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L J M U Distance Learning M Sc Brochure

  1. 1. Distance Learning MSc Courses in Computing Liverpool John Moores University, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Programme Brochure There are three routes to our award of MSc in Computing, which enables the student to specialise in: Computing and ICT Network Security Information Systems or visit us online: for more information about Liverpool John Moores University, Distance Learning MSc contact programme leader Dr Dhiya Al-Jumeily: e: D.Aljumeily@ljmu.ac.uk t: +44 (0) 151 231 2578 deputy programme leader Ms Janet Lunn: e: J.Lunn@ljmu.ac.uk t: +44 (0)151 231 2128
  2. 2. 8  Liverpool John Moores University School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Brochure List of Contents   A New Flexible Route to a Postgraduate Qualification in Computing 1 Qualification 1 The Awarding Body 1 Course Description 1 Course Content 2 Methods of Study 3 Assessment 4 Duration of the Programme 4 Fast Tack (2 Years) 4 Standard (3 Years) 4 Moderate (4 Years) 4 Fees 5 Entry Requirements 5 English Language Requirements 5 Enrolment Dates 5 Application Process 5 Contact Information 5 i  
  3. 3. Liverpool John Moores University School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences A New Flexible Route to a throughout IT, become available to students achieving the Postgraduate Qualification in MSc in computing. Further study towards gaining a PhD Computing through research may be an option or the modules can be selected for employment in software and/or computer Whether working within a busy sector in Information systems engineering. Specialising in security and security Technology or seeking to gain qualifications to enhance evaluation can lead to jobs in secure network/middleware career prospects in the industry, it is becoming increasingly development. difficult to keep up to date with current trends or put aside set time for study. The idea of gaining a valuable A more commercial/business approach allows the student qualification to enhance your present expertise and provide to acquire the skills necessary for a career as a business new skills is little more than a dream. Now, however, it is analyst or to move into information system development possible to plan for a brighter, more fulfilling future career and management. at a pace that suits your lifestyle. Qualification The Master of Science (MSc) in Computing from Liverpool Students successfully completing the combination of core John Moores University School of Computing and (compulsory) and optional modules together with the Mathematical Sciences is available via a newly developed project dissertation will be awarded with the MSc in distance learning package based on a Virtual Learning Computing, Computing with Network Security or Environment. You can achieve a postgraduate degree by Computing with Information Systems depending on the studying at a time and pace that is set by yourself, whilst combination of optional modules chosen. Students only benefiting from the help and support of a skilled and wishing to complete the combination of core and optional knowledgeable teaching staff. modules will be awarded the postgraduate diploma in Computing. Successful completion of the four core The University, as a whole, and the School of Computing modules will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate and Mathematical Sciences, in particular, have many formal in Computing. and informal contacts with industry and commerce, through both joint projects and various partnerships. This course is The Awarding Body based on the communicated needs of industry in seeking to This MSc in Computing is awarded by Liverpool John provide the student with the analytical skills, up to date Moores University in the U.K. The University is one of knowledge and practical expertise demanded by employers the biggest in the U.K. forming part of a new generation of of their computing professionals. universities with very strong business, commercial and industrial links. The qualification of MSc in Computing from Liverpool John Moores University provides highly regarded evidence of the Course Description expertise and attitude required to progress in a computing career. In addition to tailoring the course to specific The course is designed to initially provide a highly relevant learning and life styles, it is also possible to structure the understanding of, the latest developments and concepts choice of modules towards your own personal interests or within IT, computing and business processes through the specialisations. In this way a whole range of careers, four core (compulsory) modules. The choice of four 1  
  4. 4. Liverpool John Moores University School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences • optional modules then allows the student to tailor their Database Systems: A comprehensive course in MSc to their own interests or areas of specialisation. The the theory and practice of database design, choice of project allows the student further specialisation implementation and technology. to investigate and report on, through the associated dissertation, an area of particular interest. For this the • Computer Networks: An in-depth treatment of student will choose a member of staff, with similar research modern network technology and management. interests, to be their project supervisor. Essential for understanding the distributed computing environments that are becoming There are three general specialisations within the MSc evermore prevalent. leading to the award of an MSc in Computing, an MSc in Computing with Network Security or an MSc in Computing • Software Engineering Technology: A critical with Information Systems. examination of the software development process cycle. This includes the use of support tools, Varying the choice of modules gives the student freedom to techniques and methodologies in the specification, gain