HNC Computing

SCQF Level 7

Course Description
In a world of increasingly complicated computer systems and devices, pupils with knowledge of more than one area in computing will benefit any workplace. Within this course there is an emphasis on gaining the skills to build a strong foundation in the main areas of computing which include: programming, networking, mobile technology, database development, project management and computer hardware (theoretical and practical).

Units
Year 1:
Developing Software - Introduction
SQL Introduction
Hardware and OS essentialsTroubleshooting Computing Problems
Team Working in Computing
Team Working in Computing

Year 2:
Computer Systems Fundamentals
HNC Computing Exam
Developing Mobile Web Based Applications - An Introduction
Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
User Centred Design

Progression Pathways
Internally within D&A College 
HND Computer Science
HND Software Development
HND Computer Networking

Externally with Partner Universities
Abertay University – BSc (Hons) Computing – Year 2
Other University Computing Programmes

Assessment Method
Within all units there is a mixture between practical based assessment in which pupils will need to demonstrate the technical skills learned throughout the unit in the form of a small project, as well as this pupils will be expected to undertake a series of extended response questions to demonstrate they understand the key theory and concepts of the unit.  Finally, pupils will be expected to undertake an end of year final exam which will be graded.

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