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University of Abertay Dundee Prospectus: 2012

Student Recruitment Office University of Abertay Dundee Bell Street, Dundee Scotland DD1 1HG web:

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Prospectus: 2012 Undergraduate Courses A30

The University of Abertay Dundee is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC016040


Professor Bernard King Principal & Vice-Chancellor

Welcome & Contents Being at University is an exciting and rewarding experience, offering opportunities to make new friends, discover new interests and develop career prospects and Abertay is an exciting place to be. We aim to put our students at the centre of everything we do and work hard to ensure that you receive the best possible educational experience throughout your time at Abertay. Our courses are designed to equip you for the knowledge economy, giving you the highlevel skills and subject mastery needed to achieve challenging and rewarding careers. We are proud of our excellent facilities. The University’s multiaward winning Library is recognised as one of the best in the United Kingdom and our purpose-built Student Centre is right in the heart of the campus giving you a unique social and cultural space to augment the unique educational experience of learning and studying at Abertay. You will also benefit from our unique approach to studio-based learning, through group-work and individual study tackling real-world challenges alongside practitioners and researchers in custom-built teaching facilities designed specifically to emulate the working conditions you will experience after you graduate. These facilities are complemented by internationally recognised research centres, innovative courses, links with employers and industry and cutting-edge research. This prospectus is designed to give you a feel for life at Abertay and what we have to offer you. However, the best way to find out more about us is to talk to our students and staff. I warmly invite you to visit us at any time and see for yourself the qualities that make Abertay an excellent choice.

Course index Overview Dundee: city life Our campus What difference does an Abertay degree make? White Space Our student centre Supporting your studies Library & IT facilities Employability Accommodation Abertay partner institutions International Sport How to apply Abertay degree clusters

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A-Z of Undergraduate Courses See course index inside back cover

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Academic Departments School of Contemporary Sciences School of Computing & Engineering Systems Dundee Business School Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games School of Social & Health Sciences

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General Information University Entrance Qualifications Not sure you are ready for University? Fees and funding Academic Year & Programme Structure Useful Contacts How to find us Course Index

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A-Z of Undergraduate Courses A

Accounting with Finance BA (Hons) Applied Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

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Behavioural Science BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) Biotechnology BSc (Hons) Business Administration BA (Hons) Business Studies BA (Hons) Business & Management DipHE

23 24 25 26 27 28

Civil Engineering BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering Studies DipHE Computer Arts BA (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology BSc (Hons) Computing BSc (Hons) Computing & Networks BSc (Hons) Computing & Information Technology DipHE Creative Sound Production BA (Hons) Criminological Studies BA (Hons)

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Digital Forensics BSc (Hons)

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Engineering Systems BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures BSc (Hons) European Business Law BA (Hons) European Economy & Management BA (Hons)

40 41 42 43

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Finance & Business BA (Hons) Food & Consumer Science BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition & Health BSc (Hons) Food Product Design BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology BSc (Hons) Food & Consumer Studies DipHE Forensic Psychobiology BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences BSc (Hons) Forensic Studies DipHE

44 45 45 45 46 47 48 49 50

Game Design and Production Management BA (Hons) Golf Management BA

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Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

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International Management BA (Hons)

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Law LLB (Hons)

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M Management BA (Hons) Marketing & Business BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Society BA (Hons) Medical Biotechnology BSc (Hons) Mental Health & Counselling BA (Hons) Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons)

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Nursing BSc (Hons)

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Performance Golf BSc Physical Activity & Health BSc (Hons) Policing and Security BSc (Hons) Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Social & Health Sciences DipHE Social Science BA (Hons) Sociology BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition BSc (Hons) Sport and Management BA (Hons) Sport and Psychology BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching BSc (Hons) Sports Development BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning BSc (Hons)

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Visual Communication and Media Design BA (Hons)

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W Web Design & Development BSc (Hons)

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Accessible Formats Information is available in other formats such as large print, Braille, audio tape, or on disk, if required. Contact the Student Recruitment Office (+44 1382 308080) to discuss your requirements.

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Overview

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Dundee city life Big enough to provide a variety of entertainment whatever your interests, yet small enough to feel like home – Dundee is the jewel of North East Scotland. In an ideal setting on the banks of the River Tay, Dundee offers an excellent quality of life. Location Dundee, beautifully located on the banks of the River Tay, combines all the shopping, cultural and entertainment benefits of city living but with easy access to wide open spaces in the surrounding countryside, coupled with excellent road, rail and air links to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, London and other major centres across the UK.

Reputation Dundee has a reputation for excellence in fields as diverse as life sciences and creative industries. And with a population of approximately 143,000, Dundee is a buzzing hub of science and technology based ‘knowledge industries’, closely linked to the city’s two universities with complementary strengths in creative digital media (Abertay University) and life sciences (Dundee University). Dundee has one of the highest proportions of students in its population of any city in the UK, injecting a unique and distinctive energy and vibrancy into Dundee’s nightlife, leisure and cultural scenes.

Shopping Dundee’s rejuvenated city centre has created one of the finest shopping zones in Scotland, with all the major national store chains represented. The Overgate shopping centre is a £150m retail development at the heart of Dundee city centre which is Europe’s only singlesided shopping mall with a curved glass façade – only two minutes’ walk from our campus. Budget-conscious students can find a host of bargain outlets who can supply those essential student needs of clothes, food and music.

Entertainment The award-winning Dundee Rep Theatre stages an all-year-round programme of theatre, comedy, dance and music. Dundee hosts a packed calendar of cultural events each year including Dundee Guitar Festival, Dundee Blues Bonanza, Dundee Flower & Food Festival and Discovery, Scotland’s International Film Festival for Children and Young People. There’s plenty to see and do with several cinemas, skateparks, two football clubs, golf courses, leisure facilities, ice arena, museums, galleries, clubs and pubs all within easy access of the campus. 2 | Abertay Undergraduate Courses


“I’d heard about Abertay’s good reputation for sport and sports research so it was a great choice for me.” Samantha, BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development

Why Dundee? • Three times nominated as one of Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year • Chosen by the world famous V&A Museum as its first outpost beyond London – the V&A at Dundee project is scheduled to open in 2014 • Dundee Contemporary Arts is widely recognised as one of the most successful arts projects in the UK. • Ranked as cheapest Scottish university city by Accommodation For Students (AFS)

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Our

Campus Abertay is right at the heart of Dundee, combining all the advantages of a close knit campus with the buzz of city centre life. All our buildings are within a quarter of a mile of each other, along with hundreds of shops, bars, clubs, cinemas and theatres, and we’re just a few minutes walk from the bus and train stations.

So convenient… The heart of the University lies in Bell Street, with most teaching and learning facilities, offices, research centres, Library and the Student Centre all within just a few yards of each other. Whether you’re going to lectures, meeting with staff, studying in the Library, or attending tutorials and seminars, you’ll always feel like a part of our bustling community.

So supportive… Coming to University marks a major step in your life, and our fully trained support staff are on hand to make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible. The University can offer advice and support on everything from accommodation and managing your finances, to staying healthy and planning your workload. We have a counselling service that can help you work through any problems, and we employ a team of students each year to act as mentors for all newcomers. The Students’ Association also provides help and advice via the elected student executive. No matter what your question, we have someone who can help answer it.

So friendly… Our friendly and welcoming environment is created by our students, who represent a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures. Over 64 nationalities are represented on campus, and our courses attract everyone from local school leavers to overseas research students.

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…And world leaders Abertay isn’t just a great place to be a student – the University is also home to world leading research teams, whose discoveries are hailed internationally. We are the toprated modern university in Scotland for environmental science research, with leadingedge initiatives such as the Abertay Centre for the Environment promoting ‘green’ business practices; the Urban Water Technology Centre developing innovative new drainage and pollution-control technology; and the SIMBIOS unit exploring bioinformatics and soil dynamics. All of our researchers are involved in teaching and developing courses – giving our students the chance to learn from world leaders every day. Abertay scored another world-first in 2006 with the launch of its undergraduate degree in Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures followed in 2008 by the world’s first postgraduate degree in Ethical Hacking & Computer Security. We have researchers developing new software and new systems in an amazing variety of fields not just in computer games, but in customer-oriented sales and service, environmental monitoring and prediction, novel medical diagnosis and treatment systems, cyber-security, town planning, policing, critical infrastructure planning, education and learning, heritage preservation, soil science and sustainability, infection control, sports psychology, telehealth, energy, business innovation capacity and much more. The new Prototyping and Business Support Project for the UK’s games and digital media industry run by Abertay is a £5m initiative that is planned to create dozens of new businesses and hundreds of new graduate-level jobs over the next few years.

Abertay has also been chosen to manage the Scotland Food and Drink Skills Academy, promoting the development of high-level skills and innovation through an industry which, in an age of food security, is a key component of Scotland’s competitive economy. And in 2009, the University was designated the UK’s first national centre for excellence in computer games education, and we opened a new Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games to take forward research and teaching the creative industries.

Why Abertay? •

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ranked best modern university in Scotland for its environmental science, law and psychology research world-leading courses in computer arts and computer games technology launched Scotland’s first degrees in computer arts, bioinformatics and biotechnology state of the art library fully networked for the digital age purpose-built student centre at the heart of the student experience one of the top UK universities for investment in IT facilities, and in Scotland for investment in library facilities according to government figures, Abertay is Scotland’s best modern university for helping students progress in their studies one of the Top Ten most cost-effective universities in UK according to cost-ofliving index survey by Push (2007)

“Abertay has a reputation that is unparalleled around the world” UK Government Culture and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey, giving evidence to the UK Parliament about computer games education”

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What difference does an Abertay degree make? Abertay graduates make valuable contributions to the organisations and communities they join. The courses they study with us are designed to make sure that their knowledge is current, and that they are able to take a lead in applying it to develop their own personal futures as well as those of others.

What’s important, of course, is not just knowing, but also having the skills to make the best possible use of knowledge. And Abertay specialises in creating learning opportunities that will help you to develop your personal and professional skills to an advanced level. What are these higher-level skills? They’re ways of working with knowledge and with other people that employers and our graduates tell us are most important to their success: • Being able to analyse and solve a problem that may need you to work with what you already know, and to find new information from a range of areas and sources • Understanding when you need to call other specialists in, and understanding how to work with them in ways that make the best of everybody’s contribution • Spotting new opportunities and knowing how to assess these, and to present them in ways that will allow others to understand them and their benefits • Taking your own ideas forward, through research and through networking, and contributing to the development of ideas that others have Graduates tell us that they want to use their University education to lead fulfilling lives and to help their communities to do the same. We have worked hard to design not just our courses but also the way we teach and support your learning to give you every opportunity to use your learning and to develop your skills and knowledge, while you’re with us. What can you expect? Well, you can expect to work with others throughout your time with us – in projects and in the classroom. You’ll work on your presentation and persuasive skills, in formal and informal situations. And you’ll get plenty of research practice – formal research methods in your specialist area, and also the broader range of skills in finding, evaluating and using all the information available in today’s networked world. Whatever course you choose, we can promise you every opportunity to develop your skills and abilities as well as your knowledge. The success of our graduates is the measure of our success, and we’ve got plenty of success to share with you. When you graduate from Abertay, you will be a confident thinker, determined creator, flexible collaborator, and ambitious enquirer.

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White Space We have adopted the name White Space to describe our approach because it challenges us to break barriers and explore the dynamic areas where different interests can meet and overlap. We are making new and exciting ways of working as we improve your learning experience at Abertay.

so that you are just as likely to sit down in a comfy chair to revise opposite an artist in residence, a musician using the audio studio, a future employer using the state of the art facilities or your course tutor. These informal spaces can also be used for spur-of-the-moment team meetings and focus groups. Some of the employers who visit us comment that this is exactly the approach they would take to encouraging innovation in their own organisations, and indeed, many industry professionals work with our students on real world projects involving innovative development of their projects.

White Space thinking is also reflected in the way that we are approaching our future estates development and our research and enterprise centres have led the way in creating open, flexible work areas with the minimum of rules for how they are used. As we refurbish our learning spaces we are thinking “white space� into the layouts. The illustrations show how this is working in one of the areas we recently refurbished on campus.

In adjacent spaces there are 3D visualisation studios, recording facilities that include a network radio broadcast studio and a video conference suite. There is always something exciting happening nearby that is relevant to realworld work. Our video conference studio regularly links with students in Asia and North America ensuring that the space is connected to our students wherever they are based.

In that particular open plan area we have student team based learning facilities immediately adjacent to your lecturers’ personal workspaces and to maintain our context specific approach to your learning these facilities are intermingled with commercial and public sector practitioners, student businesses and cutting edge research projects. Everyone shares the informal and social spaces

In the previous pages we described our approach to developing the advanced skills you will need for the business and social community you will graduate to. We believe that providing you with the experience of white space environments like this one is an important element of your student experience and will prepare you well for the workplace of the future.

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Our

Student Centre Abertay’s Student Centre is the heart of our friendly city campus, just yards from our award winning library and main teaching buildings. The Student Centre is much more than just a building, it’s the cultural and social hub of the campus, it is a safe, stimulating environment in which to eat, relax and socialise with friends. You will always find some great events on, so make sure you drop in and say hello.

Aroma A welcome open area as you enter; Aroma is the main coffee shop where you can get a lot more than just a coffee. There is a selection of wraps, paninis, salads and a sweet treat or two. A wide range of hot and cold drinks are also available. Aroma has a great seating area, which looks over the library and pedestrianised area. It has a relaxed atmosphere where students can have a quiet break between classes, a chance to sit down, have a coffee and review notes or use the free wi-fi which is available to all students throughout the Centre. The main reception is located by Aroma and if you would like to know anything about the Student Centre or where to go just ask at reception. The reception is also where you get your dissertation bound when the time comes.

Floor plan

Campus Shop The Campus Shop is also located on the ground floor and is always expanding its range of products so you are sure to find what you need. A wide selection of sandwiches, snacks, frozen food, drinks, newspapers, stationery and cosmetics are available from the shop. Everything you could need for lunch or on the way home from University. The Campus Shop also sells an amazing range of Abertay branded clothing, a little something to remember your time at Abertay.

Bar One The hub of the Student Centre, a great place to eat, drink, study and relax. The diner sells affordable, nutritional, quality meals to suit all tastes. You can catch all the daytime soaps on the bar’s two large TV screens or from 3pm have a go on our Wii. The bar is split into two areas, so whether you want to study quietly or meet with friends you can. Find Bar One on level one. Sports Bar A buzzing area with an atmosphere that never seems to sleep; the Sportsbar has loads to offer every student, and with large screen TV’s throughout the bar and two dedicated music screens you will never be short of something to watch. Fancy a game of pool? We have four American pool tables and one British, which are used by all students, and the Abertay Pool Team. Find the Sportsbar on level two. 8 | Abertay Undergraduate Courses


The Hideout The Hideout is our nightclub. With the capacity for 350 people and a glowing neon bar it always makes an impact when you first walk in. It has had many a big name play there such as The View, N-trance, Chris Moyles Karaoke, Dave Pearce, The Fun Loving Criminals, Frank Musik the list goes on and on. Besides the big names we hold amazing regular events such as Carbon, Loaded, International Student Parties and much, much more. For all the up to date events check www.abertayunion.com Hannah Maclure Centre The Hannah Maclure Centre (HMC) is located on the top floor (level 3) encompassing a gallery, cinema and coffee bar. This chilled out space provides students with a chance to indulge in various activities such as monomania our informal art sessions, around the world in 80 films an international film programme, our successful Movie Club or gallery wine receptions. Terrace Coffee Bar As well as the HMC on the top floor we have a fantastic coffee bar where you can sit out on the roof top terrace and enjoy the summer sun with a nice cool drink or if it’s a bit cooler come inside and relax on one of the comfy sofas enjoying one of the great tasting hot drinks we have to offer.

Student Representation The Students’ Association encompasses numerous services including student welfare, entertainment, clubs and societies. Find us on level two. Your Students’ Association, Your Voice The Students’ Association is run by students like you through our eight-member Executive Committee. The Committee consists of two full-time paid officers – the President and Vice President – and six part-time unpaid current students. These positions are elected every March by you. The responsibility of the full-time officers is to assist in solving the day to day problems you encounter as a student. The part-time officers’ job – who still continue to study – is to aid the full-time officers, as well as assist with the decision making on issues affecting the wider student population. The Association is here to represent your needs and interests within the University. Internally, student representatives sit on a variety of committees to make sure that student opinion is heard in key decisions. The Association is there to bridge the gap between students and the University. As you automatically become a member of the Students’ Association when you matriculate, you are entitled to use all of our services, and to take part in shaping and changing the Association for the future. We are here for YOU, so if you need to contact us about any issues, please don’t hold back.

“Studying at Abertay has allowed me to make some great friends and this has made the whole experience so much easier. Most days you’ll find me and my friends in the union as it’s a good place to socialise and have a coffee, and sometimes you might even see us there at night too!”

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Supporting your studies Abertay offers comprehensive support to all its students to help you make the most of your time with us. Study

Money

We offer assistance to help you to succeed in your studies. Every course incorporates support to help you to develop how you approach different aspects of degree-level work, such as thinking critically, researching, writing, working in groups and giving presentations. This support is delivered not only by course tutors but also by the Academic Librarians, IT Trainers, English for Study tutors and the Student Academic Support advisors.

For most students, managing their finances is a concern throughout their studies. Our Student Funding Advisor can help you to plan your budget and suggest appropriate steps to help if you face financial difficulties. UK students can also access government funds for childcare costs or if they enter hardship. For more information on student finance, please refer to the further information section at the back of this prospectus.

Help is also offered on an individual basis out of class. The Academic Librarians can meet with you to help you use online research tools more effectively. The Student Academic Support advisors can meet with you to guide you through writing coursework, from understanding your tutor’s instructions through to checking your work before you submit it.

Our Career Development Centre advertises local part-time job vacancies to help you find work while you are studying. The Centre can also provide advice and guidance with writing CVs and job applications and practicing for interviews. The Centre also organises employer visits and presentations, undertakes psychometric testing and has an information library.

The English for Study tutors provide language support seminars during term time for international students who want to improve their written and spoken language skills for academic purposes.

Managing study and everything else

Students are entitled to receive additional support if they require help or assistance in practical or academic matters due to a disability or medical condition. Our Disabled Student Advisor, working with other dyslexia advisors/tutors, can advise on special exam and assessment arrangements, additional funding for equipment and support, and other personal support requirements. The Advisor will also liaise with the academic schools to arrange the most appropriate means of support throughout your time at University. Please indicate on your application form if you have any additional support requirements.

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Our one-stop Student Services Reception is a great starting point for general practical information, such as help with timetables or finding your way around the campus at the start of term. It is also where you can make appointments for the other support services Abertay offers. Counselling is an opportunity to discuss and explore issues that concern you, in the company of someone (the counsellor) who offers you a particular time and space to reflect, be heard, and not judged and a place for you to be supported during times of difficulty. If you are not happy with aspects of your life whilst at University, counselling can support the possibility of change. The counsellor’s approach is to enable and support you to find your own

directions in life that suit you as a unique human being. The counselling service is confidential. The University has an International Student Advisor who provides advice and information on a variety of issues pertinent to International and EU students. Advice includes information on immigration, visas and entry clearance, as well as general welfare issues. The advisor coordinates the University’s Orientation programme that includes information on living and working in Scotland, study skills, English for academic purposes and an opportunity to meet new friends. The Advisor also works with International students to provide a wide range of social activities ranging from trips to place of interest, film nights, and social events. As part of our commitment to student support and as a resource for students and staff of all faiths and none we maintain a Chaplaincy at Abertay. Most Christian denominations and other faiths including Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs are represented in Dundee and the Chaplaincy team seeks to maintain links between the University and local churches and faith centres. The Chaplaincy team is available for spiritual and pastoral support. Chaplaincy is also a place for meeting, friendship and a social centre where students and staff can meet informally and relax.


IT Resources We recognise the importance of providing our students with the type of networked computing environment they can expect to work in after graduating. An ongoing programme of continual improvement ensures that both hardware and software are industry standard, providing our students with one of the best common IT platforms of any UK university.

Library and IT Our integrated service combines the information provision skills of library staff with the technical expertise of IT staff. The result is that Abertay is one of the leading universities in the use of communications and information technologies (C&IT) in the support of teaching and learning, with access to electronic and other information resources central to every course at the University. Information Resources Our multi-award winning library provides a mix of learning environments to meet different student needs, be it a quiet, individual study space or a group study room equipped with a plasma screen for team working, discussion or practising a presentation. Over 50% of the 440 study spaces have a networked PC to provide the flexibility to work online alongside traditional print resources and our wireless network gives students the option of using their own laptop. The library is well stocked with over 120,000 books and 250 print journals but our extensive range of online resources extends

the library beyond the campus, allowing students to work from any location across the world. Online access to a vast range of information, including 10,000+ electronic journals and 50,000+ e-books – is available to all our students whether they are on or off campus.

Although we have an impressive 1,100 student PCs (giving one of the best student to PC ratios in the UK), we also appreciate that students increasingly need access to networked information resources anytime and from anywhere. Abertay Portal – our Online University – provides students with integrated and secure access, both on and off-campus, to coursework, electronic teaching and learning materials, exam results, timetables and a plethora of other information, systems and services, much of which is personalised. Our wireless network is available throughout the campus enabling mobile access to resources from a personal laptop. University staff are continually developing innovative ways of using the technological infrastructure in support of teaching and learning through our virtual learning environment, including podcasts, streaming media and online discussion groups and quizzes. In our physical classrooms and laboratories, a number of smart classrooms offer enhanced technology such as interactive whiteboards and classroom response systems, to improve the overall learning experience for students and staff.

Our support mechanisms reflect the blurring boundaries between IT and the electronic library, with an integrated enquiry desk offering students friendly help and advice on the use of IT and library resources. All students are offered library & information skills and ICT training as an integral part of their course of study or through drop-in sessions at a time of their choosing.

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Employability When you come to Abertay it is time to start looking at the future. Of course you will want to have a good time – but you will also want to make the most of your time at University. To start with you will need to think about what employers are going to expect from you as a graduate. The next step is to plan how to make sure you become the kind of graduate that will be attractive to these employers.

A degree is just a start… There is no doubt that having a degree will open doors to the world of graduate opportunities but now employers are looking for much more than just a degree. To compete effectively you will have to develop real skills and experience during your time at University.

What kind of skills do I need? Employers are looking for people who stand out from the crowd. They want graduates who have real life skills that can be applied to their organisations. Examples of the most popular skills on employers’ shopping lists include: • Willingness to learn • Self motivation • Team work • Communication skills Not only do you need these skills, but also and most importantly, you must be able to demonstrate that you have them.

How do you get these skills? • Studying at Abertay While you are at University you will learn many essential skills – how to manage and organise information, communication skills developed through seminars, how to make presentations and feel confident about public speaking, working as part of a team on group projects. • Part-time work A part-time job also offers the chance to develop these skills and to earn some money at the same time! Think about the kinds of job activities you might be doing and try to identify the skills that will be of interest to an employer. For example – working in a call centre will develop your communication skills and your ability to work under pressure. Remember anything you do in the real world of work will be of interest to your future employer. The Career Development Centre has a job shop where you can find help in getting a part-time job (www.abertay.ac.uk/careers/currstud/jobhunting/jobshop/).

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Where can I get help? Our Career Development Centre is staffed by people who are there to help you make decisions about your future career. Take advantage of what they have to offer during your time at Abertay. Help can take the form of: • CV and interview advice • Identifying suitable employers • Job hunting skills • Access to vacancies and other work experience opportunities. And much more – look at the Career Development Centre’s website to see the range of activities on offer (www.abertay.ac.uk/careers). Many of your lecturers have extensive contacts with employers in your chosen field. Your academic tutor is on hand to talk to you about your future direction, be it employment or further study.

It’s up to you!

• Voluntary work A few hours a week volunteering for a local organisation will allow you to pick up some more skills – or plug the gap if you feel there are areas needing developing. Volunteering offers a huge range of opportunities from social care through to IT development and project management. • Relevant work experience If at all possible it is worth trying to gain some experience that ties in with your career plans. Failing this, large employers and other organisations offer summer placements. It is, of course, also possible to organise relevant work experience yourself. • Being involved There are so many opportunities to become involved in University life while you are at Abertay. Joining clubs and student societies gives you another dimension to your student life. Of course many of you will have long-term interests, which will also help in developing these skills.

Remember employers like graduates who participate!

When should I start thinking about all of this? It is never too soon to get started. Don’t leave trying to make yourself more employable until your final year. Developing the right kind of skills for the employment area that you are aiming for can take time and careful planning. So start the ball rolling in your first or second year. If you are keen to get some relevant work experience then planning ahead is vital. Ideally, by the beginning of your second year you should already be approaching employers if you are going to stand a chance in gaining some of these highly sought after placements.

New technology and changing work patterns in our modern world means the idea of a job for life is a thing of the past. Organisations are much more flexible and graduates therefore have to be more adaptable in managing their own careers. This means that it is increasingly your responsibility to steer your career in the right direction. The opportunities are here at Abertay for you to further develop these essential skills that employers are looking for. But it is up to you to take up those opportunities!

“There’s no such thing as a career path. It’s crazy paving and you have to lay it yourself” Skills for Graduates in the 21st Century

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Accommodation Moving away from home to study in higher education is an exciting time in life. There are new friends to be made, new places to discover and the chance to develop many new interests. An important part of the process is finding somewhere to live and our Accommodation Office is there to help you find suitable accommodation and to offer advice to help you settle in quickly. Students new to Dundee normally look for somewhere affordable, comfortable and within daily travelling distance of the University. There is a variety of different types of student residential accommodation, either privately owned or directly leased by the University. Accommodation varies from single bedsits to multi-occupancy flats and it is all located within easy walking or travelling distance of the University. The self-catering flats are furnished and are complete with standard kitchen facilities. There are now a significant number of self-catering flats available with en-suite and Internet facilities. Accommodation staff are happy to provide details of the range and prices of accommodation currently available, however all the information is easily found on our website (see contact details below). The University is continuing to upgrade its existing accommodation provision and a new high quality residence has recently become available. Opal1, Dundee is within a short walking distance of the main campus, has en-suite facilities and Internet access supplied. If you want to know more about this exciting new development check out the pages within our website which are regularly updated.

Accommodation Policy When allocating accommodation the University gives priority to first entrants and to overseas students who are new to Dundee. If you are a late applicant you should email or call our Accommodation Office staff for up-to-date information on vacancies. For those who do not wish to be placed in the University accommodation, staff will be happy to give information on how to find accommodation within the private rented sector.

Living in the University’s Residential Accommodation Living in student residential accommodation is great fun and an ideal opportunity to make friends. In the self-catering flats, which are grouped together on separate sites, students have their own study bedroom and share a communal living/ kitchen area. Students therefore have daily contact with the people in their own flats and in the other flats situated on the same site. This provides the ideal environment for arranging nights out and entertainment, while the single study bedrooms provide privacy and an area in which to study and relax. If you have a particular request or requirement, please detail your needs within your accommodation application.

Married Students, Students with Partners and Families The University has a limited number of double/premium rooms which are ideal for couples who wish to live in University accommodation for the duration of their studies. The Accommodation Officers are happy to give advice on finding suitable accommodation in the private sector or in local authority housing for students planning on coming to Dundee with their families.

How to Apply for University Accommodation The accommodation application process is now available online and can be accessed through the student portal on Abertay’s website (www.abertay.ac.uk) once you have met your course conditional requirements and accepted the subsequent offer. Paper applications are also available on request. (Please note that the online application form will not become active until you have accepted your unconditional offer).

Living in Private Rented Flats Many senior students prefer to stay in private rented flats with friends and the majority of students living away from home, in the second or later years of their course, choose to stay in private rented accommodation. The Accommodation Office is happy to help with advice on looking for a flat. Prices of flats vary and range from ÂŁ60 upwards per person per week, depending on the location and facilities of individual properties.

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Our partner institutions In addition to offering degrees on campus in Dundee, Abertay University works with a range of partner institutions allowing you to study for an Abertay degree elsewhere in Scotland, the UK or indeed overseas. A number of Abertay University degrees are offered through our partnerships with Scottish colleges, including:

Adam Smith College, Fife BSc Applied Networking Technologies BSc Web Design and Development * BA Interactive Media: Television BA Learning Difficulties/Disabilities BA Management BA Business Administration BA (Hons) Business Administration BA Hons Accounting with Finance BA (Hons) Marketing and Business BSc Sport & Fitness BA Visual Communications & Digital Publishing Graduate Certificates in Entrepreneurship and Consultancy; Management Studies* MBA* www.adamsmith.ac.uk *subject to approval

Elmwood College, Fife BA Golf Management BSc Performance Golf www.elmwood.ac.uk

Stevenson College, Edinburgh BA Professional Photography BSc (Hons) Music Performance www.stevenson.ac.uk

London International College Students based in London can study for business degrees provided by Abertay University, initially focussing on the prestigious MBA postgraduate qualification. Further expansion to provide undergraduate courses is expected in the future. www.londonic.org.uk

SEGi, Malaysia

Abertay degrees elsewhere

Students based in Malaysia can study for a range of undergraduate business degrees provided by Abertay University with our Malaysian partner SEGi. www.segi.edu.my

More Information & Applications Further information on our range of degrees at partner institutions can be obtained by contacting the relevant institutions directly. Applications to these courses are made directly the relevant institution.

