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Information Technology


Course Description

This programme is aimed at graduates who have obtained their first degree in an area other than Computer Science. It provides a route for applicants wishing to change their career path, or those who wish to develop Information Technology skills in order to "add value" in their existing area of employment. The programme allows students to develop skills in Web design and administration while still providing them with a strong grounding in programming and software development.


Aims
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This is a well established and highly regarded programme which allows students to develop skills in Web design and administration while still providing them with a grounding in programming and software development. It has evolved to reflect changes in the technology and the demands of industry. There are four overall aims:

To provide graduates with the fundamental programming and web development skills needed to build software systems. Programming is introduced using the object-oriented scripting language Ruby and the web framework Rails; students learn how to create effective user interfaces and links to databases and the web applications for the internet;

- To develop Web site design, authoring and administration skills.
- To teach graduates how to identify users' needs for software systems, by performing agile development practices.
- To give graduates experience of working in a software engineering team, developing both interpersonal skills as well as technical abilities. Usually the teams work with external organisations.


Distance Learning Option
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The option is available to study the first year part-time via distance learning, followed by full-time on-campus study in the second year. This may be suitable for students who do not get a visa on time, or who want to try out their suitability for the programme while abroad or in employment. More information on the programme of study followed can be found below.


Syllabus
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Web Application Development
Advanced Web Application Development
Introduction to Database Systems
Systems Analysis and Design
The Electronic Society
Enterprise Computing and Security
Human-Computer Interaction
Web Technology


Summer Project (Dissertation)

For those students starting in September this comes after the taught programme, while the January start students complete this project in-between the January and September courses.

Candidates who complete the above programme at an appropriate standard will be allowed to progress to the MSc Project in Information Technology. Candidates who fail to achieve the standard for progression to, or who elect not to proceed to, the project stage shall be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma if they have achieved the appropriate standard for that award.

The Summer project is taken under the supervision of an assigned academic supervisor in the department. The project will require creative, analytical and practical skills. The project typically involves the development of a substantial piece of software, and its evaluation. This course usually offers the opportunity to work with collaborative organisations on behalf of the Aberdeen Software Factory so that students can have real-world development experience.


Distance Learning Path
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In the first half-session students who study via distance learning take:
- Introduction to Database Systems
- Web Application Development

and in the second half session:

- Advanced Web Application Development
- Web Technology

Only candidates who complete these courses at an appropriate standard will be allowed to progress to the PgDip stage.

In the second year, students study on campus. In the first half-session, they study:
- Systems Analysis & Design
- Electronic Society

Only candidates who have completed the programme at an appropriate standard will be allowed to progress to the project stage.

In the second-half session, students study:
- Human Computer Interaction
- Enterprise Computing and Security

Only candidates who have completed the programme at an appropriate standard will be allowed to progress to the project stage.


Assessment
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Assessment is by course work, by written examination or by a combination of these as prescribed for each course. The summer project will be assessed by project implementation and by a dissertation. The degree of MSc shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to complete the summer project at an appropriate standard, irrespective of their performance in other courses.


Teaching
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In general, a module consists of about 24 one-hour lectures, supported by a considerable amount of practical work and in some cases tutorials. In some modules, informal workshops and discussions will take the place of formal lectures.


Careers
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There are a number of careers to which one could progress with this degree. Previous students who were on similar degrees have found jobs using the skills taught here with IT companies, and software houses of all shapes and sizes. This programme provides you with the technical and analytical skills needed to successfully adapt to wide-range of situations in the ever-changing world of computing.


Funding
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Funding exists for this programme (dependent on eligibility). Please visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding

More Information
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More information about this programme can be found on our Postgraduate Prospectus: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad/study/taught.php?code=infotech

Visit the Information Technology page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition

Eligibility

Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding.php


(Scholarship)

Science and Engineering Distinction and Merit Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Distinction Scholarships (£5,000 each) - for applicants that have achieved the equivalent of a 1st class UK Honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates a passion for the subject and a relevant background (for example work experience). Merit Scholarships (£2,000 each) - for applicants that have achieved the equivalent of an upper second class UK Honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates a passion for the subject and a relevant background (for example work experience).Eligible Programmes:MSc Geographical Information Systems
MSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
MSc Information Systems and Data Management
MSc Information Technology
MSc Oil and Gas Computing
MSc Geophysics
MSc Oil and Gas Enterprise Management
MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
- Only self-funded applicants are eligible
- If you are eligible to apply, please download the scholarship application form and submit it alongside your programme application
- For Sept 2015 entry, the first closing date for the scholarship will be 1st March 2015. If funding remains, the next closing date will be 1 May and then 1st July 2015
- All relevant transcripts and other information requested as part of any offer have to be received by the University prior to any decision being made
- If unsuccessful for a distinction scholarship, candidates will be automatically considered for a merit scholarship. There will be no need to complete a second one page application form--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000 - 5000

Eligibility

Distinction and Merit scholarships available for a selection of MSc programmes to students from a specificed list of International Countries. Visit your relevant country pages here to find out if you are eligible - http://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/inmycountry/index.php Distinction Scholarships - for applicants that have achieved a UK equivalent of a 1st class honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates good experience and a passion for the subject. Merit Scholarships – for applicants that have achieved a UK equivalent of an upper second class honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates good experience and a passion for the subject.

Application Procedure

Download application form from our funding database or on your relevant In My Country pages.

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=274



Entry Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement is a UK Honours degree (or an honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) at 2:2 (lower second) class or above and not in the area of computing science or information technologies. While no prior computer programming experience is necessary, a basic level of computer literacy is expected.Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at View Website. This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency.

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