Foundation Degree in Information Technology (Chesterfield)
Why choose this course?
- The work based nature of this course enables you to make the most of your experience and even achieve credit for the work you do in your workplace.
- This is a highly practical course that provides you with the knowledge and understanding to quickly progress your career
- On completion of this course you will qualify automatically to progress onto the BSc Degree in Information Technology.
- You will receive help and support from highly experienced academics as well as skilled and knowledgeable professionals in the IT industry
- With its focus on addressing real life problems, this programme will greatly enhance your employability skills and with them your employment prospects
- Delivered part-time day release, two afternoons a week
Course code: UI2AA
Start date: January and September
Course length: Part-time: up to 5 years
Campus: Chesterfield campus
College: College of Engineering and Technology
This course is available to international students
About this course
This course is designed to provide a broad based introduction to studying information technology and data management. It has a strong work based focus and has been designed to reflect the diverse range of skills and technologies found in modern ICT industries.
Students will develop a broad range of practical skills in data management, web development and user experience underpinned by academic knowledge and an understanding of data management. Therefore, it is expected to appeal to students from a variety of computing disciplines as well as those seeking employment in ICT.
Specifically, this award provides a sound basis for a career in systems design, web design, or data analytics. It is also suitable as part of a Higher Modern Apprenticeship programme.
What you will cover
You'll study modules such as:
- The IT Design Studio
The aim of the module is to use higher level software tools to construct fairly small IT products as mini-projects. As the need arises, more formal introduction to analysis and design will be introduced. User centred approaches will also be gradually introduced as the size and complexity of the software increases.
- Introduction To Computer Science - Work Based Learning
This is a work based learning module which means that you will have the opportunity of combining the work you do in your work place with the assessment required for the University. This module introduces students to the concepts, contributors, terminology, sub-fields, and history of computer science, whilst encouraging students to develop academic skills in reading, writing, research, and presentation.
- Understanding People In Organisations - Work Based Learning
This is a work based learning module which means that you will have the opportunity of combining the work you do in your work place with the assessment required for the University. This module introduces students to the concepts, contributors, terminology, sub-fields, and history of computer science, whilst encouraging students to develop academic skills in reading, writing, research, and presentation. Organisations often make claims that their ‘people are their most important asset’. In a turbulent business environment, economic recession and every increasingly competitive market place an organisations employees may well hold the key to sustainable competitive advantage. But unlike other organisational assets employees have a choice about what they do and how they do it – whether they will help the organisation achieve its aims and objectives or act as a barrier to its strategic intentions. Organisations are therefore faced with the complex challenge of managing their ‘human assets’ with care to ensure they get the best out of them. Before this can be achieved managers must first understand why people behave in the ways that they do. This module will use lectures to draw on what we already know from psychology and organisational theory and research to help us to understand the way people behave in organisations. It will investigate the Human Resource Management literature to explore the policies and practices used by organisations to manage these behaviours. A mixture of practical seminars and workshops will help students to understand the links between these two areas through work on case study materials or actual work based experience and practical HR management and leadership exercises and activities. The overall aim of the module is to help students to understand and reflect on how people behave and can be managed effectively in the workplace.
- Introduction To Data Analysis
In a world that is increasingly focusing on Big Data and data analysis, being able to analyse data and report the result of data analysis, and interpret it as useful information, is crucial to being a successful IT professional. This module introduces students to the fundamentals of data analysis using one or more popular industry-standard data analysis tools.
- Programming Principles
Programming has traditionally been a stumbling block for many students. This module recognises that there is a small amount of material that needs to be delivered by a lecture. Students will be introduced to concepts in two, two-hour sessions. The first two hour session will be a tutorial/practical session with 30 – 60 minutes of lecturing interspersed with very many practical examples and exercises to build up the practical skills required to be competent programmers of simple applications for the three main platforms. The idea behind the two sessions per week is to enable students that find the material challenging to practice and explore additional material so that they need never be struggling with more than 2 hours of material. If in any four hour session students feel overwhelmed, it could mean that students are demoralised from early in the course. The gap of a couple of days will enable support of clinics, other tutorial/practical groups, online tutorial videos etc to all contribute to the practical skills development of the students. The teaching strategy is to convey, in an engaging way, the theoretical and technical aspects of the material with discussions around what students have found helpful in helping to understand the material. The tutorials/practicals will be supervised sessions allowing students to research and develop desktop, client-side software and simple mobile Apps. Students will be able to receive one-to-one guidance. The use of the University of Derby VLE will provide notes, and quizzes.
