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School of
Design, Engineering & Computing






Computing Top
-
Up Framework

BSc (Hons)
Business Information

Technology

Systems





Programme Specification








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nemouth University


Document date:
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2007


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School of Design, Engineering and Computing

Bournemouth University

Poole

Dorset

BH12 5BB







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CONTENTS



1

BASIC PROGRAMME DATA

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5

2

INTRODUCTION
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6

2.1

Documentation

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6

2.2

Top
-
Up Framework

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6

3

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL CONTEXTS, AND AIMS OF THE

PROGRAMME

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7

3.1

Com
puting at Bournemouth

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7

3.2

Aims of the Programme

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7

3.3

Academic & Professional Contexts

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8

3.3.1

Computing Benchmark
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9

3.3.2

British Computer Society

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4

PROGRAMME AND LEVEL OUTCOMES
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11

4.1

Programme and Level H Outcomes

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4.1.1

A
-

Subject Knowledge and Understanding
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11

4.1.2

B
-

Intellectual Skills

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11

4.1.3

C
-

Practical Skills

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12

4.1.4

D
-

Transferable Skills
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12

4.2

Fulfilment of Programme Outcomes

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14

5

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
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15

5.1

Intro
duction

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15

5.2

Entry & Exit

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15

5.3

Programme Diagram
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A

ADMISS
ION REGULATIONS
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B

PROGRAMME ASSESSMENT

REGULATIONS

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C

PROGRAMME PROFILES

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C

PROGRAMME PROFILES

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Limited review changes effective from October 2008:


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Introduction of part
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BASIC PROGRAMME DATA



Originating institution


Bournemouth University

Awards and prog
ramme title

BSc (Hons)
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Place of delivery

Bournemouth University

Mode of delivery

Full
-
time

Part
-
time

Duration

F/t
-

1 year

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Version number of this document

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This Programme Sp
ecification was revalidated in June 2008

following a
limited
review

of the programme by Academic
Standards C
ommittee. It takes effect from October 2008
and applies to all

new enrolments
.


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2

INTRODUCTION


2.1

Documentation


This document has two aims:


1.

T
o define the structure and content of the programme


2.

T
o set out t
he regulations governing the programme.



2.2

Top
-
Up
Framework


The Computing Top
-
Up Framework comprises a number of programmes of which this is
one. Framework Programmes have much in common:

(1)

Programme Aims are largely common, having relatively small diff
erences in
according with their topic coverage within the Computing Benchmark

(2)

Programme structures share a common basis:

(a)

40 credit Project

(b)

20 credit
IT
Research unit

(c)

20 credit IT Professional

unit

(d)

two other units



for this programme:

(i)

Networks & Security

(ii)

Advanced Data Management

(e)

all units are validated for the Framework

(3)

Admission Requirements

(a)

Profile equivalent to all Merits in final year of Foundation degree.

(b)

including Bridging Course

(i)

the Bridging Course is constructed to provide individual learning exp
erience
so that it enables participation from a wide range of prior educational and/or
experiential computing backgrounds

(4)

Assessment Regulations

(5)

Electives: programmes have no electives. Study choice is provided by choice of
award title, because each title

has 60 credits difference from others in the
Framework


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3

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL CONTEXTS, AND
AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME


3.1

Computing at Bournemouth


At Bournemouth, computing is taken to be the creation, enhancement, operation and
maintenance of safe,

efficient systems of practical and economic value. We take it to be
founded on, and require study of, programming, systems architecture, and the interface
between computers and human beings. We focus particularly on a) the professional
production and ma
intenance of
quality

software, and b) the professional management of
data and distributed systems. We explore computing widely, however, as a subject rich
in potential for exciting discovery.



Specifically, for our students, the statement of MISSION is t
o study computing:



as a coherent discipline, with due emphasis on its logical foundations



as an engineering discipline involving systematic and cost
-
effective design



with breadth as well as depth, through options including hardware and software,
theory a
nd practice, general technology and illustrative applications



in preparation for the profession, understanding the value of critical thinking and
life
-
long learning



and conduct research to further these goals, publishing as our proper contribution
to the
field


3.2

Aims of the Programme


Focus

On completing this programme, we want students to know and understand how to
develop
Information Technology based

systems

for business
, and have an
understanding of
information technology
, so that they can build and impl
ement such
systems. In so doing the programme offers societies and economies of the world,
graduates who can contribute to any enterprise by designing, creating, enhancing and
maintaining up to date systems.

