The Computing Integrated Foundation Year includes four modules:
- Essential Study Skills (20 credits)
- Maths (20 credits)
- Foundation module (40 credits)
- Project (20 credits)
- Subject Specialism (20 credits)
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Year 1 (national level 4):
- Fundamentals of Computing (100 credits)
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.
- Computational Thinking (20 credits)
Gain a rounded introduction to the underpinning development of computing disciplines from the first beginnings to the present day. Discuss computing as a profession and a discipline from an historical and developmental perspective, evaluating the development of software, hardware and computer systems.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our .
Year 2 (national level 5):
- Personalised Skills Development (20 credits)
Learn key skills such as self-determination, planning and actioning of goals, time management, independent learning and team working.
- Software Enterprise Project (20 credits)
Work in a team to undertake a large scale development for a real client or realise an enterprising idea that the group has personally conceived and developed. Learn the principles of software engineering and development in the context of real world and real client needs and demands. Focus on ethics, professionalism and security related issues within the software development and technology management industries.
- Intermediate Software Development (20 credits)
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’.
- Advanced Software Development (20 credits)
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.
- Database Systems Development (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to understand how information systems can be used and developed to support enterprises.
- Internet of Things (20 credits)
Gain the specialised skills necessary to develop applications for IoT devices within real-world contexts, including the use of robotics and sensors. Focus on programming, network connectivity, configuration and deployment of IoT devices in simulated and practical environments. Use industry-standard tools to acquire, interpret and visualize data retrieved from them. Consider science, HCI and security techniques.
Industrial placement (optional)
Final year (national level 6)
- Computing Project (40 credits)
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.
- Artificial Intelligence (20 credits)
Develop your knowledge of current AI principles and your skills in this fast-moving area, which is a particular focus of Sunderland’s research.
- Advanced Cyber Security (20 credits)
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.
Optional modules (choose two):
- Android Mobile Development (20 credits)
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.
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.
- Software Enterprise (20 credits)
Gain the knowledge and skills that will enable you to explore and exploit business opportunities for software enterprises.
- Students into Schools (20 credits)
Undertake a work-based placement to support computing in a school or equivalent learning environment.
- User Experience Design (20 credits)
Consider usability and user experience principles. Examine user-centred design techniques and usability evaluation methods.