In your first year, you develop the skills to study the specialist topics later in the course including an introduction to software; hardware and how computers are built; how computers work with databases; and Structured Query Language (NoSQL). You will also learn about software applications (such as Microsoft, Oracle and Java) and hardware installation, configuration and maintenance.
In year two, you focus on software design and development; how software and hardware work together; designing secure systems; and approaches for testing software.
Learning in your final year focuses on research methods and emerging technologies as you undertake an independent IT project.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- It offers in-depth technical and professional training, including CompTia, Security+ and CCNA, which are required to practise as an information technologist
- Throughout the course, you benefit from work-based learning projects and hands-on experience which prepare you to graduate as a professional
- You learn how a wide range of technology can be deployed to provide systems that support organisations to achieve their business objectives
- You develop the knowledge and skills to draw out user requirements from non-IT experts and transform these into implemented system-level designs
- You will be able to lead an IT project, using transferable skills such as effective collaboration and critical thinking
- Take the course over four years and include a professional placement year (see below) where you can gain experience, build your CV and make contacts for the future
Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you to be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the three years of your study. Our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Computer Science but it is also relevant for a much wider range of applications.
The final year unit `Social and Professional Project Management in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control; you will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.
In addition and somewhat complementary the honours project fosters independent and autonomous study: you learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.
Students who register for the degree with professional practice year will additionally attend a series of workshops and activities related to securing a suitable placement and compulsory briefings at the end of year 2 to ensure that all legal requirements for health and safety, safeguarding etc. training have been met. This will be explained more fully in your professional practice handbook once you have registered with the Careers and Employability Services Student Development and Awards Team in your first year. If you will be working with children and/or vulnerable people you will be required to have a DBS check and undertake Safeguarding and Prevent training.
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