Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development
Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development - Introduction
The Higher National Diploma in Computing is designed to meet the following aims:
- To equip individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the computing industry.
- To develop the individual’s ability in the computing industry through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme.
- To provide an educational foundation for a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enabling learners to make an immediate contribution to employment.
- To provide specialised studies directly relevant to individual vocations and professions in which students are working or intend to seek employment.
- To provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for career development and future studies in computing.
The BTEC Higher National Diploma course comprises sixteen subject units of study to be taught in four semesters.
The subject units are as follows:
This unit is aimed at IT practitioners who need sufficient knowledge of computer architecture to make rational and commercial decisions on the selection and specification of systems. Learners will learn how to evaluate operating systems in order to create their own operating environment. Many IT practitioners communicate with specialist technical support staff during the specification and planning of systems implementation. This unit aims to give learners the confidence to communicate with technical and non-technical specialists to justify their recommendations.
It is expected that centres will use current personal computer and networking resources. Learners should be encouraged to read current journals to investigate and evaluate new hardware and software developments.
An understanding of the general principles and concepts of programming should underpin some of the basic knowledge that learners need.
Learners will develop programs and although the content could be delivered from a range of languages, compilers or platforms, the unit should aim to deliver skills and knowledge that will easily transfer to other areas of the qualification life cycle.
This unit will design programs using industry techniques in order that learners will adopt good practice.
Database Design Concepts
Databases play an integral part in both academic and commercial domains. They provide users with a tool in which to store, model and retrieve data. Database development is fundamental to the area of computing and ICT as it offers so many links to other areas such as programming, systems analysis, HCI as well as embracing issues of compatibility and end user interfacing.
This core unit introduces learners to the practical aspects of designing a database. Learners will be expected to use application software to a prescribed level in order to design, use basic tools, develop and demonstrate a database that is fully functional.
The importance of networked solutions in the business world grows year on year. The
increasingly sophisticated technologies and widening user base mean a fundamental
understanding of networks is essential for many. The aim of this unit is to provide a rigorous introduction to networks, and practical experience in installing users and software on a network.
This unit will clarify the issues associated with network use and how this has developed. It will identify the architectural concepts behind networking and help develop the preliminary skills necessary to install and manage networks.
Human Computer Interface
As technology moves forward, new methods of communicating with computers are becoming possible. Software developers are required to determine whether software is developed with new techniques or traditional tried and tested methods. The developer also needs to measure how well a computer interacts with a user.
This unit aims to give learners a full understanding of the human computer interface (HCI) and the part it plays in the construction of software that is usable, attractive, efficient and effective. The learner is encouraged to explore how well software interacts with the user, fulfils the user’s needs and makes allowances for different users. The learner should develop a critical appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of various interfaces currently available and experience the production of a prototype.
This unit will facilitate the development of an awareness and understanding of the technical and creative skills required to design, construct and manage an effective e-business website interface. Learners will evaluate existing e-business sites, in the context of cross-platforms and a range of browsers. They will analyse a range of commercially available web authoring software and be required to create a viable, interactive website interface, which meets contemporary web design principles.
The aim of this unit is to introduce the learner to some of the technologies which underpin trading on the internet. This includes an introduction to databases and to connectivity of databases as well as the technical requirements to trade on the internet. This is a very practical unit in which learners have the opportunity to apply their knowledge.
Personal Skills Development
Personal skills development implies the professional and personal growth in knowledge and skills. Personal skills development embraces a whole range of practical and transferable skills that can be applied within higher education and the workplace.
This unit examines a range of skills that are deemed necessary to aid learners through various scenarios which are not necessarily implicit within the content of more theoretical or academically orientated units within the HN programme. Learners will be able to improve their own learning, be involved with team work and be more capable of problem solving through the use of case studies, role play and real-life activities.
This unit can be taught traditionally or integrated within other units on the programme. The rationale behind this unit is to enable learners to have exposure to softer skills that are critical in the work place and higher education. This unit attempts to encapsulate a range of key and common skills and deliver this information in a dynamic learning environment.
The development of visual environments has dramatically increased over the last decade. Most people are now familiar with graphical based operating systems and programs.
These graphical interfaces have made the life of the end user much easier.
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop these graphical interfaces in the form of visual applications. The learners will learn how to develop a user interface and then build code into that environment to create an application.
Organisations have always depended on information to ensure success. Over the years,
organisations have changed their information systems from dealing purely with data processing to strategic and decision support. Managers need information to plan successfully in the short, medium and long term. It is also recognised nowadays that information is required at all levels in an organisation and that information itself can have many sources. The importance of valid information in gaining competitive advantage needs to be stressed.
Learners will gain an understanding of the ways in which data can be processed and the applications that support organisations. They will also be asked to evaluate the capacity of an information system to satisfy the needs of the user.
This unit will provide learners with a detailed insight into the systems analysis life cycle, modelling tools and techniques, testing procedures and the need for systems evaluation. This unit will examine the requirements of analysis for both commercial and technical applications. It will also introduce the data and functional modelling techniques which learners can be expected to use.
