FdSc Computing

Course Overview:

This course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills needed to design and create well designed web and internet based client server applications and understand the hardware needed to run such systems.

The foundation degree is delivered within the Yeovil College University Centre campus and the College Computing Lab.

Learners are expected to undertake considerable independent study each week which includes reading, research work, completing assignments, and preparing for programme sessions.

The course is 6 modules per year (or 4 units per year if taken part time).

Level 4 (year 1 for full-time students) develops your knowledge within systems development and database design. The Programming 1 unit will begin to develop logical approaches to problems by creating tailored solutions. Other units surround the web and include development of a bespoke website and the creation of a portfolio that highlights recent internet technologies. A hardware unit covering computer architecture and system design is also undertaken within this year.

Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students) is tied together by a full year project that links up with secondary programming and systems units to form the basis of an internet application. Human computer interaction is studied to enable the student to create accessible and appropriate interfaces. Network infrastructure is studied to round of the tie of units within this year of the foundation degree.

Entry Requirements:

Programme/Award:

Foundation Degree Computing

Entry requirements 2017-18:

UCAS tariff points from BTEC level 3 Diplomas such as those undertaken within Yeovil College are accepted

UCAS tariff points from at least two A Levels, or equivalent are also accepted

A minimum of three GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, including English and Maths

Edexcel/BTEC National: Distinction/Merit

Qualifications other than those listed above will be considered on an individual basis.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements:

A face-to-face interview is normally required before an offer is made.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience

If you have part of a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5.
For further information please contact the HE administrator and course team.

Module Information

This module map provides a list of modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits:  you take a number of compulsory modules enabling you to cover key subject knowledge.  You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each label of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
The modules available on the course are as follows:

Year 1 for full-time students (Level 4)

Semester 1/2

 

 

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Compulsory modules

Credits

SYSTEMS 1

20

WEB DEVELOPMENT

20

DATABASE SYSTEMS

20

INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES

20

COMPUTERS AND NETWORKS

20

PROGRAMMING 1

20

Year 2 for full-time students (level 5)

Semester 1/2

 

 

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Compulsory modules

Credits

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION

20

INTERNET APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT

20

SYSTEMS 2

20

PROGRAMMING 2

20

NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY

20

WORK BASED PROJECT

20

Duration:

2 years (full time)
3 years (part-time)


Assessment:

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark.

There are formal assessments within each module.  Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, and your final year major work based project.  The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1

 

88% coursework

12% written examinations

Year 2

 

88% coursework

12% written examinations

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework.  Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.  Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. 

We aim to provide you with feedback within 3 weeks of hand-in. ( Taking into account academic closure and holiday )

Note:  You must achieve pass in all Year 1 modules as a prerequisite, before progression to Year 2 modules.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team includes lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Edd Budzynski – Leader for Web development, Internet Technologies, HCI and Internet Applications Development.

Ian Taylor – Modules surrounding Systems 1 and Database are taught by Ian who is an experienced lecturer with FE and HE.

Ed Nicholson – Mr Nicholson is a local employer and comes with extensive industry experience within Programming and Systems development.

Teaching and Learning

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory practical’s. Seminars will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics and in turn improve your communication skills in smaller groups of students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor every fortnight.

You use industry-standard design software and have access to computer laboratory facilities throughout your course.

At level 4 you typically have around 10 contact hours per week, which may typically consist of:

9 hours of lectures, practical or seminar sessions per week.

1 hour per fortnight of one-to-one meetings.

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the learning resource centre and computer rooms and laboratories on the 2nd floor of the Kington building.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours' independent learning and assessment activity plus field trips, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Level 4:  % of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment        270 hours

Independent learning                                       200 hours

Level 5:  % of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment        270 hours

Independent learning                                       200 hours

Course Fee (2017/18):

Yeovil College -
Full Time: £6,000
Part Time: £4,000


If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be found on the https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/eligibility

How do I apply:

For the part-time route, please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk