City of Bristol College

FdSc Computing and Information Technology

Study at an award-winning college that’s one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK. Choose from the widest range of career-focused higher education courses in the area. Enjoy some of the best facilities in the region and explore one of the most vibrant cities in the country. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • COBC1024 Computational Methods

      This module introduces the mathematical methods and techniques needed to understand computing and electronic communications theory and concepts, as well as those needed to develop effective systems in those fields.

    • COBC1149 Introduction to Systems Analysis and Information Systems

      Students will learn about how to use the development lifecycle to understand and model requirements prior to designing implementing and testing a solution. The platform for the development will be Microsoft Access.

    • COBC1153 Web Design Techniques

    • INTEC102 Problem Solving Tools and Techniques

      In this module the student will study tools and methodologies for problem solving and enumerating solutions by considering a range of typical computer problems, learn how to use the three basic programming constructs and understand the differences between program languages and their relevance to problem solving.

    • INTEC104 Introduction to Programming

      In this module the student will learn to write simple programs in a high-level programming language.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • COBC1022 Network Fundamentals

      This module introduces the architecture and components of computer networks. It is designed to cover the topics required for students to obtain the CCNA Module "Network Fundamentals".

    • COBC1150 Computer Systems Architecture

      In this module the student will learn about number systems, basic and extended computer architectures, instruction sets, RISC computers, memory systems and Internet-aware devices.

    • COBC2016 Advanced Databases

      To enable the student to gain understanding of DBMS systems in a multi-user and client-server environment and to give the student experience of creating, administering and managing a database in a multi-user environment.

    • INTEC112 Project Management

      In this module the student will work with others to plan the solution to a given computing problem selected from a choice of given computing problems.

    • INTEC213 Object Oriented Programming

      In this module the learner will learn how to design programs using UML and write programs in Java.

    Optional modules
    • COBC1151 Project (Individual)

      In this module a student will work individually to develop a computer system (program, database or website) to meet an external client's requirement.

    • COBC1152 Project (Group)

      In this module a student will work with others to develop a computer system (program, database or website) to meet an external client's requirement.

    • COBC2117 Advanced Web Development

      The development of a web site that is able to store and retrieve data from a server side database.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • COBC2015 Security

      This module looks at protection mechanisms appropriate to IT systems, focusing upon technologies that are appropriate regardless of whether a system is implemented as part of a network.

    • COBC2017 Human Computer Interaction

      This module enables students to appreciate the importance of design in application development.

    • COBC2105 Advanced Professional and Communication Skills

      In this module the student will conduct research on social, legal and ethical issues individually and as part of a group. The student will also undertake a personal development project using a group for support, as well as a work based project. The module enables the student to develop professional self-confidence and learner-independence.

    • COBC2116 Software Engineering Principles

      The students will learn about the role played by methodologies and software testing in the development of good quality application systems.

    • COBC2118 Operating Systems and Advanced Networking

      In this module the learner will study the principles of multi-tasking operating systems, Unix, Windows Server, installing and configuring a web server from first principles, networking theory including the ISO 7-layer model and high and low-level protocols.

    Optional modules
    • BFDA209 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

      The aims of this module are to develop the students ability to select and use Artificial Intelligence solutions for a range of intelligent devices.

    • COBC2019 Computing for Commerce and Business

      In this module the student will gain an understanding of the structure of organisations and the importance of information. This module will look at a variety of business problems in a range of organisations and how these can be solved with computing.

    • COBC2020 Games Development

      In this module the student will consider various aspects of computer games development.

    • COBC2021 Micro and Embedded Systems

      This module introduces the concepts of embedded control systems.

    • INTEC214 E-commerce in organisations and the Internet in Business

      In this module the student will examine web sites as information resources, evaluate the quality of web sites, learn about the basic features of shopping cart systems, consider the problems of performing financial transactions and identify secure methods for data exchange. The student will also consider websites and the law, disability issues and obscenity.

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.

Fees, costs and funding

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.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with City of Bristol College

Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University. 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 Partners 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. 

Studying with City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.

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