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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

Module Title Module Code


Visual Programming CC4001
Introduction to Information Systems CC4057
Fundamentals of Computing CS4051
Logic and Problem solving MA4001
Computer Hardware and Software CT4005
Databases and Web-based Information Systems CC5002
Project Planning and Systems Development CC5006
Risk, Crisis and Security Management CC5052
Data Science for Business CC5053
An Introduction to Networks and Operating Systems CS5051
Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law CS5052
Advanced Database Systems Development CC6001
Ecommerce and Ebusiness CC6002
Project CS6P05
Work Related Learning II FC6W51
Creating a Winning Business MN6W50

Learning Outcomes 1 - 8

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.
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

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) Business Information Technology.
The project must be passed without compensation.

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.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

The BSc Business Information Technology prepares students for a range of opportunities upon graduation. Recent graduates have entered consultancy, systems analysis, application support, etc. (e.g. Logica, JP Morgan Chase, Universal Pictures), teacher training and postgraduate studies (MSc Information Technology, MSc Data Mining).

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 or above (or equivalent)

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.

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
CC4057 Introduction to Information Systems Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
CS4051 Fundamentals of Computing Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
CT4005 Computer Hardware and Software Architectures Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM    
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
MA4001 Logic and Problem Solving Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC4001 Visual Programming Core 30        
CC4057 Introduction to Information Systems Core 15        
CS4051 Fundamentals of Computing Core 15        
CT4005 Computer Hardware and Software Architectures Core 30        
MA4001 Logic and Problem Solving Core 30        

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 TUE 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 TUE AM
CS6P05 Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
FC6W51 Work Related Learning II Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH AUT WED PM
MN6W50 Creating a Winning Business 2 Alt Core 15 CITY SPR WED PM
          CITY 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