Bsc (hons) Computer Science
This course is the most recent course in the computing suite offered with Plymouth University. It is one of a new breed of computer science courses which blends academic theory with industry standard tools and techniques, rather than using obscure frameworks and programming languages that are rarely seen outside the academic world. There is much practical content. By the end of the course, you should not only understand abstract computer science theory, you should also be able to apply that theory to build systems that work.
Computers are now part of everyday life, so much so that it can be hard to define what a computer actually is. A games console, a mobile phone, an iPod, the instrumentation in a modern sailing yacht - are they computers? They are certainly controlled by a computer, and therefore we think they are computers. This course prepares students for a career developing computers and computer systems, whatever form they might take. And if you are interested in how computers really work, then this is the course for you.
This course is the most research focused of our computing courses, but even so of the emphasis of this course is on employability and current industry trends. So in addition to technical know-how, you will also study personal (and interpersonal) skills, a little business, a little maths and the legal and ethical frameworks within which all computing professionals must operate.
The first two years of the course provide a grounding in computer science, please see the detailed course content. The final year consists entirely of optional modules and a project, the topic of which is also a matter of choice. This enables you to tailor your final year to fit your interests and intended career.
Our computer science students secure relevant and interesting work placements, and the placement is most strongly recommended. However we want students to enrol onto this course not only because of the employability prospects but also because of an interest in computer science. That means you must have an interest in computers and how they work.
You will find our teaching style relaxed and informal, but don’t assume that this approach means
that we don’t care about the standard of work you produce; we do. In addition, you will find there is much practical work; we believe in learning through doing. That means we do work you (and also ourselves) hard.
Although the emphasis of this course is in industry practices and employability, the School of Computing and Mathematics engages in much research. In the last RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) in 2008, 100% of our research in computer science was judged as being of international repute, with 25% of work recognised as of world leading value.