Computing (Data and Information Systems) - BSc (Hons)

A long blue corridor with lines of servers on either side.

Database systems are at the core of modern information systems.

Graduates from this programme use their expertise to design, implement, test and maintain innovative computer based solutions to support the technological infrastructure in contemporary organisations.

Students on this programme will learn database design, creation, administration and the development of programs for the development of data-driven applications. In the first year, you will study a broad range of subjects common to several courses within the Computing Portfolio. These provide the underpinning required for later years and allow flexibility to transfer across pathways in your first year of study.

During your second year, you will study modules that provide a greater depth for your chosen programme. In the final year, you will undertake a major project which provides a focus for your studies.

The course focuses on designing, implementing, testing and maintenance of high-quality information systems and data-driven applications. 

You will focus on acquiring and using the expertise required by an information systems developer and programmer to create solutions to large and complex problems.  The expertise and skills you develop from engineering software solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Module Topics

Level 4  modules - BSc/HND/HNC

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems (20 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts (20 credits)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits)
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials (20 credits)
  • Software Development (20 credits)

 Level 5 modules - BSc/HND

  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits)
  • Data Security and Compliance (20 credits)
  • Databases and Application Development (20 credits)
  • Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)
  • Network Operating Systems and Services (20 credits)

 Level 6 modules - BSc

  • Independent Project (40 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 credits)
  • Data Warehousing and Data Mining (20 credits)
  • Emerging Trends (20 credits)
  • Usability Engineering (20 credits)


The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability and development of industry skills through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.