Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year) full-time; 4 years placement
UCAS code: G562, G563 (with a placement year), G561 (with a foundation year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Want to work in business analysis, IT consultancy, information systems management or development? Our Business Information Technology degree could be for you.

*BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology with a foundation year is subject to validation.

Information Technology (IT) plays a major role in maximising the capability of businesses in today’s competitive corporate world.

This course will prepare you for IT management, where you could be responsible for IT systems development, as well as supporting the IT functionality of a number of different departments. You could also pursue a career in IT system development or systems analysis and design.

Industry speakers, including graduates from this course, are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures to bring a real-world perspective to learning. They’ll share their experiences of the computing industry with you and help you to develop the skills that employers want – skills such as communication, time management and teamwork.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll look into a variety of disciplines. These include information systems, introductory business skills, design and development, computer hardware and network elements, together with applicable maths.

In Year 2, you’ll cover IT systems for business, systems analysis and databases, and the development of information systems. There will be a focus on developing professional and project management skills, as well as identifying a project to enhance your individual employability skills. You’ll use industry standard software such as Oracle, Microsoft and SAP. You can also complete an optional (but highly recommended) one-year industrial placement as part of the course; you will be supported to find a suitable placement.

In your final year, you will focus on developing your specialism. You'll do this by selecting relevant options as well as working on a major project. You'll develop a software artefact, with relevant development documentation and a reflective report on your work. You will also undertake a substantial collaborative group project to enhance your employability skills.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems Compulsory
Introductory Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems Compulsory
Introductory Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems Compulsory

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Fundamentals of Computing and Maths Compulsory
Software Development Compulsory
Business Information Systems in Organisations Compulsory
Digital Application Development Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Fundamentals of Computing and Maths Compulsory
Social Media For Business Compulsory
Business Information Systems in Organisations Compulsory
Digital Application Development Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Enterprise Application Development Compulsory
Professional Computing Compulsory
Strategic Information Systems Management Compulsory
Visual Web Design Optional
Networking Fundamentals Optional
E-Business Management Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Enterprise Application Development Compulsory
Professional Computing Compulsory
Strategic Information Systems Management Compulsory
Visual Web Design Optional
Networking Fundamentals Optional
E-Business Management Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Level 6 Project Compulsory
Collaborative Group Project Compulsory
Information Systems Engineering in Industry Optional
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Optional
Knowledge Management in Organisations Optional
Entrepreneurship Optional
Contemporary Issues in IT Optional
Knowledge Management Systems Optional
Enterprise Data Optional
Practical Collaboration with Cloud Technologies Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Level 6 Project Compulsory
Collaborative Group Project Compulsory
Knowledge Management Systems Optional
Enterprise Data Optional
Practical Collaboration with Cloud Technologies Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.