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This MSc programme focuses on the development of sophisticated computer graphics applications and on the development of tools commonly used in the creation of content for these applications. Read more
This MSc programme focuses on the development of sophisticated computer graphics applications and on the development of tools commonly used in the creation of content for these applications. It provides students with opportunity to develop important skills necessary for employment in this sector. They will use their expertise to, for example, develop interactive graphical scenes and deploy up to date techniques to implement real-time and offline visual effects.

Course Overview

This programme will equip students with skills at a high academic level and also crucially enable them to practically implement their knowledge because of the ‘hands-on’ emphasis of the programme.

The main themes of the programme are:
-Current and emerging algorithms and techniques used in film visual effects and games programming
-Approaches used to generate off-line visual effects
-Approaches used to generate real-time interactive games

The first theme develops in the student the necessary skills required to implement algorithms and techniques used to generate realistic scenes. These concepts will be explored in detail.

The second theme addresses the need for students to identify, evaluate and implement suitable methods to solve specific problems related to creating off-line visual effects.

The third theme recognises the need to solve these problems using approaches optimised for real-time computer games development and develops in the student the requisite skills.

Modules

-Animation Systems Development (20 credits)
-Artificial Intelligence for Games & VFX (20 credits)
-GPU Shader Development (20 credits)
-Leadership and Management (20 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
-Visual Simulation (20 credits)
-Major Project (60 credits)

Key Features

Applicants for this programme will have an interest in computer graphics and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). The main themes of the programme are current and emerging algorithms and techniques used in film visual effects and games programming, approaches used to generate off-line visual effects and approaches used to generate real-time interactive games. This also includes the development/enhancement of tools used in the CGI and animation industry. Graduates will be concerned with the discipline of developing software and applications using high level programming languages. They will also be experienced in creating custom animated scenes using the powerful scripting languages of industry standard applications such as Maya and Houdini software. Graduates will have an advanced understanding of computer graphics, GPU shader development, and visual simulation methods making use of modern artificial intelligence and simulation techniques. Graduated are likely to find employment either within the film VFX industry, computer games or traditional software engineering sectors.

Assessment

An Honours Degree (2.2 or above) or advanced qualification in Computer Science or cognate discipline from a UK University or recognised overseas institution, or industrial experience in Computer Networking and an Honours Degree.

Where English is not your first language, we ask that you hold an Academic IELTS test with a score of at least 6.0 (no element less than 5.5) or TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 (213 for computer based test).

Career Opportunities

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:
-Software Engineers
-Senior Software Engineers
-App Developers
-CGI Special Effects Programmers
-Games Programmers
-Lead Programmers
-Render Manager
-VFX Programmer
-VFX Technical Directors

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Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied software engineering, programming, computer science, maths or physics. Read more
Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied software engineering, programming, computer science, maths or physics. Such students will seek more specialised, technical programming and software engineering skills. They would learn in-depth, a range of programming concepts, languages and software development techniques to develop sophisticated and complex programs. Graduates will seek positions as software developers, systems engineers, software testers, programmers, etc.

Course Overview

The main themes of the programme are:
-Current and emerging Software Engineering principles and practices
-Current and emerging programming practices
-Large scale software project management

This programme will equip students with those skills at a high academic level and also crucially enable them to practically implement their knowledge because of the ‘hands-on’ emphasis of the programme.

The Current and emerging Software Engineering principles and practices includes aspects of generic programming.

The Current and emerging programming practices theme covers advanced topics in modules such as Generic Programming and aspects of Scientific Computing and Virtualisation

The Large scale project management theme will concentrate on management and systems analysis skills to be developed by the students both of which are in great demand by employers.

Modules

Part 1
-Agile Software Development (20 credits)
-Generic Programming (20 credits)
-Leadership and Management (20 credits)
-Managing Information Systems and Projects (20 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
-Scientific Computing & Virtualisation (20 credits)

Part 2
-Major Project (60 credits)

Key Features

Software Engineering as a subject evolved from a desire to incorporate engineering practices including, analysis, design, testing and project management to the process of creating computer programs. As a discipline, software engineering is as broad as the software created, with applications as diverse as plant control (real-time critical systems) to commercial trading software (database driven software) to image processing applications for mobile phones (computer graphics based mobile applications).

