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Computing and digital technology

Equip yourself for a digital future

From computer gaming to cloud computing, we’re creative and passionate about developing ambition and careers in computing and digital technology.

Key information

Postgraduate course

Duration

  • Full Time (15-19 months)

Intakes

  • January
  • May
  • September

Location

  • Cambridge

Computing and digital technology overview

Our close links with the electronics, software, audio and creative industries mean we stay up to date with what your future employers need and ensure we’ll help you develop the skills and knowledge to become an expert in emerging and important technologies.

Improve your computer science expertise by developing industry level skills to design, develop and implement web solutions for clients worldwide. Specialise in cloud infrastructure within modern data centres, web application programming and IT security within business.

Take your computer game development skills to the next level. Study, plan, produce and test games in our specialist studios. Learn how to identify new and existing cyber threats and determine methods and processes to minimise attacks. Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data.

Pathway progression

Successful completion of the Computing and digital technology pathway will lead to the award of the following from ARU:

Please see our International and UK Course Matrix for intake information.

Stage 1: Pre-Masters

To complete the postgraduate course listed below at ARU, you will do the following modules during your pre-masters at ARU College:

Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication 5

This module aims to help students develop a range of academic and communicative skills necessary for successful study at postgraduate level.

Students will be taught and will practice a range of transferable communicative skills (written and oral) to prepare students for professional life. Students will be encouraged to find useful ways to develop independent learning and encourage students to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development

Law and Governance

This module has been designed to present some of the fundamental aspects of Law and Governance to students seeking to progress to one of the prescribed postgraduate degree pathways at Anglia Ruskin University.

The key features of the English legal system will be examined, including the creation and development of the law, as well as issues of judicial interpretation and parliamentary sovereignty. The impact of Human Rights legislation on all aspects of English law will also be discussed.

The syllabus will then focus directly on company law, in particular, reference to the various types of business entity and associated advantages and disadvantages, including: limited liability and unlimited liability organisations, lifting the veil of incorporation, duties of various bodies and posts within a company, liquidation, ethics and corporate governance. Employment law will be discussed with specific reference to identifying an employee, obligations of employer and employee, various types of dismissal and associated remedies and reparation. Issues of discrimination in the workplace will form the underlying basis for discussion.

Principles of ICT

Students will be introduced to fundamental ICT skills that will be necessary to utilise throughout University level studies. This course will address ICT software and topics as they currently exist, bridging the knowledge gap between various versions of software. Students will use common productivity software as well as internet-based applications.

This module introduces students to the interesting challenges that ICT presents today and covers many anchor points that may serve as a bridge to their interests and lifestyles. These bridges include the technology in their mobile telephones, computing equipment, and entertainment software.

This module takes into account that we will be dealing with students from a wide range of cultures and experience with computers, and successful completion indicates that students have obtained a good understanding of and ability to apply common applications (Ms Word, Excel and Power Point) to document creation, data collation and presentation whilst students will also be made aware of the benefits of using web based applications for information presentation and will be expected to use IT to communicate information effectively in a variety of forms.

Business Management

This module aims to present some of the fundamental aspects of management.

Students will be taught the basic elements of business strategy and management to explore its uses in real-world contexts. This course will focus on the UK economic system and its place within broader context. Students will be taught how UK economy interacts with international trade to function in our global environment. Students will learn about economics and basics of marketing and financial accounting including its application and interpretation. This course will overview economic policy and its influence on modern economies.

To complete the postgraduate courses listed below at ARU, you will do the following modules during your pre-masters at ARU College:

Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication 5

This module aims to help students develop a range of academic and communicative skills necessary for successful study at postgraduate level.

Students will be taught and will practice a range of transferable communicative skills (written and oral) to prepare students for professional life. Students will be encouraged to find useful ways to develop independent learning and encourage students to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development.

Research Methods and Skills

This module aims to provide you with a good understanding of research theory and practice, enabling you to understand different qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The development, nature, scope and organisation of research is discussed in the module. You will be taught to define research questions, formulate objectives (organise hypothesis testing where relevant), and set decision criteria. The requirement for underpinning research with theory, using tertiary sources in conducting literature research is discussed. The methods and sources of primary and secondary data are introduced including: survey techniques, assessing data quality, and methods of analysis.

The basic principles and practices of qualitative and quantitative research are analysed. Students will be introduced to a range of scientific and social sciences research methods and be taught to identify which methods are most relevant to meet research objectives.

Analytical Techniques for Postgraduate Studies

This module has been designed to present some of the fundamental aspects of Analytical Techniques to students.

This course will explain the fundamental aspects of numerical processes and help students develop the knowledge and skills to apply analytical techniques through practice.

Students will learn how to use basic analytical processes to answer mathematical and statistical problems. Students will also learn real-world scenarios where equations and analysis can apply.

Students will learn differentiation/integration and the concepts of discrete mathematics.

Principles of ICT

Students will be introduced to fundamental ICT skills that will be necessary to utilise throughout University level studies. This course will address ICT software and topics as they currently exist, bridging the knowledge gap between various versions of software. Students will use common productivity software as well as internet-based applications.

