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Department of Computing Through the past 70 years of the world experiencing the benefits of electrical computer, computing is shaping the future of all other fields of study. At Saint Martin’s Institute, we believe that the computer is a horizontal enabler that with its growth, empowers all the other fields that employ it. The department of computing at Saint Martin’s Institute boasts of a specialised and effective portfolio of courses in this area, which evolved from its affiliation with the University of London offering degrees in Computing and Information Systems in the days where the world was just recovering from the infamous dot.com bust. The world had just learnt the lesson about the importance of effectively merging computing with sound business considerations and principles. Under the academic direction of the University of London, Saint Martin’s Institute was successful in delivering and developed individuals in this discipline with an astounding classifications awarded by the world renowned University. Saint Martin’s is celebrating a decade of offering the Creative Computing degrees in Malta, being the pioneer in this area by offering a BSc degree that gently merges the principles of computing to the discipline required in the creative industry. This saw further growth in the institute by offering a niche that was not offered before in Malta and the Institute has developed this niche ever since. After thirty years since its inception as a school offering computer science courses, fifteen out of which as an affiliate of the University of London International Programme network, Saint Martin’s Institute is now offering a range of Level 5 Diplomas in Computing, specifically designed to address the needs of industry in Malta and overseas. These programmes courses provide the theoretical rigour that one requires prior to proceeding to Level 6 Bachelor degrees while at the same time equipping students with the essential practical skills that the industry expects from today’s graduates. The Institute has at its core the importance of interpersonal skills in such an industry that relies on teamwork and mutual contribution. For the past seven years, the Institute has successfully and consistently organised the Game Development Challenge that enabled participants to work together in a team on a project spread over 5 months where each team is expected to design and develop a themed computer game from scratch. This goes hand in hand with the activities offered through these new qualifications that aim to instigate the same values of commitment and perseverance required by any team.

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Can we ever imagine what the future holds for you?

The future is anyone’s guess, however educators are leading their respective sciences and consequently are the best people to foresee the competences required by graduates joining the labour force. When joining one of our programmes, you will be adequately prepared to join the industry requirements of at least three years in advance.

Can we prepare you for the future?

We prepare you by ensuring that you possess all the life skills necessary to be at the top of your selected career. We do not only focus on your development in the knowledge necessary in your chosen field, but in addition, we develop your communication, interpersonal and self-learning skills.

A globally renowned qualification with an international outlook

It is very easy to become too inward looking, especially in an island as small as Malta. That is why we provide you with an international syllabus developed through research undertaken by world-renowned academics from all over Europe with our academics adding value through classroom lecturing, tutorials and mentoring for hands-on experiences.

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Diploma in Computing (60 ECTS) - MQF 5

Diploma in Computing with eBusiness & Digital Marketing (60 ECTS) - MQF 5

The MQF Level 5 Diploma in Computing aims to provide learners with knowledge of the principles of computing and will improve their problem solving skills in attridion to programming and mathematical skills. As a graduate of the diploma, the learner will be able to:-

The MQF Level 5 Diploma in Computing with eBusiness and Digital Marketing aims to provide learners with the ability to join a marketing team and handle all digital marketing and communication needs of the organisation. As a graduate of the diploma, the learner will be able to:

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understand principles of computing; analyse simple problems and devise a solution; interpret software design; implement a standard solution through programming.

SMc10306 SMc10307 SMc10314 SMc10315 SMc10333 SMc10334 SMc10335 SMc10337 SMc10339 SMc10340

Introduction to Java Programming (7 ECTS) Intermediate Java Programming (7 ECTS) Introduction to Information Security (2 ECTS) Introduction to Front-end Web Development (4 ECTS) Introduction to Algebra and Matrices (4 ECTS) Introduction to Graphs (2 ECTS) Introduction to Calculus (4 ECTS) Principles of Computing Architecture (4 ECTS) Implementing and Querying Databases (3 ECTS) Core Database Principles (3 ECTS)

