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You will cover all the fundamentals of computer science and systems administration and become an expert in areas of web design, multimedia and mobile development. You will gain plenty of hands-on experience through challenging projects that develop your creativity and technical skills.
You will have full access to the University’s outstanding IT facilities, which include specialist networking laboratories. We provide professional-level developer software and advanced hardware through accreditations with Cisco and other major companies. Topics include web applications, database systems, programming and software development.
Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, you can expect a high-quality learning experience to ensure you develop technical, practical, academic and softer professional skills.
We know you need a supportive environment where learning is scaffolded, teaching is delivered using a range of blended and flexible approaches, and skills are developed incrementally. We also appreciate the need for a friendly learning environment, with peer-supported learning and regular tutor feedback.
While respecting student safety and distancing, specialist labs (e.g. networking, games and cybersecurity) will still be used, while other sessions will be delivered online using conference technology (Big Blue Button and Microsoft Teams) and other online structured learning opportunities for collaborative working, discussions and regular feedback.
Please contact your Programme Leaders if we can offer any further guidance:
Liz Gandy firstname.lastname@example.org
David Grey David.Greyemail@example.com
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions. You will be encouraged to develop independent study skills as well as work with other students on group projects.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also ongoing opportunities for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include coursework and Professional Practice Weeks (PPWs). PPWs present you with real-world problems that must be solved in a working week. They aim to provide you with an experience reflective of the industry you want to enter, and give you meaningful feedback that you can use to improve your knowledge and skills. Each year has a different theme- previous themes include the City of Culture Bid in 2017 and e-sports in 2018.
Software Development and Theory: Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Formal Methods
Programming: Microsoft C# .NET and programming for Robots
Database Systems: Database Design, Relational Databases and SQL, Database Integrity and Security, PHP and MySQL
Computer Systems and Networking: Operating Systems, Networks and Computer Architectures
Specialist Mini Project: Showcase your talents through a project in your chosen area of computing. Past projects have included a Facebook app, a hack challenge and the creation of a retro arcade game.
Get a taste of the development of the web and mobile discipline with an introduction to modern tooling, UI design and rapid prototyping, ideation and the development of rich multimedia assets including audio and video components.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Learn key skills such as self-determination, planning and actioning of goals, time management, independent learning and team working.
This module has been developed with the support of the Institute of Coding, a network of employers, universities, training providers and professional bodies working together to create the skills needed for the digital economy. The module on this programme has been modified as a result of collaboration with a number of industry partners including SAGE and Adlink, to enhance industry relevant employability skills.
This module will move beyond the basic object oriented concepts associated with simple classes and objects to cover a series of more sophisticated object-oriented ideas, including ‘inheritance’ and ‘polymorphism’.
The module provides you with in-depth knowledge of issues associated with the modern software development life cycle, including the application of standard industrial methods to the design, development and testing of complex OO systems, including those with multi-threaded and distributed components.
Industrial placement (optional)
Undertake advanced study, including a literature review, in order to research and develop to completion a substantial piece of work that demonstrates the range of skills you have acquired. You will also submit a dissertation that describes and evaluates the problem and solution. Past examples include an Android audio application, a Trojan detector and a network monitoring tool.
Analyse, design, develop, test and deploy native mobile applications using Java and Android Studio. You will be introduced to native programming, application build and deployment, the Android ecosystem, security and software engineering in a student led and practical manner.
Learn how to analyse the range of tradeoffs in balancing the security properties of confidentiality, integrity and availability. You will also learn how to select the appropriate tools and techniques to address and manage concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities and potential attacks. All topics in cybersecurity will be considered taking into account ethical, social and legal constructs.
Learn how to build native mobile applications using a range of tools and technologies. Gain an understanding of the systems involved, from device hardware and software on which information is stored, including the platform storage technologies used to structure and access data, to the media rich interface features needed to create good user experiences which leverage the native mobile platform. Examine a range of development tools, frameworks and languages that will enable development of a modern smartphone application that uses local SDK and cloud-based infrastructure.
Gain the knowledge and skills that will enable you to explore and exploit business opportunities for software enterprises.
Develop your knowledge of current AI principles and your skills in this fast-moving area, which is a particular focus of Sunderland’s research.
Undertake a work-based placement to support computing in a school or equivalent learning environment.
Explore solutions related to complex database systems such as: enhanced data models, query optimisation, clustering, scalability, security, forensic investigation, data warehousing, data analysis tools and more.
Our typical offer is:
|High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade: SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement||GPA 3.0 or above and: Sat score of 1100/1600 from SATs AP (Grades 3+ in at least 2 subjects) ACT (score of 26+)|
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, we also offer this course with an Integrated Foundation Year.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course has a strong emphasis on real-world learning that boosts employability and equips you to make a bigger contribution in the workplace.
Sunderland has a good reputation with employers and, according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17, 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers). The top type of job gained by our graduates is ‘information and communication technology professional’.
In your final year of the course, you will undertake a major individual project with research-active staff. This adds to your hands-on experience and, in some cases, leads to a job offer that can be taken up as soon as the course ends.
Our graduates have gone on to become web programmers, IT managers, information analysts and software developers. Employers that have taken on our graduates include Sage, British Airways and the NHS. Other graduates have started their own businesses or become software contractors earning over £50,000 a year.
PPWs present you with real-world problems that must be solved in a working week. The assessments aim to provide you with an experience reflective of the industry you want to enter, and give you meaningful feedback that you can use to improve your knowledge and skills. There are five PPWs in each academic year and each year has a different theme. Previous themes include the City of Culture Bid in 2017 and e-sports in 2018. Feedback from students about the PPWs is very positive, with comments including:
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