Assessment

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module. Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will be skilled and knowledgeable in the technical aspects of software development, and are likely to find employment either within specialist software organisations, or within organisations which commit resources to developing highly technical software systems. They are likely to have to work as a member of a team, conceiving, designing, developing and implementing complex software systems. Graduates from this programme would expect to be initially employed as software engineers. Those employed by SMEs are likely to work in smaller teams or perhaps as sole developers. Students finding employment with larger companies are most likely to work in larger teams building a variety of large-scale applications.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:
-Software Engineers
-Senior software Engineers
-Software Developers
-Application Developers
-System Engineers
-Software Technical Lead
-System Analyst
-Version control manager
-Project lead/manager

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The programme is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills within the field of computing. The course is aimed at students who already have a first degree in computing, have some existing software engineering skills, and wish to deepen their knowledge. Read more
The programme is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills within the field of computing. The course is aimed at students who already have a first degree in computing, have some existing software engineering skills, and wish to deepen their knowledge. This programme will have a strong focus on how data can be exploited within an organisation and will emphasise the communication of that data to a target audience.

Graduates would undertake a range of tasks associated with IT in organisations, and develop sophisticated solutions to IT problems.

Course Overview

The main themes of the programme are:
-Web based application development
-Database development, deployment and integration
-Project and team management in the computing sector

This programme will equip students with those skills at a high academic level and also crucially enable them to practically implement their knowledge because of the ‘hands-on’ emphasis of the programme.

Each of these themed areas is itself an area of significant international strategic importance and will enable students to gain important and valuable skills.

The Web based application development theme reviews current trends and technologies. Complex challenges faced by web developers are investigated in detail.

The Database development, deployment and integration theme covers the important areas of Data Warehousing and Data Analysis both of which are cited as important skills that are in great demand by businesses.

The final theme, Project and team management will concentrate on developing the skills of project management and systems analysis, both of which are in great demand by employers.

Modules

Part 1:
-Data Warehousing (20 credits)
-Distributed Web Apps (20 credits)
-Leadership and Management (20 credits)
-Managing Information Systems and Projects (20 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
-Web Technologies for e-Commerce (20 credits)

Part 2:
-Major Project (60 credits)

Key Features

This MSc provides significant technical content which will inform the management decision making process. In this context major organisations such as Tesco, Sainsbury and Amazon have been making significant investment into data warehousing and data mining technologies.

To effectively use this technology requires a large number of people to apply and manage the technology. The price of the technology has reduced significantly since the inception of data warehousing with Microsoft and Oracle supplying the appropriate add-on tools to their database management system products. These factors allow smaller organisations to gain a competitive advantage by utilising the large pool of transactional data that in some cases has been stored for many years.

In an industrial context, students may be required to manage teams of developers in small to large scale projects. To efficiently manage such projects, they will require a significant technical understanding of the issues arising to be able to appreciate the complexity of the tasks to be undertaken.

Indeed, in an SME this role is often fulfilled by a senior member of the development staff with both development and management duties. As either a developer or manager, the graduate would be expected to demonstrate their initiative and be able to use their research skills to rapidly adapt to the demands of new technology.

Assessment

Student works are assessed through combination of course works, lab based practical exams and written exam. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and oral presentation. Part 2 of the MSc programme requires the student to research and prepare an individual project/dissertation of a substantial nature.

University students who are unable to successfully complete all aspects of the Part 1 may be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

Career Opportunities

Students on this programme develop a broad range of technical skills and will study a number of topics related to information systems. The programme covers the three themes of Web based application development, Database development, deployment and integration, and Project and Team management in the computing sector.

A significant emphasis is placed on database management and the implementation of applications for manipulating information including both database systems and web applications. Additionally, graduates would be able to lead teams and manage projects.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:
-Project manager (within the Computing field)
-Data analyst
-Database administrator
-Application developer
-Web developer

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The emphasis of this Masters' programme is on the three key themes within eCommerce – hardware, software and business considerations. Read more
The emphasis of this Masters' programme is on the three key themes within eCommerce – hardware, software and business considerations.

