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Description

The BSc Business Information Technology is a three-year full-time honours degree programme (which may also be studied part-time over a longer period) which prepares students for careers in systems analysis, database design or project management. Graduates may also progress to postgraduate study. Students have an integrated pattern of study including systems analysis and usability, database design and development, web-based information systems, ecommerce and ebusiness together with project management to provide a portfolio of up-to-date information technology skills appropriate to the modern business environment.

Programme Aims

This degree is specifically designed for those students who wish to specialise in the design and implementation of modern computer-based applications in a business context. Students work on case studies to hone their skills in systems analysis and database design, and project management, and utilise these skills in a significant design and development exercise in a final year project. The course fosters skill development across a range of tools and development platforms, and encourages students critically to evaluate the role of computer-based systems in business. Emphasis throughout is on what the student learns and can achieve by putting what has been learned into practice.

The aims are:
To provide an education in the development and use of information systems and computer applications that will equip students with intellectual, practical and problem-solving skills
– To provide graduates with transferable skills to enable progression in management or technical areas, with the ability to master new developments and have flexibility in career structure in an era of rapid organisational change and technological innovation
– To equip graduates with the necessary skills to progress to advanced postgraduate courses in related areas of study, and enable them to be effective and independent lifelong learners;
– To provide industry, commerce and research laboratories with the effective and adaptive specialists in business information systems and technology that society demands.

The specific aims of the course are:
To develop students’ knowledge of computer software and hardware system
– To provide students with a sound foundation in the theoretical and practical aspects of business information systems and technology
– To develop students’ awareness, understanding and skills in the design, development and implementation of business information systems
– To build an awareness the professional, legal, ethical and social issues in business information systems and technology.

Modules

– Information Systems
– Visual Programming
– Computer Hardware and Software Architectures
– Logic and Problem Solving
– 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
– Advanced Database Systems Development
– Ecommerce and Ebusiness
– Project
– Digital Crime Investigation

Programme Outcomes

Knowledge & Understanding
– To demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of the main body of knowledge in computing
– To demonstrate an awareness of key legal, social, ethical and professional issues pertinent to information systems and information technology, and their use in the business environment
– To able to select and applying appropriate problem-solving strategies in the context of information systems and information technology
– To be able to identify, specify, analyse and evaluate business problems within an information systems and information technology environment
– To understand the structure and functioning of contemporary computer systems, including software and hardware
– To be able to demonstrate professional skills in a work-related context (including e.g. presentations, report-writing, ability to work as part of a team) and reflect upon personal development
– To be able to understand the needs of end-users, and plan, design, develop and implement an information system solution to meet the requirements of end-users

Teaching & Learning Strategy

A variety of methods are in use, and each is specified in the appropriate module specification and handbook. Methods of assessment include:
– Case study focussed reports
– Research reports
– Presentations
– Software development and testing
– Unseen examinations
– Part-seen examinations (e.g. with seen case study)

The delivery of modules involves face-to-face teaching in lectures, supported by seminars, tutorials and workshops as appropriate to the needs of each module. Teaching and learning materials are made available online through BITE’s VLE (virtual learning environment). In addition, students are encouraged to participate in, and are supported by, module leader blogs, use of video, role playing, visits to external organisations, presentations and workshops presented by external guest speakers. In addition to timetabled use of PC workshops, students are encouraged to make use of PC provision in their personal study time, as well as using the study facilities in the library and learning centre (including ebooks and ejournals).

Students are encouraged to write blogs/log books to illustrate what they have learned each week, and to maintain a personal development portfolio. Formative feedback is provided during the course of the academic year so that students are able to show draft work to lecturers in seminars and workshops in order to refine and enhance their work before final submission.

Criteria for Admission

Candidates should have 220 points at GCE ‘A’ Level (or equivalent). In additional to the university standard entry requirements, applicants are required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent international qualification).

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