Information and Communication Technology (Top-up) BSc(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
This top-up course has been designed for those who have completed at least two years of University or Higher Education study in a related subject.
This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to help organisations specify, design, implement, operate and exploit information systems.
You'll be supported in working work with sophisticated software tools to develop information systems for people. This is aimed at helping you to develop your creativity and imagination as well as your technical competence. Our aim is to help you gain the knowledge and skills to follow a career in computer-based information systems.
We maintain links with local employers and you will have the backup of our University careers service. You will be encouraged to be an independent learner and develop the transferable higher level skills which are in demand from employers.
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On this course you'll be supported in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to specify, design, implement, operate and exploit computer-based information systems on behalf of your organisation. The need for good design in information systems and the importance of the Internet in e-commerce are also emphasised.
In increasingly complex systems it is important to have tools that help make sense of this complexity. Systems’ thinking takes a holistic approach to understanding how systems influence one another. This module aims to introduce the key concepts of the subject area to help you understand problems. It covers a specialised language, methods, and set of techniques that can be used to address highly complex problems that can help in the design of enduring solutions in any system. This module aims to help you make sense of the complexity within systems and how to assess the impact of decisions made beyond the immediate environment.
This module focuses on the way digital information can be organised to make the content more accessible and more easily understood by users. The module provides you with an introduction to the ways in which information can be organised and structured; for example using metadata, controlled vocabularies, ontologies and classification schemes primarily (but not exclusively) for the Web. Your studies focus on the way these technologies can support formal models of information seeking behaviour.
This module is driven by you. You are asked to select a problem to solve which is relevant to your degree, and of appropriate scope and depth to be tackled within a timeframe of 30 weeks. Carrying out the project enables you to develop and demonstrate your ability to undertake research, manage time, use your initiative, learn independently, discuss and write convincingly on a subject requiring independent learning. A supervisor will support you throughout your project. You’ll use your existing knowledge and be encouraged to acquire additional skills as you carry out your project. The aim of the project is to suggest a solution to an identified problem. Your final report should describe the aims, scope and motivation of the project, the research you have undertaken, and the technical solution provided, including justification for design and development decisions.
Option modules: Choose two from a list which may include-
Modern Database Applications
By 2020 it is estimated that the digital universe will reach 44 zettabytes of data. As a result, the information needs of modern organisations require a more flexible approach to data management than that offered by traditional relational databases. This module introduces you to alternative approaches to data modelling including hierarchical, network, object-oriented, object-relational.
Advanced Web Programming
The module studies some of the more advanced approaches to developing web applications, examining both client and server side technologies. You will explore structured approaches to web development and a modern web framework, together with a range of contemporary development tools. As your understanding of the technologies and approaches develops you will aim to critically evaluate them and assess the benefits and risks of using a given approach or framework for a given task.
Advanced Front-End Web Development
Digital Marketing and Communications
This module will help develop your understanding of online consumer behaviour and organisational marketing strategy. In addition you will cover the practical aspects of online brand development and have the opportunity to gain an understanding of integrated marketing campaigns, search engine optimisation and social media.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
Whilst this is a top up course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 82% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey).
Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as analyst programmer, computing support manager, technical account manager, channel networking specialist, technologist, IT manager, solution consultant, business development executive and account technical lead in organisations including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Vodafone, Oracle and HSBC*.
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual project work, with a strong focus on practical work.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
The University is home to inspiring computing facilities giving you access to industry standard equipment and software in a friendly and supportive community.
• High quality PC and Linux workstations
• IT networked suites
• Mobile, wireless and fixed computing facilities
• Student relaxation areas
You'll be supported in using software to create applications and programs that meet the needs of industry and commerce. Examples include SQL: Server 2010 and Visual Studio 2010.
How much will it cost me?
The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.