BSc Business and Management with Computer Science

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The Business & Management with Computer Science Degree (N1G4) at Aberystwyth University is an interdisciplinary programme that will enable you to develop a broad understanding of management that is relevant to business, trade and commerce in both the public and private sector, along with highly developed proficiencies in computer science and technology, especially in areas relating to business systems and processes and consumer interaction. The Business & Management with Computer Science Degree is professionally accredited and you will additionally gain a range of essential transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers. Expand the sections below to discover more...

Overview

The Business & Management with Computer Science degree is a major/minor programme, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Business & Management with the School of Management and Business and one-third studying Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science.

Why study Business & Management with Computer Science at Aberystwyth?

Our Business and Management programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means that, on successful completion of your Business & Management with Computer Science degree, you will be able to gain exemption from certain examinations and achieve professional qualifications at an earlier stage. 

The School of Management and Business has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts.

100% of our 2014 School of Management and Business graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show significant improvement in many areas of our students' satisfaction. Students on courses in the School of Management and Business have reported high levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching they received and with the learning resources to which they have access.

As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional accounting background, so that by applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice. We also believe strongly in a teaching model which requires active student involvement rather than passive information-gathering, ensuring that you can meet the demands of potential employers on graduation. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom.

The School of Management and Business has arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.

The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth is the best Computer Science research department in Wales and one of the premier departments for Computer Science in the UK, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2014) in which 100% of research impact assessed was rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Department of Computer Science is also designated a Centre of Excellence by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Networks.

95% of our 2014 Computer Science graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, a 7 percentage point increase on the previous year. 92% were in professional work or graduate level education, compared with a UK average of 70% (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show overall satisfaction rates, at 86% with the quality of the teaching they received and their access to IT resources, four percentage points higher than the UK average for the subject.

Many of our staff are working at the frontiers of their disciplines and have significant experience in industry, often working in co-operation with major international companies, so you can be confident that you will be learning the very latest concepts and working with cutting-edge technologies.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth University School of Management and Business are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) You must pass 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Marketing Principles MM10120

Managing Finance MM11400

Semester 2

Managing Finance MM11420

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Computer Science Minor core

Semester 1

Introduction To Computer Infrastructure CS10220

Semester 2

Web Development Tools CS15020

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language. You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management MM11000

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10500

Semester 2

Introduction To Management MM11020

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10520

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 2 Core (60 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to year 3.

Semester 1

Firms, Markets And Pricing MM33220

Semester 2

Organisational Behaviour MM33120

Operations And Innovation Management MM33620

Year 2 Options Students must take 40 credits from the list below:

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Marketing Management MM30120

Rheolaeth Marchnata MR30720

Final Year Core (20 Credits) You must take

Semester 2

Business Leadership And Corporate Responsibility MM34220

Final Year Options Students must take 40 credits from the list below:

Semester 1

E-commerce: Implementation, Management And Security CS37420

Open Source Development Issues CS38110

Business Systems Analysis IL33010

Semester 2

Further Issues In System And Network Services Administration CS35810

Minor Project CS39620

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Human Resource Management MM33520

Rheolaeth Adnoddau Dynol MR33520

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Strategy MM34020

Strategaeth Busnes MR34020

Final Year Electives You must take 20 elective SMB credits

Semester 1

Work Experience MM38000

Semester 2

Strategic Marketing MM30320

Marketing Case Studies MM31220

Small Business Management And Entrepreneurship MM32220

Contemporary Issues In Management MM34520

Work Experience MM38020

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Business & Management with Computer Science will prepare you for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry. Career paths open to you include Chartered accountancy, investment banking, insurance, underwriting, and risk management, but your degree would also be useful in such professions as retail management, marketing management, distribution and logistics management, sales executive, and health service management. Many industries as diverse as chemicals, fashion, and construction all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues, and opportunities for management and analysis roles will exist with employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Your computer science minor will help you to secure roles in software design, communications and networking, computer applications, web development, IT consultancy and management, systems analysis and development, computer sales and marketing.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Business & Management with Computer Science will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

In addition you will gain:
• an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
• an appreciation of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

In the first year you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of management and to an understanding of the business context in which they need to be applied. You will learn about the dynamics of the modern business environment, the use of financial and accounting information in management decisions at operational and strategic levels, marketing principles and the relationship between management and organisation. In Computer Science you will be introduced to programming, operating systems, databases and the core technologies and architectures of the web.

In the second year you will explore organisational behaviour and theory, human resource management, the theories and techniques of operations management, and market structures and pricing strategies. You will acquire the skills, analytical tools and techniques to identify and address problems and opportunities in business management and marketing. In Computer Science you will be offered a choice of modules which will complement your business studies major and which focus on such topics as business processes for web developers, commercial database systems and applications, and interface design.

In the third year you will study business strategy and how it functions within the wider internal and external business environment. You will also gain an understanding of current management thinking from both practical and theoretical perspectives. In Computer Science you will have a choice of optional modules including the systems approach to management, e-commerce, issues surrounding open source development, and network services administration. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a project involving the development of a piece of software from an initial statement of requirements through specification and design stages, to successful implementation and testing.

How will I be taught?

Core material is delivered through lectures, and reinforced by small-group seminars, practical classes and workshops, and tutorials. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills. Group-working and delivering presentations will help you to improve your communication and leadership skills. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom, and a wealth of printed texts is available in the University library, and the National Library of Wales, which is situated next to the main campus.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, reports, practicals, projects, workshops and presentations. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present data clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation and communication skills.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

Studying Business and Management at Aberystwyth University has enabled me to develop my understanding, and better appreciate the world in which we all live and work. With a limited understanding of Business and Management prior to studying, I have benefited greatly from this course, and the ability to select and choose which route I best want to follow. Through a range of in-class and interactive learning sessions my passion for the subject has flourished. Peter Hamilton-Gray

I have found my course truly interesting and very rewarding. The lecturers are professional and helpful and the course provides a wide variety of subject knowledge. The first year of the course is a very nice, manageable introduction to the field of computer science. As a student who had no previous experience in the field I was rather tentative when first coming to University, but within a few weeks I had hit the ground running with the implementation of a challenging, yet rewarding project. Daniel William James Drave

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