- Client Side Web Development - Work Based Learning
This is a work based learning module which means that you will have the opportunity of combining the work you do in your work place with the assessment required for the University. For virtually areas of computing, an understanding of the basic concepts used in web site development is essential. This module provides an introduction to effective design of web sites, focusing on modern design techniques and standards, and to the core areas of mark-up languages such as HTML and use of cascading style sheets (CSS). It also provides an introduction to the various client-side technologies and how they can effectively be used to enhance web applications.
- Industrial Team Project - Work Based Learning
This module is designed to help students develop their careers in the computing industry by developing an understanding of how systems are developed by teams of people, the particular problems faced when working in system development teams and the personal and communication skills required to be an effective contributor to a project. The team situation might be one that the student is currently working in, or may (where this is not possible) be one provided by the College
- Learning From Professional Courses in IT - Work Based Learning
This work based learning module enables learners to capture their engagement in learning from non-accredited short courses, workshops and other learning opportunities such as visits and conferences. Through the module they will reflect on and articulate their learning, showing how it has contributed to their professional development. They will locate this learning within the wider context of current professional and academic thinking, within an appropriate field or discipline. Finally, they will discuss how this learning has been applied in the workplace through the use of a portfolio of evidence.
- It Services Management - Work Based Learning
This is a work based learning module which means that you will have the opportunity of combining the work you do in your work place with the assessment required for the University. A modern business is highly dependent on Information Technology to run its business efficiently and effectively and to ensure it can compete. An IT Service to a business is a combination of technologies, people, and services from suppliers. This module explores the issues surrounding the effective management of IT Services in a business. The module introduces the strategic and operational management activities of a business IT function from the perspective of IT being an enabling service to the business. The module begins by introducing the student to the concepts of IT Services Management and helps the student understand how critical IT provision is managed. The importance of Enterprise Architecture and an understanding of the importance of User involvement in the overall design, development, deployment and operational management will be demonstrated. Students will build an understanding of the difference between technology products and an IT service and will work in groups to carry out a number of tasks relating to the design and introduction of a new IT service to a business
- IT Product Design
Perhaps the most difficult part of the development of an IT Product or Service is deciding what to build. This module equips students with the skills and knowledge to identify and understand a business problem, produce a set of requirements and specify the design of the product or service from the user’s point of view. This will involve using appropriate Systems Analysis techniques, applying UCSD tools and methods to the design of the User Experience and develop an appropriate database design.
- Database Development For Business - Work Based Learning
This is a work based learning module which means that you will have the opportunity of combining the work you do in your work place with the assessment required for the University. This module explores the concepts, technology, and theory that underpin industrial-strength multi-user database systems. Students will be required to develop the practical skills necessary to design and implement robust and scalable databases. Also, they will develop critical understanding of the issues related to multi-user database development.
- Data Management And Business Intelligence - Work Based Learning
This is a work based learning module which means that you will have the opportunity of combining the work you do in your work place with the assessment required for the University. The acquisition, validation, organisation, management, analysis, presentation and interpretation of data is the primary purpose of information systems in organisations. Underlying much of the success of information systems has been the development of the databases upon which modern information systems are built. The information systems professional needs to understand how these data systems work, how their benefits can be optimised and how to analyse and evaluate the information in the systems in order for the users and managers of the organisation can obtain maximum value for their investments in Information systems. A key problem for data management is to reconcile the conflicting demands for real-time data capture for operation systems with the needs of the for management analysis in Business Intelligence, Management Information and Executive Information system, thus introducing the concepts of data-warehouses. This module will expose students to a wide range of database and data analysis topics which will be actively and practically explored by the students in order to prepare them for their future careers in large and small organisations. They will have opportunities to work with representative, real-world datasets to develop their understanding of the issues involved in managing and analysing the data and to explore the practical aspects of data mining and management data analysis and presentation using the SAS product set, including the Business Intelligence engine.
- The IT Design Studio
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 64 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level
At least a C in a scientific or technology based subject at A-level (or equivalent qualification)
Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
This is a part time day release course only, and all students are required to be working for a relevant company.
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How to apply
- Part-time students should apply directly to the University
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£1,125 per module
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
How you will learn
This programme is a Foundation Degree. As such, at least 50% of all the modules are work based or work related meaning that activities you undertake in work can contribute to the assignments you do on your course. It also means that the whole of the course, whilst giving you the basic knowledge and theory you will need to become an IT professional, is oriented towards practical. applicable skills that will enhance your career.
Much of this course is managed by work based learning which means that for those modules identified as work based learning modules you will be able to submit portfolio work you in your work place for assessment by the University.
Other modules will be assessed either as a portfolio of work you do as part of your university studies or as one or two large assessments.
The Industrial Team Project is a group project module and you will be given a large project to do as part of a team. Your presentation skills and team working skills will also be assessed.
For the Learning from Professional Courses module, you can be assessed on your reflections on training or other courses you have done as part of your employment and gain university credit.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.