BSc Computer Science
Why Choose This Course?
Computing specialists are in high demand as technology now plays a role in almost everything we do. Our computing degree combines the core principles of the field with a forward-looking approach to embracing and driving new developments.
The subject area is 1st in Wales for learning opportunities and academic support (WGU analysis of unpublished 2019 NSS data).
- be prepared for a career in an exciting industry with highly sought-after skills in computer programming, database development, networking, website development and information systems design
- develop practical skills useful in any field of business, such as problem-solving, teamwork, project management and how to use information technology effectively and understanding specialised software
- gain practical experience through work placements and working on real-life projects
Key Course Features
- These courses respond to identified skills gaps. They will provide you with the critical understanding, knowledge and skills needed for successful employment.
- Personal Development Planning is integrated throughout the course to develop the skills framework necessary for effective personal, academic and career management.
- Newly refurbished IT labs.
What will you study?
Each module should require around 36 hours of direct learning through a combination of lectures and tutorials. An estimated further commitment of 160 independent study hours will be required for each module, although this can vary from student to student.
Your first year contains essential fundamental material which is relevant in all of our computing programmes. You will learn both subject-specific skills along with transferable skills which will increase your employability prospects.
With the support of your tutors, you will learn about some of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to computing and computer applications. You will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of some of the tools, practices and methodologies used in the specification, design, implementation and testing of computer software systems.
- Computer Systems
- Managing Data
- Problem Solving with Programming
- Information and Systems Engineering
- Web Design and Development
- Game Asset Development
Your second year continues teaching you the fundamentals of the discipline, and more specialist modules start to be introduced. You will also undertake a group project where you will gain important skills in project management techniques and the professional and ethical issues of project management. You will also deepen your knowledge of programming concepts and approaches as well as being introduced to systems development techniques and the professional, legal and ethical issues relevant to the computing and IT industry.
- Databases and Web-based Information Systems
- User Experience Design
- Internet & Mobile Applications Development
- Responsible Computing
- Applied Programming
- Group Project
Once you reach your final year, you will further develop your skills through taught modules and research, with a focus on the latest developments in your chosen discipline. You will also undertake an individual final year project, which will help prepare you for the kind of tasks and situations you may encounter in the workplace. The final year practical and project work will require the type of evaluation of technical and non-technical factors and the management of methodologies and systems development techniques which IT professionals exercise early in their careers.
- IT Project Management
- Distributed Data and Data Analytics
- Advanced Mobile Development
- Future Technologies
Computing is essential to most careers these days, however, this course will specifically prepare you for a number of specific industry-related positions such as:
- Network/database designer
- Network/database manager
- Web developer
- Developer /software applications developer
- Interactive multimedia roles
- IT Support
- IT Consultancy