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Division of Computing



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The University of Northampton


PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION

1 Awarding Institution

The University of Northampton

2 Teaching Institution

The University of Northampton

3 Programme Accreditation


4 Final Award

BSc (Hons)

5 Title of Programme/Route/Pathway

COMP
UTING (Computer Network Engineering)
(Computer Systems
Engineering
) (Graphics &
Visualisation) (Internet Technology & Security)
(Mobile Computing) (Software Engineering)

6 UCAS Code

BSc
Computing G400 BSc/CST

BSc Computing (Computer Network
Engineering)
G421 BSc/CCC

BSc Computing (Computer Systems
Engineering) G410 BSc/CCS

BSc Computing (Graphics & Visualisation)
G540BSc/CGV

BSc Computing (Internet Technology &
Security) G451

BSc/CIT

BSc Computing (Mobile Computing)
G420BSc/CMC

BSc Computing (Software
Engineering)
G600BSc/CSE

7 Benchmarking Group (QAA or other)
where appropriate


Computing


8 Educational aims of Programme

The programme is designed to meet the need for the computing professional and thus
has a high degree of vocational relevance.

It

aims:



To provide an up to date course in the field of computing; relevant and
responsive to the needs of industry and commerce, whilst possessing academic
depth and rigour appropriate to a honours degree level programme;



To develop the student’s interpers
on慬 慮d problem solving skills, together with
the 慢ility to undert慫e sust慩ned 慣慤emic 慣tivity both independently 慮d in
groups;



To develop the student’s capacity for academic study and research, leading to
the 慢ility to ev慬u慴e, 慮慬yse 慮d synthes
ise inform慴ion, 慮d confidence to
present 愠person慬 point of view;


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To inform students of current best practice within the institution's developing
computing field and give an appreciation of likely future developments



Understand the requirements of appro
priate computing professional institutions
and the importance of continuing professional development.



To engage on a structured programme of study at honours degree level



To provide an in
-
depth knowledge of software and hardware aspects involved in
contemp
orary computer systems
engineering
;



To equip students with skills and knowledge to enable them to embark on a
range of careers, in the field of computing, or allied professions. Also to provide
appropriate lifelong skills and the ability to cope with chang
e;



To undertake written examinations and related formal assessments at honours
degree level. In particular students will:

Plan and manage learning that will be subject to formal assessment and
examination

Assemble and structure information from memory

Dev
elop ideas and concepts into logical and structured statements

Undertake written examinations and assessments within constrained time
periods

Successful students will be able to consider careers in computing generally; in software
systems development, end
-
user support; analysis and design, networking (e.g.
internet applications) network engineering, mobile computing and graphics and
visualisation
.


9 Learning outcomes of a programme and teaching, learning and assessment
strategies

A Knowledge and understa
nding of:

A1

the software development process,
including current techniques and
methods

A2

hardware aspects for
communication/control between and
within various platforms;

A3

the organisational context within
which computer systems are
embedded;

A4

the op
eration and management of
computer network engineering and
internet systems;

A5

the human factors associated with the
design and use of software systems;

A6

various computer system
architectures;

A7

analytical techniques eg computer
mathematics

A8

the prof
essional responsibilities of
the computing employee.

Teaching/Learning methods:

Key knowledge is delivered through the
compulsory modules. A variety of
teaching and learning methods are used
including lectures, seminars and student
-
centred learning.


Ass
essment:

K
nowledge is tested both via unseen
examinations and coursework, as
indicated in each module specification.


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B Subject specific/practical skills

B1

apply a range of techniques for
modelling and specification;

B2

apply an appropriate systems
appro
ach for a given project;

B3

construct computer systems, taking
into account technical and professional
issues;

B4

design and construct computer
systems using object and non
-
object
technology;

B5

work constructively as a member of a
project team.

Teaching/L
earning methods
:

Practical skills are acquired through
seminars, practicals and the coursework.


Assessment:

Coursework for the appropriate modules
requires the student to demonstrate their
practical skills (1
-
4). The Level 2 module,
Group Project
, provid
es the opportunity
for the student to work as a member of a
project team (5).Assessment.

