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Second Year Computing Systems BSc/MEng 2011/12

The normal load is 120 CATS credits. Candidates for honours are required to take nine core modules and 30 CATS credits selected from the lists of optional modules below.

In order to progress to the third year students on the Computing Systems MEng course are required to obtain an upper second class honours classification
in the second year. Students who fail to do this will transfer to the third year of the BSc.

Core Modules




CS240 Software Engineering Principles * 1 15 E(100)
CS241 Operating Systems and Computer Networks * 1 15 E(80) A(20)
CS243 Data Structures and Algorithms * 1 7.5 E(80) A(20)
CS245 Automata and Formal Languages 2 7.5 E(70) A(30)
CS247 Group Software Development Project 2,3 7.5 A(100)
CS249 Digital Communications and Signal Processing 2 15 E(80) A(20)
CS251 Computer System Design 2 7.5 E(100)
CS252 Fundamentals of Relational Databases * 1 7.5 E(70) A(30)
CS253 Topics in Database Systems 1 7.5 E(100)

Optional Modules - List A

CS242 Formal Specification and Verification 2 15 E(60) A(40)
CS244 Algorithm Design * 1 7.5 E(80) A(20)
CS246 Further Automata and Formal Languages 2 7.5 E(100)
CS250 Reliability and Fault Tolerance 2 7.5 E(100)
CS254 Algorithmic Graph Theory 2 15 E(80) A(20)
CS255 Artificial Intelligence 2 15 E(60) A(40)
CS256 Functional Programming 1 15 E(60) A(40)

Optional Modules - List B

BS250 Bioinformatics 2 7.5 E(80) A(20)
EC204 Economics 2 1,2,3 30 E(80) A(20)
EC220 Mathematical Economics Ia 1,2,3 15 E(80) A(20)
EC221 Mathematical Economics Ib 2,3 15 E(80) A(20)
IB206 Introduction to Business Studies 3 6 E(100)
IB207 Mathematical Programming II 1 12 E(70) A(30)
IB211 Simulation 2 12 A(100)
IB242 Foundations of Information Systems 1 12 E(70) A(30)
IE420 Problem Solving 2 12 E(50) A(50)
MA228 Numerical Analysis 2 6 A(100)
MA241 Combinatorics 1 12 E(90) A(10)
PH253 Philosophy of Mind   15 E(100) or A(100)
A Modern Foreign Language   24 / 30  

* These modules will be examined in the first week of Term 2.

Second Year Pass Degree Modules

Candidates for pass degrees are required to take the nine core modules (90 CATS credits) and 15 CATS credits selected from the lists of optional modules.
Loads in excess of 105 CATS credits must be discussed with personal tutors and be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Subject to the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Computer Science, the total load may be increased up to a maximum of 120 CATS credits

Prescribed Coursework

Prescribed coursework is required for: CS241, CS243, CS245, CS247, CS249 and CS252.

Preparatory to Third Year Project

In the summer term of the second year Computing Systems students are required to select the project which they will pursue in the third year of their studies.

Modules from other Departments

More information on modules taught by other departments can be found at the following sites:

  • Department of Philosophy
  • Economics Department
  • Mathematics Institute
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Warwick Business School
  • Language Centre>