Information Technology

BSc single honours Information Technology 2017/18

Year of entry

The field of Information Technology (IT) is wide ranging and covers almost every aspect of modern life, providing excellent opportunities for employment, further study or research in this area. This degree course aims to deepen your knowledge and understanding of this area with an emphasis on supporting organisations and computer system users in efficiently utilising IT.

You will have exposure to popular industry standard software and systems so that upon completion, you can have an immediate, productive impact when beginning your first role in IT.

Our Information Technology degree will help you deepen your knowledge and understanding IT systems, with an emphasis on supporting organisations and users to get the most from the use of this technology. You will be exposed to a wide range of systems used in industry, making this degree an excellent starting point for anyone seeking to work in the IT sector.

The main emphasis of this degree course is on a deep understanding of technology and how to effectively employ it. You will learn how software is developed for traditional and web-based applications to meet business requirements, while also making use of database management systems and meeting human needs.

While this programme contains an element of programming it is not the main focus. Students will develop simple programs in year one and develop interactive web systems in year two. Database development will be studied in years one and two.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Work experience

You may opt to take a third year placement module, providing you meet the requirements of the module. This allows you to put your classroom knowledge into practice. We have also offered a number of paid summer student internships open to students to apply for. A previous opportunity involved two students who undertook a development internship with us to look at the production of a prototype healthcare system. This was used to demonstrate the capability of such a system to surgical teams in Kent.

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Students on this programme can expect to go on a small number of trips such as the National Computing Museum at Bletchley Park. We also have a number of guest lecturers each year.

Year one

Core modules

Computer Systems

Computer systems examines the underlying fundamentals of computer system’s operations, including the number systems they use, how computer processors operate at a simple level and the relationship between different hardware components.

The Computing Professional

This module introduces you to the variety of roles there are in computing and some of the key skills required to work in those areas. You will also start to think about the ethical issues in the field of computing and start to develop your own ideas of appropriate responses to these. You will also start to look at some of the non-technical skills that are involved in computing: team work, presentation and research.

E-Commerce and Web Development

One area of computing that has grown enormously in the last fifteen years is that of e-commerce. Both business to business and business to consumer sales and marketing is now often done electronically using web sites and systems. This module looks at the concepts of e-commerce systems and looks at development of web sites using HTML 5/CSS and the use of content management systems (CMS) to produce end user informational websites.

Principles of Software Development

We look at the basic ideas of software engineering – the processes that should be followed to develop software solutions. You will also study the basic concepts of standard algorithms and data storage and the mathematics required to support this area.

Introduction to Programming

This is the first module of programming in the degree and teaches students who may have no prior programming experience some of the fundamental concepts in the area. You will work with two different programming languages – for example to develop Android apps using MIT App Inventor and traditional applications in the C# programming language.

Application Development

This module continues on from introduction to programming and develops your programming skills in the main development language, e.g. the C# programming language. You will develop Graphical User Interface applications that run in the Windows operating system. A strong emphasis is placed on high quality development that provides a strong foundation for future more advanced software development skills.

Year two

Core modules

Computer Law and Ethics

You will look at the laws that apply especially to computer systems and their users. A largely UK centred approach is taken looking at such laws as the Data Protection Act and the Computer Misuse Act how these have been applied in practice and how they might apply in the future.

Computer Networks

The computer networks module introduces you to the theories and practical deployment of computer networks to enable more than one computer to communicate to share both data and processing. You will be introduced to the OSI and TCP/IP models of network operation.

Computer Security

This module introduces you to the concepts, practices and issues of ensuring computer systems are kept secure. You will be introduced to the common approaches to attacking systems and some mechanisms that help protect them.

Developing Database Systems with SQL

This module looks at the concepts and theories behind the use the relational database model and how this is practically implemented in the Oracle Relational Database Management System using the SQL language. Oracle is the world’s most popular database management system by market share.

Interactive Web Programming

Interactive Web Programming looks at the development of web-based systems that use both client-side programming (typically using JavaScript) and server-side programming (typically using PHP). These two languages allow the development of advanced web systems that can used data stored within databases, internal logic and more complex user interaction to determine what to display.

Research Methods

Research Methods looks at how we can research new areas in computing. You will be given a range of tools to glean data such as interviews, questionnaires and experimentation. You will also be given the analysis tools to make sense of the data collected such qualitative and quantitative statistics. By the end of the module you will have produced a fully articulated research proposal.

