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Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Business Analytics) (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc

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Start
September 2019
October 2019
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time degree apprenticeship via blended learning
Fees
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Course leader
Dr George Dafoulas

Studying a degree apprenticeship in digital technology will equip you with the relevant skills required in one of the most promising career sectors and allow you to be recognised as being fully competent to carry out the role of Digital and Technology Solutions Professional. You will have the opportunity to combine the experience and knowledge gained at the workplace with the academic rigor and skills developed when studying at university.

Why study BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Business Analytics) at Middlesex University?

A Digital and Technology Solutions Professional provides technology-enabled solutions to customers in areas such as software, business and systems analysis, cyber security, data analysis and network infrastructure. They implement technology solutions that enable businesses to develop new products and services and to increase an organisations productivity using digital technologies.

A business analyst is responsible for assessing the business impact of change, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery of requirements with relevant stakeholders. They create detailed analysis of systems and make recommendations for improvement. They produce specifications of user requirements that enable software engineers to develop the right software solutions. They require a broad foundation of skills and knowledge to be able to be effective as their work incorporates all aspects of digital technology systems.

This degree apprenticeship has been specifically designed to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the nationally approved Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship Standard. While as a degree apprentice you are an employee earning a wage (at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage) usually working at least 30 hours per week, you are also a full student of Middlesex University with the same access and entitlements to services and support as you undertake your degree.

You will also have the opportunity to gain professional status and upon successful completion of your degree apprenticeship you will have gained:

  • BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Business Analytics)
  • Apprenticeship Certificate demonstrating that you have met the national Apprenticeship Standard for full occupational competence as a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional.

Course highlights

  • Your professional development will take place as part of your integration to the workplace and under continuous guidance from a Workplace Tutor
  • Your daily interaction with your work colleagues will help you to appreciate work ethics, develop a professional conduct and apply expected standard practices for your sector
  • You will develop transferable skills such as working in teams, communicate with peers, manage tasks, solve problems and reach decisions.

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Why study BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Business Analytics) at Middlesex University?

In your first year, you will gain a foundation level understanding of how digital technologies impact professional practice in a range of sectors. The modules will provide you with the key skills required for successful work-based study in higher education and basic concepts in the area of employment or subject area of study. You will be enabled to develop a personal and professional learning plan and to reflect on your achievements throughout the programme as the basis for establishing continuing professional development (CPD) as an integrated aspect of your professional practice. You will put into practice some of the principles and concepts that underpin the specialism of your programme.

In your second year you will engage in developing a professional portfolio. The four project modules will focus on the principal areas of your specialism.

In the final year, you will focus on your critical and reflective skills. The modules are designed to develop your practitioner skills in research and enquiry methodologies in order to design a work-based project / enquiry / work-based activity that has the potential to improve your own and others’ practice.

What skills will you gain?

The course aims to provide you with an understanding of the advantages of aligning information systems with different organisational and business goals, and with various strategic and operational activities. You will learn how to use a range of technical skills and methods, both for managing data, and for developing information systems, in response to different business problems and to different needs. You will be encouraged to instil an ethos of independent learning and continuous professional development and as such will be equipped with the professional and personal skills that will enable you to pursue a successful future career in this field.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Professional Portfolio 1 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to personal and professional learning planning and support the development of strategies to enable you to reflect on your achievements throughout the programme as the basis for establishing continuing professional development (CPD) as an integrated aspect of your professional practice. The module will enable you to integrate ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’ learning to support the development of the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the Degree Apprenticeships. It will also provide the vehicle for the collection of evidence to support professional competency achievement.

    • Learning and Studying at Work (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the key skills required for successful engagement in work-based study in higher education and to introduce basic concepts that underpin professional practice in your area of employment.

    • Digital Technology Fundamentals (80 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aligns the theoretical underpinnings of Business Information Systems to the practical elements of the systems development life-cycle. You will be exposed to the multi-disciplinary nature of business information systems by creating an awareness and understanding of the various issues relating to the development and deployment of those systems. You will actively participate in the various stages of the systems development life-cycle and engage in activities associated with the various professional roles in business information systems in an organisational context. You will be equipped with an understanding of how modern organisations and businesses function in a global environment. The module provides an understanding of the different types of information systems that underpin the global business environment, and their respective capabilities and functions. You will begin to appreciate the value of aligning these information systems with business needs at strategic and operational levels. Through practical tasks and assignments, you will also gain an understanding of data and process modelling, and system development methodologies. You will have the skills to develop and manage information systems effectively, in order to support business processes, improve management decision-making and gain competitive advantage.

  • Year 2

    • Professional Portfolio 2 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to personal and professional learning planning and support the development of strategies to enable you to reflect on your achievements throughout the programme as the basis for establishing continuing professional development (CPD) as an integrated aspect of your professional practice. You will enabled to integrate ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’ learning to support the development of the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the Degree Apprenticeships. It will also provide the vehicle for the collection of evidence to support professional competency achievement.

    • Specialist Digital Technology Project 1 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on database design and implementation, and the efficient use of facilities provided by a modern Database Management System. While the module emphasises the design of business systems using the relational model, other conceptual models, including object-oriented and object-relational, are also introduced. Both theoretical and practical topics relating to database modelling and use are covered, including 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.

