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					InformatIon SyStemS and ComputIng


               Brunel university


  148          school of information systems,
               Computing and Mathematics
neel graduated in                     Annual intake: 180
2009 and is moving to
Seattle for a prestigious             Why study InformatIon systems at Brunel?
role with microsoft.
                                      ★★ students benefit from excellent employment prospects.
                                           recent graduates have gone on to work for accenture,
While preparing my university              British telecom, hP, IBm, logica, microsoft and oracle,
applications, Brunel always                amongst many others.
stood out as a leader in
computing. Having come to the         ★★ We provide 220 computers and a number of servers for the
end of my four-year Computer
science degree, i can safely say
                                           exclusive use of our students, and a purpose-equipped suite
that i made a fantastic decision           for network Computing students provides opportunities
in choosing Brunel!                        for practical experience in all aspects of network operation
the quality of teaching and                and maintenance.
supervision has been second
to none. there was never a            ★★ Information systems and Computing at Brunel is one of
time when i was unable to                  the largest centres for research in its field in europe. many
turn to someone for help or                of our academic staff have a background in the computer
advice; everybody is so friendly,
approachable and smart. the
                                           industry, and are all involved in our application-oriented
course content is also top notch           research, which includes information systems, software
and can easily be applied to the           engineering, intelligent data analysis, human-computer
working world, making me more              interaction, and simulation modelling.
employable.

With help and encouragement
from Brunel’s Placement
and Careers Centre, i spent
my placement year with the            Courses at a GlanCe
software giant, Microsoft.
i was lucky enough to spend           Computer science Bsc ................................................................... Page 150
three months working at their
headquarters in seattle, and as a     Computer science (artificial Intelligence) Bsc ............................ Page 150
result of the hard work i put in, i
                                      Computer science (digital media and Games) Bsc .................... Page 150
was offered a full-time contract
based in seattle, effective after     Computer science (network Computing) Bsc ............................ Page 150
my degree!
                                      Computer science (software engineering) Bsc .......................... Page 150
Brunel has contributed to some
of the best years of my life and if   Information systems Bsc ............................................................... Page 152
i could do it all again, without a    Information systems (Business) Bsc ............................................. Page 152
shadow of doubt, i would!
                                      Information systems (eCommerce) Bsc ....................................... Page 152
                                      Information systems
                                      (human-Computer Interaction) Bsc ............................................ Page 152
                                      Information systems (social Web) Bsc......................................... Page 152
                                      financial Computing Bsc ............................................................... Page 154




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uCAs CODes
Computer SCienCe BSc
                                           Computer Science                                  BSc
G402 (3 years full-tIme)
G407 (4 years thICK sandWICh)              this course is available via a variety of pathways (see left).

Computer SCienCe                           Please check the web for up-to-date course information.
(ArtifiCiAl intelligenCe) BSc              For detailed entry requirements, see pages 218-221.

