Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing (ICT Systems Support)

Introduction

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing (ICT Systems Support) aims to enhance your career and employability in the areas of Computer Science and IT by developing a critical awareness and appreciation of current IT issues.

The BTEC HND is directly awarded by Edexcel International, one of the leading examining and awarding bodies in the United Kingdom.

BTEC HND qualifications are widely welcome by the employers, recognised by many international professional bodies and having access to UK and other universities to enter into the second or third year BSc(Hons) degree in Computer Science / Information Systems.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidate who is at least 18 years of age with GCE ‘O/A’ Level or other equivalent qualification; OR
  • NITEC Certificate; OR
  • Mature candidates who have suitable industrial experience but who do not possess the above qualifications may also be considered.

Course Outline

The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing (ICT Systems Support) is a 16-unit qualification of which eight are core units. Each unit is assigned a notional level indicator of H1 or H2, indicating the relative intellectual demand, complexity and depth of study, and learner autonomy. At H1 level the emphasis is on the application of knowledge, skills and understanding, use of conventions in the field of study, use of analytical skills and selection and organization of information. At H2 level the emphasis is on application and evaluation of contrasting ideas, principles, theories and practices, greater specialization in the field of study, and an increasing independence in systematic enquiry and analysis. The BTEC Higher National Diploma programme must contain a minimum of eight units designated at H2 level.

Module Synopsis

Core Units (Compulsory)

  • Computer Platforms (H1)
  • This unit is aimed at IT practitioners who need sufficient knowledge of computer architecture to make rational and commercial decisions on the selection and specification of systems. Learners will learn how to evaluate operating systems in order to create their own operating environment. Many IT practitioners communicate with specialist technical support staff during the specification and planning of systems implementation. This unit aims to give learners the confidence to communicate with technical and non-technical specialists to justify their recommendations.

  • Systems Analysis (H2)
  • This unit will provide learners with a detailed insight into the systems analysis life cycle, modeling tools and techniques, testing procedures and the need for systems evaluation. This unit will examine the requirements of analysis for both commercial and technical applications. It will also introduce the data and functional modeling techniques which learners can be expected to use.

  • Programming Concepts (H1)
  • An understanding of the general principles and concepts of programming should underpin some of the basic knowledge that learners need. Learners will develop programs and although the content could be delivered from a range of languages, compilers or platforms, the unit should aim to deliver skills and knowledge that will easily transfer to other areas of the qualification life cycle. This unit will design programs using industry techniques in order that learners will adopt good practice.

  • Database Design Concepts (H1)
  • Databases play an integral part in both academic and commercial domains, they provide users with a tool in which to store, model and retrieve data. Database development is fundamental to the area of computing and ICT as it offers so many links to other areas such as programming, systems analysis, HCI as well as embracing issues of compatibility and end user interfacing. This core unit introduces learners to the practical aspects of designing a database. Learners will be expected to use applications software to a prescribed level in order to design, use basic tools, develop and demonstrate a database that is fully functional.

  • Networking Concepts (H1)
  • The importance of networked solutions in the business world grows year on year. The increasingly sophisticated technologies and widening user base mean a fundamental understanding of networks is essential for many. The aim of this unit is to provide a rigorous introduction to networks, and practical experience in installing users and software on a network. This unit will clarify the issues associated with network use and how this has developed. It will identify the architectural concepts behind networking and help develop the preliminary skills necessary to install and manage networks.

  • Personal Skills Development (H1)
  • Personal skills development implies the professional and personal growth in knowledge and skills. Personal skills development embraces a whole range of practical and transferable skills that can be applied within higher education and the workplace. This unit examines a range of skills that are deemed necessary to aid learners through various scenarios which are not necessarily implicit within the content of more theoretical or academically orientated units within the HN programme. Learners will be able to improve their own learning, be involved with team work and be more capable of problem solving through the use of case studies, role play and real-life activities. This unit can be taught traditionally or integrated within other units on the programme. The rationale behind this unit is to enable learners to have exposure to softer skills that are critical in the work place and higher education. This unit attempts to encapsulate a range of key and common skills and deliver this information in a dynamic learning environment.

  • Networking Technology (H2)
  • Understanding of the underlying principles of networking is of vital importance to all IT practitioners in today’s increasingly sophisticated world. The aim of this unit is to provide a background to the basic components of networked systems from which all networking operations derive. It also includes the evaluation of networks and network applications.

