Computing (Including Year Abroad)

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Course overview
(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Computing (Including Year Abroad)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
BSC G112

Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

Dr Iain Phillips

Loughborough University

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  CE101-4-FY  Team Project Challenge  Compulsory  15 
02  CE141-4-FY  Mathematics for Computing  Compulsory  15 
03  CE151-4-AU  Introduction to Programming  Compulsory  15 
04  CE152-4-SP  Object-Oriented Programming  Compulsory  15 
05  CE153-4-AU  Introduction to Databases  Compulsory  15 
06  CE154-4-SP  Web Development  Compulsory  15 
07  CE155-4-SP  Network Fundamentals  Compulsory  15 
08  CE161-4-AU  Fundamentals of Digital Systems  Compulsory  15 

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01    CE291-5-FY or CE299-5-FY  Compulsory with Options  15 
02  CE202-5-AU  Software Engineering  Compulsory  15 
03  CE203-5-AU  Application Programming  Compulsory  15 
04  CE204-5-SP  Data Structures and Algorithms  Compulsory  15 
05    Option from list  Compulsory with Options  30 
06    Option from list  Compulsory with Options  30 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  AW600-6-FY    Compulsory  60 

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  CE301-6-FY  Individual Capstone Project Challenge  Compulsory  45 
02    Option from list  Compulsory with Options  15 
03    Option from list  Compulsory with Options  15 
04    Option from list  Compulsory with Options  15 
05    Option from list  Compulsory with Options  15 
06    Option from list  Compulsory with Options  15 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims


Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies.

A2: Knowledge and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline and to enable them to apply mathematical and statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems.

A3: Knowledge and understanding of computer science and software based design. (If studying on the MSci award this knowledge and understanding will be expected to be achieved at advanced level)

A101: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of studying this subject in another culture

Learning methods

Lectures are the principal method of delivery for the concepts and principles involved in achieving the learning outcomes.

Students are also directed to reading from textbooks, academic papers and material available on-line.

Understanding is reinforced by means of exercise classes, discussion groups, laboratories, assignments and project work.

Specialist knowledge is further developed during supervision of the final year individual project.
Normally outcome A4 will be achieved in a similar way to the other learning outcomes but adaptation to the delivery methods of overseas educational institutions will be expected.

Assessment methods

Achievement of knowledge outcomes is assessed primarily through unseen closed-book examinations, and also through marked coursework.

An assessment of the understanding of underlying concepts and principles forms part of the overall assessment of the final year individual project report and oral presentation.
Assessment in the year abroad will be through satisfactory completion of modules in the host institution (see Additional Notes).

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of their own engineering discipline.

B2: Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key engineering processes.

B3: Understand and evaluate business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics.

B4: Investigate and define the problem, identifying any constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations; ethical, health, safety, security and risk issues; intellectual property; codes of practice and standards.

B5: Work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain and quantify the effect of this on the design.

B6: Apply advanced problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding, to establish rigorous and creative solutions that are fit for purpose for all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal.

B7: Apply software engineering principles to the design of computer systems and software.

Learning methods

The basis for intellectual skills is provided in lectures, and they are developed by means of recommended reading, guided and self directed study, assignments and project work.

Assessment methods

Achievement of intellectual skills is assessed primarily through unseen closed-book examinations, and also through marked assignments and project work.

C: Practical skills

C1: Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques.

C2: Ability to apply quantitative and computational methods in order to solve engineering problems and to implement appropriate action.

C3: Understanding of, and the ability to apply, an integrated or systems approach to solving engineering problems.

C4: Plan and manage the design process, including cost drivers, and evaluate outcomes.

C5: Understanding of contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (eg operations and management, application and development of technology, etc).

C6: Knowledge of characteristics of particular materials, equipment, processes, or products.

C7: Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills.

C8: Ability to design, construct and analyse computer systems and software.

C101: Students will be able to apply the necessary organisational and cultural skills for living and working abroad

Learning methods

Practical skills are developed in exercise classes, laboratory classes, assignments and project work.
C9 is acquired through the guided but relatively independent process of organising and successfully completing a period of living and studying abroad.

Assessment methods

Achievement of practical skills is assessed through marked coursework, project reports, oral presentations and demonstrations of completed systems.

D: Key skills

D1: Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences.

D2: Understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.

D3: Awareness of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement.

D4: Ability to work with technical uncertainty.

D5: Understanding of, and the ability to work in, different roles within an engineering team.

D6: Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering and a knowledge of professional codes of conduct.

D7: Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes.

D8: Knowledge and understanding of management techniques, including project management, that may be used to achieve engineering objectives.

D9: Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate.

D10: Awareness of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health and safety, contracts, intellectual property rights, product safety and liability issues.

D11: Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk, and of risk assessment and risk management techniques.

D12: Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources.

D13: Knowledge of relevant legal and contractual issues.

Learning methods

Students learn key skills in research, problem solving, communication and team project work in the first year project module, and thereafter the development of key skills forms an integral part of their overall learning activity.
These key skills will be further enhanced through the year abroad.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the key skills is intrinsic to subject based assessment.
The assessment of project work includes specific allocations of credit for project management and the quality of presentations.
An individual's contribution to team projects is determined by means of a submission containing reflective and self-assessment components.
The assessment of the final year individual project report includes specific allocation of credit for the quality, extent and relevance of a bibliography, including internet sources.


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