This course is designed for non-computing graduates who need to apply information technology to their current career, or want to change career direction.
It covers a wide range of topics including programming, databases, security, project management and computer networking, giving you both the underpinning theory and the ability to apply it to complex real-world problems, as well as an awareness of emerging technologies and developments.
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level
This course is offered via block delivery. There are two entry points (October and November). This allows you to start when it is most suitable.
• Study key areas of information technology including applications of web technologies, information systems strategy and emerging technologies • Explore creative and innovative applications of technology to real-world problems • Develop your analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills in relation to IT-based solutions • Gain a thorough understanding of the social and legal aspects of the Information Technology field (e.g. British Computer Society Code of Conduct and Data Protection) • Benefit from valuable experience of working on projects for real business, opening up new career opportunities in management, supervision or as a practitioner (eg database/IT developer or system designer/analyst) in industries which make substantial use of computers and information technology.
• Programming for Applications • Computer Networks and Security • Data Modelling, Management and Governance • Research Methodologies and Project Management • MSc Project – Applied Computing and Information Technology
You are assessed in a variety of ways. The majority of units are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects, portfolios, essays, presentations or exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in the context of a group seminar. You will also produce artefacts in the area of your specialism. Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work.
You will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments, which culminate in your major project the MSc Project where you will be given freedom to choose your area of work.
You will gain valuable skills for a career within computing and IT in particular but is also relevant for a much wider range of applications such as computer science or wider system engineering.
The unit Research Methodologies and Project Management requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.