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Why study computer science at Hull? Computer science is an exciting subject of considerable social and commercial importance. A degree in computer science gives access to numerous career possibilities in commerce, entertainment, finance, research and development. With an excellent reputation for producing software engineers and game developers, the University maintains strong partnerships with companies like Microsoft, Sony, Rare, Codemasters, Disney (Climax), Electronic Arts and Volvo, ensuring that our courses stay up-to-date and relevant. The department houses HIVE (the Hull Immersive Virtual Environment), a multi-million-pound research centre that provides all computer science students with access to stateof-the-art technology.There is also SEED Software, a unique commercial software development unit managed by the department, which supplies guaranteed industrial experience across a number of degree courses. Our courses are accredited by professional bodies – the British Computer Society, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and e-skills UK, the official representative of the IT industry to the UK Government – and all of them emphasise a professional approach with depth and breadth of study, reinforced and enriched by the latest research and commercial experience. The Department of Computer Science … prides itself on the quality of its teaching and on its excellent staff–student relations.The recent Quality Assurance Agency review awarded us the highest quality ranking available, praising our ‘academic strength, pedagogic skills, professionalism, and commitment to students’ and our ‘high level of academic support for students from induction to graduation’. Many of our staff hold professional titles (including Chartered Engineer and the coveted Microsoft Most Valued Professional), which reflects the importance that we attach to industrial relevance.

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Computer science What will I study? Our degrees adopt a disciplined professional approach to software design, programming and the use of information systems, with appropriate breadth and depth in the different specialisms.Together they range across the entire computing spectrum, from the use of computers to support business activity through more general computer science and software development to specialisms in games or systems engineering. The first-year syllabus for our straight computer science degrees includes programming, software development, computer systems, information systems and professional awareness. Our more business-focused degrees supplement these elements with business modules. In the final year, advanced studies complement specialist modules and substantial project work. Our four-year MEng degrees incorporate an extra year of Masters-level taught study, while the four-year BSc variants offer the chance to gain industrial experience or study abroad via a sandwich year between the second and final years.The four-year degrees with a foundation year provide for those who need to consolidate their background knowledge before embarking on a BSc or BEng. Our modules combine lectures with workshops and practical sessions plus supplementary learning resources, many of which are available online. Practical work is an important component of most modules, as we focus not only on fundamental theory but also on its uses. What are we looking for? We require evidence of your potential to succeed in university-level studies, with particular regard to the qualities needed in professional software design and development: logical thinking, methodical working and breadth of vision. Computing experience is welcome but not essential. Please see the individual course descriptions on the following pages for specific entry requirements. If you remain undecided about the most appropriate programme for your interests and background, apply for Computer Science.You may then change your programme code after a visit to the department and a discussion with us.

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Computer science

Computer science

Computer software development

Single Honours / Joint Honours / undergraduate Masters BSc (Hons) / MEng The development of technology is changing the way we live, even though the basic scientific and engineering principles on which computer systems are based have not changed.These principles form the core of our Computer Science programmes and provide the essential body of knowledge to which graduates can add their insight, imagination and ability to develop computer systems for the future.

Single Honours / undergraduate Masters BSc (Hons) / MEng Although programming is at the heart of software development, creating successful computer software involves much more than just writing code. Our Computer Software Development degrees explore the tools and techniques used in the production of quality software and equip students with the skills to be effective software developers.

We offer eight variants: Single Honours; Single Honours with an industrial year; Single Honours with a year abroad; Joint Honours (with psychology); the MEng route, which includes an extra year of Masters-level taught study and guaranteed industrial experience in a commercial software development unit; and three courses with foundation years (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language, in science, or in both, before beginning a computer science programme).

We have developed this course with industrial partners and offer five variants: Single Honours; Single Honours with an industrial year; Single Honours with a year abroad; the MEng, which includes an extra year of Masters-level taught study and guaranteed industrial experience in a commercial software development unit; and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language or in science before beginning a computer science programme).

Requirements Typically 200–280 UCAS points (except for the foundation route), including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications.

