Whether you have some experience of but no formal qualification in Information Technology, or have a first degree in a subject other than Information Technology, this distinctive programme allows graduates without IT qualifications the chance to enter the business computing profession.
As a graduate from this course you will understand IT from a business perspective, be able to create a systems view of business system development, as well as being able to implement systems.
Normally, the minimum qualification for entry to this programme is a second class degree.
IT Management (20 credits)
Information Technology is fundamental to the activities, processes and components of all organisations. Effective managers must understand their current information technologies and its effect on markets, products, services and processes.
The aim of this unit is to explore the issues and options associated with managing information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) today.
Database Design and Development (20 credits)
Giving you a practical grounding in database technology, you will design, implement, test and use a relational database in our computer labs using the latest available systems.
This will give you the ability to analyse security issues in data-driven applications, assess performance and choose, design and implement appropriate data management solutions.
Process Oriented Requirements Engineering (20 credits)
A critical need for all organisations is to have the right IT systems to support business processes.
In this unit you will learn how to analyse business processes effectively and evaluate, select, and produce appropriate business process models or problem domains. You will then be able to research, match requirements and inform specifications.
Web Systems (20 credits)
Web systems play an increasingly important role within the business context.
An important aspect of this unit is the development of AJAX front-ends for enterprise information systems. You will explore the design of web applications using web services and REST to interact with an underlying information system.
Usability Engineering (20 credits)
Information systems are by necessity highly structured and predictable. Human intervention, on the other hand, can be unpredictable. When we use information systems, usability problems are inevitable.
This unit aims to help you design and build information systems that are both useful and user friendly.
Research Methods & Professional Issues (20 credits)
Research requires a structured and disciplined approach at all stages.
We will help you to develop key research skills in many areas from project proposals and planning to critical analysis of research findings, academic writing, and dissemination. Ensuring you give due consideration to professional standards and ethical issues in research.
Research Project (60 credits)
The Research Project provides you with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in a relevant area of particular interest. Your project will give you the opportunity to engage with a complex, real-world problem.
Optional industrial placement
If you choose to take this opportunity, you will gain experience of working within an appropriate professional environment in line with the BU employability strategy.
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