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Computer Science (Networks) - BSc (Hons)

Canterbury

Overview

Computer Science is an exciting and rapidly developing subject that offers excellent employment prospects and well-paid careers.

At the University of Kent, we teach you the fundamentals of computer science as well as giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice.

Our degree programme can be studied as the Computer Science general degree, where a subject focus is decided during the course of your study, or as a themed degree, such as Computer Science (Networks), where a specific focus is decided at the time of enrolment and named in the degree title.

Over half our students choose to do a Year in Industry. This gives you work experience, a salary and the possibility of a job with the same company after graduation. The Kent IT Consultancy option offers the opportunity to learn how to become an IT Consultant by providing computing support to local businesses while earning credits towards your degree.

The School of Computing is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, with 95% of our research judged to be of international quality.

The School is also home to two National Teaching Fellows, authors of widely used textbooks and award-winning Java teaching systems such as BlueJ and Greenfoot.

Think Kent video series

In this lecture, Dr Mark Batty from the School of Computing explores how mathematics can be used to better specify and design computer systems. He makes the case that computer systems should not be built above prose specifications and that a solid basis for computer-system engineering does not exist.

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2015, 87% of School of Computing students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

The School of Computing at Kent is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2016, and, in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey*, 96% of students had found employment or gone on to further study within six months of graduating in 2014.

*conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

CO320 - Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)

This module provides an introduction to object-oriented software development. Software pervades many aspects of most professional fields and sciences, and an understanding of the development of software applications is useful as a basis for many disciplines. This module covers the development of simple software systems. Students will gain an understanding of the software development process, and learn to design and implement applications in a popular object-oriented programming language. Fundamentals of classes and objects are introduced, and key features of class descriptions: constructors, methods and fields. Method implementation through assignment, selection control structures, iterative control structures and other statements is introduced. Collection objects are also covered and the availability of library classes as building blocks. Throughout the course, the quality of class design and the need for a professional approach to software development is emphasized

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO322 - Foundations of Computing I (15 credits)

Mathematical reasoning underpins many aspects of computer science and this module aims to provide the skills needed for other modules on the degree programme; we are not teaching mathematics for its own sake. Topics will include algebra, reasoning and proof, set theory, functions, statistics.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO323 - Databases and the Web (15 credits)

• An introduction to databases and SQL, focussing on their use as a source for content for websites.

• Creating static content for websites using HTML(5) and controlling their appearance using CSS.

• Using PHP to integrate static and dynamic content for web sites.

• Securing dynamic websites.

• Using Javascript to improve interactivity and maintainability in web content.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO324 - Computer Systems (15 credits)

14. A synopsis of the curriculum

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental behaviour and components (hardware and software) of a typical computer system, and how they collaborate to manage resources and provide services. The module has two strands: ‘Hardware Architecture’ and ‘Operating Systems and Networks,’ which form around 35% and 65% of the material respectively. Both strands contain material which is of general interest to computer users; quite apart from their academic value, they will be useful to anyone using any modern computer system.

Hardware Architecture

Data representation: Bits, bytes and words. Numeric and non-numeric data. Number representation.

Computer architecture: Fundamental building blocks (logic gates, flip-flops, counters, registers). The fetch/execute cycle. Instruction sets and types.

Data storage: Memory hierarchies and associated technologies. Physical and virtual memory.

Operating Systems and Networks

Operating systems principles. Abstractions. Processes and resources. Security. Application Program Interfaces.

Device interfaces: Handshaking, buffering, programmed and interrupt-driven i/o. Direct Memory Access.

File Systems: Physical structure. File and directory organisation, structure and contents. Naming hierarchies and access. Backup.

Background and history of networking and the Internet.

Networks and protocols: LANs and WANs, layered protocol design. The TCP/IP protocol stack; theory and practice. Connection-oriented and connectionless communication. Unicast, multicast and broadcast. Naming and addressing. Application protocols; worked examples: SMTP, HTTP).

