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In choosing to study a Computer Science Degree at Aberystwyth University, you will be immersed in both the fundamentals of computer science and the very latest technological innovations. This course has been designed for students who do not have sufficient relevant background to study Computer Science. That may be because they have been out of education for a while, or because they did not do as well previously as was expected. The first year (foundation year) of this scheme allows for a ‘gentle introduction’ to the subject. After the foundation year the scheme follows the same core subjects as the G400 BSc Computer Science degree scheme.
Top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction for Computer Science subject area (NSS 2016)
Department of Computer Science: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
93% of undergraduates from the Department of Computer Science who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
Computers pervade practically every sphere of modern life and Computer Science seeks out the new ideas that lie at the heart of computer hardware and software. By following this course you will learn to program, and how to design and develop new computer systems and software.
Why study Computer Science with a foundation year at Aberystwyth?
This degree is designed to provide a gentle introduction to the tools and ideas of Computing. In the first semester of your foundation year you will become proficient in using Information Technology tools. You will also review the academic and mathematical skills needed for your future study.
In second semester, you will also be introduced to programming concepts and have the opportunity to practice them in an intuitive software environment. You will supplement your study with an elective in Business or Media.
After the foundation year you will study the same core modules as G400 (BSc in Computer Science) or you may wish to change to another suitable scheme. The Computer Science department is justifiably proud that its graduates go on to work in many places in the IT industry and beyond at a range of technical positions.
The Department is also designated a Centre of Excellence by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Networks and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework comparison (REF2014) the Department produced more world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) research than any other university in Wales. REF 2014 also assessed the impact of research on society, industry and government policy and the Department delivered 100% of its research impact at the top 3* and 4* level, demonstrating that our research makes a real difference in the world outside academia.
Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (80 Credits) The following modules are core
Information Technology For University Students CS01010
Information Technology For University Students CS01120
Academic Skills For Computer Science IC07720
Introduction To Computer Science CS02230
Year 1 Options Students must choose one of these options
Year 2 Core (60 Credits) The following modules are core
Introduction To Computer Infrastructure CS10220
Year 2 Options You MUST take one of the following modules
Year 2 Options You MUST take one of the following modules
Year 3 Core (20 Credits)
Modelling Persistent Data CS27020
Year 3 Options You MUST take ONE of the following modules
Year 3 Options You MUST take ONE of the following modules
Year 3 Options 20 credits as advised by the Computer Science Department
Year 3 Electives 40 credits as advised by the Computer Science Department.
Final Year Core (30 Credits) You must take the following modules:
Agile Methodologies CS31310
Professional Issues In The Computing Industry CS38220
Final Year Options You MUST take ONE of the following modules:
Final Year Options You MUST take ONE of the following projects:
Final Year Options 30 credits as advised by the Computer Science Department
A degree in the Department of Computer Science will prepare you for a variety of careers in software design, communications and networking, computer applications, web development, IT consultancy and management, systems analysis and development, computer sales and marketing. Following further study, you could also consider teaching or research. Our computer science degrees are accredited by the BCS (the professional body of the IT industry), which means that they meet industry standards and requirements, giving you a head start when you enter the competitive jobs market.
Studying for a degree with us will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. Employability skills are a recurring theme during your degree. Our departmental link careers adviser works closely with us to ensure you have appropriate CV and interview skills training, careers education, and visits from employers and recent graduates to let you know what opportunities await after graduation.
Early in the first year we take our students on a weekend away to Gregynog Hall, where you'll get to know other students in your year, while working in teams to solve problems. Here we encourage communication skills, good time-management and creative thinking. These skills will be used again and again throughout your degree, but especially during your second year group project.
The second year group project provides a substantial challenge that allows you to expand your technical skills while working in teams. We ask your team for the whole process of creating software, including research and design, understanding a specification, implementation, testing and documentation. You'll take on the roles of a software team and you'll learn to manage and delegate the tasks involved. In your teams you'll need to discuss concepts, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement. You'll also have to work to a series of deadlines, just as in industry.
The final year project demonstrates your ability to work independently (under the supervision of a member of staff), and showcases your creative and technical skills. You may have to research the structure of a business, some unfamiliar code libraries, a new coding language or some new hardware. You may have to interact with an external client, communicate your ideas, and meet deadlines for delivering a prototype. You'll certainly be undertaking a new challenge in an area of your choice. Finally, you'll also need to describe your work in a final written dissertation report that presents your achievements in a professional manner.
Computing, as a subject area, does not stand still. Our students will be trained to deal with abstract underlying concepts and current information technology, so that they can cope with the rapid technological changes of the future.
Industrial Year and Year in Employment scheme (YES)
Some of our degree schemes include an Industrial Year (IY), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. For the schemes that do not include an assessed industrial year, the University operates an optional Year in Employment Scheme (YES). The IY and YES provide a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market.
Help is available from the department and the University's Careers Service to find suitable placements and to develop your interview skills and CV. Our students are in demand with employers such as IBM, HP, Gloversure and Plymouth Marine Laboratories. Industrial year employers are diverse and worldwide, including CERN, Walt Disney and GCHQ.
By the end of your second year you already have enough knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution at work. Most students find they return from their industrial year with much improved skills, more motivated to learn, and having a better idea of what areas of computing interest them.
What will I learn?
In the first semester of your foundation year you will become proficient in using Information Technology tools. You will also review the academic and mathematical skills needed for your future study. In second semester, you will also be introduced to programming concepts and have the opportunity to practice them in an intuitive software environment. You will supplement your study with an elective in Business or Media.
After the Foundation year you will enter the first year of the G400 - Computer Science degree scheme. You will be introduced to programming, operating systems, databases and software development, and no prior knowledge is necessary. Optional modules allow you to gain expertise in areas where you may need more background, or to explore areas which you can study in more depth in later years.
In the third and fourth years you will begin to specialise in your chosen subject area. All students participate in the Software Development Lifecycle module which includes a group project where, taking one of the roles which exist in industry, such as project manager, designer, or quality assurance manager, you will produce a working software product, following best current industrial practice at every stage. Other core modules incorporate database design and their implementation and usage, data structures and algorithms, and interface design.
In your final (fourth) year you will study development processes, and techniques and technologies for constructing real operational software systems. You will also complete a major individual project developing a piece of software in an area of particular interest to you. For many students this is the highlight of the entire course.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught by enthusiastic staff through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures, seminars and tutorials to practicals and individual and group-based project work.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, projects, workshops and examinations.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
Computer Science is a very engaging and diverse subject with emphasis on a wide range of subjects for example: software engineering, web development, networking and career planning. The course is very enjoyable and can be tailored to anyone's preferences and abilities. Oliver Roe
I have found my course truly interesting and very rewarding. The lecturers are professional and helpful and the course provides a wide variety of subject knowledge. The first year of the course is a very nice, manageable introduction to the field of computer science. As a student who had no previous experience in the field I was rather tentative when first coming to University, but within a few weeks I had hit the ground running with the implementation of a challenging, yet rewarding project. Daniel William James Drave
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Entry Requirements: Available to candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.
Course Length: 4 Years