Data Analysis and Design
An understanding of databases is fundamental to the development of any significant information system. Database systems are predominant in the world of IT and continue to demand more complex data structures as applications get increasingly sophisticated. The aim of this unit is to provide an essential knowledge of database systems including design principles, practical implementation and development skills for both system designer and software engineer.
The importance of structured query languages should be stressed, and once created, databases will be used or demonstrated for a variety of tasks including querying and report writing.
The aim of this unit is to provide a basic knowledge of project management principles, methodologies, tools and techniques that may be used in any industry, the professions and the public sector. Organisational and human resource factors are also included.
Learners will develop an understanding of what constitutes a project and the role of a project manager. They will be able to analyse and plan the activities needed to carry out the project, including how to set up a project, how to control and execute a project, and how to carry out project reviews. They will also understand how the project fits into the company or other organizational environment.
It is intended that this unit will support the knowledge and understanding requirements for the NVQ in Project Management at level 4.
Internet Server Management
As more organisations adopt internet-aware software there is an increasing need to understand the implications of internet technologies. In addition many organisations are now creating their own internet and intranet sites and therefore the successful management of sites and servers is becoming fundamental to network managers. The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to internet server management within the context of a network operating system. This unit will link server management with other major operating system topics such as administration, security and networking concepts, with particular emphasis on the TCP/IP protocol stack. Learners will be able to identify the necessary network infrastructure that must be in place, the administrative tasks required and security implications and possible solutions to hosting a secure internet site.
The unit focuses on an appropriate network operating system, such as Microsoft Windows.
This unit starts by considering customers’ expectations of e-business, because these dictate implementation priorities. It is first necessary to assess the status of the business information and logistics systems, because they will provide foundation for e-business. Preparations will be necessary to meet the standards of support that e-customers expect. Marketing, promotion and supply chain management must be considered, alongside the website, when developing the implementation strategy. Protecting the intellectual property of the business and maintaining the integrity of its website require considerations of risk and appropriate security precautions. Finally future developments in e-business are examined to help maintain a competitive edge.
Information Systems Project
This unit will form a central part in the development of the learner's ability to link and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during the programme to produce a practical solution to a realistic problem form the use of applications software. Learners will also appreciate how to use the tools and techniques of the software to produce a range of documentation to include written, graphical and oral formats of delivery.
This unit will provide learners with a good overview of a range of applications software, its function and uses within an IT context. Learners will be expected to design, use and test applications software to meet a specified user requirement.
This is a major piece of work that should demonstrate the performance expected at a Higher National level. The problem should be developed within an IT context in accordance with the unit's frameworks and constraints. This will develop the ability to produce an acceptable and viable business solution to an agreed specification with a defined timescale and constraints.
The course is mainly conducted in the classroom via face-to-face learning which encourages student-teacher interaction. Students are encouraged to attend field trips and bazaars organised by the school to encourage experiential learning.
This course is assessed by outcome-based coursework which involves doing a report, presentation or project work.
Entry Requirements for Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development
- Diploma in Computing
- China Senior Secondary Year 3 AND IELTS 5.5 *
- SMU 3 AND IELTS 5.5 *
- GCE ‘A' levels - 2 passes
- ITE Higher NITEC 2.5
- STPM - 2 passes
- Vietnam Grade 12 AND IELTS 5.5 *
- Any other equivalent qualifications
*Those without IELTS 5.5 are required to attend an English Course at a fee.
Candidates who successfully complete all 16 units of this programme will be given the internationally recognised Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development in Singapore, awarded by Edexcel International (UK).
This Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development Award takes approximately 960 hours excluding the development and implementation of coursework.
- 3 - 4 units per semester
- Recommended Duration : 1½ years (Fast Track)
- Recommended Duration : 2 years (Normal Track)
- 2 units per semester
- Recommended Duration : 2 years 8 months
|Class size:||Maximum 25 pax per class for practical and tutorial lessons|
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Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Synthesize a range of concepts, knowledge and skills relating to computing;
- Apply complex theories to practical realistic work situations in the computing sector;
- Adopt approaches independently to study and the generation of computing evidence;
- Demonstrate ability to engage with complex and/or unpredictable situations in computing contexts;
- Demonstrate ability to take responsibility to manage and direct their own and others’ activities;
- Utilize technology effectively in acquiring knowledge, and in gathering, organizing and presenting information;
- Understand fundamental programming concepts and design, develop and test computer programs using appropriate tools and techniques;
- Explain the characteristics and functions of computer systems;
- Analyse, design, integrate and implement information application systems;
- Demonstrate problem-solving skills in the development of information application systems;
- Demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as effectively as a member of a team;
- Demonstrate a professional approach to work based on the codes of conduct and practice of the profession;
- Apply appropriate quality assurance methods and procedures in the development of information systems;
- Explain the social, economic, legal and ethical implications on organisations and society at large in the development and use of information systems;
- Undertake and manage a substantial project involving business information systems engineering.