G701     (3 years full-tIme)
G700     (4 years thICK-sandWICh)
                                           COurse COntent                       have further specialist study
Computer SCienCe (DigitAl                                                       at this level in advanced
                                           the main aim of this course          distributed systems and the
meDiA AnD gAmeS) BSc
                                           is to enable you to become           principles supporting them.
G450 (3 years full-tIme)                   knowledgeable and skilled
G451 (4 years thICK-sandWICh)              in the efficient design of           at level 3, you will specialise
                                           software and in the modern           in the management of
Computer SCienCe (network                  mathematics that can be              software development, and
Computing) BSc                             applied to all aspects of            can also opt to take advanced
                                           software design, development         modules in topics that reflect
G424 (3 years full-tIme)                   and verification. you will           specialist research interests
G423 (4 years thICK-sandWICh)              also learn enough about              among our staff. If you follow
                                           the hardware to exploit its          one of the named specialist
Computer SCienCe                           potential to the full with your      courses, your main modules
(SoftwAre engineering) BSc                 designs.                             and final year project will be
                                                                                directly related to that field.
G601 (3 years full-tIme)                   all students in Information
G602 (4 years thICK-sandWICh)              systems and Computing
                                           take a core of modules in            AssessMent
                                           level 1. this ensures that you       assessment varies from
                                           have a proper appreciation           one module to another,
                                           of computing as both an              and may be based entirely
                                           intellectual discipline and as       on coursework, entirely on
                                           a set of practical skills. these     examination or a combination
                                           core modules will develop            of both. Projects assess some
                                           such topics as object-oriented       of the knowledge and skills
 entry requIrements                        software development, data           gained in other modules at
                                           management, distribution and         the same level. It is equally
 GCe A and As-level 320 tariff points      retrieval, system modelling          important for you to learn
 from 3 a-levels plus 1 as-level or        and the underlying principles        how to establish your own
 extended Project qualification            of logic and algorithms. they        criteria for assessment and
 (General studies/Critical thinking        ensure you acquire a range of        reliably to assess the quality
 accepted)                                 concepts and skills to enable        and value of your own
 Advanced Diploma 320 tariff points in     you to design in a creative and      work. overall, the split is
 It or engineering, including an a-level   sound manner.                        usually about 50:50 exam to
 for additional and specialist learning                                         coursework.
                                           at level 2, you will study
 iBDP 32 points                            modern, professional,
                                           high-level software                  PrACtiCAl sKills
 BteC nD ddm in a related subject
                                           development methods                  an important core element
 Access Pass, with distinctions in 30%     covering initial specification
 of units and merits in the remainder                                           is project work. at each
                                           through to final code                stage, the project helps you
 for all other qualifications or           integration, with particular         in the practice of developing
 combinations, contact the                 interest in usability, perhaps       software using the methods
 admissions tutor.                         with novel devices. you will




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                                           Admissions tutor, David Williams
                                           school of information systems, Computing and Mathematics
                                           tel +44 (0)1895 265849
                                           email comp.ug.admissions@brunel.ac.uk or admissions@brunel.ac.uk
and techniques introduced across       appointments. many also proceed
other modules. Projects at levels 1    to a higher degree in this discipline.
and 2 will develop your ability to
work with colleagues on common         PrOFessiOnAl ACCreDitAtiOn
tasks, and will also help you to
understand the professional            Bsc Computer science courses
context of your academic studies,      at Brunel have always gained
even if you opt for the three-year     full exemption from the British
non-sandwich course. the level         Computer society’s professional
3 project is your individual           examinations, allowing graduates
responsibility, to show that you       to attain professional membership
can manage all aspects of the          of the society (mBCs) after a
development of a software solution     shortened period of relevant
to a significant task.                 experience and training. Please
                                                                                the school of
                                       contact the admissions tutor for
                                                                                information systems,
WOrK PlACeMents                        details of current accreditation
                                                                                Computing and
                                       status. the course also fully fulfils
                                                                                Mathematics offers
Placements are intended to provide     the academic requirement for
                                                                                220 computers
you with a choice of relevant work     registration as an Incorporated
                                                                                and a number of
experience. you might work with a      engineer (full Ieng accreditation)
                                                                                servers for the
large supplier of computing systems    and part of the academic
                                                                                exclusive use of our
and services, or with a public or      requirement for registration as a
                                                                                students, including
private organisation that uses         Chartered engineer (partial Ceng
                                                                                a purpose-equipped
computer systems as an essential       accreditation).
                                                                                suite for network
part of its activity. students in
                                                                                Computing students.
recent placements have worked          tyPiCAl MODules                          this provides
at aXa, Bae systems, Cern,
                                       Check the web for                        opportunities for
GlaxosmithKline, IBm, microsoft,
                                       the latest updates                       practical experience
oracle and symantec. (see pages
                                                                                in all aspects of
210-211 for an explanation of the      level 1
                                                                                network operation
structure of sandwich courses.)        •	 Introductory	Programming              and maintenance.
during the placement you will          •	 Data	and	Information	
keep in touch with Brunel through      •	 Information	Systems	
a tutor who visits you and your           and organisations
manager, and at Presentation day       •	 Logic	and	Computation
when you will come back to talk to     •	 Integrating	Project
tutors and fellow students about       level 2
your progress. these visits and
your final report count towards the    •	 Software	Development	
assessment of your placement and          and management
to your overall level 2 performance.   •	 Usability	Engineering
                                       •	 Networks	and	Operating	Systems
                                       •	 Algorithms	and	their	Application
CAreers
                                       •	 Integrating	Project
our graduates have a wide variety
                                       level 3
of computing, business and
technical careers to choose from.      •	 Software	Project	Management
In addition to the general analyst/    •	 Advanced	Topics	in	
programmer jobs, you may join a           Computer science
consultancy firm, which is often       •	 Individual	Project
just a first step towards setting      typical options:
up your own business. the major        •	 Artificial	Intelligence
companies within the industry all      •	 Software	Engineering
have openings for well-qualified       •	 Network	Computing
personnel. students with ‘sandwich’    •	 Digital	Media	and	Games
experience are particularly in
demand for the better graduate




