Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)

Overview

On this BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree course, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), you’ll gain the problem-solving, managerial and technical skills you need to get to the heart of issues, as an information systems professional.

You’ll learn how to communicate and investigate complex problems and develop solutions which combine business ideas and technology, in any type of business, large or small. You'll develop a combination of skills that give you a unique overview of organisations and the ability to work well with others and share ideas at all levels.

The course opens doors to a career in fields such as business analysis, systems analysis and design, system management, security management, project management, knowledge management and business consultancy. You can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) after you graduate.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Learn the problem-solving, sociotechnical and managerial skills you need to be a professional information systems analyst or designer 
  • Explore the tools and technologies that help modern businesses work smarter, in areas such as business intelligence, security and AI
  • Get practical experience helping businesses improve their effectiveness, through a second year industrial project
  • Develop an enquiring mind ready to engage with emerging technologies and real world business problems, readying you for work in the era of Industry 5.0.
  • Benefit from industry contact throughout the course, with real world examples, professional guest speakers and industry visits to well-known companies like IBM, SAP and Amazon
  • Have the option to take a placement year in the industry or study abroad for a year

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you’ll develop and practise the skills you’ll use in your career throughout the course.

As well as this, our Careers and Employability service and placements team work closely with local, national and international businesses. We can help you identify and prepare for placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules you will study in this year include:

  • Basics of the Business Environment
  • Business Systems Analysis and Design
  • Computing in Context
  • Data Analytics and Visualisation
  • Database Systems Development
  • Introduction to Computer Essentials

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Information Systems Security
  • Business Research
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Database Principles
  • Information Systems and Project Management

Optional modules from this year currently include:

  • Business and Employment Law
  • Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
  • Institution-wide Language Program
  • Social Computing for Business
  • Web Programming

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules you will study in this year include:

  • Advanced Systems Analysis
  • Final Year Study Project or Individual Project (Engineering)
  • Information Systems Management

Optional modules from this year currently include:

  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Data Enterprise and Innovation 1
  • Data Enterprise and Innovation 2
  • Security Management
  • Educational Computing
  • Professional and Academic Resaearch Development
  • Project Management
  • Security Management

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • laboratory and project work
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • essays
  • written exams
  • projects
  • presentations
  • review articles

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 82% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 13% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 77% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

With your versatile BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree, you could go on to work in various fields and roles including:

  • IT management
  • business intelligence
  • business analysis
  • project management
  • business continuity analysis
  • information systems security
  • risk management
  • IT consultancy
  • systems design

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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