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Foundation Degree in Computing - Mid Devon

Level 4-5
Course Code:
HET003 / G401
Mid Devon Campus
Two years, full-time; three years, part-time

This course allows successful students to progress to Plymouth University final year - (BSc Computer Science), employment or transfer to the Digital Technology Solutions Higher Apprenticeship. It covers project management, programming, networking, web site databases and programming supported by theory including mathematics, systems analysis. A lot of lab practical work underpins essential skills

This year a student project team has set up a festival website. The eCommerce site allows the sale of tickets and the marketing and management of content by the organisers. Agile project management - industry best practice - is learnt and used by students to support projects and employability. Applying SCRUM techniques builds efficient teams that get results fast.


Modules include: Software Engineering Principles, Computer Systems, Developing Graduate Skills, Business Enterprise, Programming, Web Design and Development, Introduction to Systems Analysis, Human Computer Interaction, Data Communications, Network Theory and Practice, Software development and Project Management with Scrum.
Students are assessed in a variety of ways; written assignments, in-class tests, examinations, individual and group presentations and research projects.
Network practicals use switches, Cisco Routers, WAPs and a variety of servers.
Students will ideally possess an NVQ, National Diploma or A Level, preferably in an appropriate subject.
Mature students will be considered individually but must demonstrate at interview that they have the necessary motivation, potential, experience and/or knowledge to follow the programme successfully.
On successful completion of the course, students can progress to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Computing at Plymouth University. Please note there is a progression application deadline and places may be subject to availability.
Two well equipped dedicated computing rooms and a science laboratory are used for lessons. Java and C++ is used to provide industry relevant programming experience. PHP, MySQL and other languages are used.
Emulation software includes CISCO Network Simulators, Assembler emulators. Hardware includes a stand-alone network with Ubuntu, Kali and Windows clients and a Windows server, with networking equipment that includes switches, routers and WAPs.
If you require further information, please email either for technical questions or for general enquiries.
Q. What is the pass mark for assignments?
A. There are two grades: pass and distinction. The pass mark for all assignments is 40%. A module mark of 70% will earn you a distinction. FdSc Computing (Distinction) can be gained with an overall module average of 70% over two years.

Q. What programming languages will I learn?
A. Java, but more importantly, you will learn object oriented theory which underpins the majority of present day programming languages.

Q. Can I take a 'year out' between the second and third years of study?
A. Yes, we encourage students to try and find an internship and gain industry experience.

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