FdSc Foundation Degree in Computing and Business Information Technology

Course overview

The course has been designed in consultation with computer practitioners and industry partners who
are looking for creative, motivated, commercially astute graduates with a good understanding of programming, information systems development, database and web-based systems development, data communications and in other areas of computing and BIT, and who can bring a wide range of transferable skills to these rapidly growing new areas. In addition, work placement opportunities and progression requirements onto Honours level (level 6) of the BSc Computing or BSc Information Technology course have also been taken into account.

The structure has been derived by the course team from research identified through government establishments, academic organisations, professional bodies and local/national employers. The structure reflects the needs of students and employers as well as the specific expertise that the Faculty can bring to meet such demands in the ever-growing area of Computing and Business Information Technology.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 2 Years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: London Campus 
Course Level: 5
Award: Foundation Degree
Awarding Body: London Metropolitan University

Modules Studied

First Year

  • Logic and Problem Solving
  • Programming
  • Computer Hardware & Software Architectures
  • Information Systems

Second Year

  • Work Experience
  • Software Engineering
  • Database and Web-based Information Systems
  • An Introduction to Networks and Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law

Both of the requirements (A and B) must be met:

A)
Applicants require a minimum of 4 GCSE passes at C (including English Language and Mathematics) or above or an equivalent qualification.

OR

Students with lower qualifications and suitable industrial or external experience in Business may be registered as a student of the Foundation Degree.

B)
Students whose first language is not English are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency at IELTS: 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each component.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, students will have GCSE English and

Maths at grade C or above, or Higher Diploma (or equivalent), and one of the following:

  • 120 points on A Levels or AS levels, or equivalent such as BTEC National Diploma in
    Computing, Advanced NVQ or Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education (AVCE);
  • mature students will be considered on the basis of suitable work experience and qualifications.

Students whose first language is not English are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency at IELTS: 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each component.

Students will be exposed to various assessment strategies, which are part of the development and
evaluation of the skills. Formative assessments through report writing, diagnostic tests, presentations, and group work will also be accompanied by summative assessment such as unseen examinations.

All assessment methods are designed to test the students' actual level of skill achievements. As
students progress through the levels of study they will be confronted with more complex assessment such as research reports.

On completing the course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding and application of the underlying concepts, principles and approaches relating to information systems; web development; project management; computer systems and networks; Internet technologies; business strategies; legal, professional, and ethical issues for organisations; software design and development; and algorithmic methods, problem solving, logic and mathematics;
  • apply their knowledge and skills using appropriate tools and techniques in problem solving; analysis, design and development of information systems; interacting with computer systems; and implementing and testing computing/IT software applications and hardware;
  • achieve a recognised qualification and practical experience through study and work placement, and accumulate transferable credits in the related areas of study;
  • demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills gained from the course of study onto higher level modules/courses through the credit transfer/accumulation scheme;
  • make an immediate and effective contribution to the computer industry;
  • demonstrate ability to critically reflect on their learning and plan for their personal development (PDP);
  • demonstrate the application of key skills, such as application of number, communication, improving own learning and performance, information and communication technology, problem solving, and working with others.
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