  • Networking Project (H2)
  • This unit will examine the way in which network computers are prepared for the installation of an operating system. Candidates will learn how to distinguish between the basic characteristics of an operating system (OS) used on a network workstation and that of an OS running a network server. Candidates examine the structure of network operating system (NOS) architecture and will install an OS for both a workstation and a network server. They will learn common troubleshooting and upgrade options.

Specialist Units (Any five H2 units & three H1 units)

  • Quality Systems (H2)
  • This unit will enable the learner to learn about the quality process as applied to IT related systems development. Quality control and assurance relies on the establishment of standards by which projects can be measured. This is carried out through reviews, tests and inspections to ensure that the end product meets requirements.

  • Data Analysis & Design (H2)
  • An understanding of databases is fundamental to the development of any significant information system. Database systems are predominant in the world of IT and continue to demand more complex data structures as applications get increasingly sophisticated. The aim of this unit is to provide an essential knowledge of database systems including design principles, practical implementation and development skills for both system designer and software engineer.

    The importance of structured query languages should be stressed, and once created; databases will be used or demonstrated for a variety of tasks including querying and report writing.

  • End - User Support (H1)
  • Users need training in the systems they use and since problems always occur, they also need support from knowledgeable and sympathetic staff within a formal framework of systems support. A major element of support is the provision of a service to install the hardware and software to satisfy changed requirements. This unit supplies the framework for developing the knowledge and skills needed by those who aim to provide this important service.

  • Formal Methods (H2)
  • Specification of secure and well-engineered computer systems requires the unambiguous, concise and provable language of mathematics. This unit aims to acquaint learners with the mathematical concepts and notation that underpin formal methods, such as 'Z', set theory and propositional and predicate logic and functions. The unit also gives learners experience of proof by induction (a principle of functional programming) and relationship matrices. The latter, as well as reinforcing set and logic theory, will provide an alternative application of the rules of matrix algebra.

  • Knowledge Systems (H2)
  • The aim of this unit is to develop the learner's ability to select and use expert systems and artificial intelligence solutions for a range of commercial needs. This area is rapidly developing and the skills that appear advanced and beyond the scope of this unit today, may well be reality in the future. In order to ensure the unit remains relevant, no specific languages and software are included in the content but many exist, as discussed in the guidance. The outcomes remain quite generic, supported by several options for delivery so that centres can use this to take advantage of existing resources.

  • Project Management (H2)
  • The aim of this unit is to provide a basic knowledge of project management principles, methodologies, tools and techniques that may be used in any industry, the professions and the public sector. Organisational and human resource factors are also included. Learners will develop an understanding of what constitutes a project and the role of a project manager. They will be able to analyse and plan the activities needed to carry out the project, including how to set up a project, how to control and execute a project, and how to carry out project reviews. They will also understand how the project fits into the company or other organisational environment. It is intended that this unit will support the knowledge and understanding requirements for the NVQ in Project Management at level 4.

  • Professional Development (H1)
  • This unit is designed to enable the learner to assess and develop a range of professional and personal skills in order to promote future personal and career development. It also aims to develop learners' ability to organise, manage and practice a range of approaches to improve their performance as self-organised e-learners in preparation for management. The emphasis is on the needs of the individual but within the context of how the development of self-management corresponds with effective team management in meeting objectives.

  • Management in IT (H1)
  • The unit aims to provide the generic skills and knowledge required by a manager in the information technology sector. Such managers have additional pressures of having to deal continuously with change and participate effectively with management at all levels, including senior management, in the development of strategy. In addition to techniques for staffing and budgetary control, the unit also covers techniques for keeping abreast of developments in information technology.

  • Networking Infrastructure (H2)
  • To maintain effective communication and connect remote locations, organisations need to set up and manage computer networks in a multi-vendor environment. The aim of this unit is to provide learners with a sound knowledge of the standards-based networking protocols and technologies that enable a reliable and secure interoperable network environment. The unit focuses on an appropriate network operating system, such as Microsoft Windows.

  • E-Business Strategy (H2)
  • This unit starts by considering customers' expectations of e-business, because these dictate implementation priorities. It is first necessary to assess the status of the business information and logistics systems, because they will provide the foundation for e-business. Preparations will be necessary to meet the standards of support that e-customers expect. Marketing, promotion and supply chain management must be considered, alongside the website, when developing the implementation strategy. Protecting the intellectual property of the business and maintaining the integrity of its website require considerations of risk and appropriate security precautions. Finally future developments in e-business are examined to help maintain a competitive edge.

