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BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

Course Overview

As information technology continues to transform our lives, information systems are becoming increasingly important for organisations in order to remain competitive. To maintain their edge, businesses need to plan, design and implement effective IT systems. The demand for graduates with the skills and understanding to align such systems to support them has never been greater.

This course provides the flexibility to adapt to the changing demands of industry and equips you with the skills needed to sustain a successful career as an IT professional. The core programme focuses on database design, systems analysis and e-business development, as well as the personal and business skills required in all modern IT environments.

This is a course that is respected by employers because it gives you a combination of academic, practical and technical skills that make you ideal for roles such as consultancy, business management and management information systems.

Key information

    Course name

    BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BSc with honours

    Awarding body

    Birmingham City University

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom & Laboratory based

    Duration

    3 or 4 years

    Tuition fees

    £12,000 per year

    Intakes

    September

    Work placement

    Yes

    Course location

    Birmingham

Academic entry requirements

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. GCE A Level/ AS Level with BBC at A Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level or professional career.

Career opportunities

The course prepares you to confidently move towards careers in: business analysis, business application development, database design, IS consultancy, change management and CRM consultancy.

Modules

Year 1

  • IT Professionalism (15 credits)
  • Computer and Networking Fundamentals (30 credits)
  • Web Technologies (15 credits)
  • ICT Programming (15 credits)
  • Business Systems (30 credits)
  • Data Analysis (15 credits)

 

Year 2

  • Research and Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Enterprise Databases: Design and Implementation (30 credits)
  • Network Management (15 credits)
  • Business Intelligence (15 credits)
  • Approaches to System Development (30 credits)
  • Business and Technology Entrepreneurship (15 credits)

 

Placement year
You'll be encouraged to further enhance your career prospects by including an industrial placement in your course. This takes place after the second year of study and extends the course duration to four years.

As well as providing the workplace experience sought by many employers, a placement provides an invaluable opportunity for you to further develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path. 

 

Year 3

  • Individual Project (30 credits)
  • Enterprise eSystems (30 credits)
  • Strategic Information Systems (30 credits)
  • Consultancy and IT Management (30 credits)

 

Assessment methods
A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course including continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, presentations and project work. Assessment breakdown: written exams (19%), coursework (74%), practical exams (7%).

 

Reasons for choosing this course

  • The core programme covers five key themes: professional practice, database design systems, technology and the hardware and software used in modern networked computer systems, information systems and business systems
  • Your academic learning will be complemented with comprehensive case study examples, industry-standard simulation and virtualised technologies, giving you high quality relevant and real-life experience
  • You will also have the chance to complement your academic learning with a high quality industrial placement after your second year, which will really boost your CV
  • Your studies will also see you examine business processes and project management techniques, and help you to develop those essential personal and professional skills that will set you apart from others when you look for work
  • In your final year, you will also complete an extended research project on a subject of your choice
  • Throughout your course you will benefit from BCU’s strong industry links with companies such as SAS, SAP, Xbox, Oracle, Samsung, Intel and NEC – all of which ensure that our courses meet industry demands and future needs
  • The university is home to a Cisco Systems and Microsoft Academy – one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies – and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK – you will be able to take advantage of these resources
  • You will work in advanced software development and computer programming labs and use dedicated facilities for systems analysis, networking, e-commerce and business intelligence – all of which reflect advanced professional practice
  • Your studies will also see you support the application areas of mechatronics, games technology and computer forensics, with its own fully equipped laboratory