Applied Computing - BSc (Hons) [Top-Up] [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Computing

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  G500

Overview

If you are interested in the field of computing and don’t know what you would like to specialise in or you have interest in more than one area, this course is for you!

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of option modules allowing you to specialise in the area of computing you favour the most. The available option modules include programming, networking and general computing.

On completion of this programme you can progress onto a Masters (MSc) and further specialise in your selected area of computing or move into employment within the industry.

This course can open a number of different doors for you depending on module choices you make; you could gain employment as a systems developer, website developer, applications developer, network engineer or IT analyst.
 

This course runs on the following dates:



Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Trevelyan Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will get to use our dedicated, self-contained lab. It has its own private internal network and contains some of the latest security equipment and software. You'll have guest lectures and Q&A sessions with experts from the police and industry.
Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide master classes and workshops to enrich your learning.
This cyber security program will give you student membership of the BCS (British Computer Society, allowing you to participate in a full program of CPD and events here in Newcastle.
 

Who the course is for

This programme is for applicants who have recently achieved a Foundation Degree in a computing discipline, such as Computing, ICT Support, Web Development and Management, Games Development, Computer Forensics, Computing for Games and Interactive Media, Network and Security Technologies, Software Applications Development or a closely-related subject, and would like to top up their qualification to an Honours Degree in order to gain the skills and knowledge needed to develop a successful career in their specialist area, across a broad range of disciplines.

This course is designed for Higher Education applicants wishing to enter computing employment or progress to a Masters (MSc) programme.

This is a one year full-time course which will prepare you for the challenges and developments in the computing industry.

There is a significant demand for people who can design, develop, implement and manage networked environments, develop websites and software applications, design and develop database applications, and create interactive multimedia based applications, therefore the course has been developed in consultation with key computing contacts throughout the region so you’ll get relevant, career-focussed tuition in a good range of computing areas.
 

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Applied Computing by NCG.

How to Apply

UCAS

UCAS will begin to accept applications for 2018 entry from September 2017. Applications for 2018 entry will need to be made using the web-based on-line application system www.ucas.com

When you apply, you will need the UCAS code for your chosen course (see the course listing in the prospectus). You will also need Newcastle College’s institution name and code.

The institution name is NCAST.
The institution code is N23.

If you have any problems with the online application, contact UCAS by phone: 0871 4680 468  or email: enquiries@ucas.ac.uk.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email international@ncl-coll.ac.uk

Course Content

Systems Development
This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of systems development. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, laboratories, seminars, directed and independent learning. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback from class and lab activities. You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding.

OR

Secure Network Architecture and Design
This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of secure network architecture and design. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, laboratory, practice, seminars, and independent study. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback on class activities.
Laboratory and practice sessions will be used by you to develop and test your secure network infrastructure. You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding of secure network architecture and design.
 

OR

Mobile Games Design
This module will allow you to develop skills in producing a working interactive game for a mobile device. The game will use hardware features such as touch screen and gyroscope for an immersed interactive experience. You will be taught about mobile game design processes and be guided through the development of a game for a mobile platform. This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of Mobile Games Design. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, IT workshops, seminars, and directed and independent learning. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback on class activities, practical’s and serves as a group analysis of industry work. IT workshops will be used to allow access to equipment and software so that you can develop your artefact.

Forensics Investigation
This module will prepare you to conduct a forensic investigation by providing you with the knowledge to critically evaluate, demonstrate and utilise forensic investigation methodologies. This module is intended to develop practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of Forensic Investigation. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, IT workshops, seminars and independent study. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback from class activities and practical work. You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding in the area if computer forensics.

OR

Advanced Mobile Development
This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of mobile applications development. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, laboratories, seminars, directed and independent learning. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback from class activities and lab sessions. You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding of mobile application development.

OR
 

Management of Change
This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of managing organisational change. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, laboratories, practice through case studies, seminars, directed and independent learning.

Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback from class activities and case study practice sessions. You are expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding.


Collaborative Development

This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of collaborative development. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, laboratory, practice, seminars, and independent study. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback on class activities, practical’s and serves as a group analysis of industry work. Laboratory and practice sessions will be used by you to develop and test your prototype artefact for the assessment. Students will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding.

Research Methods and Data Analysis
This module is intended to develop your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of research methods and data analysis. Module delivery involves contact time incorporating formal lectures, IT workshops, seminars, independent research and independent study. Structured discussions in the form of seminars will provide opportunities for evaluation and feedback from class activities and practice application of research methods and data analysis. You will be expected to undertake directed and independent learning to support development of knowledge, skills and understanding in the area of research methods and data analysis. Understanding of network virtualisation, server management and compliancy. Students will work with current server and virtualisation technology with a heavy focus on industry recognised compliancy standards such as ISO27000 and PCI DSS.


Dissertation / Project
The Computing Dissertation/Project is an individual piece of work designed to develop and test a wide range of knowledge, abilities, and skills.

At the beginning of the module, you will receive timetabled lectures covering suitable project planning and management and professional issues which link to the Research Methods and Data Analysis module. You will be assigned to a member of the academic staff for supervision. Supervision meetings will normally take place in timetabled rooms, and you will be part of a supervision group of students. You will be able to benefit from peer support and interaction with other dissertation/project students during these sessions.
 

Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of different methods including:
•Written practical assignments
•Work-Based project
•Presentations
•Vivas
•Peer work
•Independent study.
 

 

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a variety of different methods including:

  • In Course Technical Reports
  • Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Case Studies
  • Peer Assessment
  • Work-Based Projects
  • Time-Constrained Assessments

 

Progression Opportunities

You can choose a range of optional modules that will enable you to enter employment in a range of areas such as software applications development, network security and management, mobile applications development or website development.

You could progress further in education and study a Masters (MSc) and further specialise in your selected area of computing.
 

Career Opportunities

Employees in the computing field need to be able to adapt to a dynamic and continuously changing work environment. Employers look for recruits who can demonstrate their ability to learn new techniques quickly and thoroughly. The BSc Applied Computing will enhance your employment prospects by demonstrating that you are capable of practical scholarship, learning practical skills in the context of continuous academic learning. We have excellent contacts with a range of companies many of whom have contributed to the development of the course.

This means that not only can you be assured your course is valued by employers, but that you’ll also have the opportunity to develop your own links with companies.

Entry Requirements

Have successfully achieved 55% or above in a Foundation Degree or HND in a computing related subject.

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.
 

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Reception
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.