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Business Information Systems BSc/MComp

Learn how information systems can impact on the success of organisations around the world.
Code
BSc: G522
MComp: G50M
Start
October 2019
EU/International induction: September 2019
Duration
BSc: 3 years full-time
4 years with placement
MComp: 4 years full-time
5 years with placement
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
George Dafoulas

This course is now available in Clearing.
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Why study business information systems with us

Our information systems degree gives you the skills, experience and expertise you need to succeed in the computer-based sector – and beyond.

You’ll get to grips with the specialist equipment, systems and technologies that will give you the experience, expertise and confidence to apply your skills. Our degree will prepare you for career paths that range from organisational management and systems architects to chief information officers and enterprise architects.

This is an interdisciplinary course meaning the content's structured in ways that map explicitly to modern technology, including systems design, application development, client-side programming, and much more.

Build your information systems skills

You’ll have the opportunity to take a year-long, paid work experience placement as part of a four-year study path. We’ll also give you industry professionals and work experience opportunities to help you further develop your professional skills and network. In the past, our students have taken part in Sky's hackathon which tested their knowledge and team-working skills.

We’re in the process of gaining BCS (British Computer Society) accreditation for our computer science degrees, which means you’ll be able to gain BCS membership once it’s awarded.

Get the support you need to succeed

We’ll give you the help you need to write your CV, develop your job entry plan and make the relevant industry contacts that will let you pursue your career ambitions.

When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject.

We’re ranked 176–200 in the world for computer science (THE World University Ranking 2019).


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What will you study on the BSc/MComp Business Information Systems degree at Middlesex University?

The content is structured in ways that map explicitly on to modern technology, and includes systems design; application development in a modern industrial strength programming language; network design and management; and web-application development including both server and client side programming.

You will have the opportunity to put what you've learned to practical use and make valuable industry contacts should you decide to complete a work experience placement in your second year.

What will you gain?

Core modules such as Business Information Systems in Practice, Database Design, and Decision Support Systems are thoroughly covered in this course. You will develop a foundational understanding of how information systems occur in organisations and learn how organisational and information systems design relate to a wide range of businesses.

BSc modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations of Informatics (90 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the ability to have a sensible discussion about all topics in the context of real-world domain-specific information systems and demonstrate some foundational skills in these (tailored to their specialism).

    • Information in Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to prepare you in being able to differentiate between data, information and knowledge in an organisation, investigating efficient ways of storing, preserving, searching, retrieving and displaying information in an organisation. Through this module you will visualise and conceptualise information in organisations through knowledge of modelling techniques and will learn to design and implement a database system, and to utilise a mark-up language, to reflect the information in an organisation. The module will provide you with the ability to query and manipulate data that is stored in relational database using Structured Query Language (SQL).

  • Year 2

    • Data Analysis for Enterprise Modelling (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the process of analysing data and making business decisions based on this analysis. To this end, the module covers a range of technologies for retrieving, organising, visualising and analysing data, as well as running statistical simulations, with the purpose of making a business decision. Special consideration will be given to the analysis of data in the wide context of entire organisations.

    • Database Systems: Design and Implementation (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on deepening your understanding of database design and implementation, and the efficient use of facilities provided by a modern Database Management System. The module emphasises the design of business systems using aspects of conceptual data modelling (Entity Relationship Models), relational database modelling and normalisation.  Both theoretical and practical topics relating to database modelling and implementation are covered, including SQLPlus to implement and query data in a relational database system along with technologies and tools for rendering databases for back-end and front-end data processing purposes. This will enable you to construct dynamic web-based data queries, which access back-end databases.  The module will also develop the practical skills, knowledge and experience of key techniques within the database design industry.

    • Information Systems Analysis and Design (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a firm grounding in business systems analysis and design using the Unified Modelling Language (UML) to model information systems, and the Unified Process (a disciplined approach to assigning and managing tasks and responsibilities in a development environment). On satisfactory completion of the module, you will have an understanding of information systems modelling and associated development life cycle issues, and the skills to apply these techniques to real-life scenarios.

