Wrexham Glyndwr University - MSc in Computer Science (£6,000, No Bachelor's required)

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by nomaduser, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    It came with a hard drive! So fancy! :D
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  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    It sure did! It shipped with BIG drives for those days - 40, 50 and (gasp!) 100 megabytes!
    How would a person EVER fill one of those? :)

    Seriously, we lost computers with really good hardware, and O/S and software, for their time, when both Amiga and Atari ceased.
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  3. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    I think my first Tandy had 10MB and I thought that was massive!
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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I had a 20-meg one put in my first PC - an XT (Fujikama) and the COST of said drive was certainly massive! About $500 Cdn! Both machine and drive were dead in a year - and I bought a working, similarly-equipped machine, same make for $5. That's how much people liked them! For the next 25 years, I went through a succession of second-hand Dos and Windows machines - none costing over $100.

    Nowadays, I have this laptop I'm using right now - an HP, cost $250 new. Cortana yelled at me ONCE. I immediately kicked Windows 10 off the drive and installed Linux (Ubuntu). That was 3 years ago - nobody yells at me and I'm a happy guy, now. I also have a 1988 relic- a laptop that runs DOS - no hard drive, and a 2004 IBM - last of the "True Blue" NetVistas, running WinXP. Neither are for Internet use! They're in perfect shape and I have all kinds of software - in fact I do all my photographic stuff on the IBM - and the 1988 Sharp laptop has the greatest keyboard ever, when extensive writing is involved.
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  5. xorben

    xorben Member

    Sorry to make a break on this nice vintage (can be seen in two ways) conversation. I am now in my last module, which is the dissertation.
    It has a duration of two modules (sum = 4 Months) and needs to be 6.000 words long + the other stuff.
    You can freely choose the topic, but it must be accepted by a supervisor.
    It should be a topic which fits with you later degree title. E.g. MSc in Computer-Science with Software Engineering.
    The module before the dissertation is to write a proposal. At this point you should have an idea, what your later dissertations topic will be.

    I am planning to create a larger post, maybe a short video about the whole course later. It is very "special". I am with a group of other students and we are sharing our thoughts periodically. Sometimes it is very funny, sometimes very sad.
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  6. xorben

    xorben Member

    Ok, the degree was awarded to me. Seems to work fine.

    If you have question, get in touch with me.
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  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    "If it works fine, then you haven't installed the latest update." :)

    Seriously, xorben - congratulations. Great school, excellent degree - and fine job by you.
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  8. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    @xorben Congrats on finishing the degree! Great job! Question for you, what other credentials, degree, or experience do you have for entry into the program? I understand a degree isn't the main requirement, but certainly they require 'some' knowledge before they would accept you into the program. Now that you've got the degree, are you planning on something else later down the road?
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  9. xorben

    xorben Member

    Hey, thanks! I took a BSc computer-science course back in 2006 but canceled after about 45 Credits (90 credits in UK). Then I visited a professional school for technical informatics, which lasted two years (maybe it could be compared to an associate degree?). I worked as a Unix Admin/Engineer, DevOps Engineer and Oracle DBA for about 11 years till I started the MSc course.

    I am now 41. I started a developer Position last year. Now I am working to extend my skills. Working towards new technology certification.

    I had in mind to try a phd in a few years. But a fulltime job ans three kids were enough this two years. I think a part time PhD in UK can last 6 years, doesn't it? This is too much.

    Maybe some certificate? Maybe something math physics related.

    What do you think?
  10. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    "In August 2022, the university announced it was considering re-naming itself to "Wrexham University" (Welsh: Prifysgol Wrecsam) dropping "Glyndŵr" from its name.[18][19] On 27 April 2023, the university confirmed its plans to rename to "Wrexham University", following consultations with staff, students and other organisations, and approval by the Privy Council."

    It looks like the university's people read about our thread lol
    They finally decided to change university's name.
    Wraxam University sounds a lot better than Wreham Glyndŵr. So this is an upgrade.
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  11. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    Wrexham sounds alright I guess, having a shorter name is better than the lengthier one...
  12. housecat

    housecat Member

    The response time from Wrexham on inquiries is crazy long, are the instructors from Higher Ed Partners Ltd., or are they actual employees from Wrexham?

    Is it even taught on Wrexham's website (I think they use Moodle), or is it on www.myonlinecampus.com? I have been scouring the internet to find out more because they are not telling me anything, and what they tell me I will receive the email by my next life time. Like I really want to know why a question even to [email protected] take SO LONG to receive a response. Most universities are following up like crazy.

    Seems like Higher Ed Partners teach a bunch of places, but I can't actually tell what is going on behind the scenes if I become a student. I found University of York, University of Sunderland, University of Lincoln, Keele University, University of Wolverhampton (although their response was fast and they state quite clearly they teach their own modules), and of course Wrexham's North Wales Management School. There are others but most are either not in UK or English-language.

    The Wrexham Glyndŵr name isn't a bad name, it bares the history of a person who achieved greatness and desired it for others, but honestly it's fine.

    Can you tell me ANYTHING more about it? I am scratching the bottom of the barrel for information.

    Sorry I know this is bumping an old thread but it's really starting to dig at me.

    Thank you!
  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Doesn't sound right at all to me... and if I were Welsh ... (and I'm close) I would be VERY vehement about it. Syniad drwg iawn! (Very bad idea!)

    Owain Glyndŵr's name is revered in Welsh history. From the wiki:

    "Owain ap Gruffydd (c. 1354 – c. 1415), commonly known as Owain Glyndŵr or Glyn Dŵr (pronounced [ˈoʊain ɡlɨ̞nˈduːr], anglicised as Owen Glendower), was a Welsh leader, soldier and military commander in the Late Middle Ages, who led a 15-year-long revolt with the aim of ending English rule in Wales. He was an educated lawyer, forming the first Welsh parliament under his rule, and was the last native-born Welshman to claim the title Prince of Wales.[2]"

    Quite a man. And now his name is gone, with one snip -- from a Welsh University! They might as well call it Wrexham Vanilla University now. You deny your name - you lose your identity. Cywilydd! (Shame!)

    It's as bad as if "Liverpool John Moores University" were changed to "Liverpool City University" or whatever. Who was John Moores? Here: "In 1992, we became one of the UK’s new universities, taking our name from one of Liverpool’s great entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Sir John Moores." From University site, here. https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/history.

    Y tro hwn, maen nhw wedi mynd yn rhy bell! (This time, they have gone too far!)
  14. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Just checked. Yep - I was born 69 (road) miles from the Welsh Border. And I have a tiny bit of Welsh DNA. Don't get me started.... :)
  15. xorben

    xorben Member

    Two weeks ago I took part of the graduation ceremony. It was ALL(!!!) bilingual. :D

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