An information technology degree is a basis for a wide range of exciting IT-based careers including network management, systems design engineering, software development, web-application development. You will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech lab and have access to specialist equipment.
Our BSc Information Technology is structured in ways that map explicitly on to modern technology, and includes systems design, application development in a modern industrial strength programming language, network design and management, web-application development including both server and client side programming.
Core modules such as Web Development, Information Systems Foundations, and IT Infrastructure are thoroughly covered in this course. You will learn how a modern enterprise works and how to use a wide range of technologies to support its operation.
You will have the opportunity to put what you've learned to practical use and make valuable industry contacts, especially if you decide to complete a work experience placement in your second year.
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and enthusiasm for current and future technologies that are and can be deployed in the modern, creative business setting, taking in current and future developments. This module will adopt a practical lab based case study approach to enable you to develop your knowledge of the design and use of technology in real world settings and to be aware of likely future developments in computing and IT, and of the possible social impacts of those developments. It will draw in current and future computing systems including pervasive, mobile and robotic systems, smart homes, smart cities and will consider both the drivers for technological development and the constraints on that development.
This module will provide you with an understanding of the diverse types of information systems that underpin the global business environment, and their respective capabilities and functions. You will appreciate the value of aligning these information systems with business needs at strategic and operational levels. Through practical tasks and assignments, you will also gain an understanding of data and process modelling, and system development methodologies. The module aims to give you the knowledge and skills to develop and manage information systems effectively, in order to support business processes, improve management decision-making and gain competitive advantage.
This module will provide you with knowledge to be able to differentiate between data, information and knowledge in an organisation. You will investigate efficient ways of storing, preserving, searching, retrieving and displaying information in an organisation, and you will be able to visualise and conceptualise information in organisations through knowledge of modelling techniques. You will gain the skills to design and implement a database system, to utilise a mark-up language, and to reflect the information in an organisation. You will also be proficient in SQL in an Oracle 11g environment in particular be able to complete the Oracle Database 11g SQL Fundamentals exam necessary to pass Oracle Database PL/SQL Certified Associate ODCA.
This module introduces computer programming techniques, with an emphasis on concepts that are relevant to a wide range of programming languages. There is a strong focus on practical work and you will be working together in pairs and small groups. You will learn how to solve problems by the design, enhancement and implementation of computer programs. You will develop the ability to document, test and debug your programs. You will also be introduced to fundamental concepts of programming, data structures and algorithms, and will be encouraged to work individually and in groups in a series of highly interactive and progressive activities.
This module aims to provide a firm grounding in business systems analysis and design using the Unified Modelling Language UML to model information systems, and the Unified Process, a disciplined approach, to assigning and managing tasks and responsibilities in a development environment. On satisfactory completion of the module, you will have an understanding of information systems modelling and associated development lifecycle issues, and the skills to apply these techniques to real-life scenarios.
This module explores a range of IT issues, with a focus on developing a professional attitude and understanding of current practice. Starting with a very practical exploration of packet and file analysis at bit level, this module will lead you through the need for effective Disaster Recovery Planning and the development of policies and compliance with standards. You will then take a step back to look at a more general business viewpoint and explore the concepts of company culture and look at the aims and goals of businesses and the need to align IT strategy with these.
This module will help you understand the concepts, design principles, and programming paradigms of the development of modern and interactive websites, and guides you in becoming proficient in website development with modern development environment. It also leads you through the use of web design concepts and strategies, and provides grounding in appropriate user-experience evaluation techniques.
In this module, you will be equipped with knowledge on the historical development and the current status of web services and how they are being utilised in real-world web applications. You will understand infrastructure of Semantic Web services and Cloud computing as well as the role of web services and Cloud computing in various applications. You will develop and build applications using a wide range of technologies in order to develop real world skills.
This module gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and practical skills achieved whilst studying by undertaking a substantial piece of individual project work culminating in a report and a software artefact or other appropriate agreed deliverable. You will be able to exhibit your competencies and abilities to solve a practical real problem, meeting a real need in an industrial or research context, as Information Technology practitioners.
