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.
This course received a 100% overall student satisfaction rate in the 2018 National Student Survey.
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 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.
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:
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Computing, Technology and Mathematics Extended Degree.
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.
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 2018/19 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:
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 economic issues related to computer’s hardware and software element. The module aims to
1. To introduce students to the fundamental concepts of Information Technology and basic networking,
2. To provide a working technical knowledge of modern computer systems and their respective components,
3. To introduce Operating systems by focusing on Windows products, identifying similarities and differences,
4. Identify the correct approach to preventive maintenance and upgrading, and troubleshooting
5. Introducing students to Assembly language and how it interacts with hardware
6. Awareness of social, environmental, commercial and economic aspects of PC technology
Students will receive an introduction to the principles of information processing and an overview of the information technologies for digital data processing using computational and communication devices, including an initial understanding of the requirements for usability, quality, complexity, security and privacy of the developed solution. The students will obtain initial practical skills in modelling, design, implementation and testing of software systems for real-world application using a suitable programming language.
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, the Software Development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students which will develop key skills and knowledge in the aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability.
• The module aims to provide an overview of the nature of organisations, their business models, and how key areas operate to meet business objectives. It introduces students to organisational culture, data, information and knowledge management, and the role of information in organisational decision making.
• Within the module the students will be given an appreciation of the effect of ICT on organisational performance, and a basic understanding of the processes of developing and maintaining information systems, software products and services.
• An introduction to underlying technologies (e.g., databases, Internet and Web) is embedded in the module, which also seeks to develop basic competence and confidence in the use of appropriate tools, techniques and academic and communication skills, with an underlining awareness of legal, social, ethical and professional issues.
The module aims are to give the students an understanding of how problems can be solved systematically, plan their solutions and write them in the form of algorithms. This module also develops a range of mathematical techniques including set theory, logic, relations, functions and operational research techniques. In addition it gives a grounding in standard software packages, to give students an understanding of their use in problem solving as well as to make students able to apply these packages appropriately in subsequent modules.
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#.
Assessment: Coursework 1 (30%) + Coursework 2 (30%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]
The module aims are to:
1. Provide students with an understanding of the fundamental programming concepts and issues in the software development process.
2. Introduce students to key user interface design principles, program design and development approaches, and testing strategies.
3. Enable students to use a graphical programming environment competently.
4. Develop students’ skills and confidence in building simple business-related applications using appropriate programming language features and supporting technologies.
5. Develop students’ knowledge, transferable skills and confidence in programming leading to further academic progression and future employability in this area.
Year 2 modules include:
.The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview of operating systems and computer networks, and provide a foundation for developing web-enabled business such as E-business and E-commence in a business setting. Students will gain a basic understanding of key issues in relation to networking structures, systems, and services. This module is also aimed to provide students with a general understanding of the operation, function and inter-relation of major software components of an operating system, an understanding of the hardware-software interface and its control by the operating system, and the knowledge of user-system interface.
This module will enable students to understand the fundamental concepts of data science and appreciate key techniques of data science and its applications in a wide range of business context. 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.
This module provides an appreciation of database and web-based information systems. It covers technical aspects of 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.
The module will enable students to:-
• Provide students with an understanding of the concepts and fundamentals of database and web-based information systems.
• Equip students with knowledge and skills for analysing, designing and implementing database systems.
• Develop students with knowledge and skills to develop database-driven web-based information systems
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).
Assessment: Coursework (60%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]
The aims of this module are to:
• Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the regulations governing the digital environment (e.g. Internet) and social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline.
• Prepare students for the world of work and equip them with the knowledge and appreciation of professional bodies, code of conducts and professional certifications.
• Introduce students to academic research and research ethics, and to academic writing.
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.
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.
This module is aimed at providing students with the understanding of security risks associated with information assets and the security programs designed to protect them from security threats. This module will focus on the identification of security risks, the application of risk control and risk management measures, the appreciation of security technology, and critical understanding of security policies, standards and practices. The legal, ethical, and professional issues in security management are also covered in this module.
Year 3 modules include:
This module builds upon the student's general understanding of database design and implementation from prior learning. It discusses the key issues underpinning database management systems and their development, provides a strong coverage to advanced SQL which helps preparing for professional certification, and introduces some current topics in database 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.
The module will enable students to:-
• gain in-depth understanding of various key issues pertinent to the management and development of modern database applications.
• acquire skills in advanced SQL which provides an opportunity for gaining professional certification.
• be introduced to current developments in database technology thereby raising students’ awareness and understanding of the future trend in database systems development.
• design and develop relatively complex business database systems and applications using industry-standard database products (e.g. Oracle SQL developer, Oracle.NET developer).
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.
The module will enable students to:-
• provide students an understanding of key concepts and techniques of ecommerce and ebusiness
• equip 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
• develop skills to reflect on the practical objectives through the provision of documentation recording the problem-solving experience
The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work 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.
Assessment: Project Report Interim Submission (25%) + Project process (25%) + Project Report Final Submission (40% - Pass on component) + Viva (10% - Pass on component).
The module aims to develop a wide range of subject specific cognitive abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including practical skills and additional transferable skills of a more general nature and applicable in many other contexts.
Particularly, the module aims to:
• Provide an opportunity to learn, through supervised experience, how to plan and carry out a project through a systematic and creative approach;
• Encourage innovation and originality in approach to investigating a problem in an area that may be unfamiliar to the student;
• Provide opportunity for in depth study of some specialised area of suitable scale and complexity relevant to their course of study;
• Raise awareness in potential business development opportunities in connection to the project work undertaken and of any ethical, legal and professional issues;
• Develop reporting skills as well as the ability to communicate results, conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialists and non-specialist’s audiences, clearly and unambiguously;
• Encourages reflection upon the relationship of design decisions to the appropriateness of the finished task;
• Enhance professional and personal development.
The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 1 (Level 5) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.
This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.
The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.
For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.
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 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.
The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
• gain a useful experience of the working environment and the career opportunities available on graduation.
• undertake a work-based project appropriate to their academic level.
• enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their academic skills and abilities by tackling real life problems in the workplace.
• enhance professional and personal development.
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.
CC6052 Management Support Systems 15 weeks: 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
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.
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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