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The MSc Computing and Information Systems is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in industry related to developing complex information systems, processing of enterprise data and controlling business processes to guarantee usability, security, manageability and quality of information services according to the modern standards of the cyber age. The focus of the course is on the three recent movements within IT industry: Cloud Computing, Big Data and Internet of Things. The focus of the course is on the three recent movements within IT industry: cloud computing, big data and the internet of things.

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The course will be based on development tools and software technologies for data, system and service development, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things and Information Security. It will also make use of new technologies for integration of embedded devices such as Arduino and Raspberry. Students will be able to choose options from Mobile application development, cybercrime and security, data and visualisation or work related learning before embarking on the project. 

The course provides preparation and training which encourages students seeking positions within the financial, retail and entertainment sectors. It incorporates materials for professional training, which prepare you for professional certification in Oracle SQL, Java Enterprise and Hortonworks Data Platform. 

The extensive collaboration between the School of Computing and industries in London resulted in numerous Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Consultancy Projects. These won a number of national awards and made London Met graduates renowned for their high starting salaries. Due to the high demand for specialists in this area, students on the course can rely on help in finding jobs both in the numerous high-tech startups as well as big financial organisations in the City of London. 

A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course: 
-Case study reports and presentations 
-Computer laboratory workshops 
-Individual and group coursework 
-Unseen examinations 
-In class tests 
-Individual vivas 

The method of assessment for each module is clearly described in the individual module guide which is made available to the students at the start of the semester. Every module has dedicated website providing students with comprehensive learning/teaching material including workshop exercises. Module leaders use this site regularly to communicate with their students including guidelines on how prepare for assessment, supporting materials, and general feedback.

Professional accreditation

This course is not currently accredited, however, students who wish to pursue professional certification will be assisted to sit the certification exams in Databases, Java Enterprise and Apache Hadoop by Oracle and Hortonworks.

Modular structure

The course has a September start with three semesters spread over one academic year. Each semester is 60 credits with the final semester dedicated to your dissertation. 

Indicative core modules: 
-Information Systems Development (20 credits) 
-Enterprise Software Components and Systems Development (20 credits) 
-Information Security (20 credits) 
-Datawarehousing and Big Data (20 credits) 
-Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (20 credits) 
-MSc Project (60 credits) 

Indicative optional modules, choose one from: 
-Mobile Applications Design and Development (20 credits) 
-Cyber Crime and Security (20 credits) 
-Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits) 

Detailed information about the structure and content of the course is provided in the course handbook which will be made available to the students at the start of the course.

After the course

The employment market has an abundance of posts that require skills in the three key areas of this course - Ccloud computing, big data and internet of things. There are many exciting employment opportunities available, including: 
-Enterprise Component Developer and System Integrator 
-Data Warehouse and Big Data Manager 
-Embedded and Mobile Devices Programmer 
-Network Security and Cyber Security Consultant 

Additionally, the course provides skills for seeking more traditional, but high demand industry roles: 
-Software Engineer 
-Internet Programmer 
-System Programmer 
-Database Administrator 
-System Administrator 

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