Software Development FdSc

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Software Development FdSc
Code G3T1
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 5
Course type Full Time

Overview

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) that will allow students to prepare for employment through work-related applications of their learning in Software Development.

Applications should be made on the UCAS website - https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/courses/ab6b6045-9124-4204-80b0-5756eb5d5cc8?academicYearId=2021

Students may progress to a top up BSc Computing Technologies programme with a further one year of study at the University Centre Grimsby https://grimsby.ac.uk/higher-education-course/bsc-hons-computing-technologies/

The Web and Application branch in the IT Sector is growing at a remarkable rate. Every week new and innovative solutions to problems and tasks push the boundaries of what computers and connected devices can do and offer.

With this demand for fast thinking and fresh coders it is important for students new to programming to have a higher understanding of coding practices and frameworks than ever before. Software development skills to meet business requirements are now compulsory at all levels, not just project managers and lead developers.

This course will allow students to develop their skills and practices via assignment work, lab work and their final major Project both to industry/sector and academic standards.

Students will acquire and develop techniques for identifying, analysing and testing IT solutions to develop their skills in designing innovative IT solutions. Students will apply new and modern models, techniques and tools for implementing custom designs of IT solutions and deliver high standard software products for various platforms. Testing skills to meet the ethical and professional standards required by business and the industry will be present throughout the course. State of the art servers, workstations and accessories, coupled with a wide range of stand-alone platforms like the Raspberry Pi and the inclusion of ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) devices, will give students the best start to their programming career, giving them the skills and confidence to code in any environment.

Details

Level 4  - year 1 - will focus on the acquisition of Software fundamentals and requirements. Students will develop fundamental skills in current popular and versatile programming languages such as C#.NET, asp.NET, PHP and Web languages like HTML 5, CSS 3 and JavaScript (to be reviewed and updated in line with industry practice). This coupled with the inclusion of frameworks and repositories/versioning from the start will hone their skills in the modern standards of programming.

Level 5 - year 2  - will focus on the development of skills within business and commercial scenarios with the opportunity to move towards specialism within a specialist project module at the end of level 5. Students will be involved with practical work, carrying out both individual and team tasks in software development, from analysis and design to implementation, testing and maintenance.

All Levels will incorporate systems analysis and database design, full software development workflow including planning and deployment, making use of frameworks, IDEs and repositories while also maintaining version histories. UX/GUI design will also be a key feature of the programme with students considering principles of ‘Human Computer Interaction’ (HCI) and the importance of a positive user experience in the design and development of software interfaces and features.

Aims of the Programme:

To introduce modern coding practices and methodologies to the next generation of coders; To develop knowledge and critical/analytical thinking of core programming fundamentals; To allow students to expand their abilities in problem solving for real world scenarios; To develop the capability to critically reflect on personal and professional aspirations in relation to further study or employment in the ever-expanding IT Sector; To develop and nurture an awareness of professional and ethical work practices for all roles and responsibilities; To equip students with cutting edge skills along with experience in the full software development lifecycle from planning and management to full delivery

How will it be delivered?

The teaching and learning strategy for this programme will be beased around a combination of traditional lectures and seminars for the delivery of underpinning theory, core module content and the demonstration of practical skills; together with labs/workshops to allow students to apply and develop practical and technical skills. The balance of formal delivery to lab/workshop sessions will be determined by the requirements of each module. In addition to the combination of lectures/seminars and labs/workshops, students will be able to access tutorial support in order to address individual needs (in addition to more traditional turoials covering pastoral support requirements) and in the case of self directed research and/or development projects each student will be entitled to 5 hours of academic supervision per relevant module.

Practical and professional skills will be developed through projects, briefs and assignments which develop and encourage practical application of learning. Both core modules and the later specialist modules will employ this approach to ensure that learning outcomes are planned to reflect real world business practices and requirements.

Entry requirements

Entry requirement for the degree will be 80 UCAS points, with a minimum of grade ‘4’ in GCSE

English or equivalent (Functional Skills Literacy Level 2 or Adult Literacy Level 2), and grade ‘4’ in GCSE

Mathematics or equivalent (Functional Skills Numeracy Level 2 or Adult Numeracy Level 2).

The University Centre Grimsby will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal

academic qualifications for the standard entry route. All such non-traditional applicants will be

interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work (a research based written assignment investigating a

current topic within the digital technologies sector), asked to provide evidence of relevant digital

product development and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant

experience.

Your next steps...

The programme learning outcomes cover the full range of benchmarks allowing the programme to be effectively mapped to the current BSc (Hons) Computing Technologies (Top-up) entry requirements allowing graduates to progress directly on to this programme. Further to this it should be possible for students to apply to other institutions offering comparable BSc (Hons) top up programmes. Many employers both within the computing/ICT sector and other industry/commercial sectors will fully recognise the FdSc award opening up the potential to apply for graduate employment in some cases. Students may also choose to follow up the programme by undertaking professional certification programmes (for example, those offered by CISCO, Microsoft, Adobe, etc.).