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Information Technology and Business Information Systems (Top-up) BSc Honours

Study a combination of two subject areas to get the skills needed for a multidisciplinary career in the IT field.

Information Technology and Business Information Systems (Top-up) BSc Honours

Code
G50N
Start
September 2020
January 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,700 (INT) *
Course leader
Andrei Popescu

Top-up your knowledge to launch your career

This one-year course is ideal for students looking to develop knowledge in information technology and the application of IT in business. The course is a final year top-up programme to help you gain the skills to pursue a career in the field.

You’ll graduate with a range of different skills employers want. This will include business-oriented knowledge and awareness, communication, technical computing, project management, and many more. A number of career pathways will be available to you – systems designer or developer, IT project manager, and computer support. You can look forward to joining big-name organisations like KPMG, the NHS, and Citadel Insurance, to name just a few.

How you’ll practice your skills

One of the ways you’ll apply all the learned skills is by undertaking an individual project. You’ll work with a supervisor who has specialist knowledge of their field to choose and pursue a theme that suits your interests and career goals. It’ll give you the chance to problem-solve, just like you would in a place of work.

The demand for IT specialists is rising, so a top-up business information systems course could be exactly what you need to succeed in your chosen career.

Get the support you need

We ensure every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.


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What will you study on the BSc Information Technology and Business Information Systems (Top-up)?

The final year is comprised of four compulsory modules. You will be able to analyse and communicate users' perceptions and responses resulting from the anticipated use of an IT product or system. You will understand the technical, organisational and physical environment in which IT products or systems may operate. Finally, you will have the opportunity to undertake an individual project with a supervisor who has specialist knowledge of their field.

What will you gain?

You will gain an awareness of the social, professional, legal and ethical issues involved in designing, managing and using information technologies. You will also gain an understanding of the advantages of strategically aligning information systems with different organisational and business goals and operational activities.

  • Core modules

    • Strategic Information Systems (Enterprise Project) (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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).

    • 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.

    • User Experience (UX) Design (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Through this module you 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.

    • Business Intelligence (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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 organisation and predictive data models inform the decision making in all aspects of the business.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.

  1. Teaching and learning
  2. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BSc Information Technology and Business Information Systems (Top-up) support your career?

Our 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. This programme will appeal to students considering careers as IT consultants, application developers, Internet and web designers, or in computer support.

  • 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 AnalystAn 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.

Graduates can progress into careers in organisations such as:

  • 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
  • Leapfrog

Other courses

Information Technology BSc/MComp

Start: October 2020

Duration: BSc: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement, MComp: 4 years full-time, 5 years with placement

Code: BSc: G561, MComp: I20M

Business Information Systems BSc/MComp

Start: October 2020, September 2020: EU/INT induction

Duration: BSc: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement, MComp: 4 years full-time, 5 years with placement

Code: BSc: G522, MComp: G50M

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