Computing (Information Systems Development)

This BSc focuses on key information systems skills like systems analysis, design and data modelling. The programme covers engineering and development of large scale database centred systems, many of which are web enabled.

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UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:G500

Classification:BSc/BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Computing

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum requirementsHigher: BBB or ABC
A-Level: CC
ILC: CCCCC.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:G500

Classification:BSc/BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Computing

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum requirementsHigher: BBB or ABC
A-Level: CC
ILC: CCCCC.

Further Education Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:G500

Classification:BSc/BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Computing

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
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Minimum Entry Requirements

Direct entryA wide range of HNC/D qualifications will take you directly into year 2 or 3.

Programme description

The BSc Computing (Information Systems Development) is concerned with the Software Engineering and Development of the “core” business based Information centred 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.

What you'll learn

A common year 1 for all Games & Computing students allows students to have a “taster” of a variety of areas to help them confirm or make a choice of specialist programme from year 2 onwards.

In Year 2, the programmes become more Computing specific with emphasis on both Web Systems Development and Information Systems Development. This allows students to gain an understanding and knowledge of these areas.

From Year 3 onwards, the programmes split into Web Systems Development and Information Systems Development streams.

Year 3: Database Systems Development, Software Process & Practices Software Modelling, Analysis & Design, Integrated Project, IT Project Management, Principles of Ethical Hacking.  

Year 4: Honours Research & Project Methods, Honours Project, Professional Issues or Communication & Teaching in Computing, IT Project Management, Database Systems Development, Web Programming.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and students enjoy the benefit of guest lectures by industry experts.

Assessment Methods

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.

Teaching Methods

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.

Employment Details

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.

Fee Information

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.
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