanding to rigorously reason about the specific behaviour of programs and computer systems;
  • Prepare to work in emergent and rapidly developing fields such as data science;
  • Modelling, problem-solving and professional skills prepare you for employment.

We’ve come a long way since a machine with less computing power than a modern desktop PC first took rockets to the moon, with this this degree now exploring the advancing theory, design, development and application of computer science. Aimed at those seeking a challenging and evolving career in computational systems you will study programming languages as well as modules underpinned by computation and mathematics theory, leading you beyond software development and programming and into emergent fields such as data science. This requires modelling and analysis skills coupled with technical knowledge to understand and process large data sets. Graduating students will have wide-reaching technical skills and knowledge relevant to many industries.

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In Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will gain a solid foundation for the second and third years of your degree. You will study a balanced range of current computing topics from fundamentals of analysis and construction of systems to multimedia technologies. Part of your first year studies will look at career options within the Computing and IT industry to help you select your second and third year modules.

The Year 2 curriculum provides a more specialised focus. Alongside technical skills, you will also develop your knowledge of the theories and concepts that underpin computer science. There is also a dedicated module focused on enhancing your employability and developing essential people skills for the workplace. On completion of the second year you have the option of undertaking a 12-month industrial placement before beginning your third year and have some choice of modules available.

Year 3 provides opportunities to develop advanced knowledge and skills. You will complete a research and development project which may take either of two forms: the creation of a piece of software or hardware, or a research project. The emphasis at this level is on the development of independent study and learning.

How will I study?

We will ensure you gain relevant experience and use industry standard equipment. Computing involves considerable practical activity and many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.

To enhance your employability you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability, as well undertake a work placement to enable you to relate theory to practice and build your transferable skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team includes specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including data science, web information architecture, visualisation and intelligent systems. Academic staff are regular contributors to academic conferences and journals.

A Great Study Environment

Two students with rucksacks walk in front of the Tech Hub.

The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13m Technology Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science students.

Our modern computer laboratories are equipped with high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution.

There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Learning resources include robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

The department has strong links with industry and the curriculum is kept current and highly relevant through input from our Employer Advisory Panel.

A dedicated Enterprise Projects Team and Web Factory social enterprise initiative recruit students to paid work on a range of commercial projects. This provides you with the opportunity to gain experience in a commercial environment. You will also be actively supported in developing solutions for local businesses through your coursework.

Competitions including ‘University Technology Challenge’ and ‘Hackathon’, organised in collaboration with companies such as Barclays, the BBC and Talk Talk, allow you to show invention and initiative through, for example, inventing new apps and presenting a business case in a highly competitive environment.

An annual employability conference and specialist careers fair prepare you for employment. You can also engage with research through the ‘INSPIRE’ initiative, with some of our students having papers published at international conferences.

Modules

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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

CIS1107Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits)

Foundations of Computer Science introduces you to the concepts and practices of problem solving through a series of innovative class seminars and individual experiments.  You will learn to identify a problem, analyse it, and produce a structured solution. Exploring common issues within computing, you will also see how all of the separate areas merge, overlap and depend on each other in order for a robust computing system to be developed.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS1108Digital World: Information Systems and Design (20 credits)

Digital World: Information Systems and Design explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by computing technology. The module will develop your understanding of the essential concepts of systems analysis, including identifying systems processes, understanding business needs and presenting appropriate IT solutions. You will then apply this knowledge of systems analysis and design methods to make suggestions for improvement of a business, its processes and information systems.


Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

CIS1109Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)

Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by computing technology while challenging you to envision your future developments as a Computing professional. The module discusses how current and modern computer architectures operates. It also analyses the technology on which computer architecture depends, starting with current central processing units (CPUs) and their instruction sets and progressing to the principles of modern multitasking operating systems that are supported by the underlying hardware architectures. An important aspect of modern computer technology is networking. The module introduces and covers basic principles of networks, their interconnecting components and protocols used in enabling reliable communications.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

CIS1111Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 (20 credits)

Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an object-oriented approach to software development. You will be introduced to the analytical techniques and processes that are essential for specifying, designing and implementing applications.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS1112Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 (20 credits)

Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an object-oriented approach to software development. You will explore and develop object-oriented modelling techniques and receive an introduction to programming through event-driven program design and graphical user interfaces.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

CIS1110Web Design and Development (20 credits)

Web Design and Development is a fusion of two distinct areas in the world of web content production. The module will enable you to develop a sound understanding of the World Wide Web, the related technologies, the relationships between them and also their use. You will also explore colour and design theories, layout and typography. In addition, the module provides an appropriate setting to introduce some of the more powerful, user friendly web development tools used widely in the industry today, along with HTML and CSS and both client and server side scripting.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SUG1023Understanding Continuous Functions (20 credits)

Understanding Continuous Functions allows you to use a mixture of numerical and analytical techniques to help you to achieve a deeper understanding of key features of continuous functions. The module also extends the range of continuous functions you are likely to have met in previous study. An understanding of continuous functions is a key area of mathematics, used both in pure mathematics and most importantly in a variety of applications.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either CIS1110 Web Design and Development or SUG1023 Understanding Continuous Functions.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

CIS2143Databases (20 credits)

Databases introduces you to the fundamental concepts in database design. You will acquire practical skills in database modelling, development and design using the rules of normalisation and entity relationship modelling. The module will enable you to identify the legal implications of creating and maintaining a database system, recognise and apply the principles underpinning the relationship model, utilise an appropriate database language, and extract and present data in a meaningful format suitable for the required use.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2162Employability (20 credits)

