BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics within the Natural Sciences programme (CFG0): 2020-2021
About BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics within the Natural Sciences programme
This course combines theoretical knowledge from mathematics with concrete applications in computer science.
In the first year you will study essential core components of mathematics and computer science, giving you a rigorous foundation for future years. Subsequently, you will have the opportunity to tailor your mathematics and computer science options so that you graduate with a balance of theoretical and practical skills that reflect your interests while the requirement to take Capstone credits will give your degree depth.
The current course structure is shown in the table below that consists of modules which must be studied in the appropriate year - click on the module code for the current module content. In Year 1 students are able to take 20 credits from any Group 1, 2 or 3 subject (see for a description of the Group subjects.) After Year 1, students focus solely on studying Computer Science and Mathematics. If students don't wish to take a particular module or include a third subject then it may be possible take up the option of the more flexible "BSc in Natural Sciences degree. The subjects in which modules have been taken successfully in the final two years are as follows: Computer Science and Mathematics". As the rules below permit, students may take up to 80 credits in one subject and no less than 40 credits in the other subject and always take precisely 120 credits in one year.
|Computer Science||40 credits: Computational Thinking (COMP1051) and (EITHER Algorithms And Data Structures (COMP1081) OR Computer Systems (COMP1071)). Students combining Computer Science and Business should take both Computer Systems (COMP1071) and Algorithms And Data Structures (COMP1081).|
|Mathematics||60 credits: Calculus I (MATH1061), Linear Algebra I (MATH1071), Probability I (MATH1597), Statistics I (MATH1617).|
|Computer Science||40 credits: Modules taken from the Level 2 Computer Science list. If 60 or more credits are taken, 20 credits may be at Level 1.|
|Mathematics||60 credits: From the Level 2 Mathematics list where at most 20 credits may be at Level 1.|
|Computer Science||40 credits: Modules taken from the Level 3 Computer Science list. If 60 credits or more are taken, 20 credits can be at Level 2.|
|Mathematics||40 credits: Modules taken from the Level 3 Mathematics list. If 60 credits or more are taken, 20 credits can be at Level 2 Mathematics.|
|Students must take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 Capstone Modules from the following list:|
|Capstone modules||40 credit Computer Science Project (COMP3012); 20 credit unlikely to be offered in 2020-2021 (COMP3421); 20 credit Public Engagement in Computer Science (COMP3621); 20 credit Science Enterprise (NSCI3001); 20 credit unlikely to be offered in 2020-202140 credit Project III (MATH3382); 20 credit Public Engagement in Mathematical Sciences (MATH3461); 20 credit Science Enterprise (NSCI3001);|
Further details about the modules in the Mathematics list.
Below is an example of modules that are timetabled to satisfy these rules except in Year 3 where the set may not include a capstone module. Click on the single digit numbered link on the left to see a sample timetable and the module code to see details about the module such as content, contact hours, teaching methods and assessment methods.
|1||Computational Thinking (COMP1051)||Computer Systems (COMP1071)||Algorithms And Data Structures (COMP1081)||Calculus I (MATH1061)||Probability I (MATH1597)||Linear Algebra I (MATH1071)||Statistics I (MATH1617)|
|2||Theory Of Computation (COMP2181)||Artificial Intelligence (COMP2261)||Data Science (COMP2271)||Analysis I (MATH1051)||Analysis In Many Variables II (MATH2031)||Elementary Number Theory II (MATH2617)||Probability II (MATH2647)|
|3||Project Preparation (COMP3591)||Advanced Computer Systems (COMP3467)||Computer Vision (COMP3527)||Multimedia And Game Development (COMP3567)||Virtual And Augmented Reality (COMP3617)||Decision Theory III (MATH3071)||Operations Research III (MATH3141)||Cryptography And Codes III (MATH3401)|
- You can vary the balance between the two subjects in all years assuming the rules below and timetable will allow it.
- In Year 3 students are required to take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 Capstone Modules from two subjects. The minimum number of credits is reviewed on an annual basis as we are working towards students being required to take 40 credits, when this change happens students will be informed explicitly.
- Not all combinations of the modules which make up the degree rules are guaranteed to timetable, but one set will.
- If no student is following the Joint-Honours degree in a given year, then we do not ask for modules to be timetabled for that cohort in the following year.
- The timetable changes each year.
- Future changes in the Joint-Honours rules are either flagged up in the programme regulations in the Faculty Handbook or in the Computer Science/Mathematics advice.
- Students are welcome to suggest to the Director better guaranteed combinations, but due to the quality assurance process and timetabling the lead in time is one year.
For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:
Dr. James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Email: Natural Sciences Director
The Natural Sciences web pages are maintained by James Blowey