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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 degree in Computing covers topics such as project management, programming, networking, web site databases and programming, which are supported by theory including mathematics and systems analysis. Practical lab work will underpin essential skills.

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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
- 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, move on to employment, or transfer to the Digital Technology Solutions Higher Apprenticeship. 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.
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
Q: How much will this course cost?
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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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