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Computing at Aberystwyth What we teach and how it is organised. Objective of this Talk. Tell you about our degrees More details on a visit day once you have applied. Structure of Department. On main ( Penglais ) campus 25 full-time lecturing staff 500 undergraduates and MSc students

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objective of this talk
Objective of this Talk
  • Tell you about our degrees
  • More details on a visit day once you have applied
structure of department
Structure of Department
  • On main (Penglais) campus
  • 25 full-time lecturing staff
  • 500 undergraduates and MSc students
  • 35 support and research staff
  • 25 PhD students
aim of our courses
Aim of our courses

We seek to produce graduates who have:

  • a broad knowledge of Computing,
  • a wide skills base,
  • good intellectual skills, and
  • strengthened interpersonal skills.

So that they ….

can adapt and be relevant in 10 years time.



do we succeed
Do we succeed?
  • Our students get good jobs in the Computing industry
    • 87.5% of Aberystwyth first degree CS graduates who entered employment six months after graduation entered a graduate role, compared with 69.8% first degree CS graduates nationally
do we succeed1
Do we succeed?
  • Degrees accredited by British Computer Society

(BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT)

  • Top marks in last QAA assessment
  • Best research rating in Wales, top 20 in UK
undergraduate courses
Undergraduate Courses
  • Degree schemes offered:
    • Computer Science
    • Software Engineering
    • Internet Computing and Systems Administration
    • Business Information Technology
  • Degree ‘flavours’ linked to our research interests
    • Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence
    • AI and Robotics
    • Computer Graphics, Vision and Games
features of all our degrees
Features of all our degrees

Year 1

Mostly in common











Year 2

Group project

Year in industry


Year 3

Final Year Project

  • Activity weekend in first year - interpersonal and team skills
  • Professional skills weekend in second year - mock interviews
  • Encouraged to spend a year in industry
  • Hard work - project based
year 1 mostly common
Year 1- Mostly Common
  • Flexible – you can change scheme or mix and match
  • Depends on background more than degree scheme
year 2 the group project
Year 2 - The Group Project
  • Year 2
  • Team of about 10
  • Whole product development process
  • Examples:
    • Stock dealing
    • Sky Digibox programmer
    • Android games development
the group project
The Group Project
  • 2D maze based game
  • Pacman-style for Android phones
    • The hero can fire bullets at the baddies
    • If hit, they split into weaker baddies
    • After being hit a few times, baddies die
    • If baddies run into you, then you die
    • New levels built on a PC
    • Levels can be loaded into the game

Other 2nd year individual games (from the Interactive web programming module):

    • Connor
    • Gideon
    • Natalia
optional year in industry between years 2 and 3
Optional Year in Industrybetween years 2 and 3
  • Practical experience for a year
  • Working with companies
  • Paid!
  • We help find jobs
  • Improves future performance
  • Makes it easier to get a job when you graduate
a few places that our students have worked
A few places that our students have worked

