This specialist top-up degree is taught via distance learning, and is specifically designed for international student wishing to top up existing qualifications to gain a full BSc degree in this rapidly developing field.
This degree provides you with key training in state-of the-art IT skills and concepts, including software development, design for multiple platforms (including the web and mobile computing) and design for end users. Its design reflects the current industrial practice and relevant skills you will need to graduate readily prepared for a range of career opportunities in information systems design.
This course will help you to develop business and organisational competencies to complement previously-acquired technical skills and will allow for specialisation towards working either in enterprise or corporate contexts within the general Information Systems framework. Our courses are designed and delivered by distinguished and highly experienced experts who also carry out research and industrial collaboration in their specialist areas.
By engaging with e-learning you will be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to working flexibly, communication, utilisation of IT systems and applications, team working and creating shared understandings.
The course teaches decision making and strategic planning skills for effective use of information technology, and the appropriate use of key implementation strategies for computer-based systems consistent with a range of business needs.
It also includes a range practical design and development exercises. These include the design and implementation of prototype solutions and their iterative development combined with practical user research and the deployment of formative evaluation techniques.
Theoretical concepts will be introduced which can be applied to method selection, strategic planning problem-solving in IT domains. This includes learning how key theories from various core disciplines relevant to design and development, and an understanding of how they can be applied.
You will develop competencies for specifying, designing and constructing effective implementation strategies for computer-based systems consistent with a range of business needs. You will also develop the ability to form effective dialogue with various stakeholders (a range of audiences) in electronic as well as written and oral forms for effective dialogue with various stakeholders.
You will be trained in identifying and managing resources necessary for all stages of projects – analysis, planning, estimation, execution and improvement – of individual systems development to ensure technical, financial and quality targets are met.
Your numerate and computational skills will be honed and advanced through practical exercises. The modules also support development of generic computational skills such as processing and representing data, and internet communication
The course will help develop key academic writing skills, notably through report writing and documentation of practical coursework.
The module investigates three modern technological enablers of BIS, including issues of design, accessibility, usability and security. You will learn how to build web, mobile and cloud based applications and will also be made aware of issue of deployment, monitoring, automation and security of Cloud operations and facilities.
You learn techniques for planning and controlling IT projects, managing risk and quality and dealing with various organisational aspects within modern industrial organisations
You learn a development approach for end-user systems that emphasises the use of user-research methods, evolutionary prototyping and formative evaluation. You will also learn key design process activities and tools for successful design.
This module provides an introduction to the key system development methods that are used in industry. You will learn to critically assess the suitability of methods in particular application domains.
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.
The primary delivery mechanism for this programme is the University's virtual learning environment (My Learning on myUniHub). Each module syllabus is divided into topics and a schedule of weekly learning tasks covering those topics broadly in order. The learning tasks comprise a combination of tuition events and learning activities.
The means of assessment for each module in this programme is an individual portfolio of assessed coursework compiled over the lifetime of the module. Each coursework assignment is accompanied by a marking scheme to assist you in structuring and scoping your work.
This course will leave you ideally placed to progress into a wide variety of roles such as:
IT Project Manager
This role will allow you to manage the development and implementation of plans to meet business needs.
In this role, you will developing and implementing information systems in various sector, including hardware, software, installation and maintenance.
User Experience (UX) Architect
The UX architect ensures that system designs serve the needs of end users through user research, prototyping and evaluation.
As a Systems Developer, you will test systems, diagnose and fix faults, write diagnostic programs and design and write code for operating systems and software.
IT Systems/Business Analyst
If you choose this role, you will design new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity, analysing the business needs of your clients and stakeholders to help identify business problems and propose solutions.
Information Systems Manager
In this role, you will be installing computer systems, providing the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation, and contributing to organisational policy and strategic planning.
Dr Springett has 30 years’ experience working in the area of interaction design, both in industry and academia. He is a member of the British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Group.