Requirements Typically 200–280 UCAS points (except for the foundation route), including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications.

Structure A common first year across Computer Science, Computer Software Development, Computer Science with Games Development, and Computer Systems Engineering covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, information systems and professional skills). It is therefore possible to switch degree programmes at the start of Year 2, in which specific study themes are developed and new topics introduced. In the final year, advanced studies are complemented by a choice of specialised modules and project work.

Structure A common first year across Computer Science, Computer Software Development, Computer Science with Games Development, and Computer Systems Engineering covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, information systems and professional skills). It is therefore possible to switch degree programmes at the start of Year 2, in which specific study themes are developed and new topics introduced. In the final year, advanced studies are complemented by a choice of specialised modules and project work.

Courses offered

Years

Other subject(s)

UCAS Typical code offer

n/a

G400

Single Honours

Computer Science

200–260

3

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GC48

200–280

UCAS Typical code offer

Computer Software Development

3

n/a

G600

200–260

Computer Software Development

4

n/a

G602

200–280

4

n/a

G603

200–280

4

n/a

G601

n/a‡

4

n/a

G604

200–280

With study abroad

4

n/a

G403

200–280

With study abroad

Computer Science

Other subject(s)

With industrial experience

With industrial experience

Computer Science

Years

Single Honours

3

Joint Honours

Computing and Psychology

Courses offered

Computer Software Development With a foundation year

4

n/a

G404

200–280

With a foundation year

Computer Software Development Undergraduate Masters

Computer Science

4

n/a

G401

n/a‡

Computer Science (incl Foundation English Language)§ Computing and Psychology*

4 4

n/a page 158

G405 GC4V

200–260 n/a‡

4

n/a

G402

200–280

Computer Software Development

Undergraduate Masters

Computer Science

* Subject to approval ‡ Contact the appropriate admissions tutor for guidance. § See page 175 for details.

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‡ Contact the appropriate admissions tutor for guidance.

Detailed course information

Detailed course information

Visit our website at www.hull.ac.uk/ugcomputer

Visit our website at www.hull.ac.uk/ugsoftware


Computer science with games development Single Honours / undergraduate Masters BSc (Hons) / MEng Our courses in Computer Science with Games Development involve a detailed consideration of the areas critical for the games industry, such as programming, software engineering, and computer graphics and simulation, and include a significant element of project work. Although the skills gained are directly relevant to the computer games industry, they are also applicable to a range of careers which require knowledge of graphics, simulation and visualization. We offer four variants: Single Honours; Single Honours with an industrial year; the MEng, which includes an extra year of Masterslevel taught study and guaranteed industrial experience in a commercial software development unit; and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language or in science before beginning a computer science programme). Requirements Typically 200–280 UCAS points (except for the foundation route), including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications. Structure A common first year across Computer Science, Computer Software Development, Computer Science with Games Development, and Computer Systems Engineering covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, information systems and professional skills). It is therefore possible to switch degree courses at the start of Year 2, in which specific study themes are developed and new topics introduced. In the final year, advanced studies are complemented by a choice of specialised modules and project work.

Courses offered

Years

Other subject(s)

UCAS Typical code offer

Single Honours

Computer Science with Games Development

Computer systems engineering Single Honours BSc (Hons) From singing greeting cards to sophisticated digital cameras, all but the very simplest electronic products now use embedded computer systems. Creating these products increasingly requires programming skills, as functions move from electronics to software. The Computer Systems Engineering degree integrates software development, computer science and electronics to equip students with the skills to be effective developers of embedded systems. It provides an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in both hardware and programming, with plenty of hands-on experience. We have developed this course with industrial partners and offer four variants: Single Honours; Single Honours with an industrial year; Single Honours with a year abroad; and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language or in science before beginning a computer science programme). Requirements Typically 200–280 UCAS points (except for the foundation route), including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications. Structure A common first year across Computer Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Software Development and Computer Science with Games Development covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, computer systems, quantitative methods, information systems and professional skills). It is therefore possible to switch degree programmes at the start of Year 2, in which specific study themes are developed and embedded systems development topics are introduced. In the final year, advanced studies are complemented by a choice of specialised modules and project work.

