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1 LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF SCIENCE COMPUTER SCIENCE YOUR FUTURE STARTS WITH HOPE

2 Computer Science Fact File Faculty: Science Department: Mathematics and Computer Science Campus Location: Hope Park Entry Requirements: The standard offer level is between UCAS points, plus GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics. UCAS Code: I101 Duration: Three years Year of Entry: 2016 Fees: The tuition fees for home and EU students for 2016/17 are 9,000 for full-time undergraduate courses. Degree: BSc Single Honours BA or BSc Combined Honours You may also be interested in... Electronic Engineering Information Technology Contact Details: Student Recruitment +44 (0) Course Combinations: Computer Science and Accounting Computer Science and Business Management Computer Science and Criminology Computer Science and Education Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Computer Science and Law Computer Science and Media & Communication Computer Science and Psychology UCAS code NI41 UCAS code S6D5 UCAS code LI31 UCAS code S3D5 UCAS code 2F84 UCAS code MI00 UCAS code S4D5 UCAS code S5D5 2

3 Course Introduction Computer Science is all about new ideas, new opportunities and fresh thinking. There is no other discipline that can be applied to so many different areas and have such a profound impact on all aspects of society. The dynamism of this exciting subject is reflected in this course through the study of a range of topics including networks, robotics, Internet, mobile and cutting-edge technologies. You will acquire practical skills that are highly sought after by industry, such as programming in C, C++, Java, Lua, Python, C# and ARM assembly languages. We are looking for enthusiastic and inventive students who want to shape the future. The course is intellectually challenging whilst taking into account a wide range of student backgrounds, offering close academic support. Computer Science has a widereaching social impact, posing many ethical questions, and these issues are examined at various points during the course. 3

4 What you will study The course covers a wide range of topics such as: Computer Systems, Algorithm Design and Programming Database Design Website Development Computer Networks, Security and Communications Software Engineering Human Computer Interaction Robotics and Physical Computing Gaming and Mobile Technologies Parallel Computing Artificial Intelligence Forensic Computing. Level C (Year One) In your first year you will develop the theoretical knowledge, problem solving and practical skills that underpin Computer Science. Joining a small, enthusiastic learning community, you will experience close support with well-structured learning opportunities that become progressively more open-ended and independent preparing you for your second year. You will study two 60 credit courses: Foundations of Mathematics and Programming and Exploring Computer Science. You will use the Processing language ( and robotic buggies to develop the principles of computational thinking along with the study of computer systems, from digital logic and electronics through C programming up to using a physics engine to create a computer game. Level I (Year Two) In your second year you will develop a broader understanding and knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of Computer Science, reflecting more specialist areas within the discipline. You will study two 60 credit courses: Applications Development and Computer Systems. You will have opportunities to carry out more open-ended and independent work, studying software engineering, computer networks, operating systems, human-computer interaction, robotics and graphics programming. Level H (Year Three) In the final year, the curriculum strongly reflects staff expertise and research interests, and you will develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical aspects of Computer Science. You will study two 60 credit courses: Research and Innovations in Computer Science and Systems and Software Engineering. You will study topics such as systems analysis, networked applications, programming for mobile operating systems such as Android, along with emerging technologies such as Surface 2 and Google Glass. Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and examination. The ethos within the Department is to foster enthusiasm for the subject and so assessment is largely through project work, giving you the opportunity to explore the subject area and focus on those topics that capture your interest. 4

5 Employability and Career Opportunities A degree in Computer Science will make you highly employable, having developed practical skills in computing systems and software development. According to e-skills UK, the primary roles sought by employers include software design and development, for which this degree is particularly suitable. The top ten sought-after skills include SQL, C, C++, Java and Javascript, all of which you study on the course. We constantly seek to give our graduates an edge by examining emerging and cutting-edge technologies such as Surface 2, robotics (e.g. Aldebaran Nao), augmented reality (e.g. Google Glass), artificial intelligence and 3D printing. You will be ideally placed to gain employment in a wide range of high-demand jobs including software engineering, systems development, networking and teaching. The Department has links with both regional and national employers and opportunities often arise to gain work experience. Our recent graduates have found posts working as Technical and Systems Engineers. Many of our graduates also go on to further study. There are opportunities to study taught Masters as well as Doctoral-based qualifications at Liverpool Hope, working with staff on cutting-edge research projects. You may choose to go on to further study at Liverpool Hope. Examples of current taught Masters include: MSc Computer Science MSc Mathematical Informatics 5

