Undergraduate Level 4/5 IT & Computing Diploma
Equivalent to 1st and 2nd year of University
If you have the desire to turn your passion for computers into a career, the IT & Computing Diploma offered by EDUWW Online University is definitely a course you should consider.
Our online Level 4/5 IT and Computing Diploma course is a 240-credit course designed to equip you with the skills you need to become an IT professional. While completing the course, students will have access to a variety of support services, including Tutor Support and Webinars, a Social Learning Forum, and additional materials to help in the completion of their Diploma Course.
To enroll in a Levels 4 and 5 you must be at least 18 and have a full secondary education (high school diploma)
These qualifications provide a flexible route for learners who have already achieved qualifications at a lower level as well as for learners who do not have IT and Computing qualifications but may have skills in other areas or prior IT & Computing experience in the workplace.
Age: 18 +
- A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
- High School Diploma in case a student comes from a country that doesn’t follow the UK education standards
- Other related Level 3 subjects
- An Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
- Other equivalent international qualifications
Through this course, a student will develop skills in programming, systems analysis, design and software development, engineering, and project management. Upon successful completion of the course, students can pursue a career in IT within the public or private sector.
This program will help you acquire an understanding of IT and to develop key computing skills. It is suitable for those who have achieved IT qualifications at a lower level or have prior relevant work experience. This qualification is particularly relevant if you are seeking to progress to higher education to take a BA degree course in the area of computing or management or you wish to progress your career in an IT management role.
The primary purpose of this qualification is to support your progression to further learning. However, through this course, you will get knowledge and understanding of IT and Computing concepts and develop the skills required to work in this industry. This course gives you a comprehensive introduction to the IT industry, enabling you to execute numerous IT roles with confidence. For example, Programming, Management of Information Systems, Web Development, Software Engineering, and even Project Management. Moreover, this program allows you to choose additional units that help you acquire specific knowledge. All this can significantly help in your career development.
Both Levels 4 and 5 have ten written assignments each. When a student completes the module, they will get access to the assignments. These assignments are approximately 3000-5000 words each.
The Assignment unit titles are:
- Management Information systems
- IT and Society
- Computer Systems and Software
- Computer Programming
- Relational Database Systems
- Software Engineering
- Systems Analysis and Design
- E-commerce Applications
- Human-Computer Interactions
- Information Systems Theory
- Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues and Professional Responsibilities in IT
- Network Design
- Web-Based Development
- Database Design And Development
- Relational Database Systems
- Innovative Technologies in Computing
- Computer Research Methods
- Managing a Computing Project
- Software Development Methodologies
- Strategic Management Information systems
Assessment at Online Business Academy is a very straightforward process:
- When you finalize an online module, you’ll have to complete an online assessment that consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete these questions. They are divided into sets of five, so you will have plenty of time to review and edit your answers. After an hour, the test will automatically end.
- You will get results immediately after you finish the test. If you didn’t pass, you will receive a notification of a “refer,” and you will have to retake a module assessment. You can complete these modules at your own pace, as there is no deadline to complete the course.
- When you finalize modules, you will be able to take the final written assignments that test your knowledge and understanding of the modules.
This qualification will help you to gain a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to IT across sectors, which will enable your progression to further learning. This program is equal to the second year of a bachelor’s degree and covers the same amount of knowledge and skills. Therefore, it is a natural progression route to a degree program in a higher education institution, where you should be able to claim exemptions for some of the units completed. After finalizing Levels 4 and 5 in IT, you can proceed to Level 6 in Business and Management at our Online Business Academy. That will expand your area of expertise and increase your employability rate.
You should take this combined program if you:
- are relatively new to the IT industry or are seeking a first IT role
- have completed training at this level in a related area to IT, or have prior, relevant experience in the workplace
- want to develop a comprehensive set of knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to IT & Computing
- have sufficient time to achieve a qualification of 240 credits
- are planning to embark on a degree course and are looking for a qualification which will be regarded as equivalent to the first year and therefore ‘count towards’ your degree.
EduWW Online Business Academy offers high-quality UK programs at affordable tuition fees. The tuition fee differs depending on the study program. Additionally, we allow students to pay it in monthly installments.
Students are required to pay enrollment fees, as the first installment of tuition fees, in advance, and the rest will be divided into equal monthly payments. See the table below for more details.
