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BSc (Honours) Computing

IT is used everywhere – in business and society. Learn how to successfully design, develop and manage IT systems using modern technology in innovative ways.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS G504 Course code

Course description

Data is everywhere – generated and used in the home, by businesses and via social media. This course is designed to help meet the huge demand for graduates who can design, build, manage and operate the technology, applications and IT services that create, analyse control and use this data.

The course provides you with knowledge and understanding of the methods, tools and techniques used in developing and operating IT systems and data processing.

Employability
As well as gaining a wide range of technical skills, the course focuses on improving your key employability skills, such as communication, literacy and numeracy, teamwork, problem-solving, time management and business awareness, which all employers are looking for. Having technical expertise is useful for gaining employment in the IT industry, but having strong employability skills in addition will provide you with an advantage in a competitive job market, and give you the confidence to pursue your desired career.

The course is designed to produce graduates who can undertake roles in DevOps (the practice of collaboration, communicate and integration between software developers and system operators to facilitate rapid IT service delivery). As you progress through the course, you have the option to specialise as a "developer" or an "operator", by choosing modules that use industry-standard tools and frameworks, such as .NET for software development, ITIL for IT service management, and the SAP HANA Cloud Platform for data analytics.

We have VMWare software to run virtualisation simulations – a key technology behind enterprise infrastructures and currently have agreements with organisations such as Microsoft and SAS to use their specialist software, giving you experience of using industry-based platforms to develop IT systems.

Placements and work experience
On this course there is scope for you to work on live projects for local businesses. For example, this may involve installing, configuring and operating a content management system to help run their website. These projects allow you to practise more than just your technical computing skills. By working with real companies you can apply the project management and entrepreneurship techniques you have learned, and test your interpersonal and time management skills. As well as an impressive CV, you gain confidence in your abilities in the workplace.

You then have the option to build on this experience with a paid placement year. Placements offer you valuable experience, and an enjoyable opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills. We have strong links with industry, giving you a wide range of placement choices at both small and large businesses. We help you to secure a placement, by guiding you through the application process. You are supported during your placement by an academic member of staff, who visits you at your place of work. Previous students have worked at • Bosch • British Airways • Derbyshire County Council • MoneySupermarket • Nestle • Next • NHS • Pirelli Tyres • SAP. Typical placement roles include web and programming, database development, service support and network management.

If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

What you study
You learn how to design systems that satisfy business and user requirements, and build these systems using a variety of programming/scripting languages (for example, PHP, C#, HMTL. SQL, .NET) and databases, such as Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server.

You gain skills in converting data, making it compatible for businesses to use.

Each year you spend one third of your time working on practical projects in the laboratory or out in the field. During your first year you work on a range of projects, giving you practical experience with • programming techniques • microprocessor hardware • data generation devices • data analysis and processing • data visualisation.

In your second year you work in a team, which may be as a specialist role, to set up and tailor an information system for a client - this can be a real commercial client. During final year you choose your own relevant topic for your individual project and get individual tutor supervision to design, develop and test an information system product or theory.

In addition to practical projects, you study modules on
• the technologies of computing – programming, hardware and how networks function
• the infrastructure of information systems – databases and web systems, system architectures
• data and data sources - data capture and storage, data cleansing, data analytics
• how live systems are managed and operated – designing and implementing an information system, project management, IT service management.

The effects of computing on business and society are embedded in course, so you make connections between technical topics and their practical application. You can also take advantage of the extra support that is provided for programming and mathematics.

The course covers the latest topics and trends in the IT computing industry, including big data and cloud computing, which are huge growth areas for the industry, and have a high demand for qualified graduates.

The course provides you with a broad base of computing knowledge, which you quickly develop by learning how to build and manage IT systems using industry best practice. You gain confidence in using tools and techniques to solve problems, during the development of new IT systems and after systems have 'gone live'.

Expertise
You are taught by experienced lecturers who are recognised by the Higher Education Academy as experts in teaching computing in higher education. Many have worked professionally in or with the IT industry. You also gain insight from guest lectures by leading industry practitioners.

Many academic staff operate an "open door" policy at certain time, so that you can see them in person outside of scheduled classes to discuss topics and assignments in more detail.

By studying on this course you are based on the city campus which is in Sheffield's IT development quarter, home to many IT start-ups and developers, and you will be able to build links and make connections that can lead to future work opportunities.

Facilities
You use specialist facilities and equipment including Arduino computers, web and database servers, and virtual machines. We have a lending service for laptops, video and audio kit. You also have access to multimedia studios (PC and Macs) equipped to high specifications and we have specialist networking laboratories where you can interconnect PCs.

We have a suite of computer labs that are open late into the evenings during the week and during the day at weekends. The whole University campus is covered by Wi-Fi meaning cloud-based services are available anywhere, including the social areas.

We are also an EXIN accredited exam centre, and so offer you the opportunity to sit various Certification exams, in areas such as ITIL and PRINCE2.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It counts towards the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and / or partially meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 96 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General studies.

Or

• 80 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• information systems • programming • computer technology • databases and web • innovative computing projects

Year two core modules

• database administration and data sources • system architectures • project and service management • professional computing project

Year two options

• web analytics/information management • web application design and implementation • foreign language

Year three

• paid work placement

Year four core modules

• individual project/dissertation • advanced data management • devOps management

Year four options

Either • advanced web applications or project management and service delivery

Plus one from • new technologies • cloud computing • e-learning • foreign language

Assessment
  • database implementation
  • web and application development
  • presentations
  • group work
  • reports
  • evaluations
  • personal reflections
  • online tests
  • examinations
  • final year project

Employability

There is a huge demand across a range of industries for DevOps specialists, who can design, develop, implement and operate IT systems and applications. With a BSc Computing degree, you can enter careers in areas such as • IT/business analysis • systems architecture design • database design • application and web development • systems and data integration • IT management • IT service support.

Employers regularly visit us to recruit our placement students and graduates, and to contribute to our teaching by providing insights into how what you learn on the course can be applied in the real world. Companies that have recruited our graduates include • British Sky Broadcasting • British Telecom • Capita • Echo Web Solutions • Hewlett Packard • MSA Software Solutions Ltd • Network Rail • Santander • Sheffield International Venues • Zenith Technologies.

Fees

Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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