Year three

Core modules

Current Issues in Web Technology

This module aims to develop your understanding of underlying issues faced by web technology developers. The assumption is that technology is not neutral and its design can be motivated for reasons that are not always immediately apparent. By looking at the latest technological ideas you should understand the broader implications of its application to society.

Ethical and Professional Computing

This module deepens the understanding of how ethics and professional codes of conduct may affect what a computing professional will do and how they approach it. You will look at a number of issues and use an evidence-based approach to consider the alternative choices that would be open to a person working in the computing field.

Human-Computer Interaction

Human-Computer Interaction looks at the interplay between the human user of a computer system and the computer system itself in order to maximize its effectiveness. You will study a number of theories of good design of computer systems and will deploy these in the design of your own interfaces. Further, once designed or implemented you will learn effective techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of the interfaces in order to improve them.

Individual Study (20 credits)

This module is the culmination of your learning experiences on the entire course.  You will, under the guidance of a supervisor, undertake a piece of focussed research. This will build on work completed elsewhere on the course by an in-depth study of one aspect of such work or by the exploration of a new area. 

Likely optional modules

One of:

Advanced Database Development with Oracle

This module deepens your knowledge of database development, following on from Developing Database Systems with SQL, giving you a greater understanding in order to maximize the benefits of using a Database Management System.

Operating Systems

This module looks at the operation and underlying operations of the Operating System in the use of modern, large-scale computer systems. You will gain an understanding of how resources are managed by the operating system by looking at these in theory and the actual operation of an operating system, such as Windows and Linux.

Recent Advances in Computer Networks

This module deepens your understanding of computer networking by looking at a number of more recent mechanisms for computer networking, such as mobile networks and the latest versions of the TCP/IP protocols. This will enable you to make the most effective use of networking hardware to create distributed systems.

Placement in Industry or Commerce (subject to approval)

The placement module is a flexible module that allows you to gain experience and put your knowledge into practice outside the classroom setting. This can be done over the summer before your third year of study as a block of work; during your third year on a given number of hours each week; or some combination in agreement with the organisation and University.

You will be required to: pass all your second year modules of study at first attempt; have a good overall average and must gain your placement place to be eligible to take this module. You will be given assistance in identifying and applying for placements. 

This degree course will equip you to take on a number of different roles in IT. The breadth of study will enable you to consider roles in IT such as user support, web administrator, network management, system administrator and database administrator. Although not a main emphasis of this programme, students could also consider software development roles.

This degree will stand you in good stead to work towards professional qualifications with a number of commercial providers and also those of the British Computer Society. 

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250*  £11,000** 
Part-time £4,625  N/A 

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

You can expect 12 hours per week contact time in the first two years and 10 hours a week in year three with additional time for classes and supervisions for your Individual Study.

In year one you will also have optional peer tutor sessions when students in year two or three assist you with your work.

Approximately half the hours each week will be formal lectures and half will be seminar or workshop based. Feedback on work undertaken so far may also form part of lecture or other sessions in the week.

You should expect to spend approximately 12-24 hours a week of additional time to get the most out of the formal teaching sessions and to do assessments.

Academic input

You can expect to be taught by a combination of principal lecturers, senior lecturers, lecturers and university instructors. Many staff members are Members or Fellows of the British Computer Society or similar professional organisations. A number of staff members have worked in industrial or commercial software development as well as having teaching and research careers

You will be assessed largely by coursework, although some modules will also have examinations or class tests. Coursework is mainly practically-oriented, with appropriate theoretical elements to ensure a well-rounded education. Assessments are generally individual, with group work in some modules where this matches the approaches used in industry.

We use coursework assessment methods based on their suitability for specific modules. Formative feedback is provided formally in year one and the year three individual study, and informally in later years’ workshops and seminars. Methods of assessment used include production of software artefacts, project plans and diaries, essays, reports, ‘investigation-based’ presentations, oral presentations, individual studies/projects, poster presentations, online assessment, logs, examinations and time constrained assignments.

We have a “Makerspace” lab open to computing students that contains PC Computers, Arduino and Raspberry Pi micro-computer development systems and a 3D printer. Students can use these technologies on week days, evenings and weekends.

A networking and server room will also be available for use during certain modules for student operations.

Out of hours access will be available to some computing labs specifically for Computing students.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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Part-time study

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International

Full-time study

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For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

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UCAS code

  • I100 Information Technology

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2017

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