6 Why study this subject at Liverpool Hope? The Department is consistently very highly rated in the National Student Survey. For example, in the most recent survey, 93% of our final year students were satisfied with their course You will acquire key skills sought after by industry taught in well equipped, dedicated laboratories boasting the latest equipment The Department prides itself on excellent teaching quality recognised by a recent independent review, which specifically identified approachable staff providing close academic support You will be part of a vibrant research community with the Department hosting prestigious international events such as the conference Bio-Inspired Computing: Theories and Applications (BIC-TA 2010) We have an impressive graduate employment record, with recent successful appointments at organisations such as Airbus, Barclays and Oracle, as well as links with key organisations such as Microsoft. 6

7 Graduate Profiles Jonathan Jordan, BSc Computing Jonathan Jordan is currently working as a software developer at Airbus. He graduated with a first class degree in Computing in 2012, and was awarded the British Computer Society prize for the best student performance. I chose to study at Liverpool Hope University as their teaching groups are smaller than most other universities. This meant that the staff knew all members of the group and were available to provide any support needed. The course material was current and gave a sound understanding in a range of different areas of computing. David Rath, BSc Gaming Technology & Internet Technology, MSc Computer Science David Rath is Lead Engineer at Barclays Retail and Business Banking. He graduated in I have always been a technology enthusiast which kept me hugely interested in computer science so when I was choosing my university, Liverpool Hope was easily my first choice. My course of study was a mixture of Computer Science topics ranging from Gaming Technology and Graphic Design to Web Development and Internet Security. 7

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9 Academic Staff Profiles Mark Barrett- Baxendale, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Mark holds a BSc in Electronics and an MPhil in Medical Electronics. He worked on one of the first UK cochlear implant programmes, developing the speech processing systems. He has considerable teaching experience in both Electronics and Computer Science, and also has commercial experience developing web and multimedia software. He teaches at first second and third year in the areas of Computer Systems, Robotics and Applications Development. His research interests focus on robotics and speech processing. Dr Stewart Blakeway, Lecturer in Computer Science Stewart graduated from the University of Liverpool with Bachelor of Philosophy and also a Masters in Computing (with Distinction). Stewart has teaching experience in both academia and industry and specialises in Network Security and Website Development. Professor Atulya Nagar, Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Nagar holds the Foundation Chair as Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. A mathematician by training, he possess multi-disciplinary expertise in Nonlinear Mathematics, Natural Computing, Bio-Mathematics and Computational Biology, Operations Research, and Control Systems Engineering. He has an extensive background and experience of working in universities in the UK and India. Professor Nagar has edited volumes on Intelligent Systems, and Applied Mathematics and he is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing (IJAISC) and serves on editorial boards for a number of prestigious journals such as the Journal of Universal Computer Science (JUCS). He received a prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship for pursuing his Doctorate (DPhil) in Applied Non-Linear Mathematics, which he earned from the University of York in He holds a BSc (Hons), MSc, and MPhil (with Distinction) from the MDS University of Ajmer, India. Prior to joining Liverpool Hope, he was with the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and later at the Department of Systems Engineering, at Brunel University, London. 9

10 Dr David Reid, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Dr David Reid is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. Having received his PhD in 1995, researching in the fields of intelligent agent systems and adapted hypertext systems, Dr Reid joined a newly formed group at Liverpool University dedicated to developing and promoting innovative technological solutions for local businesses. After implementing the first electronic shopping mall in the UK, Dr Reid spent eight years providing technical leadership on many Internet and Intranet projects. These projects usually involved exploiting newly emergent technology. Dr Reid s current research interests are derived from experience gained in both his academic and industrial background. Dr Reid is involved in Data Science and Deep Learning Systems. 10

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