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Information Systems (Top-up) (Online Distance Learning) BSc

Gain skills the IT industry's looking for with our top-up degree, tailored for international students wishing to top-up an existing HND or foundation degree.
October 2022
1 year full-time
Course leader
Simon Jones

Top-up your degree from anywhere in the world

The rapidly growing demands of the IT industry mean that graduates equipped with the right skills can look forward to great career prospects. Our course will give you an excellent understanding of information systems alongside the skills required to succeed in design, analysis, development, and management of IT. You’ll be taught through distance learning by experts who also carry out research and industrial collaboration in their specialist areas.

Our information systems degree will provide you with key training in all the latest IT skills and concepts. This includes software development, design for end users, and design for multiple platforms like web and computing. Your existing technical skills will be complemented by new learning, including communication, organisation, teamwork, application, and many more.

Our multidisciplinary programme gives you the chance to top up your currently existing qualifications to a full BSc degree. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue to postgraduate research once you finish the course.

Middlesex University's ranked 176-200 in the world for computer science (THE World University Ranking, 2019).

Learn to apply your new skills

The information systems course includes a range of practical and development exercises to give you confidence in applying what you’ve learnt. You’ll work on projects like learning and data analytics, using data collected as part of the department’s various projects. You’ll get the chance to attend workshops by Information La and learn about data visualisation with Tableau.

Some of the projects you’ll be part of will focus on how individuals with different personalities learn, the visualisation of stress and emotion during presentations and even investigations of educational technologies.

Our industry links mean you’ll be taught the latest industrial practices, maximising the chances of employment once you graduate. The course will prepare you for a range of different roles like systems designer or developer, IT project manager, user experience architect, and many more.

Course highlights

  • You’ll top-up existing qualifications and be taught by experts in their field from anywhere in the world, via online distance learning
  • You’ll develop excellent understanding of information systems along with building skills needed to succeed in design, analysis, development and management, and complementing existing technical skills
  • Includes range of practical and developmental exercises, with work on individual and department projects and workshops
  • You’ll learn the latest industrial practices and maximise employability, or open pathway to postgraduate research programmes

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What will you study on the BSc Information Systems (Top-up) (Online Distance Learning)?

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.

What will you gain?

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.

  • Modules

    • Web, Mobile and Cloud Computing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • IS Planning and Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      You learn techniques for planning and controlling IT projects, managing risk and quality and dealing with various organisational aspects within modern industrial organisations

    • Interaction Design and User Experience (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Information Systems Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt in recent years by enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

How is the BSc Information Systems (Top-up) (Online Distance Learning) taught?

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.

Teaching and learning from 2022

We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year.

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our in-person teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.

Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

Year 1: 8 hours
Year 2: 8 hours
Year 3: 8 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

Year 1: 4 hours
Year 2: 4 hours
Year 3: 4 hours

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.


You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

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How can the BSc Information Systems (Top-up) (Online Distance Learning) support your career?

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.

Systems Designer
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.

Systems Developer
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 Simon Jones
Programme leader

Dr Jones joined Middlesex in 2001, having taught at various universities in the USA. He teaches in the Information Systems area of Computer Science, and has served as programme leader for various courses in the Department. He specialises in computer ethics, and is interested in the social, legal and professional issues involved in designing, implementing and using ICTs.

Dr Mark Springett
Module leader

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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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