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LEEDS CITY COLLEGE

HIGHER EDUCATION SCHEME

BSc (Hons) Applied Computing

COURSE HANDBOOK

2016/17



Contents
1 Welcome to the College…………………………………………… 3

2 About your course………………………………………………….. 6

3 Student Support System…………………………………………. 11

4 Your responsibilities as a student……………………………. 15

5 Assessment…………………………………………………………… 19

6 Academic and student regulations…………………………… 28

7 Quality control………………………………………………………. 32

8 Have your say ……………..……………………………............. 35

9 Where to get help…………………………………………………. 37

10 College HE Calendar……………………………………Appendix 1

11 Learning Outcome grids………………………………Appendix 2

12 Assessment grids……………………………………….Appendix 3

13 Assessment timetable…………………………………Appendix 4

1 Welcome to the College
1.1 Welcome from the Principal
I am delighted to have this opportunity to welcome you to Leeds City College.

Thank you for choosing to study a Higher Education course with us.

Our provision continues to be commended externally. In a recent HE inspection, carried out by the Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency in May 2016 (The QAA inspects all Universities and colleges) the high quality of our HE programmes was confirmed and it was noted that our approach to supporting and facilitating scholarly activity and the implementation of our new Virtual Learning Environment were areas of good practice.
We regularly seek the views of our students on the quality of their courses and use this information to make improvements. Student satisfaction is consistently high, with students commenting on the level of support provided and the quality of feedback they receive on their work.
At Leeds City College we know that the whole HE experience is at the heart of student success. That’s why, in addition to the actual teaching and learning experience, our campuses have a friendly, supportive atmosphere and we offer a range of support services which cater for individual needs.
We hope you enjoy your time with us.


Colin Booth

Chief Executive & Principal

1.2 Welcome to Leeds City College
Welcome to Leeds City College and the Technology School. In particular, welcome to the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing.
This handbook provides you with information about your BSc Applied Computing course (which is validated by Teesside University), the school, your responsibilities as a student, support available to you, in addition to information about assessment and other regulatory issues.
Now that you have enrolled, our aim is to offer you all possible help and support to enable you to gain the qualification, prepare you to be successful in the Computing Technologies field and also for progression onto a further post graduate education course or into the work place if that is your choice.
The team is looking forward to meeting you and hopes that your time in Leeds is both enjoyable and successful.
Best wishes to you in your future studies.


  • Julie Best

  • Head of Computer Science (Course Manager)

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Computing






1.3 Which School is my course in?


  • You will be part of the Technology School. The Director of Technology School has a management team of Curriculum Heads, Course Managers and Award Leaders. The school has three broad areas of provision: Networking, Applied Computing and Engineering Science. The school offers full time and part time courses from Entry level through to BSc (Hons) Degree.



  • The faculty structure is as follows:

Director of Technology School: Andrew Scanlan

Head of Computer Science: Julie Best

Award Leader: Lynn Jelic

Your Personal Tutor



Your Module Lecturers

1.4 What facilities are available?



  • Access to University Centre (UC) dedicated to HE students only

  • Dedicated IT facilities with all the hardware and software required for your course.

  • Provision made within the UC Quiet Study Area, for rooms that can be booked for group work

  • A social area where students can meet during breaks.



1.5 What can I do once I graduate?
The Applied Computing BSc (Hons) was created to meet the needs of Industry. Computing is a growing area of skills shortage and employers are involved in ensuring that the syllabus meets the up-to-date requirements of the day to day job market. Students are provided with the underpinning knowledge and expertise to progress either into the job market or to continue their studies with a top up degree.

  • Students who have completed this course have gone into a variety of careers: Systems Analyst, Systems Support Engineer, Database Administrator, Self-employed, Teaching, IT Technician, Web Designer and Digital Designer.


2 About your course
2.1 Welcome to the course
The BSc (Hons) Applied Computing is designed to appeal to both traditional learners and those learners in related and relevant sector employment seeking continuing professional development within the Digital Industries. It has been recognised that a number of students are restricted to attending University one day/one evening per week. Therefore, to address equality of provision for these students seeking to continue their professional development a restricted timetable provision has been evolved.
The course offers a broad range of subjects across the IT spectrum – many employers wish to have an employee with such a broad based knowledge. The course offers progression from students studying on the Foundation Degree Applied Computing courses but also offers provision for external applicants who have completed a HND in computing.
2.2 Aims of the course
The programme aims to:


  • provide curricula, informed by external reference points, which develop a range of technical, professional, vocational, employability transferable and key skills appropriate to the level of the award;

  • provide a challenging high quality programme in digital technologies which will facilitate access and progression for a wide range of students from a diverse background;

  • develop graduates to be lifelong, independent and reflective learners.

  • enhance the employability and career prospects of learners within the digital technologies sector with the opportunity to develop specialist vocational skills and knowledge in the broad area of digital technologies

  • produce capable and well-rounded graduates who will contribute to the skill base of the local economy and region in the context of the rapid developments taking place.