knowledge and understanding in whatever subjects design, implementation and management of software within computing and information systems that are relevant systems. to them. Each module completed successfully gains the student 15 credits. The final core module is included to provide the student with the necessary tools and techniques to carry out The project dissertation is worth 60 credits on successful effective research: completion. The MSc is awarded on the basis of 180 credits being achieved by the student. That is completion of eight • Research Methods: Designed to provide an modules (four core and four options) and the project understanding of the nature of different methods dissertation. The main feature for the awarding of a of research and best practice in planning and Masters degree is the preparation of a research project presentation. dissertation. The student is offered strong support and advice towards their choice of project. The optional modules are chosen to provide a degree of specialisation. In particular for the MSc. in computing However, in completing their project, the student is (Information Systems) the four options would be chosen expected to exhibit a high degree of independent study and from: research with the project supervisor in the role of academic advisor and ultimately assessor of the project. • Software Development Java: Using object orientation implemented in java for software Course Content design and development. The course is based around a strong core of compulsory • modules designed to give the student a wide grounding in Human Computer Interaction: How to design the technical aspects of computing with the core modules and implement interfaces between the computing of: system and its users. 2  
  5. 5. Liverpool John Moores University School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences • The final component of the MSc is the project and Business Systems: Analysis and Design: associated dissertation. The project is chosen by the Systems thinking and modelling providing a student in consultation with staff members who can help comprehension of the nature and necessary and advise in the choice. A single staff member is chosen as composition of systems for business. the project supervisor and the student is encouraged to work independently to produce a researched dissertation • Entrepreneurship and E-business: Modern detailing the results of their project. practices in business, looking at the latest business models with respect to computing Methods of Study technology. The main access point to all the materials and resources • Geographic Information Systems and required for study is the Virtual Learning Environment. Science: The impact of the latest computing This replaces the traditional lecture theatre and seminar technology providing services related to rooms normally used for delivering the taught modules of geographic positioning. the MSc. Alternatively for the MSc in Computing with Network In the Virtual Learning Environment lectures are delivered Security, the four option modules would be: via slides with added multimedia content to illustrate and explain the subject material. Audio and video are used • Computer Security: The latest techniques in together with extensive background notes written by the cryptography and in keeping computer systems lecturers. Each module is usually based around a course of and data secure. eleven 3 hour blocks of study. Additionally the Virtual Learning Environment enables students access to • participate in online seminars, receive notices/technical Network Security: The issues involved with advice and ask questions regarding the programme’s securing a network against malicious and administration. accidental attacks and threats. • The Virtual Learning Environment is accessed through a Software Development Java: Using object standard web-browser over the internet enabling the orientation implemented in java for software facilities and content to be available to the student from design and development. any location with an online connection. Access to the VLE is authorised via the username and password received by • Human Computer Interaction: How to students upon enrolment on a distance learning design and implement interfaces between the programme. Students registered on the course, will also computing system and its users. receive a set of CD-ROMs enabling them to access the course resources offline. For the MSc in Computing any four of the option modules stated above may be chosen to match the individual Students have complete flexibility to effectively manage student’s requirements. their programme of personal study using the facilities, such 3  
  6. 6. Liverpool John Moores University School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences as an online calendar and task management system. Using from the MSc and comprises an independently studied and the services contained within the Virtual Learning researched project. The dissertation gives full details of the Environment students gain all the benefits of a project and details the student’s results and findings. The lecture/tutorial based teaching approach with the additional project tutor will provide a great deal of advice and help in emphasis of extra explanatory material and easy access to assisting the student to select the project and the project personal help and support from the academic and supervisor will be on hand throughout to offer support and administrative staff. general advice on standards and presentation. The project supervisor is responsible for arranging the assessment of In short the method of study is totally controlled by the the finished project dissertation. student. Learning can take place at a time, place and pace Duration of the Programme that suit the individual student. The programme is designed to allow the student to fully Assessment personalise the gaining of the MSc qualification to their The students’ understanding