JE Educational College has partnered with the academic regulatory body Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE) in order to provide a detailed and comprehensive programme providing qualifications in Computing. This course is a Diploma course and its main aims are to provide potential students with support to achieve career objectives in such areas. Individuals who are interested in job scopes in these areas, including Software Engineering, Programming, E-commerce and Network Management, will find the course useful. It provides a firm outline of the various issues and context that affects a computing professional in today’s climate. The Level 4 qualification in Computing will also allow students to progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Computing, which in turn is designed to support progression to the third year of a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science.
- IT AND SOCIETY
- COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE
- COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
- RELATIONAL DATABASE SYSTEMS
- SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
- SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
- E-COMMERCE APPLICATIONS
- HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION
- INFORMATION SYSTEMS THEORY AND PRACTICE
- MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
IT AND SOCIETY
• Understanding about the way that IT has changed the way that people live and work. This will include concepts such as digital citizenship, community and the Information Age, gender, age and culture.
• Understand IT issues in society. Students should be able to explain the impact and significance of the related themes and will be introduced to such topics as government handling of information, code of ethics and professional IT culture, internet penetration in everyday lives and the management of data and information.
• Students should show an understanding of current legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to IT. Students will also be taught about the risks inherent in such situations and will be introduced to concepts of digital crime, privacy and the impact of security and e-everything.
COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE
• Understanding of the components of computer systems. This will include description of various computer systems, the analysis of networking infrastructure and the ability to evaluate peripheral devices to meet different purposes. The function of such components will also be introduced to the students.
• Learners will be taught a variety of topics regarding computer software. This will include areas such as the role of the operating system (OS), the role of software applications and their functionality, services and types, web applications and mobile applications. The latter two will cover areas that include issues in the use of such applications and their roles and architecture.
• Understanding of the principles of computer programming. Students will be able to critically evaluate application programming interfaces (API) and appraise the stages of the software development life cycle (SDLC). This will include information on API evaluation, SDLC importance and programming paradigms. They should also be able to explain the language constructs used within a programme.
• The learners should be able to design and develop a computer program to meet a client brief using programming principles. This will include knowledge in the use of data models, the role of conceptual modelling, algorithms and pseudocode.
• Students should also be able to evaluate a computer program through testing and analysis.
RELATIONAL DATABASE SYSTEMS
• Understanding of database management systems. They will be able to explain the database Management System (DBMS) and explain the different levels of database architecture. Students should be able to explain transaction processing within database management systems and be able to evaluate the importance of data integrity and quality control within a database management system.
• Students will be able appreciate and support database design. This will include explanations of relationships within a database as well as the integrity constraints within relational models. Learners will also be able to explain normalisation and functional dependency within a database.
• Students should be able to design a database system. This is inclusive of designing a relational database to meet a specified design brief and they must explain how the design documents meet the design brief. Eventually, they will be able to evaluate database design following feedback.
• Understanding of software engineering principles and be able to explain the software engineering methods and techniques. Students will also be able to explain the modelling tools used for software development and engineering.
• To understand the key aspects of software engineering. This will include the explanation of software engineering practices and the ability to evaluate the multidisciplinary nature of software development. Students will also need to be able to explain the structure of software engineering teams.
• Learners should be able to apply a software engineering approach to software and systems development at the end of the module. This will include applications for information management, the use of software engineering methods in systems development and the explanations of the role of data verification and validation in systems development.
SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
• Students should be able to explain the role of systems analysis and design as well as critically analyse the systems development lifecycle. Included in this is the ability to explain how systems analysis can be influential in the redesign of a system and be able to evaluate the different design methods and methodologies that can be used to analyse systems.
• Students will then be required to be comfortable in the usage of systems analysis and design techniques to recommend improvements. They will need to understand how to select methodology to analyse an existing system justifying their choice. Students will also need to use different information gathering techniques and be able to recommend improvements to an existing system.
• Learners should be able to develop a solution to improve an existing system. This will include the presentation of such a solution, using an agreed upon format, and be able to justify the proposed improvements. They may be required to make amendments where appropriate.
• A more complete understanding of the principles of e-commerce. Students should also be able to explain the relationship between e-commerce principles and models.
• Gain an understanding of why small businesses use e-commerce. Students will be required to examine the opportunities and benefits that e-commerce offers small businesses and be able to analyse the threats that a small business has to consider when adopting e-commerce. They will also be able to explain solutions to such threats and understand how to evaluate strategies that have proven successful in small businesses.
• Understand the e-commerce models used in small businesses. Students should be able to evaluate e-commerce models that are appropriate for small businesses and understand how to critically compare e-commerce revenue models that can be used by a small business.
HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION
• Gain an understanding of the principles of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and be able to evaluate said principles. Students will be able to critique interface design and evaluate user interaction when using different IT applications.
• Students should be able to plan an interface for a specified application, to meet a brief or be able to apply user interface design techniques to meet a brief. HCI principles and techniques will need to be justified against industry standards.
• Students will also be able to create a prototype using HCI principles and be able to generate a user interface for a specified product using planning documents. Students will also learn to critique user experience of a prototype use interface and be able to revise the user interface in line with the feedback.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS THEORY AND PRACTICE
• Gain an understanding of information systems used in organisations by critically comparing information systems used within different organisations. Students will also be able to evaluate an information system used in an organisation and analyse the information systems needs of a chosen functional area within a business.
• Students will be able to plan the development of an information system and learn to prepare a detailed project plan for the development of an information system. Students will also learn to assess the feasibility of a proposed information system and explain the requirements of the proposed information system.
• Be able to implement an information systems project in line with an agreed project plan and project management method. Students will need to be able to evaluate the implementation of an information system and understand how to recommend improvements to the implemented information system.
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
• Gain an understanding of management information systems in an organisation structure. Students should be able to analyse data presented and evaluate different feature of management information systems while being able to explain the importance of compliance with legal and organisational requirements when using a management information system. They will also come away with an understanding of evaluating links between information systems and competitive advantage.
• Gain an understanding of evaluation procedures concerning management information systems within an organisation. The students will know how to analyse how an organisation uses a management information system to improve performance and be able to evaluate the effectiveness of a management information system in an organisation.
•Students should be able to plan improvements to a management information system and be able to present recommendations to improve a management information system. They will also need to know how to plan further system development to an information system.
TEACHER-STUDENT RATIO is 1:10
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||A pass (C6) in GCE O Level English OR Obtain at least 60% marks in JE College English Language Placement Test (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 in reading and writing)||Diploma||FT/PT:
|classroom/ Computer Lab Room||ATHE|