Data Science for Health BSc (Hons) - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Data Science for Health

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Data Science for Health
DipHE Data Science for Health
CertHE Computing

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UCL10001 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY UCL10001 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

JACs code

H610, I500, B99

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Computing (Bachelor)

Other internal and / or external reference points

Data Science Body of Knowledge (DS-BOK)

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Computer Science

Programme Leader

GILLAM L Dr (Computer Sci)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

The key educational aim of the programme is to prepare students for a variety of leading roles in data science, with a focus given to health. Such roles relate to data-intensive computing and cover data scientists, data analysts, data engineers and data architects, as well as business analysts and database administrators, with expected progression through to managerial roles involving teams of these. The focus on health exemplifies the creation, collection, management and analysis of data about individuals – the so-called ‘quantified self' - important to maintaining and improving general wellbeing. To enable this focus, the programme has its core in Computer Science.

To prepare students for a range of computing and data science related careers.

To enable students to understand, design and exploit computation and computer technology.

To enable students to develop fluency in programming and allied data skills.

To enable our students to develop analytic, problem solving and interpersonal skills preparing them for a lifetime of continuing professional development.

To enable students to appreciate innovation and emerging technologies in theoretical and applied computing.

To enable students to develop the skills and knowledge required to manage and exploit data generally, in combination with the domain skills required to focus on health data.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
The principles of computation KCPT
The principles and practices of data science KCPT
The key research issues in computation and data, and applications to health KC
The ethical, legal, moral and professional issues involved in the exploitation of computing. KPT
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of their field of study, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, at least some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of a discipline Ord, BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate an ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within a discipline Ord, BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate conceptual understanding that enables the student to devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of a discipline Ord, BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate conceptual understanding that enables the student to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the discipline Ord, BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge Ord, BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate the ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to the discipline) Ord, BSc (Hons)
Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects Ord, BSc (Hons)
Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem Ord, BSc (Hons)
Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences Ord, BSc (Hons)
Have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility Ord, BSc (Hons)
Have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts Ord, BSc (Hons)
Have the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature. Ord, BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of their area(s) of study, and of the way in which those principles have developed DipHE
Demonstrate ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles in an employment context DipHE
Demonstrate knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in the subject(s) relevant to the named award, and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field of study DipHE
Demonstrate an understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge. DipHE
Use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis DipHE
Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively DipHE
Undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations. DipHE
Have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making DipHE
Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with their area(s) of study, and an ability to evaluate and interpret these within the context of that area of study CertHE
Demonstrate an ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in order to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with basic theories and concepts of their subject(s) of study CertHE
Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to their area(s) of study and/or work CertHE
Communicate the results of their study/work accurately and reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments CertHE
Undertake further training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment. CertHE
The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility CertHE

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

A total of 3 optional modules must be chosen, with a maximum of 2 optional modules in one semester.
Note that BCS accreditation requires 90 credits of modules to be taken with COM3 or EEE3 codes.

Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

A total of 3 optional modules must be chosen, with a maximum of 2 optional modules in one semester.
Note that BCS accreditation requires 90 credits of modules to be taken with COM3 or EEE3 codes.

Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
COMP009 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK) Compulsory 120 Year-long

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

N/A

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.