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The MSc in Software Development provides a year of intensive education in software engineering and is ideal for graduates of disciplines other than computing. Read more

Software Development (conversion)

The MSc in Software Development provides a year of intensive education in software engineering and is ideal for graduates of disciplines other than computing.

This course is designed to develop the technical, analytical and professional skills required to take on software development roles within the IT industry.

Software development skills, such as programming, are essential to the technological evolution and advancement of most sectors within the economy. As a result, there is a very strong demand for software professionals.

Aims

The programme aims to:
◦provide a solid understanding of software engineering principles and techniques
◦develop the ability to analyse software problems, create and evaluate software designs and develop and appropriately test software solutions
◦foster critical analysis and evaluative skills pertaining to software engineering

What way is Software Development being taught

The programme is separated into three parts; a foundational element covering the basics of software development and programming; an advanced element where you can tailor your area of specialism; and finally a substantial individual project.

Foundational Element
Most foundational modules are studied in the first semester and cover introductory programming using the Java programming language alongside the foundations of software engineering and databases. Coverage of more advanced algorithmic and object-oriented programming continues into the second semester. The foundation modules are intended to provide students with an essential grounding in software engineering in a manner that is consistent with Level M requirements.

Advanced Element
The second semester provides a number of advanced software engineering modules which permit specialism within key areas of software development. The advanced modules currently encompass aspects such as Requirements Engineering, Software Quality, Software Design Principles and Patterns, and Software Testing and Verification. Alongside these there is an opportunity to take an introductory module in Capital Markets which would help to prime students for software development roles within the financial sector.

The combination of lectures, laboratory work, tutorials and group-based projects employed throughout the foundational and advanced elements equips students with the skills needed to both design and implement complex software systems.

Project Element
Three month summer projects are taken individually with supervision from a member of the School's teaching staff. The projects permit students to combine and apply the skills gained within individual modules towards the creation of a significant software artefact. Projects can be selected by students from a list put forward by the local software industry and the School. Where appropriate an industrial co-supervisor will be assigned.

Modules

Semester 1
Programming I
Databases
Software Engineering

Semester 2
Programming II
Web and Mobile Applications
Software Testing and Verification
Software Design Principles and Patterns

Assessment

The MSc in Software Development is, by its nature, an intensive and practical programme of study. Students build strong software development skills by putting theory into practice and this is reflected within the assessment. A mixture of individual and group based projects, assignments and practical examinations provide the primary means of assessment within modules, with written examinations also employed for some modules. The summer project is assessed through a written dissertation alongside the presentation and demonstration of the created software artefact.

Career Opportunities

The School has strong links with the local, national and international software companies situated around the University. Students have ample opportunity to meet and engage with employers through hosted careers fairs, guest lectures and industrial facing demonstrations. Where possible, MSc dissertations will be set and co-supervised by an industrial partner and may involve an on-site placement.

Employment opportunities in software engineering are excellent as evidenced through the consistent and continued growth of the software sector. A career within the profession is not only well remunerated but also rewarding, with software professionals able to select between a range of career progression paths. Given the diversity of career paths, the communicative, business-related, client-facing, analytical and evaluative skills gained from a primary degree are strongly valued by IT employers and will help augment the employment opportunities of graduates from this MSc.

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The aims of the programme are. 1. To support students in the development of their intellectual and practical skills through the study and interpretation of cultural heritage artefacts, their historic societal significance and relationship with the landscape and the wider environment in the past and the present. Read more

AIM

The aims of the programme are:

1. To support students in the development of their intellectual and practical skills through the study and interpretation of cultural heritage artefacts, their historic societal significance and relationship with the landscape and the wider environment in the past and the present.

2. To demonstrate how geo-spatial technologies and techniques (including GIS, scanning and digitisation) play a central role in the recording, analysis, interpretation and management of cultural heritage across a range of scales from excavated items, archaeological sites, and paper records to historic buildings, monuments and their landscapes.

WHY QUEEN'S?

In the new programme the internationally recognised expertise within GAP with regard to the development and application of digitisation and scanning technologies will be more fully used and integrated into the student learning experience.

The integration of these skills with wider academic expertise in Archaeology and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF), and Geography and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) will create a unique 'heritage' focused programme in which students will experience heritage in its widest context and will have the opportunity to acquire and practice a wide range of geo-spatial skills and explore the conceptual issues associated with their application.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

MSc: successfully complete the five taught modules (120 CATS) and undertake independent research for the dissertation (60 CATS).

PgDip: successfully complete the same five taught modules but do not take the dissertation module.

PgCert: successfully complete the two Semester 1 modules.

Semester 1
GIS Technologies: Application and Practice (30 credits)
Introduction to Cultural Heritage and GIS (30 credits)

Semester 2
Heritage Structures (20 credits)
Heritage Landscapes (20 credits)
Professional Practice Placement (20 credits)

Semester 3
Dissertation (60 credits)

LEARNING AND TEACHING

One of the modules included in the Cultural Heritage and GIS programme includes a residential field course (between 5-10 days).

CAREER PROSPECTS

The market for those with a qualification in Cultural Heritage and GIS can be defined as:

professionals who are involved in providing scientific understanding in the support of heritage protection
professionals engaged in dealing with the digital documentation and portrayal of heritage structures and landscapes
professionals seeking a targeted training in the use of digital data handling, especially through the application of GIS
those wishing to develop a career in cultural heritage conservation and/or management;
those already employed in cultural heritage management who require the updating of qualifications, or the improvement of existing ones, in order to reflect new developments in technology and thinking.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

ASSESSMENT & FEEDBACK

Teaching is achieved through various combinations of lectures, seminars, practical classes and fieldwork and is supported by intensive self-guided independent learning. All assessment is coursework based and will be individually undertaken. The dissertation submission is an independent piece of research undertaken by each student under the supervision of an academic member of staff. Both formative and summative feedback will be given through, as appropriate, oral and written means. The pass mark for all assessments is 50 per cent. Students must obtain an overall 50 per cent pass mark for this taught programme (five modules) before progression from the PG Diploma to Masters.

VISIT US

Visit Queen's to sense the atmosphere of our historic campus, tour our world-class facilities, and experience for yourself the exceptional learning environment we provide. Find out when our next Open Days are, or arrange a guided tour to suit you.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes are submitted online via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal. The online system also allows application for funding where appropriate.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Paul Ell
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Tel: 9097 3186
Email:
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/gap

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