South Devon College

FdSc Computing

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Database: Analysis, Design and Development (SOUD1413)

      An introduction to the analysis, design and implementation of a database system. This module will explore the requirements for information processing at different levels in an organisation, and introduce the analysis, design and practice of database fundamentals to implement a database solution to meet specified requirements.

    • Computer Systems Infrastructure (SOUD1414)

      This module introduces the students to the fundamentals of computer systems infrastructure. Students will explore contemporary computer systems and the common core architecture and digital logic that enables computation. Finally, students will progress onto the use of CLI and GUIs across different operating systems.

    • Programming Concepts (SOUD1506)

      This module is intended to introduce students to programming concepts across different programming paradigms, whilst looking to embed good software engineering practice in the design, implementation and testing of moderately complex software applications.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Client-Side Web Development (SOUD1412)

      This module provides an insight into the guidelines and considerations for developing user-centred and interactive websites. This module explores the vital design concepts and guidelines in order to allow the student to design, implement, test, review and evaluate a website that meets the strict needs of current user requirements.

    • Fundamentals of Computer Networks (SOUD1505)

      Modern computer systems rarely operate in a standalone manner and rely upon networks to provide flexibility of additional functionality. Module introduces the underlying network standards, protocols, devices, media and security that allow networked systems tocommunicate. Module includes theoretical principles matched by scenarios to design, implement/configure, and troubleshoot networks.

    • Introduction to Computer Security (SOUD1507)

      This module introduces the main security issues that relate specifically to both computer and networked systems. The module introduces key underlying concepts of security and common threats to systems and how they arise, and progresses to identify specific security issues and how professionals can address such issues in the design of computer and networked systems.

    • Object Oriented Programming (OOP) (SOUD2364)

      This module focuses on understanding the key concepts of the object-oriented paradigm. Students will apply these underlying concepts in the design, implementation and testing of moderately complex object oriented applications.

    • Employability and Professional Development (SOUD2462)

      This module enables students to experience and reflect upon real working environments with a view of improving employability. The module will enable students to develop key transferrable and employment related skills needed in the modern industry. This experience will enable students, amongst other things, to contextualise early theory into practice.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Advanced Project (SOUD2366)

      This module enables students to obtain a real business problem to solve. Students will draw upon learnt subject experiences and skills gained from the course to date, to enable them to effectively plan, design, implement, test, evaluate, document and present a project of complexity.

    • Secure Application Development (SOUD2463)

      This module focuses on the principles of server-side web scripting and encourages the understanding of various server-side programming languages and environments to produce dynamic and secure website content. At the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate the use of server-side scripting in website development and implement a server-scripted website based on learnt principles.

    Optional modules

    • Application development for embedded operating systems (SOUD2367)

      This module focuses on the understanding of the role of embedded operating systems in a range of devices. Students will use this understanding to investigate embedded operating system development environments and frameworks, resulting in the design, implementation, testing and presentation of an application for an embedded operating system for specified requirements.

    • Enterprise Networks (SOUD2368)

      Networks are an essential part of our lives. The Internet, for example, is viewed as one of life's necessities like water, food and accommodation. This module introduces the learner to the support mechanisms needed to maintain enterprise networks and will allow for the exploration of various tools and techniques used to configure, administrate and maintain these networks.

    • Fundamentals of Embedded Systems (SOUD2369)

      This module introduces the fundamentals of embedded systems, including the use of embedded systems to practically explore the implementation of open and closed loop control systems. The investigation into, and use of associated control system hardware, components and software constructs will ultimately allow the student to develop a control system of moderate complexity.

    • Cyber Security Forensics (SOUD2370)

      This module investigates the underlying concepts and principles that are used in the field of digital forensics. It involves the demonstration of the tools and techniques used in the investigation process, and enables the student to understand the legal framework that informs the collection and preservation of this most fragile form of evidence.

    • Immersive Technologies (SOUD2371)

      This module provides the student with the opportunity to practically investigate and explore modern, contemporary, cutting edge and immersive technologies. This practical investigation will lead on to the development of a prototype system using a modern, immersive technology, ultimately allowing the student to critically evaluate potential future uses of this prototyped system.

    • User-Centred Interface Design (SOUD2372)

      This module aims to introduce students to the HCI principles, UML techniques and ethical issues required for the design and evaluation of user-centred interfaces.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 
Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with South Devon College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Please contact South Devon College to apply for this course:

South Devon College
Vantage Point
Long Road
Paignton 

Tel: +448000380123
Email: enquiries@southdevon.ac.uk

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

More information about South Devon College

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