The skills developed are those of
IT

system
d
esigner
/developer
, data manager
, infrastructure designer and researcher.


Progression to Honours


The programme is designed to develop those who have shown good capability in
various areas of Computing, to Honours level a) in capability and understanding

of
Information

Technologies, and b) in awareness through critical appraisal of the leading
edge of their field, and how to maintain that awareness. The advent of the Foundation
degree, together with the emphasis on Life long learning, has increased the n
umber of
students seeking to progress to degree level. This programme is specifically designed
to deliver that progression path.




Progression to Masters


The programme is designed to underpin progression to Masters Level. There are two
particular units

in question. The Development Project gives the students an opportunity
to undertake and report on a significant piece of work independently. The Internet
Multimedia Systems Research unit develops their ability to think critically, to review and
appraise

papers, and to lead and present in seminars.


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Distinctiveness


This programme is distinctive because it provides students with the opportunity to learn
to design, create, enhance and maintain computing systems based particularly on
IT
, in
particular data
base technology, and involving data management
. The programme is
technologically oriented. The emphasis is on the ability to deliver computing solutions.



Integrated Programme


The need is well understood for computing professionals who can design, cr
eate,
enhance, maintain and

improve
general
software and systems, for business and that is
what this programme sets out to satisfy
. An integrated programme of study is required
to develop this kind of professional.



Depth and Breadth


Computing professio
nals need to be able to work in a very broad range of application
domains, and at the same time cope with the narrow and extremely high
-
level demands
associated with very complex projects. This programme encourages the student to
recognise the tension bet
ween depth and breadth and develop skills to handle it. The
student faces the challenge of applying skills gained in one application domain to
another whilst at other times facing the challenge of handling narrow and specialist
areas in considerable depth
.


3.3

Academic & Professional Contexts

This programme definition has been designed with reference to the QAA Framework for
Higher Education Qualifications for England Wales and Northern Ireland.


The
QAA Computing Benchmark

was used as a reference.


Fee
dback from the most recent British Computer Society accreditation visit has been
used a
s an additional reference point. Although the programme has not yet been
submitted for accreditation to the BCS, it is intended that it will be submitted at the
earlies
t opportunity (given the 2007 changes to BCS assessment of academic
programmes).

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3.3.1


Computing Benchmark


The parts of the Computing Benchmark that the programme covers are set out in Table
1, with their relationship to individual units.



[Bridging Cours
e]

Development Project (40)

I
T
Res
earch

Networks & Security

The IT Professional

Advanced
Data Management

Computer
-
Based Systems

*

*



*


Computer Communications




*



Computer Networks

*



*



Data Structures and Algorithms







Databases

*





*

D
istributed Computer Systems






*

Human
-
Computer Interaction







Information Retrieval






*

Information Systems





*


Intelligent Information Systems

Techs






*

Multimedia



*




Professionalism


*

*

*

*

*

Security and Privacy




*


*

Softw
are Engineering







Systems Analysis & Design

*

*





Web
-
based Computing

*

*


*




TABLE 1
-

Relationship between Computing Benchmark and Individual Units


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3.3.
2

British Computer Society


Table 2 sets out programme coverage of British Computer Soci
ety Professional
requirements.


Links in Table 2 are made where a unit of study covers at least part of a BCS issue. Units
that do not have links do include discussion of BCS issues, but to a lesser extent than those
showing links. Units showing links
have more coverage, and in many cases assess
students in these matters.

The issue of professionalism runs through the programme, and is addressed in lectures and
discussion in
all

units to help students understand its relevance to all areas of Computing.
The table highlights those units where professionalism a) has more extensive coverage,
and/or b) contributes to unit assessment.


Table 2

shows the relationship to individual units. Items in brackets are not actual units, but
form part of the student expe
rience.
The Bridging
Course includes coverage of law on, for
example, Computer Misuse, Obscene publications, Health & Safety, and is a useful practical
reinforcement of the learning presented in the
programme.



