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Course content

With no specific subject qualification required, this course offers an opportunity for non-computing graduates to pursue a career in computing. Boost your career and access roles in a rapidly growing industry with an MSc qualification in a highly in demand skill set.

Course outline

The programme will give you the skills and experience to become an industry-accredited professionals.
-Be prepared to respond to the computing challenges of the business world
-Gain the theoretical underpinning needed to support sound analysis, design and delivery of technology solutions
-Develop a systematic understanding of the software development process; as well as practical software and information systems engineering capabilities based on well-founded principles
-Be able to communicate in an IT context and gain graduate-level transferable skills
-Get professional experience and a wide perspective on IT and business through employment at collaborating host companies, or the Aston student-run software company
-Prepare yourself for an effective career in IT with the potential to reach leadership roles

All students will benefit from an intensive on-campus ‘boot camp’ concentrating on providing a solid grounding in the fundamentals of programming and information systems at the beginning of the course.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules
-Java Programming and Databases
-Professional Practice
-Software Engineering
-Dissertation
-Data Structures and Algorithms

Optional Modules
-Software Project Management
-Interaction Design
-Information Security
-Testing and Reliable Software Engineering
-Advanced Database Systems
-Web Application Development
-Mobile Development
-Data Mining

Learning, teaching & assessment

Taught modules may involve lectures, tutorials, case studies, laboratories and seminars. Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. These modules vary from 100% examination to 100% continuous assessment. The major project accounts for 80 of the 180 credits required for successful completion of the degree. Students who do not wish to continue to the full MSc qualification may decide to undertake a smaller 20 credit diploma project, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Career prospects

The course has been specifically designed to prepare comprehensively trained Computing professionals, at the same time as addressing the skill gaps identified by the Digital Economy Unit and our own market research on demand for skills in the UK. For this reason the degree has a strong focus on all aspects of Software Engineering and includes modules such as Data Mining, Mobile Development and Information Security – topics in which a skills shortage has been identified.

Visit the Computer Science - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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