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO325 - Foundations of Computing II (15 credits)

This module follows from CO322 and aims to provide students with more understanding of the theory behind the formal underpinnings of computing. It will build upon the abstract reasoning skills introduced in CO322. Matrices, vectors, differential calculus, probability and computer arithmetic will be introduced.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO328 - Human Computer Interaction (15 credits)

This module provides an introduction to human-computer interaction. Fundamental aspects of human physiology and psychology are introduced and key features of interaction and common interaction styles delineated. A variety of analysis and design methods are introduced (e.g. GOMS. heuristic evaluation, user-centred and contextual design techniques). Throughout the course, the quality of design and the need for a professional, integrated and user-centred approach to interface development is emphasised. Rapid and low-fidelity prototyping feature as one aspect of this.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO334 - People and Computing (15 credits)

Design and communication, what makes for good written communication, how people get and process information, Personal Development Project, effective spoken communication, how to work successfully in a group, doing academic research, about preparing and giving a presentation, history of computing and the history of communication, the effects of technology, Health and safety issues with computing, the Business of Computing, Employment in IT, software development and software engineering, preparing for examinations, designing –for the web: web usability and web accessibility, the basics of IPR, relevant Laws applying to the use and development of computing, such as the Computer Misuse Act and the Data Protection Acts.



A range of social issues relating to computing, Representative content might include, Digital divide, Cyber bullying, Case studies



Sustainability: e.g. energy consumption, How to estimate? Substantial challenge, Rules of thumb (eg what to upgrade and when, when not to), Legal requirements of sustainability, Economic and ethical constraints.



How to make money in the IT industry: Consultancy, Selling software, Business planning, Pricing and estimating (case studies of what (not) to do from KITC).

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO520 - Further Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)

This module builds on the foundation of object-oriented design and implementation found in module CO320 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming to provide a deeper understanding of and facility with object-oriented program design and implementation. More advanced features of object-orientation, such as inheritance, abstract classes, nested classes, graphical-user interfaces (GUIs), exceptions, input-output are covered. These allow an application-level view of design and implementation to be explored. Throughout the module the quality of application design and the need for a professional approach to software development is emphasized.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

CO527 - Operating Systems and Architecture (15 credits)

This module aims to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the fundamental behaviour and components (hardware and software) of a typical computer system, and how they collaborate to manage resources and provide services. It will consider systems other than the standard PC running Windows, in order to broaden students’ outlook. The module has two strands: “Operating Systems” and “Architecture”, which each form around 50% of the material.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO510 - Software Engineering (30 credits)

13. A synopsis of the curriculum Phase 1 – theory and tools:

• Introduction to basic design principles of systems;

• Software process - concepts & implementation:

o life cycle models (from Extreme Programming to CMM);

o definition, model, measurement, analysis, improvement of software and team (organization) process;

• Requirements elicitation, analysis and specification;

• Introduction to modelling principles (decomposition, abstraction, generalization, projection/views), and types of models (information, behavioural, structural, domain, and functional);

• Basic UML: uses cases, classes, sequence and collaboration diagrams;

• Risk & risk management in software:

o risk management: identification, analysis and prioritization

o software risks: project, process and product

o development methods for reducing risk

• Training in handling electrical components commonly encountered in computing systems and safe working practices.

• Software management: project estimation and metrics, software and process quality assurance, documentation and revision control;

• Introduction to project management;

• Software engineering tools: configuration control (e.g. SVN, GIT, etc.), project management (e.g Trac), integrated development environments (e.g. Eclipse, NetBeans, etc.), and a UML tool (e.g. IBM Rational Rose).



Phase 2 – Practice and techniques:

• Introduction to design patterns;

• More UML: state, activity diagrams, and OCL;

• Project management practice;

• Introduction to software testing: unit testing, coverage analysis, black box testing, integration testing, test cases based use cases, system and acceptance testing, and testing tools;

• Understanding of a number of business techniques including estimation of time, costs and evaluation of technical alternatives in the business context;

• Professional practice (reflective):

o codes of ethics and professional conduct;

o social, legal, historical, and professional issues and concerns;

• Design and implement a simple software system to meet a specified business goal.

Credits: 30 credits (15 ECTS credits).

