Digital and Technology Solutions FdSc
Information and Communication Technology
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What will you be working towards?
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Digital & Technology Solutions aims to integrate theory and practice in each of the core subject areas and will actively encourage continued application within a commercial and business context. As you progress through the programme, you will develop of specialist skills aligned with your career interests and aspirations. As practitioners, you will not only develop academic work but will build a portfolio of developmental work which will help in preparation for both industry and further academic study at level 6 honours stage - with more information about the top up to Level 6 on the website https://grimsby.ac.uk/higher-education-course/bsc-hons-computing-technologies/
There are two distinct courses in this subject. The Distance Learning route is advantageous to those students who will be in a work environment and is not eligible for Maintenance Loans provided by the student loan company. Apply for Distance Learning on UCAS here https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/courses/cd9a57f0-2565-46fa-8383-a2a1b7f8452a?academicYearId=2021
You can apply for the face to face course on UCAS here https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/courses/478fb56a-31f7-4fe7-b449-34043301079b?academicYearId=2021
More information about both courses is on the website https://grimsby.ac.uk/higher-education-courses/?fwp_search_he_course=digital
This programme has been designed to allow students to study independently using a distance learning approach. Throughout this programme, you will be supplied module resources via our online Virtual Learning Environment, which have been carefully designed by our subject experts. Each week you will receive a package of videos and written content to support your theoretical learning, and you will also receive instruction for a range of engaging and unique practical activities which will allow you to explore your subject in many new ways. The online programme will not only allow you to complete your weekly tasks in your own time, but revisit topics as you like.
Throughout this programme, you will develop an understanding of the fundamentals underpinning the industries of computer systems, digital communications, data management, business information, and computer networking. You will not only explore these subjects as theoretical fields, but you will also design, implement and test professional solutions to problems found in each of these areas.
The development and continued success of business is increasingly predicated on its ability to harness and employ digital and technology solutions to develop and market new products and services, increase productivity and workflow, minimise costs, and protect itself from threats from various forms of cybercrime. At the core of this is an increasing need to manage and maintain large sets of data and this in turn leads to additional security requirements and the application of advanced data analytics that rely heavily on the application of artificial intelligence.
Level 4 (1st year) of the programme will focus on the acquisition of fundamental skills within Business and Information Systems, Systems Analysis and Database Design, Database/Software Development & Programming including Front-End Development, Computer Networking and Project Management.
Level 5 (2nd year) will focus on the development of skills in Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, IT Consultancy, Cyber Security Analysis and Network Engineering within a business and commercial context leading to specialism within a major project in the final trimester.
How will it be delivered?
Assessment methods on this programme include practical projects, case studies, evaluations, planning and design documentation and reports.
Case study: Students are tasked with the completion of technical report which demonstrates their proposal or solution to a given problem. Video Presentation: Students are tasked with preparing a video presentation of their findings to be delivered to a group of their assessors and peers.
Product Development: Students are tasked with designing, developing, and testing a solution to a given problem, and documenting their development using recognised information modelling techniques.
Reflection: Students are asked to conduct a short self-evaluative review, allowing them to
reflect on their skills development as part of their Continuing Professional Development.
Report writing: Students are tasked with conducting primary and secondary research around a topic or problem, to be delivered as a technical report which makes use of information modelling (where applicable), concise and coherent arguments, and recommendations including action plans and project proposals.
Online Examination: Students’ knowledge is tested using an online, open book exam. These exams allow students to demonstrate their ability to solve a problem in a time controlled environment, and further demonstrate their application of theory in practise.
Standard offer Standard 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. 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 may be possible for students to apply to other institutions offering comparable honours degree 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.).