Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 11/08/2017
College College Eng and Physical Sci
School Computer Science
Department Computer Science
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Eng. Computer Science/Software Engineering with an Industrial Year Full-time
Programme Code 9501
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 5 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme Within the context of the general Learning & Teaching Aims of the School, this five-year single honours degree programme aims to provide:
1. Thorough coverage of the core areas of computer science, with a systematic grounding both in its theoretical underpinnings and in practical software development, through a focussed programme offering an extensive choice of advanced and specialist options in the third year.
2. Flexibility to change programmes after the first year, e.g. to the BSc in Computer Science, or to the BSc Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science.
3. A basis for a career as a software engineer, producing graduates who are equipped to work effectively in a professional capacity, with transferable skills in numeracy, problem-solving, team working and general communication and information technology.
4. A solid foundation for advanced study in computing, producing graduates who are self-motivating and are able to take responsibility for their continuing personal and professional development.
5. An accredited degree satisfying the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

The vocational aspect of an honours degree in Computer Science is considerably enhanced when students are able to augment their academic study by working in a commercial environment. The integration of an industrial placement of one year’s duration in the programme aims to provide the opportunity for a student to:
1. Understand how theoretical and academic work completed within the university environment relates to its practical application in the work place.
2. Learn how computing professionals operate within a commercial organisation.
3. Improve his or her skills of organisation, time management and record keeping over a significant period of work.
4. Undertake technical project work in a commercial environment.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Mathematical, theoretical, scientific and engineering principles and methodologies relating to Computing and computer applications, for use in the analysis and solution of Computing problems and to enable appreciation and understanding of their context and of historical, current and future developments and technologies.
Appropriate theory, practices and tools for the analysis and evaluation of computer-based systems and their components, including appropriate analytical and quantitative methods and modelling techniques.
The context of the development of computer-based systems, including commercial and economic aspects, management techniques, relevant legal requirements, professional and ethical issues and the need to promote sustainable development.
Current problems and issues at the forefront of Computing/software engineering, including an awareness of emerging technology.
The role of computing professionals within a company and the interactions that normally take place with other disciplines.
The application of technical knowledge in a commercial context at an appropriate level for the student's qualifications.
The standard of professional presentation and reporting skills required in industry and commerce.
1-4: Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Independent study;
5: Working in a commercial environment under the supervision of an Industrial Tutor;
6: Working in a commercial environment under the supervision of an Industrial Tutor, in particular completing one or more technical projects as required by the company;
7: Maintenance of a log-book; undertaking presentations and/or making reports as may be required by the company under the supervision of an Industrial Tutor.
1: Examinations, Coursework;
2-3: Examinations, Coursework, Reports;
4: Examinations, Coursework;
5: Report;
6: Successful completion of at least 30 weeks of the placement (as determined by the Industrial Tutor and the Academic Tutor), Report;
7: Log-book, Report, Evaluation by the Industrial Tutor and the Academic Tutor.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The ability to analyse, specify, design and construct computer-based systems.
A professional software engineering ethos, showing commitment to quality, understanding and respecting appropriate legal frameworks, codes of practice and standards, with a responsible, ethical and open-minded attitude to their work.
The ability to critically evaluate and apply areas of current research and advanced scholarship in Computing/software engineering.
The ability to construct high quality computer-based systems in a professional manner, based on a thorough understanding of design processes and methodologies and of their contexts.
The ability to work as a computing professional in a commercial environment, demonstrating a professional and responsible attitude.
The ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.
The ability to use and apply general IT facilities, including those required for effective information-retrieval.
Numeracy, in both understanding and presenting cases involving quantitative or similar formal, symbolic dimensions.
Management of learning and development, including time management, organizational skills, and the ability to pursue independently further professional development.
1-2:Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Projects, Independent study;
3-4:Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Independent study;
5: Exposure to normal working practices in a commercial environment, under the supervision of an Industrial Tutor;
6: Practical work, Projects, Independent study, Working in a commercial environment under the supervision of an Industrial Tutor;
7: Practical work, Projects;
8-9:Lectures, Tutorials, Exercise classes, Practical work, Projects, Independent study.
1: Examinations, Coursework, Reports;
2: Coursework, Reports, Examinations, Presentations;
3-4: Examinations, Coursework, Reports;
5: Log-book, Report, Evaluation by the Industrial Tutor and the Academic Tutor;
6: Coursework, Reports, Presentations, Log-book, Report, Evaluation by the Industrial Tutor and the Academic Tutor;
7: Coursework, Reports, Presentations;
8: Coursework, Reports, Presentations, Examinations;
9: Coursework, Reports, Presentations.