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CO518 - Algorithms, Correctness and Efficiency (15 credits)

Testing, specification, verification

• Specifying test properties, and more general logical properties

• Scaling testing

• Pre- and post-conditions, Hoare Logic, loop invariants



Data and Algorithm Design

• Dynamic data structures: trees, queues, heaps and priority queues;

• Sorting and searching algorithms, both in their own right and as components of more complex algorithms;

• Graph algorithms: depth and breadth-first search, union-find, minimal-cost spanning trees;



Estimation and efficiency

• Informal estimation and approximate calculations;

• Detailed analysis of the time complexity of some simple algorithms including best, worst and average behaviour;

• Techniques for analysing and comparing the asymptotic behaviour of algorithms.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO519 - Theory of Computing (15 credits)

Propositional & Predicate Logic, including proofs

• Formal languages: finite automata, regular expressions, CFGs

• Turing machines, decidability

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO532 - Database Systems (15 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of database systems. It extends the study of information systems in Stage 1 by focusing on the design, implementation and use of database systems. Topics include database management systems architecture, data modelling and database design, query languages, recent developments and future prospects.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO539 - Web Development (15 credits)

Building scaleable web sites using client-side and and server-side frameworks (e.g. GWT, CakePHP, Ruby on Rails).

Data transfer technologies, e.g. XML and JSON.

Building highly interactive web sites using e.g. AJAX.

Web services

Deploying applications and services to the web: servers, infrastructure services, and traffic and performance analysis.

Web and application development for mobile devices.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO545 - Functional and Concurrent Programming (15 credits)

This module will introduce students to fundamental concepts of functional and concurrent programming, using a suitable language (e.g. Erlang) as a vehicle to put these concepts into practice. The first part of the module will cover basic ideas in functional programming, such as expressions, types, values, lists, pattern-matching and recursion, together with the specific language concurrency model, including process creation, message sending and receiving. Good concurrent design practices will be considered, based on networks of communicating processes (e.g. Actor and CSP models), and avoiding problems such as deadlock, livelock and starvation.

The later part of the module will cover more advanced topics (higher-order functions) and look at alternative concurrency models (e.g. synchronous, channel-based, join-based and shared-memory) and their relationship to the model described in the first part of the module. Alongside this, consideration will be given to the relevance and applicability of functional and concurrent programming for use in real applications.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

CO633 - Computer Networks and Communications (15 credits)

This modules contains two main components. It starts with a comprehensive and detailed study of current computer networks and communications technologies. You learn how the various hardware and software components are organised and how they actually work . A selection of key topics are then looked at in even greater depth to reveal the state-of-the-art and issues (problems) that remain to be solved.

Network Architectures and Protocols: This component provides a comprehensive study of network architecture and individual protocol layers, including details of the technologies, algorithms and protocols currently used.

The Advanced Topics component takes an in-depth look at a number of advanced topics in the area of computer communications, including details of the current practice and outstanding issues in a number of state-of-the-art areas.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO634 - Computer Security and Cryptography (15 credits)

Security has always been an important aspect of computing systems but its importance has increased greatly in recent years. In this module you learn about areas where security is of major importance and the techniques used to secure them. The areas you look at include computer operating systems (and increasingly, distributed operating systems), distributed applications (such as electronic commerce over the Internet) and embedded systems (ranging from smart cards and pay-TV to large industrial plant and telecommunications systems).

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO600 - Project (30 credits)

The project gives you the opportunity to follow and develop your particular technical interests, undertake a larger and less tightly specified piece of work than you have before (at university), and develop the project organisation, implementation and documentation techniques which you have learnt in other modules. The technical and professional aspects of project courses are seen as particularly important by both employers (who will often bring them up in interviews) and by professional bodies.



The project may be self-proposed or may be selected from a list of project proposals. Typically, a project will involve the specification, design, implementation, documentation and demonstration of a technical artefact. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, who holds weekly meetings with the group, during which s/he will give general advice and will assess the progress of the group and the contributions by individual students.



Project deliverables are:

- a technical report, in the style of an academic paper, describing the scientific/technical outcome of the project;

- a well-indexed corpus of material that supports the achievements claimed.

In addition, each individual prepares a report outlining his/her contributions to each of the various aspects of the project. This report should not be a repeat of other material delivered as part of the project, but an assessment of the progress of the project and reflections on what the individual has learnt from undertaking it. In particular, it should include a description of the particular activities and outcomes that individual has contributed to the project, and of how the group worked together. This report will be discussed at a viva voce examination which should include a short presentation/demonstration of the project.

Credits: 30 credits (15 ECTS credits).

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CO620 - Research Project (30 credits)

The project gives you the opportunity to follow and develop your particular technical interests, undertake a larger and less tightly specified piece of work than you have before (at university), and develop the project organisation, implementation and documentation techniques which you have learnt in other modules. The technical and professional aspects of project courses are seen as particularly important by both employers (who will often bring them up in interviews) and by professional bodies.



