Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK fee

£2,550

International fee

£2,550

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

University Advanced Diploma

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

Developed by leading specialists, our newly updated Computing and Information Technologies University Advanced Diploma (UAD) has been designed around diverse cutting edge issues, events and digital developments.

The course will allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding through research, case studies and practical skills-based projects. With a core focus on professional ethics and the wide-ranging impact of computing technologies in society, the programme will support learners in acquiring crucial skills which underpin the duties and responsibilities of today’s computing professionals.

Why choose this course?

The course particularly focuses on gaining confidence and skills in:

This online qualification will set you on a positive path to successfully furthering your career.

Who is this course for?

Those wishing to progress within the Computing and IT sector such as:

The knowledge and skills gained from studying this programme will enhance your ability to develop your career and/or enrich your professional practice. Furthermore, the programme may enhance your academic ambitions which may include progressing to the Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) degree

What you will study

This online Computing and IT course is made up of three core modules. We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

You must successfully complete the Computing Technologies in Society module before taking the remaining two modules. Both the Web Development: Creating Effective Applications module and the Network Management and Security modules do not assume prior subject specific knowledge. Necessary skills will be introduced.

DiplomaDiploma

Code: 6CC544

Computing Technologies in Society

This module provides a wide-ranging transdisciplinary introduction to the evolution and application of increasingly complex and powerful digital technologies.

Particular attention is given to the impact of technologies on society, the individual and the environment. A broad range of past, present and future technologies and techniques are considered within a framework which is designed to support you in acquiring crucial skills which underpin the duties and responsibilities of today's computing professionals. A strong research-infused curriculum is adopted and is reinforced by an expectation that you will regularly contribute to the virtual classroom's discussion forum. This will provide opportunities to consider diverse cutting-edge issues and current events - thereby supporting you in the acquisition of a broad range of transferable skills which are of pivotal importance in professional practice. As part of the assessment for this module, you will have the opportunity to carry out a research-informed case study in which they will be able to focus on ethical issues relating to specific past, current or emerging hardware and/or software systems/trends. Alternatively, you may elect to undertake a practically based exercise. In either case, you will work within a small group with each member being marked individually for their contributions.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in understanding key technical and environmental issues concerning the operation, implementation and application of digital systems
  2. Critically appraise past, present and future applications of digital systems with particular emphasis on their impact upon both society and the individual
  3. Formulate professional ethical positions in relation to the development, manufacture, application, proliferation and disposal of digital systems
  4. Participate effectively in group work and proactively contribute to the overall organisation of the group
  5. Recognise the varied roles and responsibilities which are associated with professional activity in the computing/IT domain and the importance of continued professional development

Module content

Indicative topics:

  • Digital systems and genocide
  • Environmental stewardship: The computer life cycle - from inception to e-waste
  • Long-term data archiving
  • Server farms and sustainability
  • Digital shadows and personnel privacy
  • Empowering digital systems - fully automated processes
  • Predictive modelling
  • Surveillance systems
  • Drones for surveillance and warfare
  • Radio-frequency identification devices (RFIDs)
  • When technology goes wrong - from cancer therapy to avionics
  • Animatronics
  • Ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Ethics in a multi-cultural context
  • Ethics and the Internet
  • From technology to human factors
  • Professional codes of conduct - turning theory into practice
  • Professional roles and responsibilities - professional development
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6CC547

Network Management and Security

This module is intended to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the issues involved in the management of large scale computer networks.

The importance of information security and risk management are highlighted, as are the implications of security compromise and infringement. In particular, the need for network management is discussed, and relevant models to facilitate this are presented. Network infrastructure and capacity planning, together with associated metrics, are investigated, with this being framed in terms of quality of service and the use of service level agreements. Network security concepts and techniques, for example cryptography and encryption, are also introduced in this module. Such topics are particularly relevant to modern computing paradigms, such as cloud computing. A research-infused curriculum is adopted and is reinforced by an expectation that you will regularly contribute to the virtual classroom's discussion forum. This will provide opportunities to consider diverse cutting-edge issues - thereby supporting you in the acquisition of a broad range of highly transferable skills.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Justify the need for network management; consider the main network management functions and discuss both benefits and limitations
  2. Critically interpret recent research and development in the field of network management security
  3. Critically review the requirements for the design of a network system so as to meet a given application scenario and evaluate key aspects of its security

Module content

Indicative topics:

  • Configuration management
  • Event management
  • Performance management
  • Accounting management
  • Network management standards
  • Capacity planning
  • Aspects of network security, eg authentication, firewalls, physical security, different types of network attacks and risk analysis
  • Disaster recovery
  • Information security management systems (ISMS)
  • Current areas of research and interest in network management, including aspects of cloud computing
  • General issues relating to the management of information technology, such as ethical, legal and security of information, as it relates to network management
  • Selected case studies
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6CC549

Web Development: Creating Effective Applications

This module explores historical, current, and emerging issues, technologies, practices, and infrastructure relating to the creation of large-scale, multi-function websites.

Particular emphasis is given to supporting wide-ranging functionality, eg a combination of e-commerce, communication, social networking, content and management. Particular attention is given to the application of rational methods and critical thinking in the selection of the web technologies which are most suited to a given application scenario. A research-infused curriculum is adopted in this module and is reinforced by an expectation that you will regularly contribute to the virtual classroom's discussion forum. This will provide opportunities to consider diverse cutting-edge issues - thereby supporting you in the acquisition of a broad range of highly transferable skills. As part of the assessment for this module, you will have the opportunity to carry out a research-informed case study and develop a working web application for a given application.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Review and critically evaluate available web-based application implementation options
  2. Interpret web-based application development issues
  3. Identify and justify the design decisions involved in implementing fully featured, multi-function websites

Module content

Indicative topics:

  • Internet protocols and standards
  • A review of current development platforms and technologies in the context of developing complex web applications
  • Site implementation strategies
  • Services oriented architecture and web services
  • Current trends in the application of internet technologies (for both individual and business use)
  • Content management systems
  • Web connectivity
  • Accessibility
  • Emerging technologies, 'hot topics' and new developments
  • General issues relating to the management of information technology, such as ethical considerations and security of information, as they relate to web technologies
  • Responsive template
  • Evaluation of the suitability of mobile technologies for different situations
  • Examination of the ethical implications of the use of mobile technologies
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Entry requirements

You need to have one of the following:

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you've already studied. This means we can make sure your HND or Foundation degree is compatible with this course.

*If you are entering with an HNC you will need to first study and obtain a minimum pass rate of 40% in the level 6 'Computing Technologies in Society' module.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, you will need an English language qualification. For this course, you will need at least one of the following:

* If you don't have GCSE Maths then you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Fees and funding

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £850 3 £2,550

† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

This programme is designed for learners who wish to advance their knowledge and understanding of important aspects of Computing and Information Technologies in order to enhance career opportunities or to prepare themselves for postgraduate research. Importantly, it does not solely focus on digital technologies but also places these in context in respect of both their impact on society and the environment.

It will provide you with highly transferable subject, academic and practical skills which are widely sought by today’s Computing and IT employers.

This course is also an excellent stepping stone to gaining a full degree, which can be obtained by going on to study the Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons), which can be completed part-time online.

Programme leader

Dr Tariq Abdullah

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