    • Specialist Digital Technology Project 2 (20 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). Upon successful 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.

    • Specialist Digital Technology Project 3 (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the decision-making process in business contexts, and an appreciation of how Decision Support Systems (DSS) may help in solving business problems. The module covers a range of technologies used in DSS and how these can be applied to solve semi-structured problems. You will be able to develop skills in building basic tools that can be used in a DSS.

    • Specialist Digital Technology Project 4 (40 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides the necessary foundation for conducting an information systems project by developing a range of research skills. You will learn how, and when, to use quantitative and qualitative techniques to investigate different research questions. You will practice and apply these techniques by producing research questions, conducting literature reviews, data collection, analysis and interpretation, including the use of specialist computer packages. You will be expected to present the results in a report. You will be given the opportunity to appreciate the importance of ethical, legal, organisational and environmental issues while conducting business research. In addition, you will practice how to apply skills needed to work successfully as a member of a project team.

  • Year 3

    • Professional Portfolio 3 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to personal and professional learning planning and support the development of strategies to enable you to reflect on your achievements throughout the programme as the basis for establishing continuing professional development (CPD) as an integrated aspect of your professional practice. The module will enable you to integrate ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’ learning to support the development of the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the Degree Apprenticeships. It will also provide the vehicle for the collection of evidence to support professional competency achievement.

    • Professional Practitioner Enquiry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to develop your practitioner skills in research and enquiry methodologies in order to design a work-based project / enquiry / work-based activity that has the potential to improve your own and others’ practice. It will explore approaches to practitioner enquiry methods appropriate for your area of work / practice and enable reflection upon your position as a practitioner researcher and the potential ethical implications that could arise during the project / enquiry / activity.

    • Final Major Specialist Digital Technology Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will consolidate and deepen your knowledge and skills gained from other parts of the course. It will also provide a tangible demonstration of your scholarship and ability work in a sustained, systematic and professional manner. This project could be a Business Analysis study to analyse and model a problem-specific domain and to develop a solution approach based upon the analysis. It will include significant project planning including estimations of both time and cost to proposed solutions, include technical and commercial aspects of the proposed solution. The project will focus on providing evidence that you can apply structured processes for identifying, defining and analysing unstructured business problems, their root cause and impact. You must be able to demonstrate:

      • The application of the core and specialism knowledge and skills to meet the outcomes in the standard
      • The approach to planning and completion of the project
      • The application of behaviours from the standard.

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.

How is the BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Business Analytics) taught?

You will gain from experience in working with others while tackling realistic scenarios and case studies. Your learning will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning, podcasts) which will allow for flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. Your tutors will use existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities and will be able to provide any support you may need whilst learning online. You will be given the opportunity to use state of the art tools and techniques, and become aware of their role in business information systems. Your work will also involve the integration of social networks in information systems deployment in modern organisations.

Teaching and learning practices include lectures, seminars, labs and workshops, tutorials, and self study. You will also be taught using other methods such as:

  • Group discussions
  • Research studies
  • Case studies
  • Online demonstrations
  • Off-campus visits and field trips

Degree apprenticeships at Middlesex integrate work and learning, and this course has been designed to recognise that at least 80% of your learning will be derived from your work. The work activities that you undertake on a day-to-day basis as an apprentice will provide an invaluable source of knowledge, information and learning that you can draw on to help you meet the requirements of your degree apprenticeship programme. This will be supported by the allocation of a Workplace Mentor by your employer. Your Workplace Mentor will discuss the on-going development of your knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values in regular one-to-one meetings and comment on your entries in your online Learning Journal as evidence of your developing professional competence. Your Learning Journal will provide a focus for three-way (apprentice-mentor-tutor) discussions to help you develop as a reflective professional practitioner.

It is important to note that the primary source of learning for the programme will be at your workplace, which means that your learning experience will depend on the provisions and support provided by the organisation you will be working for. Your learning experience will be personalised to best fit the needs of your role and the conditions you have at the workplace. The core areas of the subject area will be covered in a way to align the learning process and knowledge acquired at your workplace.

Assessment

The learning, teaching and assessments will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning and to co-operate with other students. You will be given prompt feedback on your learning as well as opportunities to reflect upon and learn from that feedback. Your active participation will be required in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively in groups. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom. You will be given the opportunity to participate in activities towards subject specific objectives. As part of a team you will be required to demonstrate the ability to work with others, engage in time management, problem solving and decision-making.

End-point Assessment

All apprenticeships in England are required to include an End-point Assessment (EPA) to test that apprentices have demonstrated all the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for full occupational competence as specified in the nationally approved Apprenticeship Standard. For degree apprenticeships, the EPA can either be integrated within the degree or separate to the degree programme.

The specific requirements for EPA for BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology apprenticeship is detailed in the nationally approved End-point Assessment Plan and this can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

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  2. International

How can the BSc Professional Practice in Digital Technology (Business Analytics) support your career?

Digital and Technology Solutions Professionals provide technology-enabled solutions to internal and/or external customers, in a range of areas including software, business and systems analysis, cyber security, data analysis and network infrastructure.

Typical job titles include:

  • Application Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Specialist
  • Digital Media Technology Practitioner
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Project Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Designer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Tester

Dr George Dafoulas
Programme leader

Aboubaker Lasebae
Director of Programmes

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