2.3 Course Learning Outcomes


Knowledge and Understanding

K1

Plan, undertake and evaluate a negotiated, self-managed major computing/ academic project

K2

Critically appraise complex and conflicting theories, concepts and principles relevant to a broad based IT discipline.

K3

Critically evaluate primary and/or secondary data and, where appropriate, information systems in order to enable unpredictable and complex computing problems to be addressed;

K4

Analyse and evaluate the impact of ethical and legal issues relevant to the generation of knowledge within the IT industry.

Cognitive/Intellectual Skills

C1

Appraise, evaluate and synthesise, data/evidence from appropriate sources to make independent judgements with relevance to the computing sector.


C2

Question orthodoxy using balanced logical and supported argument.

C3

Demonstrate intellectual flexibility and openness to new ideas within the computing industry


C4

Define complex computing problems and the application of appropriate knowledge, tools/methods to their solution.

Practical/Professional Skills

P1

Operate ethically in complex and unpredictable computing contexts, requiring selection and application from a wide range of standard or innovative techniques within the computing sector.

P2

Act autonomously with limited supervision or direction within agreed guidelines.

Key Transferable Skills

T1

Plan, manage and evaluate the acquisition of new knowledge and skills as part of a lifelong learning strategy

T2

Demonstrate both employment potential and ability to manage future professional development

T3

Communicate clearly, fluently and effectively in a range of styles appropriate to the context

T4

Select, apply and evaluate appropriate numerical and statistical methods for complex and open-ended tasks

T5

Select and evaluate software applications for different tasks within the context of the discipline


2.4 What will I learn?
Structural overview of modules across the Academic Year.


Level 6 – Full Time Structure


Project
40 Credits


All year


Internet Technologies *

1st Semester

Optional


20 Credits

Project Management

1st Semester

optional
20 credits




Research Skills

1st Semester
20 Credits




Mobile Applications

Development*

Optional

2nd Semester

20 Credits


Database Administration and Management

2nd Semester

Optional

20 credits




Level 6 – Part Time Structure (18 months)


First Semester


Three Optional Modules to be taken in additional to the two core modules

Optional modules may be chosen from either first semester or second semester options



Internet Technologies

1st Semester

Optional

20 Credits




Project Management

1st Semester

optional
20 credits

Research Skills

1st Semester
20 Credits





Second Semester



Mobile Applications Development

Optional


2nd term

20 Credits



Database Administration and Management

2nd Semester

Optional

20 credits



Year long

Dissertation
Project
40 Credits




2.5 How will I be taught?
A mixture of lectures, tutorials and seminars will be used. The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts. The seminars will be a mixture of student and tutor led sessions considering practical examples of the principles and concepts. The tutorials will take the form of individual support and feedback for students by tutors or other students. Tutor led sessions will be held to provide an opportunity for students to work on examples and case studies in the areas covered by the lectures.
Student-led tutorials will consist of action learning activities, discussion groups and report-back sessions which allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills.


  • Modules will be delivered using lectures to deliver theoretical aspects and underpinning knowledge.

  • Practical sessions will be used to supplement the theory and allow students to develop a range of employability skills.

  • Guest speakers will be used for students to gain access to a different range of experiences

  • Group work will allow students to develop projects that include research, problem solving, peer reflection and other teamwork skills.

  • Tutor and peer led reflective feedback form the basis of student development strategies

  • Tutorials will take the form of regular group and individual support for student guidance

  • Students will also be directed to the relevant primary literature, book sections and internet resources, which they will be expected to study in order to supplement the module.

  • Work experience will be a vital part of the course

The BSc (Hons) Applied Computing course is Higher Education and you must make your own notes. You need to write enough to ensure you have a good understanding of the subject, as a starting point for further reading and research and as a basis for your assignment work. A good set of notes, built up week by week, is the most valuable learning resource of all.


2.6 How will I be assessed?
For each module of study, you will complete one or two assessments which may contain a number of tasks. These can be practical, reports, presentations, interviews, etc. In addition, lecturers may set ungraded or “formative” assessments as part of the learning process. These formative assessments are important as they give you a chance to obtain feedback on your performance before your summative assessments. At the end of the module, a mark is awarded based on the evidence of the summative assessments.

Key Assessment Methods




  • Practical demonstrations and portfolios

  • Reflective portfolio/logbooks

  • Presentations

  • Report

  • Examination

  • Negotiated Learning Agreement

  • Personal Development Plan

  • Coursework

  • Case Study

  • Self-Evaluation

  • Viva

See Appendix 3 for Assessment Grid


You will have opportunities to engage in a range of activities in addition to your studies during your time at Leeds City College including volunteering, student societies, playing in College sports teams and being a student academic representative.
3 Student Support System
3.1 Who is going to teach me?
Your module lecturers are the members of the College staff who you will have most contact with. Their job is to manage and deliver their part (module) of your programme of study, assess and grade your work, and also give you continuous feedback on how you’re doing.


