Canterbury Christ Church University

BSc Business Information Systems with Foundation Year

A degree in Business Information Systems will help you develop the skills to design and develop IT systems to solve real-world problems.

You'll learn how to analyse the requirements for new or replacement systems, then gain hands-on experience in designing and implementing them. Both the theoretical and the practical skills that you need will be explored. Alongside practical elements you'll learn about legal requirements and ethical questions associated with the profession, meaning you’ll enter your career with a wide-ranging understanding of the subject.

Our foundation year offers you an alternative pathway to access degree level study. It will improve your computing discipline knowledge, including programming. It will also equip you with the skills you need to excel in studying at undergraduate level.


Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff points.

This course is also available without a Foundation Year.

Career Prospects

Successfully completing this degree would naturally lead on to working in the business environment either for a consulting company working with many businesses or within one organisation. You would use your skills you have learned on your degree and also develop new skills as technology changes to support those businesses. You may specialise in one of the areas you have learned and feel passionate about, or keep a broad-based approach to using these skills.

There are also opportunities that you could take in further formal education at Master’s level, for example in human-computer interaction, digital media or software development, or you could go on to do research at MPhil or PhD level.

Course Details

The foundation year aims to improve your computing knowledge and prepare you for study at undergraduate level.

You'll learn using IT software that is modern and commercially relevant, such as the Microsoft Office suite, including Project, web-based content management systems, database systems such as Oracle, and rapid prototyping software like Balsamiq.

All through the course, you'll experience through hands-on learning from on and off campus and on-line learning. This will develop your practical agile problem-solving approach to create IT solutions to problems. You will undertake group projects, typically sourced from industry or akin to problems in industry. Your groupwork will be supported through the use on-line tools and on-line project management solutions. You'll also develop skills enabling you to:

  • work effectively and supportively in diverse and inclusive groups
  • communicate effectively in groups and one to one
  • apply project management to group-work
  • apply principles of commercial management and consideration of wider issues.

During Year 1, you'll develop a strong background in business information systems so that you can move on to more specialist studies in the final two years of the course.

You will have the opportunity to take in your third year, providing you meet the requirements.  If you can identify and secure a placement opportunity, with the support from the computing team.  A placement will provide you with the further opportunity to develop your skills as a practicing computing professional, a personal development plan and evidence of your abilities for your future employers.

This allows you to put your learning into practice within a business setting. There may also be opportunities to apply for paid internships over the summer.

By the end of the degree, you'll be able to analyse business problems and will know how to help businesses solve their own issues using both top-down and bottom-up techniques.

You'll develop a good appreciation of team working: how teams are formed to maximise capability and how they manage workload, schedules and resourcing. You'll also have a good awareness and understanding of other roles in computing - software engineers and developers, infrastructure developers, support technicians and computer security specialists - meaning you'll be well placed to work alongside other computing professionals.

Year 1

Introduction to C#
Deployment Technologies for Computing
Contemporary Business Issues
People Management in 21st Century
Ethics, Professionalism and Employability in Computing
Group Development Project

Year 2

Business Improvement using Technology
Research Methods
Project Management
Database Enhancement Group Project
E-Business Systems
Developing Sustainable Enterprise
Introduction to Digital Marketing

Year 3

Individual Study
Cybersecurity
Current Issues in Computing
Knowledge Management
Digital and Social Media Marketing
HCI
Strategic Management

Foundation:
Working with Software
Working with Computer Hardware
Programming Concepts
Mathematics / Advanced Mathematics
Computing in Society
Development Project

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