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Computing at Aberystwyth: What we teach and how it is organised Lynda Thomas Head of Admissions and Recruitment – Computer Science
Objectives of this Talk Ø Tell you about our degrees Ø More details on a visit day once you have applied
Structure of Department Ø On main (Penglais) campus Ø 25 full-time lecturing staff Ø 35 support and research staff Ø 450 undergraduates and MSc students Ø 25 Ph. D students
Aim of our courses We seek to produce graduates who have: l l a broad knowledge of Computing, a wide skills base, good intellectual skills, and strengthened interpersonal skills. Ideas Training So that they …. can adapt and be relevant in 10 years time.
Do we succeed? l Joint first in UK for Student satisfaction l Degrees accredited by British Computer Society l Top marks in last QAA assessment l Best Research rating in Wales l Our students get good jobs in the Computing industry
From recent statistics – 6 months out Ø More Aberystwyth Computer Science graduates entered into a ‘graduate’ role, compared with national figures for computing. Aber 87. 5%, nationally 69. 8% Ø Aberystwyth Computer Science graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of £ 21, 798 in 2009; £ 3, 475 more than the average figure for all other Aberystwyth first degree graduates entering into full-time employment.
Undergraduate Courses Ø Degree schemes offered: l l Ø Computer Science Software Engineering Internet Computing and Systems Administration Business Information Technology Degree ‘flavours’ linked to our research interests l l l Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence AI and Robotics Mobile and wearable computing Computer Graphics, Vision and Games Open Source Computing
THE COMMON THREADS
Features of all our degrees V O C A T I O N A L Common first year Group project Year in industry (optional) Final Year Project
Vocational Ø Activity weekend in first year interpersonal and team skills. ØProfessional skills weekend in second year - mock interviews ØEncouraged to spend a year in industry ØHard Work - Project based
Common First Year ØFlexible – you can change scheme or mix and match ØDepends on background more than degree scheme
The Group Project Ø Year 2 Ø Team of about 10 Ø Whole product development process Ø Examples: l l l Stock dealing Sky Digibox programmer Android Game
The Group Project (same brief) Ø 2 D maze based game Ø Pacman-style for Android phones Ø The hero can fire bullets at the baddies Ø If hit, they split into weaker baddies Ø After being hit a few times, baddies die Ø If baddies run into you, then you die Ø New levels built on a PC ØLevels can be loaded into the game
Optional Year in Industry between year 2 and 3 Ø Practical experience for a year Ø Working with companies Ø Paid Ø We help find jobs Ø Improves future performance Ø Makes it easier to get a job when you graduate
A few places that our students have worked n atio C r ent e is al isu V Plym outh Mar ine Lab
Final Year Project Ø Final year – 33% of your time Ø Individual working Ø Complete project Ø May be research led by staff member … …or from your industrial year Ø Specify, develop, test, deliver a product Ø Personal challenge Ø
BSc in Computer Science G 400 - 3 years - G 401 - 4 years Ø Ø Ø Provides core modules Most flexible (up to 1/3 out of department) Covers core modules: l Ø Types of final year projects : l Ø Programming, Unix and Windows, Software design, Software engineering, Professional issues, Telecommunications, Database management systems, Human computer interaction and electives A ticket booking system for the Department of Theatre, Film and TV Types of job: l Any typical position in software industry
Sarah Burdett Ø From Cardiff Ø Computer Science Ø Worked for Information Services in Industrial Year in Design Studio Ø Final Project: Knitting Pattern Generator Ø Now working for spindogs in Cardiff as a programmer
BEng in Software Engineering G 600 - 4 years Ø Ø Emphasises PROFESSIONAL engineering of large, high -quality software systems More Technical – almost all modules must be in CS Compulsory industrial year Covers: l Ø Types of final year projects : l Ø Core modules plus: C and Unix, C++, Distributed systems technologies and other electives Instrumentation for a sailing robot Types of job: l Technical positions in software industry
Other Engineering Schemes Ø BEng H 622– Internet Engineering – 4 years l Ø MEng G 601 – 5 years l l l Ø Similar to G 600 but electives and final project emphasise distributed technologies and internet Our most prestigious scheme Final year all modules with MSc students (for an undergraduate price!) Extra modules such as Computer Forensics Types of job: l Technical positions in software industry
Rob Yeates Ø From Somerset Ø Mature student (was a catering manager) Ø Transferred to MEng at end of year 1 Ø Industrial Year at Goldman-Sachs, London (current) Ø Final Project: ?