  • Work Experience (H2)
  • Work experience and work placements are considered to be a vital part of the learning process, providing learners with an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge gained within the qualification, to a practical working scenario. This unit aims to formalise the structure of work experience/placements by offering a comprehensive insight into the process of planning, working within a set framework and evaluating the work experience.

    This unit will provide an overview of organisational cultures, theories of management and leadership styles and organisational structures. This unit will also provide practical assessments for learners to enhance the work/placement experience.

Duration

Type Full-Time Part-Time
Local 18 Months 24 Months
International 18 Months NA

Method of delivery

Day/evening classes taught by lectures with academic and industry experience.

Award Criteria

Student must pass all the 16 modules to be awarded with the HND in Computing.
Students must satisfy the minimum attendance requirements (75% for local students and 90% for international students) for the award of Certificate of Attendance (COA) in all the modules.

Assessment & Grading System

BTEC Higher National Diploma assessments are assignment based and not on exams. Assignment is a formal listing of tasks within a vocational context. The assessments will be at unit level and there is no overall grade for the Diploma. This means that learners are able to access the qualification through a unitised approach. Each Unit is graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. A Pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and Distinction grades are awarded for higher level achievement.

Appeal process

Students interested in making an appeal, please read our appeal procedure. Please use our appeal form when making your appeal.

Expected date of release of Assessment result

Assessment results / Award of certificate will be available to the students within 3 months of the last assessment for that assessment cycle. Appeal on Assessment results needs to be done within 2 weeks from the date of release of results for that assessment cycle.

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Last updated 16 Jan 2012

Note: Course syllabus will be provided upon registration.

Fee Structures

  1. All fees are subject to the prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST) unless specified otherwise.
  2. Course Application Fee is NOT REFUNDABLE.
  3. Do not pay your school fees before you have signed the standard student contract.
  4. All fees quoted are in Singapore Dollar (S$).
  5. Fees are subject to periodic changes without prior notice.
  6. BMC accepts the following methods of payment:
    1. Cash
    2. Cashier's order payable to BMC International College Pte Ltd
    3. Cheque payable to BMC International College Pte Ltd
    4. NETS
    5. Credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Diners Club & American Express)

"ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO GST UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE"


Full-Payment Structure
Fees Breakdown
(shows the full breakdown of total payable fees)
Total Payable
(S$)
Course Application Fee (not covered under FPS and not refundable) $300.00
Tuition Fee[$8,100 - $1,620(Discount)] $6,480.00
Student Membership Fee $50.00
Course Material Fee $300.00
Continual Assessment Fee $400.00
Edexcel Programme Registration Fee $480.00
FPS - Insurance $208.17
(A) Total Course Fees Payable $7,918.17
(B) No. of Instalment 2
(C) Instalment Amount (C = A/B) $3,959.09
Instalment Schedule
(full payment scheme)
Amount
(S$)
1st Instalment $3,959.09
2nd Instalment $3,959.09
(A) Total Course Fees Payable $7,918.17
Total Course fee after Goods and Services Tax (GST) without Course Application Fee $8,424.27
Instalment-Payment Structure
Fees Breakdown
(shows the full breakdown of total payable fees)
Total Payable
(S$)
Course Application Fee (not covered under FPS and not refundable) $300.00
Tuition Fee Instalment $8,100.00
Student Membership Fee $50.00
Course Material Fee $300.00
Continual Assessment Fee $400.00
External Registration Fee $480.00
FPS - Insurance $251.91
(A) Total Course Fees Payable $9,581.91
(B) No. of Instalment 18
(C) Instalment Amount (C = A/B) $532.33
Instalment Schedule
(full payment scheme)
Amount
(S$)
1st Instalment $532.33
2nd Instalment $532.33
3rd Instalment $532.33
4th Instalment $532.33
5th Instalment $532.33
6th Instalment $532.33
7th Instalment $532.33
8th Instalment $532.33
9th Instalment $532.33
10th Instalment $532.33
11th Instalment $532.33
12th Instalment $532.33
13th Instalment $532.33
14th Instalment $532.33
15th Instalment $532.33
16th Instalment $532.33
17th Instalment $532.33
18th Instalment $532.33
(A) Total Course Fees Payable $9,581.91
Total Course fee after Goods and Services Tax (GST) without Course Application Fee $10,201.41

