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School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences

Dept of Computer Science



BSc Computer Systems


Programme Handbook

2013

Heriot-Watt University is a Charity registered in Scotland, SC000278

Last updated: August 2012

Table of Contents




PART A – SCHOOL INFORMATION 5

Welcome and Introduction 5

1.1Welcome from the Principal 5

Welcome from Head of School 5

General Information about Heriot-Watt University and School 6

Heriot-Watt University 6

School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences 6

Approved Learning Partners 6

Introduction and Welcome 7

Key Contacts 7

Enrolment 7

Communication 8

Contact Details 8

VISION 9

Heriot-Watt University E-mail Address 9

Programme Structure 9

How to Use This Catalogue 10

Terminology 10

Examinations 11

Coursework 11

Coursework Resubmission Policy 12

Plagiarism & Cheating 12

Grades & Assessments 12

Notification of Special Circumstances 13

BSc Computer Systems Programme Structure 13

Course Descriptors 19

Year 1, Semester 1 19

Software Development 1 20

Praxis 21

Interactive Systems 23

Year 1, Semester 2 25

Software Development 2 26

Introduction to Computer Systems 27

Web Design and Databases 29

Year 2, Semester 1 30

Data Structures & Algorithms 31

Internet & Communications 33

Year 2, Semester 2 35

Software Design 36

Database Management Systems 38

Programming Languages 39

Year 3, Semester 1 41

Software Engineering 41

Computer Graphics 44

Operations Management 1/Operations Management 2 45

Year 3, Semester 2 47

Professional Development 48

Course Co-ordinator: 48

Sandy Jean-Jacques Louchart 48

Knowledge Management 50

Artificial Intelligence 51

Interaction Design 52

Emerging Technologies 53

Operating Systems & Concurrency 54

Examinations, Transferring to On-Campus and Withdrawing from the Programme 56

Examination Process 56

Format of Examinations 56

Subsequent Examination Opportunities 57

Late Examination Application Fee 58

Course Examinations 58

Examination Progression 59

The First Examination Opportunity 59

Subsequent Examination Opportunities 59

Registering with a Grade E (also referred to as a ‘Restricted Pass’) 60

Registering with a Grade F 60

Number of Examination Attempts 60

Deferring an Examination Attempt 61

Medical and Mitigating Circumstances 62

Overview 62

Medical and Mitigating Circumstances Procedure 62

Medical and Mitigating Circumstances form 63

Temporary Suspension of Studies 63

Examination Results 63

Procedure 63

Heriot-Watt University Common Assessment and Progression Scheme (CAPS) 63

Grade E Results 64

Grade F Results 65

Examination Feedback 66

Appeals 66

Regulations and Policies 67

Mixed-Mode Study Regulations 67

Student Complaints Procedure 68

Transferring to On-Campus Courses 69

Introduction 69

Issues regarding Transferring On-Campus 70

Medical and Dental Services Facilities 71

University Regulations for Transfer On-Campus 71

Honours Year On-Campus 71

Applying for a Transfer On-Campus 73

Certificate and Diploma of Higher Education Exit Awards 74

Procedure 74

Re-admission 74

Maximum period of study 75

PART B – UNIVERSITY INFORMATION 76

The Academic Registry is responsible for producing Part B of the handbook to provide information and assistance on University policies and support services. Kathy Patterson is the University Registrar and Deputy Secretary. 76

All flexible, distributed and independent learners should contact Miss Jenny Tough, Administrative Officer, Academic Registry, on any query relating to Part B of this handbook and this will be directed to the relevant staff. 76

Email: J.Tough@hw.ac.uk 76

Tel: + 44 (0)131 451 3292 76

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http://www.hw.ac.uk/registry/enrolment_fresher.php 82

University Policy and Guidance 83

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STUDENT GUIDE TO PLAGIARISM 83

Introduction 83

Definition 84

Good Practice 84

Managing Plagiarism 87




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