Visualisation Centre

Plymouth Marine Lab

year 3 final year project
Year 3 - Final Year Project
  • Final year – 33% of your time
  • Individual working
  • Complete project
  • May be research led by staff member …
  • …or from your industrial year
  • Specify, develop, test, deliver a product
  • Personal challenge
bsc in computer science g400 3 years g401 4 years
BSc in Computer Science G400 - 3 years, G401 - 4 years
  • Provides core modules, most flexible
  • Covers core modules:
    • Programming, Unix and Windows, software design, software engineering, professional issues, telecommunications, database management systems, human computer interaction, and electives
  • Types of final year project:
    • A ticket booking system for the Department of Theatre, Film and TV
  • Types of job:
    • Any typical position in software industry
sarah burdett
Sarah Burdett
  • From Cardiff
  • Computer Science
  • Worked for Information Services in Industrial Year in Design Studio
  • Final project: Knitting Pattern Generator
  • Went to work for spindogs in Cardiff as a programmer
beng in software engineering g600 4 years
BEng in Software Engineering G600 - 4 years
  • Emphasises professional engineering of large, high-quality software systems
  • More technical – almost all modules must be in CS
  • Compulsory industrial year
  • Covers:
    • Core modules plus: C and Unix, C++, distributed systems technologies and other electives
  • Types of final year project:
    • Instrumentation for a sailing robot, mobile augmented reality
  • Types of job:
    • Technical positions in software industry
other engineering schemes
Other Engineering Schemes
  • MEngG601 – 5 years
    • Our most prestigious scheme
    • (higher entry requirements: 340 points)
    • Final year all modules with MSc students
    • Extra modules such as Programming Mobile solutions, Autonomous Systems, …
  • Types of job:
    • Technical positions in software industry
rob yeates
Rob Yeates
  • From Somerset
  • Mature student (was a catering manager)
  • Industrial year at Goldman-Sachs,
  • Final Project: System using Transport for London data
  • Was on MEng but they offered him a job, so graduated with first class BEng!
bsc in internet computing and systems administration h602 3 years h603 4 years
BSc in Internet Computing and Systems Administration H602 - 3 years, H603 - 4 years
  • Building professional quality web sites, applications and networks
  • Covers:
    • Core modules plus: Web programming, website design, database driven web sites, E-commerce, commercial processes, E-commerce systems and internet security , web tools selection…
  • Types of final year project:
    • Multi-sport online league recording system for use by sports clubs
  • Types of job:
    • Building and maintaining professional web sites
    • Supporting computing users with networking skills
adam roberts
Adam Roberts
  • From Wrexham
  • Internet Computing
  • Industrial year at Compliance Control Ltd
  • Final year project: staff rostering for Corris railway
  • Now working for a consultancy firm as an Oracle database administrator
bsc in business information technology g500 3 years g501 4 years
BSc in Business Information TechnologyG500 - 3 years, G501 - 4 years
  • Concerns methods and technologies that can be used to create effective IT systems as solutions to business problems
  • Covers:
    • Web programming, systems analysis, DBMS and commercial applications, professional issues, business process engineering, E-commerce systems and internet security, web tools selection. Some modules are taken in other departments such as Information Studies and Media Studies
  • Types of final year project:
    • Critique and redesign of multi-lingual website (Eisteddfod)
  • Types of job:
    • Providing database and web-enabled commercial solutions
    • Supporting computing users
rachel moss
Rachel Moss
  • From Wolverhampton
  • Switched to G501 after year 1
  • Industrial Year at what is now Lloyds Banking, Marketing & IT
  • Became interested in accessibility of commercial info for visually impaired people
  • Final Year project: a system to investigate this
  • PGCE in IT – Teaching and part-time PhD
BSc degrees with Artificial IntelligenceCS & AI: GG4R - 3 years, GG47 – 4 years AI & Robotics: GH76 - 3 years, GH7P – 4 years
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) explores artificial systems that can do things that are normally regarded as requiring intelligence
  • Covers:
    • Core modules plus: Practical application of AI, appropriate tools, theoretical understanding of AI, hardware, intelligent robotics, space robotics, electives
  • Types of final year project:
    • Cracking the Zodiac killer's cypher with AI techniques
    • Automatically steering an electric car
  • Types of job:
    • Any technical job in the software industry or related to AI or Robotics
tom blanchard
Tom Blanchard
  • from Brighton
  • AI and Robotics
  • Industrial Year working for Dr. Mark Neal in the department
  • Final Year project: Development of an Autonomous Tethered and Submersible Data Buoy
  • Now: PhD
bsc computer graphics vision and games
BSc Computer Graphics, Vision and Games

G450 – 3 years, G451 – 4 years

Specific applications include games development, (medical) image understanding, movie special effects and industrial quality control

  • Covers:
    • Core modules plus: appropriate other modules such as: interactive computer graphics, visualisation, C++, AI
  • Types of final year project:
    • Graphics and games for mobile devices, medical image analysis, low cost Minority Report-style finger-tracking interface development
  • Types of job:
    • Any technical job in the software/games industry and specialised positions
how to get more information
How to get more information:


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