This module introduces students to the interesting challenges that ICT presents today and covers many anchor points that may serve as a bridge to their interests and lifestyles. These bridges include the technology in their mobile telephones, computing equipment, and entertainment software.

This module takes into account that we will be dealing with students from a wide range of cultures and experience with computers, and successful completion indicates that students have obtained a good understanding of and ability to apply common applications (Ms Word, Excel and Power Point) to document creation, data collation and presentation whilst students will also be made aware of the benefits of using web based applications for information presentation and will be expected to use IT to communicate information effectively in a variety of forms.

To complete the postgraduate courses listed below at ARU, you will do the following modules during your pre-masters at ARU College:

Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication 5

This module aims to help students develop a range of academic and communicative skills necessary for successful study at postgraduate level.

Students will be taught and will practice a range of transferable communicative skills (written and oral) to prepare students for professional life. Students will be encouraged to find useful ways to develop independent learning and encourage students to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development.

Research Methods and Skills

This module aims to provide you with a good understanding of research theory and practice, enabling you to understand different qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The development, nature, scope and organisation of research is discussed in the module. You will be taught to define research questions, formulate objectives (organise hypothesis testing where relevant), and set decision criteria. The requirement for underpinning research with theory, using tertiary sources in conducting literature research is discussed. The methods and sources of primary and secondary data are introduced including: survey techniques, assessing data quality, and methods of analysis.

The basic principles and practices of qualitative and quantitative research are analysed. Students will be introduced to a range of scientific and social sciences research methods and be taught to identify which methods are most relevant to meet research objectives.

Analytical Techniques for Postgraduate Studies

This module has been designed to present some of the fundamental aspects of Analytical Techniques to students.

This course will explain the fundamental aspects of numerical processes and help students develop the knowledge and skills to apply analytical techniques through practice.

Students will learn how to use basic analytical processes to answer mathematical and statistical problems. Students will also learn real-world scenarios where equations and analysis can apply.

Students will learn differentiation/integration and the concepts of discrete mathematics.

Introduction to Programming

The material taught in this module is intended to form a basic foundation for students who are required to apply programming skills in their later studies. No prior programming experience is required.

The ‘Introduction to Programming’ module provides students with an introduction to high level programming languages, primarily Python. The module will enable students to understand the main elements of a high-level program, laying the foundation for subsequent modules requiring structured programming ability.  Students will learn fundamental programming concepts such as the structure of a program, syntax of simple statements, data types, functions, files, design and testing and problem solving, as well as learning to perform data analysis using Python tools and libraries.

By the end of the module, students should have sufficient mastery of the Python programming language and some of its associated tools to allow them to perform data analysis, data visualisation and to design, implement and test simple programs to a basic standard.

Principles of ICT

Students will be introduced to fundamental ICT skills that will be necessary to utilise throughout University level studies. This course will address ICT software and topics as they currently exist, bridging the knowledge gap between various versions of software. Students will use common productivity software as well as internet-based applications.

This module introduces students to the interesting challenges that ICT presents today and covers many anchor points that may serve as a bridge to their interests and lifestyles. These bridges include the technology in their mobile telephones, computing equipment, and entertainment software.

This module takes into account that we will be dealing with students from a wide range of cultures and experience with computers, and successful completion indicates that students have obtained a good understanding of and ability to apply common applications (Ms Word, Excel and Power Point) to document creation, data collation and presentation whilst students will also be made aware of the benefits of using web based applications for information presentation and will be expected to use IT to communicate information effectively in a variety of forms.

Business Management

This module aims to present some of the fundamental aspects of management.

Students will be taught the basic elements of business strategy and management to explore its uses in real-world contexts. This course will focus on the UK economic system and its place within broader context. Students will be taught how UK economy interacts with international trade to function in our global environment. Students will learn about economics and basics of marketing and financial accounting including its application and interpretation. This course will overview economic policy and its influence on modern economies.

Law and Governance

This module has been designed to present some of the fundamental aspects of Law and Governance to students seeking to progress to one of the prescribed postgraduate degree pathways at Anglia Ruskin University.

The key features of the English legal system will be examined, including the creation and development of the law, as well as issues of judicial interpretation and parliamentary sovereignty. The impact of Human Rights legislation on all aspects of English law will also be discussed.

The syllabus will then focus directly on company law, in particular, reference to the various types of business entity and associated advantages and disadvantages, including: limited liability and unlimited liability organisations, lifting the veil of incorporation, duties of various bodies and posts within a company, liquidation, ethics and corporate governance. Employment law will be discussed with specific reference to identifying an employee, obligations of employer and employee, various types of dismissal and associated remedies and reparation. Issues of discrimination in the workplace will form the underlying basis for discussion.

You will be required to pass all modules (75 credits) in order to successfully complete the pre-masters course.

Stage 2: Masters Degree

Location

Cambridge Faculty of Science and Engineering at ARU


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Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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