BSc single honours Business Information Systems 2020/21

Year of entry

This course is also available with a foundation year. See BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems with Foundation Year.

Today’s businesses are facing huge technological challenges, transforming their everyday operations. This programme prepares you to tackle these challenges head on, enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills required for dealing with particular business needs using modern IT.

You will learn how to analyse the requirements for new or replacement systems at both operational and management levels, and then gain hands-on experience in designing and implementing cost-effective IT solutions. You will be equipped with both the theory and the practical skills you need to design and build software systems to solve real commercial problems. You will study legal requirements and ethical questions associated with the profession along with specialist topics such as usability and strategic management.

You will explore areas including:

  • computer software development and project management

  • business management

  • databases and e-commerce systems

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Almost every modern business is reliant on information technology to perform and succeed: from the Amazon-sized businesses to the smallest ebay-traders. Information Systems allow businesses to co-operate with their suppliers and customers to provide mutual benefit.

Business information Systems is the degree that helps you learn about how to understand both the business, the people and the technology to improve a business sustainability.

At Canterbury Christ Church University you will learn about all three areas and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice using a number projects that cover all the elements of an IT project from conception, through design, implementation to final operation and review – using elements from the CDIO model of learning. You will learn using IT software that is modern and commercially relevant, such as the Microsoft Office suite, including Project, web-based content management systems, database systems such as Oracle, rapid prototyping software like Balsamiq.

By the end of the degree you will be able to analyse business problems and know how to help businesses solve their own issues using both top-down and bottom-up techniques. You will be able to devise and document designs for solutions and implement elements of these. You will also have a good appreciation team working – how teams are formed to maximise capability, manage workload and schedules and resourcing and have strategies to solve issues. You will also have a good awareness of other roles in computing and the tasks they undertake – software engineers and developers, infrastructure developers and support technicians and computer security specialists, so you will be well placed to work and liaise with these other roles. 

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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The year one modules develop a strong background in Business Information Systems, underpinning more specialist studies in years two and three.

Work experience

You may opt to take a year placement, providing you meet the requirements. This allows you to put your learning into practice within a business setting. The School has also offered a number of paid student internships over the summer, open to students to apply to.

Students on this degree can expect to go on a small number of optional trips such as the National Computing Museum at Bletchley Park. We also have a number of guest lecturers each year.

Year 1

Semester 1

Introduction to C# (20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to the C# programming language commonly used in industry and the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The module is an initial module in computer programming and will assume no prior knowledge of programming.

This module provides support for the Design and Implement elements of the CDIO model.

Deployment Technologies for Computing (20 Credits)

This module uses rapid application software development tools and hardware to create small computer systems. Many micro-businesses are built from small system developments.

Contemporary Business Issues (20 Credits)

Contemporary Business Issues introduces you to the multi-faceted nature of modern business and how each of these can affect the success of an enterprise.

Semester 2

People Management in 21st Century (20 Credits)

Essential to business are the people who work in it. People management is about ensuring that this essential resource can be utilised effectively to the benefit of an organisation.

Ethics, Professionalism and Employability in Computing (20 Credits)

In order to work in Business Information Systems it is important that you have a good understanding of some of the ethical issues in the field. Areas such as artificial intelligence will have a major effect on the business world.  While working it will be important to act professionally and this module will highlight elements that will form part of your everyday working life, such as using communication technology appropriately and obtaining qualifications to demonstrate your capability.

Software Lifecycle Group Development Project (20 Credits)

To develop your understanding of the fundamental concepts of software engineering you will work through a project in teams to develop a piece of software. You will work through the software life-cycle tasks to developing a computer-based solution to meet specific user requirements through the development of a simple system. You will also develop your understanding of what is required for good team formation and operation.

Year 2

Semester 1

Business Improvement using Technology (20 Credits)

Many businesses have evolved their working practices over time and these can end up being sub-optimal. This can especially be the case when an organisation changes in size or the market changes. Business Improvement is about understanding the business needs and modelling current practice in order to see how improvements can be made. The transition to new working needs change management for it to be successful. You will learn the tools that business uses to plan and perform business improvement using realistic scenarios and business examples.

Project Management (20 Credits)

Large projects need project management to ensure that they will deliver the expected needs on time and in budget. This module covers the project management tools we can use to track different tasks and elements of a large project delivery.

Database Enhancement Group Project (20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with a practical appreciation of the fundamental issues involved in designing, implementing and testing a small relational database application in a multi-user environment using an industry-standard database management system. You will be taking an existing database and making improvements to this while understanding the modelling concepts and theory to understand database systems. 

Semester 2

Research Methods (20 Credits)

When we lack information research is the tool we use to understand a scenario more fully. The Research Methods module skills you in the research tools of literature review, quantitative and qualitative research and the supporting statistics and tools to support a viewpoint.

E-Business Systems (20 Credits)

This module focusses on businesses that are run using web-based or other electronic systems as a mainstay of their processes. The big new businesses of Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber are all only possible through the use of sophisticated E-business systems. You will study how they operate and harness the technology and also how to build your own systems using content management system. You will also look at success factors for these companies and how to give an organisation the best chance of success.