C Key skills

C1

learn new material in a restricted time
frame;

C2

apply an appropriate strategy to solve
a variety of problems;

C3

use competently a range of IT
appli
cations;

C4

make positive contributions to group
work;

C5

communicate clearly both verbally and
in writing;

C6

manage effectively time and workload

Teaching/learning methods:

Key skills are specified for each module.
Some are taught in seminars and pract
ical
sessions (2,3); others are mastered
through undertaking the required learning
and assessments (1,4,5,6).


Assessment:
Key skills are assessed
principally through coursework, as
indicated in the module specifications.




10 Key skills strategy

Stud
ents can be expected to demonstrate capability in key skills on successful
completion of each level of the course / subject. The
University of Northampton
key
skill categories are:
-




managing the learning process;



communication skills;



groupwork skills;



information skills;



problem solving;



use of IT;



application of number

It is recognised that key skills are integral to the achievement of course objectives and
students are expected to display highly developed levels of achievement.

A curriculum map s
howing where these key skills are taught, developed and assessed
within modules is shown in
Appendix 2, Skill Map
.





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11 Assessment strategy

Students are assessed by variety of coursework only and coursework and end of year
examinations depending on the
module.

The programme of study is supplemented by case studies, seminars, projects and
practical work supported by lectures and tutorials. See
Appendix 3, Assessment
Map

12 Programme structure

Successful completion of stage 1 (120 credits at level 4 or a
bove) = Certificate of
Higher Education

Successful completion of stage 2 (240 credits including 100 at level 5 or above) =
Diploma of Higher Education

Successful completion of 300 credits, including 100 at level 5 or above and 60 at level
3 = Degree

Succes
sful completion of stage 3 (360 credits including 100 at level 5 or above and 120
at level 6) = Honours Degree

The structure of the programme in terms of modules, units and stages/levels, including
the credit requirements for the award or awards is shown i
n
Appendix 1 Award Map
.


13 Admissions Policy and criteria

The University of Northampton admissions policy applies.

ENTRY

REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the standard UoN entry requirements, applicants will be expected to
have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or e
quivalent) at Grade C or above. Previous
experience of computing is desirable. Applicants having completed the Year 0
Computing & Engineering will be accepted onto Year 1.


It is the policy of the University to admit students who are able to demonstrate t
he
potential to benefit from, and have a reasonable chance of successfully completing, its
programmes of study. For this reason, direct entry into the final year of BSc (Hons)
Computing is dependant upon achievement of an appropriate HND or FdSc in terms o
f
content. The entry threshold onto the third year is deemed to be 50% of modules
graded at merit or above or equivalent.


Students that have successfully completed year one of an
HND Computing (Pathway)
from the UoN will be offered direct entry
to
any yea
r 2 BSc Computing (Pathway).


Students that have achieved an HND Computing (Pathway) from the UoN will be
offered direct entry onto the final year of the
corresponding
BSc Computing (Pathway).


TYPICAL

OFFERS

160
-
200 points




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14 Assessment Regulations

Mo
dular framework (CAF/PGMS) regulations apply, including any proposed
supplementary regulations.


Full details of assessment arrangements are in the CAF Undergraduate Handbook
.


15 Support for learning



The programme is supported by: 2 technicians; 8 bes
poke computer laboratories; 5
students from the student support initiative; a first year induction program; access to
careers advice through student services; programmes, course web site with online
notes, tutorials, course guide etc (see
http://www.computing.northampton.ac.uk/
).

All students are allocated a personal tutor who has responsibility for providing pastoral
and welfare support. If the tutor should feel unable to provide direct help then the

University provides a number of specialised student support services to which a
student can be directed. Such support services embrace: accommodation, special
additional needs (disability, dyslexia, mental health, etc), banking and financial
guidance, car
eers guidance, advice on changing and leaving courses, chaplaincy,
childcare, counselling, mature students.

At institutional level support includes those services offered by Learning Resources, IT
Services and Student Services (please refer to The Universi
ty of Northampton’s
website:
http://www.north慭pton.慣.uk/

慮d click on current students). ie慲ning
oesources 慬so includes the Centre for Ac慤emic 偲慣tice which provides support for
study skills.


16 Evalua
tion and quality enhancement


The University of Northampton has several methods of monitoring and enhancing
academic quality and standards, these include:

External Examiners

Boards of Study with student representation

Boards of Examiners

Annual Review at
Field and School level

Periodic Subject Review

Student Evaluation

Moderation Policies


The guidelines set out in the Academic Standards Handbook, require that the course
team operates a monitoring and evaluation system which involves continuous self
-
critic
al appraisal whereby course quality is progressively enhanced.