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International As an international student you’ll receive a warm welcome at Abertay. Coming to the UK to study can appear to be a daunting experience, but with our friendly, supportive campus and truly international student body we think you will find your experience at Abertay to be both rewarding and enjoyable.

International Support Around 18% of our on-campus students are from outside the UK, with 64 nationalities represented. Our international students are given excellent support during their studies through our range of services, including: national Student Advisor to assist and advise on • An International a range of matters • Comprehensive English language support to help you maximise your academic performance and feel at home in an English-speaking community • Preferred consideration for a place in University residential accommodation for those new to Dundee, and accommodation support to those seeking to rent privately • An international welcome week to help you settle into the British way of life • A University funded programme of special visits to tourist sites and cultural events • A very successful International Students’ Association which organises social events and outings • An International Student Hosting Programme with members of local Rotary International Clubs • Pre-arrival and Arrival handbooks • Free airport ‘meet & greet’ service from Edinburgh airport (booking required)

International Qualifications Entry to our courses is competitive and we will consider a wide range of qualifications offered worldwide for entry. International applications are considered on an individual basis, taking into account your qualifications, references, etc. To find out whether your qualifications are acceptable for entry, please contact the Student Recruitment Office.

English Language All of our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your study with us, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English. If your first language is not English you will be required to provide certified proof of your competence in English before starting your studies. The University accepts the following qualifications as proof of competence in English: • IELTS: Band 6.0, with no individual test lower than 5.0 • TOEFL: Computer based: 213, Internet-based: 80, Paper-based: 550 + TWE 5 • TOEIC: 780 • Cambridge CAE: Pass • International Baccalaureate: Higher or Lower Level English • City and Guilds: Expert • SQA Higher ESOL: Pass at Grade B • Pearson Test of English: 59 or better • West African Exam Council: English C6 or better 16 | Abertay Undergraduate Courses


Working during your studies

English Language Courses

Tuition Fees

We provide a range of English language courses to support your studies with us, including:

Overseas students (outside EU) are required to pay the overseas tuition fee rates for each year of their course. Tuition fees are set annually, at the time of going to press the tuition fees for students starting their course in September 2012 are not yet finalised but are published on our website when available (usually around January in the year of entry). As a guide, fees for 2011 entry are shown below.

Intensive English for Academic Purposes This summer course is for international students who wish to improve their English and work on their study skills. The course starts in June-July, and you can enrol for either 10 weeks or for 5 weeks from August. Minimum entry requirement is IELTS 5 for June intake and IELTS 5.5 for August intake. Successful completion of this course will ensure that the students meet the language requirements for entry onto Abertay courses.

English for Undergraduate/ Postgraduate Studies This year long course commences each year in September, and is aimed at students who want to study in the UK but do not have the necessary English language requirements, or who feel that they would like to spend some time familiarising themselves with academic practice and culture in the UK, before embarking on their academic studies. The course is designed to develop the necessary academic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to enable the learner to process and understand the type of language they will encounter during their studies. You’ll need a minimum of IELTS 4.5 (with no individual band score below 4) for entry in September and IELTS 5.5 (with no individual band score below 5) or equivalent for entry. For Entry in Semester 2 scores of IELTS 5 will be considered on an individual basis.

English for Study While you are studying on your degree course, you can take free part-time support classes throughout your first year – up to four hours per week, depending on availability. These classes focus on academic reading, writing, listening and speaking. You may need to take a short English language placement test to find out which class is best for you.

Overseas Student Tuition Fees (2011) Undergraduate

£9500

Taught Postgraduate

£9500

MBA

£10500

English for Undergraduate/ Postgraduate Studies

£3000 per semester

Intensive English for Academic Purposes

£1550 for block 1 and 2 (10 weeks); £900 for block 2 (5 weeks)

Prepayments All students who are eligible to pay overseas tuition fee rates are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable 30% prepayment in order to confirm their place and receive a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) for their visa application. Students who are subsequently refused a visa are eligible to have the prepayment refunded.

You can work without obtaining permission, part-time for up to 20 hours a week during your studies. However, please note that the Immigration Authority will not recognise prospective earnings as proof that you will be able to support yourself during your studies. So you must be able to prove that you can afford to live during the course of your studies without earning income from employment or any recourse to public funds.

University Scholarships A limited number of competitive scholarships as a contribution towards tuition fees for overseas students are available. Further information and application forms can be found on our website www. abertay.ac.uk/applying/ overseas/scholarships/.

European Union (EU) Students The University welcomes applications from students from the European Union at undergraduate or postgraduate level. European students who choose to study in Scotland can apply to have tuition fees paid in the same way as our Scottish students, by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

ERASMUS Exchanges Through the European Union’s ERASMUS programme, the University has exchange agreements with a number of institutions across Europe. Students who are interested in coming to Abertay as part of this programme should apply through their home institution’s ERASMUS Co-ordinator on an ECTS application form.

Living Costs Apart from paying your fees we recommend you allow approx £6250 per year to pay for your accommodation, food and other living costs.

Application For information on how to apply, please refer to page 19.

Want more information? Student Recruitment Office t: +44 (0) 1382 308080 e: sro@abertay.ac.uk

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Sport The Sports Union provides sporting opportunities for students, no matter their age or ability, to fulfil their ambitions within a safe, structured and supportive framework. We currently have over 20 sports clubs, which range from traditional sports such as football and rugby through to new sports such as skydiving and cheerleading. The University gym situated in the Graham Building has a wide variety of cardiovascular training machines together with free weights and weight resistance machines – perfect for taking a break between lectures and tutorials. In addition we run an exercise class programme which includes circuits, yoga, tai chi and aerobics classes throughout the year. Dundee also has some excellent sports facilities, students can gain discounted access to many of the facilities across the city, and is home to two professional football clubs, top level rugby and ice hockey clubs allowing armchair sports fans the chance to enjoy supporting our local teams. The University is committed to helping talented athletes at the University achieve their full potential both on and off the field and has supported international athletes in a number of sports including rugby, hockey, golf and waterpolo. The Abertay Elite Athletes Development Programme has been established to enable students to perform at the highest level possible by providing them with the skills and expertise necessary, allowing them to successfully incorporate high levels of training and competition linked with their academic study. The Programme targets five specific areas: • Sports Psychology • Sports Nutrition • Lifestyle Management • Sports Medicine • Sports Physiology It is hoped that through the various sports programmes on offer we can continue to develop top class athletes alongside introducing as many students as possible to the benefits that participation in sport and adopting a healthy lifestyle can bring. If you would like more information on any of the programmes mentioned above please have a look around our website. Sport at Abertay is for everyone! Peter Burgon Sports Development Officer http://sport.abertay.ac.uk/ 18 | Abertay Undergraduate Courses


How to apply

Do you accept late applications? Yes, subject to course availability. However, we advise that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Course vacancies are usually publicised through UCAS Extra and UCAS Clearing. Those applying during July-September should contact the Student Recruitment Office for advice on course availability, and the correct application procedure.

What happens after I’ve submitted my application? Once your application has been received, it will be considered by our admissions staff. We aim to advise you of our decision as soon as possible. The outcome of your application will come from either UCAS (in the case of applications through the UCAS system) or direct from the University, and the response will normally be one of the following: an unconditional offer; a conditional offer; or unsuccessful. Under certain circumstances the University may offer the opportunity to join a waiting list.

Will I be interviewed or need a portfolio?

How do I apply to an undergraduate course? All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), the central admissions service for UK universities. You should make your application online at www.ucas.com When should I apply?

For some of our courses, e.g. BSc (Hons) Nursing, applicants are interviewed prior to a decision being made. Some courses, e.g. BA (Hons) Computer Arts, require you to attend an interview and also provide a portfolio. When interviews/portfolios are required for entry, this is indicated in the individual course entries throughout the prospectus.

The deadline for UCAS applications is 15 January of the year you wish to start your course. Contact Details

What is the UCAS code for Abertay? Our UCAS code is A30 ABTAY. Individual course codes are shown in each course description in this prospectus.

How do I apply to a part-time course? Applications for part-time study are made direct to the University using our direct application form. The form is available from the Student Recruitment Office (see contact details below).

When do courses start? All courses commence in early September each year, unless otherwise stated in the course entry.

Can I apply for deferred entry? Contact the University direct for advice.

Student Recruitment Office University of Abertay Dundee Kydd Building Dundee DD1 1HG t: +44 (0) 1382 308080 e: sro@abertay.ac.uk Admissions Office University of Abertay Dundee Kydd Building Dundee DD1 1HG t: +44 (0) 1382 308045 e: admissions@abertay.ac.uk

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Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree Clusters Digital Media & Creative Industries Environment & Energy Business & Management

Security & Forensics Food & Drink Health & Social Care

Digital Media and Creative Industries

Security & Forensics

Computer Arts (BA) Computer Game Applications Development (BSc) Computer Games Technology (BSc, MSc) Creative Sound Production (BA) Game Design and Production Management (BA) Games Development (MProf) Music Performance (BA)* Professional Photography (BA)* Visual Communications and Media Design (BA) Web Design and Development (BSc)

Environment & Energy Biotechnology and Renewable Energy (MSc)

Civil Engineering (BSc) Energy and Environmental Management (MSc) Engineering Systems (BSc) Environment and Business (MSc) Environmental Biotechnology (MSc) Environmental Health (MSc) Industrial Environmental Management (MSc) Systems Approaches to Environmental Challenges (MSc) Urban Water and Environmental Management (MSc) Urban Water Planning (MSc) Water Pollution Control (MSc)

Business & Management Accounting with Finance (BA)

Business Administration (BA, MBA) Business and Management (DipHE) Business Studies (BA) European Economy and Management (BA) Finance (MSc) Finance and Business (BA) Golf Management (BA) Human Resources Management (BA, MSc) International Management (BA) Investment Analysis and Banking (MSc) Law (LLB) / European Business Law (BA) Management (BA, MSc) Management Accounting (MSc) Marketing and Business (BA) Oil and Gas Accounting (MSc)

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Computing (BSc) Computing and Networks (BSc) Digital Forensics (BSc) Ethical Hacking and Computer Security (BSc, MSc) Forensic Sciences (BSc, MSc) Information Technology (MSc) Intelligence and Security Informatics (MSc) Network Security (MSc) Policing and Security (BSc)

Food & Drink Food and Consumer Sciences (BSc) Food and Consumer Studies (DipHE) Food Biotechnology (MSc) Food Product Design (BSc) Food, Nutrition and Health (BSc) Food Science and Technology (BSc)

Bio-sciences Technology Applications Bioinformatics (MSc) Biomedical Sciences (BSc) Biotechnology (BSc, MSc) Medical Biotechnology (BSc, MSc)

Health & Social Care Behavioural Science (BSc) Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (PgCert) Counselling (MSc) Criminological Studies (BA) Forensic Psychobiology (BSc) Media, Culture and Society (BA) Mental Health and Counselling (BA) Mental Health Nursing (BSc) Nursing (BSc) Performance Golf (BSc) Physical Activity and Health (BSc) Psychology (BSc, MSc) Public Administration (MPA) Sexual and Reproductive Health (MSc) Social and Health Sciences (DipHE) Social Science (BA) Sociology (BSc) Sport and Exercise (BSc) Sport and Exercise Nutrition (BSc) Sport and Exercise Science (BSc) Sport and Management (BA) Sport and Psychology (BSc) Sports Coaching (BSc) Sports Development (BSc) Strength and Conditioning (BSc) Note: Information on our postgraduate degrees (MSc, MPA, MBA and MProf) can be found on our website. *Available through our partner institutions.


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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons) N4N3

3 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Entry to this course is directly to year 2 with an HNC in Accounting for entry to year 2. Entry to year 1 may be possible via our Business degrees, contact us for more information.

Accounting with Finance Studying on the BA (Honours) in Accounting with Finance degree will prepare you for careers in both the accounting profession and finance generally. Accounting provides a route both into accounting and into business generally – many CEO’s are accountants. The course provides you with the skills and knowledge to deal with the

major issues you are likely to encounter in your career. It is accredited by major accountancy bodies, with significant levels of exemption awarded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), with further accreditation being sought.

What you study

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You will study financial and management accounting, economics, marketing and management and business law. In your third and fourth (Honours) years you will focus on current issues in accounting and will develop your special interests in the field of accounting and finance. The course provides opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level, and gain a strategic understanding of accounting and finance.

“The IBM business challenge helped me gain many transferable skills which I have subsequently taken forward into my working life. The main skill which I have taken forward is communication. The IBM business challenge helped me gain confidence in putting forward my ideas and also dealing with others such as my fellow peers and clients. This is because in the IBM challenge it was very important to put your ideas forward in a clear and concise manner. I need to do this when I am dealing with clients as it is necessary to communicate with them professionally.” Darren, Scotland

Advanced entry (year 3) Entry to year 3 is available to applicants who have completed an HND (or equivalent) in Accounting. Applicants who have completed professional Accounting qualifications or their accredited equivalents, or who have degrees in relevant subjects, or equivalent qualifications, are also invited to discuss their application with us. Want to know more? Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BA (Hons) Finance & Business BA (Hons) Business Studies with Finance

Key features • Accredited by the accounting bodies, giving a suitable platform from which to take exams for the professional accountancy qualifications such as ACCA or CIMA • Provides a thorough and contemporary knowledge of the accounting and financial processes of an organisation • Equips students with knowledge of environmental challenges and trends, the opportunities and constraints these create, and how they impact on organisational decision-making and resource allocation • Wide range of employment and professional training prospects upon completion

The context in which public and private sector organisations are operating is fast changing. Organisations in both sectors are being challenged to become ever more accountable for their decisions and use of resources. The public sector is increasingly being asked to be more business-like both with respect to its operating characteristics and its source of funds. Private sector firms find themselves in increasingly international competitive markets, and often operate across national boundaries. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of such challenges and trends and how they may impact on organisations. The course is structured around a series of themes encompassing the subjects of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Taxation and Finance. This is underpinned by the study of foundation disciplines including Economics, Management, Law and Information Technology.

How you learn A variety of teaching methods is used throughout the course. Lectures are used to present new material and to provide you with a framework to build your own learning. At the same time, tutorials and seminars provide an opportunity for discussions and problem solving tasks in small groups. These will help you practise the skills of working with financial information of various sorts, in ways that will form part of your employability skills. You will also be engaged in independent study and enquiry, working with case studies that provide a real-world context for your learning. In addition business simulations and business games are used.

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How you are assessed A number of assessment methods are used on the course. Coursework tasks combine individual and group assessments, and you will be asked to undertake class tests, problem solving exercises, presentations, case studies, and reports, as well as examinations.

Your future “My time at Abertay has been really challenging, but the university has really brought out my potential.” Freya, Germany Graduates with degrees in accounting and finance are in great demand. Trained to be problem solvers and decision-makers, they offer employers in both the private and public sectors a portfolio of skills and expertise that is vital to the success of any organisation operating in an increasingly competitive and accountable environment. The course offers a wide choice of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Recent graduates have obtained employment in professional accounting offices, with major financial institutions such as BNP Paribas and HSBC, and companies such as NCR. Studying at Abertay with our friendly and qualified staff will give you a head start in your journey towards a career in accountancy and finance.


BSc (Hons)

Behavioural Science Behavioural science combines the disciplines of sociology and psychology. Behavioural scientists are interested in all aspects of human life and behaviour. We ask questions about how people behave and about the society they live in. We want to understand the nature of the interaction between individuals, social structures, culture and

politics. We try to find answers and solutions to the social, political and ethical problems faced by human beings in a rapidly changing world. Our Behavioural Science course is delivered by researchers at the forefront of Sociology and Psychology.

“It’s only when you leave the course you identify that you’ve… got report writing skills, communication skills, presentation skills, computing skills.” John, Dundee How you are assessed

“I have studied various sociological and psychological thinkers and their ideas about society, which I have found really interesting. During the last year I took part in the Community Links module which provided me with the opportunity to carry out research on behalf of Barnardo’s Dundee Family Support Team. It was a challenging but enjoyable experience and one that will look good on my CV.” Lucy, Dundee

The course includes a range of both traditional and innovative assessment methods including: formal examinations, class tests, coursework essays, laboratory reports, reflective dairies, group work presentations, and individual oral presentations. All Sociology students are expected to undertake an Honours dissertation research project during their 4th year on a topic of their choice. Practical classes develop the skills you need for your project.

• Sociological and psychological research methods • Sociological and psychological theories • Questions pertaining to human behaviour and social organisation • 4th year students are eligible to apply for the Community Links module which provides locally based part-time work placements in the voluntary, public and criminal justice sectors In the first two years, you will study the foundations of psychology and sociology including the theoretical frameworks and practical research methods that both disciplines use to investigate, analyse and interpret human behaviour. In the third year, you will be given a choice of topics across both disciplines, and in the fourth year will formulate and complete a research project on a topic of your own choice which will culminate in the completion of an Honours dissertation.

UCAS code Course length

C890 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

70

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject. Want to know more? Course Tutor: Dr Wallace McNeish t: +44(0) 1382 308742 e: w.mcneish@abertay.ac.uk Admissions Tutor: Dr Jason Annetts t: +44(0) 1382 308700 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk Related courses

What you study

You will study:

Key information

Your future “I wouldn’t be doing this job now (Project Leader: Victim Support) if I hadn’t been to university – I don’t think that I would even have had the confidence to apply. … when I came for the interview I had to give a ten minute presentation … and you know I planned it all out rigorously just as I would for something on my Behavioural Science course.” Pam, Dundee There are a wide variety of career opportunities for graduates. These include personnel management, public relations, marketing, community education, youth work, social research, policing, criminal justice services, drug rehabilitation, and social enterprise. Many of our graduates go on to complete professional qualifications in social work, counselling, human resource management, and teaching, or to take further academic qualifications at postgraduate level.

BA (Hons) Criminological Studies BSc (Hons) Psychology BA (Hons) Social Science BSc (Hons) Sociology DipHE Social & Health Sciences

Key features • Combines sociology and psychology in a flexible multifaceted programme of study • Offers critical understanding of the key features of the fast changing social and political world • Part-time work placement opportunities available in 4th year • Wide range of employment and professional training prospects upon completion

How you learn You will learn in a variety of ways that reflect the diverse knowledge and wide skill sets which are essential to being a successful Behavioural Science graduate. You will be expected to attend lectures which offer an expert overview of the key aspects of each module topic and provide guidance for further independent study. You will participate in laboratory classes that encourage the development of practical research and experimentation skills; and you will take part in seminars and tutorials that give the opportunity to engage in discussion groups where presentation and communication skills are honed.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) B901

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

30

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBBC; A Level CCC; ILC (H) BBBC; UCAS Tariff 245 points* (gained at one sitting). *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: Biology (or Human Biology) plus Chemistry (preferred) or Physics Advanced entry (year 2) Advanced entry into year 2 is possible for applicants with suitable subjects at GCE A Level or Advanced Higher and offering approximately 300 UCAS points (e.g. BBB at A Level or BBB at Scottish Advanced Higher) from these qualifications. Each application will be considered on its own merits. If you would like us to consider you for advanced entry please contact us in the first instance to discuss your qualifications. Applicants with an appropriate HNC (ideally Biomedical Science), gaining a minimum of 15 SCQF credits at level 7 and including at least a B in the graded unit, can apply for direct entry to year 2. Advanced entry (year 3) Applicants for direct entry to year 3 of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences are required to achieve an HND in Biomedical Science (or closely related area), gaining a minimum of 15 SCQF credits at level 8 and including at least a B in the level 8 graded unit. Those gaining direct entry to year 3 are not eligible for entry to the Integrated Route. Hepatitis B

Biomedical Science Biomedical Science (BMS) is a highly exciting, fast paced discipline that will give you a deep understanding of the science behind human health and disease. A key feature of our degree is the extensive training in laboratory-based skills provided in all four years of your studies. After

following a common pathway for two years, you will take either the ‘Standard’ or the ‘Integrated’ programme route. The Integrated route includes a placement, and is particularly relevant for those aspiring to the role of Biomedical Scientist in the NHS. Both routes are professionally accredited.

“Doing the Biomedical Science course at Abertay University has been one of the most enjoyable experiences for me – ever!” Rofik, Scotland What you study

Your future

“The placement has definitely given me the motivation to do really well in fourth year so I can qualify and follow a career as a biomedical scientist.” Steven, Scotland

“Everything I learned on the course seems to be fitting in very nicely, with the practical elements and theoretical knowledge I gained being applied in real life Biomedical Scientist day-to-day roles”. Rofik, Scotland.

You will study the human body at several levels, in the context of both normal functioning and disease. Diagnostic and treatment aspects are emphasised, particularly in the more advanced stages of the course. All relevant aspects of human biology are covered, with the main subjects being cell function & pathology, medical genetics, human physiology, medical microbiology, clinical biochemistry, haematology & serology, biology of disease, toxicology and pharmacology. Practical training runs throughout all four years. Our focused curriculum has a strong research emphasis and will equip you with valuable skills to offer prospective employers.

When he graduated, Rofik entered the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist. Approximately 60% of our past graduates have taken this career path. HPC Registration (see below) enables you to seek employment as a qualified Biomedical Scientist, with a typical starting salary of £20,225*. After gaining your Specialist Skills Diploma you would be eligible for promotion to Specialist Biomedical Scientist at which point you may expect your salary to rise in 9 annual increments to £32,653. Ultimate earnings, for those in a specialised Consultant’s post, may reach £93,098. *Salary rates are subject to periodic review.

For those taking the Integrated route the clinical placement provides a unique training and educational experience in the setting of a modern hospital laboratory.

Note that only an accredited BMS degree, such as the Abertay course provides, will allow you to follow a career as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS. Non-accredited BMS (or other) degrees do not allow entry to the profession.

How you learn

The NHS needs to appoint more Biomedical Scientists due to an ageing workforce coupled with increasing demand for diagnostic tests. Nevertheless, competition for available posts is likely to be strong, and not every BMS student aims to enter the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist. Our course is also very relevant to other related career areas including scientific or technical laboratory work (e.g. in private industry or universities) and many past graduates have chosen careers in private medical or science laboratories. Several have opted for other biology careers such as school teaching, or for further study.

A wide variety of teaching methods are used. The quantity of scheduled learning time (i.e. lectures, tutorials, practical classes, placement and project work) is viewed by many as a quality indicator for degree courses. Our BMS students receive on average over 15 hours of direct teaching per week.

How you are assessed Assessment is carried out via a combination of coursework assignments, practical reports, class tests and examinations. Additionally, you will be assessed on a number of professional competencies throughout the course.

Although you will not be in contact with potential sources of Hepatitis in your studies, the agencies offering placements during your course and future employers are likely to require inoculation against Hepatitis. Students are therefore expected to have been vaccinated before starting the course. Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Dr Sean Brown t: +44 (0) 1382 308180 e: S.Brown3@abertay.ac.uk

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Key features • Taught by a combination of academic experts and clinical professionals. • Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS); the Integrated degree route is also ‘approved’ by the Health Professions Council (HPC). • Integrated route additionally provides an 18-week clinical laboratory placement in Year 3 of the programme and allows you to apply for Registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC) as soon as you gain your BMS degree.* • Standard route provides you with a broad education and training in bioscience relevant to medicine. (Standard route graduates who gain employment in the NHS as Trainee Biomedical Scientists may apply for HPC Registration following 12-24 months of training.) *Around 10-15 placements are expected to be available per year. Note that, where applicants for the Integrated route exceed available places, entry will be competitive, based upon Year 2 academic performance.


Key information

BSc (Hons)

Biotechnology Biotechnology is one of the success stories of the new millennium and it affects all our lives. Biotechnology, as ‘the appliance of bioscience’, is helping to diagnose and treat major human diseases, provide solutions for a cleaner environment and produce new industrial bioproducts and processes. As a student on this exciting course, you will be stimulated by

UCAS code Course length the emphasis on laboratory work, computer applications and research that we have at Abertay. Our students gain a wide range of laboratory-based skills and techniques, which both provide the practical basis for their studies and provide a useful portfolio of employability skills.

C930 2 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Entry to this course is to Year 3 only as it is designed to top-up your current qualifications (e.g. a relevant HND, or other qualifications coupled with industrial experience). However, suitably qualified applicants may apply for entry to the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (non-integrated) degree and then transfer to BSc (Hons) Biotechnology at the start of Year 3. Applicants with non-standard qualifications and experience will also be considered on an individual basis. Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Dr Doug Lester t: +44 (0) 1382 308180 e: d.lester@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

Key features • Practical skills training • Accredited by Institute of Biology

What you study

How you learn

Year 3: Molecular & cellular biology; laboratory techniques & skills; bioprocess biotechnology; plant & environmental biotechnology.

A variety of teaching methods is used to develop your knowledge and skills. Teaching is focused around a lecture programme supported by tutorials, case studies and seminars and the extensive use of practical laboratory exercises. External input from practitioners in the Life Sciences industries is an important feature of the programme. You will spend around 18 hours per week attending classes and in addition you will be required to spend at least an equal number of hours studying on your own. In Year 4 the Honours Project is your opportunity to integrate your learning into an individual research programme.

Year 4: Contemporary & industrial biotechnology; molecular & cellular biology; animal biotechnology; microbial biotechnology; advanced laboratory techniques & skills. On a typical morning you might be analysing DNA on a gel and in the afternoon using a fermenter to produce commercial products. One day learning how microbes can clean up pollution and on another day visiting a company that researches new anti-cancer drugs. The laboratory skills, plus associated research experience gained in the final year Honours project, have enabled our biotechnology graduates to establish an excellent reputation in medical, industrial and research laboratories. The research activity of our Contemporary Sciences staff has a central role in defining the content of this course and as a student you have ample opportunity to benefit greatly from the research culture in the School. The main strengths of our research in the area include, studying cell signalling pathways involved in animal and human diseases, biodiversity modelling, microbiology and molecular biology.

• Abertay was rated best modern university in Scotland for research in environmental sciences in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008

How you are assessed Assessment on this course is carried out via a combination of coursework assignments, tests. Problem-solving exercises, formal reports (oral, written or posters), laboratory assignments, and exams.

Your future Our graduates are working as professional scientists and managers in the biotechnology and related bioscience industries and as technical personnel in the increasingly complex world of practical biosciences. The wide range of options in our biotechnology course has opened up job opportunities in the environmental, food, biomedical, pharmaceutical and agrochemical sectors. Alternatively you may go on to further study, and we offer a range of related postgraduate qualifications.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons) N200

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

65

Typical Entrance Requirements HND in Business Administration or other equivalent qualification.

Business Administration Our Business Administration course is for HND graduates ready to step up to degree level study. Making the transition from college to university can be daunting and that is why we have designed this course with the needs of HND students in mind. In year 3 – your first year

at university – you will be supported through workshops and seminars. To help you balance work-life commitments, we offer a condensed study week in year 3 and flexible study in the Honours year.

What you study

How you are assessed

You will gain a detailed knowledge of the critical challenges and current thinking in business and, in particular, the challenges of decision-making and of managing people effectively in large and complex organisations. You will develop your skills in managing your own performance and that of others, and your understanding of the importance of information and information technologies in the administration of business. You will study, among other subjects, human resource management, strategy and management, marketing and finance. In year four (Honours level) you will have the opportunity to take advantage of our flexible delivery expertise, allowing you to combine study with your personal and professional life, on a fulltime or part-time basis. At Honours level, you will work with a supervisor on a project related to an area of your particular interest, and will develop your skills of analysis and project management at a high level. You will be able to meet your tutors and discuss your progress through your own personalised study plan.

You will complete coursework tasks and examinations which reflect the types of tasks and skills that will be expected of you in the workplace: making a case, in writing and in formal presentations; analysing information and problems, to develop effective solutions; working with others on business tasks and projects; and conducting independent research on subjects allocated to you, and those of your own choice.

For those without standard entry qualifications, consideration is given to experience gained as well as professional qualifications and other forms of learning that could provide evidence of ability to benefit from a particular course. Want to know more? Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BA (Hons) Business Studies BA (Hons) Management

Key features • Chartered Management Institute accreditation • Syllabus created to enable maximum articulation from other relevant courses and Higher National Diplomas • Designed to support the studies of learners new to degree studies • Opportunities for a range of careers in public and private sector organisations

How you learn In addition to attending lectures and seminars on key areas of business theory and practice, you will have opportunities to develop your problem solving and other professional skills in small group work, both in tutorials and in online discussion groups. At Honours level, you will also have the opportunity to choose a mode of study that reflects your own study needs. Through flexible delivery, you may study lectures online, and have access to a flexible study centre, with full PC access to online materials and areas for presentations or workshops. You will attend regular workshops, allowing you to share and develop your knowledge with other learners, and to work on contemporary challenges and problemsolving tasks.

