BSc/MEng Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year is a one-year programme designed to improve your mathematical and scientific understanding and skills to a level where you will be able to start a degree in the  Department of Computer Science  in one of the following subject areas:

Artificial intelligence is far from science fiction - in fact, it's all around us. This course will provide you with a solid grounding in mathematics, physics, academic skills and ICT (information and communications technology) - the tools you need to make a success of studying artificial intelligence at degree level. You'll be taught by academics from your chosen degree course and will work both independently and in groups. The course combines the study of traditional computing techniques with artificial intelligence. It will prepare you for your degree and, later, a career in applying artificial intelligence to solve new challenges.

Please could we advise students to apply for only one integrated foundation year route for entry onto courses in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. You should select your first choice from one of the three routes: Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year, Computer Science with an Integrated Foundation Year and Computer Systems Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year. (Note that the entry criteria are the same for each option, so there is no advantage to applying for more than one.)

Special features

  • Students accepted from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • High levels of academic and pastoral support.
  • Successful completion guarantees a place on first year of your chosen degree in the Department of Computer Science.
  • Teaching by highly experienced University academics, with a proven track record.
  • Integrated Foundation Year students have full access to all University facilities.
  • Teaching and learning

    The programme embraces a variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including lectures, small group tutorials, seminars and project work. Particular strengths are the high level of staff contact and individual learning support, individual pastoral support, project work in engineering-based Departments and associated disciplines within the Faculty.

    Your focus is the Foundation Studies Office, where staff provide day to day support. The dedicated Common Room offers you a place to study, prepare coursework, carry out work using the computers, or simply socialise. There is a strong sense of community within the student body and excellent tutorial support. Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year is delivered on the University campus by University staff.

    With strong links with the Department of Computer Science, the environment for study is essentially the same as for undergraduate study on degree programmes in engineering and associated disciplines. You will find that this assists greatly in easing your move into first year of your chosen degree programme on successful completion of the foundation year.

    Coursework and assessment

    Assessment is based primarily on formal examinations at the end of each semester (in January and June). A smaller proportion of the overall assessment is based on coursework carried out throughout the academic year.

    Course units for foundation year

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Foundation in Computer Science-Computational Thinking COMP11012 10 Mandatory
    Information and Communications Technology FOUN10011 10 Mandatory
    Foundation Year Project FOUN10022 10 Mandatory
    Academic Skills FOUN10031 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0B1 MATH19801 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0B2 MATH19812 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0C1 MATH19821 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0C2 MATH19832 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0F2 MATH19842 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0J2 MATH19852 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0N1 MATH19861 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0D2 MATH19872 10 Mandatory
    Chemistry 1 FOUN10001 10 Optional
    Chemistry 2 FOUN10042 10 Optional
    Matter and Energy Phys 1 FOUN10061 10 Optional
    Waves and Particles Phys 3 FOUN10072 10 Optional
    World of the Electron Phys 2 FOUN10111 10 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 17 course units for foundation year

    Scholarships and bursaries

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