Online course details

UK/EU fee

£875 (2020/21)

International fee

£875 (2020/21)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Start date

25 January 2021 or 24 May 2021 or 27 September 2021

Course length

10 weeks

Mode of study

Tutored online learning



Online course description

This course 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 course, 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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, 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

Course content

Indicative topics:


Offset course credits towards another qualification

Once you’ve completed this course you may be able to offset the 20 credits towards our online Computing and Information Technologies BSc (Hons) Top-Up or the online Computing and Information Technologies University Advanced Diploma. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020 15.00 - 16.00

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

UK/EU fee: £875

International fee: £875

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

UK/EU fee: £875

International fee: £875

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You need to have one of the following:

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, 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.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Who will teach you

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Dr Tariq Abdullah
Programme leader

Dr Tariq Abdullah has over 19 years of research and development experience within both industry and academia. He has worked in many roles within Higher Education, as a Lecturer, Programme Leader, Research Fellow and in his current role as Academic Lead in Computing and IT.

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