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Certificate of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

The aim of this certificate is to equip you with the basic skills and knowledge that you will need to underpin a career in the computing and IT sector. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental technologies, techniques and trends of modern digital technology and introduce you to some of the issues involved in their application. You will gain some practical experience in the use of a modern programming environment and ubiquitous computing devices.

Depending on which options you choose you will also gain valuable transferable skills and be prepared for further study in not only computing and IT but also a complementary subject.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this certificate, you will have an:

  • understanding of some fundamental principles, concepts and techniques underlying computing and IT and your second subject
  • awareness of the range of models and languages to support the analysis and design of computing and IT systems
  • awareness of the principal theories, methods, models and approaches that can be deployed in your second subject area
  • awareness of the range of situations in which computing and IT systems are used, including in your second subject area, and the ways in which people interact with them
  • awareness of the ethical, social and legal issues that can be associated with the deployment of computing and IT systems, including in the context of your second subject area
  • awareness of major trends in computing and IT and of the implications of these trends and of their impact on your second subject area.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this certificate, you will be able to:

  • apply key concepts from computing and IT and from your second subject area in specified contexts
  • apply appropriate techniques and tools for problem solving, designing and testing ubiquitous computing systems and in your second subject area
  • carry out a project in ubiquitous computing that applies and extends your know ledge and understanding.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this certificate, you will be able to:

  • develop and test a simple computer system
  • plan and organise your work appropriately
  • undertake ongoing learning in order to keep up to date with computing and IT and your second subject area
  • identify the ethical, social and legal issues that may arise during the development and use of computing and IT systems particularly in the context of your second subject area
  • use ICT tools and numerical skills, as appropriate, to help you learn effectively.

Key skills

On completion of this certificate, you will be able to:

  • communicate information, arguments ideas and issues clearly and in appropriate ways
  • work in a group, communicating effectively in a distance setting where the communication is computer-mediated
  • work independently, planning, monitoring and reviewing your own learning
  • find information from a variety of sources, using information technology where necessary
  • use appropriate numerical  techniques to solve problems.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

You will learn independently, using the following types of material, provided by us:

  • printed and online teaching texts
  • multimedia packages on CD-ROM, DVD and online
  • directed readings from textbooks and papers
  • specialised software tools.

We will support your learning with:

  • self-assessment questions and exercises, included in the teaching texts
  • programming tasks, computer-based investigations and open-ended project work
  • feedback and guidance from a tutor; tutorials, revision and day schools
  • email and online moderated forums
  • study guides.

We will assess your learning with:

  • tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
  • multiple-choice computer-marked assignments (CMAs)
  • formal examinations
  • progress reports.
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