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Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)

Developed with industry partners, this course is tailored to meet the computing needs of commerce and industry. You will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the development, implementation and management of business computing projects.

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Overview

This course will enable you to develop a broad, industry-relevant understanding of information systems, with opportunities to specialise in your individual areas of interest.

Throughout the programme, students will build the skills and knowledge needed to operate as professionals in the field of information systems. During your studies, you will benefit from insight from DMU’s internationally-renowned research institutes, with ethics and the impact of computing and technology embedded within the modules. 

Professionalism within an industry context is emphasized throughout, with strong links to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Students are exposed to industry-standard concepts, tools and technologies and explore fundamental underlying principles. Our teaching staff contribute to the field either through internationally-recognised research or industrial consultancy, and many are members of centres that pioneer cutting-edge research.

On graduating from this course, our students are equipped with the skills needed for successful careers in industry or academia, as competent and independent lifelong learners. The programme will prepare you for careers in fields such as business information systems, intelligence analyst and developer roles, data and systems analysis and design, system, security, project and knowledge management and business consultancy.

Key features

  • The course is delivered in partnership with industry-leaders, enabling you to gain industry-relevant qualifications and skills and benefit from a personal mentoring scheme, preferred placement opportunities with the companies, as well as other professional qualifications.
  • Learn from our computing experience built over more than 50 years, a long-standing history allowing you to draw on a wealth of research and academic expertise. 
  • Computer science and informatics research at DMU was ranked third for its research power among modern UK universities in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
  • Within the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, which lists the top 500 institutions in the world per subject, DMU was ranked within the 151-200 block of top universities in Computer Science. DMU is within the top 25 per cent of all UK universities for Computer Science – including subjects such as Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security.
  • Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Previous students have benefited from placements at leading organisations including HP, Microsoft, Intel Corporation, E.ON, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo.

“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)

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Foundation Year in Computing

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: IN21

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: IN21

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for international students: £14,750

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: £9,250 with our EU undergraduate transitional scholarship (T&Cs apply).

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

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

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: 24+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance. 

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

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

 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

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 

 

 

Year one

  • Introduction to Computing and its applications
  • Data Analytics 1
  • Information Systems Analysis
  • Foundations of Python Programming
  • Computer Ethics
  • Data Analytics 2
  • Database Design
  • Programming in Python 2

Year two

  • Information and Database Development
  • Introduction to IT Service Management
  • Project Management
  • Integrated Project
  • Social Computing for Business
  • Analytics and Business Modelling
  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Mobile Application Design and Development

Year three

  • Project
  • IT Service Foundations
  • Business Systems Solutions
  • Application Architecture
  • Information & Communication Technologies for Development (optional*)
  • Professional and Academic Research Development (optional*)
  • Information Security Management and Governance (optional*) 
  • IT Service Practice (optional*)
  • Database Management and Programming (optional*)

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 Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide over 100 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines, and a fifth laboratory with 23 machines.

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media 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.

Library and learning zones

 

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.


 

 

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Graduate Careers

“I’m so grateful to have found a job with a well-known company that’s based in my hometown. I get to stay close to my family and friends, as well as reap the benefits and opportunities that come with working for a big company.” 

Read more about how Business Information Systems (BSc) graduate Kavish Unadkat secured his role with one of the UK’s largest home furnishing retailers.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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 DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges. 

Previous DMU Global trips have seen Computing and Computer Science students explore the Silicon Docks in Dublin and be inspired by the educational and networking opportunities at the SAS Global Forum in Dallas.

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Placements

“I chose DMU because the Business Information Systems course is one of a few that offers PRINCE2 Project Management accreditation and foundation studies in Information Technology Information Library.

“Both of these really help with learning the language and processes commonly used in the industry. This can give you a competitive edge when it comes to looking for jobs when you graduate.

“Also, the fact that the course is delivered in partnership with HP means it has a high employability rate, which is a really important factor to me.” Khusbu Rajendra, Business Information Systems (BSc)

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Research

Computer Science research at DMU among the most frequently cited in the world   

Research papers published by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) academics in the field of Computer Science attract almost three times more citations than the world average, according to new data released by the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. 

The Shanghai Ranking for Computer Science (Research) – the only ranking of world universities based 100% on research performance – has listed DMU as joint first in the Category Normalized Citation Impact (CNCI), which measures the ratio of citation of papers in a specified subject over a five-year period.  

The only UK university placed at the top world 1st in the CNCI criterion for 2020, DMU’s Computer Science achieved a CNCI value of 2.86 between 2014 and 2018. By comparison, the world-average performance is a value of 1. 

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Accommodation


We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) 

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.

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A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.