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UDBSINTC - BSc Business Information Technology

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University, British Institute of Technology, England (BITE)
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Computer Science and Applied Computing
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader Stephen Breen

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

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 the university'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 e-books and e-journals).

Course 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 this 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 systems
  • 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

Course learning outcomes

LO 1: To demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of the main body of knowledge in computing

LO 2: 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

LO 3: To able to select and applying appropriate problem-solving strategies in the context of information systems and information technology

LO 4: To be able to identify, specify, analyse and evaluate business problems within an information systems and information technology environment

LO 5: To understand the structure and functioning of contemporary computer systems, including software and hardware

LO 6: 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

LO 7: 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

LO 8: To work effectively as an individual or as part of a team and develop the skills associated with problem solving, relationship management, communication and time management in the context of a work-related learning experience

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of the main body of
knowledge in computing:

MA4001 Logic and Problem Solving:

LO1 Create algorithmic methods of real-world problems, and to develop and present the
solutions.

CC4001 Visual Programming:

LO 1Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental programming concepts, language features, key user interface design principles and issues relating to the software development process.

LO 2 Specify, analyse and evaluate simple business programming problems.

LO 3 Design, implement, test and document simple business applications using appropriate constructs and programming language features.

CT4005 Computer Hardware and Software
Architectures:

LO1. Understand how the modern PC systems work, and the interrelation between hardware and software;

LO2. Explain the basic structure of modern PC hardware;

LO3. Identify the role and importance of operating systems;

CC4002 Information Systems

LO2: explain the role of information processing within businesses, and the relationship between business strategy and ICT provision;

LO3: explain, and apply as part of a team, the processes involved in information systems development;

LO4: apply a limited range of Information Systems modelling techniques;

LO5: explain the basic principles underlying database management systems and develop a simple database application;

LO6: explain a limited range of internet technologies and develop a simple website;

LO 2 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

CC4002: Information Systems:

LO1: describe the main legal frameworks for business organisations, typical internal structures together with their rationale in terms of business aims;

LO7: demonstrate an awareness of key legal requirements related to information systems and relevant professional and ethical issues and standards

CS5052: Professional Issues, Ethics and
Computer Law:

LO1 Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of Legal, social, ethical and professional issues underpinning the IT discipline.

LO2 Appreciate and explain current regulations governing the IT discipline.

CC6002: Ecommerce and Ebusiness

LO 6 Appreciation of legal, ethical, social and global issues in the context of ecommerce and ebusiness.

FC6P01: Project:

LO 7 Formally and correctly report on the progress and outcomes of the process;

LO4 Apply project management techniques to ensure that the project is completed in a timely manner, meeting the requirements of the appropriate professional body or industry standards;

LO 3 To able to select and applying appropriate problem-solving strategies in the context of information systems and information technology

MA4001 Logic and Problem Solving:

LO2 Understand the meaning of mathematical definitions of sets/propositions and perform set/logic operations.

CC5001 Project Planning and Project
Management:

LO 2 Make a realistic plan, with timings and costings, for a project

LO 2 Monitor the progress of a project plan, and be able to recommend corrective actions if necessary

LO 3 Identify and evaluate risks associated with a project plan, identify and evaluate suitable containment actions and contingency plans, monitor risk

LO 4 Select an appropriate deployment approach for installation of a new system based of the characteristics of the target organisation

CC6002: Ecommerce and Ebusiness:

LO 5 Critically evaluate and reflect on the problem-solving process.

CC6001: Advanced Database Systems Development:

LO 2 Gain a considerable exposure to the practical issues, as well as their theoretical
underpinning, pertinent to the development of modern database applications, including
database development environment and tools (e.g Oracle SQL developer, Oracle.NET
developer).

LO 5 Design and develop substantial ‘real life’ database applications for a given business scenario, with a professional approach to the system documentation.

FC6P01: Project:

LO 1Carry out independent research and investigative work;

LO 2 Apply knowledge, skills and abilities to the solution of a previously unfamiliar real-life problem;

LO 3 Apply a structured design process to the development of the solution;

LO 5 Select from a range of alternatives the optimal solution to a problem and to justify that selection, giving due consideration to risk management and security issues;

LO 6 Carry that solution through to final implementation;

LO 4 to be able to identify, specify, analyse and evaluate business problems within an information systems and information technology environment

CC4002: Information Systems:

LO2: explain the role of information processing within businesses, and the relationship between business strategy and ICT provision;

CC4001 Visual Programming:

LO 2 Specify, analyse and evaluate simple business programming problems.