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uCAs CODes
informAtion SyStemS BSc
                                         Information Systems                                  BSc
G523 (3 years full-tIme)
G524 (4 years thICK-sandWICh)            this course is available via a variety of pathways (see left).

informAtion SyStemS                      Please check the web for up-to-date course information.
(BuSineSS) BSc                           For detailed entry requirements, see pages 218-221.

G5N1 (3 years full-tIme)
G5NC (4 years thICK-sandWICh)
                                         COurse COntent                       databases and current
informAtion SyStemS                                                           principles supporting their
                                         this course enables you to           design and implementation
(eCommerCe) BSc
                                         become knowledgeable about           such as enterprise resource
GN51 (3 years full-tIme)                 computing in industrial and          Planning (erP) and online
GN5C (4 years thICK-sandWICh)            commercial organisations             analytical Processing (olaP).
                                         and to be able to assess what
informAtion SyStemS                      computing is appropriate             at level 3 you will specialise in
(HumAn-Computer                          in a given circumstance.             the strategy and management
interACtion) BSc                         to do this you will need a           of information systems
                                         good understanding of basic          development, and can also opt
G444 (3 years full-tIme)                 computer science and a grasp         to take advanced modules in
G445 (4 years thICK-sandWICh)            of the important elements of         topics that reflect specialist
                                         It management.                       research interests among our
informAtion SyStemS                                                           staff. If you follow one of the
                                         all students in Information          named specialist courses, your
(SoCiAl weB) BSc
                                         systems and Computing                main modules and final year
G590 (3 years full-tIme)                 take a core of modules in            project will be directly related
G591 (4 years thICK-sandWICh)            level 1. this ensures that you       to that field.
                                         have a proper appreciation
                                         of computing as both an
                                         intellectual discipline and as       AssessMent
                                         a set of practical skills. these     assessment varies from
                                         core modules will develop            one module to another,
                                         such topics as object-oriented       and may be based entirely
                                         software development, data           on coursework, entirely
 entry requIrements                      management, distribution and         on examination or on a
                                         retrieval, system modelling          combination of both. It is
 GCe A and As-level 320 tariff points    and the underlying principles        equally important for you to
 from 3 a-levels plus 1 as-level or      of logic and algorithms. they        learn how to establish your
 extended Project qualification          ensure you acquire a range of        own criteria for assessment
 (General studies/Critical thinking      concepts and skills to enable        and reliably to assess the
 accepted)                               you to design in a creative and      quality and value of your
 Advanced Diploma 320 tariff points      sound manner.                        own work. overall, the split is
 in It or engineering, including an                                           usually about 50:50 exam to
 a-level for additional and specialist   at level 2, you will study
                                         modern professional high-            coursework.
 learning
                                         level software development
 iBDP 32 points                          methods covering initial             PrACtiCAl sKills
 BteC nD ddm in a related subject        specification through to             an important core element is
                                         final code integration,              project work. at each stage,
 Access Pass, with distinctions in
                                         with particular interest in          the project helps you in
 30% of units and merits in the
 remainder                               usability, perhaps with novel        the practice of information
                                         devices. you will have further       systems using the methods
 for all other qualifications            specialist study at this level
 or combinations, contact the                                                 and techniques introduced
                                         in data modelling, corporate
 admissions tutor.




