Online course details

UK/EU fee

£875 (2020/21)

International fee

£875 (2020/21)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Start date

24 May 2021

Course length

10 weeks

Mode of study

Tutored online learning



Online course description

The concept of an ‘Internet of Things’ (which is often discussed within the framework of ‘Pervasive’ and ‘Ubiquitous’ forms of computing) relates to the development, deployment and operation of a broad spectrum of Internet connected devices which are able to communicate with applications, with each other, and with the environment.

The pervasive use of interconnected and intercommunicating sensory technologies offers great opportunities for business, for governmental agencies and for the individual. However, there are a number of ongoing challenges which include reliability, data handling, security and impact on personal privacy.

This course provides a practical, interdisciplinary introduction to the Internet of Things and to the broader area of Pervasive Computing.

A research-infused curriculum is adopted in this course 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 a part of the assessment for this course, you will have the opportunity to carry out a design and construction exercise in which you will develop and programme one or more Internet connected devices (usually based on the Arduino or Raspberry Pi technologies). Alternatively you will undertake a research-informed case study involving research into specific topics.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate competence in understanding the principles, techniques, protocols and technologies which underpin the Internet of Things
  2. Critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of the concepts and potential social and ethical ramifications of the Internet of Things and of Pervasive Computing in general
  3. Critically evaluate the benefits which the Internet of Things and Pervasive Computing offer in advancing indicative areas of application

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 Techologies BSc (Hons) Top-Up. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

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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

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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