Effective from 09 Mar 2012


Miscellaneous Fees
Purpose of Fee Amount (S$) and When Payable
Late payment fees $60.00(before GST)
$64.20(after GST)
Replacement of student membership card $30.00(before GST)
$32.10(after GST)
Re-take examination Admin Fee(per re-sitting)[NO GST] $50.00[NO GST]

Last updated on 9th Mar 2012

Full-Payment Structure
Fees Breakdown
(shows the full breakdown of total payable fees)
Total Payable
(S$)
Course Application Fee (not covered under FPS and not refundable) $300.00
Tuition Fee[$8,100 - $1,620(Discount)] $6,480.00
Student Membership Fee $50.00
Course Material Fee $300.00
Continual Assessment Fee $400.00
Edexcel Programme Registration Fee $480.00
FPS - Insurance $277.56
(A) Total Course Fees Payable $7,987.56
(B) No. of Instalment 2
(C) Instalment Amount (C = A/B) $3,993.78
Instalment Schedule
(full payment scheme)
Amount
(S$)
1st Instalment $3,993.78
2nd Instalment $3,993.78
(A) Total Course Fees Payable $7,987.56
Total Course fee after Goods and Services Tax (GST) without Course Application Fee $8,493.66
Instalment-Payment Structure
Fees Breakdown
(shows the full breakdown of total payable fees)
Total Payable
(S$)
Course Application Fee (not covered under FPS and not refundable) $300.00
Tuition Fee Instalment $8,100.00
Student Membership Fee $50.00
Course Material Fee $300.00
Continual Assessment Fee $400.00
Edexcel Programme Registration Fee $480.00
FPS - Insurance $335.88
(A) Total Course Fees Payable $9,665.88
(B) No. of Instalment 24
(C) Instalment Amount (C = A/B) $402.75
Instalment Schedule
(full payment scheme)
Amount
(S$)
1st Instalment $402.75
2nd Instalment $402.75
3rd Instalment $402.75
4th Instalment $402.75
5th Instalment $402.75
6th Instalment $402.75
7th Instalment $402.75
8th Instalment $402.75
9th Instalment $402.75
10th Instalment $402.75
11th Instalment $402.75
12th Instalment $402.75
13th Instalment $402.75
14th Instalment $402.75
15th Instalment $402.75
16th Instalment $402.75
17th Instalment $402.75
18th Instalment $402.75
19th Instalment $402.75
20th Instalment $402.75
21st Instalment $402.75
22nd Instalment $402.75
23rd Instalment $402.75
24th Instalment $402.75
(A) Total Course Fees Payable $9,665.88
Total Course fee after Goods and Services Tax (GST) without Course Application Fee $10,285.38

Effective from 09 Mar 2012


Miscellaneous Fees
Purpose of Fee Amount (S$) and When Payable
Late payment fees $60.00(before GST)
$64.20(after GST)
Replacement of student membership card $30.00(before GST)
$32.10(after GST)
Re-take examination Admin Fee(per re-sitting)[NO GST] $50.00[NO GST]

Last updated on 9th Mar 2012

The course is not available for SDF students

The course is not available for SENSE Mendaki students

The course is not available for NTUC-SEP students

Fees Breakdown
(shows the full breakdown of total payable fees)
Total Payable
(S$)
Course Application Fee($400 - $220 Special Discount) $180.00
Admin Fee(Successful STP applications) $650.00
Tuition Fee $9,500.00
Course Material Fee $200.00
Student Membership Fee $50.00
Continual Assessment Fee $400.00
Laboratory Fee $100.00
Medical Insurance* $100.00
Institution Registration / Membership Fee* $480.00
Examination Fee* $0.00
FPS Insurance Fee* $309.96
(A) Total Course Fee Payable $11,789.96
Total Course fee after Goods and Services Tax (GST) without Course Application Fee $12,552.96
* No GST involved

Miscellaneous Fees(S$)
Late payment fees $60.00
Replacement of Student Membership Card $30.00
Replacement of Student Membership Card(External) $0.00
Re-take examination Admin Fee(per re-sitting) $50.00
Re-new Membership(External) $0.00
Other Fees(S$)
Medical Examination Fee(approximate, Payable directly to Clinic) $50.00
Student Pass Issurance Fee(Payable directly to ICA) $60.00 - $90.00
Student Pass Renewal Fee(Payable directly to ICA) $120.00

Last updated 28th Mar 2012.

 

Course Duration Table
Type Full-Time Part-Time
Local 18 months 24 months
SDF N.A N.A
International 18 months N.A

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2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Full Time International Students)

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