Software Development Course BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Software Development)

1. Overview

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of applicants who have completed a relevant HND in Computing by providing a two-year top-up programme leading to an Honours degree.

The course will extend your existing skills in software and systems development and equip you with advanced skills in web and mobile developments, enabling you to develop sophisticated applications which take into account the requirements of an organisation and the end user.

Software development topics are complemented by coverage of mobile development, web-based development and systems development to ensure that you have the knowledge and proficiency in the tools and technologies needed to develop accessible, interactive solutions that achieve a high level of end user and client satisfaction.

One of the major challenges facing industry and commerce today is maintaining and enhancing a competitive advantage. The convergence of communication and information technologies is creating new opportunities for the development of application software that integrates mobile, tablet, PC and an array of computing services into highly accessible enterprise scale systems. The course content covers the full range of software technologies that underpin these opportunities.

2. What you will study

Year 3
This year focuses on developing your technical analysis and design skills applied to information systems and software applications. You will develop applications for a range of browsers, operating systems, and devices. You will learn skills in dynamic web development, computer security and software development for mobile devices.Many of the activities are done in the context of projects, which develop important skills in project management and team working as well as extending your programming and problem solving skills. These skills will help ensure that your software applications meet the real needs of users and business organisations.

Year 4
The Honours year provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop cloud applications, intelligent systems and leverage the power of the Internet of Things. You will learn to protect internet systems and design applications with the needs of the end user in mind. The Honours individual project is a major feature of this year, and it gives you an opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt in the course to a large, self-directed project in an area of special interest to you.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Throughout the course, theoretical content is complemented by practical work, supporting your academic development by providing opportunities to engage with real-world problems.

You will be taught through an appropriate combination of lectures, tutorials, labs and have the opportunity to learn from external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment, where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.

Group work is important and you will have the opportunity to develop your project management skills by engaging with a variety of real-world problems. The individual Honours project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge to a particular area of interest within the field of software development and software engineering, integrating your technical, analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated academic supervisor, you will be given the opportunity to propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.

4. Entry requirements

This course does not have a year 1 or 2 as the requirements are an HND Computing: Software Development or a similar Computing with Software Development diploma award..

Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3.

Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0. Appropriate equivalents will be considered. 

5. Placements and accreditations

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, so successful graduates can apply for membership of the Society, providing valuable additional professional recognition.

6. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,880 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,800 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,800 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1820 per academic year
  • £910 Optional full year placement

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year
  • £3,375 Optional full year placement

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,500 per academic year
  • £1,000 Optional full year placement

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. Students will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All applicants must apply online at www.ucas.com/apply.

Once you register and create your username and password you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, view your offers and respond to them.

9. Prospects

There is a constant industry demand for graduates who have the ability to build robust usable software applications in the global digital market. As a graduate of the course you could find employment in a variety of areas that take advantage of recent advances in communication and information technologies. These include building and servicing information-rich applications using interactive media for mobile devices, developing secure internet and intranet technologies to provide enterprise-wide services, and developing smart database and e-commerce systems.

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BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

I310

Start date

September

Course length

Full time:2/3 Years (Hons) with Exit Awards at the end of each stage. The course is normally 2 years duration & 3 years when a 1 year industrial or international placement is included.

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
More information:
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Accredited By
British Computer Society

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781