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BSc Computer Science and Mathematics

BSc Computer Science and Mathematics Degree Programme Table

1. Awarding Institution: University of Edinburgh

2. Teaching Institution: University of Edinburgh

3. Programme Accredited By: see accreditation pages

4. Final Award: BSc Honours

5. Programme Title: Computer Science and Mathematics (BSc)

6. UCAS Code: GG14

7. Relevant QAA subject benchmarking: Computing; Maths, Stats & OR

8. Mode of Study: Full time

9. Educational aims of programme:

This joint programme allows students to develop a strong background across a wide range of topics in both computer science and mathematics. In their first and second years, students follow the same School of Informatics courses as Single Honours Computer Science students and the same School of Mathematics courses as Single Honours Mathematics students. In the third and fourth years, the programme is most commonly divided equally between the computer science and mathematics subject areas.

In the Computer Science part of the programme, students undertake a wide variety of practical exercises and projects which reinforce and build on lecture material. The Computer Science material all falls within the scope of the QAA Computing Benchmark. Communication skills, initiative, professionalism and the ability to work with others are developed as integral parts of the learning process. In their final year students undertake a major individual practical project which is normally interdisciplinary between the two subjects.

The rest of this document focuses on the Computer Science part of this joint degree programme. The Degree Programme Specification for Mathematics (BSc) has more details on the Mathematics part of the programme.

10. Programme Outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for learners to achieve the following outcomes:

(a) Knowledge and understanding

  • have a knowledge and understanding of the principles of operation of computers from application programs down through system software to hardware
  • have a knowledge and understanding of the principles of operation of computer networks
  • understand the concept of abstraction and its importance in the design of computer based systems
  • understand the software development process
  • understand the underlying mathematical concepts which allow computer scientists to reason about computers and computer based systems
  • have an awareness of the social, professional, ethical and legal issues involved in the use of computing systems

(b) Intellectual skills

  • the ability to specify and design computer based systems
  • the ability to apply formal design procedures to the design of computer based systems
  • the ability to derive an abstract representation of a problem from its detailed description

(c) Professional/subject/specific/practical skills

  • the ability to develop and implement computer based systems
  • the ability to use appropriate support tools during the development process
  • the ability to operate computing equipment and software systems effectively

(d) Transferable skills

  • the ability to deploy analytical and problem solving skills and to synthesise solutions
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a development team
  • the ability to communicate effectively through a variety of media including oral, visual, written, diagramatic and on-line
  • the ability to make effective use of learning materials and to aquire and apply knowledge from a variety of sources

11. Programme Structure and Features

For formal definitions, including details of compulsory and optional course choices, consult the Degree Programme Table. Consult the List of Informatics courses to discover which courses belong to which subject area.

12. Entry Requirements:

Please consult the current University Undergraduate Prospectus.

13. Degree Classification

The final degree classification is based equally on performance in third and fourth years. Degrees are classified according to the University's standard marking scale with boundaries at 70%, 60%, 50%, 40%. Students who fail final year can be awarded an Ordinary Degree on the basis of their third year marks.