BSc Computer Science G400

Course Overview

Nicolas Roard, now working for Google Calif.

This is a three-year programme designed to teach you a wide range of aspects of Computer Science. At level 1 you will learn how to program, study how computers work, be introduced to Software Engineering, and learn about the fundamental mathematics and theory of Computer Science. Level 1 is common for our BSc in Computer Science, BSc in Software Engineering and MEng in Computing. It is possible to switch between degrees.

At level 2 you will learn about operating systems and networking, computer graphics, databases, compilers, advanced and specialised programming programming, specification, and some of the more advanced theoretical aspects of Computer Science. You will develop your programming skills (in C and Java), and have the opportunity to attempt advanced tasks, both individually and in groups.

At level 3, you will undertake a large project, accounting for 25% of the credit for the year, and study a selection of our advanced option modules. These vary from year to year (see the module list).

Key Features

  • Excellent employment prospects.
  • According to the 2014 Times Good University Guide, Computer Science at Swansea is 7th in the UK for "Graduate Prospects".
  • From the 2013 and 2014 HESA Graduate Destinations survey data, Swansea Computer Science is only one of a few universities to achieve 100% going into graduate employment or further education (achieving that now 2 years in a row).
  • A state-of-the-art education.
  • Friendly staff, committed to the highest standards.
  • In the top 10 for "Student Satisfaction", 2014 National Student Survey.
  • Teaching score of Excellent.
  • Highest percentage of top-class researchers of any Computer Science department in Wales – and only 12 in the UK have higher.
  • 70% of the research activity assessed as world-leading or internationally-excellent.
  • Our industrial programme IT Wales which can arrange vacation employment placements.
  • A university with high success rate, low drop-out rate, and excellent student support.
  • Whatuni University of the year 2014.

Description

Module Catalogue 2013/2014

Level 1 (Year One)

Semester 1

  • CS-110 Programming 1
  • CS-130 Professional Issues 1
  • CS-150 Concepts of Computer Science 1
  • CS-170 Modelling Computer Systems 1

Semester 2

  • CS-115 Programming 2
  • CS-135 Professional Issues 2
  • CS-155 Concepts of Computer Science 2
  • CS-175 Modelling Computer Systems 2

Level 2 (Year Two)

Semester 1

  • CS-210 Concurrency
  • CS-230 Software Engineering 1
  • CS-250 Databases Systems 1
  • CS-270 Algorithms

Semester 2

  • CS-205 Declarative Programming
  • CS-235 Software Engineering 2
  • CS-255 Computer Graphics 1
  • CS-275 Automata and Formal Language Theory

Level 3 (Year Three)

Compulsory

  • CS-344 Project Implementation and Dissertation
  • CS-354 Project Specification and Development

and 80 credits chosen from:

  • CS-306 Writing Mobile Apps
  • CS-307 Computer Graphics II: Modelling and Rendering
  • CS-311 Concepts of Programming Languages
  • CS-313 High Integrity Systems
  • CS-318 Cryptography and IT Security
  • CS-337 Data Visualisation
  • CS-338 Internet Computing
  • CS-345 Artificial Intelligence Applications
  • CS-348 Building Reliable Web Applications
  • CS-349 Mobile Interaction Design
  • CS-358 High Performance Computing in C/C++
  • CS-364 Software Testing
  • CS-368 Embedded Systems
  • CS-371 Design Patterns and Generic Programming
  • CS-375 Logic for Computer Science
  • CS-377 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition.
  • CS-390 Teaching Computing via a School Placement.

Entry Requirements

Offers for our main degree programmes are around ABB-BBB at A-level or DDM for BTEC depending on interview and subjects taken. Our MEng programme has one grade higher entry.

Entry offers for our foundation year will be CCD at A-level or MMM at BTEC.

We exclude General Studies, Key Skills and some other exams.

A level Mathematics is not a requirement for our degrees, with the exception of G4GC Mathematics for Computer Science. All modern computer science degrees involve discrete mathematics and mathematical logic, on which all forms of computation, programming, and systems design depend. We have substantial experience (and success!) in teaching these essential tools to students who do not have recent mathematical experience. 

Apart from special circumstances, applicants without a B or higher in GCSE Maths will be rejected. If you apply with a C in GCSE Maths, your application will be considered if you fall into one of these categories:

  • You are resitting GCSE Maths.
  • You have at least a B in GCSE Statistics.
  • You are studying AS or A level Maths, or Statistics, or Physics.
  • You are studying an IT/Software/Computing BTEC and expect to obtain at least DDM and the BTEC you are following has some maths component, (or MMM for G401).
  • You are expecting to get AAB in 3 A-levels (or 340 UCAS points), (or 240 points for G401)

Please refer to the UCAS Tariff Tables to determine your points equivalent if you have other qualifications.

Applicants with grades of CCC or higher are welcome (CDD for G401).

How To Apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.

For UK applicants, please apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk

For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2014/15 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc Full-time £9,000 £13,000

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, seminars and tutorials.

You will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, coursework, and a project in your final level.

Student profiles

"Studying at Swansea University has been a fantastic experience. The course brings together the theoretical background necessary to grasp a sound knowledge of Computer Science, as well as practical topics that can be applied directly to the industry. This ideal balance has allowed me to consider all options without being restricted; from further education, to work in almost any career. The course is taught by lecturers from a wide variety of backgrounds that bring their own personal ‘flavour’ to every lecture; which has provided an engaging and exciting learning experience".

Marc Dragon, BSc Computer Science

Read our student profiles.

Facilities

The Department is well equipped for undergraduate teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, students use five fully networked laboratories: three, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely-used Microsoft Office package; web access tools; and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools; and databases. We are also part of the MSDNAA which entitles students to download most Microsoft Software freely for their own academic use (including the latest Windows OS, Visual Studio, SQL server).

Careers

The importance of gaining valuable core skills and life experience whilst at University has never been so critical.  As computer scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within computing.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status. The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).

HESA data collected in January 2013 about our 2012 graduates showed that 100% of Swansea's Computer Science graduates were in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduation. Computer Science at Swansea is 7th in the UK for "Graduate Prospects", the 2014 Times Good University Guide.

Some example job titles from the surveys are:

  • Flex Programmer: CBSMSoftware
  • Engineer: General Dynamics UK
  • Computer analyst: Hewlett Packard
  • Senior Software Developer: Information Processing Ltd.
  • Systems Developer: Itchen College
  • IT Engineer: LRN Security
  • IT Engineer: New Directions
  • Software developer: Persuasive Image
  • Web Developer: Time Etc Ltd.
  • Developer: Tinopolis
  • Software Developer: VSI Thinking
  • Systems analyst: Wall Colmonoy
  • Database Administrator: We Predict Ltd
  • Software Engineer: Motorola Solutions
  • Change Coordinator: Logica
  • Software Developer/Engineer: NS Technology
  • Workflow Developer: Irwin Mitchell
  • IT Developer: Crimsan Consultants
  • Consultant: Crimsan Consultants
  • Programmer: Evil Twin Artworks
  • Software Developer: BMJ Group
  • Graduate software engineer BT

 Find out more about employability

Research

The Department submitted all 22 of its research-active staff for RAE 2008.

25% of our submitted research was assessed as world-leading quality.

More than 75% of our submitted publications were assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Only 12 other UK Computer Science departments achieved a higher percentage of world-leading research.

Find out more

Accreditation

The BSc in Computer Science is accredited by the British Computer Society, and provides exemption from their membership exams. (*Excludes Software Engineering).