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Computer Science (Software Development)

BSc (Hons)

Recognised qualifications

Gain certifications from Microsoft, CISCO, and Amazon, and a Google approved curriculum

Work placements

Undertake a 12-month paid work placement

Learn the language

Study software development methods and combine these with programming languages

UCAS code:
I759
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Choose another study option
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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Become a creator of innovative software in the businesses of the future and apply the various methods used to design effective and efficient computer applications.

Do you want to develop applications and software used across diverse businesses and industry? Our BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Development) combines the foundations of computer science with the specialist learning of software development, to give you the best chance of employability when you graduate.

The course strikes a balance between theoretical knowledge and practical experience. There are five major themes that are developed through the entirety of the course:

  • The Software Development Lifecycle: from requirements elicitation to systems integration, including management.
  • Software architectures: including frameworks and design patterns.
  • Modelling: a strong emphasis on OO modelling; a lesser focus on top-down modelling, and relational database modelling.
  • Application type: desktop; client-server; web; mobile; and, enterprise.
  • Programming: a strong emphasis on Java, and also C#, Android, and Swift.

Not only will you walk away with a degree, but you have the opportunity to work towards a number of other certifications from highly recognised sources such as Amazon, and Microsoft.

The Department of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long-established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry, and we strive to bring in external speakers from industry to provide differing viewpoints of the Computer Science discipline. 

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Development)

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Development)

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Development)

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Development)

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Work placements

There’s an optional and highly-recommended sandwich route that comprises a year of industrial placement, which may be overseas, and can include self-employment. The course produces Software Development graduates that will be immediately suitable for job titles such as application programmer, software engineer, and software developer. With some industry experience, progression to posts such as chief analyst, project manager, and enterprise architect can be expected.

Course content

In a 3 year, full-time course you’ll complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in software development.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cyber security and web development.

In the second year you will broaden your foundational knowledge in computer science by studying commercial computing. You’ll also start to delve deeper into your specialism with modules in enterprise and mobile application development, as well as server-side programming.

In your final year, you’ll gain expertise in enterprise cloud and distribute web applications and clean coding and concurrent programming. More importantly, you’ll produce a final year project, negotiated with your course leader, which will include elements of both computer science and software development.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a 3 year, full-time course you’ll complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in software development.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cyber security and web development.

In the second year you will broaden your foundational knowledge in computer science by studying commercial computing. You’ll also start to delve deeper into your specialism with modules in enterprise and mobile application development, as well as server-side programming.

In your final year, you’ll gain expertise in enterprise cloud and distribute web applications and clean coding and concurrent programming. More importantly, you’ll produce a final year project, negotiated with your course leader, which will include elements of both computer science and software development.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a 3 year, full-time course you’ll complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in software development.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cyber security and web development.

In the second year you will broaden your foundational knowledge in computer science by studying commercial computing. You’ll also start to delve deeper into your specialism with modules in enterprise and mobile application development, as well as server-side programming.

In your final year, you’ll gain expertise in enterprise cloud and distribute web applications and clean coding and concurrent programming. More importantly, you’ll produce a final year project, negotiated with your course leader, which will include elements of both computer science and software development.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a 3 year, full-time course you’ll complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in software development.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cyber security and web development.

In the second year you will broaden your foundational knowledge in computer science by studying commercial computing. You’ll also start to delve deeper into your specialism with modules in enterprise and mobile application development, as well as server-side programming.

In your final year, you’ll gain expertise in enterprise cloud and distribute web applications and clean coding and concurrent programming. More importantly, you’ll produce a final year project, negotiated with your course leader, which will include elements of both computer science and software development.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Software Development and Application Modelling
Digital Technologies
Networking Concepts and Cyber Security
Web Development and Operating Systems
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing
Enterprise Application Development
Server-side Programming
Mobile Application Development
Year 3 compulsory modules
Final Year Project
Enterprise Cloud and Distributed Web Applications
Clean Coding and Networks

Entry requirements

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

Facilities

Careers

You’ll find graduates from our Computer Science disciplines working in many computing areas – Graduates from our Computer Science degrees have gone on to work in a whole range of related occupations. Previous roles include:  applications developer, web-based software developer, computer programmer, systems developer, and web developer.

Teaching

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Assessment

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Staff

Teaching and supervision on the course is undertaken by experienced academic staff who understand the value of your knowledge development applied to commercial and industrial contexts. You will find all our staff have extensive industrial or research based backgrounds. Our philosophy is that of applied scholarship – thus, our approach to education is based on research-informed teaching that has direct value to industry and commerce and is of direct value to you as a professional in the IT industry. Furthermore, our staff have established a credible reputation and position as educators and researchers in Computer Science – evidenced by our on-going links with industry, significant commercial and knowledge transfer-based funding, research funding, and our work with regional agencies and business. You can be confident therefore, that you will be part of an academic community that understands the value of research and knowledge creation, the impact of computing education, and the significance of its application to the world we live in.

Graham Mansfield
Graham MansfieldCourse Leader

Graham graduated from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in July 1988 with a First Class Honours degree in Computing Science with French, winning a prize for best student on his course. After graduating, he worked as a programmer in a computing centre of one of Britain's largest banks. He has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Staffordshire University since March 1989, having lectured in Software Engineering. He also holds an MSc in Professional Computing with distinction from Staffordshire University. His dissertation examined the use of Java Enterprise Edition and EJB 3.0 to implement systems specified with the JSD (Jackson System Development) method. He has also been involved in a wide range of consultancy projects, using his expertise in Software Engineering to the benefit of business, industry, and other organisations.

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

Alex Wright
Alex Wright, Network Systems Integration Test Engineer, Vizolution (previously with Cisco UK)

Studying at Staffordshire University gave me both a theoretical and hands-on approach to computing. This, coupled with a placement year applying what I had learned, put me in good stead after graduation. Employers appreciated that I had a widespread knowledge thanks to my course.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

16/12/2018 03:55:50 / Computer Science (Software Development) / Full-time / 14.0 / 26.0 / SSTK-12313

16/12/2018 03:55:50 / Computer Science (Software Development) / Part-time / 5.0 / 26.0 / SSTK-12314

16/12/2018 03:55:50 / Computer Science (Software Development) / Full-time, with a foundation year / 6.0 / 26.0 / SSTK-12315

16/12/2018 03:55:50 / Computer Science (Software Development) / Full-time, with a placement year / 6.0 / 26.0 / SSTK-12316