Open University BSC in Computing or MSC in Computer Science (Conversion)Watch this thread
Here's his situation: He made unity 3d games for a while and knows C# very well. He's purely self-thought, although he possess some coursera.org certificates. He has a unpopular self-published game under his belt.
In terms of employability what would benefit him more? He already has a BA in a humanities discipline.
Right now I'm considering recommending to him either the OU computing degree or a conversion course masters.
Let's look in-depth at the OU curriculum. IN the "Computing and IT" pathway.
1 year - General A level stuff- Pretty much worthless to him
30 credits: Object oriented programing in java: http://css2.open.ac.uk/outis/descs/mc_courses/M250.htm
30 creditsoftware development with java:
30 credits:Algorithms and data structures:
30 credits: Web technologies
Sofware engineering:30 credits
Software engineering project: 30 credits
Interaction design and the user experience:30 credits
Data management and analysis: 30 credits
Or he might just take an MSC-level conversion course:
Now let's compare it to the one year msc. I'll take the university of Kent as an example since you can also do it part-time:
1 Advanced java for programmers
2 Software engineering
3 Web-based informaion system development
4 Logic and logic programing
5 Systems architecture
6 Project Research
7 Project and Dissertation
8 Computer graphics and animation
9 C++ Programing
And the university of birmingham degree is:
1Introduction to artificial intelligence
2 Intro to computer science
3 Data structures
5 Human-computer interaction
6 Software workshop
7 Operating systems and networks
8 Software engineering
The Imperial college london computing science msc looks like this:
- Computer Architecture
- Operating Systems
- Introduction to C++ Programming
- Object Oriented Design & Programming
- Logic and AI Programming
- Integrated Programming Laboratory
- C++ Programming Test
- AI Programming Test
- Software Engineering Practice and Group project
- MSc Computing Science Individual Project
The university college dublin degree looks like this:
Year 1 (Sept-Dec)• Programming I (Python)• Computational Thinking• Relational Databases & Information Systems• Computer Architecture• Networks & Internet Systems• Operating Systems Year 1 (Jan-May)• Programming II (Java)• Data Structures & Algorithms• Data Analytics• Web Application Development• Software Engineering • Research Practicum with an opportunity to engage with employers Choose* modules in areas such as• Data Science• Cloud & Distributed Computing• Software Engineering• Forensics & Security• Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science* Note that there may be some limitations on the choice due to pre-requisites and timetabling.
I wonder which one of these pathways would better assure him a job as a programmer(preferably a games programmer) and increase his employability. The OU computing BSC or a conversion course at one of the other full-time institutions. (He can feasibly do the Kent one part time)
And if a conversion course would be better, which one of these would be the best? The University college dublin seems to cover absolutely everything an OU degree would cover and more.