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“The School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln is offering a new undergraduate BSc degree in Social Computing with a first intake of students in September 2014. The degree is built on a foundation of core computer science topics but with special emphasis on social and mobile software design, implementation and evaluation as well as in data analytical aspects of social media, and its relevance to society, business and the public sector. It will be the first science degree to focus on social computing to be offered in the UK and the second in Europe, after Kaiserslautern University took their first intake of students to their degree, of the same name, this autumn.

Much of the content of the new degree will be based on the work of the Lincoln Social Computing (LiSC) research centre at the University. Members of the LiSC team, including Derek Foster and Shaun Lawson, have been working with the Microsoft Academic team in recent years to shape the teaching of Windows Phone mobile and Azure cloud-based applications to existing computer science students at the University.

Several modules in the new social computing programme will build on this, but will also explore new and emerging platforms such as Gadgeteer, NodeXL and So.cl as well. For more information contact the Programme Leader, Shaun Lawson.

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