Graduates from a range of subject areas, who wish to add this discipline to their portfolio, have the opportunity to master the technical skills and knowledge required for a career in computing on this course.
You will develop your programming and systems analysis know-how by studying modules such as Object-Oriented Programming and Systems Analysis and Design, while also growing a robust skillset in practical areas including E-Commerce Software and Database Systems and Design.
In your final semester, you will work on your individual project, with the support of an academic supervisor, giving you the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of work on a topic of your choice.
You will be taught by experts from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, which is internationally recognised for applied research expertise, ensuring exposure to the most recent developments in both the theory and practice of modern computing.
You can apply even if you have no previous experience in computing, but you will need to demonstrate some aptitude for logical analysis.
- Benefit from more than 50 years’ experience of teaching computing and our sector-leading knowledge of social media and mobile technologies, green ICT and privacy and security.
- Access specialist computer science laboratories, including a dedicated postgraduate laboratory. We have more than 20 computing laboratories equipped with machines ranging from HP dual-boot and all-in-one computers to specialist machines.
- Develop your professional skills by using our range of industry-standard, general purpose and specialist software, eg e-commerce packages.
- Learn through a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions, ensuring a good balance between theory and practice.
- Prepare for a career in computing. Past students are working in roles including systems analyst, programmer, software architect and research and development project leaders for companies such as Hewlett Packard and the NHS.
- Meet like-minded people and develop your practical skills with our diverse computing-related societies, including DMU Hackers, an ethical hacking society who meet weekly to share cyber security skills and take part in events and competitions.
First semester (October to January)
- Object-Oriented Programming
- Database Systems and Design
- Computer Systems and Networks
- Systems Analysis and Design
Second semester (February to May)
- Research Methods, Professionalism and Ethics
- E-Commerce Software
- E-Commerce Systems
- Human Factors in Systems Design
Third semester (June to September)
Teaching and assessments
The course can be studied either full-time over one year or part-time for two to six years, beginning in September each year (a January start date may also be available).
There will be two- or three-week vacations at Christmas and New Year (December/January) and Easter (March/April), and some students also take a brief break in June or July before completing their dissertation.
Teaching includes formal lectures, tutorials and labs. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and research to support your assignments and your dissertation. Assessment will be by various group and individual methods including exams, projects, presentations, written essays and reports.
You will normally be expected to attend a two-week induction to ensure that you are well prepared for the modules taught in the first semester. This course offers a degree of flexibility, and you may have the option to switch over to our Information Systems Management MSc after the first term (subject to approval).
We have over 20 computing laboratories equipped with machines ranging from HP dual-boot, all-in-one computers in the Computer Science laboratories to specialist machines. Student work is stored and backed up on dedicated high performance network file servers.
A wide range of industry-standard, general purpose and specialist software is available to support teaching. Many software packages are freely available to students via open source and similar licensing (for example Linux and Java) and all students have access to Microsoft Office.
Library and learning zones
On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.
As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.
The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.
More flexible ways to learn
We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.
Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it’s replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.