We accept online payment and wire transfer. The tuition fee covers all our services. We will not impose any additional or hidden expenses on your behalf.
|TUITION FEE PAYMENT OPTIONS – EDUWW ONLINE BUSINESS ACADEMY|
|Program||Tuition Fee||Enrollment fee||Monthly installments||Monthly fee|
|Level 4&5 IT||3,000.00 euros||700 euros||10||230 euros|
The fee for enrolling in the Level 4 and Level 5 courses together is 3,000.00 €. Alternatively, students can enroll onto a single level (level 4 or 5) for 2,500.00€ each.
Students are required to pay an enrollment fee of 700 € in advance, while the rest of the tuition fee 2,300.00€ can be paid in up to 10 installments, which is 230€ monthly.
The course is Accredited by the ATHE and approved and regulated by OFQUAL.
ATHE Level 5 Diploma In Computing
Available to learners
European Qualification Framework Level
You can find out more by clicking on the following Ofqual register link
LEVEL 4 IT & COMPUTING – IT AND SOCIETY
This module examines the impact of technology on society and explores trends and changes created. It will examine management issues and potential conflicts in terms of security and data management.
Computers and society: explaining digital citizenship, community and the information age, gender, age, culture
Impact of IT in society: understanding the environment, explaining the impact of the information age on social groups
IT induced changes for individuals: everyday life, at home, at school, the workplace
Social issues: government role in information handling, cultural diversity as a success factor for IT, regional and national perceptions of IT
Professional issues: code of ethics, IT professional culture
Shaping the future developments: Internet penetration in everyday life, smart devices, social networks, managing data and information
Legal issues: IT related liabilities, legislation relating to IT, impact of legislation on systems development
Ethical issues: dealing with personal data, ethical systems design and development
Risks: computer threats, digital crime, privacy, security, impact of e-everything (e.g. e-marketing, ebanking)
COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE
This module will explore the functions of computing systems and the basics of design, configuration, and routine maintenance.
Computer components: defining a computer system, system component types
Networking infrastructures: system connectivity, network types, hardware infrastructure, networking software
Component functionality: processing, memory, system interfaces (input/output)
Peripheral devices: limitations of computer systems, designing expandable systems, device types
Operating systems: the role of an operating system, OS types
Software applications: the role of software applications, functionality and services supported by software, application types
Web applications: the impact of the World Wide Web, architecture of web applications, web application types, web services
Mobile applications: the role of mobile applications, interface issues, mobility issues, connectivity issues, security issues
This module examines the basis of OOS and how programming fits into the broader aspects of usage of applications.
Application Programming Interface (API) evaluation: the need for API, API technologies, API evaluation criteria (security, functionality, usability)
Software Development Life Cycle: SDLC importance, SDLC and programming
Programming paradigms: procedural programming, functional programming, object-oriented programming
Programming language constructs: variables, constants, operators, loops, conditional statements
Designing a computer programme: using data models, the role of conceptual modelling, algorithms, pseudocode
Developing a computer programme: structuring a simple program
Testing a program: testing programming practices, testing data structures, testing algorithm
Analysing test results: test reports, verification, validation
Evaluating feedback: user evaluation, the role of software documentation dealing with integration, installation, deployment, updates
Improving a program: change requests, scalability, maintenance, support
RELATIONAL DATABASE SYSTEMS
This module will enable understanding of database design and development and enable students to develop and design a database and explore solutions to meet client brief. Learners will learn how to design a database.
DBMS: DBMS overview, DBMS types
Database architectures: data models, data schemas, DBMS levels
Transaction processing: concepts, transaction processing systems, OLTP, OLAP
Data integrity: data quality management, quality control in DBMS, data integrity explained, data security
Database relationships: relationships, joins, keys
Integrity constraints: referential integrity, domain integrity, entity integrity, foreign key integrity
Functional dependencies: schema normalisation, normal forms
Database administration: the role of the DBA, DBA skills and responsibilities
Relational database design: design fundamentals, logical vs. physical design
Database documentation: stakeholders for database documentation, documentation types
Database evaluation: performance evaluation benchmarks, verification, validation
Database evaluation: performance evaluation benchmarks, verification, validation
This module is concerned with the analysis of IT and computing needs to develop requirement specifications and develop and test prototypes.
