Our supportive tutors will guide you through topics that include software development, networks, database systems and web development. We help you develop the necessary skills to undertake a Masters-level project in designing and implementing IT systems, without assuming previous experience.
By the end of the course you will have an expert understanding of the processes and knowledge that are needed to design, implement and support an IT system. You will also be able to make a significant contribution to IT research activities as well as to team-based IT projects.
The research aspects of the course are supported by Sunderlands on-going research programme. The specialisms of our Digital Innovation Research Beacon include intelligent systems, internet technologies, information retrieval and interaction design.
Sunderland has invested heavily in state-of-the-art technology for computer sciences and IT. We are among the UKs top ten universities in terms of spend per student, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013.
Modules on this course include: * Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.
* Architectures and Operating Systems (15 Credits)
In this module you will examine the basic architecture of a modern day computer system. You will cover the functions and operations of the principal hardware and software elements as well as different types of computer systems. This practical module will give you the opportunity to get inside real computers and see how the various components and subsystems work.
* Web and Multimedia Development (15 Credits)
This module includes the HCI fundamentals of context, design and evaluation. You will also explore the context of user research through studies of users, tasks, activities and environments. You will study web development including HTML and CSS and gain an understanding of common tools as well as knowledge of web development and the skills used in multimedia programming.
* Software Development (30 Credits)
This module covers object-oriented programming languages; design and implementation inheritance in an OOL; specification of requirements; software design using interaction diagrams and state diagrams; testing and design patterns; and testing OO systems.
* Networks (15 Credits)
This module covers different aspects of network systems, including LANS, MANS, WANS, WLANS, topologies, ISO 7-layer and TCP/IP models, media (radiated and conducted), signalling techniques, routers, switches, print servers, file servers, web/ftp servers protocols (routing and routed), wireless network configuration and security measures. You will also cover related software and hardware.
* Database Systems (15 Credits)
This module is about the design and implementation of information systems using database technology. You will cover: data models (relational, object-oriented and object-relational models); data manipulation languages; database security; transaction management; client-server systems; distributed databases; internet database technologies and connectivity; database warehousing and data mining.
* Foundations of Computer Science (15 Credits)
During this module you will study soft systems approaches to problem understanding such as rich pictures, CATWOE and root definitions. You will also cover object oriented techniques for analysis, systems level understanding and modelling/algorithms.
* Masters Project (60 Credits)
You will undertake a real world project through the support of a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.
Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Please note that accreditation is currently for cohorts commencing in the 2012 intakes only and is subject to confirmation to the full five intakes by BCS.