Computing and IT

HND in Computing & Systems Development

Course overview

“The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and
so whether it’s Microsoft Office or Windows, it’s pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the
marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one and the same.” - Bill Gates

Do you want a career in IT? Do you need a qualification that will expand your skills even further? Our HND is a specialist computing course. The course is equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding
and skills required for success in current and future employment in an ever expanding IT industry. You will establish essential skills in network design, computer architecture, software development & systems, web design and maintenance as well as professional development.

Units will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning styles: formal taught sessions, directed learning, tutor-led discussion and seminars, practical workshops with students working individually and/or in groups according to need and their learning preference.

Class sessions will be complemented by independent, self-directed learning using a Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

Full-time study is sixteen hours per week, over two semesters, including tutorial time. Part-time study is eight hours per week, over two semesters, including tutorial time. It is expected that for every hour spent in the classroom, the equivalent is dedicated to independent, self-directed learning outside contact hours.

Entry requirements

UCAS Points: 64

Alternatively, ‘A Level’ pass in an IT related subject or equivalent, or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT. For applicants 21 and over, relevant industrial experience or vendor certification will be taken into account.

Learners are expected to be able to demonstrate English language comprehension
at a level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 to be able to study BTEC Higher Nationals.

The College has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, and will therefore give careful consideration to prior experiential learning, non-traditional qualifications and qualifications obtained outside of the United Kingdom.

Course Modules

Core modules:

––Unit 1 – Business Skills for E-commerce

The unit considers the structure and aims of organisations to better understand how they could benefit from an e-commerce system.

––Unit 2 – Computer Systems

Learn basic system maintenance skills and how to build, configure and test functional
computer systems with a given specification.

––Unit 3 – Employability and Professional Development

The unit considers the skills required for general employment such as interpersonal and transferable skills, and the dynamics of working with others in teams or groups including leadership and communication skills.

––Unit 4 – Project Design Implementation and Evaluation

This unit develops learners’ skills of independent enquiry by undertaking a sustained investigation on a technology of the student’s choosing.

Optional modules:

––Unit 5 – Emerging Technology

This unit explores a range of technologies that are on the horizon and the impact that such technologies could bring to society.

––Unit 14 – Website Design

This unit considers the whole process of building websites, including identification of need, design, implementation, testing, maintenance and review.

––Unit 17 – Database Design Concepts

This unit explores database architecture, DBMS and the use of databases in an organisational context; learners will be able to apply theoretical understanding to design, create and document a database system.

––Unit 20 – Event Driven Programming Solutions

This unit gives learners the underpinning concepts of event driven programming and develop skills in one chosen programming language.

––Unit 24 – Networking Technologies

This unit lets learners understand computer networking concepts, how they work, how they operate and the protocols, standards and the models associated with networking technology.

––Unit 28 – IT Support for End Users

Learners will evaluate how problems affect user productivity, provide technical support activities and produce user manuals, training courses and maintenance plans.

––Unit 32 – Quality Systems in IT

This unit gives learners an understanding of the importance of the quality process as applied to IT-related systems development.

––Unit 33 – Data Analysis and Design

This unit provides learners with the knowledge and skills needed to understand, design, query and implement database systems.

––Unit 35 – Web Applications Development

This unit gives learners the ability to understand the concepts of web applications and apply these skills to develop web applications using server-side technologies.

––Unit 36 – Internet Server Management

The unit enables learners to implement and manage secure internet technologies for networking systems.

––Unit 37 – Digital Image Creation and Development

The unit aims to develop skills and understanding in sourcing, creating, developing and managing digital images for specific purposes.

––Unit 38 – 3D Computer Modelling and Animation

This unit develops learners’ skills and understanding of the principles and practical applications of 3D modelling and animation.

––Unit 39 – Computer Games Design and Development

This unit gives an understanding of computer games development as an underpinning technological concept in the fields of computer gaming and systems development.

––Unit 42 – Programming in .NET

This unit provides learners with the principles of programming using a .NET framework
as an underpinning in the fields of programming and systems development.

––Unit 43 – Networking Infrastructure

The unit provides learners with an understanding of networking infrastructures and the directory based system that supports the addressing and management of networked system.

––Unit 44 – Local Area Networking Technologies

This unit provides learners with an understanding of Local Area Network (LAN) technologies and the delivery of a wide range of networked services across a LAN infrastructure.

––Unit 46 – Network Security

This unit grounds learners with the knowledge of how to manage, support and implement a secure network infrastructure for a commercial LAN or WAN environment.

––Unit 47 – IT Virtualisation

This unit provides learners with an understanding of virtualisation and the deployment of virtual servers.

––Unit 50 – Work-based Experience

This unit enables learners to experience the scope and depth of learning which may take place in a work-based context by planning, monitoring and evaluating the work experience.

How will I be assessed?

Units will be assessed using a variety of methods: reports, seminars, presentations,
practical workshops, academic essays, screencasts and portfolios of evidence.
Alternative assessment methods may be used where appropriate.

What can I do next

You can choose to top up your qualification into an full honours degree at university.

Alternatively, this is a recognised qualification to gain work in the computing and IT sector. Possible career pathways may include: hardware, technical or network support and software or web development.