Software engineering principles, software development process, software development management
Traditional software development approaches, software process modelling, agile software development
Software modelling, system interaction, system structure, system behaviour
Analysis tasks, design tasks, Implementation tasks
Software development and business information, organisational aspects of system development
Programming teams, software engineering roles, software engineering tasks
Project management for software development, project planning, business process reengineering
Data modelling, object oriented analysis and design, behavioural models
Data verification, data validation
SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
This module provides an understanding of IS concepts and how they relate to organization needs in respect of business processes and transformation of information.
Systems development lifecycle: waterfall, V-shape, spiral
Systems development methods: SSADM, DSDM, agile, prototyping
Systems analysis: requirements elicitation, stakeholder analysis, systems design process
Information gathering techniques: interviews, observation, documentation investigation, surveys, focus groups
Business requirements: using client briefs, feasibility study, analysis of system components
Design processes: process specification, data flow diagrams, entity relationship diagrams, using UML
Present solution: feasibility plan, requirements elicitation
Design specification: process specification, data flow diagram, entity relationship diagram
Proposed solution: implementation plan, deployment plan, post-implementation planning
This module explores the role of eCommerce in the modern world and in particular the identification of aims and objectives within a business and the design issues arising from the definition of requirements. Human Computer Interaction This module will develop students understanding of principles and models of Human Computer Interaction and evaluate existing HCI design and principles and use this to help them plan their own prototype multimedia user interface.
Stages: understanding e-commerce concepts
Differences between ecommerce and e-business: e-business defined, overview of e-business models, benefits of e-commerce for businesses, e-commerce versus e-business
Opportunities and benefits
Threats: identifying e-commerce threats, risk assessment in e-commerce, dealing with Internet threats, infrastructure practices techniques and tools for dealing with e-commerce threats
E-commerce strategies: developing an e-commerce strategy, assessing e-commerce readiness, measuring effectiveness of e-commerce solutions
E-commerce models: modelling e-commerce transactions, importance of e-commerce transaction models, overview of e-commerce transaction models
E-commerce revenue models: creating online revenue, historical evolution of e-commerce transactions, current and future e-commerce revenue models
E-commerce applications – implementation strategies for e-commerce applications, identifying ecommerce application requirements, designing an e-commerce solution
Create online presence
Present solution – deployment of e-commerce solutions, integration with legacy systems, maintenance and support of e-commerce applications, catering for multiple platforms and different users
HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION
Cognitive and perceptual principles/laws: HCI origins, perception and attention, Norman’s theory of interaction, Hyck-Hyman response-selection law, Fitts’ law
User interface design rules
Interaction: HCI interaction styles, the interaction design process, user analysis, evaluating interfaces against requirements
Plan: storyboards, navigation, screen content
Apply: task-centred user interface evaluation, usability evaluation, methods for evaluating user interfaces
Justify: user interface specification, user interface fundamental principles, the role of user interface prototypes, user interface development process
Conclude: user interface design basics, best practices and principles in user interface design, techniques for designing user interfaces
Generate: identifying application requirements for user interface design, selecting success criteria for user interface design, aligning user interface components to user functionality
Critique: performing a usability evaluation of user interfaces, testing visual components, assessing interface structure and layout, testing alternative navigation designs, evaluating interface accessibility
Revise: performing cooperative evaluation of interface designs, obtaining user feedback, assessing interface design success
INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This module explores elements of project management key to successful development and implementation of specific IT projects.
Comparing information systems: IS scope, IS structure, IS functionality
Evaluating information systems: IS success criteria, IS integration, IS deployment, IS use
Information system’s needs: user needs analysis, task needs analysis
Project plan: project management techniques, planning IS projects
Feasibility planning: feasibility study, feasibility report
Requirements elicitation: requirements capture, requirements analysis, requirements specification, requirements report
Implementing an IS project: project management stages
Developing an information system: design, coding, testing, deployment
Evaluating an information system: user evaluation, feedback mechanisms, testing
Improving an information system: change requests, scalability, bug fixing, planned maintenance, support
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
This module focusses on understanding concepts of information systems and how they support business needs in terms of information processing and data processing.
Different types of information: routine, exception, summary
Features of information system: common features information system, how support information system, common features computer systems, systems and application software, digital systems/applications
Data security including storage: backup, archive, hack, ethical use of information, DPA, etc
IS for competitive advantage: enterprise systems, supply chain management, customer relationship management, knowledge management systems
MIS and performance: managing assets and operations (equipment, software, networks, individuals, procedures, resources)
MIS effectiveness: impact of MIS, principles for effective information management
MIS improvements: studying people, studying technology, studying organisations
MIS extensions: process identification, process selection, assessment of current processes, process plan, process changes
LEVEL 5 IT & COMPUTING DIPLOMA – CYBER SECURITY
This module will enable an understanding of the importance of digital security to business, to understand industry standards of digital security and be able to recommend improvements in security.