Business Improvement using Technology (20 Credits)

Many businesses have evolved their working practices over time and these can end up being sub-optimal. This can especially be the case when an organisation changes in size or the market changes. Business Improvement is about understanding the business needs and modelling current practice in order to see how improvements can be made. The transition to new working needs change management for it to be successful. You will learn the tools that business uses to plan and perform business improvement using realistic scenarios and business examples.

Year 3

Semester 1

Individual Study - Part A (20 Credits)

The Individual Study is your opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities and what you have learned over your time at University and is worth a third of your final year credits. You will perform a research task that will usually involve literature and practical work. You will write a dissertation to describe your work and create a poster to present the work to a broad range of people. 

Cybersecurity (20 Credits)

In this module you will learn to how to perform a risk assessment of a variety of assets linked to an organisation, such as information, computers, networks, delivery and supply chains, people and buildings. You will then develop skills to protect information systems (hardware, software and associated infrastructure), the data on them, and the services they provide, from unauthorised access, harm or misuse.

Strategic Management (20 Credits)

This module provides you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the impact they have on an organisation.  You will learn the choices involved in strategic planning of human and material resources.  You will have the opportunity to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and appreciate the complex issues involved in implementing and managing strategy change.

Semester 2

Individual Study- Part B (20 Credits)

You will continue your work on your Individual Study that you started in the first Semester.

Current Issues in Computing (20 Credits)

This module examines a range of current issues within the field of computing and places them with a broader academic context providing a multi-disciplinary perspective to an otherwise specialised field of study. No prior knowledge of disciplines outside the field of computing is required, but a good understanding of computer related subjects is assumed.

Human Computer Interaction (20 Credits)

The module shows you to concepts relating to how to ensure usability is part of the design of new systems and to introduce systematic approaches to the design and analysis of user interfaces. You will explore the new research, developments and future direction of the field to enhance the interaction between humans and computers and create more powerful, faster, simpler and intuitive experiences. 

Successfully completing this degree would naturally lead on to working in the business environment either for a consulting company working with many businesses or within one organisation. You would use your skills you have learned on your degree and also develop new skills as technology changes to support those businesses. You may specialise in one of the areas you have learned and feel passionate about, or keep a broad-based approach to using these skills.

There are also opportunities that you could take in further formal education at Master’s level, for example in Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Media or software development, or you could go on to do research at MPhil or PhD Level.

Fees

Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical labs. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week. Labs will often emphasise working in small groups to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and place theory into practice. 

You will also have regular scheduled meetings, in addition to the above contact hours, with an assigned academic personal tutor, which is your first point of contact for assistance to your undergraduates needs.

Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

Self-Study

When not attending timetabled sessions it is expected you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves completing computer-based exercises, preparing for workshops and seminars, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, undertaking coursework assignments or preparing for class-tests and examinations and reading journal articles and books. Your lecturer will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For your final year dissertation, you will undertake research and will be assigned a supervisor; who will guide you through your work through regular scheduled meetings.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours and an additional 25 hours of independent learning. In addition, there may be field trips.

For each 20-credit module, your study time will about 10 hours a week plus work on assessments or preparation for examinations. Assessments would normally be expected to take approximately 50 hours for an assignment worth 50% of a 20 credit module. A similar amount of preparation and revision time would be expected for an examination worth 50% of a 20 credit module.

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

All our team members hold Doctoral or professional qualifications (e.g. Member of the British Computer Society or Eur. Ing.). You can find out more about the current teaching on our webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students assist in some teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the majority of lectures and seminars.

You will be assessed largely by coursework, though some modules will also have examinations or class tests. Coursework is mainly practically-oriented with appropriate theoretical elements to ensure a well-rounded education. Assessments are generally individual, with group work in some modules where this matches the approaches used in industry.

We use coursework assessment methods based on their suitability for specific modules. Formative feedback is provided formally in year one and during the year three individual study, and informally in workshops and seminars. Methods of assessment used include production of software artefacts, project plans and diaries, essays, reports, ‘investigation-based’ presentations, oral presentations, individual studies/projects, poster presentations, online assessment, logs, examinations and time constrained assignments.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some

extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1

Approximately 70% assessment with 20% by class test examination and 10% by presentation

Year 2*

Approximately 80% by assessment with 20% by class test examination.

Year 3*

Approximately 60% by assessment with 15% by dissertation and the remainder by class test examination and presentation.

*The precise percentages will depend on options chosen.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

We have a “Makerspace” lab open to computing students that contains PC Computers, Arduino and Raspberry Pi microcomputer development systems and a 3D printer. Students can use these technologies on week days, evenings and weekends. A networking and server room will also be available for use during certain modules for student operations.

Out of hours access is available to some computing labs specifically for computing students.

In 2020, we will open a major new facility for science, engineering, health and medicine, part of our £150m vision to transform our Canterbury Campus. The new building will be the main base for our Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub, with specialist centres across the region located alongside Engineering and Technology businesses.

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Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new building has to offer.

Several of the academic staff are members of the British Computer Society (BCS) and some staff are also linked to the Engineering Council through Chartered Engineering status (CEng, or Eur. Ing.).

UK/EU

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For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000 (0)1227 928000

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Fact file

UCAS course code

  • GN41 Business Information Systems
  • GN42 Business Information Systems (With Year in Industry)

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time

    Year in industry option available

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points. GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C, or above (or equivalent) are advisable. More entry requirement details.

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