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Your future Recent graduates achieving the award of BA (Hons) in Business Administration have gained employment in both public and private sector organisations in a range of business functions such as human resource manager, team leader, administrator, financial analyst, management accountant and operations manager. The degree also offers the opportunity to pursue your studies at postgraduate level, for instance in human resource management and information technology.


Key information

BA (Hons)

Business Studies

UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons)

N100 4 Years (full-time)

Business Studies with Finance

Places available

BA (Hons)

Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English)

Business Studies with Marketing Our Business Studies course offers you the opportunity to acquire an understanding of how complex organisations work in a world where change is the only constant. Shifting markets, ever changing business models, new social trends and emerging technologies challenge how we think about business – and require graduates who have a wide range and mix of business

knowledge. This applies no matter whether your ambition is to start your own business, or become a manager, adviser or analyst in areas such as marketing, human resources, finance, or IT. This course prepares you for such a future by reflecting the contemporary nature of business and management thinking.

100

Typical Entrance Requirements

Advanced entry (Year 2) A Level CCC; Advanced Higher CCC; UCAS Tariff 240 points *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English) HND Entry Applicants with an HND or equivalent in a relevant subject will gain entry with advanced standing, and are invited to contact us to discuss their options. Want to know more? Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk

Key Features

What you study

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• Focus on the challenges faced by organisations in the contemporary business environment

In year 1 you will study a wide range of subjects such as; business management, economics, finance, marketing and IT. You will also be introduced to the world of business through the use of an interactive business simulation. Year 2 continues to expand your understanding of business and will explore financial and management accounting, law and the presentation of information to support decision making.

Lectures, tutorials and seminars will present you with the challenges of today’s business world – and with the knowledge required to understand and direct these.

• Range of options and pathways, allowing you to develop your particular areas of specialisation and interest

In year 3 you will have the opportunity to continue on the general Business Studies degree or to adopt one of the specialist pathways. Year 4 allows you to select options that particularly interest you and will support your chosen career path. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own business research project – an excellent way to develop in-depth knowledge of businesses – and a genuine addition to your CV. Throughout your studies you will work with Dundee Business School academics that bring their expertise in business and industry straight into the class room.

How you learn Dundee Business School tutors are committed to providing you with an engaging and challenging experience. You will develop your graduate skills and in-depth understanding of business and management through business simulations, team work, projects, and problem solving scenarios.

How you are assessed A wide range of assessment methods, designed to practise the skills you need in business are used throughout all years of the programme. These include class tests and examinations, presentations, group work, problem solving exercises and case studies. If you undertake a project in the Honours year of the course, this will give you a further opportunity to develop your critical, analytical and research skills.

Your Future The course offers a wide choice of career opportunities, in general and specialist management areas such as accounting, finance, HRM, marketing, operations, business development or strategy, and in the private as well as the public sector. “This has been a great period of my life where I have met many life long friends and learnt many things that will be very useful in my future career.” Nicola, Year 3 student

• Emphasis on the skills and attributes required by futurefacing businesses • International outlook

“The Business Studies degree has offered me so much more than I ever expected! Internships abroad, business challenges with top companies and friendly staff who take an interest in me.” Lindsay, Graduate

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Key information UCAS code Course length

DipHE N102

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BC; A Level DD; ILC (H) BC; UCAS Tariff: 108-120 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: None

Business & Management This course is designed for students keen to develop their understanding of contemporary business and management. It offers an introduction to the skills and knowledge needed for degree level study, and provides an excellent opportunity to gain a qualification that employers value.

The course will introduce you to the subjects of business and management and you will be able either to graduate with the DipHE or to move on to degree and Honours level studies. The DipHE is closely associated with our degree courses and qualifies for direct entry into year three of the BA (Hons) Business Studies or Management.

What you study

How you learn

Our first year offers a full and contemporary introduction to the world of business and how organisations deal with the challenges of today’s global environment. During the year, you will examine the challenges of real organisations, and develop your understanding of how they tackle change, and how they maintain their responsibilities to shareholders and to other interested parties. You will also be introduced to the world of business through the use of an interactive business simulation. Throughout the course you will develop a wide range of personal and professional skills, and develop the study skills that will support your progress in this and later study.

You will develop your understanding of business in classes based on real business issues. You will work independently, and in small groups, examining and evaluating business options and making recommendations. To support you, lectures will develop your knowledge of the various subjects that enable effective business, and build up your understanding of how they work in the real world of business. You will also attend workshops that will reinforce and extend your range of skills, for study and for employment.

Want to know more? Helen Smith t: +44 (0) 1382 308247 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BA (Hons) Business Studies BA (Hons) Management

Key features • Qualifies you for direct entry to year 3 of the relevant degree • Develop knowledge in business and management whilst developing the skills and competences required for successful degree level study • Work on practical problems and business simulations that develop your flair for creative and innovative thinking

In Year two you will study a combination of core subjects and options, according to your particular interests and strengths. Successful completion of year two will give you further opportunities to transfer to year three of the Business Studies course, and to other courses, depending on your completion of particular options at year two.

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How you are assessed A variety of assessment methods are used on this programme. You will be asked to undertake class tests, problem solving exercises, case studies, reports, essays, presentations and examinations.

Your future For many of our graduates, the DipHE is the springboard to degree level study, either on the BA (Hons) Business Studies or Management. Alternatively, the DipHE will open the door to a wide range of employment opportunities. These exist in both general and specialist business and management areas, such as accounting, personnel, marketing, operations, financial services and business administration. By the end of your DipHE you should have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in management within industry, commerce or the public sector. As a graduate it is likely that your first position on completion of the course will be as a trainee or junior manager.


BSc (Hons)

Civil Engineering/Sandwich The 21st Century Engineer is a key player in the development and sustainability of the modern world. Whether it be involvement in the design and building of wind turbines, the reuse of construction materials to develop new roads or the drive for sustainable construction and low energy buildings it is the modern day Civil

Engineer who plays a key role.

What you study

How you learn

The philosophy of the course is to integrate aspects of civil engineering theory and practice with supporting topics to provide a distinctive and stimulating undergraduate study programme aimed at students who aspire to manage the design, construction and maintenance processes for enhancing the built and natural environment.

A variety of teaching methods are used to develop your knowledge and skills. Teaching is focused around a lecture programme supported by tutorials, case studies and seminars, the use of practical laboratory exercises and fieldwork projects. External input from local and national practitioners is provided where possible. You will spend around 18 hours per week attending classes and in addition you will be required to spend at least an equal number of hours studying on your own. In year 4 the Honours Project is your opportunity to integrate your learning into an individual research programme and produce a professional standard project report.

There are three inter-related themes within the course: • Structural Engineering, Materials and Geotechnics • Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering • Supporting Topics including: Land Surveying, Mathematics, Graphics & Digital Modelling, Construction Studies, Health & Safety, Project Management and Law The differences in the subject areas ensure that you are exposed to a variety of stimulating learning environments, such as: • computer drawing and related software packages • analytical work on calculations relating to structures • laboratory experimental work on materials testing or fluid flow • field courses on geology or land surveying • design projects The Civil Engineering Placement in year 3, and the optional summer employment in the construction sector, provide you with the opportunity to gain practical experience of the world of work within the area of Civil Engineering and Construction, and provide you with an opportunity to develop your personal and interpersonal skills.

Today’s Civil Engineer requires the knowledge and ability to produce solutions to expensive and diverse problems in a safe and environmentally appropriate way. To achieve this a whole host of interesting and valuable skills are required.

How you are assessed Assessment on this course is carried out via a combination of coursework assignments, class tests and closed-book examinations. A range of methods are used including short-answer tests, problem solving exercises, formal reports (oral, written or posters), and laboratory assignments. In the later years of the course formal examinations are a feature of most modules.

Your future Exciting opportunities exist for graduates from our course. There are employment prospects with professional consulting engineers, major civil engineering contractors, specialist project management organisations, local authorities, public and private utilities, and transportation groups.

Key information UCAS code Course length

H202 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

35

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: mathematics or a numerate science subject Mature applicants with nonstandard qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis. Advanced entry (Year 2) Advanced entry is possible for applicants with suitable subjects at GCE A Level or Scottish Advanced Higher and offering approximately 300 UCAS points (eg: BBB at A Level or BBB at Advanced Higher) from these qualifications. Each application will be considered on its own merits. If you would like us to consider you for advanced entry please contact the admissions tutor in the first instance to discuss your qualifications. Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Mr James Duncan t: +44(0) 1382 308180 e: j.duncan@abertay.ac.uk Related courses DipHE Civil Engineering Studies

A wide range of organisations seek well educated, innovative employees for their future prosperity and look towards civil engineers as graduates who combine crucial high level analytical skills with a practical approach to problem solving. In particular the experiences gained in your work placement should better equip you for entering the employment sector and may also be seen by prospective employers as an advantage.

Key features • Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers • Development of key transferable employment skills including digital modelling, problem solving, team working and management skills • A work placement* in a Civil Engineering/Construction organisation for semester 2 of year 3 which provides an opportunity to practise skills and test careers • A Sandwich option which leads to the award of BSc (Hons) Sandwich Degree in Civil Engineering. The requirements for this being successful completion of the semester 2, year 3 work placement combined with approved construction sector employment through both summers between years 2 and 3 and between years 3 & 4 * subject to availability For further information on courses please visit www.abertay.ac.uk | 29


Key information UCAS code Course length

DipHE H203

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

15

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BC; A Level DD; ILC (H) BC; UCAS Tariff 120 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: mathematics or a numerate subject Applicants with non-standard qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Civil Engineering Studies The content of the Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) Civil Engineering course closely shadows the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree and although students may complete the Diploma course and leave with the DipHE award it is intended that successful DipHE students will join the third year of the degree course. The key difference between the Diploma course and the

first two years of the degree course is that the DipHE students receive additional, targeted study support in order to prepare them for degreelevel studies. The DipHE course encourages the development of study skills, written, graphical and verbal communication, and the effective use of information technology, in addition to the subject specific studies undertaken.

What you study

How you are assessed

The course follows the same syllabus as the first 2 years of the degree course which has the philosophy of integrating aspects of civil engineering theory and practice with supporting topics to provide a distinctive and stimulating undergraduate study programme aimed at students who aspire to manage the design, construction and maintenance processes for enhancing the built and natural environment.

Assessment on this course is carried out via a combination of coursework assignments, class tests and closed-book examinations. A range of methods are used including short-answer tests, problem solving exercises, formal reports (oral, written or posters), and laboratory assignments.

Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Mr James Duncan t: +44(0) 1382 308180 e: j.duncan@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Key features • Career prospects within the civil engineering/construction industry • Transfer to BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course on successful completion

You will be exposed to a variety of stimulating learning environments, such as: • computer drawing and related software packages • analytical work on calculations relating to structures • laboratory experimental work on materials testing, or fluid flow • field courses on geology, or land surveying

How you learn A variety of teaching methods are used to develop your knowledge and skills. Teaching is focused around a lecture programme supported by tutorials, case studies and seminars, the use of practical laboratory exercises and fieldwork projects. External input from local and national practitioners is provided where possible. You will spend around 18 hours per week attending classes and in addition you will be required to spend at least an equal number of hours studying on your own.

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Your future Diploma courses are not professionally accredited within the Civil Engineering/Construction industry for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. An Honours degree is the base qualification for this and most successful Diploma students continue studies to this level. All successful students are guaranteed a place on Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course. Most of Year 1 is devoted to acquiring core skills with Year 2 developing these in civil engineering applications. Thus the variety of transferable skills acquired enables a successful career start for a range of technical or commercial professions.


Key information

BA (Hons)

Computer Arts Our BA (Hons) Computer Arts is an internationally acclaimed course recognised by the interactive entertainment and broadcast sectors as one of the best digital arts degrees available. The course is accredited by SkillSet, the UK Sector Skills Council for Creative Media industries which ensures our graduates have the skills and knowledge required for successful professional careers.

UCAS code Course length This course will help you become a professional computer artist able to produce 2D and 3D artwork for a range of interfaces and platforms used in the digital media sector.

GW42 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher AABB; A Level BBC; ILC (H) BBBBB; UCAS Tariff 264 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: Art or Design, and an appropriate portfolio Interview required √ Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Dr Kenny McAlpine t: +44 (0) 1382 308600 e: institute@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7781 472704 Related courses

What you study

How you are assessed

In year 1, in conjunction with software skills development, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of how traditional visual art and design practice apply to digital media production. This is the year where attitudes to academic study and personal approaches to artistic research and practices are established. Second year focuses on professional skills development, and technical and procedural practices reach an advanced level. Attitudes to how these skills can be deployed in support of creativity and innovation are established, and communication skills are advanced through group and project work.

Assessment is conducted through submission of a combination of coursework and written work. Coursework focuses on creative development and can take many forms including 2D/3D images, screenplays, audio plays and animation. Critical writing underpins creative work to develop an understanding of contextual factors and industry practice.

Third year prepares you for employment by developing skills that combine theory with technical proficiency for creating media content. You will become a confident design practitioner and develop a mature visual style by sustained personal effort throughout a range of projects including the opportunity to work on live projects alongside mentors from digital media companies. In the fourth (Honours) year you will undertake a significant design project, individually, or in a cross discipline group. You will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the contextual factors that inform Computer Arts practices, by researching a particular cultural, entertainment or communications context.

Your future

How you learn You will spend around 15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and practical activities, with the remainder of your time spent in self-directed learning. Lectures present key concepts, theories and techniques. Tutorials and practical activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop competency in technological and theoretical work. You will also actively participate in discussion groups and critique sessions.

Students work individually and within a team to develop communication skills that are valued by the media industry. These skills are reinforced through participation in critique sessions and the end of year showcase.

You will graduate with highly valued artistic and professional expertise that is sought after by an ever-increasing range of businesses and design disciplines. You will acquire a deep knowledge of the subject area combined with problem solving and communications skills that will allow you to work effectively with content developers and clients, and continue to advance your career. Job opportunities exist in the following sectors: computer games development and electronic entertainment; design visualisation; animation; interaction design; interactive audio; content creation for TV, film, advertising and marketing. Typical job titles include computer generated imagery (CGI) artist, animator, modeller, compositor, effects artist, lead designer, interface designer, creative director.

BA (Hons) Visual Communications and Media Design BA (Hons) Games Design and Production Management

Key features • Develop artistic skills through the production of visual and audio digital media content for computer games, animation, interactive products and video production • Work in a studio environment with industry professionals to develop a portfolio of work in preparation for a career in digital media • Study a SkillSet accredited course which is recognised as the best education and training for people who wish to pursue a career in computer games.

Our graduates have found employment as 3D modellers and animators in the video-games industry, interactive designers in the broadcast industries, and as CGI artists in technical architectural design visualisation.

Computer Arts modules use project-based, creative, problem-solving exercises that require detailed research, idea generation and concept development leading to the creation of a digital art piece using a variety of static, interactive and dynamic media.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) G450

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

70

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher AABB; A Level BBC; ILC (H) BBBBB; UCAS Tariff 264 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: Mathematics at Standard Grade Credit Level/GCSE or equivalent

Computer Game Applications Development The course will provide the skills necessary to enter the Computer Games Industry as an applications programmer. The course is academically challenging and will develop your skills in real-time interactive graphics programming using industry standard game engines and application programming interfaces. There is freedom within the course to take optional

modules in game associated areas such as Agile Development Techniques, and Audio. You will leave with the confidence and skills necessary to work in one of the most demanding industries in the world, and at a distinct advantage over other computing graduates intending a career in the computer games industry.

What you study

How you learn

During first year, you are introduced to the fundamentals of computer game programming, media, and architecture, and the mathematics necessary for computer games development. This is the year where academic practices and attitudes to study are established.

You will spend initially around 12-15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and computing-based laboratories. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques throughout the course. Tutorials and laboratorybased activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work.

Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Dr Kenny McAlpine t: +44 (0) 1382 308600 e: institute@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7781 472704 Related courses BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology

Key features • Qualification suitable for entry to employment in a buoyant, multibillion pound, worldwide industry • Excellent grounding in the programming techniques required by the computer games industry and elsewhere • Work closely with game companies through project work • Work closely with other highly respected games courses within the Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games

Second year focuses on the technical skills necessary for game development. You will study console game development, graphics programming and game development using an industry standard game engine. Additional mathematics will be studied and there will be the opportunity to study various optional modules in areas appropriate to the course. At the end of third year, you will be eligible to graduate with a BSc degree. This year you will develop high-level skills across theory, practice and communications by working on an interdisciplinary game development group project. In addition you will study modules on mobile and internet game development and industry standard Application Programming Interfaces such as Microsoft DirectX, as well as again having the opportunity to study various optional modules. The fourth (Honours) year gives you the opportunity to undertake a significant and sustained individual development project. In addition you will study modules on the structure of the games industry, network programming for games and advanced game development techniques.

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During the course you will also be required to actively participate in group project work, discussion groups, seminars, and private study.

How you are assessed There is a mixed assessment strategy used on the course. The majority of modules are assessed through coursework – which may be continuous and may include project work and student led presentation. Some modules use a mixture of coursework and formal examination.

Your future As the computer games and associated industries mature, the roles of developers are becoming well defined. There is now a worldwide shortage of game programmers and a constant demand for first-rate computer programmers with knowledge of developing applications with middleware such as game engines. On graduating, you will possess a games orientated programming degree which is directly relevant to the needs of industry. The course was created in response to industry requirements and is designed to meet SkillSet guidelines. The University works closely with leading game developers such as Electronic Arts, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe, Codemasters and Denki making graduates from the course highly employable within these industries.


BSc (Hons)

Computer Games Technology Such is the shortage of well trained, highly skilled computer games programmers that the career opportunities open to you when you graduate with our BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Technology are virtually endless. This worldleading course is academically challenging and will develop your skills in game console programming, real-time interactive graphics and mathematics. In addition to the specialist core

studies, there is freedom within the course to take optional modules to develop interests in areas associated with computer game development. You will leave us with the confidence and skills to work in one of the most demanding industries in the world, and at a distinct advantage over other computing graduates intending a career in the games industry.

Key information UCAS code Course length

G470 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

70

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher AABB; A Level BBC; ILC (H) BBBBB; UCAS Tariff 264 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: Mathematics (min. grade B) at Scottish Higher or AS Level Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Dr Kenny McAlpine t: +44 (0) 1382 308600 e: institute@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7781 472704

What you study

How you are assessed

Year 1

There is a mixed assessment strategy used on the course. The majority of modules are assessed through coursework – which may be continuous and may include project work and student led presentation. Some modules use a mixture of coursework and formal examination.

Computer and graphics architecture; C++ programming; applied mathematics; media production for games. Year 2 Console games development; graphics programming; applied mathematics; various options. Year 3 3D graphics programming; programming environments; prototype game development; various options. Year 4 Advanced game technologies; network game programming; game professional awareness; individual Honours project.

How you learn You will spend initially around 12-15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and computing-based laboratories. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques throughout the course. Tutorials and laboratorybased activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work. During the course you will also be required to actively participate in group project work, discussion groups, seminars, and private study.

Your future On graduating, you will possess a mathematics/ games orientated programming degree which is highly sought after by the computer games industry. The BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology degree was created in response to the industry’s acute shortage of game programmers and is designed to meet the industry requirements outlined by Skillset. The University works closely with leading game developers such as Sony Computers Entertainment Europe, Electronic Arts, Codemasters and Denki, making graduates from the course highly employable within these industries.

Related courses BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development

Key Features • Highly respected course within the computer games industry • Delivered by one of the worldleading universities in computer games education • Provides qualifications suitable for entry to employment in a buoyant, multi-billion pound, worldwide industry • Work closely with games companies through project work

Graduates have found employment as games, graphics and network programmers in a wide variety of different areas such as creating console games for Sony PlayStation3, Nintendo Wii, and Microsoft XBox 360, to programming handheld devices such as Sony PSP, Nintendo DS, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and mobile telephones. While pursuing their studies some students have taken advantage of the University’s enterprise initiatives to found their own start-up companies.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) G400

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBCC; A Level CCD; ILC (H) BBBCC; UCAS Tariff 216-220 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: None

Computing This course provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter a rewarding career in the computing industry regardless of your prior computing and programming experience. There is a constant industry demand for graduates who can show proven ability to build software systems, develop new business-compatible

computer applications and create internet sites that are effective, motivational and contribute to a company’s success. Our Computing degree courses are amongst the best programmes of their kind, and when you graduate you are well equipped to develop the software and network systems which industry is looking for.

What you study

How you learn

Year 1

You will spend between 12 and 16 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and computing labbased practical activities. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques throughout the course. Tutorials and lab-based activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work. During the course you will also participate in team-based activities including a group project in year 3 where you will specify, plan and implement a software product.

Advanced entry (Year 3) HND in Computing (Software Development). You will be required to have studied Java or C#. Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Ms Mary-Ann MacKinnon t: +44 (0) 1382 308643 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk Text +44 (0) 7800 002195 Related courses BSc (Hons) Computing & Networks BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures DipHE Computing & Information Technology

Key features • Provides technical and professional skills to enter employment in the computing industry • Focuses on software development for desktop, mobile and web applications • Regularly reviewed to ensure the use of current professional technologies • Emphasis on the practical application of knowledge and skills

Professional practice, team-working, legal and social issues; object-oriented programming with gadgets; web page authoring using standardsbased XHTML; database fundamentals; computer architecture and operating systems. Year 2 More object-oriented programming including smart systems and programming practice; developing web sites with web standards and scripting; professional practice including technical writing; choice of web applications or networking. Year 3 Object-oriented execution and programming principles; software design patterns; programming applications for mobile devices; server-side internet development; software project management; group project. Year 4 Enterprise and XML web technologies; software applications in languages & compilers; decision support systems; research methods; individual project. The aim of the degree is to provide you with the knowledge and skills relevant to a career as a professional software developer who can work effectively with current and future product development technologies. You will become competent in cutting-edge desktop & Internet software development methods and apply these to the solution of real-world problems. The course emphasises an object-oriented approach to software design & development, reflecting the accepted standard used in commercial software production. This approach will be applied to creating applications running on the desktop with appropriate windows-based graphical user interfaces and to create mobile, client & serverside Internet applications.

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How you are assessed In the first two years, all modules will be assessed by coursework only. In year 3 and 4, there is a mixture of coursework, project, class test and closed-book examinations; each module being assessed by the most appropriate assessment mode for the topic being studied. In year 4, 50% of your final Honours grade will be assessed by the research, planning, development, documentation and presentation activities undertaken in an individual project.

Your future Our graduates work in a range of industries and organisations from large multinationals like BT, Logica, NCR, Nokia to small local companies. They are employed for example as software developers, web designers, IT consultants and systems designers. This wide range shows the flexibility of our graduates in this everchanging field.


BSc (Hons)

Computing & Networks The rise of network technology and the Internet has made significant changes to Computing. More and more devices – from mobile phones to consumer devices like fridges and TVs – are network enabled and the Computing & Networks degree reflects this changing environment. This course focuses on Computer Networking and Internet Development. Industry requires well-qualified people, who understand how to

design, develop and maintain computer networks and, importantly, who have the skills to adapt to new developments.

Key information UCAS code Course length

G400 2 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements The course starts in year three and is designed for students with an HND or DipHE in Computing or a related area, who wish to continue their studies to degree level in Computing and Networks. A bridging module is available in year three to ensure that students joining the course have the required underpinning skills. Students wishing to join the course in year 1 or 2 would enrol for BSc (Hons) Computing or for DipHE Computing and IT, both of which include the study of computer networking and transfer to this course after year 2. Want to know more? Admissions tutor: Ms Mary-Ann MacKinnon t: +44 (0) 1382 308643 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7800 002195

What you study

How you learn

• Networks and mobile technology: how to set up and use networks connecting many different types of devices; network administration, management and security; and digital forensics.

You will spend around 15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and lab-based practical activities. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques. Tutorials and lab-based activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence, skills and confidence. In addition, you are expected to study independently.

• Web and Internet development: it is very easy to set up a simple web site, but it is quite a different matter to build an enterprise-strength site that is secure and can handle large numbers of simultaneous users. You will learn the techniques that underpin the development of such sites. • Programming: Short scripts to perform specific tasks in network administration, or to access the network functionality of one of the many networked gadgets that are available, or developing dynamic web pages that interact with databases. • Problem solving: this important, transferable skill develops as you learn to write short scripts, design software or networks, and troubleshoot when difficulties arise in any of these activities. • Research methods: in the third year you will take part in the planning and implementation of a group project; in fourth year you will undertake a major individual project. • Professional, legal and ethical issues: as a network professional you need to be aware of the legal constraints governing access to networks and data.

You will also be required to actively participate in discussion groups, lectures, practical tutorials and private study.

How you are assessed There is a mixed assessment strategy. Many modules are assessed through coursework – which may be continuous and may include student-led presentations. Other modules use a mixture of coursework, class tests and formal closed-book examination.

Key features • Heavily focused on industry requirements • Develop technical skills in Computing & Networking, as well as team working, project management, communications and self motivated learning. When you graduate you will be well equipped to develop the software and network systems which industry is looking for • There may be an opportunity to gain CISCO qualifications • The School has a strong research interest in computer and network security and digital forensics

Your future Our graduates work in a variety of organisations within Tayside and further afield. Many of them work in small or medium enterprises which are contracted to larger government organisations. Many graduates set up in business for themselves. The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as meeting the educational requirement for CITP and partially meeting the educational requirement for CEng registration.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

DipHE G402

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

20

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BC; A Level C; ILC (H) BB; UCAS Tariff 108-120 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: None Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Ms Mary-Ann MacKinnon t: +44 (0) 1382 308643 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7800 002195 Related courses BSc (Hons) Computing BSc (Hons) Computing and Networks BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development

Key Features • Allows those with non-standard qualifications access to higher education • Offers flexibility of module selection • Provides access to the later years of a range of degree courses • Includes the option to tailor a course to suit your own interests and career intentions

Computing & Information Technology The computer industry has expanded enormously over the years so that it is now difficult to avoid coming into contact with computer systems in our daily lives. Computing is everywhere and there is a similarly wide range of career opportunities in computer-related fields. Our two-year Diploma of Higher Education course in Computing & Information Technology is an

entry point to a number of our degree courses and is designed to enhance your study skills and your ability to communicate and make effective use of information technology. The content of the course shadows the first two years of the BSc (Hons) Computing and the BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development courses providing routes into both.

“The experience gained from the DipHE Computing and IT course was worthwhile and has served as a stepping stone to further my education. The course was better than I expected and would recommend it to anyone looking for a first step into university in this School.”

Graeme, UK What you study

How you are assessed

Year 1 offers a range of core topics from introductory programming, web authoring, databases, personal study skills and collaborative working plus the option to explore either web design and multimedia or PC basics and networking. After successful completion of year 1, you can transfer to BSc (Hons) Computing or BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development.

Progress on modules will be indicated via a range of assignments and class tests, scheduled at various times during the teaching terms. These are designed to focus on key issues and to provide feedback both to you and to us.

Year 2 continues with web standards and scripting plus a further focus on interface design, multimedia and related legal and marketing issues, or on object-oriented programming, networking and project work. After successful completion of year 2, you can transfer to BSc Computing Studies or, depending on choices, a range of other degree programmes.

How you learn In addition to classes and assignments your main source of learning will come from mixing and discussing ideas with your fellow students. Your modules will also be taken by students studying for degree courses, providing you with a wide range of people, abilities, interests and inspiration to help you settle in to your course and an opportunity to consider whether degree level study is for you and, if so, which particular degree would best suit you. Each student will also have an individual academic tutor whom they will meet regularly throughout the first two years. Academic tutorials provide an opportunity to see the course of study as a whole, not simply a collection of modules.

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Your future Our Diploma course has been designed with progression to degree study in mind and successful completion of this DipHE course allows, depending on module choices made, continuation to: • BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development • BSc (Hons) Computing • BSc (Hons) Computing & Networks • BSc Computing Studies This latter course allows students to choose from a wide selection of option modules in their third year to tailor their studies in preparation for employment in a chosen field.


BA (Hons)

Creative Sound Production This course focuses strongly on the applications of sound and music to games and electronic entertainment, interactive music and audio, web and traditional broadcast media, film, TV, and animation sectors. The course is intended to create audio specialists who are able to use sound creatively in a variety of media contexts with advanced problem-solving skills and critical awareness

underpinned by accomplished technical abilities. Creative thinking, audio technology, animation, cinematography and narrative structure are recurrent topics throughout the course. As well as acquiring essential production skills, students will develop presentation and interpersonal skills, which are greatly appreciated by employers and a vital component of working with clients and producing to a brief.

