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Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Software Engineering) (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc

Start dateSeptember 2019
October 2019
Duration3 years via blended learning
AttendancePart-time degree apprenticeship via blended learning
Course leaderDr George Dafoulas

Overview

Studying a degree apprenticeship in digital technology will equip the apprentice with the relevant skills required in one of the most promising career sectors. It will allow them to be recognised as being fully competent to carry out the role of a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional. The apprentice will have the opportunity to combine the experience and knowledge gained at the workplace with the academic rigor and skills developed when studying at university.

What are the benefits of a degree apprenticeship at Middlesex University?

This degree apprenticeship has been specifically designed to enable the apprentice to develop the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the nationally approved Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship Standard. During their studies, the apprentice will be an employee earning a wage (at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage) usually working at least 30 hours per week. At the same time, they are also a full student of Middlesex University with the same access to university services and support.

The apprentice will also have the opportunity to gain professional status and upon successful completion of their degree apprenticeship they will have gained:

  • BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Software Engineering)
  • Apprenticeship Certificate demonstrating they have met the national Apprenticeship Standard for full occupational competence as a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional.
  • Qualifications

    The apprentice will have the opportunity to gain professional status and upon successful completion of their degree apprenticeship they will have gained:

    • BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Software Engineering)
    • Apprenticeship Certificate demonstrating they have met the national Apprenticeship Standard for full occupational competence as a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional.
  • Course highlights

    • The apprentice's professional development will take place as part of their integration to the workplace and under continuous guidance from a Workplace Tutor
    • The daily interaction with their work colleagues will help them to appreciate work ethics, develop professional conduct and apply expected standard practices for their chosen sector
    • The apprentice will develop transferable skills such as working in teams, communicating with peers, managing tasks, solving problems and reaching decisions.

Course content

In their first year, the apprentice will gain a foundation level understanding of how digital technologies impact professional practice in a range of sectors. The modules will provide them with the key skills required for successful work-based study in higher education and basic concepts in their area of employment. We will help the apprentice to develop a personal and professional learning plan and to reflect on their achievements throughout the programme as the basis for establishing continuing professional development (CPD) as an integrated aspect of their professional practice. The apprentice will put into practice some of the principles and concepts that underpin the specialism of Software Engineering.

In their second year, the apprentice will engage in developing a professional portfolio. The four project modules will focus on the principal areas of their specialism.

In the final year, they will focus on their critical and reflective skills. The modules are designed to develop their practitioner skills in research and enquiry methodologies in order to design a work-based project / enquiry / work-based activity that has the potential to improve their own and others’ practice.

What skills will the apprentice gain?

The course aims to provide the apprentice with an understanding of the advantages of aligning information systems with different organisational and business goals, and with various strategic and operational activities. They will learn how to use a range of technical skills and methods, both for managing data, and for developing information systems, in response to different business problems and to different needs. They will be encouraged to instil an ethos of independent learning and continuous professional development and as such will be equipped with the professional and personal skills that will enable them to pursue a successful future career in this field.

Modules

  • Year 1 modules

    • Professional Portfolio 1 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the apprentice to personal and professional learning and planning, and will enable them to reflect on their achievements throughout the programme as the basis for establishing continuing professional development (CPD) as an integrated aspect of their professional practice. The module will further enable the apprentice to integrate ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’ learning to support the development of the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the Degree Apprenticeships. It will also provide the vehicle for the collection of evidence to support professional competency achievement.

    • Learning and Studying at Work (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the apprentice with the key skills required for successful engagement in work-based study in higher education. They will also be introduced to the basic concepts that underpin the professional practice in their area of employment.

    • Digital Technology Fundamentals (80 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aligns the theoretical underpinnings of Business Information Systems to the practical elements of the systems development life-cycle. The apprentice will be exposed to the multi-disciplinary nature of business information systems by creating an awareness and understanding of the various issues relating to the development and deployment of those systems. They will actively participate in the various stages of the systems development life-cycle and engage in activities associated with the various professional roles in business information systems in an organisational context. They will be equipped with an understanding of how modern organisations and businesses function in a global environment.