Students will undertake a range of tasks associated with eCommerce in organisations, and will enjoy developing sophisticated solutions to eCommerce problems.

Course Overview

e-Commerce is now a mature industry in the UK and covers a wide range of skills. As well as technical skills, this area also covers marketing, advertising, sales order processing and customer service.

This programme is aimed at providing graduates with the knowledge and skills to enable them to satisfy the demands of employers by developing and enhancing their use of ICT, particularly in the area of eCommerce. This programme has a strong focus on data analysis and other factors that affect eCommerce such as law, marketing/social media, privacy, intellectual property, etc. Graduates will use their expertise to manage teams that design, implement, test and maintain innovative eCommerce based solutions in contemporary organisations.

Modules

Part 1:
-Data Mining (20 credits)
-Leadership and Management (20 credits)
-Managing Information Systems and Project (20 credits)
-Marketing and Web Analytics (20 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
-Web Technologies for e-Commerce (20 credits)

Part 2:
-Major Project (60 credits)

Key Features

This MSc programme is aimed at providing graduates with the knowledge and skills to enable them to satisfy the demands of employers developing and enhancing their use of ICT, particularly in the area of e-Commerce. It aims to enable graduates to improve their employment prospects and enhance their career development.

This programme is involved in areas of established, new and rapidly changing technologies. These technologies are also being introduced into areas where the existing workforce needs to be retrained and enhanced to take advantage of the opportunities arising, for example, the use of the Internet in developing and maintaining supply chains. The rapid advances, particularly in computer technology, over recent years have led to a demand from a wide range of employers for graduates with the knowledge and skills provided by this programme.

Assessment

Student work is assessed through a combination of coursework, lab based practical examinations and written examinations. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and oral presentation.

Career Opportunities

eCommerce continues to grow nationally and internationally. Graduates of this programme should be well placed to play a role in that expansion.

Although the UK already has a significant proportion of industries which rely on eCommerce, there remains a shortage of people with the relevant technical knowledge and skills to work in the industry. The skills and knowledge gained throughout the programme will prepare students for both employment within the eCommerce industry and within the computing area on a wider perspective.

The program is designed to allow the graduate of MSc eCommerce to work in a number of different roles. Graduates may seek roles on the business side of eCommerce, for example in marketing, or as an advisor to an eCommerce company. Other graduates may seek roles in software development. eCommerce is popular and is growing nationally and internationally. Graduates of this programme should be well placed to play a role in that expansion.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:
-Web Designer
-Usability consultant
-e-Commerce advisor
-Marketing consultant
-Project manager

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The programme is to educate our students in the design, implementation and troubleshooting of Computer Networks and high performance cluster computing scenarios. Read more
The programme is to educate our students in the design, implementation and troubleshooting of Computer Networks and high performance cluster computing scenarios. The programme includes material required for the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) qualification, and students can work towards this internationally recognised qualification alongside their MSc degree.

Course Overview

This programme aims to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the specialist area of networking. It has been developed in response to the need for personnel equipped with the skills needed to design, implement and troubleshoot an enterprise computer network infrastructure

The course is designed primarily for science and technology graduates who have some prior knowledge of computing and/or networking and who wish to specialise in computer networking.

The School is a Cisco Academy, an Academy Support Centre and an Instructor Training Centre. The School has been delivering Cisco Networking Academy programme since 1999. The Master’s programme is blended with Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum. Cisco is the world’s leading network device manufacturer and the CCNP is a prominent professional qualification in the networking industry.

Modules

Part 1:
-Emerging Network Technologies(20 credits)
-Implementing IP Routing (20 credits)
-IP Switched Networks (20 credits)
-Leadership and Management (20 credits)
-Network Security (20 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)

Part 2:
-Major Project (60 credits)

Key Features

The Internet has now become part of our day-to-day life and is growing rapidly even during recessions. An expanding mobile communications backbone (as evinced by the number of smartphones being projected to rise from 500 million in 2011 to 2 billion by 2015) has led to greatly increased mobile internet traffic.

