BSc Computer Science & Management Science
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: BSc (Honours) Computer Science & Management Science
6. UCAS Code: GN42
7. Relevant QAA subject benchmarking: Computing, General Business & Management
8. Mode of Study: Full time
9. Educational aims of programme:
The University's philosophy is that students should gain a broadly based education in their first two years by taking three separate subjects, including their degree specialism(s), and concentrate almost entirely on their degree specialism(s) in years three and four. This joint programme allows students to develop a strong background across a wide range of topics in both Computer Science and Management Science.
In Computer Science 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.
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
- have an awareness of techniques involved in the management of risk, the management of innovation, quality management, and strategic and corporate management
(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 from its detailed description
- the ability to use tools and methods required to make decisions, shape policies, and solve operational problems associated with an information-intensive, technology-based economy
(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 acquire 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.
Note that if you plan to take the Management Honours Dissertation in fourth year (rather than the Honours project in Informatics), then you must attend the Research in Management course in third year (even though there are no points associated with the course).
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.