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Business Information Systems - BSc (Hons) Degree

Key Facts

​​​​​UCAS Code: G5N1
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.


Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Technologies

Course Length: Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year or year-long sandwich placement. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long sandwich placement.


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Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree is designed to develop your knowledge and exp​ertise in the analysis, development and application of socio-technical systems, with a deep understanding of the importance of information technology and computing in society.

You will be exposed to the state-of-the art theories, technologies and research that will shape and transform society over the next decade. You will gain a solid grounding in the theoretical foundations of information, technology and ​systems applied to modern business environments. At a higher level, this programme will prepare you for graduate work by showcasing the impact and importance of information systems to the UK and global digital economy.

The course begins by developing fundamental programming skills and moves on to apply these skills on web-based applications. Broadening options will address the design of information systems for global business, data and knowledge management, multimedia and interaction, operations management, cyber security and business intelligence.

Graduates are able to operate as software developers with an understanding of the critical importance of business information systems to global commerce.

Course information on this page relates to September 2020 entry.

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0):

This programme can incorporate a Foundation Year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

1. Students who have not achieved the required A-Level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the Foundation Year can be found by clicking here.


Degree

The Business Information Systems degree programme is comprised of a number of compulsory modules, with a range of options in the second and final year to develop your specific interests and expertise.

Due to a change in University Policy to deliver credits in multiples of 20, some of the credit values of the modules shown below are due to be confirmed through a modification event taking place in November 2019. Applicants will be notified of any changes once the modification has been confirmed.

All modules are 20 credits, unless specified.


Year 1:

Students follow 120 credits of compulsory modules:

  • Principles of Programming
  • Architectures & Operating Systems
  • Building for the Web
  • Computing & Society
  • Computational Thinking
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems I

Year 2:

Students follow 100 credits of compulsory modules and one 20 credit optional module:

Compulsory modules:

  • Law & Digital Security
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Digital Business
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems II
  • Research and Professional Skills (subject to modification)

Optional modules (select one):

  • Multimedia & Interaction
  • Data & Knowledge Management
  • Contemporary Operations Management
  • Consumers, Cultures & Commerce

Year 3:

Students follow 100 credits of compulsory modules and one 20 credit optional module:

Compulsory modules:

  • Professional & Ethical Issues in IT
  • Analytics & Business Intelligence
  • Technology Project Management
  • Business Information Systems Dissertation Project (40 credits) OR Enterprise Project
    (40 credits)

Optional modules (select one): Note

  • Cyber Security and Cryptography
  • Advanced Multimedia
  • Strategic Management
  • Industrial Work Experience

Note: Optional modules are subject to availability and demand; as such not all optional modules may run in one Academic Year.

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged and developed through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, including: lectures, tutorials, seminars, technical labs, reflective blogs, individual and group projects, further enhanced by real world case studies and guest lectures from industry experts and supported by our Moodle virtual learning environment.

Due to the nature of the programme, practical labs and workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time -- in additional to the timetabled delivery -- so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work as they move into graduate employment, for example through blogging and on GitHub.

Students are supported academic and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director. Each student is appointed a Personal Tutor from within the School, who provide a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues. The Department has an active Student Computing Society and an official Students’ Union society, which provide a wide range of events, activities and field trips throughout the academic year.

Assessment

The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. Most modules are assessed through a combination of methods, such as formal examinations, practical assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and work-based placements. Thus, in addition to formal examinations and assessments at the end of the module, you will be continuously assessed and given feedback on your progress and development throughout the year i.e. through both formative and summative assessment.

Employability & Careers

The primary aim of this degree programme is to develop your knowledge and expertise in the analysis, development and application of information systems. It will showcase the wider impact and importance of informatics and technology to both society as well as the UK and global digital economy, alongside developing highly transferable computational thinking, analytical and problem solving skills, as well as a broad range of business and data skills.

This degree programme is in the process of being accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT – the body that champions the global IT profession with more than 70,000 members worldwide. This degree programme satisfies the educational requirements for professional membership and chartered status (on successful completion of industry experience at the appropriate level of seniority).

Business Information Systems graduates will find a wide variety of career opportunities across both the traditional IT and telecoms sector, as well as the majority of the other industrial sectors, including the digital/creative industries, financial and professional services, management consultancy and across the wider public sector. Real world experience can be obtained as part of your study by completing an optional sandwich year placement / industrial internships. Over the past few years, our students have been successful in obtaining placements in nationally competitive schemes with Microsoft, HP, General Electric and the Met Office.

On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across information systems, computing and business & management here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Foundation route:

Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

Degree:

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 96 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).  

Typical offers may include:

  • 96 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM

  • 96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD

  • 96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.        

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Applicants holding an Edexcel Higher Award (HNC/HND) with a significant Computing or Information Technology content may be able to complete the course within one or two years. It is possible to top-up from an ordinary to an honours degree if you have a Cardiff Met awarded degree. Please contact Admissions if you wish to enter via these routes.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Thanuja Mallikarachchi: 
Email: TMallikarachchi@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 7207



Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms