With a combination of technical, practical and professional content the FdSc Computing and Networking course at UCS Bury St Edmunds prepares students for entry into the rapidly moving computing industry. The course covers the techniques that are used in the real world to design and develop software for computing devices and the web. This is allied with a significant emphasis on computer networking, system support, professional development and research skills, such that students are properly prepared for their future. Students have access to a number of computing labs that are fully equipped with industry-standard hardware and software for their use.
The degree is designed to reflect the nature and breadth of contemporary IT practice and will provide a foundation for those wishing to develop professional level skills in programming and software development, network engineering, system configuration and support, in a commercial setting.
Graduates may progress to employment in the expanding computing and networking sector. If already working in the sector, graduates should have enhanced career prospects. The FdSc will also provide students with the opportunity to progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Progression Year) at UCS Bury St Edmunds.
Content and Modules
This degree covers a range of IT related topics including networks and internetworking, programming, computer and operating systems, web technologies, application use and configuration, database development, and project management. Theoretical issues are combined with strong practical elements to help students understand why and how in relation to relevant contemporary IT systems and techniques. Students will be given the opportunity to design and construct programs as well as install, configure and implement networks and internet-based services.
Modules studied include: Software Engineering, Network Design, Construction and Management, Databases and RDBS Development, Web and Multimedia Services, Application Software Use and Configuration, and Operating System Software Use and Configuration.
Assessment for this course is through a variety of methods such as examinations, assignments, group projects, reports and presentations.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Take a given paper based system and produce a specification for a computerised solution
Implement, test and document the solutionInteract with peers and customers during the life cycle process
Advise on the practical needs required to support and implement any solution both at an equipment and personnel level
Critically evaluate their own and others work and research
Understand the core aspects of information technology through an entire project life cycle
Understand the context of information technology within industry, society and the workplace
Have an in depth knowledge of a number of specialist aspects of the subject area
Understand what it means to be a professional IT practitioner and the ethics and responsibilities this implies
Follow current research in information technology
What is included in your tuition fees
At UCS your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
Please note, UCS reserves the right to change this information as and when required.