University of Ulster 

B.Sc. (Hons) in Computing
University of Ulster – G403

4 year full-time course

Course Overview

The Computing/ICT industry is the fastest growing sector in the Northern Ireland economy and graduates from the Faculty’s computing courses are highly sought after. The modern student is increasingly concerned that their investment in education is rewarded with enhanced employment prospects. In this respect Computing courses at Ulster exemplify the University’s vision of “professional education for professional life”. Graduates from Computing programmes at Ulster will have developed the necessary skills and abilities to make a significant contribution to the industry.

This course is offered at the Coleraine campus by the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. The course helps you:

*gain a thorough understanding of the principles, techniques, tools and technology of ICT and identify opportunities for its use and application in the workplace

*extend your knowledge and skills by studying a number of areas of current research interest

*demonstrate and develop your skills by developing, constructing, evaluating and documenting a significant piece of software for use in an area of particular interest

*enhance your interpersonal and problem solving skills which are particularly important in successful system development.

 

Course content

In years one and two you will acquire a range of practical skills and develop a broad professional awareness. Students study modules in each of the first two years covering subjects such as programming, information systems, mathematics, computer technology, web development, artificial intelligence and computer game development. The structure of the first two years is shown below.
Year 1

*Introduction to Web Development

*Computer Hardware and Networks

*Professional and Academic Skills

*Software Development II

*Web Information Systems

*Computing Foundations

*Professional and Academic Skills

Year 2

*Data Structures

*Web Applications Development

*Game Design and Development

*Professional Development and Employability

*Concurrent Systems

*Web Database Systems

*Mobile and Cloud Computing

*Professional Development and Employability

Year 3

After a period of placement preparation in year two, you will normally spend a year on placement in the IT industry. During this time you will have the opportunity to consolidate and extend the skills that you have acquired during your first two years of study.

Year 4

*Software Project Management

*Professional Web Services Development

*Individual Project

Options are determined both by the research interests of staff and the demands of employers, and are reviewed frequently. The modules on offer typically contain options such as

*Console and Mobile Game Development

*3D Game Technologies

*Database Technology

*Cloud Based Architectures

*Data Analytics and Performance Modelling

*Digital Image Processing

*Intelligent Systems

Work placement/Internship

After a period of placement preparation in year two, you will normally spend a year on placement in the IT industry. During this time you will have the opportunity to consolidate and extend the skills that you have acquired during your first two years of study.

 

Career prospects; Further studies

Graduates will have many career opportunities available to them, in software development, as web designers/developers, as project managers, in systems analysis, in planning and technical management, or information management and database environments. There are also many and varied opportunities for postgraduate study in computing or a related area.

Entry requirements

Irish Leaving Cert: Offer in range 280-300 UCAS tariff points to include grades B1, B2, B2, C2, C3 (Typical Profile). Minimum English and Mathematics at grade D3 if Higher and C3 if Ordinary level.

 

Contact details

Faculty of Computing and Engineering
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305
Email: compeng@ulster.ac.uk
Web: http://www.compeng.ulster.ac.uk

Course Director
Dr Adrian Moore
Tel: 028 7012 4317
Email: aa.moore@ulster.ac.uk

http://study.ulster.ac.uk/prospectus/course/201415/1535