The project may be self-proposed or may be selected from a list of project proposals. Typically, a project will involve the specification, design, implementation, documentation and demonstration of a technical artefact. The project is supervised by a member of the academic staff, who holds weekly meetings with the group, during which s/he will give general advice and will assess the progress of the group and the contributions by individual students.



Project deliverables are:

- a technical report, in the style of an academic paper, describing the scientific/technical outcome of the project;

- a well-indexed corpus of material that supports the achievements claimed.

In addition, each individual prepares a report outlining his/her contributions to each of the various aspects of the project. This report should not be a repeat of other material delivered as part of the project, but an assessment of the progress of the project and reflections on what the individual has learnt from undertaking it. In particular, it should include a description of the particular activities and outcomes that individual has contributed to the project, and of how the group worked together. This report will be discussed at a viva voce examination which should include a short presentation/demonstration of the project.

Credits: 30 credits (15 ECTS credits).

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CO650 - IT Consultancy Project (30 credits)

Students taking this module will undertake two or (typically) more assignments for the Kent IT Clinic (KITC). Each assignment will be of one of three types: .

Work on one of KITC’s contracts with an external client. To the extent that client-funded workallows, every student will be given at least one assignment of this type. Wherever practical, astudent will be encouraged to participate in the negotiation and pricing of contracts, under theultimate supervision of KITC management. For each assignment, the student may work on theassignment individually or as part of a group, as directed by KITC.

A contribution to the infrastructure of KITC itself. These assignments work in a similar way to external assignments, but with KITC as the client.

Formulating a costed proposal for the future development of KITC, and presenting reasoned argument in support of the proposal to KITC management, as a candidate for inclusion in KITC’s strategic plan for the following academic year. Every student will have at least one assignment of this type.

Credits: 30 credits (15 ECTS credits).

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CO657 - Internet of Things (15 credits)

The module will cover a mixture of theoretical and practical topics in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT), that is, the use of Internet technologies to access and interact with objects in the physical world. This will include coverage of the range of sensor and actuator devices available, ways in which they communicate and compute, methods for getting information to and from IoT-enabled devices, and ways of visualising and processing data gained from the IoT. A practical component will consist of building the hardware and software for a sensor network and a system to visualise data from that network.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO658 - Programming Language Implementation (15 credits)

A study of techniques for interpreting and compiling programming languages, implementing them in a typed functional programming language (e.g., OCaml, Haskell). The module will outline a whole compiler from source to machine code, but will focus in depth on key algorithms and techniques. Possible in-depth topics include:

• writing interpreters,

• Hindley-Milner type inference,

• register allocation,

• garbage collection,

• abstract interpretation,

• static single assignment form.



The implemented language will be based on a simple imperative (e.g., Pascal-like) language with some extensions to address advanced topics in data layout (e.g., closures, objects, pattern matching). The course will be organized around a simple, but complete, example compiler that the student will have to understand and modify.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO659 - Computational Creativity (15 credits)

The module aim is to give students an overview and understanding of key

theoretical, practical and philosophical research and issues around

computational creativity, and to give them practical experience in writing and

evaluating creative software.



The module will cover the following topics:

• Introduction to computational creativity

Examples of computational creativity software e.g. musical systems,

artistic systems, linguistic systems, proof generator systems,

furniture design systems

• Evaluation of computational creativity systems (both of the quality

and the creativity of systems)

• Philosophical issues concerning creativity in computers

• Comparison of computer creativity to human creativity

• Collaborative creativity between humans and computers

• Overview of recent research directions/results in computational

creativity

• Practical experience in writing creative software

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO832 - Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (15 credits)

This module explores a range of different data mining and knowledge discovery techniques and algorithms. You learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different techniques and how to choose the most appropriate for any particular task. You use a state-of-the-art data-mining tool, and learn to evaluate the quality of discovered knowledge.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO528 - Introduction to Intelligent Systems (15 credits)

This module covers the basic principles of machine learning and the kinds of problems that can be solved by such techniques. You learn about the philosophy of AI, how knowledge is represented and algorithms to search state spaces. The module also provides an introduction to both machine learning and biologically inspired computation.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CB612 - New Enterprise Startup (15 credits)

The curriculum is based on the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (National Standards-setting body for small business) Standards for Business Start-up, but has been expanded to include contemporary issues such as Intellectual Property and recent legislation. It will include the following areas of study:

• Why firms become insolvent – economic financial and operational reasons for business failure, risks & liabilities, skills requirements for business ownership, self-development planning, sources of advice and support for businesses

• The new business planning process and format, developing & evaluating the business idea, producing a business plan for potential lenders.

