Computer Science and Music 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Our degree programme in Music and Computer Science offers you the opportunity to study in two distinctive subjects, but also to benefit from the synergies between these contemporary disciplines, both of which equip you for careers in our digital, media-rich world.

Combined Honours

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UCAS code: GW43

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Course Overview

You will have 24/7 access to our computer labs and to our purposebuilt recording and project studios, practice rooms and other facilities. Computer Science modules enable you to learn about the theories which underpin software, hardware and computing techniques – and how to apply them in the real world. You will use technology to create new opportunities and solve problems, and you could learn about things like artificial intelligence, computer game development, humancomputer interaction and cyber security. There is a strong emphasis on programming but you do not need to have Maths A level.

Music focuses on the creation, performance, meaning and uses of music from a diversity of styles, periods and traditions. Alongside opportunities to perform and compose your own music, and to do a module-based work placement in the local community, you will investigate topics in music history, aesthetics, and social impact. Music at Keele is a hub of world-class musicologists, composers and performers, and the musical life on campus is rich and varied.

What will this mean for my future?

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. Graduates pursue careers as systems analysts, software engineers and consultants, working for such companies as Apple, BAE systems, Barclays, Capgemini, EA Games, Experian and Microsoft. You might develop your academic experience to follow a career in the music, sound, screen, software and media production industries. You could go on to work as a teacher, performer, composer, music therapist, community musician or sound technician, or in game design, film, radio and television, recording or arts administration. You may also choose to pursue postgraduate study at masters or doctoral level.

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

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

 

 

Music Year 1 (Level 4)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take both compulsory modules and at least one optional module, thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 1. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Twentieth-Century Musics

15

Instrumental Lessons

15

Music Theory

15

n.b. a maximum of 3 of the following 4 modules will be delivered

 
   

Ensemble Performance

15

   

Introduction to Composition

15

   

World Musics

15

   

Popular Music

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

 

Music Year 2 (Level 5)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take two Optional modules from group A (30 credits), and at least a further one module from anywhere within groups A or B (15 credits), thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 2.  You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. a maximum of 7 of the following 9 modules will be delivered from groups A and B

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Indian Music

15

Intermediate Composition

15

Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film

15

Music in the Community OR Peripatetic Teaching

15

Music in German Culture

15

Chamber Music

15

Theory and Analysis

15

Solo Performance

15

   

Orchestration

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

 

Music Year 3 (Level 6)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music with an Independent Study Portfolio (ISP) in at least one of the principal subjects of your combined degree. You MUST take as a minimum either one of the Music ISPs from Optional module group A, along with one 15-credit Optional module from group B, OR three 15-credit Optional modules from group B. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. If you choose to take 60 or 75 credits in Music in year 3 then you may also take two ISPs in Music (60 credits).

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition 2 (ISP)

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1

15

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

 

 

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 Music in your final year you will study the following modules:

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music. In year 3 you MUST take a Music ISP (Independent Study Portfolio) from group A (30 credits) AND either two 15-credit Optional modules from group B OR another ISP from group A (30 credits). You must also take a further 30 credits from anywhere within groups A, B or C.

n.b. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music Technology programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music Technology modules available as options in years 1 and 2.

You must complete a total of 120 credits in year 3, with the remaining 60 credits being selected either from additional Music/Music Technology modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of free-standing Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition (ISP)

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1

15

       
   

Optional modules group C

 
   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)

30

   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1

15

   

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

   

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

   

Music Programming

15

   

Music Programming ISP

30

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

** You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

***You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Music.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

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