The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.
In choosing to study this Business Information Technology degree you'll be immersing yourself in 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 and E-Business systems, Web Programming and Web Tools, you'll quickly learn how to analyse business requirements and translate them into effective business systems. On successful completion of the Business Information Technology degree you'll have amassed the range of core and essential skills and capabilities sought by employers of this discipline.
This BSc in Business Information Technology will give you a solid foundation in the study of software, systems and data, and their uses in the business environment. This course will nurture your expertise in business, software, while your systems knowledge will improve alongside your understanding of business practice.
On this course, you will develop an impressive repertoire of subject expertise and scientific skills which will be of enormous benefit in any technological or business workplace. The course will also prepare you for more general graduate employment, as your intellectual curiosity and expertise in research, analysis, data handling and reporting will be enormous assets in any career path you choose.
Why study Business Information Technology at Aberystwyth?
This course is based in the Computer Science department where staff involved teach from an engineering perspective, meaning that they focus on science in application. The department has strong links with other departments in and beyond Aberystwyth, as well as a strong track record of collaboration with industry. In addition Business Information Technology students take modules in the departments of Information Science and Business, so that they are developing their business expertise along with their understanding of technology.
This practical based degree provides students with the skills to help create solutions to the ever-changing needs of the business world. You will learn core computer science and business skills such as: web programming, website design, database management systems, database driven websites, software engineering, systems analysis, e-commerce, and commercial processes. You will have opportunities to practice your skills in the second year in your group project – where you are likely to be the student in a group charged with considering user interface and user communication issues. In your final year you will undertake another group project where you will propose and design an IT business using the skills you have learned in your degree. This is followed by an individual web based project where you may build on your business idea.
Students who graduate with this degree take on a wide range of roles in their working life. They may enter IT, or they may apply for other graduate positions.
Computer Science at Aberystwyth
Our computer science degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which means that they meet industry standards and requirements, giving you a head start when you enter the competitive jobs market.
The Department is also designated a Centre of Excellence by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Networks and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework comparison (REF2014) the Department produced more world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) research than any other university in Wales. REF 2014 also assessed the impact of research on society, industry and government policy and the Department delivered 100% of its research impact at the top 3* and 4* level, demonstrating that our research makes a real difference in the world outside academia.
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.
We are particularly proud that Times Higher Education (THE) ranked the Aberystwyth Computer Science department as 11th in the UK and 1st in Wales based on an analysis that takes into account both the research quality profile and the proportion of staff submitted. This is a good indicator of the research activity in a department irrespective of its size and with 99% of eligible staff submitted, this indicates that you will be taught by staff who are working at the frontiers of their disciplines. Many staff also 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.
As you would expect from a major research department, you have access to excellent facilities. In addition to Windows PCs across campus for everyone, students in our department have access to dedicated Linux and Mac OS X laboratories and central servers. The Department has a range of equipment and simulation environments used primarily for research, which are available to final year students who choose projects in these areas. These include mobile and aerial robots, vision and motion tracking
systems, micro-controller systems and laser scanners.
The department also prides itself on the employability of our graduates. Students may take a year in industry as part of their course. All students participate in a fun-packed activity weekend away from Aberystwyth in the first year which helps to develop important team-building and team-working skills. This will not only make you more attractive to employers, but will also pave the way for working on group projects later in your course.
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.
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 take the following modules
Introduction To Computer Infrastructure CS10220
Web Development Tools CS15020
Year 1 Options You MUST take one of the following modules
Year 1 Options You MUST take one of the following modules
Year 1 Options You MUST take one of the following modules
Year 1 Electives Choose EITHER 30 credits below OR 30 credits from Option 2 A and 2 B
Business Environment MM11200
Year 1 Electives 20 credits from Option 2 A
Problems And Solutions CS10720
Year 2 Core (120 Credits)
Programming For The Web CS25320
Modelling Persistent Data CS27020
Management Information Systems IL32410
Business Systems Analysis IL33010
Final Year Core (90 Credits) You must take the following modules:
E-commerce: Implementation, Management And Security CS37420
Business Information Technology Group Project CS39820
Final Year Electives 30 credits from approved list and as advised by the Department.
A degree in Business Information Technology will prepare you for a variety of careers as a business and office manager, human resources officer, database administrator, information systems manager, IT consultant, network engineer, systems analyst or systems developer. You will be able to organise data, construct systems for handling information, and work with appropriate scientific rigour. You will also have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.
Studying for a degree with us will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. Employability skills are a recurring theme during your degree. Our departmental link careers adviser works closely with us to ensure you have appropriate CV and interview skills training, careers education, and visits from employers and recent graduates to let you know what opportunities await after graduation.
Early in the first year we take our students on a weekend away to Gregynog Hall, where you'll get to know other students in your year, while working in teams to solve problems. Here we encourage communication skills, good time-management and creative thinking. These skills will be used again and again throughout your degree, but especially during your second year group project.
The second year group project provides a substantial challenge that allows you to expand your technical skills while working in teams. We ask your team for the whole process of creating software, including research and design, understanding a specification, implementation, testing and documentation. You'll take on the roles of a software team and you'll learn to manage and delegate the tasks involved. In your teams you'll need to discuss concepts, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement. You'll also have to work to a series of deadlines, just as in industry.
The final year project demonstrates your ability to work independently (under the supervision of a member of staff), and showcases your creative and technical skills. You may have to research the structure of a business, some unfamiliar code libraries, a new coding language or some new hardware. You may have to interact with an external client, communicate your ideas, and meet deadlines for delivering a prototype. You'll certainly be undertaking a new challenge in an area of your choice. Finally, you'll also need to describe your work in a final written dissertation report that presents your achievements in a professional manner.
Computing, as a subject area, does not stand still. Our students will be trained to deal with abstract underlying concepts and current information technology, so that they can cope with the rapid technological changes of the future.
Industrial Year and Year in Employment scheme (YES)
Some of our degree schemes include an Industrial Year (IY), 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. For the schemes that do not include an assessed industrial year, the University operates an optional Year in Employment Scheme (YES). The IY and YES provide 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.
Help is available from the department and the University's Careers Service to find suitable placements and to develop your interview skills and CV. Our students are in demand with employers such as IBM, HP, Gloversure and Plymouth Marine Laboratories. Industrial year employers are diverse and worldwide, including CERN, Walt Disney and GCHQ.
By the end of your second year you already have enough knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution at work. Most students find they return from their industrial year with much improved skills, more motivated to learn, and having a better idea of what areas of computing interest them.
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of 6-10 weeks’ duration for students over the summer alongside short bespoke work shadowing of various career roles throughout the year. These give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers. Recent placements include website, social media and interactive resource development, digital marketing, junior programmer and mobile app developer roles, IT technician and IT teaching experience.
This course will be delivered through a balanced programme of lectures, seminars and practical work. You will receive thorough training in computing and business concepts, which you will explore through individual and group tasks. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.
Among many skills, you will learn to: manipulate mathematical formulae; understand the factors shaping the internal business environment; manage human and computer capacities in businesses; and implement new systems in an existing structure.
You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, oral presentations and exams. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. In all these areas you will need to demonstrate scientific rigour and apply a systematic approach to the problems with which you are presented.
You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with the fascinating but demanding subject of Business Information Technology. You must also take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your theoretical and practical expertise so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.
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