Study on a programme that provides practical coverage of the modern software skills required for the development of computer systems across a full range of commercial and industrial software-based applications.
The need for computing professionals continues to grow, with demand for problem solving knowledge and expertise affording graduates excellent career opportunities.
The BSc/BSc (Hons) Computing (Information Systems Development) programme is concerned with the software engineering and development of the ‘core’ business-based information systems upon which the vast majority of business and organisational functions depend. These would tend to be large scale data base centred systems, many of which would be web-enabled. This programme, therefore, has a significant emphasis on key information systems skills, such as systems analysis, design and data modelling.
Year 1: Computer Systems Development, Database Development, Games Design, Web Development, Programming, Media Content Creation, Integrated Project 1, Computer Systems and Network Technology, Business Data Analysis Techniques for Decision Making. Year 2: Visual Software Development, Web Programming 1, Software Modelling, Analysis and Design 1, Systems Engineering Principles 1, Interaction Design, Integrated Project 2.
Year 3: IT Project Management 1, Database Systems Development 1, Software Processes and Practices, Software Modelling, Analysis & Design 2, Information Systems Security, Integrated Project 3.
Year 4: Honours Project and Research Methods, IT Project Management 2, Professional Issues, Database Systems Development 2.
Note: All Year 1 students on the suite of computing based programmes (BSc Computer Games, BSc Computing, BSc Information Technology Management for Business and BSc Networking and Systems Support) follow a common first year. This provides a taster in a variety of subject areas to help students confirm their choice of specialist programme for Year 2 onwards.
The programme features an optional one-year sandwich placement which can be undertaken after completion of Year 3. The placement consists of a year of practical paid work experience in a suitable company position. The different types of posts undertaken can be of quite a diverse range but will always relate to your area of study. Recently students have been placed with companies such as IBM, Dell Corporation, National Australia Group, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Strathclyde Police among others. Undertaking the placement can provide valuable experience to enhance your career prospects following your graduation.
Assessment methods used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes include examinations, coursework, class tests, presentations, computer-based exercises and written reports.
There are numerous opportunities to study a semester at a partner institution.
Careers in computing or IT are varied as most organisations now require computing professionals to work within their structure – regardless of whether their sector is IT related. Graduates of the BSc/BSc (Hons) Computing (Web Systems Development) could enter positions such as web designer, web programmer and web systems developer. Graduates from this programme embark on careers as computing professionals in the analysis, design and development of software and information systems in a wide variety of application areas. Our record of graduate employment is excellent, particularly as a wider range of computing areas open up.
For international students: Scholarships of 1000 GBP may be available
Alan McNicol, Lecturer in Media Content Creation was nominated for the award of Effective teaching that: Makes best use of technology to support learning in the GCUSA Student Led Teaching Awards 2009-10.
Alan was teaching the module "Media Content Creation". We had this module for only 6 weeks, but we had to work with 3 different software pieces. The time we were given was not great, but we had mainly labs during these six weeks. Alan McNicol was great with teaching us how to use the different software and helping us through it. I did have knowledge one of the software we used, but now I find myself familiar with the others as well as working easily with all of them.
Nominated by Emilia Todorova
In each of their initial three years, our students take part in innovative group projects leading to an individual project in their final year, which improves their academic, practical and employability skills. Each project incorporates two strands of learning, the first is the essential technical skills needed to undertake a complete product design and this is developed further to allow our students to show their innovative and enterprising abilities.
The second strand furnishes our students with the ‘soft’ skills related to team working, business operations, the project design process and ethical practices. This work helps students to develop a growing appreciation of the practicalities and realities of the application of software processes in the real world. Assessment is by presentation, delivery of design report and, most importantly, demonstration of product prototypes.
We aim to be flexible and like to extend our laboratory work so that students can access hardware and software tools for use outside lab hours, allowing students to gain additional, highly valuable experience in developing software systems. These enhanced practical skills are highly prized by employers and can be the difference when competing for high quality employment opportunities for industrial placement on graduation.
After successfully completing their Level Three studies, our students have the option to participate in an industrial placement for one year which is recognised on the degree certificate on graduation. International exchange opportunities are also available, allowing students to spend a semester abroad through the Erasmus Programme or an overseas summer placement through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) through the British Council.
Finally, the school provides summer placement opportunities to highly motivated students to work on novel applications of electronic and software technologies.
Our graduating students will progress on to exciting and challenging careers in the areas of Web Systems and Information Systems Software Development and Design. Our students will be equipped to be employed in highly technical areas while others will wish to explore opportunities where a mix of design skills and technical skills are very important, such as product support, sales and marketing.
Recent employers of our graduates have included; JP Morgan, Avaloq, BT, Morgan Stanley and the National Health Service.
Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.
To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money