Courses offered

Other subject(s)

UCAS Typical code offer

3

n/a

H600

200–260

4

n/a

H650

200–280

4

n/a

H653

200–280

4

n/a

H601

n/a‡

Single Honours

Computer Systems Engineering 3

n/a

G490

200–260

With industrial experience

With industrial experience

Computer Systems Engineering*

Computer Science with Games Development*

With a year abroad

4

n/a

G493

200–280

With a foundation year

Computer Systems Engineering* With a foundation year

4

n/a

G491

n/a‡

4

n/a

G492

200–280

Computer Systems Engineering

Undergraduate Masters

Computer Science with Games Development

* Subject to approval. ‡ Contact the appropriate admissions tutor for guidance.

* Subject to approval. ‡ Contact the appropriate admissions tutor for guidance.

Detailed course information

Detailed course information

Visit our website at www.hull.ac.uk/ugcompgame

Visit our website at www.hull.ac.uk/ugcompeng

Computer science

Computer Science with Games Development

Years

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Computer science

Information technology management for business

Computer and business informatics

Single Honours BSc (Hons) The IT industry needs individuals with management skills and a sound knowledge of fundamental IT principles and contemporary business practices. Our BSc degree in IT Management for Business fosters exactly those attributes and provides the distinctive blend of computing and business skills that will allow students to operate effectively as graduate professionals.The course is endorsed by e-skills UK, who officially represent the IT industry to the UK Government.

Single Honours BSc (Hons) Informatics is the science which encompasses the collection, storage, retrieval and processing of information. Our BSc degree in Computer and Business Informatics focuses on the central role of information technology in informatics and on the ways in which computer systems and informatics support business. Graduates of this programme will be able to provide cost-effective integrated information solutions to meet the needs of computer users.

Uniquely, the course offers guaranteed industrial placement within a commercial software development unit, where students are exposed to real software project management. We offer two variants: Single Honours and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language or in science before beginning a computer science programme). Requirements Typically 260–280 UCAS points (except for the foundation route), including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications. Structure The degree covers the fundamental principles of computing relevant to all business IT projects (computer programming, databases, networking and human–computer interaction) and the software development methodologies used in implementing them. Students are also exposed to relevant business and management skills, including understanding organisational behaviour, financial and business analysis, project planning and management, team working, personnel management and communication. Business, project management and personal skills are as important as technical skills in the structure of this programme.

Courses offered

Years

Other subject(s)

UCAS Typical code offer

Single Honours

Information Technology Management for Business

Structure This course has some commonality with our Information Technology Management for Business and Computing and Psychology degrees, so students can switch programmes at the start of the second year if they wish to follow a combined IT and business skills pathway.This degree covers the fundamental aspects of the subject (programming, software development, business systems, quantitative methods, accounting and finance, information systems and professional skills) through a combination of core and optional modules.

Courses offered Computer and Business Informatics

3

n/a

GN52

260–280

Years

Other subject(s)

UCAS Typical code offer

3

n/a

G560

200–260

4

n/a

G561

n/a‡

With a foundation year

Computer and Business Informatics 4

n/a

‡ Contact the appropriate admissions tutor for guidance.

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Requirements Typically 200–260 UCAS points (except for the foundation route), including two subjects at A level, or equivalent. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent, is required; and GCSE English at grade C, or equivalent, is preferred. We will also consider applicants with relevant experience rather than academic qualifications.

Single Honours

With a foundation year

Information Technology Management for Business

We offer two variants: Single Honours, and a course with a foundation year (for those who need to consolidate their background in English language or in science before beginning a computer science programme).

GN5C

n/a‡ ‡ Contact the appropriate admissions tutor for guidance.

Detailed course information

Detailed course information

Visit our website at www.hull.ac.uk/uginfotech

Visit our website at www.hull.ac.uk/uginformatics

Computer Science - University of Hull Undergraduate prospectus for Entry 2010  

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