POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION
Programme Title: Masters Computing Degrees Scheme
Awarding Body: Staffordshire University Teaching Institution: Faculty of Computing,
Engineering and Sciences at Staffordshire University
MSc Computing (05g50500) MSc Computing for Business (05g68300) MSc Computing: Games Development (05h85300)
MSc Computer Science (05g51500)* MSc Computer Games Programming (05h85200)
MSc Computer Networks and Security (05g22000)* MSc Computing Solutions for Business (05g71000)* MSc Database Technology (05g96100) MSc Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Analysis (05g11000) MSc Mobile Computer Systems (05g48000)* MSc Multimedia (05g30000)* MSc Network Computing (05g51600)* MSc Web Development (05g49100)* MSc Web Multimedia (05g43000)* MRes Computing Science (05g50100) MSc Advanced Computing (05g80000)
MSc Professional Computing (05g69000)
PgC Computing PgD Computing PgD Computing for Business PgD Computing: Games Development PgC Computer Science PgD Computer Science PgD Computer Games Programming PgD Computer Networks and Security PgD Computing Solutions for Business PgD Database Technology PgD Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Analysis PgD Mobile Computer Systems PgD Multimedia PgD Network Computing PgD Web Development PgD Web Multimedia PgC/PgD Computing Science PgC/PgD Advanced Computing PgC/PgD Professional Computing
Mode of Study: Full-time and Part-time UCAS Codes: Not applicable
QAA Subject Benchmarks: Computing
Professional/Statutory Body: British Computer Society Accreditation: BCS: CITP Further Learning *starred awards
Date of Production: August 2011
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EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
Note: These are aspirational, and are not the same as outcomes. At the end of a course students should be able to:
- Select and fully utilise appropriate research and experimental methods - Access existing information and knowledge and sources to generate new information and knowledge - Analyse findings and synthesise conclusions from research for future work in a rational and innovative way.
Contextualise - Locate their own activity within the multiple contexts of information technology, communication, humans and organisations, business applications and innovation - Exploit interactions between these aspects.
- Evaluate their own work and that of others, critically and independently with the aim of improving and developing their own practice using comparisons with professional practice and a high level of academic activity.
- Synthesise computing solutions to typical commercial / industrial problems using conclusions from research studies - Draw upon the body of theoretical and technical knowledge available and be able to use this to professional advantage.
Apply transferable skills - Communicate effectively in academic, technical and professional environments. Show their ability to use various forms of communication (including oral presentations and technical documentation) as appropriate during and on completion of the work process, to elicit information, to explain, debate and persuade, adapting to audience and circumstances at the level of professional practice and academic discourse - Plan and implement action at a professional level, identifying targets, organising resources, and managing them self and others effectively - Carry out independent learning at a postgraduate level as a basis for academic study, lifelong learning, and for personal professional development - Work harmoniously and effectively with others, accepting responsibility in a variety of roles, including the ability to form and lead groups.
What is distinctive about this programme? There are numerous distinctive aspects to the programme. In particular, the Facultys focus on practical scholarship is reinforced by providing opportunities to use industry standard software and hardware. For example students specialising in Awards where Networking features strongly, have access to Cisco networking equipment & utilise support material provided by Cisco Systems Inc. Professionally, many of the programmes awards are accredited by the British Computer Society for CITP Further Learning. All of the taught Awards (i.e. not MSc Advanced Computing, MSc Professional Computing nor MRes Computing Science) have a minimum 6 month, maximum 12 month placement opportunity included in their structure. The Faculty has a long history of encouraging and supporting students who wish to take up an industrial placement as part of their Award, and has a dedicated staff team to enable this. MSc Professional Computing combines Faculty work and study facilitated by Learning Tree International.
PROGRAMME OUTCOMES What will this programme teach me to do? Staffordshire University (shown below as SU), has chosen to interpret the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in terms of 8 generic outcomes (Knowledge and Understanding, Learning, Enquiry, Analysis, Problem Solving, Communication, Application, Reflection). Note that in addition, individual Awards within the programme may have the following outcomes also identified (where appropriate).
Practical Artefact Development
Scientific Approach Overall, at the end of your studies you should be able to:
Determine the application of knowledge and skills to the analysis and solution of issues associated with your area of practice (SU: Analysis, Application)
Engage in critical reflection and analysis of practice (SU: Knowledge and Understanding, Analysis, Reflection)
Critically appraise different methods of research and demonstrate the ability to select appropriate strategies of data collection, analysis and evaluation (SU: Enquiry)
Critically examine the bodies of knowledge relevant to the development of computing as a practical discipline, drawing independent conclusions based on rigorous analysis of competing theories, ideas and professional practice (SU: Knowledge & Understanding, analysis)
Recognise and cope with uncertainty and, following critical inquiry, integrate appropriate strategies in an attempt to reconcile complex decisions within the context of professional practice (SU: Knowledge & Understanding, Problem Solving, Reflection)
Undertake independent study at an advanced level and further develop the ability to identify, initiate and integrate new approaches in your area of practice (SU: Learning, Enquiry)
Demonstrate the ability to articulate complex and abstract ideas and engage peers in the consolidation of them (SU: Learning, Communication)
Demonstrate the ability to conduct an independent study of scientific investigation, and on the basis of conclusions drawn, make appropriate recommendations to promote research-based changes in practice (SU: Learning, Enquiry, Application)
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and application of research styles, methods of inquiry and techniques of data analysis and demonstrate an evaluative approach to the dissertation itself (SU: Enquiry, Analysis, Application)
Recognise and select appropriate strategies to communicate the findings of research and enquiry to peers and to the wider population (SU : Communication)
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE, MODULES AND CREDITS
MSc Computing Level 7
Pre-enrolment Computing Skills CE00225-7
PgC/PgD Systems Analysis and Design CE00218-7 Computer Systems Architecture CE00215-7 Principles of Software Engineering CE00730-7 Management of Database Environments CE54004-7 Research Methods and Proposal CE00803-7 Option Option Option
MSc CE54014-7 MSc Dissertation (Stoke) (60credits)
Options CE54010-7 Object Oriented Software Systems Development CE00234-7 E-Commerce CE00515-7 Survey Design and Statistical Data Analysis CE54005-7 Java for Enterprise Applications CE54006-7 Design of Enterprise Communications Systems May also be offered each year CE00477-7 Enterprise Database Systems CE00543-7 Knowledge Management CE54009-7 Mobile Applications Development CE54012-7 Applied Mobile Communications Systems CE00233-7 Internet Applications Development and Computer Networks CE00251-7 Business Process Re-engineering CE00252-7 Strategic Planning for Information Technology CE00288-7 Managing Multimedia Systems CE54002-7 Perspectives in Information Technology Systems CE54007-7 Applied Network Systems and Technologies Potential Awards: Postgraduate Certificate in Computing (60 credits) comprised of 4 modules from PgC/PgD block Postgraduate Diploma in Computing (120 credits) comprised of 8 modules from PgC/PgD block Masters in Computing (180 credits) comprised of 8 modules from PgC/PgD block, and Dissertation Progression: A pass in CE00225-7 is required in order to progress onto the Post-graduate Certificate / Diploma stage. In order to progress from PgC to PgD you must normally have achieved passes in at least 3 of the 4 modules being studied. For progression from PgD to Masters you will need passes in 7 modules, of which one must be in Research Methods and Proposal CE00803-7
MSc Computing specific Learning outcomes Stage SU M-Level outcomes
A critical understanding of the fundamental principles of computing and business, and their relevance to applications of computer systems within an organization
PgC Knowledge and unders