PijusDEV
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Hi,

Maybe someone could send me a more detailed Software Engineering or Computer Science modules description.

I would also like to ask if computer science in Lancaster is at high level? (Course content, teachers, the way it's being teached..)

Thanks for any info
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Hi,

Maybe someone could send me a more detailed Software Engineering or Computer Science modules description.

I would also like to ask if computer science in Lancaster is at high level? (Course content, teachers, the way it's being teached..)

Thanks for any info
Hey there I'm Tish and I'm a Computer Science student i'm in my first year. Here is a link to the list of modules: http://www.lusi.lancs.ac.uk/OnlineCo...ategory=000622

In the school of computing department software engineering and computer science students take the exact same modules in their first year:
SCC.110: Software Development (Core)
SCC.120: Fundamentals of Computer Science (Core)
SCC.130: Information Systems (Core)
SCC.140: Creative Technologies (Optional)
SCC.150: Digital Systems (Core)
SCC.160: Fundamentals of Communication Systems (Optional)

The website that I have given you think link for you will notice some modules from the school of computing will start with 1, 2 or 3. Modules starting with 1 are what you'd study in first year (that's what's important), 2 second year etc.

Now as you can see 110, 120, 130 and 150 are core modules, and 140 and 160 are optional, this means if you wanted to study another module in a different department say for e.g. Criminology you can choose modules from that degree and combine it with the 4 core modules that i've listed. If you wanted to do all modules you can (like myself).

Each of the modules in the school of computing are worth 20 credits, you have a total of 120 to use, so if you did minor in another subject you'd need to find module(s) which add up to 40 credits. You can't combine modules from different departments so you can't minor in a module from Criminology and say a module from Management you only have a choice of one other department.

At the end of first year if you did study a minor in another subject and you pass you can do a combine honours for the rest of your degree or you can switch to 100% to computer science/software engineering.

In terms of league tables I'd say that Computer Science/Software Engineering at Lancaster Uni is very respectable, my personal opinion of first year so far is that i think it's a pretty challenging degree and may require that extra effort, as long as you can wrap your head around things you'll be fine. There have been many times where i've thought that the course is so hard i've wanted to drop out, my overall grade atm is a first so I'm gonna stick it out.

My worst module is 150, it has a 2/3 fail rate but in terms of cw you can surprise yourself They say that you don't need any programming skills before coming to the university, but i'd recommend you to self-teach yourself over summer the basic principles of Java/C. I've used a really good website for Java and it's helped a lot if you want it i will be happy to give you it.

The lecturers, there are brilliant ones and there are bad ones, it's nothing to do with the modules the lecturers can really improve you understanding of a topic, and when the lecturers aren't as good as you'd like you could probably fall behind but i don't think you should worry too much since everyone learns in different ways.

Each module is split into 40% exam and 60% coursework, so if you take all 6 modules you'll have 6 exams in June during third term (though this month may change for when you arrive).

Each module is quiet different in terms of how we get marked, yes we have coursework and exams for each module but the coursework can vary. For an example in SCC.110: Software Development, we have 2 pieces of coursework, 2 tests, and 1 project (for the coursework component of the module) the good this is that means our coursework is split up into a lot of components so if you perform badly in one part you can make up for that in another part. Then we have SCC.120: Fundamentals of computer science, we have 1 coursework and 1 test, so it means that you don't have much room for failure since the coursework component is heavily outweighs the test. Tests are usually in-class tests meaning you turn up to your allocated lecture for that day and you take part in a multiple-choice test and they are usually worth between 10-20% of the coursework component. Again everything i have said may differ, so when you arrive you may have more coursework in 120 than 110 it all just depends on if they change the structure of the course (which could be partially different).

The coursework component of each of the modules aren't all coding, some we have in-class tests (like i mentioned before), we also have "report/essay" like hand-ins (although they aren't marked on how well you've formatted it, or use of references etc). So it will vary but it's good it can help us to develop skills in other areas.

The timetable is pretty intense I have 9 lectures (1 hour each), 3 practicals (2 hours each) and 2/3 workshops (1 hour each) per a week, you may think "omg i'm not going to have any time to be a "proper" student" but in reality, you may not end up going to all of your lectures per a week, you'd tend to go to all of your praticals and workshops because you get registered for them and they're pretty important since your practically learning which is always good instead of too much theory. But honestly i probably shouldn't say this but i've missed a lot of lecturers over the past couple of terms so far and i am doing ok in terms of grades, i still party, socialise and turn up to societies that are having events during the week. There's so much going on there's a time where you could perhaps prioritise fun social life over work (i'd only ever recommend this if you had perhaps submitted coursework early, or have a good understanding of lectures you may not have turned up to), but there are definitely a lot of times where you'd need to buckle down and study.

Don't buy any books, you don't need any (that's coming from someone who find this course quiet hard haha), i'd definitely recommend applying to the university since if your on the edge about league tables as a whole the university is usually top 12 across many different websites such as the guardian, the times, thecompleteuniversityguide etc etc. You'll have fun, you may have an emotional roller-coaster for a few weeks but it's definitely worth it.

I LOVE IT!!
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