The course will be continuously monitored by the course team, through both formal
and informal feedback. Informal student feedback is continuously sought and
responded to by the Course Team as

a major part of the monitoring process. More
formal feedback is obtained from students twice per year. Student representatives

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from each study pathway are invited to attend Board of Study meeting and have the
opportunity to raise issues of concern for dis
cussion. Further formal feedback is
obtained from the external examiner, who normally visits the college once or twice a
year to examine various aspects of the course and submits a written report to the
college at the end of each academic year. Any matters

arising, will be considered and
responded to either by the Course Team at informal meetings, or, where necessary, by
the Board of Studies. Matters arising from formal student feedback will always receive
a formal reply from the Board of Studies


17 Indic
ators of quality

and standards

In
the
Guardian University Guide, University Tables 2008
,
Computing provision was ranked

36
th

out of 110 Universities. The 3 highest scoring section
s

from the 7 considered

were Feedback,
Teaching and Value added, as further
explained below:


Feedback

A 9/10 score for Feedback. Computing was 1 of only 4 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that
received

this score and only 1 achieved

higher.


Teaching

A 9/10 score for Feedback. Computing was 1 of only 7 HEIs that received

thi
s score and only 2
achieved

higher.


Value added

A 10/10 score for Feedback. Computing was 1 of only 3

Higher
HEIs that received this score.


Taken in the context of the Guardian survey, t
he Computing provision could be considered 1st
or 2
nd

in the Unite
d Kingdom for
3 of the 7
categor
ies
.


In the National Student Survey (NSS) r
esults
for
2007/2008
,
the number of questions (out of
22) with average response
s

of less than 70%
(compared with 2006/2007)
fell from 12 to 4
and
the Number of questions (out of 22
) with average response
of 80% or more rose from 2 to 7
.

These figures indicate an improvement in perceived quality and standards by the graduating
students.


18 Date of approval or revision

Approved:

18 May 2004

Revised:

04 March 2008


19 Appendices

Appendix 1

Award Map (CAF/PGMS official version)

Appendix 2

Key Skills Map (use templates when
available)

Appendix 3

Assessment Map

Academic office/progspectemplate/sept 2005


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B.2

AWARD MAP


BSc Computing


BSc Computing

BSc Computing (Computer Network

Engineering)

BSc Computing (Computer Systems Engineering)

BSc Computing (Graphics & Visualisation)

BSc Computing (Internet Technology & Security)

BSc Computing (Mobile Computing)

BSc Computing (Software Engineering)


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SINGLE HONOURS AWARD :
BSc (Hons) COM
PUTING, BSc COMPUTING
-

(Computer Network Engineering) (Computer Systems Engineering) (Graphics and Visualisation)
(Internet Technology

& Security
) (Mobile Computing) (Software Engineering)
: 2008 ENTRY


STAGE 1


Code

Title

Credits

Status

Pre
-
Requi
sites

CSY1017

Computer Communications

20

Compulsory (all)

None

CSY1014

Computer Systems

20

Compulsory (all)

None

CSY1018

Internet Technology

20

Compulsory (all)

None

CSY1019

Software Engineering 1

20

Compulsory (all)

None

CSY1020

Problem

Solving & Programming

20

Compulsory (all)

None

CSY1021

Computing Mathematics

20

Compulsory (all)

None


Students must take all modules.


STAGE 2


Code

Ti tl e

Credi ts

Status

Pre
-
Requi si tes

CSY2001

Computer Networks

20

Comp: (CS, CN, IT, MC)

CSY1017

CSY2002

Operating Systems

20

Comp: (
CS, MC, C)

CSY1014

CSY2006

Software Engineering 2 #

20

Comp: (SE)

CSY1019

CSY2008

Formal Specification of Software Systems

20

Comp: (SE)

CSY1021

CSY2015

Micro
processor Systems

20

Comp: (CS)

CSY1014

CSY2026

Modern Networks

20

Comp: (CN, GV, C, MC)

CSY1017

CSY2027

Group Project

20

Comp: (all)

CSY1017

or
CSY101
4

or
CSY1018

or
CSY1019

CSY2028

Internet Programming

20

Comp: (all)

CSY1018

and
CSY1020

CSY2029

Database Technology 1

20

Comp: (CN, C, IT, GV SE)

CSY1018

and
CSY1020

CSY2030

Systems Design & Development #

20

Comp: (all)

CSY1020

and
CSY1017

or
CSY1018

or
CSY1014

or
CSY1019

CSY2033*

Graphics 2D

20

Comp: (IT, GV)

CSY1020

and
CSY1021


Students must take all compulsory modules for their pathway.