    • Project Planning and Research for Information Systems Professionals (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to prepare you for your final year project, by providing a foundation of planning skills, research methods, and data collection and analysis tools. You will learn how to apply these various skills and techniques to the different phases of the research project life cycle. In particular, you will learn how to formulate research questions focused on current topics or issues appropriate to their field of study in information systems. You will also learn how to write a research proposal, conduct a literature review, and how use different data collection and analysis techniques to investigate different research questions.

  • Placement Year (Optional)

    • Placement year (120 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with a twelve-month (36-48 week) relevant work placement opportunity to reflect critically on your experience of learning through practical work. It also aims to enhance students’ intellectual and inter-personal skills, augmenting your critical understanding of the practical applications.

  • Year 3

    • UG Individual Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects your interests and aims and outcomes of your programme. It should constitute a practical problem-solving project relevant to your programme of study. The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen your understanding of material taught on your programme, to exercise professional judgement, to undertake individual research and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of your programme. It provides you with the opportunity of engaging in significant system development, the typical output of which represents the solution of a problem akin to those that you as a fledgling professional practitioner are likely to encounter in future employment. The module intends that your choice of individual project will provide you with a significant opportunity to reflect on your learning progress and to develop your learning for life-long and career development.

    • Business Intelligence (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the techniques and approaches used to capture, store and analyse data generated by organisations for purposes of business intelligence. In a digital age it is important for businesses to make use of data captured about its entities.  You will learn about information retrieval, data presentation, pattern recognition techniques and data models that can be used in business intelligence applications.  Descriptive data models can be used to gain a better understanding of overall organisation and predictive data models inform the decision making in all aspects of the business.

    • Innovation and Technology Management (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with knowledge of the role, control and management of innovation in information systems. The module will provide you with the ability to evaluate, consider and create recommendations or action plans with respect to:

      1. The societal drivers for innovation.
      2. The legal and standardisation drivers and controls of innovation.
      3. The use of management techniques to support innovation.

      The module will consider these issues with respect to real life case studies and the role and knowledge processing of futurologists.

    • Strategic Information Systems (Enterprise Project) Management (30) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable you to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes. You will  acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models).

    • User Experience (UX) Design (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to further understand the underpinning concepts and practical techniques relevant when considering humans, both in the organisation of design and design processes, and as a way of incorporating a user perspective in the design of products and services. The module also includes analysis of user experience, the characteristics of users and their tasks, and the technical, organisational and physical environment in which products or systems may operate.

    • Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School (30 Credits) - Optional

      The module will focus on the teaching of computer science within the secondary school (age 11-16) setting. You will observe, analyse and prepare materials for teaching practice. You will start to apply your knowledge of computing to teaching practice. You will develop an understanding of the Teachers’ standards, thus supporting your preparation for application of initial teacher training courses. You will complete reading on education pedagogy to critically analyse practice. The module will also support your development of public speaking.

MComp modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations of Informatics (90 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the ability to have a sensible discussion about all topics in the context of real-world domain-specific information systems and demonstrate some foundational skills in these (tailored to their specialism).

    • Information in Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to prepare you in being able to differentiate between data, information and knowledge in an organisation, investigating efficient ways of storing, preserving, searching, retrieving and displaying information in an organisation. Through this module you will visualise and conceptualise information in organisations through knowledge of modelling techniques and will learn to design and implement a database system, and to utilise a mark-up language, to reflect the information in an organisation. The module will provide you with the ability to query and manipulate data that is stored in relational database using Structured Query Language (SQL).

  • Year 2

    • Data Analysis for Enterprise Modelling (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the process of analysing data and making business decisions based on this analysis. To this end, the module covers a range of technologies for retrieving, organising, visualising and analysing data, as well as running statistical simulations, with the purpose of making a business decision. Special consideration will be given to the analysis of data in the wide context of entire organisations.

