Business Computing (Web Design) BSc (Hons)
3 years full time
4-6 years part time
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
Full Time: £13,000
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In the current digital climate, companies require individuals who can craft robust, reliable and easy to use web systems that support organisations success. This programme gives you the skills and knowledge you need to be part of this exciting industry.
You will explore the design, implementation and technological development skills of the WebMaster and learn html, css, php and ajax. This course provides an excellent foundation for ecommerce, web marketing, web development or management.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
This course shares a common first year with other Computing pathways, with flexible progression into the second year, so that you tailor your second and third years to a different subject specialism to suit your career aspirations or interests.
You will have the opportunity to take a placement year after your second year, so that you can learn in industry and create contacts that will be useful when you graduate, improving your chances of getting the first step in your future career.
At the end of this year, you may choose to take an industry placement in your chosen career field to boost your employability. You will study Security, Business Intelligence and Project Management at greater depth as you tailor your studies to your career aspirations and interests. Along with the skills and knowledge you’ve developed through the course, you will be well equipped to enter the workplace or continue on with further study.
You will spend 12 hours per week in class, and including self-directed study time you will spend 200 hours in total on each 20 credit module.
You will be assessed on theory and practice through practical implementations, reports, essays, presentations and examinations. Most modules are designed to develop problem solving techniques and interpersonal skills and many provide the opportunity for group work.
Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1014Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system. Modern computer systems not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of peripherals. The module gives an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer systems.Learning environments are offered to enable students to gain a basic comprehension understanding and appreciation of computer system concepts and technologies and the skills to use them to the best effect
Web Development (20 Credits)
Software Engineering 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1019Status: CompulsoryThe module will introduce students to the Software Engineering lifecycle. Focusing on: investigating a problem domain eliciting software requirements preparing a requirement specification document performing system design and presenting them to clients; introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to implement solutions; use of a high level programming language to implement algorithms; a late-objects approach will be adopted to teach programming.
Problem Solving and Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1020Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
Databases 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1026Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?to understand and apply the principles of database integrity in the design and practical development of database structures.Databases 1 is a hands-on module that applies data modelling techniques to establish modify and maintain database integrity and data structures and associated components such as entities relationships and attribute definitions.
Digital Footprints (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1030Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?to understand and apply and the principles of data integrity and protection to take responsibility for managing and capitalising on your online presence. Digital footprint is a self-managed online module that considers the data trail and shadow left by interactions in digital environments. The module develops a broad understanding of the impact of individual and organisational online presence in the context of digital marketing data protection ethical issues and good practice to optimise employability and prospects.
- Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Group Project (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2027Status: CompulsoryThe module is designed to develop higher order intellectual skills (problem solving) and appropriate personal qualities including team working. Each group will develop and document effective robust and high quality computing systems to a professional standard in response to a supplied specification of requirements. Each student's contribution to the team effort will be the subject of peer assessment moderation.
Web Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2028Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this (Level 5) module is to: give students and understanding of the conceps and technologies of web based server side technologies; teache students to use up-to-date programming techniques to design and develop coherent server side software for websites with added security functionality and usability; design software focusing on the processing of information on the web server; develop real server side applications.
Databases 2 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2038Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To develop the fundamental concepts and skills of Entity Relational Models (ERMs) and Structured Query Language (SQL). It focuses on the key areas of extended-relational databases; user-defined types their practical creation application along with valuable data extraction methods to provide intelligence. Database programming (PL/SQL) is introduced. The module employs industry standard software to achieve the maximum economic saleability.
Quality and User-Centred Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2041Status: CompulsoryCreating high quality information systems involves many different factors and all stages of the lifecycle. It relies on the establishment of standards guidelines and techniques at each stage and on a quality culture which embeds quality by design. Through this module you will build up a thorough understanding of the complexity of the user-technology relationship and how to ensure that the developed system fits the user needs and expectations.
Website Management (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2042Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ? Developing a new website is one small part of the overall lifecycle. Managing and maintaining a site calls on a wide variety of skills from content management to understanding the legal context of ownership from people skills to implementing added functionality. This module introduces you to the varied talents required of a successful WebMaster.
Website Design (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2043Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to focus on website interface design and develop principles practices and concepts of web development to the next level. Building functional and professionally consistent websites involves an understanding of not only the interface but how users experience design (UXD) interact with design (XD) and work with clients. The development of current coding and scripting skills are developed to support aesthetic considerations.
- Group Project (20 Credits)
Media Technology (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3010Status: CompulsoryMedia Technology is an important aspect to Computer Science. This Media Technology module is designed to introduce the technology relevant to multi-media systems. This includes computer graphics text audio and video. Media manipulation techniques are studied. Media compression techniques are also investigated. In addition the module provides an insight into colour spaces and their relevance. The module develops a framework from which the student can develop multimedia systems in a third generation computer language.
Cybersecurity and Cryptography (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3023Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to build upon concepts and skills introduced in the first and second year modules and address the issues of effective Cybersecurity. Recognizing the rapidly growing in importance of this area the module aims to provide the student with the necessary practical skills and theoretical understanding of the technologies used to secure communications and protect the privacy of users within an online environment.
Business Intelligence (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3034Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is the link between business and IT allowing student to use and evaluate technologies and infrastructures needed to synthesize valuable information providing businesses with a competitive edge. Data analysis reporting and query tools are used to develop insights for business decisions. Business Intelligence (BI) represents a category of applications and technologies for gathering storing visualising analysing and providing access to data to make informed business decisions.
IT Project Management (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3037Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is for students to absorb a considerable body of knowledge which can then be reinforced by application of the theory. The module therefore employs a combination of theory and practice using real or simulated IT projects of diverse sizes. Content will be delivered by lecture and workshop sessions. Students? understanding of the theory will be tested by time-constrained assessment. Practical assignments will be based around a scenario (e.g. development of a database system requiring coordination of a diverse team comprising designers and programmers) and require students to work in groups planning and controlling the project.
Computing Dissertation (40 Credits)
Module code: CSY4010Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of the project module is to: provide the opportunity for the student to undertake research and self-management of a Computing related problem that permits the integration of the main areas of study in the student?s chosen pathway specialism. The module also permits the development of higher order intellectual skills a professional approach and appropriate personal qualities that are required for independent working in a research or development environment. It is considered important that the project should not merely be a direct application of existing knowledge but that it should also encompass at least in part the need to acquire and apply development techniques hitherto unknown to the student.
- Media Technology (20 Credits)
2021/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £13,000
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.
2020/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £12,900
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.