Key information UCAS code Course length

JG94 2 Years (full-time)

Places available

35

Typical Entrance Requirements HND in sound production or equivalent experience. Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Dr Kenny McAlpine t: +44 (0) 1382 308600 e: institute@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7781 472704

Key features • Created in response to market needs identified by the Sector Skills Council • Develops skills, creative industry knowledge, general business awareness and production for new media with access to industry-standard production facilities • Work on a range of real-world projects and applications • Full industry accreditation by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Services)

What you study

How you learn

If you would like to develop your sound production skills to produce for radio, film or computer games, then this course could be for you. With the explosion in digital media distribution there is an increasing demand for expertise in the sonic arts, and graduates who are equipped not only with the technical savvy, but also the creative vision to use sound and music as a creative tool will be well-equipped to service that demand. You will explore the use of sound and music in a variety of media including the use of sound effects and Foley in Games, Animation, Films and Radio as well as the use of sound and music for interactive media.

You will spend an average of 15 hours per week in lectures/studio-based activities. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques throughout the course. Studiobased activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in artistic and technical skills. During the course you will also be required to actively participate in discussion groups, lectures, practical tutorials and private study. All modules use project-based, creative, problem solving exercises that require detailed research, idea generation and concept development resulting in the creation of a digital sound piece.

Your future Job opportunities exist for Creative Sound Production graduates in the following sectors: games and electronic entertainment, communications technologies, interactive music and audio, live sound, recording studios, television, radio, web design and internet services. Typical job titles include sound designer, sound editor, Foley artist, music supervisor, sound engineer, producer, community music worker.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons) M930

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential Subjects: English or a literate subject.

Criminological Studies Criminological Studies at Abertay asks questions about crimes and the people who allegedly commit them, such as – Who are the criminals? What is meant by crime? How do we ‘talk’ about crime? How do we define criminal behaviour? Who are the victims of crime? Different approaches are taken to answer these questions to help shape your understanding of

the relationship between crime, society, politics, the media and criminal justice policy. This provides you with a strong foundation for a range of careers, for example in policing, the prison service, social and criminal justice policy and practice, probation and through care.

What you study

How you are assessed

“I am really enjoying this course so far, I’m finding it very interesting and have learnt so much already. I look forward to the rest of the course.’

You will be assessed in a variety of ways for each module that you study. These include: essays, examinations, oral presentations, workbooks, class tests or the completion of portfolios. There will also be tutorial exercises included in your modules which you will be expected to complete each week with other students working as a team. These assessments encourage you to think and inquire in a way that demonstrates independence and comprehensive understanding of key issues.

Advanced entry (Year 2) Advanced Higher or A Level CCC Essential Subjects: Sociology with some foundation knowledge of law desirable. Want to know more? Course Tutor: Dr. Anne Wilson or Admissions Tutor: Dr. Jason Annetts t: +44(0) 1382 308700 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Society BA (Hons) Policing & Security BSc (Hons) Sociology

Key features • The study of crime, criminal and deviant behaviour and their regulation and control in modern societies • Learn why people commit crimes and how and why people react to crime and offenders in particular ways • Develop skills in IT, conducting research and analysing data relevant to the problem of crime, its regulation and criminal justice policy and practice • Workshops on policing, prison and court visits and work experience placement

“The subjects were interesting and appropriate to criminology. The subject-matter was well-presented.’ “The lectures and readings provided were very interesting and fitted well into my course.’ “I love this module. One of the best and most useful.’ The course challenges and develops your knowledge and understanding of crime, deviance and the criminal justice process through studying sociological and criminological explanations for crime and through exploring the ways in which crime is controlled and regulated in modern societies. Lawbreaking behaviour is carried out by individuals from all walks of life and a number of law modules are also offered in the first three years of the course. The different approaches taken in answering questions about crime will help you to evaluate the strategies and interventions used to deal with it in modern societies. Evaluation of these issues develops your critical thinking skills, discussion and writing skills.

How you learn The course is taught through lectures supported by tutorials, seminars, group-work and debates in which you will learn how to use library resources, gain confidence in using IT and develop reading and communication skills and critical thinking. In addition to extensive independent study, generally you will be expected to attend one lecture and one tutorial for each module you study – eight modules in a year, and you will attend approximately 8-12 hours of class time each week working both collaboratively and individually on specific topics, leading to undertaking your own research project in your fourth and final year.

Your future You can pursue a number of career routes in criminal justice professions such as policing, the prison service, social work and probation or more generally in community work and teaching. You could also apply for postgraduate study, most typically in social policy and social work, criminology and criminal justice policy, for which there is a demand, particularly in Scotland. The multidisciplinary nature of the course helps graduates to gain a range of transferable skills relevant to employment in both the public and private sector and the focus on ‘new’ crimes, such as cybercrime and its regulation will help you prepare for careers in the growing field of technology and crime.

“The course is really interesting and I got a job out of it, one that I really wanted at a secure bail hostel. I have got lots of opportunities now … I just love it”

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Key information

BSc (Hons)

Digital Forensics Our increasing dependence on technology, both in the workplace and in our personal lives means that we are leaving a constant trace, or digital fingerprint of our behaviour and lifestyle. Data on our mobile phones and computers can reveal private information; from deleted text messages to on-line shopping activities. Digital forensics is the application of advanced technical skills with knowledge of forensic investigation techniques to

UCAS code Course length

collect this data. On this course, you will benefit from multidisciplinary teaching across the areas of computing, forensic science, psychology and law. This approach will provide you with an in-depth understanding of criminal behaviour, general forensic investigation techniques and knowledge of the correct procedures for presenting evidence in a court of law.

GF54 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBBB; A Level CCC; ILC (H) BBBBB; UCAS Tariff 240 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: two or more technology related subjects Interview required √ Criminal Record check required √ Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Ms Mary-Ann MacKinnon Programme Tutor: Dr Natalie Coull t: +44 (0) 1382 308644 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7800 002195 Related courses BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures BSc (Hons) Forensic Science BA (Hons) Criminological Studies

Key features What you study

How you learn

The first two years will give you a broad introduction to computing, computer security, criminology and law. In your third and fourth years, you will specialise in the area of digital forensics and research skills. In year four, you will have the opportunity to carry out a substantial digital forensics research project under the supervision of a member of staff.

The course uses a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, computing-based laboratories and tutorials. In addition, you are expected to study and read independently.

The core areas covered in this degree course include: • Criminology & Law (what is the extent of crime in modern society; the fundamentals of law and the legal system; how the criminal justice system operates) • Forensic Science (how to gather and record evidence from a crime scene; how to collect and present evidence for a criminal prosecution) • Computer Security (how malicious computer hackers exploit systems; how to minimise the potential for cyber crime) • Digital Forensics (analysing technology for evidence of criminal behaviour; how to use digital forensic techniques to recover data from web sites, mobile phones, networks, and lost data) • General Computing (how computers operate; how they can be controlled via programming; connecting them together via networks) • Research projects (investigation and analysis techniques; group work; presenting evidence through reports and presentations).

Your final year project will demand the application of the research and communication skills which you have acquired during the preceding years. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques throughout the course. Tutorials and laboratorybased activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work.

• Multidisciplinary course linking advanced technical skills with forensics, law and psychology • Emphasis on the practical application of the knowledge and skills required for employment in the field of Digital Forensics • Equips graduates with key transferable skills required for employment

How you are assessed A mix of assessment techniques are used on this course. The first two years will be assessed through portfolio work where the students are required to create a body of work and present this at the end of the year of study. At third and fourth year, a large part of the assessments are project based, with the remaining modules using a mix of courseworks and formal examinations.

Your future Law enforcement and government agencies, as well as private sector consultants are employing graduates with skills in digital forensics. Graduates working in this area may be required to analyse a defendant’s computer or mobile phone system to prove or disprove criminal activity. Some organisations may also employ individuals to recover data from damaged hardware or software.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) H650

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

20

Typical Entrance Requirements HND or equivalent in Engineering Systems, Industrial Engineering Systems, Mechatronics, Mechanical, Electronic, General Engineering (including SQA Higher National Unit DT5X 33 – Mathematics for Engineering 1, or equivalent), or significant industrial experience.

Engineering Systems Are you working towards an HND in Engineering Systems? Do you have an interest in the latest engineering technologies, or want upgrade your qualification? This course has been created specifically for students wanting to continue their studies after obtaining an HND in Engineering Systems or equivalent. The course builds on a traditional

engineering foundation and develops knowledge in leading edge engineering technologies. With demand for knowledge and skills in this area increasing rapidly in all manufacturing industries, the Oil and Gas sector and in the process industry, this course provides a route to an exciting career.

Want to know more? Admissions tutor: Ms Mary-Ann MacKinnon T: +44 (0) 1382 308643 E: ces@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7800 002195

Key features

What you study

How you learn

You will study:

Lectures are used to present key concepts and theories. Tutorials increase your understanding, allowing you to develop competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work. The course is very practical and much of your time will be spent in a laboratory setting. You will also be participating in group project work, working with others to solve problems and discussing ideas in a group setting.

• Created in response to national and international industry demand

• Virtual prototyping, to learn how the latest industry standard CAD/CAM tools can be applied in the industry to create streamlined manufacturing systems.

• Develops skills in areas currently at the leading edge of engineering technology

• Automation, robotics and instrumentation, to develop control applications allowing devices to be controlled and monitored remotely.

• Integrates traditional engineering with state of the art computing technologies

• Engineering mathematics, to provide the techniques required to model and analyse component parts of an engineering system.

• Designed to provide a direct entry route for students with an HND Engineering Systems or equivalent

• Networking and security, to understand how computer networks operate and why security is important for engineering systems. • Systems development, to apply the tools and techniques used in industry to design complex systems. • Operations management and economics to learn about the latest engineering management techniques that companies use to remain competitive in today’s global market. • Decision support systems, to understand how intelligent systems can be designed to develop their own decision-making capabilities. The main focus of this course is to develop expertise in the various component areas of engineering systems and to provide a complete understanding of how these technologies can be integrated. In addition, you will gain practical experience of engineering system planning, design and implementation.

In the final year, you will carry out an individual project. Working closely with an expert supervisor, you will produce an original piece of work and develop a strong understanding of a specialist area.

How you are assessed Assessments include a mixture of written coursework and exams. Practical work is assessed in laboratory-based coursework exercises. Reflective work is an essential part of the assessment for many modules and studentled presentation is used to assess team-based activities. In the final year, the Honours project is assessed by the submission of a dissertation and all final year students display their work at the School of Computing and Engineering Systems End of Year Show.

Your future There is a national and international shortage of engineers with knowledge of integrated engineering systems, particularly relating to control, instrumentation and CAD/CAM. The course has been constructed to bridge the gap between traditional engineering qualifications and the demand for graduates with an engineering systems background in the Oil and Gas, process and manufacturing industries. Recent opportunities both in the UK and internationally include control engineers, integrated systems developers, remote operation design engineers and CAD/CAM specialists. The practical and team-working aspects of the course also enable the development of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers, making graduates well placed to find employment in the engineering industry.

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BSc (Hons)

Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures How do hackers break into computer systems? Can they get into your computer? Is it easy to break into a corporate network and steal their secrets? During this course, you will be given information about the latest tools and techniques to break into systems. You will be shown how to break into web servers, steal information and how to remotely control someone’s computer. “It takes a thief to catch a thief”.

The basic aim of this course is to provide a graduate with knowledge of how illegal computer attacks can be performed and how they can be stopped.

What you study

How you learn

“I’m going into 3rd year and overall I have enjoyed the course, you learn a lot about hacking along the way (...and how to prevent). Job prospects are very wide-spread as you are covering a wide selection of computing areas and learn the threats that are related to them.” Kieran, Scotland

You will spend around 15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and computing lab-based activities. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques throughout the course. Tutorials and lab-based activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work.

• Ethical hacking – a wide range of topics including web application testing, penetration testing, password hacking. At each stage you will examine the countermeasures to the attacks • Computer Networking – you will learn the software and hardware that makes up a network

UCAS code Course length

GG45 4 Years (full-time)

Places available Typical Entrance Requirements

Higher BBBB; A Level CCC; ILC (H) BBBBB; UCAS Tariff 240 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: two technologyrelated subjects

Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Mr Colin McLean T: +44 (0) 1382 308600 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7800 002195 Related courses BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics

Key features • Abertay now has around 150 Ethical hacking students and a new stand-alone Ethical Hacking lab with around 50 PC’s • You will study the latest security flaws and how to counteract them • At each stage of the course, a project gives the student a chance to develop an area of expertise

How you are assessed There is a mixed assessment strategy used on the course. Many modules are assessed through coursework – which may be continuous and may include student led presentation. Modules in later years of the course use a mixture of coursework and formal examination.

• Computer Programming • Related technologies such as mobile phone technology

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Interview required √ Criminal records check required √

“I am going into 4th year of the hacking course, and I would recommend it to anyone, the great thing about it is that it is very varied, you do a lot of security, but in order to know about security, threats, hacking etc you must know all other aspects of computing, networking, programming, program execution.” Gary, Scotland

You will study:

Key information

Your future A potentially large job market is emerging for graduates from this course. Currently, many auditors are insisting that companies must get their network penetration tested for legal purposes. The data protection act means that any network manager must take reasonable steps to protect personal data. Any company with financial considerations is also bound by banking acts. This increase in the job market for graduates is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. There is also a large job market for network management staff.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons) M120

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Students must have achieved 120 ECTS points (240 SCQF points equivalent) at the equivalent of levels 7 and 8. These will include a minimum of 90 ECTS points in the study of law. The subjects represented by the credits must include passes in subjects in:

European Business Law The European Business Law degree is designed for entry into year three for students who have already completed two or more years’ study of law within the European Union or on a programme including the study of either a civilian or common law system and an introduction to EU law.

This distinct course has as its focus the study of EU and Commercial law and reflects contemporary and prospective developments in law and policy in both a supranational and domestic member state context.

What you study

How you are assessed

Although the core themes of the course are European and Commercial law these are not discrete entities. Within the EU the move to ever greater integration naturally impacts upon and changes the domestic legal systems of all member states. By studying with us you will build on the domestic perspective you arrived with to achieve a deeper understanding of how drivers of change feed through from the EU level to implementation in member state domestic legal systems.

We use a variety of assessment methods to enable you to demonstrate that you have achieved the programme’s learning outcomes. These include: examinations, courseworks, oral presentations and group work. We also do this because we know that enhancing personal transferable skills such as the ability to undertake high-level research, present your findings confidently in both oral and written form and work as part of a team is just as important for your future employability as the subjects you study.

• The Legal System of a jurisdiction with either a civilian or common law heritage • The Public law of a member state • The Law of Obligations (contract and delict/tort) • Property law • Introduction to law of the EU • Criminal law • Introduction to commercial law The University is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland to offer an LLB course. The BA (Hons) European Business Law is not accredited. Prospective students wishing to become Scottish solicitors are advised to contact the programme team for advice. The Law Society of Scotland can also offer guidance on how their undergraduate educational requirements can be met in light of the decision in Morgenbesser v Genoa Bar [2004] 1 CMLR 24. http://www.lawscot.org.uk/about/ EU students may apply directly through our EU Articulation Scheme. Want to know more? Tina Robertson T: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk

Key features • Complete an ordinary degree in one year of study, or a classified Honours degree in two years of study • Abertay was rated the best modern university in Scotland for research in Law in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise

Specialist subjects of study include; Law and EU Integration, Competition Law, International Trade Law, Lawyers and Legal Services in the EU, Intellectual Property Law and Investor Protection Law. “Studying at Abertay was an unforgettable and useful adventure for me. I was able to study EU law in a country with a unique legal system and I gained knowledge that can be used all over Europe. The degree itself is also often sufficient evidence of proficiency in English.” Alicia, Germany

How you learn We aim to provide you with a stimulating, intellectually rigorous and challenging educational experience. To achieve this we facilitate, through interactive lectures, seminars and tutorials, your acquisition of essential subject specific knowledge and develop your ability to think critically about that you have learnt. “At Abertay students from different EU Member States came together to study the legal principles that connect us all. Having a degree from a different country also underlines ones flexibility for future employees” Alicia, Germany

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Your future Many of our students return to their home institution to resume their studies there. Others progress to postgraduate study, or pursue careers in business or commerce. Recent graduates have obtained internships with Google, Krakow, the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, the Federal Reserve Bank, Washington DC and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna. My Abertay EBL degree helped me to a find a really good job. I am working as a trainee investigator at the Consumer Protection Department of the Hungarian Competition Authority. Interesting job and the best place to develop my professional knowledge in the area of competition law. Thanks to my professors and of course thanks for my good friends from the Abertay! It was a pleasure to study together. I hope we are going to meet some time again in Dundee!” Anna, Hungary


BA (Hons)

European Economy and Management The European Union is a complex hub of economic activity. This course is designed to explore the economic drivers, and the complexities of business and management challenges that arise as international firms operate across the EU. The course looks at business from strategic and resource perspectives, and

develops your understanding of the institutional and regulatory characteristics of the EU. Project work allows you to develop special areas of interest in a wide range of areas, such as EU markets, economic trends, EU expansion, labour migration, and many more.

Key information UCAS code Course length

LN12 2 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Applicants must have achieved 240 SCQF points or 120 ECTS on a relevant business or management course, or have completed a relevant HND. EU students may apply directly through the EU Articulation scheme. Want to know more? Tina Robertson T: +44 (0) 1382 308476 E: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BA (Hons) Business Studies BA (Hons) International Management BA (Hons) Management

Key features What you study

How you learn

The core economics modules focus on the contemporary challenges facing Europe. You will examine issues concerning relationships between member states of the European Union and issues concerning Europe’s relationship with other regions in the world. You will cover the topics of international trade, multinational decision-making and the political economy of Europe in lectures and tutorials. You will also be encouraged to explore important European issues such as EU expansion, labour migration and issues related to the Euro in your projects and dissertations.

This course combines theory and practice, critical thinking and application. Case studies, project work, and independent research will develop your competence as an independent learner. Lectures provide you with the academic and theoretical underpinnings for your study, as well as insight into critical current debates. Tutorials and student-led seminars offer plenty of opportunity for problem analysis. Problem solving, and creative thinking. As you work with others, you will develop your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills as well.

At the same time, the study of business and management will develop your ability to think strategically within businesses and organisations that are increasingly subject to turbulent global economic forces. You will examine the organisational transformations and workplace systems necessary to achieve high performance in increasingly uncertain environments. In addition you will develop the skills enabling you to contribute effectively to business discussions. As your tutors will challenge you to think critically, the course will make you confident to seize initiative and drive change.

How you are assessed You are assessed by a variety of methods: examinations and class tests; essays and reports; group and individual oral presentations; miniprojects and dissertations.

• Study economic, strategic and managerial issues within the context of the EU, and the global business context • Analyse the business challenges in one of the most dynamic economic areas in the world • Work in international student teams on projects and case studies • Develop a whole range of high level skills needed for a career in the international arena • Become confident in challenging traditional viewpoints on business and management

Your future The analytical and management skills of graduates of this course are attractive to potential employers. There are career opportunities in management, marketing and human resource management, particularly in European multinationals and firms operating within Europe, as well as in a range of public and private sector organisations that focus on economic analysis and development, and policy-making. Examples of jobs taken by recent graduates include: management trainee in a UK insurance firm, assistant in the export department of a German multinational firm, event coordinator for a Scottish local economic development agency and financial controller for a Polish motor vehicles retailer

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons) NN13

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points*. *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: a literate subject (eg English)

Finance and Business The Finance & Business course allows you to specialise in finance within the general framework of a business and management degree. This gives you a cutting edge when it comes to planning your career. You will develop the knowledge and

skills required for challenging roles in finance, and your understanding of complex business and management issues will give you flexibility that will put you a step ahead of others.

What you study

How you learn

The emphasis in years one and two is on the development of knowledge and understanding of core principles and concepts of finance, and the development of a fundamental understanding of the role of financial processes and of the analytical approaches of economics and management accounting within business. You will consider real business scenarios and analyse the links between business and financial decisions.

You will take part in seminars and tutorials where you explore business scenarios and develop solutions and recommendations to the sorts of challenges faced by large and small businesses. Lectures will support the development of your expert knowledge and will challenge you to think critically.

Want to know more? Tina Robertson T: +44 (0) 1382 308476 E: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BA (Hons) Business Studies BA (Hons) Business Studies with Finance

Key features • High-level knowledge and understanding of finance and its application to complex organisational contexts • Detailed knowledge of the role of finance within businesses and of the operation of domestic and international financial markets • Designed to provide an indepth understanding of the principles of financial analysis and corporate financial theories and their application to financial decision-making

In years three and four, attention focuses more specifically on the challenges of managing an organisation’s finances, in ever more complex organisational, strategic and economic contexts, characterised by fast moving information technologies, and global competition. In your fourth year, you will develop more specialised areas of interest including through your dissertation, but you will also explore the ethical, social and environmental aspects of finance and accounting. You will see how multinational corporations manage their strategies and risks, and you will be able to carry our independent research.

As you progress to years three and four, you will have more opportunity to direct your own studies, developing your own interests within subject areas, and choosing your own reading and approach to your work. In other words, you will develop the skills of independent research and problem solving that you will need to deal with a whole range of issues facing today’s managers. You will also, throughout your studies, develop your skills in teamwork, project management and online working and other relevant skills expected of managers today.

How you are assessed A variety of assessment methods are used on this course, such as class tests, problem solving exercises and examinations, and you will produce reports and presentations as well as essays. Your assessment will combine individual and group tasks.

Your future The course offers a wide choice of career opportunities in both finance and general business – in general management and in more specialist roles in public and private sector organisations, including the financial services sector. Graduates from this course have gone on to work for well-known companies, both in the UK and in the international arena.

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BSc (Hons)

Food & Consumer Sciences BSc (Hons)

Food, Nutrition and Health BSc (Hons)

Food Product Design Food! Essential to life, our biggest industry, one of life’s greatest pleasures and arguably, the principal cause of disease. Food creates wealth, it is central to health and wellbeing but also raises many consumer concerns – issues of food safety, food security, food quality, diet-related disease and ethical food production. Merging of scientific, sociological and commercial perspectives provides critical understanding of the impact of

these complex inter-relationships at all stages of the food supply chain and how consumer choice is influenced. The relationship between food and health, which is ultimately shaped by consumer choice, together with quality and availability of food products, makes for a fascinating area of study.

“From graduate to Quality Manager for a fresh foods processing company in one year – my degree was so worth it!” Sylwia, Poland What you study

How you learn

“Choosing to study food and consumer sciences has been a great decision for me. It’s a really varied course that has let me explore lots of areas of the food and drink industry.” Ann, Lanarkshire

Classes include a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and guest lectures, practical workshops, laboratory skills and computer-assisted-learning. In years 3 & 4, project work, case studies and `live` projects help you to make the links between theoretical concepts and practice. Teamwork and confidence-building communication skills are integrated into some modules. We also organise industry visits and guest lectures to help you see the connections between theory and practice.

“I’ve really enjoyed the modules where we’ve been able to do some food styling and photography and I love seeing the finished product displayed in the food & consumer science showcases.” Morgan, Dundee “I came to study Food, Nutrition & Health because I want to be a Home Economics teacher and I feel really confident that I am gaining all the skills I will need.” Jonathan, Newcastle In the first 2 years, subjects studied are varied and interdisciplinary. This broad-based approach provides the platform for specialised study at years 3 & 4, when you will follow a prescribed set of specialist modules and complete a semesterlong work placement and an Honours Project in your chosen pathway. You will learn how to produce safe, nutritious and appetising food, gain the skills required to design and launch new food products in the marketplace, and develop an in-depth knowledge of nutrition and critical understanding of the factors that affect consumer choice. This skill set, combined with the knowledge and ability to help people make informed choices about what they eat and drink is key to many career opportunities in the food and health sector.

How you are assessed We know that students learn in different ways so assessment is varied across modules. It includes coursework (such as practical assignments, problem-solving projects and laboratory reports), exams (open and closed book) and short answer class tests. Some projects include an element of team work, as well as individual contribution.

Your future “My biggest achievement so far was when I was offered the position as Brand Development Executive for the food marketing company in Angus where I had my placement.” Alice, Borders If your interests lie in food promotion and marketing or food product design, nutrition research or home economics teaching, consumer advice or community nutrition, our degrees could be your passport to success. Your graduate CV will be enhanced by your work experience, portfolio of food photography, food writing, your nutrition resources, and a range of examples of your contribution to team work and oral presentations – all skills that are valued by employers in the food and health sector. Our successful graduates have job titles including recipe development technologist, food processing technologist, hygiene officer, food stylist, nutritionist, home economics teacher, community food worker, consumer advice officer, health promotion worker.

Key information UCAS code Food & Consumer Science

DN69

Food, Nutrition & Health

BD46

Food Product Design

D610

Course length

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

50

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: none Mature applicants with nonstandard qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis. Advanced entry (Year 2) Advanced entry is possible for applicants with suitable subjects at GCE A Level or Scottish Advanced Higher and offering approximately 300 UCAS points (eg: BBB at A Level or BBB at Advanced Higher) from these qualifications. Each application will be considered on its own merits. If you would like us to consider you for advanced entry please contact the admissions tutor in the first instance to discuss your qualifications. Want to know more? Programme tutor: Ms Alison Reid t: +44 (0) 1382 308180 e: a.j.reid@abertay.ac.uk Related courses DipHE Food and Consumer Studies

Key features • Vocationally relevant, with emphasis throughout on development of practical skills in labs and kitchens, as well as academic learning • Two year common core programme allows students to transfer from one degree to another at the end of year 2, in line with career aspirations • Work placement provides opportunity to practise skills and test careers • Courses meet General Teaching Council requirements as a pre-requisite degree for Home Economics teaching

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) D691

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

16

Typical Entrance Requirements HND or Diploma of Higher Education in a Food, Life Science or Chemistry related discipline for entry to year 3. Ordinary BSc Degrees in Food, Life Science or Chemistry related disciplines for entry to year 4. Candidates with alternative qualifications and/or appropriate work experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Food Science & Technology* Would you like to become a key player in the single largest manufacturing food and drink sector in the UK? The UK food sector is the fourth largest food and drink manufacturing industry in the world with a turnover of £70bn and employing 500,000 people. Shaping the future of the food industry demands a workforce capable of embracing technological innovation and change amidst an ever increasing consumer demand for novel healthy foods and stricter environmental legislations.

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to gain employment within the food and drink industry in production, quality control, new product development and innovation or to become self employed. Abertay students have an opportunity to undertake an exciting real-life placement and/ or Honours project within the food sector, or in collaboration with FoodInnovation@Abertay (FIA).

What you study

How you are assessed

In this course we provide a multidisciplinary approach to acquaint you with the wide range of skills required for a successful career in the food industry. The taught course includes theoretical, practical and applied elements of food science underpinning food operations, food processing technology, food biotechnology, food safety management, food microbiology, food hygiene and quality systems, as well as case studies and research perspectives. You will have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and obtain the skills required to engage in selfemployment activities. The course is supported by seminars delivered by industry specialists and experts and by visits to food manufacturing companies, laboratories and research establishments. You will have the opportunity for work-based learning in the form of a placement as well as a “real-life” project undertaken in the food industry, university or research institute or in collaboration with FoodInnovation@Abertay (FIA).

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course including formal examination, written submissions, seminars, laboratory reports, poster presentations and presentations to audiences. By working within project groups and by yourself, you will improve your core employability skills such as communication, project planning and teamwork which are very important skills for any career. The work placement allows you to form networking links in the food industry and may lead to a career path. The project dissertation allows you to develop a specialist area of expertise of your choice.

Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Dr Athina Tziboula-Clarke t: +44 (0) 1382 308180 e: A.Tziboula-Clarke@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Food & Consumer Science BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition & Health BSc (Hons) Food Product Design

Key features • Vocationally relevant syllabus with an emphasis on linking theory with practice and laboratory skills • Structured case studies and visits to food and drink manufacturing companies, research institutes and food related laboratories • 10 week work placements within industry, FoodInnovation@ Abertay (FIA) or food related organizations providing essential work experience for future employability • 10 week independent research projects (Hons) supervised by internationally renowned academics, refining graduate skills for flexible employability *At the time of going to press, this course is under development and is therefore offered subject to approval.

How you learn You will be introduced to an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars, laboratory classes, work placements, external visits and case studies designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the processes and procedures used in the food industry. Emphasis is on hands on learning and active problem solving. The work placement is designed to familiarise you with the work ethics of the food industry whilst the project phase of the course is designed to allow you to apply what you have learned in a “real life” situation. Working closely with an expert supervisor, this allows you to produce an original piece of work and develop a strong understanding of a specialist area.