    • Database Systems: Design and Implementation (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on deepening your understanding of database design and implementation, and the efficient use of facilities provided by a modern Database Management System. The module emphasises the design of business systems using aspects of conceptual data modelling (Entity Relationship Models), relational database modelling and normalisation.  Both theoretical and practical topics relating to database modelling and implementation are covered, including SQLPlus to implement and query data in a relational database system along with technologies and tools for rendering databases for back-end and front-end data processing purposes. This will enable you to construct dynamic web-based data queries, which access back-end databases.  The module will also develop the practical skills, knowledge and experience of key techniques within the database design industry.

    • Information Systems Analysis and Design (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a firm grounding in business systems analysis and design using the Unified Modelling Language (UML) to model information systems, and the Unified Process (a disciplined approach to assigning and managing tasks and responsibilities in a development environment). On satisfactory completion of the module, you will have an understanding of information systems modelling and associated development life cycle issues, and the skills to apply these techniques to real-life scenarios.

    • Project Planning and Research for Information Systems Professionals (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to prepare you for your final year project, by providing a foundation of planning skills, research methods, and data collection and analysis tools. You will learn how to apply these various skills and techniques to the different phases of the research project life cycle. In particular, you will learn how to formulate research questions focused on current topics or issues appropriate to their field of study in information systems. You will also learn how to write a research proposal, conduct a literature review, and how use different data collection and analysis techniques to investigate different research questions.

  • Placement Year (Optional)

    • Placement year (120 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with a twelve-month (36-48 week) relevant work placement opportunity to reflect critically on your experience of learning through practical work. It also aims to enhance students’ intellectual and inter-personal skills, augmenting your critical understanding of the practical applications.

  • Year 3

    • UG Individual Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects your interests and aims and outcomes of your programme. It should constitute a practical problem-solving project relevant to your programme of study. The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen your understanding of material taught on your programme, to exercise professional judgement, to undertake individual research and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of your programme. It provides you with the opportunity of engaging in significant system development, the typical output of which represents the solution of a problem akin to those that you as a fledgling professional practitioner are likely to encounter in future employment. The module intends that your choice of individual project will provide you with a significant opportunity to reflect on your learning progress and to develop your learning for life-long and career development.

    • Business Intelligence (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the techniques and approaches used to capture, store and analyse data generated by organisations for purposes of business intelligence. In a digital age it is important for businesses to make use of data captured about its entities.  You will learn about information retrieval, data presentation, pattern recognition techniques and data models that can be used in business intelligence applications.  Descriptive data models can be used to gain a better understanding of overall organisation and predictive data models inform the decision making in all aspects of the business.

    • Innovation and Technology Management (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with knowledge of the role, control and management of innovation in information systems. The module will provide you with the ability to evaluate, consider and create recommendations or action plans with respect to:

      1. The societal drivers for innovation.
      2. The legal and standardisation drivers and controls of innovation.
      3. The use of management techniques to support innovation.

      The module will consider these issues with respect to real life case studies and the role and knowledge processing of futurologists.

    • Strategic Information Systems (Enterprise Project) Management (30) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable you to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes. You will  acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models).

    • User Experience (UX) Design (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to further understand the underpinning concepts and practical techniques relevant when considering humans, both in the organisation of design and design processes, and as a way of incorporating a user perspective in the design of products and services. The module also includes analysis of user experience, the characteristics of users and their tasks, and the technical, organisational and physical environment in which products or systems may operate.

    • Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School (30 Credits) - Optional

      The module will focus on the teaching of computer science within the secondary school (age 11-16) setting. You will observe, analyse and prepare materials for teaching practice. You will start to apply your knowledge of computing to teaching practice. You will develop an understanding of the Teachers’ standards, thus supporting your preparation for application of initial teacher training courses. You will complete reading on education pedagogy to critically analyse practice. The module will also support your development of public speaking.

