BSc

Business Information Technology (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code G501
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Business Information Technology (with Industrial Year), at Aberystwyth University, explores how professionals manipulate technology to answer business problems.

With exposure to the key building blocks for business efficiency that includes Systems Analysis, Database Applications, Business Environment, E-Commerce / E-Business systems, Web Programming and Web Tools, you'll quickly learn how to analyse business requirements and translate them into effective business systems.

Enhance your career prospects even further with the Year in Industry opportunity. On successful completion, you'll have amassed the range of core skills and capabilities - highly transferable - and sought by employers of this discipline.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Computer Science: 92% overall satisfaction for the course Computer Science (NSS 2017)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 8% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Business Information Technology at Aberystwyth University?

  •   Employability embedded in the structure of this degree
  •  Our research ranked 11th in the UK and 1st in Wales (Times Higher Education)
  •  Access to dedicated Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers
  • Taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences 
Our Staff

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.

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to Computer Infrastructure CS10220 20
Introduction to Programming * CS12020 20
Professional and Personal Development * CS18010 10
Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language * CS12320 20
Web Development Tools * CS15020 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Environment * MM11220 20
Communication and Technology PH19510 10
Computational thinking CS12910 10
Functional Programming CS12510 10
Introduction to Financial Management AC10710 10
Problems and Solutions CS10720 20
The Mathematics Driving License for Computer Science CS10410 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Systems Analysis IL33010 10
Management Information Systems IL32410 10
Modelling Persistent Data CS27020 20
Programming for the Web CS25320 20
Applied Graphics CS24320 20
Software Engineering for the Web CS22220 20
Web Design and the User Experience CS22620 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Sandwich Year CSS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Management of Organisations IL32520 20
Professional Issues in the Computing Industry CS38220 20
Web-Based Major Project CS39930 30

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
E-Commerce: Implementation, Management and Security CS37420 20

Employability

Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers:

  •  Communications and networking
  • Web development
  • IT consultancy and management
  • Systems analysis and development
  • Computer Sales and marketing
  • Education

What skills do I acquire from this degree?

Employability skills are the core values of our degree.

As part of your degree you will be required to take part in a residential where you and other students will have work in teams to solve problems.

This activity will encourage and improve:

  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Time Management
  • Working Independently and as part of a team
  • Organisation skills
  • Implementation skills
  • Research skills
  • Technical skills

Industrial Year students have the opportunity to join a second year residential weekend concentrating on skills to help you find a great placement. This includes:

  • CV skills
  • Interview practice
  • Networking with employers
  • Online presence 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In your first year you may explore:

  • Web development
  • Problems + Solutions
  • Programming
  • Business Environment

In your second year you may discover:

  • Programming for the Web
  • Data Modelling
  • Web Design and the user experience
  • Applied Graphics
  • Software Engineering

In your third year, you will be taking part in your work placement:

  • This with the assistance of the department.  By the end of this placement you will have the knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution in the workplace
  • You will also return to University with a greater sense of motivation

In your fourth year you may undertake:

  • E-commerce
  • Business Information Technology Group project
  •  Professional Issues in the computing industry
  • Web-based major project

How will I be taught?

  • Our enthusiastic staff will teach you through the medium of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and individual/ group based project work.
  • You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, projects, workshops and examinations.
  • 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

The Business Information Technology degree at Aberystwyth University instantly appealed to me as soon as I came across it in the prospectus. As I had a really strong interest in computers and how they benefit businesses, I knew this degree would be ideal for me as the degree doesn’t involve intense programming, compared to a Computer Science degree. The staff and teaching fellows in the department are so helpful and are always willing to give you extra support outside of lessons if you are struggling. Since I joined the Department of Computer Science I haven’t looked back at all - it's been a superb experience. Samuel Mills

Perfect for someone who is interested in computers like myself but doesn't have particularly strong programming knowledge. Wide range of modules on offer across several departments that are also interesting. Kyle Jordon Holloway

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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