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Computer Science in Combined Honours - information for current students

Looking for Computer Science courses starting in 2012?

See the following courses for 2012 entry:

All our Combined Honours courses have been replaced by new Joint Honours courses.  This will not affect existing Combined Honours students, or new Combined Honours students joining Aston in 2011.

 

Course information

The course specification below is provided for current students.

 

After a common and broadly based first and second year you will choose topics for specialisation in your final year.

 Revolutionary developments in computing science affect almost every area of modern life.  The wider the work place applications of computers, the greater the challenge for IT professionals. 

The practical orientation of our programmes will enable you to gain the range of professional and technical skills you will need to design and deliver the next generation of high-quality software systems.

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  • Subject guide & modules
  • Learning, teaching & assessment
  • Placement year
  • Career prospects
  • Facilities & equipment
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Further information

Subject guide & modules


Our courses have a practical orientation,combining studies of principles with a focus on the design and construction of high quality computing solutions to real-world problems.This approach is particularly suitable for the Inter-disciplinary study of Computer Science in conjunction with another subject.When you graduate you will be well prepared for work in a mainly computing role, or as a computing specialist within your other discipline,or for work that is based mainly on your other subject, but with good computing skills as a bonus.A very flexible and we think,highly desirable outcome.

Each year of a Interdisciplinary degree requires 120 credits of which 60 will be provided by Computer Sciences modules and 60 by your other subject. Most modules are worth 10 credits (double modules are worth 20 credits). The first two years of the Computer Science curriculum provide a broad foundation covering Software Development, Computer Systems,Information Systems (Business Oriented Computing), the Internet and Artificial Intelligence.

Year 1

  • Java Programming Foundations, Introduction to Computer
  • Systems, Understanding Information Systems, Data Modelling
  • and Database Systems, Internet Computing.

Year 2

  • Java Program Construction, Software Lifecycle, Introduction to
  • Artificial Intelligence, Data Structures and Design with Java,
  • Internet Applications and Techniques, Human-Computer
  • Interaction.

OPTIONAL SANDWICH PLACEMENT YEAR

Final Year

  • The final year lets you choose 6 modules from a range of
  • options.You may look for options that suit particular interests
  • you have developed, or options that integrate well with your
  • other subject.Our final year modules are updated regularly to
  • reflect new developments in computing.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Our courses incorporate lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work; developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques. Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Placement year

The optional year of employment can provide you with experience of the area you are looking to go into to lay the foundations for your final year of study. It is highly attractive to potential employers and around 30% of students are offered a job upon graduation by their placement year employer. You have the option to apply for a placement either in the UK or doing a placement abroad. You can do this either by searching and applying for one yourself or looking through our comprehensive database on placements available (between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs are advertised every year). You will be required to attend a programme of preparation, support and advice to increase the likelihood of getting the placement you desire.

Career prospects

Aston has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK. Aston University ensures that you will gain academic knowledge as well as developing a wide range of skills that are valued by employers. Computer Science graduates have an ability to cope with constant change, to organise and think critically. Along with their computational ability, graduates will have
good problem solving skills, applicable to many areas of work.

Facilities & equipment

Amongst the most advanced in British Higher Education, Aston University recently invested £4m in a major upgrade of its campus IT network. The facilities specifically provided for our computing students include a 100-seat PC teaching lab with AV projection facilities and three other labs containing Pentium PCs and multimedia capable iMacs. Additional labs provide high performance workstations reserved for project work and specialist teaching.

Our Programming Support Office is available to help you with computer programming modules.

All our computers are connected by means of an ethernet network, which in turn interconnects with the rest of the University and provides direct connections to the internet. Some of our dedicated computing laboratories are open to our students 24 hours a day.

Further information

Tel: 0121 204 4283; Email: ids@aston.ac.uk

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research