  • Year 4

    • Information Systems Strategy and Management (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      The business strategy of an organisation should be supported by a well-defined system architecture where Information Systems (IS) strategy is aligned to business strategy. In order to achieve this, developing IS infrastructure should be part of an organisation’s strategic planning. This module will explore major concepts, methods and technologies needed to develop business strategies for an organisation focusing on the Internet as the medium. Most organisations today are involved with internet-based communications to achieve competitive advantages. This module will also cover the fundamentals of managing an enterprise, which heavily depends on the internet and technologies to make their organisations more efficient to gain competitive advantages. The aim of this module is to give you the knowledge how to use and manage information systems to bring value to an organisation. Special focus is given to new technologies and strategies used in new business models.

    • Data Management for Decision Support (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module covers the concepts and theories of managing large data, such as, Data warehouse, Data mining. It also explores technologies and algorithms for handling a large amount of data, such as, data modelling, data projection and data transformation to discover knowledge from large data sets. This module is designed to apply the theories of decision-making and data analytics using some of the most widely used contemporary methods enabling modern decision support systems. In particular, the module applies theories and practices of enterprise decision making, for example, statistical modelling, forecasting and trend analysis to tackle the challenges of uncertainty.

    • MComp Group Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to contextualise, exemplify and consolidate your analytical and technical knowledge and skills in relevant programme areas through group project work. It will provide you with  the opportunity of developing their competence in team-oriented project work through a holistic product development process and formal project management approach. It specifically aims to develop your abilities in problem solving, team working, written and oral presentations.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BSc/MComp Business Information Systems support your career?

Our BSc/MComp Honours Business Information Systems degree prepares you for a wide range of varied careers. As a graduate you will have excellent career prospects and the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is also the potential to work as a self employed director of your own business. Your future career might include a systems analyst, developer of information systems, system tester, designer of interactive systems and database administrator, information system architect, database designer and information technologist.

Our careers service offers you a range of support both while you're studying with us – and after you've graduated.

Graduate employment prospects

Based on data from the respondents of the 2009-10 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey, six months after graduating:

  • 72% of BIS graduates were in employment or further study
  • 28% were doing something else, such as travelling, or assumed unemployed.

Middlesex graduates from this group have been successful at gaining employment in the following roles: IT Engineer, Technical Engineer, Software Developer, Software Engineer, IS Developer, Application Developer, Database Administrator, Football Analyst, Systems Analyst.

In the following companies: RS2, Citadel Insurance, VT, KPMG, Ingenyx, CCBill, ANT 1TV, Dreamwork Healthcare, NHS, Dragonwind, Bank of Valetta, Malta Environment & Planning, Brighthouse, 5FK, OPTA, Multinational School, Ictek, ITP Publishing, and Leapfrog.

Salary

The average full time salary for graduates from this group was £24,000.

Graduate roles

Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us.

IT Project Manager - An IT Project Manager specialises in information technology but also in sectors unrelated to IT that rely on IT systems. Their role is to manage the development and implementation of plans to meet business needs and the change control procedures to ensure a smooth transition during the implementation period.

Systems Designer - A Systems Designer develops and implements information systems in sectors as diverse as finance, communications and retail. The role can involve working on all elements of the system including hardware, software, installation and maintenance. There are a range of opportunities in this increasingly varied industry.

Systems Developer - Systems Developers test systems, diagnose and fix faults, write diagnostic programs and design and write code for operating systems and software to ensure that they function more efficiently. They may also create systems in response to technical specifications supplied by an IT analyst, often integrating off-the-shelf software packages into existing systems.

IT Systems/Business Analyst - An IT Systems/Business Analyst designs new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. They are responsible for analysing the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to help identify business problems and propose solutions, using the discipline of business analysis. They examine existing business models and the flows of data in the business, and then design an appropriate improved IT solution.

Information Systems Manager - An Information Systems Manager installs computer systems, ensures that back up systems operate effectively, buys hardware and software, provides the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation, and contributes to organisational policy with regard to quality standards and strategic planning.

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