To take advantage of this opportunity, companies will require staff who are skilled in network design, implementation, administration, management and analysis. Students on this programme will also be given an opportunity to study towards industrial qualifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professionals (CCNP).

Assessment

Student works are assessed through combination of coursework, lab-based practical exams and written examinations. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and oral presentation. Part 2 requires the student to research and prepare an individual project/dissertation of a substantial nature.

University students who are unable to successfully complete all aspects of the Part 1 may be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploman (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

Career Opportunities

The programme emphasises four key themes within Computer Networking: routing and switching, emerging network technologies, network design, and security. Graduates will undertake a range of tasks associated with networking in organisations, and will be capable developing sophisticated solutions to networking problems. It is anticipated that graduates in the field of computer networks would be able to find employment in a number of different areas, including routing and switching, network design, VoIP, and security.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:
-Network Administrators
-Network Associates
-Network Engineers
-Senior Network Engineers
-Network Support Engineers
-Security Engineers
-Systems Engineers
-Network Specialists
-Network Analysts

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This programme is designed to furnish graduates, and other entry-qualified students who wish to further their scholarship, animation experience, practical application and reinforce their professional attributes, with an experience which will further encourage and develop their creativity, expand their practical capabilities and sharpen their media awareness and critical faculties. Read more
This programme is designed to furnish graduates, and other entry-qualified students who wish to further their scholarship, animation experience, practical application and reinforce their professional attributes, with an experience which will further encourage and develop their creativity, expand their practical capabilities and sharpen their media awareness and critical faculties.

Key Features

Students will develop the ability to initiate and carry out ambitious projects, (both personally and in teams) be personally decisive in complex and unpredictable contexts, manage their own learning, employ scholarly reviews and original materials relevant to their discipline and show critical self-judgement.

They will also extend intellectual development abilities, such as reflective critical thinking and analytical approaches to creative design with an awareness of social, ethical and cultural implications. Above all, students will become much better animators.

Modules

-3D Animation (Part I)
-Production Methods (Part I)
-Production Management (Part I)
-Pre-Production (Part I)
-Post Production (Part I)
-Major Project (Part II)

Assessment

The programme is assessed through course work and oral presentations/examinations in accordance with the awarding body's regulations. The course work is varied and the nature of assessment depends on the nature of the outcomes being assessed. Students receive, as part of the Student Handbook, details of the assessment scheme used to assess work. Specific assessment criteria is contained in individual assignment briefs which are given to each student at the start of each assignment/project.

Career Opportunities

So far the programme has an excellent track record in respect of students being employed by the animation industry. Since the first cohort of animation students completed in 2010, the following companies have employed SDM graduates:
-The Mill
-Framestore
-Icreate
-Tonto Films
-Tornado Films

Further Information

The 3D Computer Animation Industry demands a potential employee who has a professional attitude, who has a range of creative and practical attributes and who is self-motivated, team compatible and who will make up for their lack of experience by raw enthusiasm and willingness to constantly learn. This programme has been devised to produce such a person.

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The Computing with ICT Programme is designed to prepare you to inspire the next genearation to learn about digital technology. It is an incredibly exciting time for the subject as technological advances create higher demands for creators of new technologies. Read more
The Computing with ICT Programme is designed to prepare you to inspire the next genearation to learn about digital technology. It is an incredibly exciting time for the subject as technological advances create higher demands for creators of new technologies.

You will learn to use emergent technology to engage and excite learners and to promote enjoyment in learning. Both the English and Welsh Governments have recognised the need for change in the curriculum, and the course will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills to teach both ICT and Computing.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Course Overview

The course is split into a number of modules each designed to give you all the skills you need to teach within the secondary sector. You will study various styles of teaching Computing, IT and Digital Literacy to pupils, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, assessment of attainment, and the impact of IT on learning. You will be assisted in developing the range of your specialist knowledge and skills to cover all the content required for the National Curriculum at key stage three, GCSE at key stage Four and GCE 'A' level at key stage five and equivalent vocational courses.

This will involve concept and skill development in in all aspects of ICT together with computing and innovative programming languages such as SCRATCH at KS3 and Python at KS4.