LO 3 Design, implement, test and document simple business applications using appropriate constructs and programming language features.

CC5001 Project Planning and Project
Management:

LO 1 Use key project management tools and techniques, e.g. Gantt chart, network diagrams, critical path analysis, cost-benefit analysis, earned value, work breakdown structure, risk analysis and management

LO 2 Make a realistic plan, with timings and costings, for a project

LO 3 Monitor the progress of a project plan, and be able to recommend corrective actions if necessary

CC5003: Systems Analysis, Design and Usability:

LO 1 describe and compare a number of system development methods, and make an appropriate selection for a given context;

LO 2 apply a range of systems analysis techniques (including requirements elicitation,
modelling, analysis), to practical case studies;

LO 3 produce outline system designs (including Human Computer Interaction (HCI), database, software architecture, human activities);

CC5002: Databases and Web-based Information Systems:

LO 6 appreciate business related issues in the context of database and web-based information systems.

CC6001: Advanced Database Systems Development:

LO 5 Design and develop substantial ‘real life’ database applications for a given business scenario, with a professional approach to the system documentation.

CC6002: Ecommerce and Ebusiness:

LO 2 Appreciation of the e-business opportunities in a variety of application contexts

LO 3 Develop effective e-business strategies for the delivery of products and services.

FC6P01: Project:

LO 1 Carry out independent research and investigative work;

LO 2 Apply knowledge, skills and abilities to the solution of a previously unfamiliar real-life problem;

LO 3 Apply a structured design process to the development of the solution;

LO 4 Apply project management techniques to ensure that the project is completed in a timely manner;

LO 5 Select from a range of alternatives the optimal solution to a problem and to justify that selection, giving due consideration to risk management and security issues;

LO 6 Carry that solution through to final implementation;

LO 5 to understand the structure and functioning of contemporary computer systems, including software and hardware

CT4005: Computer Hardware and Software Architectures

LO1. Understand how the modern PC systems work, and the interrelation between hardware and software;

LO2. Explain the basic structure of modern PC hardware;

LO3. Identify the role and importance of operating systems;

CS5051: An Introduction to Networks and Operating Systems:

LO 1 demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts of computer networks and distributed systems

LO 2 demonstrate an understanding of organisational features of network systems

LO 3 describe and critically evaluate existing electronic-based services

LO 4 demonstrate an understanding of main processes behind the control of computers, computer systems resources, and interactions.

LO 6 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

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Computing 2016, principally,

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-Computing-16.pdf

Section 6, page 14.

Assessment 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)

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Work placement module is a core at level 6.

Course specific regulations

British Computer Society ( BCS) accreditation is awarded according to the following additional course regulation:

The project must be passed In order for a student to obtain BSc (Hons) Computing.
The project must be passed without compensation.

If attendance falls below 75% on a module, reassessment opportunities will not be available and instead the module will have to be retaken the following year with attendance and payment of fees. Mitigating circumstances cannot be claimed for missed classes; however Module Leaders will take account of absences that are a consequence of recorded disability or otherwise recorded as 'Authorised Absence' when applying the 75% threshold.

Modules required for interim awards

All modules are compulsory except the choice of optional modules at level 6.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

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.

Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance

The university careers service offers guidance to students on a one-to-one basis or in group sessions. SEW (Student Enterprise Workshops) are run during the academic year, giving students the opportunity to gain knowledge from computing and IT industry speakers.

Other external links providing expertise and experience

Students are able to gain work experience through WOW (World of Work) Agency projects.
SEW (Student Enterprise Workshops) are run during the academic year, giving students the opportunity to gain knowledge from computing and IT industry speakers.

Students taking BSc BIT are prepared for the first stage of Oracle Certification

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

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).

Career opportunities

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes I200 (Information Systems): 100%
Route code BSINTC

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC4001 Visual Programming Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
CC4002 Information Systems Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM WED PM
CT4005 Computer Hardware and Software Architectures Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM THU PM
MA4001 Logic and Problem Solving Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC5002 Databases and Web-based Information Systems Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
CC5006 Project Management, Systems Development and Usa... Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
CC5052 Risk, Crisis and Security Management Core 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
CC5053 Data Science for Business Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CS5051 An Introduction to Networks and Operating Systems Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
CS5052 Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC6001 Advanced Database Systems Development Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
CC6002 Ecommerce & Ebusiness Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
FC6P01 Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
          NORTH AUT WED AM
          NORTH SPR WED AM
FC6W51 Work Related Learning II Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH AUT WED PM
CC6051 Ethical Hacking Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CC6052 Management Support Systems Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT