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Computing (Business Information Systems) (BSc, HND, HNC, Foundation Entry)

BCS LogoThe course is for students that want to learn how to use up-to-date Computer Technology and the contemporary Management practices associated with managing people projects and change in Organisations today.

The BIS programme is unique in that students learn to understand and manage both information systems and human resources gaining valuable transferable skills in both disciplines. 

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Pathway Options

Computing (Business Information Systems)

MComp | 4 Year Integrated Masters (Levels 4 to 7)
UCAS Code: 876R
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BSc | 3 Year Degree Programme (Levels 4 to 6)
UCAS Code: 276S 
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HND 2 Year Programme (Levels 4 to 5)
UCAS Code: 989T 
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BSc | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: BIS1
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STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream)
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SCT1
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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9000 (Home/EU)
£11500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course 

  1. Taught by supportive qualified staff with substantial relevant experience.
  2. The course increases your employability within different fields including managerial roles.
  3. Teaching material and assessment is bound to live projects with industry.
  4. Full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation with British Computer Society (BCS).
  5. The new Innovation Quarter campus at SA1 provide best student experience and learning and teaching environment.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course aims to produce graduates who will have a sound knowledge of business and computer concepts to allow them to develop IT and business strategies for an organisation.

IT plays a pervasive role throughout Society and is an essential consideration for Organisations to realise their potential. Our graduates will be able to clearly understand and develop the use of human resources and contemporary information systems within an organisation.

The course looks at how the use of different IT applications can benefit Organisations and covers up-to-date developments in many areas such as e-Business, Web Technologies, E-Commerce, M-commerce, Social Media, Entrepreneurship and Human & Organisational behaviour. Students will learn how to use up-to-date technology to support business needs, how to solve complex problems, finance, marketing, enterprise and management skills.

The student will focus on acquiring and using the expertise required by a systems analyst to design solutions to business problems and manage the change of working practices of the people involved.  The expertise and skills you develop from designing and managing software solutions as part of a team, highly regarded by employers.

Modules

Year 0 modules - Foundation Entry

  • Academic Writing (20 credits)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Science (10 credits)
  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems or Further Mathematics (20 credit

Year 1 modules - MComp/BSc/HND/HNC

  • Academic & Employability Skills (20 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)
  • Information Engineering (20 credits)
  • Internet Technology and Security (20 credits)
  • Software Development (20 credits)

Year 2 modules - MComp/BSc/HND

  • Application Development (20 credits)
  • Business and Web Management(20 credits)
  • Database Management Systems (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and Innovation Group Project (20 credits) (Note: Full-time students only)
  • Governance, Legislation and Ethics Work-Based Project (20 credits) (Note: Part-time students only)
  • Project Management and Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Web Technologies (20 credits)

Year 3 modules - MComp/BSc

  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Advanced Web Development (20 credits)
  • Big Data (20 credits)
  • Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)
  • Usability Engineering (20 credits)

Year 4 Integrated Masters - MComp

MComp Business Information Systems is a four-year fully-funded undergraduate programme, leading to a Masters-level qualification. You would be expected to join employers on a fast track to management by learning specialist skills in:

  • Data Security (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Marketing and Web Analytics (20 credits)
  • Group Project (60 credits)

Note: Foundation Year entry is also available. Please see: Foundation Year for Computing and Electronics We also have "Year In Industry" options.

Assessment

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development.  The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations.  Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module.  Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

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Professional Accreditations

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the British Computer Society (BCS) of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

MComp Computing (Business Information Systems) - UCAS CODE: 876R

120 UCAS tariff points (previously 300) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit, Pass, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Merit; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Computing, ICT, Maths, Science or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

BSc Computing (Business Information Systems) - UCAS CODE: 276S

104 UCAS tariff points (previously 260) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HND Computing (Business Information Systems) - UCAS Code: 989T

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:

A C grade at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass.

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HNC Computing (Business Information Systems) - UCAS Code: 477H

40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100) 

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact the computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Other:

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact the computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Foundation Year in STEM - UCAS CODE: HR3U

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority of graduates from the Computing portfolio are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Career pathways include Website Management, e-Marketing & Social Media Management, Business Analyst, IT Service & IT System Management, Business IT Communication Manager, Project Manager, Business Innovation Management, Change Management, IT Consultant.

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

For all graduate testimonials, please see here: 
Graduate Profiles

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Student Quotes

Reham Ismail Saeed Al-Shaibani First Class Honours BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

"Everything was enjoyable at UWTSD! Very useful for future purposes – employment focused. I love that the course connects business and computing. It enabled us to understand business needs and IT solutions and communicate between both departments. Almost as a decoder translating between two languages."

Parvaneh Safari BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

"I was interested in IT and Business so when I saw the programme combining the two areas I knew it was the course for me. My previous career was nursing and so I have developed a project that involves using GIS systems to identify outbreaks of the meningitis disease in Wales between 2012-14. It is important to visualise areas with larger outbreaks of the disease as this could assist the Health Authority to manage the disease for future prevention. Nowadays, everything is computerised and visualising data is an important skill in Information Technology, to identify high-risk areas and to give warning to people within those areas and target vaccinations."

Daniel Hawkes BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

"The BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology degree sets you up for the future because it gives you a rounded understanding of how businesses operate. The course helps you from a corporate perspective because it has a nice balance between data and business. The lecturers at the School of Applied Computing are fantastic – I would recommend the course, the University, everything."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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