+ A combination of subjects to a minimum total of 20 ECTS’s, chosen from Groups: MTH, SYS, UEX, GDE, CDS and JBX, found on page 12.

understand principles of computing analyse business scenarios employ computing principles in the design of a digital marketing solution participate in the production of a digital marketing campaign

SMc10306 SMc10314 SMc10315 SMc10333 SMc10334 SMc10335 SMc10336 SMc10337 SMc10339 SMc10340 SMc10341 SMc10343

Introduction to Java Programming (7 ECTS) Introduction to Information Security (2 ECTS) Introduction to Front-End Web Development (4 ECTS) Introduction to Algebra and Matrices (4 ECTS) Introduction to Graphs (2 ECTS) Introduction to Calculus (4 ECTS) Maths for Business (2 ECTS) Principles of Computing Architecture (4 ECTS) Implementing and Querying Databases (3 ECTS) Core Database Principles (3 ECTS) Foundations of Information Systems (7 ECTS) Digital Tools for Marketing Communication

+ A combination of subjects to a minimum total of 11 ECTS’s, taken from

Groups: CDS, SYS, PSE, UEX and JBX, found on page 12. Successful candidates may apply for the MQF Level 6 BSc with Honours in Computing and Information Systems & Creative Computing conferred by the University of London. 8 | Computing Prospectus

Successful candidates may apply for the MQF Level 6 BSc with Honours in Computing and Information Systems & Creative Computing conferred by the University of London.


Diploma in Computing with Game Design & Development

Diploma in Computing with Information Systems

The MQF Level 5 Diploma in Computing with Game Design and Development aims to provide students with visual and aural representations of the game world, as well as the mathematics and internal game mechanics, developing the artistic and the programming aspects of game development. As a graduate of this diploma, the learner will be able to:

The MQF level 5 Diploma in Computing with Information Systems aims to provide learners with the knowledge of the principles of computing, particularly in their application in the field of Information Systems, & improve their problem solving skills together with programming & mathematical skills. As a graduate of the diploma, the learner will be able to:

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(60 ECTS) - MQF 5

understand principles of computing analyse simple problems and devise a solution interpret software design and implement solutions through programing; define game design and development processes and apply game theory principles to strategic game design.

(60 ECTS) - MQF 5

understand principles of computing; analyse simple problems and devise a solution; interpret software design and implement solutions through programing; recognise fundamental concepts and evaluate approaches that may be taken when planning information systems.

SMc10306 Introduction to Java Programming (7 ECTS) SMc10307 Intermediate Java Programming (7 ECTS) SMc10315 Introduction to Front-End Web Development (4 ECTS) SMc10327 Game Design I - Conceptual Game Design (7 ECTS) SMc10328 Audio Design I - Fundamentals (3 ECTS) SMc10329 Visual Design I - Visual Narratives (3 ECTS) SMc10330 Maths and Science for Computer Games (7 ECTS) SMc10333 Introduction to Algebra and Matrices (4 ECTS) SMc10334 Introduction to Graphs (2 ECTS) SMc10335 Introduction to Calculus (4 ECTS) SMc10337 Principles of Computing Architecture (4 ECTS) SMc10339 Implementing and Querying Databases (3 ECTS) SMc10340 Core Database Principles (3 ECTS) SMc10344 Introduction to Interaction Design (4 ECTS)

SMc10306 SMc10314 SMc10315 SMc10333 SMc10334 SMc10335 SMc10337 SMc10339 SMc10340 SMc10341 SMb10342

Introduction to Java Programming (7 ECTS) Introduction to Information Security (2 ECTS) Introduction to Front-end Web Development (4 ECTS) Introduction to Algebra and Matrices (4 ECTS) Introduction to Graphs (2 ECTS) Introduction to Calculus (4 ECTS) Principles of Computing Architecture (4 ECTS) Implementing and Querying Databases (3 ECTS) Core Database Principles (3 ECTS) Foundations of Information Systems (7 ECTS) Implementing Information Systems (7 ECTS)

Successful candidates may apply for the MQF Level 6 BSc with Honours in Computing and Information Systems & Creative Computing conferred by the University of London.