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                                         Admissions tutor, David Williams
                                         school of information systems, Computing and Mathematics
                                         tel +44 (0)1895 265849
                                         email comp.ug.admissions@brunel.ac.uk or admissions@brunel.ac.uk
across other modules. Projects in       PrOFessiOnAl ACCreDitAtiOn
levels 1 and 2 will develop your
ability to work with colleagues on      Bsc Information systems courses
common tasks, and will also help        at Brunel have always gained
you to understand the professional      full exemption from the British
context of your academic studies,       Computer society’s professional
even if you opt for the three-          examinations, allowing graduates
year, non-sandwich course. the          to attain professional membership
level 3 project is your individual      of the society (mBCs) after a
responsibility, to show that you        shortened period of relevant
can manage all aspects of the           experience and training. Please
development of a software solution      contact the admissions tutor for
to a significant information systems    details of current accreditation
problem.                                status. the course also fulfils
                                        the academic requirement for
                                        registration as an Incorporated
WOrK PlACeMents                         engineer (full Ieng accreditation)
Placements are intended to provide      and part of the academic
you with a choice of relevant work      requirement for registration as a
experience. you might work with         Chartered engineer (partial Ceng
a large supplier of computing           accreditation).
systems and services, or with a
public or private organisation          tyPiCAl MODules
that uses computer systems as
an essential part of its activity.      Check the web for
students in recent placements have      the latest updates
worked at accenture, hasbro (uK),       level 1
lloyds tsB, logicaCmG, uBs and          •	 Introductory	Programming
Volkswagen. (see pages 210-211 for      •	 Data	and	Information
an explanation of the structure of      •	 Information	Systems	
sandwich courses.)                         and organisations
during the placement you will           •	 Logic	and	Computation
keep in touch with Brunel through       •	 Integrating	Project
a tutor who visits you and your         level 2
manager, and at Presentation day
                                        •	 Software	Development	
when you will come back to talk to
                                           and management
tutors and fellow students about
                                        •	 Usability	Engineering
your progress. these visits and
                                        •	 Business	Analysis	and	
your final report count towards the
                                           Process modelling
assessment of your placement and
                                        •	 ICTs	in	Society	
to your overall level 2 performance.
                                        •	 Integrating	Project

CAreers                                 level 3

our graduates can choose from a         •	 Software	Project	Management
variety of careers in business and      •	 Advanced	Topics	in	
computing. In addition to jobs in          Information systems
systems analysis and design, you        •	 Individual	Project
may join a consultancy firm, which      typical options:
is often a first step towards setting   •	 Human-Computer	Interaction
up your own business. students          •	 Social	Web
with ‘sandwich’ experience are          •	 Business
particularly in demand. many also       •	 eCommerce
proceed to a higher degree in this
discipline.




