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Technology, Design and Environment Department of Computing and Communication Technologies The MSc in Computing course is tailored for non-computing graduates who wish to study software design and development. It is based on sound software engineering principles and includes modern formal and object-oriented design methods, as well as established techniques. This ensures that our postgraduates are equipped for change in the processes of software production. The course will enable you to develop a good knowledge of computer software development for a range of problem areas, such as interactive websites, stand-alone applications and network systems. Because of its emphasis on software system construction and data organisation, the qualification is applicable to a wide variety of fields concerned with using computers, as well as directly to the computer industry itself. The optional specialist modules, combined with the dissertation, provide further experience in specific areas. Lecturing staff have extensive experience in teaching on undergraduate and specialist MSc courses in computing, as well as a wide range of previous industrial and commercial backgrounds. The department maintains and develops industrial links in a number of ways, including consultancy, courses for industry and the undergraduate industrial placement scheme. Lectures and practicals take place on Oxford Brookes? Wheatley Campus. Course content The MSc in Computing has a modular course-unit design. To qualify for the MSc you will need to pass two compulsory modules in Semester 1, one compulsory module and two elective modules in Semester 2 and the dissertation, together with the Research and Study Methods module. Additionally, during the induction period before the formal start of the course, you may take a limited number of primer modules relevant to your course. Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules you choose from may vary from that shown here. Compulsory modules: Computer Hardware and Network Principles introduces the concepts, operations and components of computer systems and the principles of computer networks. Programming assumes no previous experience of computer programming and covers the fundamentals of structured programming design, testing and implementation. Software Engineering covers the principles and techniques for the specification, design, implementation, testing, maintenance and project management of effective software products. Elective modules: Optical and Broadband Networks examines the design and principles of operation of the individual components in an optical fibre communication system, and examines the performance analysis of complete systems and networks. Computer-Assisted Software Development examines the use of a formal notation and an associated software tool in the specification and development of software that is proven correct with respect to its specification. Database Technology involves the analysis, design, implementation and operation of database application systems. It looks at database system software, query processing, data structures and file organisation. Object Oriented Software Development gives you the opportunity to learn the principles of object orientation and apply them to software development using an appropriate object oriented programming language. Artificial Intelligence involves an application oriented study of the principles and methods that support the development of artificial intelligent systems. Research and Study Methods is designed to underpin work carried out for the dissertations. The module, delivered in a seminar style, will provide you with research skills, planning techniques, progress management and review, and the ability to use ICT support materials. You will be given guidance on the analysis and technical presentation of research material. Dissertation is an individual research and development project of 10,000-15,000 words on a topic closely related to you
Technology, Design and Environment Department of Computing and Communication Technologies The MSc in Computing course is tailored for non-computing graduates who wish to study software design and development. It is based on sound software engineering principles and includes modern formal and object-oriented design methods, as well as established techniques. This ensures that our postgraduates are equipped for change in the processes of software production. The course will enable you to dev...