Successful candidates may apply for the MQF Level 6 BSc with Honours in Computing and Information Systems & Creative Computing conferred by the University of London.

+ A combination of subjects to a minimum total of 13 ECTS’s, taken from Groups: UEX, CDS, PSE, JBX and SMc10336 - Maths for Business (2 ECTS), found on page 12.

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Academic Reputation

Quality Education

Financial Support

Employment Opportunities

Established in 1985 and an Affiliate Institution of the world renowned University of London and licensed by the National Commission for Further & Higher Education with a track record of excellent results attained by graduates every year.

FlexipayTM will allow you to pay for your tuition fees after you have successfully completed your studies. Full time students earn stipends and grants, and all qualifications benefit from a 70% tax credit reimbursement when in employment.

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Students enjoy close interaction with all academics and staff members at all levels and see themselves as peers in the learning process. The Institute prides itself on its personal and individualised students approach.

The Institute believes it bridges compulsory education and a rewarding career. This belief forms part of an overall culture of strongly encouraging students to enter the workplace providing support to secure interships and subsequent employment.


I believe that out of all the eleven quality standards in which a higher education institution should aim to excel in, it would surely be in student centred learning. I am humbled to lead academics who focus on students’ needs. Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education is judged to exceed expectations in this standard by the NCFHE External Quality Assurance Report of 2017.

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Study Units Group WDD - Web Design & Development

Group MAR - Marketing Code

SMc10343

ECTS Value

7

Study Unit

Code

Digital Tools for Marketing Communication

SMc10315

ECTS Value

4

Study Unit

Introduction to Front-End Web Development

Group GDE - Game Design

Group CDS - Computing, Databases & Security

Code

Study Unit

Code

Game Design I - Conceptual Game Design Audio Design I - Fundamentals Visual Design I - Visual Narratives

SMc10301 SMc10314 SMc10338

SMc10327 SMc10328 SMc10329

ECTS Value

7 3 3

SMb10063 SMb10069 SMb10071

ECTS Value

7.5 7.5 15

Study Unit

Code

Introduction to Risk Management Fundamentals of Banking Accounting Principles and Practice

SMc10307

Group JBX - Job Experience SMc10345

ECTS Value

3

Study Unit

SMc10330 SMc10336

ECTS Value

7 2

ECTS Value

7

Study Unit

Intermediate Java Programming

SMc10341 SMc10342

ECTS Value

7 7

Study Unit

Foundations of Information Systems Implementing Information Systems

Job Shadowing Programme

Group MTH - Mathematics Code

Introduction to Data Communications Introduction to Information Security Intermediate Computing Architecture

Group SYS - Information Systems Code

Code

3 2 4

Study Unit

Group PSE - Programming and Software Engineering

Group FIN - Finance Code

ECTS Value

Study Unit

Maths and Science for Computer Games Maths for Business

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Group UEX - User Experience Code

SMc10344

ECTS Value

4

Study Unit

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A methodology which helps students succeed

We are very much aware how easily students may be distracted from the attention and commitment necessary to succeed in todays fast paced world. The department is very conscious of the continuously changing environment of computing and the very short response time in which individuals need to re-invent themselves to be able to cope with the evolution of computing and its social impact. The department follows the famous Delors principles in education and provides students with the pertinent knowledge in computing and the ancillary disciplines, mentors students to develop the ability to use their knowledge thus maturing their skills, ascertains the interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively in functioning teams at the place of work and finally inspires the ability to self-develop.

