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BSc Computer Science

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features in a range of aspects of the discipline;
- Apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied;
- Appreciate and employ the main methods of enquiry in the subject and critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methods of enquiry;
- Use a range of techniques to initiate and undertake the analysis of data and information;
- Adjust to professional and disciplinary boundaries;
- Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms;
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to computing and computer applications as appropriate to the programme of study;
- Use the appropriate knowledge and understanding in the modelling and design of computer-based systems for the purposes of comprehension, communication, prediction and the understanding of trade-offs;
- Recognise and analyse criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems, and plan strategies for their solution;
- Analyse the extent to which a computer-based system meets the criteria defined for its current use and future development;
- Deploy appropriate theory, practices and tools for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based systems;
- Specify, design and construct computer-based systems;
- Deploy effectively the tools used for the construction and documentation of computer applications, with particular emphasis on understanding the whole process involved in the effective deployment of computers to solve practical problems.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- Qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;
- Skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
- Decision making;
- The ability to work as a member of a development team, recognising the different roles within a team and different ways of organising teams.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- Demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects/competencies of the discipline/profession to complex, albeit standard, situations and simple, albeit novel or atypical, instances;
- Work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;
- Demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to the discipline;
- The ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.


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