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Postgraduate Diploma in Computing free course icon

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Postgraduate Diploma in Computing

This flexible diploma enables computing practitioners to pursue their career goals by gaining advanced knowledge, skills and techniques; and to develop a professional approach to the study and application of computing. A wide choice of modules means you can tailor your qualification to the varied requirements of industry and your own career needs, with the option to focus on information security, on networking, or on software engineering in more depth.

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice free course icon

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

If you have a foundation degree or equal qualification, top up to an honours degree in two years. This degree will put you in a strong position to develop a career in information technology. You'll be able to engage with challenges such as the specification, design, deployment and management of computing and IT systems. Choose modules to suit your career goals and finish with a project on a topic based on one of the modules.

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BSc (Honours) Computing and IT free course icon

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BSc (Honours) Computing and IT

With this degree, you'll become a confident user and manager of information technologies, able to administer and manage network or database systems and develop software solutions. Computing and IT skills have become fundamental to the way we live, work, socialise and play. They can open the world of technology and an array of exciting career opportunities. This degree will teach you the principles of hardware-based, software-based, or systems-based technologies. You'll be able to apply your knowledge and skills in a broad range of industries and organisations.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology

If you're interested in exploring cutting edge, topical and often controversial criminological issues, then this diploma is for you. You'll explore how crime and justice are defined, controlled, theorised and studied. Your knowledge of how to evaluate evidence and analyse information about crime and justice will be developed, ensuring you have the skills to confidently and expertly examine crime, victimisation, and criminal justice at national, international and global levels.

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Foundations for social work practice

Are you interested in social work or social care? Whatever your starting point, this key introductory OU level 1 module will develop your knowledge of the key roles of social work, and introduce the social work standards and codes of practice relevant to each UK nation. You will also build key skills in information and communication technologies, information literacy and reflective writing.

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Foundations for social work practice

Are you interested in social work or social care? Whatever your starting point, this key introductory OU level 1 module will develop your knowledge of the key roles of social care/social work, and introduce the standards and codes of practice relevant to each UK nation. You will also build key skills in information and communication technologies (ICT), information literacy and reflective writing. This module includes completion of a practice portfolio based on your current experience (within six months of module start) of paid or voluntary work in an appropriate social care setting. The module also includes participation in three online practice skills workshops, and four online tutorials.

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Financial accounting in context

This module will help you to understand different types of company from their formation, company financial accounting, the regulatory framework in which they operate, and their role in the context of market economies, law and society. You'll also gain an understanding of corporate governance, corporate responsibility, and sustainability reporting. You'll learn how to interact with accountants and auditors to understand their duties, and other external stakeholders to understand their information needs. By the end of this module you should be able to prepare basic company financial accounts (including cash flow statements), and interpret the financial statements of a single entity company from the perspective of external stakeholders.

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Finance for strategic decision-making

This module will provide you with the necessary tools to use financial information and other data for making management decisions. You will learn a range of accounting and data analysis techniques as well as being introduced to the workings of the financial markets. Additionally, the module will make use of Excel spreadsheets and discuss good spreadsheet practice.

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Network security

With organisations increasingly dependent on their information systems, there is a greater need to ensure that the underlying network infrastructure being used by these systems is secure. We are a leading Cisco Academy and this Cisco Certified Networking Associate Security (NetSec) module will give you a foundation to prepare for the CyberOps Associate certification. It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of managing secure communication across a large-scale internetwork using Cisco equipment. You will also be expected to undertake individual research to contextualise your Cisco study in the broader security management environment.

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The law dissertation

The law dissertation is the final element of our Master of Laws (LLM). The content of the module has been designed to support you in developing and completing a research project based on a topic drawn from the individual LLM modules you've studied. Alongside the time spent in conducting your own research, you'll learn about the role and purpose of a literature review, how to identify a suitable research methodology, how to develop research questions and how to evaluate the ethical implications of your research. Throughout the module, the complexities of the research process are explored. The writing up process forms an important aspect of your research and guidance is provided on this process. You'll consider sources of information, including legal databases, and explore how information is critically analysed and evaluated to draw valid evidenced conclusions.

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Technologies in practice

This module provides an opportunity to sample some of the key areas in computing and information technology. You will be introduced to three topics as tasters for your future studies and career: networking, operating systems and robotics. Studying these topics will enable you to develop essential skills for future employment in the computing and IT industry and better understand the different routes through our curriculum. By studying this OU level 1 module you can begin to explore where your future career ambitions or interests might lie.

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Introduction to computing and information technology 1

This is the first of two OU level one modules that introduce you to key concepts in computing and information technology (IT), such as digital technologies, programming and networking. This module will equip you with a comprehensive toolbox of relevant knowledge, understanding and skills and introduce you to issues encountered in computing and IT, including the profound social and ethical challenges posed by these technologies. You will also develop your key skills including communication, numeracy and digital and information literacy (DIL). This will give you a firm basis for further study, especially (TM112).

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