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PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION - Postgraduate Programme
QAA Expectation: A2.2: Degree-awarding bodies maintain a definitive record of each programme and qualification that they approve (and subsequent changes to it) which constitutes the reference point for delivery and assessment of the programme, its monitoring and review, and for the provision of records of study to students and alumni.
The programme specification is the primary source of information relating the programme. The programme specification forms a central document for students, employers and staff. It should be written from the perspective of the student.

Programme Title

MSc Computing and Information Technology

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SECTION 1: Programme Aims

In addition to the Northumbria Graduate Characteristics, a Northumbria Postgraduate will:
For PG Cert / Diploma:

For Masters degree:

  • Conceptualise, theorise and undertake research which addresses complex issues and which advances understanding within the discipline or practice

  • Contribute to the creation of new knowledge and /or applications to practice within their discipline through a critical understanding of the processes through which knowledge is created.

  • Formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data and can communicate these judgements clearly to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

How does the programme aim to engender / enable the development of the Northumbria Graduate qualities within the specific subject discipline? (max 250 words per section)

A graduate of MSc Computing and Information Technology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and critically apply expert knowledge and skills in computing and information technology

  • Critically examine, understand and apply the philosophies, techniques and tools of information technology and computing

  • Develop computing applications for varied and complex computing problem domains, using a software engineering approach

  • Plan, manage, evaluate and report on a significant individual computing project

  • Work both individually and as a member of a team, recognising different team roles and multi-cultural environmental issues

  • Communicate balanced judgements effectively (in writing and verbally) at the appropriate business and technical level with users, management, customers and technical specialists, justifying work in the content of wider theories and practice, including when considering incomplete or ambiguous data

  • Work in the development and operation of computing systems

  • Act in a professional and ethical manner in the development and use of computing systems

  • Demonstrate professional attributes, including self-reflection, showing initiative, sound judgement, analytical ability, problem solving, the ability to conceptualise, theorise and research complex issues which advance understanding, and the ability to critically evaluate their own work and the work of others

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes to take leading roles within the computer science industry and will have developed highly transferrable skills that promote employability and lifelong learning

  • Satisfy the educational requirements of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). You will be prepared to progress to full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status after gaining the necessary professional experience.

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