Computing and Data Science Data Science
The programme aims to prepare students for both an industrial career with skills in the fields of networks, sensor technologies, pervasive computing, embedded systems, signal processing, security, statistical analysis and data analytics in addition to providing a relevant platform to embark on further research study. Students will also be able to apply the acquired skills in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and applications. Students will be introduced all the core taught material and understand a range of topics and skills associated with the creation, evaluation and deployment of IoT systems and applications.
Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the advanced concepts, paradigms, algorithms, models, architectures and techniques underlying the computing and engineering domain of IoT;
- demonstrate a deep understanding of the underlying principles and practices associated with the deployment of different types of IoT systems and applications;
- effectively use practices and tools for the specification, design, implementation and critical evaluation from a technical perspective of IoT systems and applications;
- demonstrate a critical awareness of the professional, legal, moral and ethical issues surrounding the security and data issues associated with the deployment of IoT systems and applications;
- synthesise and critically review data from a range of sources to enable the specification, design and use embedded systems, pervasive computing systems, security architectures for networks, big data solutions and statistical models in the context of Internet of Things systems and applications;
- assess the implications, risks and security aspects of applying Internet of Things solutions to specific application domains;
- critically appraise and evaluate different types of Internet of Things components in applications in order to understand their interactions and to be able to improve, replace or create them;
- recognise and be able to respond in an appropriate way to opportunities for innovation;
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complete engineering process involved in the effective deployment of IoT system and applications to solve practical problems in a variety of contexts;
- deploy effectively software and hardware tools towards the construction and documentation of IoT systems and applications;
- investigate and define a problem, identify constraints, understand customer and user needs, identify and manage cost drivers, social and ethical issues and data protection regulation issues, ensure fitness for purpose and manage the design process and evaluate outcomes.
- utilise digital and other learning resources and information retrieval skills to acquire, summarise and critically appraise information relevant to the IoT domain.
- demonstrate mastery of the translational skills necessary to communicate using rational and complex arguments, using a variety of media to technical and nontechnical audiences.
- demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks to a professional standard.
- show originality and innovation and recognise the need for continuing professional development in the application of knowledge and techniques for the development of IoT systems.
Ulster University was established in 1968 as the New University of Ulster. It merged with Ulster Polytechnic in 1984 under the University of Ulster banner; incorporating its four campuses in Belfast, Coleraine, Magee College in Derry, and Jordanstown. The university has branch campuses in both London and Birmingham, and an extensive distance learning provision. The university rebranded as Ulster University from October 2014 and this included a revised visual identity.
Ulster University has a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement and continues to make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland. It is a leading modern university ranked 126-150th in the European Teaching Rankings 2018 and 150-200th in the Young University Rankings 2020 of The Times Higher Education.
Ulster University has an outstanding reputation for teaching and research, as evidenced by the outcomes of the National Student Survey (NSS) survey and the Research Excellence Framework. Coupled with the world class facilities and a practical focus, creates an educational experience that develops skills, raises ambitions and prepares future leaders.
The entire programme comprises 7 modules (180 UK credits in total), to be completed in 24 months. Upon completion of 180 credits (at FHEQ level 6/7), students will be awarded a Master of Science Internet of Things. Upon completion of 120 credits (at FHEQ level 6/7), can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Internet of Things.
Statistical Modelling and Data Mining
IoT Networks and Security
Big Data and Infrastructure
Digital Signal Processing
Embedded Systems and Sensors
Assessment for most modules is in the form of continuous assessments. Continuous assessment includes assignments, exercises, written reports, projects, presentations, practical skills assessments, portfolios and tests, depending on the nature of the modules.
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This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.
Statistical Modelling & Data Mining
Automated data collection tools lead to large amounts of data stored in databases, data warehouses and other information repositories. Automated data analytics and mining techniques are becoming essential components to any information system. The aim of this module is to equip students with a systematic understanding of knowledge of the underlying principles for the analysis of this data and the essential skills required for data mining and visualisation within complex, real-world context.
IoT Networks and Security
Provide an appreciation of the IoT architecture and protocols.
- Provide an understanding of the challenges associated with creating, securing and managing IoT networks.
- Inform on the application of security for IoT networks, delving into subjects such as encryption, authentication and integrity.
- Develop practical skills in the development and evaluation of IoT networks
Provide students with an opportunity to carry out a comprehensive research investigation of the various technologies utilised within pervasive computing;
- Develop a critical awareness of the complex and emerging issues surrounding the design, development and evaluation of pervasive computing solutions. This will be facilitated through practical experience working with pervasive sensor technology and the data that can be collected from it;
- Build a comprehensive understanding of research techniques through self-direction and autonomous working, making sound judgments and proposing new hypotheses to the application and usage of pervasive computing technologies;
- Develop an appreciation for the social and ethical issues associated with pervasive computing and its application in a range of domains.
Big Data & Infrastructure
This module aims to understand the selection criteria and use case related to each class of database system.
Digital Signal Processing
This module aims to develop students with a deep understanding of digital signal processing with particular applications to sensors and relating IoT systems.
Embedded Systems and Sensors
To provide the student with extensive knowledge and to develop an understanding of the embedded systems hardware principles.
- To provide the student with expertise in the programming of embedded systems. The software aspect of this module will focus on the development of C/C++ based software for embedded systems.
- To develop student's expertise in critical evaluation and implementation of the embedded software using up to date industry standard design, debug and validation methods.
- To apply the principles and concepts of the embedded systems design for the development of practical skills in the engineering of the microcontroller- based and programmable logic embedded systems applications.
The research project offers students an opportunity to complete a scholarly yet realistic piece of work during which material developed throughout the programme and extended through in-depth literature research can be related and applied to a problem drawn from a research area. The project tests the inventiveness, the critical capacities, the project management and the in-depth knowledge and problem-solving skills of students.
Classes are delivered in weekday evenings (7-10pm) or weekends day time. Students will be arranged to study two 20-credit modules in each teaching block, and then they will have at least 7 months to prepare for and submit the Masters Project.
HK$150 (Non-refundable)Course Fee
- HK$120,000 paid in 4 instalments
(subject to annual revision without prior notice)
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