BSc

Business Information Technology

Business Information Technology Code G50F

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Business Information Technology (with Foundation 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.

On successful completion, you'll have amassed the range of core skills and capabilities - highly transferable - and sought by employers of this discipline.

Course Overview

Why study Business Information Technology at Aberystwyth University?

  • Employability embedded in the structure of this degree
  • 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 are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new lecturers 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
Academic Skills Foundation 1 * IC07620 20
Academic Skills Foundation 2 * IC07720 20
Foundation Mini Projects CS02420 20
Foundation Programming CS02320 20
Information Technology for University Students CS01120 20
Spreadsheets for University Students CS01010 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Communication and Technology PH19510 10
The Mathematics Driving Licence CS10410 10

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Graphics CS24320 20
Fundamentals of Management and Business * AB25720 20
Modelling Persistent Data CS27020 20
Programming for the Web CS25320 20
Software Engineering for the Web CS22220 20
Web Design and the User Experience CS22620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

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 to 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

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Course Content

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 foundation year you will be introduced to;

  • Information Technology Tools
  • Review the mathematical skills needed for your future study
  • Programming concepts
  • Optional modules may be Business or Media

 In your first year you will explore;

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

In your second year you will discover;

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

In your final year you will 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.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

International Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

European Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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