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Your future Graduates are equipped with the skills required to take advantage of career opportunities within a range of food industries (food technology, food safety management, food product development, food processing, brewing and distilling, food supply chain, quality management) or allow you to develop your own ideas and business or undertake further postgraduate studies in related subjects. During your studies you will be able to build up contacts with industry and researchers and your final placement project allows you gain valuable work experience.


DipHE

Food & Consumer Studies The Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) Food and Consumer Studies shadows the BSc (Hons) Food degrees very closely. The key difference is that DipHE students are given additional targeted study skills support designed to help ease the transition to higher education study. This helps you learn to manage and organise information,

develop better communication skills (oral and written) and to make most effective use of our library resources and information technology. On successful completion of the course, students may exit with a Diploma in Higher Education or progress to year 3 of their chosen Food degree.

Key information UCAS code Course length

DN4X 2 Years (full-time)

Places available

16

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BC; A Level DD; ILC (H) BC; UCAS Tariff 120 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: none Mature applicants with nonstandard qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis. Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Ms Alison Reid t: +44(0) 1382 308180 e: a.j.reid@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Food & Consumer Science BSc (Hons) Food Nutrition and Health BSc (Hons) Food Product Design

What you study

How you are assessed

“I was really worried about starting university but all the staff have been really helpful and I have just passed my first assessment – phew!” Becky, Glasgow

We know that students learn in different ways so assessment is varied across modules. It includes coursework (such as practical assignments, problem-solving projects and laboratory reports), oral presentations, exams and short answer class tests. Some projects include an element of team work, as well as individual contribution.

“Our class is all really friendly. A few of us got together in a private study group in semester 1, which has helped a lot. Amazingly, it’s quite a good laugh too!” Greig, Perth Subjects studied are varied and interdisciplinary. The relationship between food and health, which is ultimately shaped by consumer choice, makes for a fascinating area of study. You will learn about the nature of food, how to produce safe, nutritious and appetising food, an understanding of the factors that affect consumer choice and nutritional knowledge that will enable you to confidently deliver healthy eating messages appropriately to groups of the population.

How you learn Classes include a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and guest lectures, practical workshops, laboratory skills and computer-assistedlearning. Teamwork and confidence-building communication skills are integrated into some modules. We also organise industry visits and guest lectures to help you see the connections between theory and practice.

Your future “When I enrolled on the Dip HE, I thought that I would just do the two years but I’m now in year 3 of the Food and Consumer Science degree and have just got my placement set up with a food marketing organisation.” Graeme, Inverness

Key features • Vocationally relevant, with emphasis throughout on development of practical skills in labs and kitchens, as well as academic learning • Successful completion allows students to progress to year 3 of their chosen Food degree • Targeted study support helps to make the transition to Higher Education study

The majority of students who successfully complete the DipHE course progress onto one of the degrees. The Diploma is designed with this in mind because there is a wider range of employment opportunities for graduates. Alternatively, it is possible to exit with the Diploma and to find employment in the food and drink sector.

“I’ve signed up to do some volunteer work this semester as I want to improve my chances of getting a job in the community food and health sector.”

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) B130

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (eg English) and a science subject

Forensic Psychobiology The Forensic Psychobiology course is unique in Scotland and is delivered by tutors at the forefront of research in the exciting field of Psychology and Forensic Psychobiology. Research projects include the development of interviewing techniques for police officers and investigators, improvements to surveillance systems, and the management of crowd behaviour. The tutors

also work closely with local police forces so that they can test their research findings and are also involved in helping to train some police officers. Because tutors on this course have real-life experience relating to forensic issues, they are ideally placed to instruct you in this course.

What you study

How you learn

The course involves the study of psychology, forensic science, biology, sociology, and research methods. Specialist topics include: evidence based investigative interviewing, psychopathology & crime, cognitive psychology, social influences in psychology and law, development & intelligence, the neuropsychology of mental health, and personality & social psychology. A highlight of the course involves completing a psychology research project of your own choosing that you work on independently in your final year of study. A number of modules focus wholly on forensic issues that address police interviewing, eyewitness memory, face recognition, crime scene investigation and other forensic issues. The causes of crime from a psychological perspective are examined in an introductory module and an advanced module on criminal behaviour. This course provides all of the benefits of a standard psychology degree and provides the necessary qualification from the British Psychology Society for continuing to train to become a psychologist. Because the course also contains classes on so many forensic topics you are well placed for continuing your studies on many of the postgraduate forensic psychology programmes on offer throughout the UK.

The skills required in Forensic Psychobiology are diverse and you will be introduced to a variety of teaching methods including lectures, laboratory classes, and small group seminars with an emphasis on active enquiry. As you progress through the course, more and more of your time is spent researching and gathering information yourself for your coursework, private and collaborative study, teamwork, scholarship and reflection. Typically, you will have classes for 12-15 hours per week, with approximately 20–25 hours independent study. Seminars and tutorials enable you to acquire an understanding of the shape, history, and contemporary relevance of Forensic Psychobiology.

Want to know more? Course Tutor: Dr David La Rooy Admissions tutor: Dr. Fiona McConnochie t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: psychology@abertay.ac.uk

Key features • Combines psychology, forensic psychology, criminology and biology • Modules are taught by staff at the forefront of research in this exciting field • Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society, conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) provided a minimum Second Class Honours is obtained • Abertay was rated best modern university in Scotland for research in psychology in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008

How you are assessed A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course including formal examinations using seen and unseen papers, class tests, essays, laboratory reports, poster presentations and presentations. All Forensic Psychobiology degree students undertake a research project in their final year; this project allows you to use the research skills you have perfected over the three years.

Your future The choice of careers for graduates includes research, management, training, customer relations, police work, drug rehabilitation, and assistant psychologist in mental health. You can also apply to train as a professional Forensic Psychologist or take up a probationer post in clinical psychology. Because this degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, it confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership which is essential for becoming a professional psychologist. Graduates of this course also have transferable skills, which are in high demand in the general graduate job market, such as numeracy, statistics and information technology skills, communication skills and analytical thinking. Forensic Psychobiology graduates demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of their primary fields of enquiry.

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BSc (Hons)

Forensic Sciences Forensic Science is the application of scientific knowledge and techniques in support of the legal process. This exciting course includes the following three main study areas: forensic science, chemistry and biology with the addition of supporting topics such as law and statistics.

The Forensic Sciences degree covers a full range of topics including; crime scene investigation, body fluid analysis, DNA profiling, trace evidence analysis (including fibres, glass and paint), fingerprinting and substances of abuse to name but a few.

Key information UCAS code Course length

F410 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

50

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBCC; A Level CCD; ILC (H) BBCC; UCAS Tariff 220 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: Chemistry, and another science (Biology preferred); and Maths, English and Biology at GCSE grade C or better or Standard Grade Credit Level (1/2). Applicants with non-standard qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis. Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Mr. Darren Phillips t: +44(0) 1382 308180 e: darren.phillips@abertay.ac.uk

What you study

How you are assessed

In year 1 the basics of forensics and the science behind it (biology & chemistry) are studied, alongside laboratory techniques and skills. Year 2 builds upon the basics of the science behind forensics alongside crime scene work with the addition of law and statistics relevant to forensic science. During year 3 you are introduced to the specialities of forensic science case work and research eg trace evidence and body fluid analysis. The Honours year (year 4) covers detailed forensic science specialties (DNA and substances of abuse) alongside case exercise and forensic science project.

Assessment on this course is carried out via a combination of coursework assignments, class tests, practical tests, presentations and closedbook examinations. A range of methods is used including short-answer tests, problem solving exercises, formal reports (oral, written or posters), and laboratory assignments. In the later years of the course formal examinations are a feature of most modules along with a major forensic investigation of a crime, where you will hone your team-building and interpersonal skills.

“Whilst working in Tayside I was able to apply the knowledge I had gained from my studies to many different types of crime scenes. I attended many house break-ins and vandalism scenes. At these I was able to utilise fingerprinting techniques and gain more experience using the appropriate camera equipment.” Rebecca, Dundee

How you learn A varied lecture programme is supported by tutorials, case studies/exercises and seminars, the use of practical laboratory exercises and our special scenes of crime facility. The scene of crime area includes an office/bank complex, a house, photographic studio and a special glass area where break-ins can be simulated. External input from legal and forensic practitioners is an important part of the course, as is the opportunity to visit fire scenes, and the chance to see explosive devices detonated. After the third year there is opportunity to work for an extended period as a Scene of Crime Investigator, with local police forces.

Your future Graduates can go into careers such as forensic scientists (either as part of the civil service or the private sector) and related areas such as scenes of crime investigation or police officer, and a number of our graduates have successfully obtained these highly competitive jobs. The course also provides you with the skills and abilities to pursue alternative interesting and fulfilling career paths. For example, the development of diagnostics in the biotechnology industries, quality assurance, problem solving in the public utilities and the development of protocols and procedures in the armed forces or government agencies. Students may wish to pursue a career in teaching and several of our graduates have trained as science teachers, or you may want to undertake higher research (at MSc/PhD level). Transferable skills can also be used in a range of other careers such as management/business, law, accountancy and disciplines unrelated to science.

Related courses DipHE Forensic Studies BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychobiology BSc (Hons) Policing & Security

Key features • Experience-led and problemsolving approach to learning with focus on contemporary forensic practice including placements and ‘crime scenes’ • Taught by forensic science practitioners who have come directly from industry and have links with a number of forensic science providers within the UK, Europe and the rest of the world • Professionally accredited and commended by The Forensic Science Society • Accredited to AMRSC by the Royal Society of Chemistry

“Studying at Abertay has had a huge, and positive, impact on my life. The subject matter combined with the lecturers’ sheer enthusiasm really makes all the difference between a good course and a great course. Post Abertay I moved from Dundee to London to be a DNA analyst for one of the most competitive forensic companies in the UK. DNA analysis was a subject of extreme interest to me at uni; mainly because of the supremacy of such evidence, but also because of how fast DNA technology has progressed.” Debbie, South Lanarkshire

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Key information UCAS code Course length

DipHE F411

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

25

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BC; A Level DD; ILC (H) BC; UCAS Tariff 120 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: an appropriate science (e.g. chemistry/biology) Applicants with non-standard qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Forensic Studies The DipHE Forensic Studies course shadows the BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences degree very closely and it is intended that successful DipHE students will join the degree course. The key difference between the DipHE and the first two years of the degree course is that the DipHE students receive additional, targeted study support in order to prepare them for degree-level studies.

The DipHE course encourages the development of study skills, written, graphical and verbal communication, effective use of information technology, as well as subject specific study. Students choosing not to transfer into the degree courses may leave with a DipHE.

What you study

How you are assessed

In year 1 the basics of forensics and the science behind it (biology & chemistry) are studied, alongside laboratory techniques and skills. Year 2 builds upon the basics of the science behind forensics alongside crime scene work with the addition of law and statistics relevant to forensic science.

Modules will be assessed using a range of assignments, class tests and examinations scheduled at various times during the teaching semesters. These are designed to focus on key issues and to provide you with feedback on your progress. There is considerable flexibility, and students may demonstrate their success in a variety of ways.

Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Mr Darren Phillips t: +44(0) 1382 308180 e: darren.phillips@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychobiology BSc (Hons) Policing & Security

Key features • Allows applicants with nonstandard qualifications to access higher education • Provides progression to the later years of the degree course

How you learn You will study four modules each semester. In some modules lectures and tutorials will be used to present information and allow you to develop your ideas. Other modules will integrate the delivery of new material with laboratory work so you can immediately try things out and explore these ideas. In all cases there will be supporting information available online so that you can continue to study topics outside class hours.

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Your future Most students successfully completing the DipHE transfer onto the degree as there is a wider range of employment opportunities for graduates. Our diploma course has been designed with this in mind, and on successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education course, students may enter year three of the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science that they have shadowed over the preceding two years. Alternatively, it is also possible to exit with your diploma and to find employment.


BA (Hons)

Game Design and Production Management Abertay has an international reputation for excellence in computer games education and is recognised by the computer games industry through the Skillset accreditation awards. The BA (Hons) Game Design and Production Management degree has been designed to address the need for individuals with practical experience of game design and development as well as an understanding of project and

personnel management issues. You will be encouraged to work creatively and professionally to design and communicate concepts through prototypes, visuals, game assets, documentation and presentations. The course further encourages professional communication and management skills through multidisciplinary projects and masterclasses from visiting professionals.

What you study

How you learn

“My interest in the production side of game development is well-catered to and I enjoy working with people from different disciplines to create fun and interesting game prototypes.” Mark, Northern Ireland

You will spend around 15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and practical activities, with the remainder of your time spent in self-directed learning. Lectures present key concepts, theories and techniques. Tutorials and practical activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop competences in technological, theoretical and collaborative work. You will also actively participate in discussion groups and critique sessions. You will also be given support in developing a portfolio which will showcase your work and provide a valuable means of demonstrating your abilities to clients or potential employers.

In first year, you are introduced to the fundamentals of games design and interactive entertainment production. This year gives you a solid foundation in the individual elements of game design and development – covering content such as pre-visualisation, industry awareness, narrative theory and introductory programming. Second year focuses on professional skills and practices. Your technical, practical and communication abilities will be enhanced through project work that will require you to manage teams, develop game concepts, create 3D models and deploy them in game engines. At the end of third year, you will be eligible to graduate with a BA degree. This year prepares you for employment by developing skills that combine theory, practice and communications in relation to Game Design and Production Management. You will become a confident design practitioner and develop a strong understanding of production management issues through sustained personal effort in producing a range of production solutions. In fourth or Honours year you will undertake a significant design and production project, individually, or in a cross-discipline group. You will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contextual factors that inform design and production practices and explore the application of your skills and knowledge in the development of solutions.

UCAS code Course length

G452 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBBB; A Level CCC; ILC (H) BBBBB; UCAS Tariff 240 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: Literate subject (e.g. English) Want to know more?

“Abertay’s strong links with industry, and focus on practical projects helped me to get hired upon graduation and work on my first Triple-A game title.” Ewan, Dumfries

“As an aspiring designer, I have found that Abertay has given me access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise and encouraged me to develop my own understanding of game design theory.” Alan, Dundee

Key information

How you are assessed During first and second year, your work will mostly be assessed through practical coursework, presentations and reflective essays. In later years, taught module assessment is by a mixture of exams, critical essays and coursework. Project modules are assessed through the submission of conceptual work, design solutions, interactive media products and project reports. The final year dissertation allows you to focus on a specific topic within design and production and develop a specialist area of expertise.

Admissions Tutor: Dr Kenny McAlpine t: +44 (0) 1382 308600 e: institute@abertay.ac.uk Text: +44 (0) 7781 472704 Related courses BA (Hons) Computer Arts BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development

Key features • Work alongside artists, programmers and audio specialists in small development teams to design and develop computer games • Study the historical context and fundamentals of game design, interaction and narrative theory • Develop professional skills in level design, concept development, project management and entrepreneurship. • Through lectures and practical activities, learn how interactive entertainment products are designed, developed and marketed

Your future “As well as gaining theoretical and practical experience, the course introduced me to some great companies and industry professionals – some of which I have been able to continue to work with.” Maciej, Poland. Video games are the core part of a wider interactive entertainment marketplace consisting of film, DVD, mobile devices and the Internet. The companies in this marketplace vary from small games studios to national and international media groups. They require talented individuals with proven skills in team management, design and production control of new media products. The games industry offers long term career potential through its continued expansion with opportunities varying from quality assurance through to production, design, and management of interactive media development. Prospects have never been better as it is a growing and exciting industry, with a global demand for skilled development staff.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA N870

1 Year (full-time)

Places available

20

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher National Diploma in Golf Management or evidence of equivalence in readiness to undertake and benefit from a course of studies at this level (for example relevant work experience, a degree, relevant HN qualification, or professional training).

Golf Management If you have just completed your HND in Golf Management, or relevant management experience of working within the golf industry, then this course is for you. You will extend your learning in the area of the business of golf, and

will be able to further your career accordingly. In light of the growing number of Director of Golf positions, as well as managers of golf facilities, you will study business and management issues as well as options relating to sport and health.

What you study

How you are assessed

During the course you will study modules in relation to corporate finance, relationship marketing, services strategy, recruitment and selection, golf facilities management and research methods, in order to foster business, people and financial skills for facilities management. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules which deal with: performance analysis, motor control and skill acquisition, sports psychology, coaching pedagogy, and work-based learning. Throughout the course you will study a module that considers contemporary issues in the golf industry – this will not only allow you to apply theory to practice, but also to consider wider issues relating to golf itself.

The course involves a range of assessment forms including: examinations, essays, reflective accounts, group projects, individual projects, case studies, presentations, and the planning and delivery of events.

Want to know more? Contact: Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk

Key features • Builds upon HND curriculum • Develops skills in business and management contextualised to golf • Offers a balance of practical and theoretical content • Option to study sport and health modules

How you learn The course involves lectures, practical classes, and small group discussions of case material, group working and private study. Classroom activities will enable you to develop the ability to work in teams, engage in problem solving, and share experiences and knowledge. You will further develop your communication skills, oral and written, which are greatly appreciated by employers. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate information and challenge ideas and concepts using scientifically-based information. The course is delivered on campus with visits to Elmwood College.

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Your future As a graduate from this course you will have acquired a whole range of skills and knowledge relevant to business, but your main strength will be your ability to make significant contributions to the management of businesses in the golf industry, be it at an operational level or strategic level, through the wide range of knowledge and skills acquired.


Key information

BA (Hons)

Human Resource Management Effective managers are essential to an organisation’s success. They must be able to interpret the environment, recognise opportunities and manage risks, and develop resources and capabilities to achieve ambitious goals. An effective human resource manager must also understand how to successfully manage and develop people within the organisation to help them perform at maximum capability.

UCAS code Course length

N600 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

Our Human Resource Management course is designed to prepare students for this challenging and exciting role and enable you to develop substantial knowledge of the challenges and approaches to human resource management appropriate to organisational performance and development in a contemporary environment.

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Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English) Advanced entry (Year 2) A Level CCC; Advanced Higher CCC; UCAS Tariff 240 points *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English) HND Entry Applicants with an HND or equivalent in a relevant subject will gain entry with advanced standing, and are invited to contact us to discuss their options. Want to know more? Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk

Key Features What you study

How you learn

In year 1 you will study a wide range of subjects such as business management, economics, finance, marketing and IT. You will also be introduced to the world of business through the use of an interactive business simulation. In year 2 you will study core management knowledge and skills, and develop essential presentation and job market skills.

Dundee Business School tutors are committed to providing you with an engaging and challenging experience. You will develop your graduate skills and in-depth understanding of contemporary management issues through business simulations, team work, projects, and problem solving scenarios. Lectures, tutorials and seminars will present you with the challenges of today’s business world – and with the knowledge required to understand and direct these.

From year 3 you will study human resource management and the many different aspects of effective human performance management. In year 4 you will select options that particularly interest you and you will continue to focus on HRM. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own business research project – an excellent way to develop in depth knowledge of businesses – and a genuine addition to your CV. Throughout your studies you will work with Dundee Business School academics that bring their expertise in business and industry straight into the class room.

How you are assessed A wide range of assessment methods, designed to practise the skills you need in business are used throughout all years of the degree. These include class tests and examinations, presentations, group work, problem solving exercises and case studies. If you undertake a project in the Honours year of the course, this will give you a further opportunity to develop your critical, analytical and research skills.

• Gain a detailed knowledge of the challenges and roles of management, and a comprehensive understanding of key factors in the contemporary management context • Focused development of core management skills and approaches • Opportunities to develop substantial knowledge of the functions, sectors and challenges of management in particular contexts

Your Future Our graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in HR management positions in the business and public sectors, in non-profit organisations and in a range of consultancy roles, either in general management roles, or in the more specialised area they have chosen. The broad range of knowledge and skills, and the depth of your knowledge will enable you to make significant contributions to your employer’s organisation.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons) N202

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

30

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English) Advanced entry (Year 2) A Level CCC; Advanced Higher CCC; UCAS Tariff 240 points *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English) HND Entry Applicants with an HND or equivalent in a relevant subject will gain entry with advanced standing, and are invited to contact us to discuss their options. Want to know more? Contact: Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk

Key features • Develop intercultural management skills through practice and reflection • Emphasis on team work and strategic thinking to prepare graduates for the leadership challenges of international business • Encouraging debate on the future and sustainability of business models and management approaches

International Management Business today is international. Businesses are connected around the globe with suppliers, customers and competitors. To succeed they must be fast, responsive and aware of the cultural diversity that shapes their markets. And they need a management capability that is distinctly international in outlook. Our course enables you

to develop this mindset in a group of students all equally eager to ‘go places’. The course combines the exploration of the international business context and the development of those practical intercultural management skills you need to create impact.

“I have now started my graduate training in a large multinational and I am really pleased that all the international management topics studied are absolutely relevant in real business life. We just went to China for business and I had a first chance of trying out my intercultural negotiation skills. Quite daunting, but really exciting to see how this works”. Martin What you study

How you learn

In year 1 you will study a wide range of subjects such as business management, economics, finance, marketing and IT. You will also be introduced to the world of business through the use of an interactive business simulation. In year 2 you will study core management knowledge and skills, and develop essential presentation and job market skills. All these subjects underpin the activity of international businesses and their managers. During the later years of the course you will concentrate specifically on developing your knowledge of the international business domain and you will develop the international communication and negotiation skills and the intercultural management skills that are required to drive your business agenda. You will also be able to develop your own business research project – an excellent way to develop in depth knowledge of businesses – and a genuine addition to your CV. Throughout your studies you will work with Dundee Business School academics that bring their expertise in business, industry and intercultural management straight into the class room.

Dundee Business School tutors are committed to providing you with an engaging and challenging experience. You will develop your graduate skills and in-depth understanding of contemporary management issues through business simulations, team work, projects, and problem solving scenarios. Lectures, tutorials and seminars will present you with the challenges of today’s business world – and with the knowledge required to understand and direct these.

How you are assessed A wide range of assessment methods, designed to practise the skills you need in business are used throughout all years of the course. These include class tests and examinations, presentations, group work, problem solving exercises and case studies, and practical exercises. If you undertake a project in the Honours year of the course, this will give you a further opportunity to develop your critical, analytical and research skills.

Your Future As a graduate of the International Management course you will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the international business domain. Yes, you will still need the practice and the real life experience, but our graduates tell us that what they study ‘clicks’ with reality. You will have developed an international mindset, and the skills and attitude it takes to operate with success across different cultures, societies and ways of doing business.

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Key information

LLB (Hons)

Law

We designed our LLB (Hons) degree around two central themes – the first was to ensure that we develop the potential of all our students by focusing on employability skills as well as law. From your first term to your last you make presentations, draft legal documents, and

UCAS code Course length engage in negotiations and mock court cases. Secondly, we emphasise the pervasive European influence in our legal system– EU integration is now the most important source of new laws. Our small class sizes and highly committed team mean that we really get to know our students.

M114 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBBB or BBBCC; A Level BCC; ILC (H) BBBB; UCAS Tariff 240-280 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: A level English at Grade C or above and a pass in GCSE Maths at Grade C or above; or Higher English and Standard Grade Maths level 1 or 2; or ILC English at Honours level (Grade B) and Maths at Ordinary Level Want to know more? Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BA (Hons) European Business Law

Key features • Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland, satisfying the requirements for their foundation specification enabling you to take the next steps to becoming a Scottish solicitor • Accredited by the Faculty of Advocates

What you study

How you are assessed

• Innovative teaching of legal skills

The Scottish legal system and the main building blocks of Scots law are covered in the first two stages of the degree. You will also study complementary subjects such as economics, forensic science or criminology which helps you develop a view of the contexts in which law operates. In years 3 and 4 the degree offers specialist options in European law and areas such as Intellectual Property law, Information Technology law or Investor Protection law. In year 3 you will have the opportunity to study at one of our partner institutions in Europe – a great experience and something that will make your CV stand out!

We use exams, courseworks, presentations and a range of practical oral and written assessments which will develop your ability to present sophisticated arguments and complex information in a persuasive way which is appropriate for the intended audience. This blended approach to assessment recognises individual strengths and allows development of confidence and new skills.

• Opportunity to study abroad

You will also use our mock court facility for presentations, debates, client interviews and ‘mooting’ exercises where you present legal arguments.

How you learn We recognise that our students have different learning styles, different skills and a wide range of strengths and weaknesses when they start their studies. Our aim is to ensure that we nurture in all our students knowledge and understanding of the subjects studied together with the research and employability skills needed for a world of constant change. So you will learn in a variety of settings including interactive lectures, tutorials, drafting in computer labs, oral presentations, and in group exercises such as negotiations.

• Abertay was rated the best modern Scottish University for law in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise

Your future A law degree equips you with a wide range of employability skills. Our graduates enjoy a variety of careers. After studying part-time for our degree one graduate went on to become Scottish trainee of the year and is now working with a large well respected firm. Another, originally from Germany, is now a criminal defence solicitor, a career she always dreamt of. Others go on to use their law degrees in allied areas such as the court service, the police and the civil service or work in law centres or advice bureaux. Graduates have found careers in banks, in financial services and journalism. Others have chosen careers as legal academics, and some have used their legal knowledge to assist them in setting up their own businesses.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons) N201

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

60

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English)

Management Effective managers are essential to an organisation’s success. They must be able to interpret the environment, recognise opportunities and manage risks, and develop resources and capabilities to achieve ambitious goals. An effective manager must also understand how people work and interact, how conflicts may arise, and how employees’ aspirations match those of the organisation. Excellent interpersonal, communication and technical skills are therefore

as important for successful management as a solid understanding of the organisation, its stakeholders, its environment and its societal responsibilities. Our Management course is designed to prepare students for this challenging and exciting role and enable you to develop the capabilities and confidence to operate successfully at senior levels in a global environment.

Advanced entry (Year 2) A Level CCC; Advanced Higher CCC; UCAS Tariff 240 points *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English) HND Entry Applicants with an HND or equivalent in a relevant subject will be considered for entry with advanced standing, and are invited to contact us to discuss their options. Want to know more? Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk

Key Features • Develop detailed knowledge of the challenges and roles of management • Gain a comprehensive understanding of key factors in the contemporary management context • Focused development of core management skills and approaches • Opportunities to develop substantial knowledge of the functions, sectors and challenges of management in particular contexts

What you study

How you learn

In year 1 you will study a wide range of subjects such as business management, economics, finance, marketing and IT. You will also be introduced to the world of business through the use of an interactive business simulation.

Dundee Business School tutors are committed to providing you with an engaging and challenging experience. You will develop your graduate skills and in-depth understanding of contemporary management issues through business simulations, team work, projects, and problem solving scenarios. Lectures, tutorials and seminars will present you with the challenges of today’s business world – and with the knowledge required to understand and direct these.

In year 2 you will study core management knowledge and skills (a detailed understanding of the global economic context and of the key features of effective management, plus essential presentation and job market skills). In year 3 you will study leadership and management (management roles and responsibilities, and their contributions to organisational performance) which support your chosen degree. In year 4 you will select options that particularly interest you. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own business research project – an excellent way to develop in depth knowledge of businesses – and a genuine addition to your CV. Throughout your studies you will work with Dundee Business School academics that bring their expertise in business and industry straight into the classroom.

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How you are assessed A wide range of assessment methods, designed to practise the skills you need in business are used throughout all years of the programme. These include class tests and examinations, presentations, group work, problem solving exercises and case studies. If you undertake a project in the Honours year of the course, this will give you a further opportunity to develop your critical, analytical and research skills.

Your Future Our graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in management positions in the business and public sectors, in non-profit organisations and in a range of consultancy roles, either in general management roles, or in the more specialised area they have chosen.


BA (Hons)

Marketing and Business This exciting course is contemporary and designed to develop marketing graduates with a keen eye for innovation and business opportunities. The course offers a great opportunity to study areas of marketing specific to the marketing function in organisations,

for instance sales management, as well as contemporary techniques in marketing practice such as direct and database marketing, consumer profiling and electronic marketing. Direct contact with practitioners and industry is central to the course team’s philosophy.

Key information UCAS code Course length

NN15 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

95

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English) Advanced entry (Year 2) Advanced Higher CCC; A Level CCC; UCAS Tariff 240 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: literate subject (e.g. English) Want to know more? Contact: Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk Related courses

What you study

How you learn

The emphasis in years one and two is on the development of knowledge and understanding of core principles and concepts of marketing, and the development of fundamental understanding of its business context and relevance. In year three, you will focus more specifically on management challenges in marketing and in other business areas, and in year four on issues directly related to aspects of the management of marketing strategy, and activity in complex organisations in the context of global competition. In year four, you will also undertake a course of study that reflects your particular interests and strengths by selecting a set of additional options drawn from the areas representing management roles and functions, including human and information resources management, corporate strategy, law, services management. You will develop your specialist knowledge and understanding of marketing in a marketing research project.

