HND Computer Science
Full-time, one year
We live in a digital age where the demand for ICT and digital technology is growing at an incredible pace. With good computing and IT systems now central to every business, organisations are set to become even more driven by technology and data. In this dynamic and continually evolving sector, there’s already a skills shortage and it’s predicted there could be as many as 11,000 job opportunities each year in Scotland alone. So by investing in digital and IT skills now, you could find yourself highly sought after in the future!
For direct entry into Year 2 of the HND, you’ll need:
This course builds on the HNC and will give you a wide variety of sought after skills in computing related posts, including software development, security, web servers, databases and mobile technologies.
In software development, you’ll look at object oriented programming (OOP) and developing websites for multiplatform use, including scripting languages for clients and server-side.
You’ll explore security concepts, and learn to design and construct secure contemporary computer networks. This involves learning about possible threats and vulnerabilities, as well as cryptography.
You’ll look at the role of web servers and develop hands on skills to install, configure and maintain a web server, as well as implement suitable security.
You’ll learn how to design and create a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). You’ll look at the terminology, key concepts and process involved, then design your own RDBMS.
You’ll look into mobile technologies and some of the factors concerning the hardware and software involved, as well as the legal, ethical and social issues. You’ll design and implement a functional app for a mobile device.
You’ll look at what’s involved in successful project management and will plan, implement, monitor, manage and report on your own project.
You’ll explore what’s involved in setting up and building an e-Business, including branding, business planning solutions and promotional media communications.
You’ll also have the chance to:
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
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