Computing via Study Centres MSc

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Make the transition to computing, where salaries in the ICT sector are over a third higher than the national average. Develop the necessary skills to undertake a Masters-level project and gain expert understanding of the processes and knowledge that are needed to design, implement and support an IT system.

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Overview

If your first degree is not related to computing, this course allows you to make the transition to computing. Our course is designed to fit the current needs of employers with topics that include software development, networks, database systems and web development.

By the end of the course, you will have an expert understanding of the processes and knowledge that are needed to design, implement and support an IT system. You will also be able to make a significant contribution to IT research activities as well as to team-based IT projects.

Please contact your Study Centre for the duration and mode of this course.

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Why us?

  • We give you exposure to the latest technologies used in industry, including Oracle, CISCO and more

Course structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Modules on this course include:

Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 credits)

This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.

Architectures and Operating Systems (15 credits)

In this module you will examine the basic architecture of a modern day computer system. You will cover the functions and operations of the principal hardware and software elements as well as different types of computer systems. This practical module will give you the opportunity to get inside real computers and see how the various components and subsystems work.

Web and Multimedia Development (15 credits)

This module includes the HCI fundamentals of context, design and evaluation. You will also explore the context of user research through studies of users, tasks, activities and environments. You will study web development including HTML and CSS and gain an understanding of common tools as well as knowledge of web development and the skills used in multimedia programming.

Software Development (30 credits)

This module covers object-oriented programming languages; design and implementation inheritance in an OOL; specification of requirements; software design using interaction diagrams and state diagrams; testing and design patterns; and testing OO systems.

Networks (15 credits)

This module covers different aspects of network systems, including LANS, MANS, WANS, WLANS, topologies, ISO 7-layer and TCP/IP models, media (radiated and conducted), signalling techniques, routers, switches, print servers, file servers, web/ftp servers protocols (routing and routed), wireless network configuration and security measures. You will also cover related software and hardware.

Database Systems (15 credits)

This module is about the design and implementation of information systems using databases technology. You will cover: data models (including, relational, object and NoSQL technology); data manipulation languages, e.g. SQL; database security; transaction management; database architectures (e.g. client-server; distributed; Internet and cloud systems); database warehousing and Big Data.

Foundations of Computer Science (15 credits)

During this module you will study soft systems approaches to problem understanding such as rich pictures, CATWOE and root definitions. You will also cover object-oriented techniques for analysis, systems level understanding and modelling/algorithms.

Masters Project (60 credits)

You will undertake a real world project through the support of a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element.

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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Facilities

This course is available at BlueCrest College, a leading provider of IT education and training in Ghana.

 

 

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Please contact the study centre for more information on their specific requirements and equivalent qualifications from outside the UK.

Fees and finance

Please contact BlueCrest College for information on fees and finance.

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Employment

This course features relevant work experience that will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability.

Career options

On completing this course you will be equipped as a skilled professional with essential up-to-date knowledge in computer networking and mobile communication technologies. You will also have advanced knowledge of systems development, including web-based and database systems development.

Potential employment includes roles in:

  • Internet and systems development
  • Database administration and development
  • User systems analysis and support
  • Technical computing knowledge management
  • Technical support
  • Consultancy
  • Research and education

As part of the course, you will undertake a project solving a real-world problem. These projects are often sponsored by external clients and we encourage and support you to find your own client and sponsor.

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