      The apprentice will also gain an understanding of the different types of information systems that underpin the global business environment, and their respective capabilities and functions. They will begin to appreciate the value of aligning these information systems with business needs at strategic and operational levels. Through practical tasks and assignments, the apprentice will also develop an understanding of data and process modelling, and system development methodologies. They will have the skills to develop and manage information systems effectively, in order to support business processes, improve management decision-making and gain competitive advantage.

  • Year 2 modules

    • Professional Portfolio 2 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to further introduce the apprentice to personal and professional learning and planning while enabling them to reflect on their achievements throughout the programme. This will serve as the basis for establishing continuing professional development (CPD) as an integrated aspect of their professional practice.

      The apprentice will be enabled to integrate ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’ learning to support the development of the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the Degree Apprenticeships. It will also provide the vehicle for the collection of evidence to support professional competency achievement.

    • Specialist Digital Technology Project 1 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on database design and implementation, and the efficient use of facilities provided by a modern Database Management System. While the module emphasises the design of business systems using the relational model, other conceptual models, including object-oriented and object-relational, are also introduced. Both theoretical and practical topics relating to database modelling and use are covered, including technologies and tools for rendering databases for back-end and front-end data processing purposes. This will enable the apprentice to construct dynamic web-based data queries, which access back-end databases.

    • Specialist Digital Technology Project 2 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      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). Upon successful completion of the module, the apprentice will have an understanding of information systems modelling and associated development life-cycle issues, as well as the skills to apply these techniques to real-life scenarios.

    • Specialist Digital Technology Project 3 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the apprentice with an understanding of the decision-making processes in business contexts, and an appreciation of how Decision Support Systems (DSS) may help in solving business problems. The module covers a range of technologies used in DSS and demonstrates how these can be applied to solve semi-structured problems. The apprentice will develop skills in building basic tools that can be used in a DSS.

    • Specialist Digital Technology Project 4 (40 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides the necessary foundation for conducting an information systems project by developing a range of research skills. The apprentice will learn how, and when, to use quantitative and qualitative techniques to investigate different research questions. They will practice and apply these techniques by producing research questions, conducting literature reviews, data collection, analysis and interpretation, including the use of specialist computer packages. They will also be expected to present the results in a report.

      The apprentice will be given the opportunity to appreciate the importance of ethical, legal, organisational and environmental issues while conducting business research. In addition, they will also practice how to apply the skills needed to work successfully as a member of a project team.

  • Year 3 modules

    • Professional Portfolio 3 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to continue the personal and professional learning and planning to enable the apprentice to reflect on their achievements throughout the programme. This will serve as the basis for establishing continuing professional development (CPD) as an integrated aspect of their professional practice. The module will enable them to integrate ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’ learning to support the development of the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the Degree Apprenticeships. It will also provide the vehicle for the collection of evidence to support professional competency achievement.

    • Professional Practitioner Enquiry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to develop the apprentice's practitioner research skills and enquiry methodologies in order to design a work-based project / enquiry / work-based activity that has the potential to improve their own and others’ practice. They will explore approaches to practitioner enquiry methods appropriate for their area of work / practice and they will be enabled to reflect upon their position as a practitioner researcher and the potential ethical implications that could arise during the project / enquiry / activity.

    • Final Major Specialist Digital Technology Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will consolidate and deepen the apprentice's knowledge and skills gained from other parts of the course. It will also provide a tangible demonstration of their scholarship and ability work in a sustained, systematic and professional manner. This project could be a Business Analysis study to analyse and model a problem-specific domain and to develop a solution approach based upon the analysis. It will include significant project planning including estimations of both time and cost to proposed solutions, include technical and commercial aspects of the proposed solution. The project will focus on providing evidence that the apprentice can apply structured processes for identifying, defining and analysing unstructured business problems, their root cause and impact. They must be able to demonstrate:

      • The application of the core and specialism knowledge and skills to meet the outcomes in the standard
      • The approach to planning and completion of the project
      • The application of behaviours from the standard.

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