Throughout the course the practical nature of tutorials and assessments is emphasised, and students clearly enjoy the University’s exciting teaching and learning facilities.

Our marketing experts bring their direct industry experience, from consultancy and research, to the class room and are known for their innovation in teaching and learning.

Learning takes place in a supportive environment: “The size of the institution allows for more faceto-face time with lecturers, which not only guarantees a great University experience but also provides a student with all the help they could possibly need.” Patrick, Germany In year one and two, lectures will help you develop your knowledge of the various subjects you take and your understanding of how they work in the real world of business. In years 3 and 4 you will have more opportunity to direct your own studies, developing your own interests within subject areas, and you will develop the skills of independent research and problem solving needed to deal with a whole range of issues facing today’s managers.

How you are assessed A variety of assessment methods are used on this course. Coursework tasks are at first individual, with group assessments being used in some modules in the third and final years. In addition, you will be asked to undertake class tests, problem solving exercises, case studies, reports and presentations. The Honours level marketing research project will give you a further opportunity to develop your critical, analytical and research skills.

Your future Graduates who have specialised in marketing at Abertay have gone on to successful careers in all areas of marketing which include Marketing Managers, Marketing Researchers and Service providers in a variety of organisations. The blend of skills and knowledge and the practical engagement throughout the course prepares you for careers with key corporate players in the UK and abroad.

BA (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing

Key Features • Combines specialist marketing knowledge and practice with the study of business • Opportunity to work on live business and marketing projects • Engagement with industry through guest speakers, projects and industry visits • Career opportunities in the service and marketing sectors and business in general

“We got to present in White Space, this felt like we were really pitching our ideas to a boardroom and we got feedback on our ideas from people who were not involved in the module.” Laura, UK

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Key information UCAS code

BA (Hons) LL36

Course length

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

30

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject (e.g. History)

Media, Culture & Society The BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Society degree examines media, popular culture and wider social and political changes in society. The course encourages students to develop an in-depth sociological understanding of the way in which social, political and cultural forces influence the way we see society. The course allows you

to address a range of questions: How are news stories constructed? What is the relationship between culture and nationhood? Why should we consider the politics of popular culture? This course provides you with a unique opportunity to study the multi-dimensional relationships between society, culture and the media industry.

What you study

How you are assessed

You will be introduced to the central sociological issues in understanding and researching media, culture and society. At later levels you develop a deeper sociological understanding of crucial cultural and media phenomena, addressing a range of contemporary social and cultural questions.

Through examinations, essays, project work, group presentations and a final year dissertation on a subject you choose.

Want to know more? Course Tutor: Hazel Work Admissions Tutor: Jason Annetts t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science BA (Hons) Criminological Studies BSc (Hons) Sociology BA (Hons) Social Science

Key features • Combines sociology, cultural and media studies • Introduces you to the central sociological issues in understanding and researching media, culture and society • Develops critical thinking skills

“The course itself is fantastic for anyone interested in how society works, especially in relation to the media and its influences. The programme covers a huge range of topics which can be theoretically and practically applied in any field of the media or sociology”.

Katie,

Dundee

“My degree has helped me in my life a great deal. The degree partly focused on the ability to critically analyse different authors. I think this has been the most useful part in terms of helping with my career. I can look at things from different angles and still form meaningful conclusions”. Angie, Dundee. You will study: • Sociology to understand how society functions • Media analysis of news, films and other cultural products • Power, inequality and representation • Social theory and research methods

How you learn Lectures provide you with the framework for further study through reading and tutorial sessions. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning but the programme also emphasises the benefits of group work and learning from your peers on the course. The course draws from a range of disciplines and as such, it enables students to address and research a wide range of topic areas; from the representation of Edinburgh in the works of Ian Rankin to a critical sociological analysis of meat consumption in modern societies.

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The programme combines an innovative range of assessment methods so that you can develop a continuum of skills from independent learning through to group collaboration with others. Assessments gradually build-up your writing and analytical skills, culminating in the supervised Honours dissertation. The development of such skills allows you to be more prepared for the world of work.

Your future The course also gives you the foundation you need to pursue careers in research, journalism and public relations. For example, Jane a former student from Perth completed a postgraduate diploma in Community Learning and Development and now works for Perth Council as a community worker after spending time as a volunteer in India. In a society where an understanding of culture and communication is of central importance, this course develops the flexible skills that employers increasingly require. As the course draws from a range of academic disciplines, it provides you with an excellent critical base for understanding how communications, media and cultural change shape daily life. This means that the degree provides you with the skills to pursue a wide range of career paths. Many of our former students have gone on to be teachers, social workers and community education workers.


BSc (Hons)

Medical Biotechnology If you hold an ordinary degree in Medical Biotechnology (or equivalent) and are interested in the ever-expanding role of cutting-edge bioscience technologies in medicine, and are looking for an exciting career in the burgeoning biotechnology industry, in the ever-expanding healthcare sector, in medical research or in any situation where an advanced understanding of

the scientific basis of disease is important, then this may be the course for you. Our Medical Biotechnology course comprises a set of highly exciting, fast paced disciplines that facilitate deep understanding of the relationship between humans and the maintenance of their health in the context of modern science and technology.

Key information UCAS code Course length

C9B9 1 Year (full-time)

Places available

30

Typical Entrance Requirements Direct entry to Year 4 only: ordinary degree in Medical Biotechnology (or equivalent) Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Dr Sean Brown t: +44 (0) 1382 308180 e: S.Brown3@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Biotechnology BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

Key features • One year Honours degree top-up course • Articulates with BSc Medical Biotechnology or a range of equivalent courses • Provides advanced coverage of biomedical topics • Includes a substantial student-led research project

What you study

How you are assessed

The Medical Biotechnology course is based upon the application of cutting-edge present and future biological science and technology to the solution of contemporary medical and medically-related problems. This course has a strong research emphasis. The focused curriculum plus the academic research associated with your final year Honours project will equip you to offer strong relevant skills to prospective employers. You will study in depth the biology of health, disease and medicine. Specific subjects covered will include genome structure & function, molecular genetics of human disease, cardiovascular & respiratory health & disease, and advanced medical microbiology. You will also study project management, ethics and health & safety and undertake a substantive research project.

Assessment is carried out via a combination of coursework assignments, practical reports, class tests and examinations. Additionally, your practical performance in the project will be assessed, as will be your project report.

Your future The course is relevant to many career areas including scientific or technical laboratory work in private medical or science laboratories; in other biology careers such as school teaching; and as a basis for further study (MSc or PhD). Alternatively, the generic skills gained during study on the course are likely to prove useful in diverse advanced areas such as the management and administration of science.

How you learn A wide variety of teaching methods are used. You will participate in around 20 hours of lectures, tutorials and practicals per week during Semester 1, and spend a comparable amount of time on personal study and preparing for assessments. During Semester 2, the majority of your time will be spent on a self-directed research project. This will involve extensive practical work, theoretical work (reading and planning) and the construction of a substantive Honours project report (thesis).

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BA (Hons) CL85

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

50

Typical Entrance Requirements

Mental Health & Counselling Here at the Tayside Institute of Health Studies at Abertay we take pride in developing graduate training that prepares graduates to work in a

variety of health and social care settings. We do this by blending university study on campus with placements in the wider community.

What you study

How you are assessed

The course includes modules on mental health, counselling skills, research, psychology and health studies. You are introduced to a broad range of perspectives on mental health and counselling, and learn approaches that are based on the evidence, and that also draw on the perspectives of people who have (or have had) mental health problems. An important element of the course is work placement. Please note that students entering year 3 will have to provide the appropriate criminal records check documentation before being eligible to undertake a placement, which is a core module.

Assessment on this course is carried out via a combination of means including coursework, exam and work placement report. A broad range of coursework assessment is used throughout, including essays, exams, poster presentations, reports, portfolios, and class tests.

Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject (eg History) Criminal record check required √ Want to know more? Course Tutor: Rosie Stenhouse Admissions Tutor: Ms Mhairi Thurston t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: health@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Psychology

Key features • Emphasis on developing competence in use of counselling skills • Sound grounding in mental health issues • Mental health service users actively engaged in the delivery of the course • Work-based learning component • Opportunity to work towards COSCA (in Scotland) accredited Certificate in Counselling Skills

How you learn A variety of teaching methods is used to develop your knowledge and skills. Teaching is focused around a lecture programme supported by tutorials, practical exercises, case studies and seminars. A strong collaborative input from specialised health areas at Abertay including a variety of health professional backgrounds helps to provide a multi-disciplinary, collaborative experience of health and teamwork. Typically you spend around 12 hours per week attending classes and would be expected to undertake approximately 20 hours/week of private study. In year 4, the Honours project is your opportunity to develop your understanding of how research can be used to inform practice. For many employers this is a key skill.

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Your future Career opportunities are available in the NHS, social care sectors, voluntary organisations and education. The course may also provide a platform for further education and vocations within allied health professions and employment within community-based practice. Although this course provides the opportunity to work towards the COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) accredited Certificate in Counselling Skills, the course is not intended to provide counsellor training. However, successful completion of the course means that you will have the qualifications required to apply for our post graduate counselling training programme. Your programme of study is designed to help you demonstrate to employers your comprehensive and independent understanding of counselling and to show an appreciation of its richness using principles exceptions and examples.


BSc (Hons)

Mental Health Nursing Mental Health Nursing is combines University based study with practice based clinical placement. With over 30 years of expertise in delivering nurse education Abertay prides itself on giving a highly relevant education and training. The University has an established reputation for research in mental health and counselling, which will inform your learning experience on campus.

Clinical practice extends across the summer period. Students travel across both Tayside and Fife when on placement, although every effort is made to find placements near your term-time address. In clinical practice, you are supported by a practice mentor and clinical staff from the University.

Key information UCAS code Course length

B760 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

25

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject (eg History), and a science subject Applicants with non-standard qualifications should contact the admissions tutor for advice. Additional requirements: In addition to the entrance requirements of the University, candidates must satisfy the requirements of the professional body for Nursing. The minimum entry requirements for numeracy and literacy are GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English; SQA Standard Grades 1-3 or equivalent. Criminal record check required √ Health screening required √ Interview required √ Want to know more?

What you study

How you learn

The core areas for study are around the domains of professional and ethical practice, care delivery, care management and personal and professional development. Subject specialists in nursing, public health, counselling, psychology, physiology, computer sciences and research teach into the course. This provides you with experience of multi-professional, collaborative health care and teamwork.

Our aim is for you to develop the knowledge and expertise required for work in the ever-changing healthcare environment. As such, we will help you develop critical thinking, team working and problem solving abilities along with practical clinical skills.

Year 1 is a common foundation programme, which offers a basic introduction to health and nursing. Years 2 and 3 focus on the development of specific mental health nursing therapeutic interventions. In year 3 you may have the option to arrange an elective clinical placement in the UK or abroad. The 4th year, is available in both full and part-time mode. Students can also opt to do an optional mental health placement module. You will be able to take advantage of our stateof-the art library and information technology facilities, as well as the knowledge and expertise of subject specialists. During clinical placement, you will work alongside healthcare professionals in a range of settings, gaining experience of working with individuals, their families and carers

During the theoretical part of the course, you will typically spend around 18 hours per week attending classes in the University and will undertake approximately 20 hours of private study. The practice component of the couse is made up of over 60 weeks of clinical practice, based on a 37.5-hour working week.

How you are assessed Assessment involves a variety of strategies including clinical assessment, essays, case studies, examinations and class tests. These are designed to assess clinical competence and theoretical understanding as it develops across the course. These assessments encourage you to think and inquire in a way that demonstrates independence and comprehensive understanding of key issues.

Admissions Tutor: Mrs Ann Grodzicka Course Tutor: Dr Rosie Stenhouse t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Nursing

Key Features • Mental health service user involvement • Multidisciplinary teaching team • Embedded counselling skills certificate • Gain both a degree and a professional qualification

Your future Mental Health Nursing graduates go on to work in a range of settings including the NHS, the private and voluntary sectors. Career opportunities for graduate nurses include clinical practice, teaching, research and management. The University also offers opportunities for students to go on to study at both masters and doctoral levels.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) B700

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

55

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject (eg History), and a science subject

Nursing With over 30 year experience training Nurses, Abertay is an ideal place to start your career in Adult Nursing. The University has an established national and international reputation for research in health-related areas, such as counselling and biomedically-related health sciences, which will inform your learning experience. Allied to

this your training involves placements in clinical practice to hone your front-line skills. Our aim is for you to develop the knowledge and expertise required for work in the ever-changing healthcare environment. As such, we will help you develop critical thinking, team working and problem solving abilities along with practical clinical skills.

What you study

How you learn

The core areas for study are around the domains of professional and ethical practice, care delivery, care management and personal and professional development. Subject specialists in nursing, public health, counselling, psychology, physiology, computer sciences and research teach into the course. This provides you with experience of multi-professional, collaborative health care and teamwork. Year 1 is a common foundation programme, which offers a basic introduction to health and nursing. Years 2 and 3 focus on the development of adult nursing specific knowledge and skills. In year 3 you may have the option to arrange an elective clinical placement in the UK or abroad.

During the theoretical part of the course, you will typically spend around 18 hours per week attending classes in the University and will undertake approximately 20 hours of private study.

Additional requirements: In addition to the entrance requirements of the University, candidates must satisfy the requirements of the professional body for Nursing. The minimum entry requirements for numeracy and literacy are GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English; SQA Standard Grades 1-3 or equivalent. For candidates who do not have English as their first language, an IELTS of 7 in all elements is required. Applicants with non-standard qualifications should contact the admissions tutor for advice. Criminal record check required √ Health screening required √ Interview required √ Want to know more? Course & Admissions Tutor: Mrs. Ann Grodzicka t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: nursing@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing BA (Hons) Mental Health & Counselling

Key Features • Gain both a degree and a professional qualification as an Adult Nurse • Course divided equally between University study and clinical practice • Opportunity for an elective placement in the UK or overseas at year 3 • Opportunity to follow community health pathway at Honours level

You will be able to take advantage of our stateof-the art library and information technology facilities, as well as the knowledge and expertise of subject specialists. The Honours year, is available in both full and parttime mode with an option to follow community health oriented modules, leading to the exit award of BSc (Hons) Nursing (Community Health). During clinical placement, you will work alongside healthcare professionals in a range of settings, gaining experience of working with individuals, their families and carers.

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The practice component of the course is made up of over 60 weeks of clinical practice, based on a 37.5-hour working week. Clinical practice extends across the summer period. Students travel across both Tayside and Fife when on placement to gain experience in a range of practice settings. In clinical practice, you will be supported by a practice mentor and clinical staff from the University.

How you are assessed Assessment involves a variety of strategies including clinical assessment, essays, case studies, examinations and class tests. These are designed to assess clinical competence and theoretical understanding as it develops across the course.

Your future Career opportunities for graduate nurses include clinical practice, teaching, research and management. These opportunities are available in a range of settings, including, the NHS, the private and voluntary sectors. The University also offers opportunities for study at both masters and doctoral levels.


BSc

Performance Golf BSc Performance Golf aims to provide students who have successfully completed the HND Professional Golf with the opportunity to pursue degree level study. You will extend your learning in the areas of performance analysis, sport psychology, coaching pedagogy, and motor

control. The theoretical elements of these subjects will be contextualised to golf in small group discussions and practical sessions. In light of the growing number of Director of Golf positions you will also have the option to study modules relating to business and management.

Key information UCAS code Course length

XC16 1 Year (full-time)

Places available

20

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher National Diploma in Professional Golf or evidence of equivalence in readiness to undertake a course of studies at this level (for example relevant work experience, a degree, relevant HN qualification, or professional training). Want to know more? Course Tutor: Dr Ross Lorimer Admissions Tutor: Dr Luis Calmeiro t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: sports@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

Key features What you study

How you are assessed

• Builds upon HND curriculum

During the course you will study modules in relation to performance analysis, motor control and skill acquisition, sports psychology and coaching pedagogy. This will be contextualised to the golf setting in respect of improving performance or being able to analyse and provide feedback to a golfer regarding aspects of their technique.

The course involves a range of assessment strategies including: examinations, essays, reflective accounts, group projects, individual projects, case studies, presentations, and the planning and delivery of events. Most modules employ at least two of these methods. Each assessment will be contextualized to the appropriate golf setting, giving students practical knowledge and solutions to those problems they are most likely to face in their future career roles.

• Develops skills in coaching and sports science, contextualised to golf

You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules which deal with: marketing, finance, service management or managing golf facilities. Throughout the course you will study a module that considers contemporary issues in the golf industry – this will not only allow you to apply theory to practice but also to consider wider issues relating to golf.

How you learn The course combines a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group seminars, laboratory practicals, activity based practicals and private study. Classroom activities will enable you to develop the ability to work in teams, engage in problem solving, and share experiences and knowledge in a non-threatening learning environment. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate information and challenge ideas and concepts using scientifically-based information. The course is delivered partly at the University and partly at Elmwood College to allow access to scientific equipment and laboratories as well as Elmwood’s golf facility.

• Offers a balance of practical and theoretical content • Provides the option of studying business/management modules

Your future There is estimated in Scotland to be half a million people regularly playing golf, with 60 million players world wide. In Scotland there has been a 20% increase in the last decade while in other parts of the world, such as Asia the growth rate, is as much as 15% per year. The phenomenal growth of this industry has created the need for individuals with a skill-set and knowledge-base to respond to this. A recognised qualification from the Higher Education sector, the BSc Performance Golf provides students with a sound knowledge of coaching and the relevant sport science practices, placing the graduates of this course in a strong position to gain employment as teaching professionals and in managerial positions within the golf industry both in the UK and internationally. In particular the range of options available is suitable for those whose career aspirations include Director of Golf Positions.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) L435

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

50

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBCC; A Level CCD; ILC (H) BBCC; UCAS Tariff 220 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: an appropriate science (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics) Applicants with non-standard qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Policing and Security Our Policing and Security course is designed to give you an insight into modern policing and security. It will equip you with a background in the essential related areas of forensic science, scenes of crime, law, organisational

management, psychology of crime, criminology and sociology. The course is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, and staff from the all of the University’s Schools teach on the course.

What you study

How you are assessed

In year one, you will be introduced to forensic science, psychology and sociology as a foundation for later levels and aspects of crime, society, historic and modern policing and the security industry are also studied. In year two, you will learn how to approach and process the scene of a crime; and acquire more knowledge of the psychopathology of crime, the organisation, management and operation of the police; and how the security industry and the law operate.

Assessment for this course is carried out using a variety of methods including coursework assignments, class tests, practical exercises, presentations and closed book examinations. A range of methods is used including short answer tests, problem solving exercises, formal reports (oral, written, posters) and laboratory assignments. In all years of the course formal examinations are a feature in many modules.

Advanced entry (Year 2) Advanced entry is possible for applicants with suitable subjects at Advanced Higher or A level and who offer around 300 UCAS points (eg BBB at Advanced Higher or BBB at A level) or a relevant Higher National Certificate. Each application will be considered on its own merits. If you would like us to consider you for advanced entry then please contact the admissions tutor in the first instance to discuss you qualifications. Want to know more? Programme tutor: Dr Keith Sturrock t: +44 (0) 1382 308180 e: k.sturrock@abertay.ac.uk

Key features • Designed in conjunction with industry experts from both police and security services • Extensive use of bespoke crime scene facilities • Taught by forensic science, criminology, management and law practitioners • Opportunities to interact with police and security industries

Year three focuses on the social influences of crime; the specialised agencies tasked with the investigation and prevention of crime; how the modern police force responds, particularly to the rise in computer based crime and corporate crime; and the security challenges facing private businesses and how they react to them. In the fourth or Honours year you will study current aspects of policing and examine how major incidents and events have been prepared for, responded to and dealt with by the police and security agencies. There will be an opportunity to carry out a large piece of individual research in a relevant area of policing and/or security.

How you learn The course combines a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals and private study. There will be input from police and security professionals at all levels of the course. The Honours dissertation/project is an opportunity to capitalise on the enquiry-based and problem solving skills developed throughout the course. Additionally, the design and execution of an individual research project will enhance your skills in planning, data gathering and analysis, report writing and communication. There may be opportunities to interact with SIPR (the Scottish Institute for Policing Research) at the University and elsewhere in Scotland and Abertay can also offer opportunities in forensic sciences research.

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Your future Many graduates from this course will seek careers in the police and security forces in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities for graduates may also exist in areas such as the prison service and scenes of crime investigation. The generic skills developed on this course – analytical skills, report writing, team working, initiative, etc. will be very relevant to employment in a wide range of careers. Although this course has been designed to provide an understanding and appreciation of the requirements of the modern police force and related security industries it cannot guarantee entry into any such position as this is determined by the individual and the needs of the potential employer.


Key information

BSc (Hons)

Psychology Psychology, the scientific study of mind, brain and behaviour, explores a wide range of mental processes including emotions, attitudes, growing up and ageing, remembering and learning. The course covers normal behaviour and also abnormal behaviour, such as mood problems, drug use and crime, as well as mental or neurological disorders (e.g. depression,

UCAS code Course length schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease), or developmental disorders (e.g. autism). You will learn how to design your own Psychology experiments and analyse a variety of data. Why choose Abertay? Abertay was rated best modern university in Scotland for research in psychology in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

C800 4 Years (full-time)

Places available

60

Typical entrance requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject (e.g. History) Advanced Entry (Year 2) A Level: BB including Psychology, or CCC including Psychology; HND Social Sciences or equivalent. Want to know more? Course Tutor: Dr Clare Cunningham Admissions tutor: Dr Fiona McConnochie t: +44 (0) 1382 308591 e: psychology@abertay.ac.uk

What you study

How you are assessed

Related courses

The course offers a comprehensive selection of topics on human behaviour. The core areas follow the curriculum set out by the British Psychological Society. These include:

Your degree incorporates a wide range of assessment styles over the course. As well as formal examinations using seen and unseen papers, you also have class tests, essays, laboratory reports, poster presentations and oral presentations. In your final honours year you undertake a large research project that allows you to use the research skills you have perfected over the three years.

BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychobiology BA (Hons) Social Science BSc (Hons) Sociology BSc (Hons) Sport and Psychology

• Biological psychology (how the brain works and how we treat mental disorders) • Cognitive psychology (how we remember, learn, perceive and understand) • Developmental psychology (how humans develop mentally, socially and physically) • Social psychology (how the social context affects human behaviour and experience) • Personality and individual differences (why some people are more introverted than others; how we measure intelligence) • Research methods (experimental design; data collection using experiments, surveys, observation; data analysis) • Conceptual and historical issues in psychology Further specialist options are offered in third and fourth year, such as psychology in education and health, forensic psychology, animal psychology, sports psychology, evolutionary psychology, workplace psychology, psychology of language, face recognition, applied psychology, clinical psychology and psychopharmacology.

How you learn A variety of teaching methods are used, including lectures, seminars and practicals, supported by electronic resources. The first two years cover introductory modules to psychology and sociology. As your study skills and confidence increase you will find yourself independently researching material for coursework, teamwork and personal reflection. Typically, you will be in class for 1215 hours per week, with approximately 20–25 hours independent study. You will develop an understanding of subjects and the practical relevance of psychology. In third and fourth year, you will study core modules and choose specialist options.

Your future A British Psychological Society accredited psychology degree conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership is essential for becoming a professional psychologist (working, for example, in clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational and sport psychology). Occupations for which a psychology degree will provide a good basis, often following additional postgraduate training, include primary or secondary school teacher, lecturer, social worker, personnel officer, market research executive, social researcher, psychotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and drug rehabilitation worker. Psychology graduates have transferable skills, which are in high demand in the general graduate job market, such as numeracy, statistics and information technology skills, communication skills and analytical thinking.

Key features • Professionally accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided Second Class Honours is obtained) • Opportunities to acquire a range of transferable skills that are in high demand in the job market • Active engagement with psychology research through research-active staff and links with professional psychologists in the region (e.g. Clinical Psychologists) • Abertay was rated best modern university in Scotland for research in psychology in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008

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Key information UCAS code Course length

DipHE LL34

2 Years (full-time)

Places available

30

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BC; A Level C; ILC (H) BB; UCAS Tariff 108 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: None Want to know more?

Social & Health Science Our Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) Social & Health Science offers an alternative route of entry to a wide range of named degree courses within our School of Social & Health Sciences. At present, the following courses may be shadowed via this route:

BA (Hons) Mental Health & Counselling

BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science

BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Nutrition

BA (Hons) Criminological Studies

BA (Hons) Sport & Management

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychobiology

BSc (Hons) Sport & Psychology

BSc (Hons) Psychology BA (Hons) Social Science BSc (Hons) Sociology BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise

BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Society

Course Tutor: Dr Vera Kempe t: +44 (0) 1382 308586 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk Admissions Tutor: Dr Fiona McConnochie t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 f: +44 (0) 1382 308749 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science BA (Hons) Criminological Studies BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychobiology BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Society BA (Hons) Mental Health & Counselling BSc (Hons) Psychology BA (Hons) Social Science BSc (Hons) Sociology BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Nutrition BA (Hons) Sport & Management BSc (Hons) Sport & Psychology

Key features • Allows those with non-standard qualifications to access higher education • Provides progression to the later years of a range of degree courses • Most flexible way of studying in Social and Health Sciences

What you study

How you are assessed

The content of the first and second year of study consists of a range of modules as specified within the course structure of the degree being shadowed from the choices listed above. Some of the above course structures consist of all core modules (ie compulsory modules) and others include some optional modules. Details of the specific content studied can be found in the relevant degree course information.

Modules are assessed using a range of assignments, class tests and examinations scheduled at various times during the teaching semesters. These are designed to focus on key issues and to provide you with feedback on your progress. There is considerable flexibility and students may demonstrate their success in a variety of ways. All of your modules will also be taken by students studying for the degree courses, providing you with an opportunity to consider whether degree level study is for you.

How you learn You will study four modules each semester. In some modules lectures and tutorials will be used to present information and allow you to develop your ideas. Other modules eg research methods will integrate the delivery of new material with laboratory work so you can immediately try things out and explore these ideas. In all cases there will be supporting information available online so that you can continue to study topics outside class hours. In addition to classes and assignments, your main source of learning will come from sharing and discussing ideas with your fellow students.

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Your future Our courses are designed to create highly skilled workers, able to work not just within a field, but both independently and collaboratively across disciplines and sectors. Although career opportunities exist for Diploma students, the majority of employment opportunities are targeted at graduates. Our diploma courses have been designed with this in mind. On successful completion of the DipHE course, students may enter year three of the course they have shadowed over the proceeding two years. Generally there is more choice in the third year and students may be able to tailor their studies in preparation for employment in their chosen field.


BA (Hons)

Social Science/ Social Science with (subject) This course offers the opportunity to study a range of subjects including Economics, Health Management, Psychology, Sociology and Sport; thereby offering a broader scope than many conventional social science programmes. You will develop your ability to think in different ways and acquire valuable intellectual skills, preparing you for working in our ever changing, knowledge

based economy. It also contributes to you becoming an active and informed citizen in our increasingly complex, technologically-based society. Overall, studying at Abertay offers a stimulating cross-disciplinary higher education experience that will help you understand the nature of our globalised world.

“I applied to do a degree in Social Science as I didn’t want to concentrate on just one subject. Abertay gave me this opportunity as well as the choice in what areas to study.” Suzanne, Glamorgan, Wales, BA (Hons) Social Science with Psychology How you are assessed

The programme offers a broad range of social science subjects which you will be introduced to in the initial years of your studies. Building on these introductory years you have the choice of specialist option modules from six social science subject areas. These are:

Assessments include essays, presentations, selfevaluation exercises, practical reports, multiple choice examinations and written examinations. Modules vary from 100% coursework to 50% coursework and 50% examination. This mix of assessment methods helps you develop a variety of intellectual and practical skills such as confidence in being able to put forward a position based on evidence, or being able to discuss and promote ideas within a group.

• Health • Sociology

• Management • Sport

What our students say about why they applied: “I chose Social Science because I had always been interested in the world we live in. I didn’t want to simply ‘exist’ in a world that I didn’t understand. I wanted to play an active role in finding out how the fabric of society is made up, why as individuals we do the things we do and how we have got to the point we are at today and where it seems we are headed.” Kimberly, North Ayrshire, Scotland, BA (Hons) Social Science

How you learn The course uses a variety of teaching methods, including lecturers, practical classes, seminars and tutorials, as well as electronic support materials. An important aspect of your learning is the development of graduate attributes such as having confidence in your thinking and being able to work in teams with others. These are fostered through active learning techniques. You will typically be in class for approximately 12-15 hours per week and will work independently for approximately 20-25 hours per week. These activities are designed to help you identify and breach the current boundaries of different fields and knowledge expertise.