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uCAs CODes
GN43 (3 years full-tIme)
                                       Financial
GNK3 (4 years
         thICK-sandWICh)               Computing                        BSc
                                       Please check the web for up-to-date course information.
                                       For detailed entry requirements, see pages 218-221.



entry requIrements                     COurse COntent                         WOrK PlACeMents
                                       financial services are of key          In the last two years our
GCe A and As-level 300 tariff points   importance to the uK economy.          students have secured
from 3 a-levels plus 1 as-level or
                                       this innovative course – a             placements in the financial
extended Project qualification,
including Grade C in as-level maths    collaboration between                  sector at allied Irish Bank, aXa
(General studies/Critical thinking     mathematical sciences,                 Investment managers, Bank of
accepted)                              economics and finance, and             england, Bank of new york,
                                       Information systems and                Barclays Capital, Bloomberg,
Advanced Diploma 300 tariff points
in It or Business, administration
                                       Computing – offers a unique            City Iq, Commerzbank, fidelity
and finance, including an a-level      opportunity to acquire expertise       Investments, lloyds tsB and
for additional and specialist          in both finance and computing          market trading International,
learning                               in a single degree.                    amongst others. our students
                                                                              have also had placements
iBDP 31 points                         to ensure a firm grasp of              working on financial and
BteC nD ddm in a related subject
                                       the theoretical and practical          accounting systems within blue
                                       elements of financial                  chip companies such as IBm,
Access Pass, with distinctions         computing, all students cover
in 30% units and merits in the                                                shell and GlaxosmithKline.
                                       the same topics at levels 1 and
remainder
                                       2. at level 3, you will produce
                                       a financial computing project          CAreers
for all other qualifications
or combinations, contact the           and then select freely from a          this course provides the relevant
admissions tutor.                      range of options in Computing,         financial background and
                                       economics and finance.                 computing and information
                                                                              technology skills for a career
                                       AssessMent                             in corporate finance, financial
                                                                              services or the banking sector,
                                       the ratio of exams to                  or for a range of possible
                                       coursework is approximately            careers at the interface between
                                       50:50 in level 1, increasing           finance and computing.
                                       to 70:30 in level 3.




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                                       Admissions tutor, Dr D Cappitt
                                       school of information systems, Computing and Mathematics
                                       tel +44 (0)1895 265180
                                       email fin.comp@brunel.ac.uk or admissions@brunel.ac.uk
tyPiCAl MODules
Check the web for the latest updates
level 1
•	 Financial	Markets
•	 Programming	and	Software	Design
•	 Quantitative	Methods
•	 Business	Statistics
level 2
•	 Corporate	Finance
•	 Corporate	Investment
•	 Internet	Technology	and	Website	Design
•	 Object	Oriented	Software,	Systems	
   design and applied Computing Projects
•	 Communication	Skills	and	                  During her placement year, lorraine worked for
   operational research                       volkswagen in their programme management
                                              office. she has now secured a job at Accenture.
level 3
•	 Major	Project	(core)
•	 Applied	Risk	and	Optimisation	             for me, one of the best things about studying at Brunel
   in finance (core)                          is the calibre of staff. they are always willing to support
•	 Financial	Theory	and	Corporate	Policy      and provide guidance to students. moreover, Brunel is
•	 Financial	Engineering                      full of motivated and ambitious people and as a result it
•	 Software	Engineering	Methods               has helped me to realise my full potential in my personal
•	 Software	Engineering	and	Technology        development, both academically and socially.
•	 Database	Systems:	Design	and	Application   one of my greatest achievements was representing Brunel
•	 Data	Networks,	Service	and	Security        in the IBm university Challenge – a competition in which
•	 Managerial	and	Industrial	Economics        students manage virtual companies and compete against
                                              each other to maximise their profits. We came third out of
                                              over 150 national teams.

                                              having played an active role in student life through the
                                              numerous sports, societies and activities available on
                                              campus, I have had the opportunity to meet and befriend
                                              a diverse range of individuals. In my second year I acted as
                                              liaison officer for the african Caribbean society, and am
                                              currently liaison officer for the Brunel entrepreneurial
                                              society, where my role involves sourcing guest speakers
                                              and sponsorship. I have enjoyed working as a campus
                                              ambassador and departmental student representative, and
                                              I am now a senior student mentor.

                                              following my placement at VW, I took a summer internship
                                              at accenture as an analyst, and have secured a job with
                                              them for when I graduate.




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