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1 Computing Course Talk “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.”

2 Computing Course Leader Dr Ambikesh Jayal Learning Centre, LC118 Email: Tel: 01242714254

3 Structure of the course Modules Placements Key staff Examples of student work In this session

4 Software development Problem solving and algorithms Programming languages Hardware interfaces Study a range of topics over 3 or 4 years Breath and depth In Computing you will experience

5 Structure of the course

6 You can choose to take particular themes at level 4 (first year of a course) and carry them through at Level 5 (second year) Eg: programming, games, databases There are also other IT related themes such as networks and forensics available to you Your ART will discuss these options with you in more detail tomorrow Modules

7 Technical subjects you will study These are some of the topics which students often say they’re most interested in They form the main focus of the course Arduino Databases C Games UX Mobile apps Web designAlgorithmsNetworks Java SecurityHardware

8 Arduino: Small computer

9 A “Graduate” should also have academic skills Ability to research a topic – Google Scholar, Library databases, books, journals Organise the information – notes, structure Write a summary, report or essay drawing on the evidence Employers also want Honesty, integrity Timekeeping skills Team working skills Self-directed learner – keen to update skills Other skills

10 Most employers want you to have industry experience as well as a degree It is strongly recommended that you take a placement to gain that experience Grades from your first year modules are key to gaining a successful post Coursework is designed to give you a portfolio to demonstrate your skills to potential employers 30% of students went on placement this year Industry experience

11 You may feel a bit undecided as to which course you want to study Don’t worry, you can change the course at the end of Level 4 provided you have taken any required compulsories On the right course?

12 The main points are: The degree structure is flexible You can change your course But do talk to your Academic Review Tutor if you are considering this

13 Key Staff Ambikesh: Programming Vicky: Programming Kevin: Networks Andrew: Databases David: Web & QA

14 Key staff Like you, we all have different, complementary skills, interests and personalities We hope that you will find the course interesting and rewarding The more you put in, the more you’ll get out of the course so… enjoy!

15 By the third year Employability You will have the skills to work in a team to produce a professional quality application Communication You will be able to communicate ideas clearly to others Note: you will be very employable if you have engaged with your studies

16 Student projects Typical student projects would include: Mobile apps Desktop executable Web delivered database system Arduino Based Projects

17 Student projects Netcom: Group project 2011 HDCoders: Group project 2013 Bead Soft: Group project 2013

18 University Life “The best part of college is not the classes you take or research you do, but the peripheral things: meeting people, going to seminars, joining organizations, dropping in on classes, and learning what you don’t know.” By Peter Harrington in the book 'Machine Learning in Action'

19 Any questions?

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