Employability simulates, as accurately as possible, what it’s like to work in a given Computer Science specialism. You will be introduced to the ‘world of work’ via a simulated work environment, as part of a team representing a fictional company, but which need to produce real products or engage in realistic work-related activities. A 15-day placement will also enhance essential employability skills and provide you with the opportunity to relate theory to practice, build on your transferable skills and evaluate your learning.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2166Data Analytics (20 credits)

Data Analytics covers the theoretical underpinning of data analytics while also exploring the practical aspects of applying existing methods and tools to large data sets.  You will undertake the role of a data analyst from the initial processing of a raw dat-set to the final visualisation and recommendations derived from the data analysis.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SUG2020Statistical Inference (20 credits)

Statistical Inference develops your knowledge of mathematical approaches to statistical inference, an area in which the skills of hypothesis testing, estimation and prediction are used in a growing number of real world fields as well as in research design. The module provides you with an insight into the underlying structure of techniques and key results and will ensure that you have greater confidence in your use of statistics. The emphasis on problems and applications makes the module one that is highly relevant both to applied mathematicians and future researchers.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select two of the following modules:

CIS2149Object-Oriented Programming (20 credits)

Object-Oriented Programming focuses on the object-oriented concepts which underlie the modern system design paradigm. The module presents the concepts behind the object model and its use in modelling and implementing computer applications. You will gain an in-depth understanding of object-oriented modeling concepts and acquire skills in object-oriented programming.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

CIS2151Introduction to Security (20 credits)

Introduction to Security is designed to introduce you to the key concepts in information security and computer forensics. Society depends increasingly on computer systems; the systems are accessible from the internet, therefore increasing the risk to system integrity.  Furthermore, the growth of social networking systems and e-commerce means that personal data is also at risk.  It is therefore essential that internet users have a sound understanding of the risks involved, together with preventative and recovery measures. Security is a complex topic and this module provides an understanding of the context and overall security issues that apply in the use of networked computer systems from a perspective of personal data. You will explore the concepts of information security and identify security risks in different scenarios.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2158Software Engineering (20 credits)

Software Engineering equips you with an in-depth knowledge of the software engineering processes and development models. You will learn about the principles and methods of software engineering, including current and emerging software engineering practices and support tools. The module will also examine the development of software products from an industry perspective, including generation of appropriate documents, under tight schedules and limited resources.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

CIS3140Research and Development Project (40 credits)

Research and Development Project provides you with the opportunity to show individual creativity and originality and apply appropriate knowledge and skills taught throughout the programme. The module requires you to demonstrate investigative, problem-solving, communication, management and other transferable skills as you undertake an individual  project. You will conduct in-depth work on a substantial problem. This will include researching and analysing the problem and identifying and achieving a solution.


Assessment: Coursework: 25%, Practical(s): 75%.

CIS3157Complex Systems (20 credits)

Complex Systems recognises that the IT discipline is constantly changing as advances in hardware, software and methodologies result in new systems being constantly developed and new application areas being discovered. In this module, you will be exposed to a range of issues and technologies of current importance to both research and industry. You will critically discuss and contrast leading edge technologies and discuss the potential for applying them to existing and future complex systems, as well as exploiting existing technologies in new contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS3161Research and Development Methods (20 credits)

Research and Development Methods prepares you to undertake a software development project or dissertation. The module will enhance your ability to manage an individual project and act autonomously with limited supervisor guidance. You will be introduced to the main methods of research and the contexts in which they are conducted and enhance your understanding of the principles and perspectives of research. Building your practical experience and confidence in using a range of research methods, the aim is to demystify research and recognise the everyday skills and techniques which are involved.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SUG3025Mathematical Models (20 credits)

Mathematical Models covers a number of situations where differential equations arise and introduces you to the solution of boundary-value problems. Mathematical modelling is an important branch of the subject and one which has had substantial influence in recent years. Modelling provides a key illustration of how mathematics can be used, in a wide range of situations, such as to solve problems in areas like physical science.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select one of the following modules:

CIS3151Internet Security (20 credits)

Internet Security equips you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of computer and network security, outlines the key vulnerabilities of a networked computer system, and demonstrates how to design and construct a secure network. While society depends increasingly on computer systems, the systems are accessible from intranets and the internet, thereby increasing the risk to system integrity. A sound understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities of a system, as well as the associated preventative and recovery measures, is therefore important. This module will develop your analytical and evaluative skills in the context of a complex and unpredictable systems environment in order to define an appropriate level of security to meet the needs of a network owner.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

CIS3155Advanced Databases (20 credits)

Advanced Databases enhances your knowledge of databases, modelling tools and database management systems including object-relational database management systems and NoSQL systems. You will compare and contrast the range of modern DBMS architectures and critically evaluate the implications of the different tools and techniques they make available. You will also critically evaluate the key concepts of advanced databases and their application to database implementation, as well as designing and constructing databases using advanced concepts and techniques.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS3156Intelligent Systems (20 credits)

Intelligent Systems focuses upon the artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that are embedded within many games to add greater depth and challenges to players. The module explores the theory behind AI programming and provides the opportunity to develop your skills in writing AI code, using a range of techniques and theories which are relevant to the gaming industry, among others. You will be introduced to paradigms which facilitate the creation of AI routines and enable you to integrate these concepts into gaming code.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Timetables

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are as follows:

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualififications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Students graduating from Computer Science possess the essential skills to enter a career in computing with a broad choice of career paths, thereby enhancing their employability potential.

Computer Science graduates have the necessary underpinning knowledge to embark upon careers in data modelling and data science. These are fields that are rapidly emerging in all sectors of industry where large data sets are managed and processed, such as healthcare, retail, science and engineering.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

8th January 2018 - Change to Entry Requirements

With effect from academic year 2019/20 entry, the requirement to demonstrate evidence of numeracy is changing to GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).