UCAS code Course length

L300 4 years (full-time)

Places available

60

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject (e.g. History) Advanced entry (year 2) A Level CCC (Economics, Psychology and Sociology); a relevant HNC Advanced entry (year 3) A relevant HND or period of study in a European Union higher education institution. Want to know more?

What you study

• Economics • Psychology

Key information

Course Tutor: Dr James Moir Admissions Tutor: Dr Jason Annetts t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science BSc (Hons) Psychology BSc (Hons) Sociology DipHE Social & Health Studies

Your future

Key features

This course prepares graduates for people oriented – jobs that require an understanding of how people think and act, and have levels of interaction with others. Graduates have successfully gone into such diverse fields such as social work, community education, teaching, care services, the police service and public relations work.

• Opportunity to study human behaviour and action from different disciplinary vantage points thereby enhancing your understanding

“I chose to study the BA (Hons) Social Science at Abertay University because I realised how dynamic the course is. It has allowed me to have a combination of subjects required for teacher training to be a modern studies teacher.” Louise, Fife, Scotland, BA (Hons) Social Science with Sociology We are proud of our Social Science graduates who leave us with the ability to ask more questions than when they began. Our aim is not simply to produce graduates who ‘know’ the world but who can interrogate ideas and generate creative and novel ways of dealing with issues and problems.

• Wide range of subject-based option modules, allowing you to construct a degree that reflects your subject interests • Opportunity to specialise in one of the social science subject areas in order to graduate with a named award of BA (Hons) Social Science with (subject) • Advanced entry for relevant HNC/HND holders and EU students on related higher education courses.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) L301

4 Years (full-time)

Places available

70

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level CC; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject.

Sociology Sociology is the study of how people think, act and organise themselves in society. Through each year of this degree you will progressively build an understanding of theoretical frameworks and practical social research methods which can be used to analyse the formation, development and possible future of modern

society. You will develop critical reasoning skills and an ability to collect, interpret and communicate social research data. The degree incorporates modules on such diverse topics such as the media, work, nationhood, environment, ethnic identity, social movements, gender, politics, history, sexuality and crime.

What you study

How you are assessed

“It is about more than just studying. I think that studying sociology affects you deeply; if you really engage with the things you’re learning about I don’t think you can ever see the world in the same way again. I have learned to question my own and others assumptions about life, about society, and I now look much more critically at the things people want me to believe”. Georgina, Dundee

The degree utilises a range of both traditional and innovative assessment methods including formal examinations; class tests; coursework essays; laboratory reports; reflective diaries; group work presentations and individual oral presentations.

Want to know more? Programme Tutor: Dr Wallace McNeish t: +44(0) 1382 308742 e: w.mcneish@abertay.ac.uk Admissions Tutor: Dr Jason Annetts t: +44(0) 1382 308700 e: sociology@abertay.ac.uk

Key features • Flexible multi-faceted programme of study • Offers critical understanding of the key features of the fast changing social and political world • Part-time work placement opportunities available in 4th year • Wide range of employment and professional training prospects upon completion

You will study: • Social research methods and sociological theories • Power, politics and resistance; social problems, inequality and globalisation

“I managed to get a job with the Community Education department and now work with socially excluded young people and I think that my sociology degree is invaluable in understanding where the difficulties that I work with come from. A lot of youth work is based on experiential learning and I think sociology is similar in that way, it’s going on all around you if you tune into it”. Roddy, Perth

• Some psychology modules in the first two years • 4th year students can apply for the Community Links module which provides locally based part-time work placements in the voluntary, public and criminal justice sectors

How you learn You will learn in a variety of ways that reflect the diverse knowledge and wide skill sets which are essential to being a successful Sociology graduate. You will be expected to attend lectures which offer an expert overview of the key aspects of each module topic and provide guidance for further independent study. You will participate in laboratory classes that encourage the development of practical research and experimentation skills; and you will take part in seminars and tutorials that give the opportunity to engage in discussion groups where presentation and communication skills are honed.

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All Sociology students are expected to undertake an Honours dissertation research project during their 4th year on a topic of their choice. The project module is a key part of your development as an independent thinker.

Your future “I think all my goals have been realised. I’ve ended up where I wanted to end up, working with young people and using my knowledge, my sociology degree and my experience in voluntary positions”. Alan, Glasgow “I’ve gone on to take a Masters degree in Human Rights; my undergraduate sociology degree from Abertay opened this door”. Kirsten, Hamburg, Germany A sociology degree provides graduates with the practical skills and necessary knowledge which many employers demand. Abertay Sociology graduates are well suited to types of employment that require a good understanding of people and society, for example, Social Research; Marketing; Teaching; Social Work; Youth & Community Work; Personnel Management; Public Relations; Journalism; Policing; Teaching (at primary, secondary and FE levels) and the Probation Service. Our degree also provides a strong foundation for further academic study at post-graduate level and the taking of professional qualifications for all the above jobs and professions.


BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise This is an exciting time for you if you are interested in the academic study of sport, coaching and physical activity. Our courses have been designed to reflect the changing nature of the employment market within the sport and exercise industry and the growth of knowledge in this sector. The course provides you with topical information, an ability to translate theory to practice in work settings and the flexibility for you to follow your own interests. In the first two years you will follow a core curriculum that provides a basis for more specialised study in the final two years. All students entering at year 1 or year 2 will be admitted to BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise.

At the end of year 2 you will choose a route leading to one of the following specific named awards:

Key information UCAS code Course length

C600 4 years (full-time)

Places available

125

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Typical Entrance Requirements

BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Health

Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: science/science related subject (not including general studies)

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching BSc (Hons) Sports Development BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning

Advanced entry (year 2) HND in an appropriate subject area; Advanced Higher CCC; A Level CCC; ILC (H) AAA Essential subjects: a science/ science related subject (not including general studies) Advanced entry (year 3)

What you study

How you learn

In the early years of the course you will study the sciences that underpin sport, namely physiology, psychology and biomechanics, as well as studying social policy, ethics and philosophy. Practical activities and work placements will enable you to contextualise theory to real life applications (this includes volunteering with the Active Schools programme) and work towards NGB or industry qualifications.

The course combines a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group seminars, practicals, and independent study. You will undertake work placements, which will form a significant part of your learning and help reinforce the important link between theory and practice. Classroom activities will enable you to develop the ability to work in teams, engage in problem solving, and share experiences and knowledge in a non-threatening learning environment. You will develop your communication skills, oral and written, which are greatly appreciated by employers.

In the later years, the pattern of study will depend on the route chosen but, as an example, students following the sports coaching pathway will study motor control, skill acquisition and development as well as developing applied aspects of the underpinning sciences. Students studying Physical Activity and Health will pursue applied aspects of the underpinning sciences but will also focus on social policy and practice. Work placements continue as a key feature of the course and you will also be expected to undertake an extended piece of individual research.

You will be encouraged to critically evaluate information and challenge ideas and concepts using scientifically-based information, as well as being encouraged to show initiative, research and construct your own knowledge, and therefore, have skills which will enable you to effect change in a working environment.

How you are assessed In first year, the course is assessed by course work alone. This includes oral presentations, essays, reports, class tests. Assessment at later years of the course varies, using a combination of examination and course work. Some modules include practical assessment and work-based assessments. This mix of assessment methods helps you develop a variety of intellectual and practical skills such as confidence in being able to put forward a position based on evidence, or being able to discuss and promote ideas within a group.

Your future Graduates in this course will be well placed to work as sports development officers, coaches, sports scientific support specialists, outdoor pursuits instructors, fitness consultants, lifestyle managers, health promotion specialists, sports administrators, teachers, lecturers, physical activity leaders, or researchers.

Entry is possible for suitably qualified and experienced applicants. All candidates for Year 3 entry will be interviewed to assess their suitability for entrance at this level. Criminal record check required √ Additional costs: small charge for some external awards e.g. NGB Awards, First Aid Certificates etc. Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Dr Luis Calmeiro t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: sports@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Nutrition BA (Hons) Sport & Management BSc (Hons) Sport & Psychology

Key features • Flexibility to follow personal interests by allowing you to make an informed decision at the end of year 2 • Extensive Work-Based Learning that will give you the opportunity to put theory into practice and gain with valuable field experience • Opportunities to gain coaching and/or industry qualifications which will further enhance your employability • Potential for combined awards with other subject areas

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) CB64

4 years (full-time)

Places available

25

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; UCAS Tariff 168 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: science/science related subject (not including general studies)

Sport and Exercise Nutrition Do you want to run a marathon faster, improve your diet, or reduce your risk of heart disease? In recent years there has been much attention paid to the role of nutrition in sport. The British Dietetic Association (BDA), the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and The Nutrition Society have collaborated to develop

the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) in recognition of the specialist nature of this area. This course will place you well to undertake the study necessary for registration and will give you an understanding of the scientific underpinnings of sport and nutrition.

What you study

How you learn

In the early years of the course you will study the sciences that underpin sport, namely physiology, psychology and biomechanics, as well as studying the science of nutrition and metabolism. You will also examine the role of diet in health, and consider public health policy initiatives designed to promote healthy eating across the lifespan. Practical activities and work placements will enable you to contextualise theory to real life applications and work towards NGB or industry qualifications.

The course combines a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group seminars, laboratory practicals, activity based practicals and private study. On average there will be four lectures, four practical sessions and four seminars each week. You will spend around 18 hours per week attending classes and in addition you will be required to undertake an average of 20 hours of private study a week.

Advanced entry (Year 2) HND in an appropriate subject area; Advanced Higher CCC; A Level CCC; ILC (H) AAA Essential subjects: a science/ science related subject (not including general studies) Advanced entry (Year 3) Entry is possible for suitably qualified and experienced applicants. All candidates for Year 3 entry will be interviewed to assess their suitability for entrance at this level. Criminal record check required √ Additional costs: small charge for some external awards e.g. NGB Awards, First Aid Certificates etc. Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Dr Luis Calmeiro t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: sports@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Physical Activity & Health BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching BSc (Hons) Sports Development BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning BSc (Hons) Sport and Psychology BA (Hons) Sport and Management

Key features • Interdisciplinary course that integrates knowledge from the sport and exercise sciences and nutritional sciences • Flexibility to follow personal interests by allowing you to take optional modules.

Classroom activities will enable you to develop the ability to work in teams, engage in problem solving, and share experiences and knowledge in a supportive learning environment. You will further develop your communication skills, oral and written, which are greatly appreciated by employers. In the later years there are specific modules dealing with sport and exercise nutrition and you will continue to study applied sport science, allowing you to not only understand the role and function of other professionals but also communicate effectively with them. Work placements continue as a key feature of the course and you will also be expected to undertake an extended piece of individual research related to sport and exercise nutrition.

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You will also be expected to undertake work placements, which will form a significant part of your learning and help reinforce the important link between theory and practice.

How you are assessed In first year, the course is assessed by course work alone. This includes oral presentations, essays, reports, class tests. Assessment at later years of the course varies, using a combination of examination and course work. Some modules include practical assessment and work-based assessments. You are encouraged to critically evaluate information and challenge ideas and concepts using scientifically-based information, as well to show initiative, research and construct your own knowledge, and therefore, have skills which will enable you to effect change in a working environment.

Your future Graduates in Sport and Exercise Nutrition will be well placed to work in the health and fitness industry, work with sports teams, health promotion, personal training, postgraduate study leading to SENr status, physical activity leaders as well as more generic graduate level positions.


BA (Hons)

Sport and Management Whether it be high performance sport at the Olympics or World Cup or the development of sport in the community, sport, exercise and physical activity are becoming increasingly important in the modern world. This degree prepares graduates for management careers in sports. It focuses on the skills required to manage

sporting facilities, including: financial, human resource, sporting expertise, marketing and service operations. The course is designed to give you an understanding of the management, social and practical skills required in the rapidly growing the sports industry.

Key Information UCAS Code Course length

CN62 4 years (full-time)

Places available

25

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; HNC Relevant subject; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: None Advanced entry (Year 2) HND in an appropriate subject area; Advanced Higher CCC; A Level CCC; ILC (H) AAA Essential subjects: None Advanced entry (Year 3) Entry is possible for suitably qualified and experienced applicants. All candidates for Year 3 entry will be interviewed to assess their suitability for entrance at this level. Additional costs: small charge for some external awards e.g. NGB Awards, First Aid Certificates etc. Want to know more? Course Tutor: Allan Taylor t: +44 (0) 1382 308948 e: a.taylor@abertay.ac.uk

What you study

How you are assessed

In the early years of the course you will study social policy, ethics and philosophy of sport, as well as the context of business and management of services, people, resources and the sporting environment. Practical activities and work placements will enable you to contextualise theory to real life applications (and work towards NGB or industry qualifications).

In first year the course is assessed mainly by coursework. In years 2, 3 & 4 assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework. Some modules include practical assessment and work-based assessments.

Work placements continue as a key feature of the course, in the later years, and you will also be expected to undertake an extended piece of individual research. In addition, you will be able to choose a number of optional modules, allowing you to follow personal interests in both management and sport based areas. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate information and challenge ideas and concepts using scientifically-based information, as well as being encouraged to show initiative, research and construct your own knowledge, and therefore, have skills which will enable you to effect change in a working environment.

How you learn

Your future There is a need for highly skilled managers who understand both the sport and management skills required within sporting facilities and sports businesses. It is anticipated that a range of career possibilities will be available to you: activity co-ordinator, sports development officer, sport and leisure manager, sports business manager, lecturer or researcher, or management trainee. The transferable skills gained will also enable you to take up graduate careers in organisations such as the police force, fire service, armed forces and teaching. Employability attributes are developed through aspects of the programme such as the work placements, Personal Development Portfolios and the use of guest speakers from industry.

Key Features • Flexibility to follow personal interests • Extensive Work-Based Learning • Opportunities to gain coaching and/or industry qualifications • Combines sport and management skills

The course involves lectures, small group seminars, activity based practicals and private study. On average there will be four lectures, four practical sessions and four seminars each week. You will spend around 18 hours per week attending classes and in addition you will be required to undertake an average of 20 hours of private study a week. You will also be expected to undertake work placements, which will form a significant part of your learning and help reinforce the important link between theory and practice.

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Key information UCAS Code Course Length

BSc (Hons) CC68

4 years (full-time)

Places Available

Sport and Psychology

25

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBC; A Level DDD; ILC (H) BBC; HNC Relevant subject; UCAS Tariff 168-180 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: science subject

Sport and Psychology examines the sciences underpinning the study of sport: how the mind and body work together for sport performance. In this course you also examine how psychology is applied in practice in sport and exercise settings, as well as having the opportunity to consider how diet and physical activity influence health,

the theories which underpin coaching as well as considering how to assess fitness and prescribe exercise/training programmes. In the final year you complete a research project based on your independently chosen a topic area and working closely with a member of staff designated as your project supervisor.

What you study

How you learn

A number of modules focus wholly on sport psychology issues such as motivation, personality, attribution, goal–setting, visualisation, concentration, confidence, self-talk, arousal, stress and anxiety regulation, athletic injuries and rehabilitation, addictive and unhealthy behaviours, and overtraining.

Typically, you should expect to have 16-18 hours contact time with tutors per week. Teaching includes the use of video and practical demonstrations, and will provide direction for your active enquiry. In the first 3 years of the course you will participate in laboratory classes to develop your practical skills, and you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate these skills in the fourth year when you undertake you own research project. During seminars and tutorials you are encouraged to develop your skills so that you develop a confident understanding of the foundations of psychology, sport and exercise.

Advanced entry (Year 2) HND in an appropriate subject area; Advanced Higher CCC; A Level CCC; ILC (H) AAA Essential subjects: a science subject (not including general studies) Advanced entry (Year 3) Entry is possible for suitably qualified and experienced applicants. All candidates for Year 3 entry will be interviewed to assess their suitability for entrance at this level. Criminal record check required √ Additional costs: small charge for some external awards e.g. NGB Awards, First Aid Certificates etc. Want to know more? Course and Admissions tutor: Dr. Fiona McConnochie t: +44 (0) 1382 308700 f: +44 (0) 1382 308749 e: sports@abertay.ac.uk Related courses BSc (Hons) Physical Activity & Health BSc (Hons) Psychology BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching BSc (Hons) Sports Development BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition BA (Hons) Sport and Management DipHE Social & Health Sciences

Key features

The skills required in Sport and Psychology are diverse and you will be introduced to a variety of teaching methods designed to develop these skills. You will be taught in lectures, laboratory classes, and small group seminars with an emphasis on active enquiry. As you progress through the course more of your time will be devoted to independently accessing relevant information for your coursework, private and collaborative study, teamwork, activity based practicals, scholarship and reflection. You will also be expected to undertake work placements, which will form a significant part of your learning and help reinforce the important link between theory and practice.

• Professionally accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) (provided Second Class Honours is obtained) • Interdisciplinary programme • Potential for work experience • Opportunities to gain coaching and/or industry qualifications

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How you are assessed In first year the course is assessed by 100% coursework. In years 2, 3 & 4 assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and course work in the ratio 50:50. Some modules will involve both practical assessment and work-based assessment. The range of skills you acquire during the course help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the component disciplines of your degree.

Your future With further study you can become an accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Other potential career pathways include: sports development officer, coach, outdoor pursuits instructor, fitness consultant, lifestyle manager, sports administrator, lecturer, physical activity leader, researcher etc. By having a BPS accredited degree, you can pursue a career in any other psychology discipline, after appropriate study and training.


BA (Hons)

Visual Communications and Media Design Studying this course means being part of the acclaimed Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games. You will study in White Space, our innovative learning and teaching space, alongside artists, designers, animators and audio specialists. This course will help you become a professional media designer able to produce high quality visual/graphic designs, video and audio media content and to contribute to studio teams that create innovative on and off-line digital media solutions.

in order to achieve creative and innovative solutions for a continually changing media environment. During the course, you will work on projects that involve planning, development and management of a range of media design solutions. You will work both individually and in teams to learn the communication and negotiation skills valued highly by the media industry. You will be encouraged to be creative, innovative, to challenge existing views and develop new solutions.

Professional media design requires individuals who have expert knowledge drawn from a wide range of subjects. They need to produce static and moving image content for a range of interfaces and platforms that engage through visual appeal, and intuitive and innovative forms of interaction.

You will graduate with highly valued expertise and professional skills sought after by an everincreasing range of businesses. You will have a deep knowledge of the subject area together with problem solving and communications skills that will allow you to work effectively with clients and software developers, and to continue to develop throughout your career.

You need to understand the professional and contextual issues surrounding the practice

Key information UCAS Code Course length

WW26 4 years (full-time)

Places available

30

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBBB; A Level CCD; ILC (H) BBBC; UCAS Tariff 240 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: Art, or Art and Design, or Graphic Communication, and an appropriate portfolio Advanced entry (Year 2 or 3) Applicants for direct entry to second or third year will be considered on an individual basis. An HND in Visual Communication (or equivalent) will normally be considered for year 3 entry. Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Dr Kenny McAlpine t: +44 (0) 1382 308600 e: institute@abertay.ac.uk text: +44 (0) 7781 472704 Related courses BA (Hons) Computer Arts

What you study

How you learn

“Drawing and sketchbooks are where I work out, invent and communicate my ideas.” Amy

You will spend around 15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and practical activities, with the remainder of your time spent in self-directed learning. Lectures present key concepts, theories and techniques. Tutorials and practical activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop competency in technological and theoretical work. You will actively participate in discussion groups and critique sessions. You will be given support in developing a portfolio that will showcase your work and provide a valuable means of demonstrating your abilities to clients or potential employers.

“I enjoy the challenge of creating new ways of visualising for new media.” Mari In year one, you are introduced to the fundamentals of visual design and media content production alongside software application development. This is the year where academic practices and attitudes to study are established. The second year focuses on professional skills and practices and your technical and procedural skills reach an advanced level. Attitudes to how these skills can be deployed in support of creativity and innovation are established and communications skills are developed through group project work. At the end of year three, you will be eligible to graduate with a BA degree. This year prepares you for employment by developing skills that combine theory, practice and communications in relation to Media Design. You will become a confident design practitioner and develop a mature visual style through sustained personal effort over a range of projects. In the fourth (Honours) year you will undertake a significant design project, individually, or in a cross discipline group. You will explore a particular cultural, entertainment or communications context and be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contextual factors that inform design practices by applying your skills and knowledge in the production of a design solution.

How you are assessed In the first two years, your work will be assessed entirely through coursework. In the later years of the course assessment is by a mixture of written work and coursework including design solutions, media products and project reports.

Your future

Key features • Media design is the most dynamic area of visual design; requiring both creativity and technical skills • Equips you with high-level design ability, an understanding of current technologies, and professional communications skills in the context of current and future media industries • Produce visual design and media content for on and off-line, interactive and multimedia applications. Develop design solutions for cross platform delivery • Develop a professional portfolio of work in preparation for a career in Media Design

“The opportunity to work on live projects has given me invaluable experience.” Jon Job opportunities for media designers include online and offline interactive design for production industries like TV/radio broadcasting, newspapers and publishing, entertainment, gaming and telecommunications. Digital media is spreading to include almost every facet of modern life, so employment opportunities are increasing constantly. Typical job titles include Media Designer, Web/multimedia designer, Video/Audio Producer, Post production Designer, Art Director, Creative Director, New Media Project Manager.

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Key information UCAS code Course length

BSc (Hons) G451

4 years (full-time)

Places available

40

Typical Entrance Requirements Higher BBCC; A Level CCD; ILC (H) BBBC; UCAS Tariff 216-220 points* *See p84 for UCAS Tariff guidance Essential subjects: English or a literate subject (eg History) at Higher/A Level, and a numerate subject (eg Computing or Maths) at Standard Grade/GCSE.

Web Design and Development The industry requires professionals whose knowledge extends across a range of subjects. This course will help you become a successful web designer/developer, able to create rich, dynamic and innovative Internet applications on your own or in a multi-disciplinary team. Choose this course and you will create impressive and effective web sites that engage people and deliver with a punch. You will become a valuable professional with a well-balanced approach to developing modern Internet applications.

‘Design’ has many meanings. In this course, ‘design’ means system and interaction design. You will, however, develop sufficient understanding of aesthetic design to collaborate with professional visual designers.

What you study

How you learn

In first year, you lay down strong foundations by acquiring an appreciation of design principles, plus the structures and conventions of programming in general, web pages in particular and of the databases that power modern websites. Working in an academic way, you become self-reliant and gain many core skills.

Much of your learning will be within lectures, tutorials and practical activities. Lectures present key concepts, theories and techniques. Tutorials and practical activities increase your understanding and by collaborating with other students of all years, develop competences and build confidence. Emphasis is also on the development of self-directed learning. You actively participate in the learning process and are encouraged to develop your own lines of enquiry. You are encouraged to learn from leading thinkers about the web now and in the future, analysing their ideas and integrating them into your own view of best practice.

Advanced entry (Year 2) Applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Want to know more? Admissions Tutor: Ms Mary-Ann MacKinnon t: +44 (0) 1382 308643 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk text: +44 (0) 7800 002195 Related courses BSc (Hons) Computing BA (Hons) Visual Communications and Media Design DipHE Computing & Information Technology

Key features • Prepares you for a fast-moving and ever-changing environment in which you can design and develop effective systems that power Internet sites and applications • Provides a skill set that is in demand by the industry • With a working knowledge of current and emerging techniques you will be able to quickly adopt future technologies • You will create a portfolio that demonstrates your capabilities to potential clients and employers

In year 2, you consolidate and extend your skills, investigating subjects that allow you to produce effective sites that are based on web standards. You learn how to provide scripting that enhances the user experience. Web designers and developers provide services to business, so you will also learn about marketing and law. You then move up a gear, working on complex subjects on your own and in groups. You gain detailed knowledge of database-driven Internet applications and Rich Internet Applications. You’ll design and create a large application as a key member of a project team, learning valuable techniques for managing software projects. During your Honours year, you study a range of subjects that set you apart from the ordinary designer/developer! Topics include security, search technologies, approaches for enterprisescale Internet applications, etc. These exciting topics not only provide learning, but inspiration and encouragement. You will also undertake a complex Honours project.

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How you are assessed In the first two years, your work is assessed entirely through coursework. You build and present a portfolio of your work each year. In the later years, assessment is by a mixture of exams and coursework.

Your future Traditional computer programs are being replaced by Internet-based applications, and the boundaries between the Internet and desktop are becoming blurred. Demand for great designer/developers has grown, and our graduates have found great jobs in the public and private sectors, working on projects ranging from small to global. One recent graduate, Andrew Cairns, got his career off to a flying start when he was nominated for, and became a finalist in, the Young Software Engineer of the Year. Choose this course and, with a good Honours degree, you should be well-positioned to move into management or consultancy. You will also be encouraged to think about developing your own business enterprise.


“I left University feeling very confident about my own abilities and that shone through at interviews...� Caroline, BSc (Hons) Sport Health and Exercise

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“Throughout my degree I was able to participate in the BBC Prototype project. It was an amazing experience working with people at the BBC and looked great on my CV� Eve, BA (Hons) Computer Arts

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Academic Departments

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School of Contemporary Sciences Mission – ‘to develop graduates who will produce science and engineering based solutions to issues in contemporary society which will form the basis for wealth generation in Scotland and beyond’. As a student in the School of Contemporary Sciences our expectation is that you will ‘Break Barriers’ in the process and have fun doing it. Most importantly, we will give you a science education which is relevant to the future and will greatly add to your employability. So which branch of science is right for you? The best advice is to follow your interests – you will get most satisfaction and reward from subjects that stimulate and excite you so why not make these the basis of your future career? In the School of Contemporary Sciences we offer undergraduate courses in cross discipline subjects such as Forensic Sciences, Policing and Security, Food and Consumer Sciences, Biomedical Science, and Biotechnology as well as our Civil Engineering course with its strong links to environmental science. Our postgraduate courses concentrate on Biotechnology and Environmental Management. If you are not sure which course might be best for you, then come to our Open Day or contact one of the staff in the School. Our courses have been designed to allow you to have fun whilst studying as well as expanding your horizons and enhancing your future employability. Whether it is taking part in ‘Scenes of Crime’ work, developing tasty new food products, understanding modern medical ethical issues, or minimising energy use in a new building, the emphasis is on the development of relevant knowledge and skills combined with enjoyment in your studies. Science is a key feature in modern day society and understanding how science works and applying scientific methods to challenges in everyday life are key skills that we all need. How else can we decide whether to eat genetically modified food, assess how our lifestyle might be contributing to global warming, decide whether biometric ID cards are secure, or evaluate the effectiveness of that latest

School of Contemporary Sciences Head of School Professor John Palfreyman BSc DPhil FIWSc Admissions Tutor Dr Graham Wightman Admissions Administrator Mrs Noreen McInnes t: 44 (0) 1382 308180

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diet or fitness fad? But more than this, a scientific training paves the way for an interesting and rewarding career by developing transferable skills which assist you in evaluating evidence, generating new ideas and communicating effectively with fellow professionals. The science degree you obtain from Abertay will provide the basis for your success in industry, commerce, politics, education and a wide range of vocations where a scientific training gives you that crucial edge in a competitive job market. At postgraduate level we have an exciting range of courses supported by Abertay’s key research centres: food innovation@abertay; ACE, the Abertay Centre for the Environment; SIMBIOS, our mathematics and biology centre and the Urban Water Technology Centre. The research base that exists within these centres is substantial and proven. Abertay is considered to have the best Environmental Science research activity in Scotland and we are continually expanding and improving our research base. So Contemporary Sciences offers you a dynamic environment in which to study. It offers you courses that are relevant to the needs of today and will develop the generic skills that you will need to stay ahead tomorrow. Whatever your interests we know that Contemporary Sciences can offer you something that will help you to achieve your life goals and confidently face the challenges you meet along the way.


a dynamic and vibrant environment in which to study. We actively seek to involve students with external clients and also with staff research projects so you can reasonably expect to be involved in the evolution of the School during your time here. Graduates from the School have become leaders in the games, telecommunications and internet industries, in the explosion of wireless, mobile and traditional network technologies both locally and internationally, and most recently are in great demand in computer security.