During your time at university you will have a choice of opportunities to further your expertise, there is the option to join your Maths colleagues for a few hours a week which will enable you to teach Mathematics at KS3 in addition to Computing, IT and Digital Literacy, or if your interests lie with emerging technology then you will be able to opt for Cross-Curricular support and you will be assigned a subject area, this might be any one of the specialist PGCE course. You will then have the opportunity to help develop the digital literacy of that specialist subject for a couple of hours during the university weeks together with exploring new applications to help in the teaching and learning process.

Modules

-Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary
-Skills and learning across the Curriculum – (Welsh or English)
-Investigating Issues in Secondary Education - (Welsh or English)
-Curriculum Development and Enhancement
-Professional Teaching Experience (English or Welsh/bilingual)

Key Features

It is available with English and Welsh medium student provision using long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and colleges.

Most importantly we have the best employment rate throughout Wales

The course has recently been updated to reflect contemporary issues and changes within the world of education. It is taught by highly respected tutors who have considerable knowledge within their field and chosen specialism.

The course is challenging, but motivating and invigorating, combining practical strategies and skills with academic enquiry and theory.

There are opportunities to investigate areas of specialist interest.

The course is split between university and professional teaching practice, with approximately 12 weeks and occasional days and 24 weeks split between two placements. The weeks at University are designed in such a way that you experience lead lectures both with your own subject area and with students from different subject areas in order to have an insight about how a particular issue relates to different specialist subjects. These may be given by University Staff or by guest lecturers with specialist expertise.

There are also plenty of opportunities where your experience can be enhanced such as involvement with local conferences and workshop events. This year students attended the Technocamps conference at The Liberty Stadium, Swansea, where they had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers from local IT and computing enterprises such as Raspberry Pi and Welsh government ministers. They also had the opportunity to observe first hand some of the innovative programming applications such as ‘Blockly’ and ‘SCRATCH’ being used first hand in teaching environments.

This year it is also hoped that the Secondary PGCE Computing and ICT will have the opportunity to join their Primary colleagues in their own conference on site in Swansea.

Within the newly designed course if you are achieving your QTS early it is envisaged that should you wish to take the opportunity you can arrange a fortnight placement at an establishment of your choice within the Secondary or 14-19 sector. This will enable you to observe, experience a specialist area that you may wish to pursue. It could include special needs schools, independent schools and training establishments. This opportunity is likely to increase your experience and employability.

Assessment

The course comprises of 120 credits, 40 of which are at Masters level and is assessed by a combination of written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience.

The assignments are a combination of level 6 and level 7 assignments and are designed to combine practical teaching strategies and academic enquiry.

The Professional teaching practice is assess through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the qualified Teacher Standards.

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Computing and ICT graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe (Swansea), Milford Haven School (Pembrokeshire) and Hilbre High School (Wirral).

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The Master of Philosophy degree is an internationally-recognised qualification which affords students the opportunity to investigate a topic relevant to the Faculty’s areas of expertise under the supervision of a team of qualified academic staff. Read more
The Master of Philosophy degree is an internationally-recognised qualification which affords students the opportunity to investigate a topic relevant to the Faculty’s areas of expertise under the supervision of a team of qualified academic staff.

Course Overview

Prospective candidates submit a proposal for a research project. Following approval, you are allocated a supervision team of two or three appropriate members of staff led by a Director of Studies. With this team you embark on an extended investigation into your topic, producing a written thesis. There is also an option of practice-based research, which results in a shorter written thesis together with a substantial body of practical work. All research students have the opportunity to take part in research training events, and the University’s Summer School.

The Faculty’s areas of expertise include all aspects of the visual arts, design, photography, film and media. MPhil work will often lead to publication and may lead to a career in academia.

Assessment

The MPhil is assessed by the submission of a written thesis together with a body of practical work where appropriate, which is scrutinised through an oral examination, or viva, by two examiners, one external to the University.

Career Opportunities

A research degree such as the MPhil is recognised internationally as a qualification for a range of academic posts in the Higher Education sector. Many research students pursue their studies for the pleasure of investigating a subject at this level but research degrees also provide opportunities for career development within many professions such as education, media and the arts.

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