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Computer Networks


This module focuses on developing practical networking skills alongside a deeper understanding of network principles and protocols. Although the necessary background is introduced as appropriate, the course primarily focuses on problem-solving using current and emergent network hardware and protocols along with the development of applications to exploit these technologies.


Mobile Device Software Development


This module focuses on creating software for mobile computing devices. It concentrates on the technologies used to allow such devices to communicate and how to develop software to allow them to do so.


MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security)


Today an entire industry has emerged that offers computer and internet security products and services and consequently this has led to a demand for people with relevant knowledge and expertise. There is a need for professionals who can design, implement, and manage secure internet applications running on secure computer and internet systems and who are also able to train users to appreciate the implications of working with such secure systems. The MSc in Internet Technology and Security is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills whilst providing the opportunity to become specialised in a field that is highly sought after.


Internet Programming


This module focuses on creating client and server software as well as web applications for the World Wide Web use. It concentrates on the technologies used to allow such software to be designed, implemented and deployed.


Internet Security


This module is designed to provide you with the necessary theoretical and practical understanding of the technology available to manage and implement secure computer applications in an internet environment.


MSc Computing (Software Engineering)


This pathway will provide you with an advanced understanding and the skills needed to develop high quality software. Within the course you will be exposed to all aspects of the software engineering life cycle, including software specification, analysis and design, programming, testing and software evaluation. The pathway is delivered in a way that is designed to develop the skills needed to enhance your career as a software engineer.


Software Engineering


This module will provide consolidation and an extension of the skills, understanding and knowledge derived from an earlier module. More advanced topics will be studied in pursuit of robust re-usable and sophisticated design mechanisms. The main aim of the module will be to study in depth some of the major aspects of the various design issues which impact on the building of software systems. Areas targeted include Software Specification (design by contract) GUI design (EiffelBuild), software systems design (BON/ UML) and agile practices (XP).


Formal Methods for Software Construction


Formal specification is the only applicable method for the construction of high-integrity systems for aviation, power generation and distribution, transport and medical applications. Knowledge of formal methods also improves informal specification and design techniques. In addition, formal methods permit the unambiguous statement of specifications and uniquely permit the inference of properties from such models. Formal methods impose logical clarity and force you to think more clearly than do other techniques. This module will equip you with the basic techniques used in the formal specification of simple/ moderately complex computer systems.


Assessment


Each module is assessed by coursework. All students complete a 15,000 word dissertation which is project-based. There are no examinations.


Career Opportunities


Recent studies show a continuing demand for well-trained computing personnel. Successful graduates will have a whole range of possible employment paths in front of them within the broad IT/ computing domain.


Duration of Course


The course commences in September of each year. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters followed by a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your dissertation.


Entry Requirements


You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject. We expect that you will have a working knowledge of computers and networks and it is essential that you have practical hands-on experience of at least one programming language. Students for whom English is not their first language will be required to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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