This course offers in-depth technical and professional training, including CompTia, Security+ and CCNA, which are required to practise as a information technologist. The course is run in collaboration with local companies so you gain real world experience while studying.
Year 1 will give you the skills to study specialist technology topics later in the course. These include Introduction to Software. You will explore the principles of hardware and how computers are built. How computers work with databases and you’ll get an introduction into Structured Query Language (noSQL).
You will also learn about software applications and hardware installation, configuration and maintenance. This will include software such as Microsoft, Oracle and Java.
In year two you will be focusing on how software is designed and developed to work on different devices. You will also be considering how software and hardware can work together, how to develop systems secure by design and the approaches that can be used to test software.
Your final year will include independent learning through project work. During this time you will strengthen your project management skills. You will focus on research methods and emerging technologies.
Throughout the course you will benefit from work based learning projects which will prepare you to graduate as a professional.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
This course is aimed at providing practical and hands-on experience of developing IT systems. This will focus on many areas of technology and how they can be deployed to provide systems that can held support organisations achieve their overall business objectives. As such, you will learn how to interact with non-IT specialists to deliver IT solutions tat support a wide-range of business functions. Specifically, you will develop the knowledge and skills to draw out user re-quirements from non-IT experts and transform these into system level designs that can then be implemented. You will learn how to lead IT project, as well as the skills needed to perform effec-tively within a multi-faceted scheme.
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.