This course will give you a clear perspective of the current nature and practice of business information systems. In Year 1 you will be introduced to the main fundamental concepts and in Year 2 and Year 3 you will follow the specialist themes which interest you the most. You will take some modules offered by Westminster Business School.
Working in the world of information systems can be exciting and rewarding, as businesses become more and more reliant on information systems to support innovation, decision making and day-to-day operations. The creative use of information systems can transform organisations, and successful enterprises require hybrid managers and analysts who can evaluate and use the tools, gauge the risks and provide the key insights and sound direction for strategic business planning.
This course develops your understanding of the business challenges of an enterprise, and your ability to conceive and manage solutions which are increasingly ICT-dependent. You will integrate your skills of problem solving and information systems modelling with your knowledge of business processes and environments. You will be able to consult on, support or develop the technological platforms of an enterprise to achieve competitive advantage, building a career in roles ranging from systems developer to business manager
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Year 1 modules provide the foundations upon which you will build your insights into the business environment, information systems and the available technologies. You will also develop essential skills such as analysing customer needs, information modelling for this, business mathematics, academic writing and communication.
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Year 2 is the development stage of the course. The focus of the modules will be mainly on the design and development of information systems, project management, e-commerce and understanding available solutions in databases, web interfaces or analytics. The Professional Practice module covers professional and ethical issues as well as career management. You also have the flexibility to take an option module in a relevant area of your choice.
Sandwich placement year
You will have the opportunity to take a year-long placement between Year 2 and Year 3, giving you practical skills to accompany your theoretical knowledge, and a competitive edge in the job market.
Past students have been placed in large enterprises such as Accenture, Capita, Carphone Warehouse, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Lloyds TSB, Logica, Microsoft, and Volkswagen, and others in some small to mediumsized enterprises.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Year 3 modules will develop your critical, evaluative and strategic thinking. You will look at the strategies and methods that organisations employ to deliver information systems solutions which are usable, secure, appropriate, and necessary for achieving market edge. You will also have the opportunity to choose options in starting your own business or going further into business analytics. There will be a double project module in which you will use your knowledge and skills, conduct independent research and investigation, and develop a solution for a problem of your choice.
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