Cyber security risks: authentication, educating staff, software and hardware vulnerabilities
Network vulnerabilities: network vulnerability analysis, network exposures, conducting network vulnerability scans, vulnerability verification and reporting
Impact of cyber security: network security concepts, network security threats, security attacks
Cyber security management: cyber risk management, reducing cyber risks, information risk management regimes
Cyber security strategies: identifying security objectives, assessing network security threats, dealing with security challenges, tackling cyber crime
Network security improvements: network monitoring, security controls, network boundaries, security configuration, user privileges, incident handling
Training in network security: user awareness, network security training, prevention mechanisms
DATABASE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
This module focuses on understanding database design and development includes advanced languages to analyze and query database data. Students will research database management and critically test and evaluate databases.
Developing databases for organisations: organisational structures, data elements, data sets, forms and reports
Database design: entities, relationships, attributes, keys, data types, normalisation
Database connectivity: connecting databases to applications, relational database connectivity, ODBC, JDBC
Database management systems
Planning relational database design: database requirements, ERD, DFD, data dictionary, decomposition, functional dependencies
Database design: designing database table, creating database indexes and constraints, designing SQL queries, forms, macros, security
Normalisation: identifying insufficiency of normal forms, comparing normal forms, 1NF, 2NF and 3NF, de-normalisation
Database construction: advanced SQL queries, user actions
Implementing database features: database security features, database links (LAMP, WAMP), graphical user interfaces (GUI)
Database testing: testing plans, database components, extreme data, error handling
Database documentation, database architecture, database documentation components
Database development review: design review, code inspection, security inspection, post implementation review
This module will explore the design, deployment and management of virtualization and explore its commercial and potential impact.
Web services: introduction to web services, data exchange, WSDL, SOAP, RDF, XML
Web applications: websites development, database design, three-tiered architecture, interface design
E-marketing techniques: e-marketing strategies, e-marketing channels, social media, SEO
Issues relating to e-marketing deployment: legislation, ethics, social acceptance
Web-based solutions: web page development, web interface design, accessibility issues, usability issues
E-marketing development: identifying suitable SEO strategies, SEO techniques, e-marketing techniques and tools
Back-end design: server side development, WAMP, PHP, SQL
Multimedia techniques: integrating multimedia to web interfaces, multimedia techniques (e.g. virtual light box, wow slider)
Web services: web service specification, publishing web services, using web services
Review implemented technologies and their appropriateness to solve business problem
Evaluate: evaluating web services, mapping web services to user needs, the role of web services in web application development
Justify: reviewing SEO practices, success criteria for SEO techniques, assessing SEO practices and their suitability for specific web applications
Reflect: web application development methods, web application deployment, web application maintenance, skills for web application development
This module explores the principles of networks and network design and implementation and support of network systems.
Network protocols: the role of a network protocol, protocol types, network protocol examples
Network hardware and software: networking devices, networking applications, network operating systems
Wireless networks: wireless network types, wireless network devices, uses of wireless networks
Network management: network monitoring, device management, network management systems
Network requirements: bandwidth, availability, application connectivity
Networking evaluation: evaluation methodologies, assessing network objectives, evaluation results
Network design: topology, forecasting networking needs, network traffic
Networking solutions: client devices, access points, network unification, network management
Network architecture: types of networks, topologies, physical infrastructure
Network testing: identifying testing objectives, testing criteria, testing results
Network performance: selecting performance criteria, measuring network performance
Network security: network auditing, dealing with network threats, security measures, security policy
ETHICAL, LEGAL AND REGULATORY ISSUES AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN IT
This module explores current issues in the IT sector and how these may impact on areas of security, confidentiality, privacy, and the law.
