Internet Computing and Systems Administration (with Industrial Year), at Aberystwyth University, focuses on the Internet and its implications and applications for organisations.
The Internet is of central importance to the strategies of many large organisations, and there is a great need for people who understand networks and who can also construct effective internet solutions. A Industrial Year provides even greater preparation for the future, from campus to career.
This requires building websites to professional standards. The engineering of such systems involves considering the needs of users and the needs of the organisation and creating a professional response based on understanding of the relevant technologies. You will get to explore these in a supportive learning environment.
Department of Computer Science: 92% overall satisfaction for the course Computer Science (NSS, 2017)
99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 9% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2017)
95% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 15% more than Computer Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2017)
Why study Internet Computing & Systems Administrations (Inc. Integrated Industrial and Professional Training)?
- Employability embedded in the structure of this degree
- Access to dedicated Linux and Mac OS X laboratories and central servers
- Taught by lecturers who have close links with industry, so you can be confident that you will be learning the very latest concepts and working with cutting edge technologies
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.
- Introduction to Computer Infrastructure
- Introduction to Programming *
- Problems and Solutions
- Professional and Personal Development *
- Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language *
- Web Development Tools *
- Communication and Technology
- Computational thinking
- Functional Programming
- The Mathematics Driving License for Computer Science
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers:
- Communications and networking
- Computer applications
- Web development
- IT consultancy and management
- Systems analysis and development
- Computer sales and marketing
What skills do I acquire from this degree?
Employability skills are the core values of our degree.
As part of your degree you will be required to take part in a first year residential weekend where you and other students will have work in teams to solve problems.
This activity will encourage and improve:
- Communication skills
- Analytical skills
- Time Management
- Working Independently and as part of a team
- Organisation skills
- Implementation skills
- Research skills
- Technical skills
Industrial Year students have the opportunity to join a second year residential weekend concentrating on skills to help you find a great placement. This includes:
- CV skills
- Interview practice
- Networking with employers
- Online presence
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.
In your first year you may be introduced to:
- Fundamental concepts and tools of Computer Science such as programming, algorithms, problems and solutions
- Computer Infrastructure
- Web development tools
- Mathematics for computer scientists
In your second year you may explore topics such as:
- Web programming and software engineering
- Systems administration
- Web design & along with various other electives
Your third year will be spent in the software industry, gaining vital experience and learning to apply your skills within an industrial environment.
In your final year, you will undertake:
- Development processes, techniques and technologies for constructing real operational software
- Individual project, where you will develop a piece of software in an area of particular interest to you
- A range of further electives to specialise in areas of your choice
How will I be taught?
- Our enthusiastic staff will teach you through the medium of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and individual/ 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.
"Internet computing and systems administration is a course that provided me with a concentrated view on subjects like web development, systems administration, databases and computer networks. Combining this course with an industrial year has helped me to improve my skills to a professional level and has also enabled me to start my career while being in university. The lecturers and staff are professional and passionate about their subjects, which creates a welcoming environment to every new student." Didi Gradinarska
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
28 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org