[Bridging Course]

Development
Project (40)

I
T

Res
earch

Networks & Security

The IT Professional

Advanced
Data Management

Legal Issues


*

*



*

*

Acceptance of responsibility for work which
affects public well
-
being

*

*



*


Computer security


*


*



Principles of management


*


*

*


Profession
al standards & Code of Practice

*

*



*

*

Code of Conduct

*

*



*

*

Ethical standards

*

*

*

*

*

*


TABLE
2

-

Relationship between
BCS Professional Requirements &

Units


† eg Copyright & patent, Trade secrets & registered design, Data protection, Compute
r misuse,
Data transmission & security, Obscene publications, Health & safety


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4

PROGRAMME AND LEVEL OUTCOMES

4.1

Programme and Level H Outcomes

4.1.1

A
-

Subject Knowledge and Understanding

This programme provides opportunities for students to develop
and demonstrate
knowledge and understanding, as follows.


1.

The principles and techniques of data management

2.

Network and Internet infrastructure and security

3.

Research techniques

4.

IT systems

5.

System development techniques

6.

Business Management


Teaching Methods a
nd Strategies

Development towards programme outcomes
1,
2 and 4 through
6

is through a
combination of lectures and seminar/workshops. Outcome 3 is delivered through the
use of research papers and seminars where students learn to analyse and present on
suc
h papers; additionally they learn to lead the discussion of papers and topics.


Assessment


In general, assessment of subject knowledge and understanding is through combination
of Unseen Examination and in
-
course assignment, though research skills are test
ed
through presentation of a paper, and system development is tested through an
independent Development Project.


4.1.2

B
-

Intellectual Skills


This programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate skills,
as follows.


1.

Select and a
pply appropriate technologies for development of
IT

Systems

for
business

2.

Analyse and design network infrastructures

3.

Apply techniques of analysis and criticism to current research, to develop
conceptual understanding in the field

4.

Apply analysis, design and
development concepts, taking account of accessibility
and usability


Teaching Methods and Strategies

ILO 1 is developed through providing students with opportunities to learn and apply a
variety of technologies to different problems. ILO 2 is developed th
rough lectures on
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design methods supported by exercises in design, and analysis of requirements. ILO 3
is developed in small group sessions where students analyse and criticise papers and
discuss each others’ analyses. ILO 4 is learned through experience

of an individual
Development Project, supported by weekly supervision sessions.


Assessment


In general, assessment of subject knowledge and understanding is through combination
of Unseen Examination and in
-
course assignment, though research skills are
tested
through presentation of a paper, and system development is tested through an
independent Development Project.


4.1.3

C
-

Practical Skills

This programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate skills,
as follows.


1.

Set up a da
tabase management system

2.

Construct user interfaces

3.

Lead seminars and present in them


Teaching methods and strategies

The practical skills of reading, writing and using computer languages (1) and
constructing user interfaces (2) are developed both in labor
atory sessions and the
Development Project. User interfaces are likewise developed. The research seminars
provide an important opportunity to develop skill 3.


Assessment


Skills 1 and 2 are assessed through the programming unit, and the Development
Proj
ect. Skill 3 is assessed in the Internet Multimedia Systems Research unit.


4.1.4

D
-

Transferable Skills

This programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate skills,
as follows.


1.

Structure and use ideas to communicate effectivel
y in writing and orally

2.

Plan, conduct and report on a programme of work within set deadlines

3.

Work effectively to deadlines

4.

Learn independently, with a critical viewpoint, in familiar and unfamiliar situations


Teaching Methods and Strategies

Communicatio
n skills (1) are developed using assignments and presentations.



The skills of planning, conducting and reporting on a programme of work (2) are
developed particularly in the Development Project.


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Independent working is emphasised throughout the programm
e.


Independent learning (4) is stressed as a basis for study in higher education from the
start of the programme. A culture of independent learning is sought for all learners. It is
given special emphasis in the Development Project.


Assessment


Skill
1 is tested through coursework and the seminar presentation, together with the
Development Project report. Skill 2 is assessed mainly through the Development
Project. Skill 3 is assessed in coursework elements. Skill 4 is assessed through the
examination
s, the Development Project report, and the presentation.


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4.2

Fulfilment of Programme Outcomes



Units (core emboldened,
electives
italicised
)

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES

A

1

A

2

A

3

A

4

A

5

A

6

B

1

B

2

B

3

B

4

C

1

C

2

C

3

D

1

D

2

D

3

D

4

L

E

V.


H

Developme
nt Project






























IT

Research




























Networks and Security


























The IT Professional























Advanced
Data Management



























A
-

Subject Knowledge & Unde
rstanding

1.

The principles and techniques of data management

2.

Network and Internet infrastructure and security

3.

Research techniques

4.

IT systems

5.

System development techniques

6.

Business Management

C
-

Practical Skills

1.