of each subject module is own circumstances. Thus, once registered on the assessed either by a single examination, a number of programme, there is no set order or time for completing assignments through the course of the module or a the modules. Most situations ought to permit completion combination of coursework assignments and an within 2 to 4 years, with most students gaining the award examination. The exact choice depends on the type of in 3 years. The following table gives some typical routes: module and the learning outcomes required. The assignments generally take the form of mini-projects Fast Tack (2 Years) requiring the student to produce a research report, 1st Year Modules – 3 core and 2 optional perform and document a systems’ analysis or undertake 2nd Year Modules – 1 core, 2 optional and Project some system development. The resultant electronic files Standard (3 Years) are sent to the course coordinators for assessment on or 1st Year Modules – 2 core and 2 optional before a date given when the coursework is assigned. 2nd Year Modules – 2 core and 2 optional 3rd Year Modules – Project Examinations test the knowledge and understanding that Moderate (4 Years) the student has gained from the module. In the UK 1st Year Modules – 2 core and 1 optional examinations take place at Liverpool John Moores 2nd Year Modules – 2 core and 1 optional University. Additionally there are examination centres in 3rd Year Modules – 2 optional and Project many countries around the world located with the British 4th Year Modules – Project Council. Details of a centre in your country can be found at No http://onlinemasters.ljmu.ac.uk/. However the student is free to devise any route through additional charges, on top of the course fees, are payable, the modules that fits their requirements. In most cases it is by the student, for the use of these centres. preferable to start on the core modules and select option modules based on experience. Once all the taught core and The final assessment is made on the student’s project option modules have been completed the student will have dissertation. This is the major piece of work that results an excellent understanding of the many and varied subject 4  
  7. 7. Liverpool John Moores University School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences • areas in information technology and computing. From these an overall score of 6.5 in the British Council IELTS test studies the student is then in the best position to select a • a score of 575-600 in TOEFL, including a topic for the project, in consultation with the academic satisfactory mark in the Test of Written English (TWE) staff. Fees Enrolment Dates There are two starting points for the programme in the The credits available to be earned determine the cost of year; either a January start or a September start. Prior the programme. Consult the programme web site to these dates, at the start of your programme and (http://onlinemasters.ljmu.ac.uk/) for more thereafter in each subsequent year, you will be sent information. enrolment forms to be completed and posted back to the University together with 2 passport-sized photographs. Entry Requirements As this is a postgraduate degree entrants for the MSc Applications to be considered for a place on the programme are expected to hold a degree level programme, for either start date, are welcome at any time qualification from a UK university or equivalent. This throughout the calendar year. Once you have offered a degree should to be in Computing or a computing related place on the course by the University you will be enrolled subject, including degrees with a fair proportion of as a student and be issued with a University card. computing studies. However other qualifications are Application Process acceptable, such as a degree equivalent professional accreditation. In addition evidence of extensive professional All necessary forms are available from the programme experience together with a DipHE or HND in computing website (http://onlinemasters.ljmu.ac.uk/). or equivalent will be sufficient criteria for consideration. Other non-standard entry qualifications will receive These can be downloaded and returned by post to the appraisal for admission from the Programme team and University or some may be completed online. Both an admissions tutor or the School of Computing and application form and a confidential reference form, to be Mathematical Sciences Accreditation committee, as filled in by a referee, will need to be completed and appropriate. returned to the programme administration officer together with all documentary evidence of relevant academic English Language Requirements qualifications and competency in the English language. Students educated outside the UK must provide evidence Contact Information that they have sufficient command of both spoken and written English, before they can be admitted to their Any further advice or information relating to any aspect of chosen course. the LJMU Distance Learning programme from the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences may be obtained Acceptable evidence includes: using the details below: • GCSE/O Level English Language at grade C or above 5  
  8. 8. Liverpool John Moores University School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Programme Contact Details Course Leader Dr. Dhiya Al-Jumeily E-Mail: D.Aljumeily@ljmu.ac.uk Tel: (+044) 0151 231 2578 Deputy Course Leader Ms Janet Lunn E-Mail: J.Lunn@ljmu.ac.uk Tel: (+044) 0151 231 2128 Project Tutor Dr. Abir Hussain E-Mail: A.Hussain@ljmu.ac.uk Tel: (+044) 0151 231 2458 Online MSc Programme Administrator Mr Mark Vicary E-Mail: M.L.Vicary@ljmu.ac.uk Tel: (+044) 0151 231 2569 Postal Address School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences Liverpool John Moores University Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK Tel: (+44) 0151 231 2105 Fax: (+44) 0151 207 4594 6  
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