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Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction

BSc (Hons)

The University of Dundee offers the only Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Honours degree in the UK.

This is a 3-year Honours degree focusing on the technical and human aspects of interaction between people and computers. The importance of human computer interaction and good interface design is increasingly recognised as the key to the future of successful software development.

Why study Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction at Dundee?

Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction focuses on user experience rather than more theoretical concepts. In particular, it contains less computer programming content than our Applied Computing degree. It is the degree to study if you wish to be a market ready User Experience expert in only 3 years.

This course will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding in computing and software development to enable you to play a leading role in the application of computing in industry, commerce and research, especially within the field of Human Computer Interaction. 

Dundee's School of Computing has a 30-year international reputation for excellence in the area of Human Computer Interaction, particularly for specialist user populations. For example, we have a 'user pool' for those with complicated communication needs and for older adults.

What's so good about Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction at Dundee?

Students can use a range of equipment such as servers, Macs, Arduino systems and programming kit for games consoles such as the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation.

You will have 24-hour access to our award winning Queen Mother Building. It has an unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas, with a range of conventional and special equipment for you to use. You can use your own laptop, if you wish to; wireless access is available throughout the building.

Who should study this course?

If you have an interest in computing, an aptitude for practical problem solving and scientific principles, and enjoy thinking outside the box, then this course is for you.

You do not need any advanced mathematics or prior programming knowledge to take this course.

Shazia Akbar started an Applied Computing degree in 2007, "In the School of Computing you will not only learn how to work with technology but how to apply the skills and knowledge that you learn within the course to the outside world."

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Degrees Available

  • BSc Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

We know how important it is to be at the leading edge of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff in the School of Computing. Leading researchers teach from your first year through to your final year. Our small classes mean that we really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.

Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.

What you will study

Honours Degree

An honours degree for this course takes three years as described below.

Typical Degree Programme

First year
  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Web Authoring
  • Data Visualisation
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Physical Computing
  • Information Technology
Second year
  • Agile Engineering
  • Games Programming
  • Computing the User Experience
  • HCI and Usability Engineering
  • Programming for the Internet
  • Database Systems
Third year (honours year)
  • Work Placement (optional)
  • Team Project
  • Optional modules
  • Research Frontiers
  • Individual Project

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of practical coursework (20% - 50% of a module mark, typically) and end-of-semester examination.

Coursework is often very practical, eg writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.

Careers

Our students are highly employable. During the course, you will be able to:

  • Develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft
  • Take part in an industrial team project module and have the option to take a module about Technology Innovation Management.
  • Take a work placement module between your 2nd and 3rd years.

By the end of the course, you will be pepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year.

Stuart Birse, from Forfar, graduated in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing. He won the Amor Group Prize for Software Engineering 2010 at the ScotSoft2010 dinner in Edinburgh for his final year project. Stuart now works at the Advanced Solution Concepts team of NCR Labs in Dundee.

Stacey Humphries graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing in 2009, and is now a Test Engineer at i2 in Cambridge. "I made some good friends at Dundee and learned a lot of useful things, some course content was particularly commended at interviews. The School of Computing staff were spot on, and really helped throughout the course."

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Postgraduate study

Some graduates choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level on our taught Masters degrees or undertake a PhD within the School of Computing. For more information, visit the School of Computing website.

Entry Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2014

First Year Entry

Qualification Minimum Grades Typical Grades
SQA Higher BB plus SQA Advanced Higher C *

BB plus SQA Advanced Higher B *

GCE A-Level BBC * ABB *
ILC Higher N/A N/A
IB Diploma 30 points (including 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level) 32 points (including 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects

* Two sciences (SQA Higher, Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, or IB Higher Level) and mathematics (Standard Grade, Intermediate 2, GCSE, IB Subsidiary Level)

EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit and 120 SCQF credits.
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at AH in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science

EDEXCEL A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules.
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD.

Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/ Mathematics and a Science at AB

Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB

European Baccalaureate

75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science

Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

 

Courses starting September 2015

3 year Honours degree only

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher BB plus Advanced Higher B
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 32 points (including 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Two sciences (SQA Higher, Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level), Mathematics (Standard Grade, National 5, Int2, GCSE, IB Subsidiary Level).

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit and 120 SCQF credits.
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at AH in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science

EDEXCEL A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules.
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD.

Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/ Mathematics and a Science at AB

Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB

European Baccalaureate

75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science

Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

 

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £13,250 per year of study.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes KIS data
BSc Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction I140 View KIS data for this course

UCAS Application Process


International Applicants

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