USW Computing Courses

An Opportunity to Review USW Computing Courses

The University of South Wales would be very grateful if fellow members could review proposals for two computing courses.

The skills sector agency, The Tech Partnership, predicted that between 2014 and 2024 there will be a 25% growth in overall demand for technical specialists in Wales. Vacancies for new graduates looks promising, with employment growth for tech specialists forecast to be highest for junior positions, with 11.8% firms predicting rising employment at this level in 2016 compared with just 4% for mid-level specialists (Tech Partnership, 2015a).

University of South Wales CAD and ICT courses offer a thorough grounding in the necessary skills to open up a flexible career in computing. Graduates will be able to work in a broad variety of business sectors and in a number of different roles.

They would welcome responses with regards to the content of the below course proposals. More detail can found in this attachment. Respondents are encouraged to answer the questions included in the attached form and return to Dr. Dave W Farthing at by 24th March


  • BSc/MComp Hons Computer Applications Development (CAD).
This is a vocational course focussing on developing systems that use Internet/mobile front-end (client) and database back-end (server); this includes Big Data in year 4. There is also a strong theme on strategic and tactical management; students gain a PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification in year 4.
  • BSc/MComp Hons Information Communications Technology (ICT).
This is another vocational course. It focuses on database development, IT Service Management (including ITIL), and computer networking; students are taught CCNA levels 1 to 4.

The content of the courses is explained in a little more detail later in this attachment . It is based on what employers and other bodies have told us are their requirements