Research and Postgraduate Opportunities

School of Computing & Engineering Systems Computing and Engineering Systems is an exciting and fun place to study a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

School of Computing & Engineering Systems Head of School Dr Colin Miller BSc PhD Admissions Tutor Ms Mary-Ann MacKinnon t: +44 (0)1382 308600 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk Admissions Administrators Ms Mandy Fitzmartin-Davies and Ms Rachel Willmot t: +44 (0)1382 308643/44 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk

We have a growing focus and reputation in computer security and cyber crime via courses in ethical hacking, digital forensics, and intelligence & security informatics plus courses in computing, software development, computer networking, systems engineering and web development all leading to careers in next generation technologies. The School continues to be ground-breaking in the development of innovative and unique courses as our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Ethical Hacking demonstrate. Our international collaborations provide a multicultural environment at Abertay which with our investment in new teaching practices and new learning spaces makes the school

The School of Computing & Engineering Systems has particular research interests in computer biometrics, security, forensics, interaction and intelligent systems. Research opportunities exist, either working with individual academics within the school or contributing to the work of one of our centres of excellence: White Space; Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games; and SIMBIOS (the Scottish Informatics, Mathematics, Biology & Statistics Centre). Postgraduate applicants are welcomed onto full-time or part-time programmes leading to MPhil or PhD by research into many aspects of computing. Postgraduate research is specifically designed to enable graduates to cultivate research skills in these exciting fields and, specifically, with a strong emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach. Further Information: For further information on research opportunities in this field contact: Dr Les Ball t: +44 (0)1382 308600 e: ces@abertay.ac.uk

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With strong links to industry, the public sector and the professions of accounting and law, we offer our students and academics an exciting environment in which to explore the challenges of Business in the 21st century. In Dundee Business School we are passionate about business – and we want to share that passion with our students.

Dundee Business School

Building knowledge futures We are an international Business School, and Tayside’s leading provider of business and management education.

Dundee Business School Head of School Professor Sabine Hotho Postgraduate Research Degrees MPhil/PhD Postgraduate applicants are welcome onto full-time and part-time study leading to MPhil or PhD by research. For further information on research opportunities in the Dundee Business School contact: Professor Mohamed Branine t: +44 (0) 1382 308438 e: dbtmb@abertay.ac.uk

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Our research and our teaching include the subjects relevant to those challenges – Accounting, Economics, Enterprise Creation, Finance, Human Resource Management, Innovation, Knowledge Management, Law, Marketing, and Strategic Management, and Statistics. We have particular research and consultancy expertise in oil and gas accounting and social and environmental accounting, international HR, performance management, marketing, economic development, the management of new creative industries, and enterprise creation. We have specialists in the areas of executive and leadership training and continuing professional development, and our work in developing the human resources of organisations facing the challenges of change is highly regarded by those we work closely with in industry. The breadth of expertise and industry engagement in the School allows us to deliver innovative undergraduate and postgraduate courses which give our students the knowledge, key skills and attributes required by today’s employers. Students work in a learning environment that challenges them to find their own area of expertise, to question established solutions, and to take forward the development of businesses, small and large, locally and internationally, in a highly competitive and constantly changing global marketplace. We do not believe in simply repeating the same solutions – and expect the same of our students. Our links with industry and commerce allow students the opportunity to take a year out in third year to undertake work experience (some students to undertake periods of professional training and work experience) with local, national and international employers. Others may use their experience of part-time work to complete projects that count towards their course of study. Project work and practical challenges are major features of the learning experience we offer, from participation in employment tribunals for our LLB students, to projects evaluating organisational performance, analysing current economic issues, and designing business solutions and corporate communication strategies for a wide range of organisations. Our courses are known for being contemporary and relevant to the challenges faced by businesses and by those who work in them – hardly surprising then that our accounting, law and business graduates are much sought after by employers seeking the next generation of executives and professionals. For further information about the Business School and our courses, please contact: Tina Robertson t: +44 (0) 1382 308476 e: dbsadmissions@abertay.ac.uk


We have strong links with major companies and through those links we ensure that people from industry are directly involved in delivering part of all our courses. We offer a wide range of courses, ranging from games programming at the science and technology end, to narrative-based animation at the arts end. All our courses are Skillset accredited and AMG itself has been awarded Skillset Media Academy status. In addition, the Scottish Government designated Abertay University as the Scottish University Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education. This important new centre operates within the Institute.

Institute of Arts,

Media and Computer Games Bringing industry to the classroom In the Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games (AMG) we aim to educate our students to be the innovators and ground breakers in tomorrow’s computer games and digital media industries.

Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games Academic Director Dr Louis Natanson Admissions Tutor: Dr Kenny McAlpine t: +44 (0) 1382 308600 e: institute@abertay.ac.uk

Our teaching spaces have been designed to be like the studio environments that modern creative companies use – in those spaces you will see games programmers working alongside animators and visual artists, and sound technologists creating content for computer games and other interactive media products. Staff in the Institute are involved in collaborative research with other disciplines at Abertay University. Current work includes applying computer game technologies to create visualisations to aid research investigations in many fields. We are creating visualisation models of the way the environment works, or to help plan health care and delivery systems. We also work closely in using computing games as an educational tool. The Institute offers courses built on developing your skills and work experience, and preparing you to step straight into an exciting, rewarding job in the rapidly growing creative industries.

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The School of Social and Health Sciences provides a vibrant and dynamic learning environment. It has a strong reputation in the design and delivery of innovative courses that reflect today’s employment needs. We have close links with employers in industry and the professions and our aim is to provide you with the attributes that employers value.

School of Social & Health Sciences We will introduce you to a challenging environment that facilitates the generation, development and exchange of ideas through a lively interaction between staff and students. We pride ourselves on providing a supportive learning environment and a smooth transition from school, college, or if you are returning to education from time out. If you decide to study with us, we can help you acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and qualities that will enhance your career opportunities. If you are a mature or a part-time student, we welcome the wealth of experience you can bring to us and are happy to try to meet your needs. We offer a broad range of courses, including Psychology; Sociology; Nursing; Sport and Exercise Science; Social Sciences; Criminological Studies; Media, Culture and Society; Counselling; and Forensic Psychobiology. Our courses are designed to be at the leading edge of their subject areas. To help us achieve this, we have a strong research base, and many of our academic staff are acknowledged experts in their fields. Teaching incorporates the latest research developments, and our Honours students have opportunities to undertake projects linked to Staff research. How the School is organised The School is made up of four Divisions, namely Psychology, Sociology, Tayside Institute for Health Studies, and Sport & Exercise Sciences. One of the strengths of the School is the opportunity to cross traditional boundaries, enabling staff and students to engage in innovative, exciting areas that are relevant to society and employers. Courses offered by the Division of Psychology are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that if you study psychology and meet the requirements of the BPS, you will be eligible for entry to postgraduate training for professional practice. The Division of Psychology contributes to the Behavioural Science and Social Science degrees, and offers an MSc in Psychology. The Division of Sociology has a well-established interest in criminological studies, media and cultural studies, and political sociology. Members of the division are active in researching these areas. Sociology focuses on the social, cultural, political and policy issues affecting our everyday life, our local community and wider society. The Division of Sociology also contributes to the Behavioural Science and Social Science degrees, and offers an MPA in Public Administration. The Tayside Institute for Health Studies (THIS) offers both Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing courses. It also offers an undergraduate Mental Health and Counselling course as well as postgraduate courses in Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and an MSc in International Nursing*. TIHS has strong links with the NHS, voluntary and private sectors, and many of its courses include significant practice components.

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The Sport and Exercise Sciences Division offers a range of sports related courses. The courses all begin with a common two year curriculum allowing students to make an informed choice of one of six named routes for the final two years, leading to degrees in Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Strength and Conditioning, Physical Activity and Health, or Sport and Exercise. In addition the Division collaborates with other parts of the University to provide joint awards in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Sport and Management, and Sport and Psychology. All of the routes are supported by relevant research and consultancy as well as links with a number of organisations in the area so that students are able to gain experience within the industry. All of the Division’s courses are Accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Postgraduate Research Degrees The pervasive research ethic and culture in the School makes it an ideal place to pursue advanced study. Staff expertise exists in a range of areas within the four Divisions. The unique structure of the School facilitates interdisciplinary activity both within the School and across the University. Staff always welcome enquiries relating to research degrees and are happy to discuss and shape potential projects. *Offered subject to approval For further information on postgraduate research applications procedures contact: Mrs Dawn Keen t: +44 (0)1382 308068 e: d.keen@abertay.ac.uk – Director of Research: Dr Scott Hardie t: +44(0) 1382 308700 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk Further Information For further information on applying for our undergraduate courses please contact the School directly. Head of School Ray Lloyd Division of Psychology Division of Sociology Tayside Institute for Health Studies Division of Sport & Exercise Sciences Psychology: Dr Fiona McConnochie Sociology: Dr Jason Annetts Sport and Exercise: Dr Luis Calmeiro Tayside Institute for Health Studies: Ann Grodzicka t +44 (0) 1382 308700 e: shs@abertay.ac.uk f: +44 (0) 1382 308749


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University entrance

requirements Making an offer Throughout the course section of this prospectus information is provided on the typical entrance requirements for each course, along with details of any essential subjects. Applicants should remember that many factors are taken into account when making offers, including references and personal statements. Therefore no applicant is guaranteed admission on the basis of achieving the typical entrance grades alone. Actual offers may be higher or lower than the grades stated. As the prospectus is produced some time in advance of applications being made, it should be noted that the rates published may be subject to change. If you receive a conditional offer of a place from us, it will usually state our requirements in grades and detail any specific subjects that you need to achieve, e.g. BBBB at Higher including Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff Our offers are usually made on the basis of achieving specific grades and subjects; however the University does recognise the UCAS Tariff and is happy to consider applicants who have the equivalent UCAS tariff points at the appropriate level.

What is the UCAS tariff? The UCAS tariff is a points system used to report achievement in a numerical format, rather than As, Bs, or Cs. The tariff makes it easier for universities to compare applicants who have different types of qualifications by allocating a number of points to the qualifications they have.

How does the tariff work? The tariff works by adding up the points an applicant has, based on the type of qualifications and the grades achieved. Throughout the prospectus, we’ve expressed our

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typical entrance requirements in grades but we’ve also provided the equivalent in tariff points. So, if you do not have the exact grades outlined, you can use the tariff points to calculate whether your grades are equivalent. Although there is no limit to the number of points that you can accumulate, for entry to Abertay: you must have qualifications at an appropriate level (SCQF 6/NQF 3); you cannot count the same or similar qualifications twice; Standard Grades, Intermediate 2s, GCSEs and key/ core skills cannot be counted; and D grades at SQA Higher and Advanced Higher are not counted. Applicants who have taken either SQA Highers or A Levels must offer at least three Highers or two A Levels for degree entry (or two Highers or one A Level for DipHE entry). If you have studied a subject at two different levels, the most advanced will be taken into consideration e.g. if you studied both Higher Biology and Advanced Higher Biology, then only the Advanced Higher will be counted. If you are using the tariff remember to check for any essential subjects you must have to meet the entry criteria for a course, it’s not just the number of points achieved that secures you a place. Details of the UCAS tariff, including the points awarded to individual qualifications and grades can be found on www.ucas.com

Can I be considered for advanced entry? Suitably qualified applicants can apply to be considered for direct entry to the later years of an undergraduate degree course. So, if you have Advanced Highers, good A Levels, or a relevant Higher National Certificate then you can ask to be

considered for direct entry to year 2 allowing you to complete your Honours degree within three years.

Do you consider SQA Scottish Baccalaureates for entry? We welcome applicants offering the new SQA Scottish Baccalaureates in Science and Languages. Although they are not generally listed as a separate entry qualification, entry to year 2 of a relevant degree programme may be possible but will be dependent upon the subjects taken and grades achieved. All applications will be treated on an individual basis.

What if I’m coming from FE College? In most cases, a relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC) will enable you to start in year 2 of the relevant degree course. Alternatively, a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) will usually enable you to start in year 3 of the relevant degree programme. More information on the articulation routes for a wide range of HNCs and HNDs can be found by visiting our website www.abertay. ac.uk/applying/fromcollege/.

Do I need English and Mathematics? All applicants must possess both English and Mathematics at SQA Standard Grade Credit Level at Grade 3 or better, or GCSE level at Grade C or better, or their equivalent.

Need more information? If you’d like to receive advice on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry, then contact the Student Recruitment Office, t: +44 (0) 1382 308080 e: sro@abertay.ac.uk


“It helped me get back into the swing of studying again.”

Not sure you are ready for University? Getting ready to start your studies If you are thinking about studying with us, but are not sure whether you are qualified, want more information or just want some additional support before you start, then read on. Access courses If you do not have traditional qualifications (such as Scottish Highers), then a range of Access courses is available. AHEAD is Abertay’s part-time access course, which takes place during the evening to allow you, whether or not you are working, to gain access to higher education. AHEAD is designed to allow people from diverse backgrounds to develop a range of transferable learning skills and subject knowledge, in a supportive and friendly environment. You also get the opportunity to experience teaching and learning in higher education firsthand. The aim of AHEAD is to enable you to develop the skills, confidence and qualifications necessary to progress on to a higher education course. Ongoing guidance and support is built in to help you make informed choices about future options after completing AHEAD. In addition to providing new subject knowledge and transferable learning skills, successful completion enables entry to a range of degree courses at the university. Access courses at Further Education Colleges are also widely available. The most popular delivered by Scottish colleges are SWAP courses. These are generally full-time, oneyear courses designed for people returning to study after a break, to equip you with the general skills required to make a success of your studies at university and to give you a foundation of subject knowledge.

These access courses are also considered as suitable for entry to a range of our degree and diploma courses. Making the right choice Every year the University holds an Open Day, specifically designed for those thinking about applying to study with us. The Open Day is held in October to allow you to visit before making your UCAS application. Everyone who applies to an undergraduate course with us is automatically invited to our Applicant Information Days. Offered by each of our Schools through the spring, these days offer you the opportunity to meet with lecturers, current students and other applicants to find out more about the course you have applied for. We also run a Preparing for University event each June, as another opportunity to make sure you are confident that you are making the right course choice.

Coming from care? We recognise that students who have been in local authority care might face particular difficulties moving into higher education. As the first university in Scotland to receive the Frank Buttle Trust’s Quality Mark, Abertay is keen to support young people leaving care. We guarantee places on our Summer School preparation course for all care leavers, can liaise with social work departments to help you secure financial support while you study and offer year-round places in university accommodation. For more information, please contact: Jonathan Staal t: 01382 308962 e: j.staal@abertay.ac.uk

We offer a range of preparation courses in the weeks before the start of the academic year. Summer School is designed for new students who want to boost their confidence and be better prepared for starting university, typically because they are returning to study after a break or they have just missed the entrance requirements for their course. Summer School combines practice to improve your research, study and IT skills with an introduction to topics you will cover in your first term. Previous Summer School students have said: “It helped me get back into the swing of studying again.” “I’ve made some great friends.” “I can be confident about starting my course now.” For more information contact: Student Academic Support t: 01382 308245 e: studentacademicsupport@ abertay.ac.uk Our Bridging Programme runs during the week before the start of term. You can choose a selection of workshops covering research, study and IT skills that best suits your needs from a week-long programme, with no need to register in advance. The Bridging Programme is especially popular with students coming from college who want additional support to make the transition between learning environments, and students joining us through UCAS Clearing who want to increase their confidence. For more information contact: Student Academic Support t: 01382 308245 e: studentacademicsupport@ abertay.ac.uk

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Fees and funding Tuition Fees – Scottish & EU Students Scottish and EU undergraduate students studying at a Scottish University benefit from the Scottish government’s decision that the Students Awards Agency for Scotland will pay the undergraduate tuition fees for all eligible Scottish and EU domiciled students studying at the University provided that they are not repeating a period of study.

Part Time Fee Waiver Scheme & Ila 500 Students studying on a part-time undergraduate course who are on a low income or DWP benefits may be eligible for support from the Parttime Fee Waiver Scheme or from the ILA 500 scheme. Scottish students studying on a part-time postgraduate course who are on a low income or DWP benefits may also be eligible for support from the ILA 500 scheme. Contact the Student Funding Advisor for further information and eligibility.

Student Funding In addition to the fee support available from SAAS the main types of financial support that may be available to UK students, depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility, are Student Loans, Young Students’ Bursary, Independent Student Bursary and Supplementary Grants. Applications from Scottish and EU students for relevant support must be made to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) each academic year in April. Applicants must apply online through the SAAS website. Scottish or EU students who do not wish, or are not eligible, to take out a Student Loan and who do not qualify for any other supplementary grants, are still required to complete the SAAS Application Form for Tuition Fees. English, Welsh & Northern Irish students should contact their Local Education Authority or Library Board for an application for Student Support.

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application to their Local Education Authority or Library Board to take out the fee loan to meet the cost of the tuition fees. The fee loan is not means tested unlike the student loan which is means tested on parental/spouse income. Students who do not wish to submit details of parental/spouse income can apply for the non-income assessed loan. Fees in Scotland for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to be set at time of press – however, it is likely that tuition fees will be set at approximately £1870 for the 2011/12 intake. Northern Ireland – Bursaries are available to students from low-income families. The Bursaries form part of the support package for living costs and are non-repayable. Your local Library Board will assess your eligibility. Wales – Welsh Assembly Grants/Bursaries are also available for eligible students – contact your Local Education Authority for further information.

Postgraduate Funding (UK/EU Students) Under the terms of the Postgraduate Students’ Allowances Scheme (PSAS), SAAS offer a limited number of eligible students support. However, they cannot guarantee that a student will receive an award at postgraduate level. The demand for awards for postgraduate study far exceeds the level of resources the government is able to devote to it. Therefore they limit the number of awards available by giving institutions a set number of awards (a ‘quota’). To find out if your choice of course offers an award contact the Student Advisor for Funding or check the SAAS website. Student Services has responsibility for PCDL (Professional Career Development Loan) certification on behalf of the University. We are registered with the Learning and Skills Council for these purposes. You can borrow anything between £300 and £8000 to help you fund up to two years of learning plus (if relevant) up to one year’s practical work experience where it forms part of the course. For general information and advice contact telephone: 0800 585 505; or visit the website:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/ EducationAndLearning/AdultLearning/ FinancialHelpForAdultLearners/ rofessionalCareerDevelopmentLoans/ DG_10033237.

Discretionary & Childcare Fund (UK Students Only) These funds are administered by the University and the full Student Loan entitlement must be taken before consideration is given to students applying. These non-repayable means tested awards are for help towards childcare, accommodation and financial hardship.

Educational Trusts and Charities There are numerous educational trusts and charities that individuals may be eligible to apply for a award from to assist with funding your studies. The following websites provide advice, information and searchable databases: http://www.family-action.org.uk/ section.aspx?id=1037 www.scholarship-search.org.uk

Want to know more? Student Funding Advisor: Jan Murphy t: +44 (0) 1382 308051 e: j.murphy@abertay.ac.uk Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) (Scotland & EU) t: 0845 111 1711 w: www.saas.gov.uk Department for Education & Skills (England & Wales) t: 01325 392822 w: www.dfee.gov.uk Student Finance NI (Northern Ireland) t: 0845 600 0662 w: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk Student Loan Company t: 0800 405010 (calls are free) w: www.slc.co.uk ILA Scotland t: 0808 100 1090 w: www.ilascotland.org.uk


Academic year, Course structure Academic Year Our academic year consists of three terms with two-week long vacations at Christmas and Spring. Undergraduate courses consist of modules that are structured into two semesters. Semester 1 modules are delivered in term 1 (with larger courseworks submitted early in the New Year) and semester 2 modules in term 2 (with larger courseworks submitted after the Spring break). The three-week long term 3 is used mainly for the completion of assessments and classes designed to help ensure that you are well prepared for the next stage of your course. All courses commence in September each year.

SEMESTER DATES 2012/13 (DRAFT) 10 September 2012 – 18 January 2013 (Christmas vacation 17 December 2012 – 4 January 2013) 21 January 2013 – 31 May 2013 (Spring vacation 29 April – 10 May 2013) 3 June 2013 – 21 June 2013

Course Structure Undergraduate courses and modules Undergraduate courses typically consist of four stages, each taking one academic year of full-time study. To complete each stage you will need to achieve 120 credits at the appropriate level (see table below). These credits are part of the national system of credit called the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). At the end of each stage successful students are eligible for exit awards (see an example in the table below) which means you can leave with a qualification even if you do not complete all stages of a course. Undergraduate modules are generally Stage Credits per stage

1 2 3 4

120 @ SCQF level 7 120 @ SCQF level 8 120 @ SCQF level 9 120 @ SCQF level 10

how well you are progressing and what you need to do to get better grades in future. Normally the assessment of single credit modules is completed within the semester, whereas in most double credit modules assessment takes place at times throughout both semesters. To progress to the next stage of a course you will be expected to have passed all the modules in your current stage, although it may be possible to carry up to a maximum of 30 credits of module failure into the next stage. You will normally be given an opportunity

Total Credits 120 240 360 480

either 15 credits (ie single credit modules) or 30 credits (ie double credit modules). Double credit modules are normally delivered over both semesters and are designed to help you develop an in-depth mastery of an important subject area. Our modular system is designed to give you maximum flexibility during your study with us. As well as the modules that form the core of your course, many courses have optional modules that allow you to tailor your course to meet your interests and career aspirations. Progressing through your course Modules may be assessed by coursework, coursework and examinations and occasionally by examinations only. Coursework assessments are particularly important because they allow you to find out

Award Eligibility Certificate of Higher Education Diploma of Higher Education Degree Honours Degree

to be reassessed in any attempted assessments should you not achieve a pass grade. Where the assessment was in a Semester 1 module this reassessment opportunity will normally take place before mid May and will be linked to appropriate tutorial support. Flexible and Part-time Study Our Modular Scheme opens up a wide range of opportunities for part-time learning. Many of our undergraduate courses can be studied on a parttime basis during the day by studying individual modules to suit your needs. The flexibility of the University’s modular scheme means that you can study for as few (perhaps only one) modules as you like depending on your aspirations. If you study in part-time mode it will normally take at least two years to complete each stage of your course.

Studying in this way involves attending classes during the day. Each module will take approximately 3 hours of University attendance per week (e.g. 1 hour of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory or tutorial time). Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework From 2001, mainstream Scottish qualifications have been brought into a single unifying framework known as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). In this Framework, qualifications are described in terms of their level and their credit value as defined by a number of SCQF credit points. These qualifications provide the foundations of a learning and credit transfer framework that is being implemented and embedded throughout Scotland’s education and training provision. You can find out more about the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework from the website www.scqf.org.uk Bologna Process In addition to meeting the requirements of the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF),all of our programmes are Bologna compliant. The Bologna Process intends to harmonise academic degree standards and quality assurance standards throughout Europe. As a result, every student who graduates after 2005 receives a Diploma Supplement with their degree/diploma certificate. The Supplement describes the qualification in a format that is easy to understand and compare, improving international transparency and facilitating recognition of the qualification by both academics and professionals.

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Useful Contacts University Switchboard For enquiries of a general nature: t: +44 (0) 1382 308000 f: +44 (0) 1382 308877 Prospectus Order Line To order additional copies of the prospectus: t: +44 (0) 1382 308080 f: +44 (0) 1382 308081 e: sro@abertay.ac.uk Student Recruitment Office Pre-admission enquiries including entrance requirements, application procedures, open days, international student enquiries: t: +44 (0) 1382 308080 f: +44 (0) 1382 308081 e: sro@abertay.ac.uk Central Admissions For enquiries relating to a submitted application for entry to a course, and UCAS procedures: t: +44 (0) 1382 308045 f: +44 (0) 1382 308081 e: admissions@abertay.ac.uk Accommodation Office For enquiries regarding University accommodation: t: +44 (0) 1382 308059 e: accommo@abertay.ac.uk

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Terms and Conditions Disclaimer of Liability This prospectus is published some time before the commencement of the session to which it relates. Courses, course contents, entry requirements, regulations and other matters change from time to time and the University reserves the right to make alterations and modifications to the foregoing without prior notice. Whilst every care is taken and effort made to ensure the accuracy of information in this prospectus, the contents do not form the basis of any binding undertaking on the part of the University Court and the University accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein. Applicants are advised to contact the University to check up to date course and other information. Any course or class may also be altered, withdrawn or discontinued at any time at the University’s discretion. Courses may also be altered or withdrawn at any stage owing to circumstances beyond the University’s control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) industrial action. Fees quoted were correct at the time of going to press but may vary without notice. Programmes marked as ‘subject to approval’ are proposed future courses of study and applicants are advised to refer to the University’s website where updated information on these programmes will be posted as, and when available. University of Abertay Dundee Students’ Association (UADSA) As required by the Education Act 1994, the University Court gives notice that a student has the right not to be a member of UADSA and that any student who exercises this right should not be unfairly disadvantaged in regard, for example,

to the provision of the services offered by the UADSA. The University Court considers that it does not require to make alternative arrangements in respect of the services provided by UADSA. Data Protection Act 1998 Any personal data provided by you may be processed the University in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. The University of Abertay Dundee holds information about you in order to manage student recruitment, admission, registration, study, examination, graduation and other student services such as accommodation and careers. Information is passed between various sections of the University for operational reasons (for example, the Registry notifies changes of address to relevant academic departments, and other units on a ‘need to know’ basis). Also, it may be disclosed to external agencies to which the University has obligations; for example: Council Tax Registration Officers; Electoral Registration Officers; Scottish Funding Council; Higher Education Statistics Agency; Student Loans Company; Research Councils. If you have any queries about data protection please contact foidesk@abertay.ac.uk. Compiled & Edited: Student Recruitment Office, University of Abertay Dundee Design: Mutual Media (UK) Ltd Print: J Thomson Colour Printers The University of Abertay Dundee is a charity registered in Scotland, No. SC016040


Professor Bernard King Principal & Vice-Chancellor

Welcome & Contents Being at University is an exciting and rewarding experience, offering opportunities to make new friends, discover new interests and develop career prospects and Abertay is an exciting place to be. We aim to put our students at the centre of everything we do and work hard to ensure that you receive the best possible educational experience throughout your time at Abertay. Our courses are designed to equip you for the knowledge economy, giving you the highlevel skills and subject mastery needed to achieve challenging and rewarding careers. We are proud of our excellent facilities. The University’s multiaward winning Library is recognised as one of the best in the United Kingdom and our purpose-built Student Centre is right in the heart of the campus giving you a unique social and cultural space to augment the unique educational experience of learning and studying at Abertay. You will also benefit from our unique approach to studio-based learning, through group-work and individual study tackling real-world challenges alongside practitioners and researchers in custom-built teaching facilities designed specifically to emulate the working conditions you will experience after you graduate. These facilities are complemented by internationally recognised research centres, innovative courses, links with employers and industry and cutting-edge research. This prospectus is designed to give you a feel for life at Abertay and what we have to offer you. However, the best way to find out more about us is to talk to our students and staff. I warmly invite you to visit us at any time and see for yourself the qualities that make Abertay an excellent choice.

Course index Overview Dundee: city life Our campus What difference does an Abertay degree make? White Space Our student centre Supporting your studies Library & IT facilities Employability Accommodation Abertay partner institutions International Sport How to apply Abertay degree clusters

1 2 4 6 7 8 10 11 12 14 15 16 18 19 20

A-Z of Undergraduate Courses See course index inside back cover

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Academic Departments School of Contemporary Sciences School of Computing & Engineering Systems Dundee Business School Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games School of Social & Health Sciences

77 78 79 80 81 82

General Information University Entrance Qualifications Not sure you are ready for University? Fees and funding Academic Year & Programme Structure Useful Contacts How to find us Course Index

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A-Z of Undergraduate Courses A

Accounting with Finance BA (Hons) Applied Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

22 69

B

Behavioural Science BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) Biotechnology BSc (Hons) Business Administration BA (Hons) Business Studies BA (Hons) Business & Management DipHE

23 24 25 26 27 28

Civil Engineering BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering Studies DipHE Computer Arts BA (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology BSc (Hons) Computing BSc (Hons) Computing & Networks BSc (Hons) Computing & Information Technology DipHE Creative Sound Production BA (Hons) Criminological Studies BA (Hons)

29 30 31

D

Digital Forensics BSc (Hons)

39

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Engineering Systems BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures BSc (Hons) European Business Law BA (Hons) European Economy & Management BA (Hons)

40 41 42 43

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Finance & Business BA (Hons) Food & Consumer Science BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition & Health BSc (Hons) Food Product Design BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology BSc (Hons) Food & Consumer Studies DipHE Forensic Psychobiology BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences BSc (Hons) Forensic Studies DipHE

44 45 45 45 46 47 48 49 50

Game Design and Production Management BA (Hons) Golf Management BA

51 52

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G

32 33 34 35 36 37 38

H

Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

53

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International Management BA (Hons)

54

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Law LLB (Hons)

55

M Management BA (Hons) Marketing & Business BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Society BA (Hons) Medical Biotechnology BSc (Hons) Mental Health & Counselling BA (Hons) Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons)

56 57 58 59 60 61

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Nursing BSc (Hons)

62

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Performance Golf BSc Physical Activity & Health BSc (Hons) Policing and Security BSc (Hons) Psychology BSc (Hons)

63 69 64 65

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Social & Health Sciences DipHE Social Science BA (Hons) Sociology BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition BSc (Hons) Sport and Management BA (Hons) Sport and Psychology BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching BSc (Hons) Sports Development BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning BSc (Hons)

66 67 68 69 70 71 72 69 69 69

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Visual Communication and Media Design BA (Hons)

73

W Web Design & Development BSc (Hons)

74

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