This course is ideal for students with a background in science or engineering, but with no previous significant study of Computing or Information Technology. A separate award is available for students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. The course aims to expand your knowledge, with a balance of theory and advanced practical skills. Through the development of a general knowledge of information technology it will enable you to independently synthesise information/ideas in chosen areas of the field. It will promote a professional attitude in students wishing to enter employment in the field of information technology and enhance the career prospects of all its students.
Assimilate information from journal papers, lectures, text books, original articles, self study notes, selected sites on the internet and personal experience. Reflect on the results of problem solving; making recommendations based on evidence and experience.
Apply a variety of techniques to different technologies in the area of Information Technology, including well-defined and ill-defined situations.
Reflect on the results of problem solving; making recommendations based on evidence and reflection.
Assimilate information from lectures, text books and self study notes. Use of workshops and tutorials to enhance practical skills and design and implement a non-trivial database application.
Assimilate information from lectures, text books and self study notes. Use of workshops and tutorials to develop practical skills in advanced database technology topics.
Work through a number of programming problems in a variety of scenarios during workshop sessions and in assessments, including individual and group-based exercises to reinforce learning. Reflect critically on the attempts of problem solving and personal performance.
Investigate and research in-depth in the subject area of Information Technology, producing a deliverable artefact related to the research undertaken.
The Dissertation will critically reflect on the work undertaken.
This course is ideal for students whose undergraduate degree is not either Computer Science, Engineering or a closely allied subject. The first block of teaching rapidly imparts the fundamental postgraduate material for an Information Technology degree. The pace of learning rapidly accelerates and includes. Database Management, Networking and Software Development with a clear focus on providing the students with practical skills complemented by a deep knowledge of these subjects.
Graduates can find employment within the Information Technology industry as analysts/programmers, business systems analysts, database programmers, database administrators and senior software support technicians.
You could also go on to do further research, or teach in either further or higher education.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
Display a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of advanced Information Technology topics; integrate and apply knowledge and skills to complex problems;
Demonstrate expertise and professional awareness of both current and emerging technologies within the field of Information Technology;
Critically evaluate the role of communications, architecture, networks and the internet in modern computer systems;
Make informed decisions on the use of appropriate database techniques and tools and apply these to develop database solutions to non-trivial problems;
Demonstrate expertise in software construction and implementation; apply well-chosen techniques, tools and methodologies to generate applications;
Conduct research into advanced areas of Information Technology through analysis and synthesis, demonstrate professional skills in individual project management and the development of related arguments and/or deliverables and communicate conclusions clearly through appropriate media.
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