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Business Information Technology - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

With professional accreditation from the British Computer Society, this career-focused course will equip you with the key skills necessary to progress in the fast-growing business IT market. You’ll cover a broad scope of subjects from cloud security and developing databases to computer hardware.

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This Business Information Technology BSc course is highly relevant in today’s market, covering key skills such as database building and management, e-business, project planning, systems design and usability. As you progress you’ll be able to tailor the course to suit your interests, with options such as network and cloud security, ethical hacking and digital crime investigation on offer.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by highly-qualified teaching staff who have strong links with the industry and potential employers. You’ll also by assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), who will offer you academic guidance, pastoral care and career advice.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through exams, essays, reports, individual and group practical work, presentations, projects and a final dissertation. You'll also receive regular supportive feedback throughout the course.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

On graduating, you'll be eligible to apply for Membership of the British Computer Society (MBCS).

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum grade CCD in three A levels, one of which comes from a relevant subject (or a minimum of 88 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module introduces students to the basics of Information Technology; past, current and future trend in computer systems. The detailed design of a small scale Computer Systems is presented where students have the opportunity to build, configure and test a computer system for a given application. Students will identify the basic features of the Windows operating system and its elements.
    Health Safety issues and the safe disposal of equipment is also covered leading to an understanding and appreciation of social, ethical, environmental and economical issues related to computer’s hardware and software element.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Students will receive an introduction to the business environment and the role of information management and information systems within business.
    The module develops an understanding of the Information Systems development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students will develop aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability and security.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Friday morning

    The module gives students systematic ways of solving problems as well as introduces them to a range of ideas in mathematical logic. It also gives some grounding in standard software packages.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This is an introductory module intended for students with no programming experience. The module is designed to develop skills, confidence and interest in programming using an appropriate graphical development environment and a suitable programming language, such as, for example, Visual Basic or C#.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module will enable students to understand the fundamental concepts of data science and appreciate key techniques of data science and its applications. Students will be exposed to data understanding, preparation, modelling, results evaluation and data visualisation techniques that can assist businesses in making effective data-driven decisions to improve productivity and consumer satisfaction. Students will be introduced to the practical application of tools and techniques required to perform data science projects in a modern business environment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module provides an appreciationof database and web-based information systems.It coverstechnical aspectsof analysing, designing and implementing database and web-based information systems. Both server-side programming language (e.g. ASP.NET) and back-end database programming language (e.g.Oracle SQL) skills are taught.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law, 15 weeks: This module focuses on computer laws, social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline. It also covers techniques for the world of work such as job search, CV and interviews as well as professional ethics and responsibilities. Topics on academic research and academic writing are also presented. (Exam and course work).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    The concept behind this module is that it provides an understanding of project management tools, techniques and responsibilities in order to run a project from initiation through to successful completion. The module uses case study material in order to allow students to formulate plans for the introduction of a web-based application in a business environment. Students’ will work as a team to develop a prototype web-based application using web authoring tools and scripting languages.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module is in particular for those who wish to specialise in understanding, developing, and the application of IT security systems and measures in IT environments. It focuses on various aspects of security management and deals mainly with risk assessment, risk management, and standards and procedures. It provides students with an appreciation of the benefits security management provides within an information systems domain. This includes the choice and application of appropriate risk assessment and risk management techniques, coupled with an understanding of security standards and procedures.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module builds upon the student's general understanding of database design and implementation in prior learning. It discusses the key issues underpining database management systems and their development, provides a strong coverage to advanced SQL for preparation for professional certification, and introduces some current topics indatabase technology. In addition, the module contains a substantial practical element utilising advanced SQL and database application development tools (e.g.Oracle SQL developer, Oracle.NET developer), enabling students to gain transferable skills in designing and developing relatively complex ‘real life’ database applications. (Course work, test and exam).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module provides an in-depth knowledge of ecommerce and ebusiness. It introduces the concepts and practical techniques for ecommerce and ebusiness. Ebusiness strategy, models, processes, opportunities in marketing, CRM and procurement as well as legal, ethical, social and global issues are covered. The module also equips students with knowledge and skills to build a themed on-line interactive ecommerce web site with shopping cart for an SME, incorporating a range of software applications and script programming.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work, either individually or as part of a group, in accordance with their course requirements. The topic of investigation will cover a broad spectrum of various analysis and techniques and will lead to a comprehensive and concise academic/industry-related report. Students will be assisted in exploring areas that may be unfamiliar to them and encouraged to develop innovative ideas and techniques. Students will be able to choose a project that may require the solution to a specific problem, creation of an artefact in a real-world environment or an investigation of innovative ideas and techniques related to an area within their field of study. Collaboration with outside agencies and projects with industrial, business or research partners/ sponsors will be encouraged.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, related to their course at level 6, with a business or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements.The activity can be a professional training, a volunteering activity, employment activity, an activity within the School of Computing and Digital Media Virtual Business Environment (VBE), placement or business start-up activity.
    For the purpose of this module – the FOC VBE will be also be recognised as ‘the employer’.

    It is expected student should work for 150 hours which should be recorded clearly (in a learning log for instance) in the portfolio. The 150 hours can be completed in 25 working days in a FT mode, or spread over a semester in a PT mode.

    Students should register with the module leader to be briefed on the module, undergo induction and Work Based Learning planning and to have the Work Based Learning approved, before they take up the opportunity. It is essential that students are made aware that both the “Work Based Learning agreement” and relevant “health and safety checklist” where applicable need to be approved before starting the learning activity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is designed to develop understanding, knowledge and skills associated with the various malicious hacking attacks targeting computer systems and the appropriate safeguards needed to minimise such attacks.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module enables students to build on their existing knowledge of databases to understand the application of computer-based information systems used in business for the support of management decision-making, e.g. Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems, Executive Information Systems, etc.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  •  Information Systems
  •  Visual Programming
  •  Computer Hardware and Software Architectures
  •  Logic and Problem Solving

Year 2 modules include:

  • Project Planning and Project Management
  • Systems Analysis, Design and Usability
  • Databases and Web-based Information Systems
  • An Introduction to Networks and Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law

Year 3 modules include:

  • Advanced Database Systems Development
  • Ecommerce and Ebusiness
  • Project
  • Application Development (optional)
  • Network and Cloud Security (optional)
  • Digital Crime Investigation (optional)
  • Work Related Learning II (optional)
  • Ethical Hacking (optional)
  • Long Work Placement (optional)
  • Management Support Systems (optional)
  • Extension of Knowledge (optional)

The Business Information Technology BSc degree is recognised in industry as well as academia, with previous graduates progressing to project management in Logica, associate roles in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, consultancy projects and MSc programmes.

This course will allow you to embark on a career in the IT industry either as a manager or a consultant. You could also choose to continue your studies in order to become an advisor in cyber security, an area where specialists are in high demand.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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