BSc

Computer and Information Sciences

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Key Facts

P190
  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 96

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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The BSc in Computer and Information Sciences at Aberystwyth University has been designed to meet the challenges of a world in which the creation, use, management and impact of digital content and information technology is increasingly important.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

 Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Librarianship and Information Management (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Overview

The changes brought about by networked digital media and by social media are creating new job opportunities, not only in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector but also in business, enterprise and the not-for-profit sector. In these areas the skills and knowledge of computer science, digital media and information management intersect, and understanding and analysis of the dynamics of social media, digital communicative practices, digital publishing and curation is both relevant and valuable.

Opportunities at Aberystwyth for Computer and Information Sciences students include:

  • being taught jointly by the departments of Information Management, Library and Archives, and the Department of Computer Science, by staff who are experts in their fields; 
  • enjoying access to the latest equipment in our Computer Science department.
Our Staff

Almost all of the Department of Computer Science lecturers are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new lecturers 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.

Department of Information Management, Libraries & Archives lecturers are either qualified to PhD level or work in areas of the subject where professional practices are the focus. Many of the staff engage in research relevant to the theoretical and practical development of the discipline and the associated professions.

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Fundamentals of Web Development * CS11010 10
Introduction to Programming * CS12020 20
Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language * CS12320 20
Effective Communication IL10520 20
Foundations of Information Studies IL10120 20
Introduction to Computer Infrastructure CS10220 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Information security * CS11110 10
The Mathematics Driving Licence CS10410 10

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Modelling Persistent Data * CS27020 20
Programming for the Web CS25320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Software Engineering for the Web CS22220 20
Web Design and the User Experience CS22620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Graduates from this programme will benefit from knowledge of the technical, practical and managerial aspects of digital information technology within digital information environments.

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you will discover: 

  • Foundations of Information Studies; 
  • Introduction to programming; 
  • Human communication; 
  • Programming using an object oriented language; 
  • Web development tools; 
  • Introduction to computer infrastructure. 

In your second and third years you will explore: 

  • Information Behaviour and Digital Literacy; 
  • Modelling persistent data; 
  • Programming for the web; 
  • Social informatics and digital ethics; 
  • Resource discovery and digital information management; 
  • Web design and the user experience or software; 
  • Engineering for the web; 
  • Knowledge and information management; 
  • Digitisation and digital preservation. 

Please note that during your second and third  years, you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules that will complement your core modules. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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