BSc in Internet Computing and Systems Administration H 602 - 3 years - H 603 - 4 years Building professional quality web sites, applications and networks. Ø Covers: Ø l Ø Types of final year projects : l Ø Core modules plus: Web programming, Website design, Database driven web sites, E-commerce, Commercial processes, E-commerce systems and internet security , Web tools selection… multi-sport online league recording system for use by sports clubs. Types of job: l l Building and maintaining professional web sites Supporting computing users with networking skills
Adam Roberts Ø From Wrexham Ø Internet Computing Ø Industrial year at Compliance Control Ltd Ø Final year project: staff rostering for Corris railway Ø Now working for a consultancy firm as an Oracle database administrator
BSc in Business Information Technology G 500 - 3 years - G 501 - 4 years Concerns methods and technologies that can be used to create effective IT systems as solutions to business problems. Ø Rather than emphasising programming, this degree concentrates on analysing business requirements and translating them into systems Ø Ø Covers: l Ø Types of final year projects : l Ø Web programming, Systems analysis, DBMS and Commercial applications, Professional issues, Business process engineering, E-commerce system and internet security, Web tools selection. Some modules are taken in other departments such as Information Studies and Media Studies. Critique and redesign of multi-lingual web site (Eisteddfod) Types of job: l l Providing database and web enabled commercial solutions Supporting computing users
Rachel Moss Ø From Wolverhampton Ø Switched to G 501 after first year Ø Industrial Year at HBOS (now Lloyds Banking) working with Marketing and IT teams on brochure websites Ø more …
Ø Became interested in accessibility of commercial information for Visually Impaired people Ø Final Year project a system to investigate this Ø Now doing PGCE in IT – just got a job and applying for a part-time Ph. D
BSc degrees with Artificial Intelligence CS & AI: GG 4 R - 3 years, GG 47 – 4 years AI & Robotics: GH 76 - 3 years, GH 7 P – 4 years Artificial Intelligence (AI) explores artificial systems that can do things that are normally regarded as requiring intelligence. Ø Robotics is the study of devices that automate tasks and may exhibit AI. Ø Covers: Ø l Ø Types of final year projects : l l Ø Core modules plus: Practical application of AI, Appropriate tools, Theoretical understanding of AI, Hardware, Intelligent Robotics, Space Robotics, electives Cracking the Zodiac killer's cypher with AI techniques Automatically steering an electric car Types of job: l Any technical job in the software industry or related to AI or Robotics
Tom Blanchard Ø from Brighton Ø AI and Robotics Ø Industrial Year working for Dr. Mark Neal in the department (last year) Ø Final Year project: Development of an Autonomous Tethered and Submersible Data Buoy Ø Next year: Ph. D
Tom on a project involved with automated 3 D modelling of the calving edge of glaciers
BSc degrees in New Technologies Mobile and Wearable Computing: G 420, G 421 Concerns technologies for mobile and very lightweight computing systems. Mobile phones and PDAs form the backbone of this revolution. Computer Graphics, Vision and Games: G 450, G 451 Specific applications include games development, (medical) image understanding, movie special effects and industrial quality control. Open Source Computing: G 402, G 403 Covers programming, operating systems, software design, and the engineering of large software systems, from an open source perspective. Ø Covers: l Ø Types of final year projects : l Ø Core modules plus: appropriate other modules such as: ubiquitous computing, interactive computer graphics, visualisation, C++ Graphics and games for mobile devices Types of job: l Any technical job in the software industry and specialised positions
Harry Strange From Carmarthen l Computer Graphics, Vision and Games l Started University in London and changed his mind – started at Aber late l Final Year Project: Using Visualisation to Aid Detection of Building Blocks in Mammograms l Now: Ph. D student in Visualisation l
How to get more information: Today: Please ask! cs-admissions@aber. ac. uk While making your decision about University: http: //www. aber. ac. uk/schemes http: //www. aber. ac. uk/modules After you apply: Visit Days Once you are here: Lots of support available – if you are worried ask!