Computer Science and Forensic Science 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Computer Science and Forensic Science.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: FG44

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Course Overview

For the Computer Science element of the course, you will learn the underpinning theories of software, hardware and computing techniques – and how to apply them in the real world. You’ll learn to use technology to create new opportunities and to solve a wide range of problems, benefiting every aspect of society from the home to business, government and beyond. This means your skills are likely to be in high demand when you graduate. Our teaching is informed by our cutting-edge research, and we also reflect what’s happening now in industry.

Combined honours students can follow a set of modules providing a specialism in information systems, evolutionary systems, or creative computing, whilst single honours students cover all these strands. There’s a strong emphasis on programming – but don’t worry if you don’t have Maths A-level, because the course covers what you need to know. You’ll have 24/7 access to our own computing labs, based on Microsoft Windows and Linux, plus a wide range of software. This degree builds the essential skills which are in demand from employers looking for systems analysts, software engineers and consultants. You’ll graduate with a wide range of computing skills plus a highly developed approach to problem solving.

For the Forensic Science element of the course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of Forensic Science, taught by academics and forensic professionals, as well as gaining valuable lab and crime scene experience, helping you to stay ahead in this fast moving science. You will cover key forensic areas such as genetics, anthropology, toxicology, ballistics and arson, alongside newer fields such as digital forensics. You will also develop your analytical science skills, so that you are able to analyse any piece of evidence you should encounter. This is complemented by additional emphasis on professional practice and an understanding of the roles of the crime scene investigator and the forensic scientist as an expert witness in the court. You may be able to study abroad for a semester (dependant on subject scheduling) or year at one of our partner universities and we also include a visit to the world renowned ‘body farm’ at the University of Tennessee. This visit will allow you to gain anthropological experience on human material which is not possible in the UK.

What will this mean for my future?

Recent Keele graduates have gone to work for companies as diverse as Apple, BAE Systems, Barclays, Capgemini, EA Games, Experian, Microsoft and the Ministry of Defence. You’ll also have the solid grounding you’ll need to apply for postgraduate study.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Equipped with key scientific skills, practical experience and vital communication, team working and problem-solving abilities, you will become an independent scientist who will offer a great deal to prospective employers. Graduates have progressed to a range of different careers, including, within the forensic science sector, analytical laboratories, and teaching.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Programming I (Introductory Programming)
  • Computer Animation and Multimedia
  • Information Systems and Interaction
  • Requirements, Evaluation and Professionalism
  • Natural Computation

Second Year

  • Web Technologies
  • Programming II (Data Structures and Algorithms)
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Database Systems
  • Advanced Programming Practices
  • System Lifecycles and Design
  • Computational Intelligence I

Third Year

  • Advanced Databases and Applications
  • Software Engineering Project Management
  • Games Computing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Communications and Networks
  • IT Architectures
  • Third Year Project

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Computer Science - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects, with at least 60 credits at each level of study (Levels 4, 5 and 6). This document has information about Computer Science modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

45

15

15

0

0

2

15

45

45

0

0

3*

30

30

30

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 105 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Forensic Science - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Forensic Science modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

45

15

15

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Computer Science Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Fundamentals of Computing      

15

Natural Computation

15

Programming I - Programming Fundamentals

15

Information Systems and Interaction

15

Requirements, Evaluation and Professionalism

15

Computer Animation and Multimedia

15

 

Forensic Science Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Science Principles

15

None

 

Forensic Science Principles

15

   

Forensic Analysis

15

   

Forensic Identification

15

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Computer Science Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

System Lifecycles and Design

15

Programming II - Data Structures and Algorithms

15

   

Database Systems

15

   

Mobile Application Development

15

   

Computational Intelligence I

15

   

Web Technologies

15

   

Advanced Programming Practices

15

   

Virtual Worlds

15

 

Forensic Science Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis

15

None

 

Forensic Genetics

15

   

Criminalistic Methods

15

   

Drugs of Abuse

15

   

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Computer Science Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

30-credit Project

30

Software Engineering Project Management

15

   

Advanced Information Systems

15

   

Advanced Databases and Applications

15

   

Games Computing

15

   

Bioinformatics

15

   

Evolution of Complex Systems

15

   

Computational Intelligence II

15

   

Communications and Networks

15

   

IT Architectures

15

 

Forensic Science Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Forensic Science Team Research Project

15

Forensic Geoscience

15

Forensic Toxicology

15

Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis

15

Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson

15

   

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Computer Science in your final year you require at least 105 Computer Science credits. These 105 credits must include the compulsory 30-credit Project module.

In choosing options, students should also be mindful that some level 5 modules are required in order to be able to take certain level 6 optional modules.

 

If you choose to specialise in Forensic Science in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Forensic Science Team Research Project

15

Forensic Geoscience

15

Forensic Toxicology

15

Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis

15

Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson

15

   

Forensic Science Dissertation

15

   

Interpretation, Evaluation & Presentation of Evidence

30

   

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az