Academic Progression in the School of Computing
1 Undergraduate students
1.1 Year in Industry Placements
1.1.1 Finding a placement
It is the responsibility of the student to find his or her own Year in Industry placement. The School of Computing will support students in this process by sourcing and promoting suitable opportunities, assisting with applications, and interview preparation.
Students who engage with the Placement Office and utilize the resources on offer have a much better chance of being successful in finding, being shortlisted for and being offered a suitable placement. It is the responsibility of the student to engage with the Placement Office and its activities.
Students who find their own placements must liaise with the Placement Office so they can assess whether the work is appropriate and meets the learning outcomes.
1.1.2 Progression onto the Year in Industry
Students must pass Stage 2 at first attempt for progression onto the Year in Industry to be automatic.
If a student fails at first attempt, they must pass the first resit opportunity in the August of the year of the first sitting. If they do not manage this, they transfer to the 3-year degree programme.
There may be exceptions due to concessionary circumstances.
1.1.3 Changing between 3/4 year degree programmes
Students enrolled on a 3-year degree programme who wish to change this to a 4-year degree programme, to add a Year in Industry, must do so before the end of Stage 1 and obtain permission from Finance England if appropriate.
Students enrolled on a 4-year degree programme who wish to change this to a 3-year degree programme must do so by the first day of the third year of study.
1.2 Research projects
Acceptance onto the CO620 project is conditional on Stage 2 average of 60% or over.
1.3 Positions in the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC)
A positionin the KITC is not automatic upon applying for the module CO650 / C0645. Students wishing to have a placement in the KITC must participate and be successful in the formal application and assessment process. It is the student’s responsibility to apply by the application date and register for the module. Unsuccessful students must undertake a CO600 project.
1.4 Computing in the Classroom
Acceptance onto the CO646 module is not automatic. Students must submit a short document explaining why they want to take the module and pass an interview. Successful applicants must have a DBS check to be allowed into school. Placements for successful applicants are dependent on there being enough school placement opportunities in that particular year.
1.5 Degree titles
If a student is not successful in gaining a place in the KITC they will not be awarded a degree title of “consultancy”, instead;
- Students enrolled on BSc Computing (Consultancy) will be awarded BSc Computing, on successful completion of the programme.
- Students enrolled on BSc Computer Science (Consultancy) will be awarded BSc Computer Science, on successful completion of the programme.
If a student does not take part in, or successfully complete, a Year in Industry, they will be awarded a degree without “Year in Industry” in the title, on successful completion of the remainder of the programme.
2. Postgraduate students
2.1 MSc programmes with an Industrial Placement
Commencement of the placement is conditional on satisfactory progress in the taught component of the MSc course. A student with resits amounting to more than 30 credits will normally be required to retrieve the credit before beginning a placement.
The University does not guarantee every student will find a placement. Any student unable to secure a placement offer by 31 July during their year of registration will be transferred to the corresponding MSc programme without a placement.
If a student does not take part in, or successfully complete, an industrial placement, they will be considered for the award of the corresponding MSc programme without a placement.
2.2 International Master’s programmes
Progression from Stage 1 (first year, Graduate Diploma) to Stage 2 (second year, Master’s) is conditional upon all credits being obtained for Stage 1 and the achievement of an overall average mark of at least 50% for the stage.
For the MSc in IT Consultancy there are additional progression requirements relating to English language, technical and interpersonal skills. These are explained in the entry requirements for the standard MSc in IT Consultancy and will be tested by an interview at the end of Stage 1. Students unable to meet the more stringent progression requirements for IT Consultancy will normally be permitted to transfer to one of the other International Master’s programmes.
Students who achieve all the credits for Stage 1 but who do not meet the progression requirements for Stage 2 are eligible for the award of a Graduate Diploma.
Further details are available on the relevant student handbook available at the School of Computing website.
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Updated on 28 July 2015