C = BSc (Hons) COMPUTING

GV = BSc COMPUTING (Graphics & Visualisation)

CN = BSc COMPUTING (Computer Network Engineering)

CS = BSc COMPUTING (Computer Syst
ems Engineering)

IT = BSc COMPUTING (Internet Technology

& Security
)

MC = BSc COMPUTING (Mobile Computing)

SE = BSc COMPUTING (Software Engineering)



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STAGE 3


Code

Title

Credits

Status

Pre
-
Requisites

CSY4010

Computing Dissertation

40

Comp: (all)

CSY2027

CSY3010

Media Technology

20

Comp: (CS, MC, C, I T,
GV, SE)

CSY2030

and
CSY1021

CSY3013

Software Engineering 3 #

20

Comp: (SE)

CSY2030

CSY3015

Embedded Real Time Systems

20

Comp: (CS)

CSY2015

CSY3021

Network Planning & Programming

20

Comp: (CN, MC)

CSY2001

or
CSY2026

CSY3022

Digital Signal Processing

20

Comp: (CS, CN)

CSY2002

or
CSY2015

C
SY3023

I nternet & Computer Security

20

Comp: (IT, C, MC)

CSY2028

CSY3024

Database Technology 2

20

Comp: (C, I T, SE, GV)

CSY2029

CSY3025

Artificial I ntelligence Techniques

20

Comp: (SE, CN, C, GV)

CSY2030

and
CSY1021

CSY3028*

Graphics 3D

20

Comp: (GV, I T)

CSY2028

and CSY2033

CSY3029*

Mobile Computing 2

20

Comp: (MC, CS, CN)

CSY2001

and
CSY2026

and CSY2034


Students must take all compulsory modules for their pathway.


C = BSc (Hons) COMPUTING

GV = BSc COMPUTING (Graphics & Vi
sualisation)

CN = BSc COMPUTING (Computer Network Engineering)

CS = BSc COMPUTI NG (Computer Systems Engineering)

I T = BSc COMPUTING (I nternet Technology)

MC = BSc COMPUTING (Mobile Computing)

SE = BSc COMPUTING (Software Engineering)



* new module

# title

change


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B.3

KEY SKILLS MAP


BSc Computing


BSc Computing

BSc Computing (Computer Network Engineering)

BSc Computing (Computer Systems Engineering)

BSc Computing (Graphics & Visualisation)

BSc Computing (Internet Technology & Securit
y)

BSc Computing (Mobile Computing)

BSc Computing (Software Engineering)




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Appendix 2

BSc Computing (Computer Network Engineering), BSc Computing (Computer Systems Engineering), BSc Computing
BSc Computing (Internet Technology & Security), BSc Computing
(Software Engineering)

KEY SKILLS MAP








Key Skill 1

Managing the
learning process

Key Skill 2

Communication
skills

Key Skill 3

Groupwork skills

Key Skill 4

Information skills

Key Skill 5

Problem Solving

Key Skill 6

Use of IT

Key Skill 7

Application of

numbers

Level Four:



D = Developed

T = Taught

A = Assessed








CSY1014
Computer Systems

TD

TDA


TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY1017
Computer Communications

TDA

TDA


TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY1018
Internet Technology

TD

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY1019
Software Engine
ering 1

D

TD

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY1020
Problem Solving & Programming

D

TA

D

DA

TDA

D

TDA

CSY1021
Computing Mathematics

TDA

TDA

TD

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

Level Five:




