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This module aims to provide students 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).
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the process ofanalysing data and making business decisions based on this analysis. To this end, the module covers a range of technologies for retrieving, organising, visualising andanalysing data, as well as running statistical simulations, with the purpose of making abusiness decision. Special consideration will be given to the analysis of data in thewide context of entire organisations.
This module focuses on deepening students’ 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 SQLPlusto implement andquerydata in a relational database systemalong with technologies and tools for rendering databases for backend and frontend data processing purposes. This will enable you to construct dynamic web-based data queries, whichaccess back-end databases. The module will also develop the practical skills, knowledge and experience of key techniques within the database design industry.
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 lifecycle issues, and the skills to apply these techniques to real-life scenarios.
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 focussed 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.
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.
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.
This module aims to develop an 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 organisationand predictive data models inform the decision making in all aspects of the business.
This module provides the student with knowledge of the role, control and management of innovation in information systems. The module will provide students with the ability to evaluate, consider and create recommendations or action plans with respect to:
The module will consider these issues with respect to real life case studies and the role and knowledge processing of futurologists.
Students of this module will gain understanding of 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.
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.
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.
Our BSc 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.
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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.
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.
Start: October 2019, EU/International induction: September 2019
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement
Start: October 2019, EU/International induction: September 2019
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement, Usually 5 years part-time