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BSc in Information Systems and Management

Programme Overview

Part-time

The BSc Information Systems and Management (part time) equips students to apply information systems to the problems encountered in management. It covers the design, implementation and operation of information systems together with the practice and theory of management. Selection is based on short tests in mathematics and English.

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society. Successful completion of the programme, including the passing at the first attempt of a final year project in information systems (Type 3) or computer science (Type 4), is a partial fulfilment of the requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Key Information Set: overview of comparable information on higher education courses for prospective students.

Full-time

In October 2015 the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems introduced a new three-year full-time undergraduate degree programme, the BSc Information Systems and Management (full-time day and evening). The BSc ISM (full-time day and evening), with its emphasis on information systems and management, complements our other BSc programme in Computing. Registration for year 1 is open to any applicant who has suitable A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

The BSc Information Systems and Management (full time) equips students to apply information systems to the problems encountered in management. It covers the design, implementation and operation of information systems together with the practice and theory of management.

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Aims

Part-time

The degree programme provides part-time courses of study to meet the changing educational, cultural and training needs of adults who are engaged in earning their livelihood, and others who are able to benefit.

The programme philosophy is that computing and information systems concepts and practices have to be complemented by organisational and management concepts and practices in order to be effective. The programme provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in both areas, enabling graduates to contribute to the effective development and exploitation of information systems and technology in companies, organisations and society as a whole.

It is recognised that today's skills are often transitory, especially in computing and information systems. Therefore the programme strikes a balance between learning current skills and emphasising the underlying theories which justify the choice of one skill set rather than another. The fundamental theories last longer than particular skills and provide a sound basis for understanding and evaluating new developments in computer science and information systems.

Full-time

The programme philosophy is that computing and information systems concepts and practices have to be complemented by organisational and management concepts and practices in order to be effective. The programme provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in both areas, enabling graduates to contribute to the effective development and exploitation of information systems and technology in companies, organisations and society as a whole.

It is recognised that today's skills are often transitory, especially in computing and information systems. Therefore the programme strikes a balance between learning current skills and emphasising the underlying theories which justify the choice of one skill set rather than another. The fundamental theories last longer than particular skills and provide a sound basis for understanding and evaluating new developments in computer science and information systems.

Entry requirements

English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish qualifications (A-level grades): at least 112 UCAS points, for example BBC.

Applicants are expected to have GCSE grade C or new grade 4, or equivalent, in English and mathematics.

We welcome applications from students over 21. We may waive formal entry requirements especially for mature applicants over the age of 21 and make our own assessment of your skills and knowledge and so we encourage you to apply. If you have no previous formal qualifications you will need to complete an admission test including English comprehension and mathematical knowledge (a sample maths test).

Applicants from partner institutions within the Institutional Partnership Agreement are guaranteed an offer of a place on the course they apply for at the grades set out above or lower in accordance with the principles of the IPA.

Credit for earlier studies only considered after acceptance for the programme and at the discretion of the programme director.

English language requirements for non-native speakers should normally be equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Part-time

Access to HE Diploma in Information Technology, Computing or Business related subject, with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction.

Entry routes are available through the Certificate of Higher Education in Management, Certificate of Higher Education in Information Technology, and the Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies (Business Pathway) offers an entry route.

Credit for earlier studies only considered after acceptance for the programme and at the discretion of the programme director.

Full-time

Access to HE Diploma in Information Technology or Computing related subject, with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction.

Attendance

Part-time: Three evenings a week. October - July.

Full-time: Up to four days a week (mixture of daytime and evening teaching). October - July

Dates & timetables

See programme handbook in Downloads.

Term Dates

How to apply

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Part-time

The programme starts in October each year. To have the best chance of being accepted onto the programme send your application before the end of June. Applications received after then will be processed provided that the course is not already fully subscribed. Your application will be processed by the college registry and we will be in touch to tell you what to do next.

Full-time

The programme starts in October each year. All applications must be made through UCAS.

Course content

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Management is an interdisciplinary degree taught jointly by the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (DCSIS) and the Department of Management. The degree programme has been running since October 1993.

The compulsory modules and a number of optional modules for the degree programme are listed below. The range of optional modules is increased by the inclusion of modules taught by other departments, including the Department of Management, the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies.

Please pay particular attention to the coursework requirements of each module and ensure that you complete the coursework. This contributes from 10-25% of the overall marks for the module (the weightings for each compulsory module can be found on their individual module pages) and can make the difference between passing and failing. Every year there are students who have to retake modules that they might have passed had they submitted the coursework. Make sure you are not one of these! In addition to contributing sometimes vital marks, coursework is designed to enable you to consolidate your learning and get feedback on your progress with a module. Please take advantage of this to give yourself the best possible chance of success.

Modules

Compulsory

Optional