BSc single honours Business Information Systems with foundation year 2020/21

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This course offers you an alternative pathway to access degree level study in Computing. The course is designed to improve your Computing discipline knowledge, including programming. In addition, the course will equip you with the skills you need to study at undergraduate level and will inform your choice of degree.

 

The programme will:

  • introduce you to the discipline of Computing, including programming concepts
  • inform your choice of degree specialism in Computing
  • provide you with the study skills needed for a degree-level course
  • allow you to apply academic knowledge and skills to real world technical challenges.

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 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, and 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 Foundation Year aims to improve your computing knowledge and prepare you for study at undergraduate level. As you progress to the degree, the modules you cover in year one will help you to develop a strong background in Business Information Systems, that will underpin more specialist studies in the final two years of your degree.

Work experience

You may opt to take a third 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, available for students to apply to.

On this course you 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. 

Core modules

Year 0 - Foundation Year

Working with Software

The aim of this module is to ensure that you have a good grounding in the software we use every day in computing to document and to capture information about computer systems, including video editing packages. 

Working with Computer Hardware

This module aims to introduce you to the basics of how electronic and logical systems create computer hardware and to develop simple systems using such things and Arduino and Raspberry Pi computers.

Programming Concepts

In this module you will learn some basics of computer programming using a language such as Python – how to write simple programs and to test these to ensure that they are working properly. 

Semester 2

Mathematics / Advanced Mathematics

Much of what we do in Computing has a mathematical basis to it. On this module you will learn of refresh your knowledge of the mathematics we use most commonly in computing. 

Students who have already achieved a good GCSE, or equivalent, may study the Advanced Mathematics module if they wish to. This module covers more advanced mathematics and opens up opportunities for changing programmes to the Computer Science Degree.

Computing in Society

The aim of the module is to investigate the role of Computing in society and how computing can affect the society we live in. For example we may look at how computer technology has enabled the casualization of labour through platforms such as Uber, Deliveroo, changed the shape of the high street with companies such as Amazon and the way we communicate and inform ourselves about the world with social media organisations such as Facebook. 

Development Project

This project provides you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities to develop a solution to a problem area using either hardware and software or just software. You will also learn techniques to keep on track with your project and ensure what you build benefits a target audience in some way.

Year one

Introduction to C#

The aim(s) of the module is 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

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

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.

People Management in 21st Century

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

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.

Group Development Project ***

The group development project introduces the concepts of running a project from Conception, through design to implementation and operation. You will learn simple project and product management tools in order to complete a small software development to work in a particular area. The conception, design and implementation will be done in small teams, where you will also learn to review your own skill set and how teams can be formed to maximise productivity.

Year 2

Business Improvement using Technology

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.

Research Methods

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.

Project Management  

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

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.

E-Business Systems

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.

Year 3

Individual Study 40

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

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.

Current Issues in Computing

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

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Choose one of the following modules:

Developing Sustainable Enterprise (20 credits)

This module looks at how to give a business the best chance of continued success. This is not just environmental issues, but also those of the people, the culture, the profit and business processes that will ensure that a successful business today should remain a successful business in the future. 

Introduction to Digital Marketing (20 credits)

Many organisations now market themselves outside of the traditional print and Television channels, using, for example social media to develop and sustain their marketplace. This can help start-ups and smaller businesses reach customers who they may never have had access to previously. In this module you will learn different ways that marketing can be used in the digital channel to help a business succeed. This would help you to offer better skills and value to an employer.

Year 3

Knowledge Management (20 credits)

This module aims to provide you an understanding of the main concepts and theories of business and organisational knowledge and hence to develop a practical perspective on its management in the private and public sectors.

Digital and Social Media Marketing (20 credits)

The aim of the module is develop your critical understanding of the main activities involved in designing and implementing marketing communications using social media and online marketing

HCI (20 credits)

This 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

 Strategic Management (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make them aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

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.

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.)

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Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
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UCAS course code

  • GN4F Business Information Systems with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time

    8 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

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