• Financial aspects – budgetary planning & control, cash-flow and working capital, understanding financial accounting and key financial documents, break-even analysis, credit control and debt recovery, understanding PAYE & VAT.

• Market research, competition and barriers to market entry, identifying customers, market segmentation, planning the sales & marketing processes, customer perceptions & customer care, developing quality standards for the business

• Legal issues: reporting requirements, UK & EU law relevant to small businesses, business formats & trading status and their respective risks and liabilities, insurance, insolvency; patents, copyrights and IPR.

• Planning & employing staff, planning and obtaining premises, physical & financial resources; phased implementation of the business plan.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO636 - Cognitive Neural Networks (15 credits)

In this module you learn what is meant by neural networks and how to explain the mathematical equations that underlie them. You also build neural networks using state of the art simulation technology and apply these networks to the solution of problems. In addition, the module discusses examples of computation applied to neurobiology and cognitive psychology.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO637 - Natural Computation (15 credits)

This module enables students to take ideas from the natural sciences and use them as inspiration for new computational techniques. You examine developments in biological-inspired computation and their applications. There is also a practical element to the module; you implement one of the algorithms discussed in the lectures on the computers. Topics covered, include evolutionary computation and swarm intelligence.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO641 - Computer Graphics and Animation (15 credits)

Computer graphics and animation are important for a variety of technical and artistic applications including web design, HCI and GUI development, games and simulations, digital photography and cinema, medical and scientific visualization, etc.



This module introduces the subject from the perspective of computing. You will learn about technologies and techniques for modeling, manipulating, capturing, displaying and storing 2D and 3D scenes, digital images, animations and video. You will also gain practical experience of 3D modelling and animation tools.



Digital Imaging and Video:

Human vision

Colour models

Images, video and 3D

Capture and display

Enhancement and conversion

Formats and compression (e.g. GIF, JPEG, MPEG)



Computer Graphics:

Graphics pipeline

3D object and scene modelling with polygon meshes

Transformations

Projection, clipping and visible surface determination

Illumination and shading

Ray tracing and photorealism



Computer Animation:

Key-frame animation

Warping and morphing

Articulated figures

Kinematics, dynamics and collision detection

Particle systems and flocking

Computer-generated human characters and video-realism

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO643 - Computing Law and Professional Responsibility (15 credits)

The scope of the module is outlined below. Note that topics will not necessarily be delivered in this order

Professional issues and professional organisations.



Data privacy legislation, and other UK laws relating to the professional use of computer systems

Criminal law relating to networked computer use, including new Anti-Terrorism legislation; and their application



Intellectual Property Rights, including Copyright, Patent and Contract Laws

Health & Safety issues.

Computer-based Projects, including the vendor-client relationship and professional responsibilities

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO645 - IT Consultancy Practice 2 (15 credits)

Students taking this module will undertake one or (typically) more assignments for the Kent IT Clinic (KITC). Each assignment will be of one of three types:

Work on one of KITC’s contracts with an external client. To the extent that client-funded work allows, every student will be given at least one assignment of this type. Wherever practical, a student will be encouraged to participate in the negotiation and pricing of contracts, under the ultimate supervision of KITC management. For each assignment, the student may work on the assignment individually or as part of a group, as directed by KITC. A contribution to the infrastructure of KITC itself.

A contribution to the infrastructure of KITC itself. These assignments work in a similar way to external assignments, but with KITC as the client.

Formulating a costed proposal for the future development of KITC, and presenting reasoned argument in support of the proposal to KITC management, as a candidate for inclusion in KITC’s strategic plan for the following academic year.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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CO646 - Computing in the Classroom (15 credits)

Students will spend one half-day per week for ten weeks in a school with a nominated teacher. They will observe sessions taught by their designated teacher and possibly other teachers. Later they will act somewhat in the role of a teaching assistant, by helping individual pupils who are having difficulties or by working with small groups. They may take ‘hotspots’: brief sessions with the whole class where they explain a technical topic or talk about aspects of university life. They must keep a weekly log of their activities. Each student must also devise a special project in consultation with the teacher and with the module convener. They must then implement and evaluate the project.

Credits: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits).