D = Developed

T = Taught

A = Assessed








CSY2001

Computer Networks

TDA

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

T
DA

TDA

CSY
2002
Operating Systems

D

TDA

TD

TDA

TDA

TDA

TD

CSY2006
Software Engineering 2

TDA

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

D

CSY2008
Formal Specification of Software Systems

TDA

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

D

CSY
2015
Microprocessor Systems

D

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY2026

Mod
ern Networks

TD

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY2027
Group Project

D

DA

TDA

TDA

TDA

DA

DA

CSY2028
Internet Programming

TD

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

DA

CSY2029
Database Technology 1

D

TDA


TDA

TDA

D

TDA

CSY2030
Systems Design & Development

TD

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

D

D

CSY203
3 Graphics 2D

TD

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

Level Six:





D = Developed

T = Taught

A = Assessed








CSY3010
Media Technology

D

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TD

TDA

CSY3013
Software Engineering 3

TD


D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY3015
Embedded Real Time Systems

D

D


TDA

TDA

TD
A

DA

CSY3021
Network Planning & Programming

D

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY3022
Digital Signal Processing

D

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY3023
Internet & Computer Security

TD

TDA


TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY3024
Database Technology 2

TDA

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY3025
Artificial Intelligence Techniques

TD

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY3028 Graphics 3D

TD

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY3029 Mobile Computing

TD

TDA

D

TDA

TDA

TDA

TDA

CSY4010
Computing Dissertation

D

DA


TDA

TDA

DA

DA


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B.4

ASSESSMENT MAP


BSc Computing


BSc Co
mputing

BSc Computing (Computer Network Engineering)

BSc Computing (Computer Systems Engineering)

BSc Computing (Graphics & Visualisation)

BSc Computing (Internet Technology & Security)

BSc Computing (Mobile Computing)

BSc Computing (Software Engineering)




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Appendix 3

BSc Computing (Computer Network Engineering), BSc
Computing (Computer Systems Engineering), BSc
Computing, BSc Computing (Internet Technology &
Security), BSc Computing (Software Engineering)

ASSESSMENT
MAP


Essay
assignment

Seminar
contribu
tion

Group seminar
presentation

Individual
seminar
presentation

Seminar report
or portfolio

Phase test

Online forum
and report

Research /
project

Extended essay
or project

Dissertation

Examination

Level Four:












CSY1014
Computer
Systems









√ x1
A
(50)


√ x1
Ex
(50)

CSY1017
Computer
Communications








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



CSY1018
Internet
Technology








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



CSY1019
Software
Engineering 1






√ x1
A
(50)



√ x1
A
(50)



CSY1020
Problem
Solving &
Programmin
g



√ x1
A
(50)






√ x1
A
(50)



CSY1021
Computing
Mathematics








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



Level Five:












CSY2001

Computer
Networks








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



CSY
2002
Operating
Systems









√ x1
A
(40)


√ x1
Ex
(60)

CSY2006
Sof
tware
Engineering 2









√ x1
A
(40)


√ x1
Ex
(60)

CSY2008
Formal
Specification of
Software Systems









√ x1
A
(40)


√ x1
Ex
(60)

CSY
2015
Microprocessor
Systems









√ x1
A
(40)


√ x1
Ex
(60)

CSY2026

Modern
Networks








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(
50)



CSY2027
Group
Project



√ x1
A
(100)









CSY2028
Internet
Programming








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



CSY2029
Database
Technology 1









√ x1
A
(40)


√ x1
Ex
(60)

CSY2030
Systems
Design &
Development






√ x1
A
(50)



√ x1
A
(50)



CSY2
033 Graphics
2D








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)




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Level Six:












CSY3010
Media
Technology








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



CSY3013
Software
Engineering 3







x1
A
(50)



√ x1
A
(50)



CSY3015
Embedded
Real Time Systems








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A

(50)



CSY3021
Network
Planning &
Programming








x1
A
(50)


√ x1
A
(50)




CSY3022
Digital
Signal Processing









√ x1
A
(30)


√ x1
Ex
(70)

CSY3023
Internet &
Computer Security






√ x1
A
(50)


√ x1
A
(50)




CSY3024
Database
Technology 2






√ x1
A
(50)



√ x1
A
(50)



CSY3025
Artificial
Intelligence
Techniques








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



CSY3028 Graphics
3D








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



CSY3029 Mobile
Computing








√ x1
A
(50)

√ x1
A
(50)



CSY4010
Computing
Dissertation








√ x1
A
(20)


√ x1
Ex
(80)



= applicable


x = number of items of assessment


w = word length
or equivalent