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Computing PGCert

Course Description

This part-time course is designed for teachers of GCSE or A-level computing/computer science. You will gain a firm foundation in the principles of object-oriented programming (software development), design and testing, understanding the role of database systems in information management as well as the theoretical and practical issues that influence the design and implementation of database management, systems and languages, and emerging computing technologies.

This practical course will develop your methods in a number of areas, whilst key skills and techniques of computational thinking and problem-solving are emphasised throughout. You'll also investigate novel application areas and environments where computing can be potentially beneficial.

This programme is run on the Wrexham campus on an intensive block basis, during half-terms and holidays, for 15 days in total.

Key Course Features

-Develop essential computational problem solving skills.
-Design and develop Java programmes.
-You will be able to administer commercially operated database environments to the requirements of education and industry.
-Future and emerging technologies is a fast moving subject and the course will continue to evolve to reflect new developments in this area.

What Will You Study?

You will study 3 core modules:
-Introduction to Programming (Software Development)
-Database Systems
-Emerging Computing Technologies

In the Introduction to Programming module you will study:
-Principles of software design.
-Problem solving techniques.
-Introduction to a programming language (Java or similar).
-Control Structures.
-Assignment and arithmetic.
-Subprograms and modularity.
-Object-oriented programming.
-Testing and documentation.
-Using software tools, writing, compiling, executing, testing and debugging complex programs.

In the Database Systems module you will gain the skills required to create maintain and interrogate a relational database management system. It is a practical course that involves tasks such as:
-Designing a relational database management system.
-Manipulation and data retrieval operations using SQL.
-Defining modifying and deleting tables and views.
-Evaluate the consequences of such actions.

The Emerging Computing Technologies module includes the topics:
-Research, and analysis of current emerging Computing technologies.
-Futurology in the field of computing.
-Technology in Education.
-Internet of Things.
-Wireless and mobile communication.
-Semantic web.
-Legal, ethical and cultural issues in future and emerging computing applications.
-Critically analyse the legal, ethical and cultural implications for emerging and future technologies.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

Assessment methods include:
Introduction to Programming (Software Development)
-A portfolio of Software design and running programmes.
-A OOP game programme using Greenfoot.

Database Systems
-A Design for a commercial relational database.
-Implementation of the database with running queries.

Future and Emerging Technology
-Group Presentation on an agreed topic.
-Report on the future of the agreed topic.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the course you will have gained a range of new skills suited to teaching the new GCSE and A Level Computer Sciences courses and as such as these skills will be essential to your career development.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Visit the Computing PGCert page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The course has been designed for computer science teachers. Normally students are expected to hold a teaching qualification.

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