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Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)

This ground-breaking course, developed and delivered in partnership with the internationally-recognised Hewlett Packard (HP), is specifically tailored to meet the computing needs of commerce and industry.

Overview

Business Information Systems BSc (Hons) teaches you the knowledge and practical skills you need to participate in the development, implementation and management of business computing projects.

Reasons to study Business Information Systems at De Montfort University

  • Delivered in partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP)
    benefit from a personal mentoring scheme, preferred placement opportunities and professional qualifications, so you can gain industry-relevant workplace skills and qualifications
  • 89% graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months of completing this course, earning an average salary of £20,000*
  • Over 50 years of computing experience
    this long-standing history allows us to draw on research and academic expertise allowing us to inform our teaching
  • Dedicated facilities
    Including our high specification computing laboratories equipped with PCs with the ability to dual book Windows and Linux
  • Graduates with successful global careers
    working for companies including; Hewlett Packard, VRL Financial News, T2 Logistics, RR Donnelley, PepsiCo, IFC Fleet Outsourcing and Debenhams
  • Dedicated work Placements
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at HP, Microsoft, Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd, E.ON UK plc, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

This course allows you to benefit from DMU’s world-class academic research, excellent information technology facilities and industry standard professionalism exemplified by HP’s renowned business solutions and services. HP provides 13 per cent of the teaching input and offers a personal mentoring scheme, preferred placement opportunities and professional qualifications, including PRINCE2 project management accreditation and foundation studies in Information Technology Information Library (ITIL) .

“The course was so interesting and worthwhile, and this was proved when I used the skills I gained from my degree in my placement year, and was then taken on as a full-time employee.” 

Rhys Wilkinson, Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)

 

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2013/14

 

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Foundation Year in Computing

 

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: IN21

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £9,000

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: IN21

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 260 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing : Pass 

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing : Pass 

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Partnership 

 

 

First year

Core modules:

  • Information Systems Development - This module gives an insight into the many tasks that must be carried out during the development of a modern information system. It aims to provide you with a practical, integrated overview of the Information Systems (IS) development process
  • Mathematics and Business Management - This module introduces the basic techniques for data collection, summary and presentation. You will develop an understanding of basic concepts associated with the analysis and interpretation of statistical data, and use a variety of relevant software such as Minitab, Excel, and The Management Scientist
  • Visual Web Development - This module introduces the fundamentals of programming, and aims to provide you with a sufficiently detailed, generally applicable background in programming; no previous knowledge or experience is expected
  • Devices and Networks - You will learn about computing fundamentals from data representation to computer components, covering theoretical and practical aspects including desktop virtualization, mobile computing, traditional PCs, thin clients, and cloud services
  • Introduction to ICT - This module explores the context of computing, starting with your own experience and then exploring issues, conflicts and social changes brought about by ICT. You will be introduced to the social, political, economic and legal context of ICT.

Second year

Core modules:

  • ITIL IT Service Management - This module is an extensive introduction to the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the industry framework for IT Service Management. You will be able to understand the ITIL service lifecycle and its key components, holding the knowledge necessary to pass the ITIL V3 Foundation Certificate examination - a qualification recognised throughout the world and in addition to this degree
  • Agile Methods and Development – You will develop the skills of producing an application(s) that delivers required features in the context of on-going negotiation between business clients and the development team. Working both individually and in groups, you will build applications using an object-oriented framework for data-driven web development
  • Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design - Object technology is playing an increasingly important role in the development of software systems and this module introduces the basic concepts of the OO paradigm and the RAD development approach. It also examines the means by which systems requirements can be captured and modelled
  • Database Design - An essential skill for the computer professional is to be able to design and implement a database in order to meet client requirements. During this module you will be provided with an introduction to data modelling, using commercially realistic scenarios, which are then implemented using SQL with database management systems such as Oracle, MySQL  or Microsoft SQL Server
  • Systems Thinking - This module introduces the key concepts and tools for engaging in systems thinking in an organisation. Its critical purpose is to enable you to think in a holistic manner which treats an organisation as a whole, and enables an understanding to develop complex activity systems within which ICT systems develop and reside 