My name is Julie Best and I have been teaching at the college on a wide range of courses, in both HE and FE for 27 years. The last 11 years delivering Higher Education courses. Before that I worked as PA at British Telecom. I have experienced what it is like to be a student as I did a BSc and an MSc as a mature student and juggling full time job and studying was very difficult. I constantly seek to keep my skills relevant and undertook a Prince2 course to benefit my delivery of Project Management as a module. I love teaching and get a great deal of satisfaction at the end of the year when students succeed and realise it was all worthwhile!

My name is Lynn Jelic and I have been teaching at the college on a wide range of courses, in both HE and FE since 2002. Before that I worked in a high school with students with special needs for almost ten years. I have experienced what it is like to be a student here at the college as well as a tutor, as I studied on the Foundation Degree before finally getting my 2:1 BSc Hons degree in Computing in 2008. I enjoy the diversity of teaching students from all different levels and get a great deal of satisfaction at the end of the year when students achieve their qualifications and progress onto something else. I ensure that I keep up-to-date with progress in web design and development, as this is my specialist area, by enrolling on relevant courses and speaking to industry experts.



Glynn has worked at Leeds City College since 2001 where he has taught a wide range of computing related subjects and levels. These have included entry level IT to part time students, computer games design and 3D animation courses to school leavers, and a wide range of modules such as programming and networking to foundation degree students. He has been involved in and supported the creation and validation processes for the foundation degree courses and describes the best part of working at Leeds City College as being the opportunity to develop new skills and teach new subjects regularly.




My name is Wendie Adams; I have been teaching for seven years and have twelve years of industry experience ranging over many sectors. Preceding my teaching I worked in the banking, ISP, insurance, manufacturing and retail sectors. I enjoy passing this knowledge and experience along to my students; I now like reading and keeping my skills up-to-date for as many sectors as I can.


I hold a degree with Hons in Multimedia Design and a Masters in Electronic Business.

Lecturers aim to develop adult, professional relationships with students. You are encouraged to voice any concerns that you might have about your work with the lecturer concerned.


Our job is to do all we can to help you succeed but we can’t do this unless you talk to us about anything that is worrying you.
You will be allocated a personal tutor whose job it is to deal with any problems that can’t be settled at lecturer level, plus more general concerns that you might have, for example any problems you might have which may be affecting your work.
The Course Manager (CM) has overall responsibility for the running of the Foundation Degree and the well-being of the students.
Contact details for your tutors are listed below.
Julie Best 2162448 julie.best@leedscitycollege.ac.uk

Lynn Jelic 2162256 lynn.jelic@leedscitycollege.ac.uk

Glynn Bolton 2162449 glynn.bolton@leedscitycollege.ac.uk

Wendie Adams 3861765 wendie.adams@leedscitycollege.ac.uk


For each module, the module leader will set out the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you, which may be by e-mail or notices posted on the course VLE.

3.2 What study facilities are available in the Library+
The library+ centres at Leeds City College contain a range of services to help you with your studies:


  • An extensive collection of books and other publications.

  • Journals and e-resources.

  • Access to computers with printing allowances allocated to individuals.

  • A very helpful team of staff who will be happy to help you gain the maximum benefit from the services.

  • A dedicated member of staff for your award.

  • Full details of the range of facilities available at each of the college campuses.


PLEASE NOTE: You will need to register with Library+ in order to be able to use the facilities, including the computers. To do this you will need your student ID card which you were issued with when you enrolled.
How can I get help and advice?
Each course has a specific Academic Librarian who has detailed knowledge about your chosen subject. He or she will buy all the resources for your subject in the library and will teach you how to make the most of the information available to you during your course. You will meet your Academic Librarian at your induction. Further help is available at the Help and Information Point in each Library.

4 Your responsibilities as a student
4.1 What are my responsibilities?
It is your responsibility as a student to comply with the scheme, course and module requirements for attendance and for completion of assessments. This includes meeting deadlines for assessments. In order to achieve this, you should be aware of the following Core Principles:


  • Be Respectful – For example, ensure your interactions are always respectful and professionally conducted and College facilities are appropriately used.




  • Be Sensitive – For example, be aware of your language and behaviour to ensure it respects others and recognises diversity.



  • Be Understanding – For example, ensure there is mutual respect by listening to others (be aware your voice may be more easily heard in some venues than others).



  • Be Punctual – For example, make sure you arrive, start and finish on time. Let the appropriate person know if you are delayed. To avoid disruption to others, late entry to a session/appointment may not be possible.




  • Be There – For example, actively participate to get the most out of the time available.




  • Be Prepared – For example, make sure you have done the necessary preparatory work. If insufficient preparation has been done it may not be possible for the planned activity to take place. Students who have attempted but had difficulty with preparatory work should bring this to the attention of the relevant staff member.




  • Be Considerate – For example, use mobile phones and electronic devices with an awareness of how this might impact on others.

(Taken from the Teesside University ‘A Guide to Promoting a Mutually Respectful University Community’, full details of which can be found using the following link http://www.tees.ac.uk/docs/docrepo/student%20information/A%20guide%20to%20promoting%20a%20mutually%20respectful%20university%20community.pdf )


Please note that the College has a disciplinary process which can be found at

https://intranet/studentzone/zones/front.jsp?deptcode=201&linkid=984


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