Taught course

Computing and Information Technology

Northumbria University · Computing

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a lower second class honours degree, or its equivalent, or professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree. Exceptionally, applications will be considered from those with other qualifications and/or relevant experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This practically oriented course introduces students to the skills and knowledge that they will require to pursue a successful career in computing and information technology.

What will you study?

Program Design and Implementation - uses the Java language to introduce the principles, knowledge and skills required to design, implement, test and document programs written in a structured high level language.

Database Modelling - introduces the principles of database modelling, relational database design and manipulation with SQL, database processing with transactions and procedures, object and distributed databases, data exchange and interoperability and emerging data models. Practical experience is gained in all areas of Oracle.

Computer Networks and Operating Systems - provides an appreciation of computer systems and their underpinning hardware and software, including an appreciation of how computers can be linked through the internet and local networks.

Website Development - students will learn the requirements for creating a web site that interacts with a database. The module includes a study of industry web standards including web design principles and methods, and the technical and architectural components of the Internet.

Research and Project Management - the module will, as appropriate, draw on the expertise and advice of other departments within the University including Library and Learning Services, Careers and Employment Service, and the English Language Centre. In particular, this module will provide essential preparation for the dissertation or individual project and form the basis for continued career progression.

Systems Security Management - this module is designed to enable students to gain the essential management skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and evaluate the complete Systems Security Policy for a networked IT infrastructure. The various areas of study in the module are closely linked to the principal sections set out in the ISO17799/BS 7799 Security Standard.

Systems Analysis and Design with UML - introduces students to the software development life cycle, systems analysis and IT applications. It will also enable students to develop workable solutions to business information system problems using the object oriented (OO) paradigm. They will have the opportunity to apply a well-established OO method. Advanced modelling concepts and techniques will also be used to build complex object models. Students will understand the need for, and have appreciation of, professional codes of practice for analysis and design.

MSc Project - provides students with experience of undertaking a substantial piece of research and software development related to the modules taken elsewhere on the programme. It should enable them to demonstrate personal enterprise and self reliance, combined with a high level of subject understanding and technical competence within the field of computing and information technology.

Each module on the course is separately assessed. This could be by either coursework assignments and/or examinations. Assignments can take the form of research reports, systems analysis documentation, or programming exercises, as appropriate for the module. The programme also includes a major project.

Graduates from the programme learn the latest skills and computing knowledge that equips them for entry into the computing and information technology profession. They take up a variety of careers in the industry, such as programming, systems analysis, website design and management, IT consultancy and software training. Some graduates return to their previous careers, benefiting from a greater understanding of the nature, capabilities and limitations of computer systems.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
full time
12/16 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453