 

Third year

Core modules:

  • Computing Project - The final year project provides you with the opportunity to carry out a significant piece of work involving critical analysis and reflection to provide an effective solution to a given technical and/or research-based problem
  • Computing Ethics - The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the concepts of ethics in the context of IT, IS, Software Engineering and other related disciplines. It considers in detail how the development of systems might encompass computer ethics
  • Systems Building Methods and Management - This module covers two important aspects of Information Systems Development; the selection and evaluation of methodologies and the management of the Systems Development process. A variety of ISD paradigms and methodologies will be considered, including 'hard' approaches, both Object-Oriented and Structured, 'soft' and participative approaches, and 'heavyweight' and 'agile' methodologies

Optional modules:

  • Project Management PRINCE 2 – This module examines the life cycle model applicable to projects, including traditional, evolutionary, prototyping and DSDM models. The generic life cycle model of 4Ds: Define, Design, Do and Develop will be central in the module, in conjunction with analysis of real world projects
  • Information Systems Strategy and Services - The central role of the information systems department in an organisation is to provide applications, technology and services to support the business functions and contribute to the organisation's strategic goal. This module takes a service view of information systems in which the IS departments role concerns the provision of services and support for the information technology (IT) function
  • Database Management - Following the year 2 modules on databases and computer programming, this module will provide you with further training on the essentials of advanced database management and programming, developing the skills of producing a user defined data type from a business perspective to meet stated requirements using realistic scenarios
  • Privacy and Data Protection - Whilst the potential to breach privacy continues to increase, organisations are subjected to a considerable amount of legislation governing privacy and data protection. This module examines the balance between maintaining business effectiveness, legal  compliance and professional practice in the field of IT/IS
  • Research Methods - This module will provide you with a grounding in the essentials of research methods and methodologies, for example the different characteristics and aims of quantitative versus qualitative research. It will develop your ability to consider the stages of research, in line with a Final Year Project; pilot different methodologies such as questionnaires and interviews, and give you the skills to apply these to your original research

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used, including lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory sessions and independent study. 

The final year of the course includes an individual project, completed by all students and a range of modules, which allow you to pursue your own career interests. The choice varies from technical subjects, such as web information management, to more business oriented topics, including information systems strategy and services, information security management and data mining. 

 

Assessments are via individual assignments, group work, projects, tests and exams.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

 

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This course is run in partnership with Hewlett Packard (HP), which provides 25 per cent of the teaching input. HP offers a personal mentoring scheme, preferred placement opportunities and professional qualifications. This ground-breaking partnership allows you to benefit from DMU’s world class academic research, leading-edge information technology facilities and industry standard professionalism exemplified by HP’s renowned business solutions and services.

Facilities and features

Facilities

The refurbished laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines.

The computer laboratories include a study space area, equivalent in size to one of the individual laboratories, in which you can work individually or in groups – this study space is not timetabled so is available for you to use on a casual basis throughout the year.

DMU student secures work placement with global IT giant

A two-day workshop with global IT giant Hewlett Packard (HP) helped Business Information Systems student, Khusbu Rajendra, secure a one-year work placement with the company’s off-shoot, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

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Library and Learning Zones

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Due to the diverse range of skills developed on the course, our graduates are highly sought after. Recent graduates are now working as customer relationship managers, database executives, IT account managers, IT consultants, IT development managers, online processors, service delivery analysts, software developers and trainee business analysts for companies including Hewlett Packard, VRL Financial News, T2 Logistics, RR Donnelley, PepsiCo, IFC Fleet Outsourcing and Debenhams. 

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation, and enhances their existing skills.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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Placements

We have a dedicated placement team that will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.

Technology Placement Team

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

As an added benefit, the Business Information Systems programme opens the doors to opportunities for placements to increase your employability across the world's largest technology company, HP and their partners.

In the past, students have taken part in work experience placements at a vast number of local, national and international companies, including Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd, Thomson Reuters, E.ON UK plc, GlaxoSmithKline, TNT Express, AstraZeneca and Serck Controls Ltd.

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