Set up a database management system

2.

Construct
user interfaces

3.

Lead seminars and present in them

B
-

Intellectual Skills

1.

Select and apply appropriate technologies for development of IT Systems for
business

2.

Analyse and design network infrastructures

3.

Apply techniques of analysis and criticism to current

research, to develop
conceptual understanding in the field

4.

Apply analysis, design and development concepts, taking account of
accessibility and usability

D
-

Transferable Skills

1.

Structure and use ideas to communicate effectively in writing and
orally

2.

Pla
n, conduct and report on a programme of work within set
deadlines

3.

Work effectively to deadlines

4.

Learn independently, with a critical viewpoint, in familiar and
unfamiliar situations


TABLE
3



Contribution of Units to Programme Outcomes

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5

PROGRAMME STR
UCTURE

5.1

Introduction


The programme diagram is shown on the next page.


T
he programme
comprises the following
.


Core



4
0 credits comprising a single project. The project is a particularly important
opportunity for the learner to demonstrate their abili
ties to manage their own
learning in a complex context.



8
0 credits comprising
four

compulsory 20 credit core units




5.2

Entry & Exit

Entry is only for the full programme. There are no intermediate points of entry.


The programme is particularly suited
to those who have an HND or Foundation
Degree in a Computing field, or similar qualifications.



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5.3

Programme Diagram


































Figure 1


Programme Diagram


BSc

(Hons) Business Information
Technology
Systems

Requires 120 credits at Level H


Outcomes developed/assessed:

Knowledge as indicated by programme
title.

Year 1/credit level H

Compulsory Units (Core)



Development
Project (40)



IT

Research (20)



Networks and Security (20)



The IT Professional (20)



Advanced
Data Management

(20)


BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology
Systems

(full
-
time)


BSc (Hons) Business Information
Technology Systems

Requires 120 credits at Level H


Outcomes developed/assessed:

Knowledge as indicated by programme
title.

Year 1

and 2
/credit level H

Compulsory Units (Core)



Development
Project (40)



IT

Research (20)



Networks and Security (20)



The IT Professional (20)



Advanced Data Management

(20)


BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology Systems
(part
-
time)

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A

ADMISSION REGULATIONS


The programme operates under the

University Standard Admission Regulations apply,
with
the following alteration for this programme:



Applicants may enter
the

programme
with prior qualifications
if they have been awarded
the
equivalent of
280 credits as
here




240 credits on completion of

a relevant

Bournemouth University Foundation
Degree



40 credits on the Computing and Internet

Studies programme

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B

PROGRAMME ASSESSMENT

REGULATIONS



The programme operates under the University Standard Assessment Regulations.





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C

PROGRAMME PROFILE
S


School


School of
DEC

Partner institution


None.

Programme


BSc (Hons)
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Mode(s) of study


Full
-
time


Unit identification




Cost Centre(s)



Assessment

Unit no.
(given
by
School)

Unit name

Prog
year *

Core /
optio
n

HESA
Subjec
t Code

CC 1

%

CC2

%

No of
credits
**

Leve
l

Element Weightings

Exam

1

C/Work

1

C/Work

2


Development Project

1

C

G5

39

10
0%



4
0

H


100%



IT

Research

1

C

G5

39

100%



20

H


100%



Networks and Security

1

C

H6

20

100%



20

H

50%

50%



The
IT Professional

1

C

G5

39

100%



20

H

5
0%

5
0%



Advanced
Data Management

1

C

G5

39

100%



20

H

7
0%

3
0%




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C

PROGRAMME PROFILE
S


School


School of
DEC

Partner institution


None.

Programme


BSc (Hons)
Business Information

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Mod
e(s) of study


Part
-
time


Unit identification




Cost Centre(s)



Assessment

Unit no.
(given
by
School)

Unit name

Prog year
*

Core /
option

HESA
Subjec
t Code

CC 1

%

CC2

%

No of
credits
**

Leve
l

Element Weightings

Exam

1

C/Work

1

C/Work

2


D
evelopment Project

1

and 2

C

G5

39

10
0%



4
0

H


100%



IT

Research

1

or 2

C

G5

39

100%



20

H


100%



Networks and Security

1

or 2

C

H6

20

100%



20

H

50%

50%



The
IT Professional

1

or 2

C

G5

39

100%



20

H

5
0%

5
0%



Advanced Data Management

1

or 2

C

G5

39

100%



20

H

7
0%

3
0%