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Open University BSC in Computing or MSC in Computer Science (Conversion) watch

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    I would like to know your opinion which of these two qualification would improve ones employability prospect the most. I'm asking this for a friend.

    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
    2 year-
    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
    3 Year:
    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
    4 Databases
    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.

    I am pretty sure that the BSc is more expensive than any of the 3 MSc degrees. It pretty much all boils down to how much money can he afford to pay.

    MSc is more employable
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