The aim of the module is to introduce you to a range of AI theories and techniques, including the most commonly used. This will extend to the ability to implement these techniques, and you will extend your own development skills.
This module aims to provide you with the underlying concepts and theory in interactive media manipulation. Starting with an exploration of digital signal processing approaches to multimedia, covering key areas such as compression and the relationship between cognitive psychology and our mathematical treatment of media data. You will then develop an understanding of commonly used formats, protocols and the contexts in which you have evolved, through using a wide range of software to apply your knowledge and develop new skills. Finally, the module aims to facilitate the development of interactive multimedia artefacts, allowing you to also explore the relationship between the creative aspects of interactive multimedia and engineering principles.
This module will allow you to gain understanding of underpinning concepts and practical techniques relevant when considering humans, both in the organisation of design and design processes, and as a way of incorporating a user perspective in the design of products and services.
This module will determine, clarify and communicate the user’s perceptions and responses resulting from the use and/or anticipated use of a product or system. You will be able to define requirements standards and quality targets for an organisation in agreement with key stakeholders. The module also includes analysis of user experience, the characteristics of users and their tasks, and the technical, organisational and physical environment in which products or systems may operate.
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the role of innovation and management of technological expansion in information sciences. The module will provide you with an understanding of the use of technical, organisational, standardisation and user knowledge as a catalyst for innovation. It will also enable you to evaluate technical innovation with respect to societal changes.
Open Source is everywhere these days from your smartphone to the big servers running the Internet. In this module, you will look at the concepts behind Open Source and Open Standards, their history, the development model and the issues involved. You will also participate in an existing Open Source project.
With the growing use of information systems in all areas of life, it is increasingly important for today’s graduates – who are tomorrow’s professionals – to understand and appreciate the ethical implications and social impact of current technologies, to have a working knowledge of the legislation that applies in this area, and to apply their expertise in a professional way. This module will encourage you to develop an awareness of your role in the implementation of recent technologies, and the knowledge and skills necessary for a professional approach. The module takes an ethical perspective to computer technology, focusing on UK legislation and standards as they relate to IS practice in various domains. The module will also include considerations for design, and the responsibilities and requirements of the IT profession, for example, as identified in the British Computer Society Code of Conduct.
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the peripheral issues that impact on information development and management including consensus, strategic alignment and change management. The module provides you with an understanding of the framework within which information assets are used to enhance organisational decision making. It also enables you to distinguish between information and knowledge at the organisational level, and to understand the importance of protecting information assets especially within the outsourcing scenario.
The advances of computer technology have led to the creation of large number of images, in particular over the internet and in medical fields, benefiting human kind in an unprecedented way. The aim of this module is to introduce the software of MATLAB to perform basic tasks of image processing, including enhancement, segmentation, and measurement. In addition, this module will have a focus on image search, classification and retrieval as well as on applications to several medical imaging modalities, including x-ray, computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), echocardiography (ultrasound video images) and retinal imaging.
Ubiquitous Computing is an area of Computer Science which uses sensing technology to develop systems to support human activity. Sensors are small devices which translate physical measurements in the real world into digital information. Ubiquitous Computing is being used in large scale projects like smart homes, cars, offices, shopping malls as well as on a myriad of gadgets which being sold ranging from devices which can tell us whether our pot plant needs nutrients or a weighting scale which track our weight and gives us wellbeing tips.
These technologies have stimulated research and innovation which developed under several different but essentially closely related labels, for example, Internet of Things, Pervasive Computing, Ambient Intelligence and Intelligent Environments. The principles and technologies explored in this module is common to all those areas and aims to provide an overview of the fundamental principles used in the emerging area of Ubiquitous Computing. These fundamental concepts will be illustrated with examples and small projects. You will be requested to write essays and develop small projects proposals to show your understanding of the module.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement
Start: Autumn 2018
Duration: BSc: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement, 6 years part-time, MSci: 4 years part-time, 5 years with placement, 8 years part-time
Code: BSc: G111, MSci: G11A