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Teaching & Assessment

Most modules run for a single 12-week term, and are usually a combination of lectures, seminars, private study and practical sessions. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination and details are shown in the module outlines on the web. Project modules are assessed wholly by coursework.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • Provide a programme that will attract and meet the needs of both those contemplating a career in computing and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in Computer Science. 
  • Be compatible with widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes. 
  • Provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principles of Computer Science. 
  • Provide computing skills that will be of lasting value in a field that is constantly changing.  
  • Offer a range of options to enable students to match their interests and study some selected areas of computing in more depth. 
  • Provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge. 
  • Develop general critical, analytical and problem solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of different computing and non-computing settings.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Hardware: the major functional components of a computer system.  
  • Software: Software: programming languages and practise; tools and packages; computer applications; structuring of data and information.  
  • Communication and interaction: basic computer communication network concepts; communication between computers and people; the control and operation of computers. 
  • Practise: problem identification and analysis; design development, testing and evaluation.  

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual skills in:

  • Modelling: knowledge and understanding in the modelling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-off involved in design choices.
  • Reflection and communication: present succinctly to a range of audiences rational and reasoned arguments.
  • Requirements: Identify and analyse criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems and plan strategies for their solution.
  • Criteria evaluation and testing: Analyse the extent to which a computer-based system meets the criteria defined for its current use and future development.
  • Methods and tools: Deploy appropriate theory, practices, and tools for the specification, design, implementation, and evaluation of computer-based systems.
  • Professional responsibility:Recognize and be guided by the professional, economic, social,  environmental, moral and ethical issues involved in the sustainable exploitation of computer technology.
  • Computational thinking: demonstrate a basic analytical ability and its relevance to everyday life.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • Design and implementation: Specify,design, and implement computerbased systems.
  • Evaluation: Evaluate systems in terms of general quality attributes and possible tradeoffs presented within the given problem.
  • Information management: Apply the principles of effective information management, information organisation, and information retrieval skills to information of various kinds, including text, images,sound, and video.
  • Tools: Deploy effectively the tools used for the construction and documentation of software, with particular emphasis on understanding the whole process involved in using computers to solve practical problems.
  • Operation: Operate computing equipment and software systems effectively.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in:

  • Teamwork: Be able to work effectively as a member of a development team.
  • Communication: Make succinct presentations to a range of audiences about technical problems and their solutions.
  • Information Technology: Effective use of general IT facilities information retrieval skills.
  • Numeracy and literacy: understand and explain the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of a problem.
  • Self management: Managing one’s own learning and development, including time management and organisational skills.
  • Professional Development:Appreciating the need for continuing professional development in recognition of the need for lifelong learning.

Careers

Those students who choose to take the year in industry option find the practical experience they gain gives them a real advantage in the graduate job market. In addition, the Kent IT Clinic gives you the opportunity to take on consultancy work for local companies, giving you real-world experience and earning credits towards your academic studies. Our high graduate employment rate speaks for itself, with recent graduates going on to work at Accenture, BT, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Intel, Lilly, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Oracle, Thomson Reuters, Siemens and T-Mobile.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

AAB

GCSE

Mathematics grade C

Access to HE Diploma

The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

DDD

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 16 points at HL including Mathematics 5 at HL or SL or Mathematics Studies 6 at SL.

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements.

Please note that if you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes through Kent International Pathways.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

Funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our funding opportunities for 2017 entry have not been finalised. However, details of our proposed funding opportunities for 2016 entry can be found on our funding page.  

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Details of the scholarship for 2017 entry have not yet been finalised. However, for 2016 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our scholarships pages. Please review the eligibility criteria on that page. 

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Fees

The 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £9250 £16480

The Government has announced changes to allow undergraduate tuition fees to rise in line with inflation from 2017/18.

The University of Kent intends to increase its regulated full-time tuition fees for all Home and EU undergraduates starting in September 2017 from £9,000 to £9,250. This is subject to us satisfying the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and the access regulator's requirements. The equivalent part-time fees for these courses will also rise by 2.8%.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk

Key Information Sets


The Key Information Set (KIS) data is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.

If you have any queries about a particular programme, please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

The University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in its publicity materials is fair and accurate and to provide educational services as described. However, the courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Full details of our terms and conditions can be found at: www.kent.ac.uk/termsandconditions.

*Where fees are regulated (such as by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills or Research Council UK) they will be increased up to the allowable level.

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