Learn how to learn

Although all four principles, as proposed by Delors, should have equal weighting, the ability of an individual student to learn independently is given even more importance at Saint Martin’s Institute. It is not enough that the faculty oversees the development of a student through the programme to prepare for a job or a career change. It is the creed of the Institute that a student transforms / develops into any requirements of the future, thus becoming a life-long learner and employable over the long term. The transfer of knowledge is done through scheduled lectures and tutorials, supported by prepared materials available over the Saint Martin’s Institute virtual learning environment. Students will be assessed through unseen written examinations and home assignments to help the faculty gauge the absorption of knowledge by the student and the ability to apply the knowledge in real life scenarios.

“Saint Martin’s gave me the opportunity to read for a Degree in the evening and still manage work.” “At Saint Martin’s I found a very supportive team of lecturers, who were also, very dedicated and professional in their work. A year after having completed this degree, I resumed my studies at a post-graduate level and am currently pursuing my dream of being a fully qualified teacher of computing.” stmartins.edu/computing | 15


Entrance Requirements

An applicant must normally be at least 16 years of age on or before the SMI Autumn Semester examination session, which normally take place in December, in the year of registration and must be in possession of: • Four ordinary level passes, including Mathematics and English at SEC grades 1 to 5 or grades A to C in the case of GCE/GCSE. • International equivalents to the above requirements will be considered and the decision taken at the discretion of the Institute. • All students are required to attend an interview set up by the Saint Martin’s Admissions & Advisory Board (SAAB) and attempt the English Placement Test, which is normally scheduled during the third week of October every year. • Students, who do not hold an ordinary level qualification in English Language, must provide proof of competence in English, such as a recognised test of proficiency, which is acceptable to the Institute.

Maturity Clause

Students who are 21 years and over, are eligible to apply for the MQF level 5 diploma subject to having passed a recognised MQF Level 3 qualification AND have at least two years uninterrupted full-time employment.

Student Requirements

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education is committed to offering quality tertiary education to all students with their respective needs. SMI will make every reasonable effort to make sure that the experience of studying with us is rewarding. The Institute offers fully accessible premises.

Financial Assistance Scheme*

The Saint Martin’s Institute Financial Assistance scheme is available for deserving students who may find difficulties with the fees payable. Please refer to the payment section on the website for further details about the scheme.

Get Qualified Scheme*

The Get Qualified Scheme will reimburse a maximum of 70% of the total fees over a period of ten years paid by the student upon successful completion through income tax credit. The scheme applies to both EU and Third Country students and is conditional on the student being employed in Malta. * Terms and conditions apply

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Stipends and Maintenance Grants*

The Government of Malta offers full-time students monthly stipend and grants payable under the Malta Government Undergraduate Scheme (MGUS). The scheme offers a fixed stipend of €1348 divided equally between 1st October and 30th June and a yearly sum of €698.81 to partly cover expenses related to educational material and equipment and a one-time grant of €698.81 payable in the first year of their studies. Students are required to refer to the MGUS Regulations for further details regarding eligibility and conditions with respect to the scheme. The scheme is administered by Students’ Maintenance Grants Section, within the Ministry for Education and Employment and rules and regulations are available on: https://education.gov.mt/en/education/ myScholarship/Pages/MGUS.aspx

Fees

The below application & registration fees are payable by ALL students registered with Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education depending on the mode of study selected: Diploma (MQF 5)

Full-time (EU)

Full-time (Non-EU)

Part-time (EU)

Application Fee

€125

€125

€125

Registration Fee

€950

€950

€480

€4,842 €3,444/year

€6,180 €3,990/year

€2,990/year

(one time non-refundable) (one time non-refundable) Tuition & Examination Fees

Course over one year Course over two years

The Institute offers the opportunity to EU students to pay the annual tuition fees on a monthly basis, payable by the 10th of each month in advance. The fees quoted above are subject to annual review by the Institute Non-EU students are expected to settle the full tuition fee before the start of the academic year due to visa requirements.

Other costs

In addition to the fees payable to the Institute, the student needs to budget for the cost of: • Textbooks (SMI & UOL provide guidebooks but students are encouraged to purchase other reference textbooks) • Laptop / Computer with internet access * Terms and conditions apply

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