Ethics and IT: ethics explained, codes of conduct, corporate credo
Ethical practices: confidentiality, integrity, relationships
Ethical data mining: data marketing, data gathering techniques, manipulating personal data
Ethical good practice: IT role responsibilities, responsibilities against others, responsibilities against the society
Ethics in organisations: privacy, accuracy, security
Legal issues in IT: legislation overview, IT specific legislation
Regulatory issues in IT: standards and regulations, policies (access control, electronic messaging, monitoring, remote access, server security)
IT contracts: employment contracts, development agreements, confidentiality agreements, collaborative agreements, intellectual property
Impact of legislation in HCI design: functionality, usability, reliability, efficiency, maintainability, portability
IT professional standards: ITPS disciplines
Competencies required for IT professionals: technology awareness, management, communication
Skills required for IT professionals: analytical, design, development
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
This module is concerned with developing an understanding of the strategic role of MIS within the organization and how it impacts on the broader objectives and strategy of the business.
Information Systems explained: data versus information, information needs, system functionality
Organisational strategy: structure, capabilities, corporate culture, performance criteria, operations
Integrating IS: strategy support, data processing, decision support, communication support, resource management
The role of IS in organisations: market awareness, organisational responsiveness, supply chain management
Strategic management tools and techniques – Porter’s forces, BCG matrix, SWOT analysis, marketing mix, Ansoff matrix, PESTLE analysis, Maslow’s hierarchy, 7S method
IS integration – understanding legacy systems, vertical integration, horizontal integration, star integration
IS organisational needs – planning organisational level analysis, job analysis, task analysis, needs analysis
IS strategy – scope, planning, identifying IT needs, decision making, implementing the strategy
IT strategy implementation – stakeholder analysis, mapping current situation, justifying decisions, scheduling the implementation, developing an IT policy
IT risks – financial, technical, information related, user related, corporate culture
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN COMPUTING
This module looks at innovative trends and disruptive advances taking place and examines the new generation of skills and knowledge that will be required to work successfully in the sector.
Innovative technologies – current developments: big data exploration, cloud system deployment, ubiquitous computing
Technology innovation and society: knowledge society, social media, technology enhanced innovation processes
Evaluating technology innovation: methods for evaluating innovation, technology evaluation, impact of technology innovation (success and failure)
Dependencies between technology and its environment: technology and environment, technology sustainability, sustainable development
Technological innovation and ethics: new ethical dilemmas, privacy, security
Technological innovation and legislation: IPR, patents, copyright
COMPUTER RESEARCH METHODS
This module will explore the knowledge and skills required to undertake research in this field and the qualitative and quantitative approaches required including use of literature and design of research proposals.
Research techniques: desk research, ethnography, focus groups, interviews, online communities, mobile research, surveys
Sampling techniques: probability-based, selective, convenience-based, ethnographic methods
Ethics and research: ethical standards, ethics principles, ethics approval
Data analysis techniques: qualitative methods, quantitative methods, data analysis tools
Research proposal structure: focus, relevant literature, method, ethics, decisions, schedule, resources, references
Data collection methods: exploratory, descriptive, analytical/explanatory, predictive
Research proposal feasibility: scope, topic selection, structure, managing time, managing data collection
Data collection: primary data, secondary data
Data analysis: scientific rigor, deductive, inductive
Reporting: research outline, research foundation, research methodology, research results, research evaluation, research process reflection
COMPUTING PROJECT PLANNING
Creating and managing projects has changed over the years with the development of sophisticated IT Software, this Module focuses on how being a project manager in the 80’s differs to being a project manager in today’s world.
Project planning methods: project specification, project plan structure, performance criteria
Project team structure: project roles, team structure, managing and motivating members
Project management tools: brainstorming, fishbone Diagrams, Critical Path Analysis flow diagrams, Gantt Charts
Project quality explained: defining quality, quality characteristics, quality assurance, quality control
Project plan structure: work breakdown structure, logic network
Managing project risks: understanding risks, risk factors, risk assessment risk management strategies
Monitoring project progress: measuring progress, schedule plans, dealing with problems, PRINCE2
Project evaluation: evaluation plan, interpreting data, communicating results
Post completion report: deliverable assessment, maintenance needs, project impact
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGIES
This module looks at the role of systems engineering in development of software and various models of data, software and processes using modeling approaches.
Systems lifecycle: information systems development, the lifecycle approach, software development lifecycle
Approaches in software development: data, processes, people, organisations, project management techniques
Software development methods: process oriented, object oriented, rapid development, people oriented, organisational oriented
Methodology selection: heavy versus lightweight, waterfall, RUP, Spiral models
Agile methods: Scrum, Extreme Programming
Evaluating methodologies: identifying evaluation criteria, frameworks for methodology evaluation
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