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Computing for Business BSc (Hons)

This course is specifically designed to give you the practical information technology skills you need to become a specialist who can manage and interpret data from business information technology systems.

Overview

The course is designed to help you develop practical IT skills relevant to industry and learn how to create and extract information from systems in business, government and society. 

Reasons to study Computing for Business at De Montfort University:

  • 100% graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months of completing this course * going on to work for companies such as BLC Technology Centre, Experian and United Learning
  • Gain an industry recognised skillset
    study towards a recognised qualification such as PRINCE2 project management and Information Technology Information Library (ITIL), and become experienced in the use of industry-standard Business Analytics and Business Intelligence software SAS
  • 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
  • Course content informed by industrial practice
    and cutting-edge research, ensuring that you are at the forefront of the latest developments
  • Industry-standard facilities
    Our high-specification computing laboratories contain an advanced network of Windows and Linux workstations with multi-boot capabilities, helping you to develop your practical and professional skills 
  • Dedicated work Placements
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation (UK), Thomson Reuters, Eon UK, GlaxoSmithKline, TNT Express and AstraZeneca
  • 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.

Organisations accumulate huge volumes of data from a variety of sources on a daily basis. Business systems may vary from customer support, NHS records and critical financial planning for the City of London, to strategic marketing systems for international retail groups.

You will learn to expertly develop models and uncover previously unknown trends and patterns to support decision making. You will also become experienced in the use of industry-standard Business Analytics and Business Intelligence software SAS, helping you to positively contribute and lead companies in improving their business intelligence.

 

"I enjoyed the course because it prepared me for the field in which I would like to work. My placement year provided hands-on experience and allowed me to put theory into practice. I would definitely recommend this course."

Chiyanjo Kazuwa, Computing for Business 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: G521

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

Fees and funding: £9,000

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: G521

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

 

 

 

First year

Core modules:

  • Mathematics and Business Management - This module introduces the basic techniques for data collection, summary and presentation, and will help you develop an understanding of basic concepts associated with the analysis and interpretation of statistical data

  • Introduction to ICT - Initially this module explores the context of computing, starting with your own experience and then explores issues, conflicts and social changes brought about by ICT. The purpose of the module is to create a foundational understanding of the relevance of ICT which will inspire you to pursue more detailed studies

  • 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

  • Visual Web Development (C#) - 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 necessary

  • Information Systems Development - This module gives you an insight into the many tasks that must be carried out during the development of a modern information system. The intention of this module is to provide you with a practical, integrated overview of the Information Systems (IS) development process, from project selection and inception, through to the capture and analysis of user requirements and then finally the design and production of a simple prototype system that satisfies those requirements.

Second year

Core modules:

  • Data Management - The advances in modern computing technology and software have enabled the best use of all available data. This module uses a Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing software package called SAS; this is a very comprehensive data management package that combines data entry and manipulation capabilities with report production, graphical display and statistical analysis facilities

  • Management Decision Making – This module looks at the difficult decisions that most organisations are faced with, typically with a view of improving efficiency, achieving greater levels of customer service, optimising profits or minimising costs, etc.

  • Database Design - During this module students are 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. The module builds on the practical work undertaken in year 1 and lays the foundation for advanced database studies in year 3.

  • Introduction to Research and Ethics - This module will develop your research skills related to identifying relevant literature from a variety of sources, critically analysing academic and non-academic texts, and justifying a set of research or development questions in a particular topic area. Key ethical issues are introduced in relation to information systems, such as privacy, autonomy, security, identity, and social impact

  • 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 hence enables an understanding to develop of the complex human purposeful activity systems within which ICT systems develop and reside

  • ITIL IT Service Management - This module is an extensive introduction to the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the industry framework for IT Service Management. Upon successful completion of this course participants 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

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. It enables you to apply and integrate previous material covered on the student's course as well as to extend the work covered on the course through research and self-learning

  • Computer 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 addresses the ethical and social responsibility issues surrounding advances in ICT, and considers in detail how the development of systems might encompass computer ethics

  • Advanced Management Decision Making - This module examines the types of problems that can be investigated using discrete-event simulation. A standard software package, e.g. Arena, is used to build and run simulation models

Optional modules:

  • Data Mining - Data mining is fast becoming essential to the modern competitive business world. This module aims to review the methods available for uncovering important information from large data sets in order to discuss the techniques and when and how to use them effectively. The module uses the data mining tool SAS Enterprise Miner

  • Database Management - 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

Course modules are informed by current industrial practice and our own cutting edge research, ensuring that you are at the forefront of the latest developments.

You will be taught through a variety of methods including formal lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory sessions and self-directed study.

Assessment is typically through a combination of individual assignments, group work, projects, tests and exams.

The final year includes an individual project and a range of modules you can choose from, with options ranging from technical subjects, such as web information management and network systems, to more business oriented topics, including information systems strategy and services, security management, data mining and advanced management decision making.

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.

 

 

Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux).

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home.

The Computer Science laboratories include a study space area, in which you can work individually or in groups.

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

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

There is currently an increasing demand in industry for skilled specialists who can manage and interpret data from business information technology systems. The combination of computing skills and business knowledge taught on the course enables you to enter a diverse range of careers in areas such as business analysis, analytics consultant, statistical programmer, statistical analyst, SAS programmer, data management analyst and research analyst.

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

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.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit 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. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd, Thomson Reuters, E.ON UK plc, GlaxoSmithKline, TNT Express, AstraZeneca and Caterpillar.

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