BSc Information and Communications Technologies with BusinessDocument Transcript
University of Bradford
School of Informatics
Awarding and teaching University of Bradford
Final award: BSc (Honours) [National Qualifications Framework level H]
Programme title: Information and Communications Technologies with Business
Programme accredited by: n/a
Duration: 3 years full time, or 4 year programme with placement
UCAS code: G5N1 (3-years), G5NC (4-years)
Subject benchmark statement: Computing
Date produced: original: 12 April 2004
Latest version July 2006
The University of Bradford’s School of Informatics already offers a range of undergraduate and
postgraduate courses in computing, computer science, digital media, animatronics, and
cybernetics. Information Communication Technology plays an increasing important role in today’s
technological society and is crucial to the success and survival of businesses and organisations.
ICT is about understanding and managing organisational information systems, evaluating,
developing and deploying effective, innovative and tailored solutions to information, communication
and technology problems. This requires sound technical knowledge of the relevant technologies,
practical skills of how to implement and manage information systems and networks, the ability to
communicate effectively as well as understanding of security, ethical and professional issues.
The field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) has broadened from the original
definition of Information Technology to cover the full range of devices and applications used for
communication – including telecommunications, audio, television and video. The use of ICTs is
often considered within other social, economic, and disciplinary contexts. One of these is covered
by the Information and Communications Technologies with Business programme.
The European Commission has identified ICTs as the key means for creating access to information
and communication in populations that are currently underserved, and the United Nations is
currently promoting a worldwide initiative titled “ICTs for Development” as an active means of
bridging what has become known as the “digital divide” between rich and poor countries. The field
of ICTs, is of national and international importance.
The BSc in Information and Communications Technologies with Business is an
interdisciplinary programme which draws on the combined expertise of the School of Informatics
and the School of Management and is designed for students who wish to gain a critical
understanding of, and expertise in ICT with an appreciation of its role and application in the
business sector. On this course you will study the fundamentals of ICT, giving you the opportunity
to prepare for the European Computer Driving License, computer systems, database design and
management, computer networks and protocols, data and network security, operating systems
software and administration, multimedia and human-computer interface, web technologies,
structured programming and web scripting, and the fundamentals of image processing.
In addition to this, you will study key management-related issues – foundations of accounting;
organisational information systems; business Information and management systems; how to run
an SME; financial management, e-commerce; capital markets, investment and finance;
international business strategy and management of services.
Optional modules in Stages Two and Three, complemented by a major project in Stage Three,
which is dedicated to your individual speciality, will allow you to develop specialist skills in an area
of your choice.
In accordance with the University’s mission, ‘Making Knowledge Work’, the School of Informatics
aims to provide excellence in a comprehensive range of studies with emphasis on both teaching
and research, in the firm belief that the two are mutually dependent. With reference to teaching
and learning, the aims of the programme are:
• Deliver a flexible programme of study in Information and Communications Technologies
that reflects the requirements of modern industry, commerce and service sectors as well as
areas of staff expertise;
• Provide a supportive, structured environment in which students are encouraged to develop
independent learning skills;
• Develop subject knowledge and understanding, and provide training in discipline skills to
enable graduates to pursue further programmes of study or to move directly into
responsible careers in ICTs or related practice;
• Develop personal transferable skills to enable graduates to pursue further programmes of
study or careers in non-cognate fields;
• Promote educational opportunities for ethnic minorities, women, mature and alternatively
qualified students, as well as school leavers and traditionally qualified students.
Learning outcomes indicate what you should know and understand, and be able to do on
successful completion of the course. These have been developed with reference to the Computing
subject benchmarks. As such, you will develop the following:
• Knowledge and Understanding of information and communications technologies and the
scientific principles that underpin them, the principles of underlying hardware and software;
knowledge of and competence in a range of programming and scripting languages and software
applications packages, databases, networking, and systems administration; the management
context – systems view of organisations and awareness of information systems (IS) in
organisations, nature of information and its roles in business management, the requirements of
information systems management, key concepts and principles of accounting, fundamentals of
Internet technology and its use in business, management implications of electronic commerce.
• Discipline Specific Skills in developing well-structured information resources across the range
of digital delivery systems; competence across the range of ICTs to ECDL level; relational
database design; programming in a major object-oriented language; scripting languages;
multimedia, human-computer interface; computer networking and systems administration;
understanding of the scope of IS and its role in organisations; ability to model a business or
organisation as a system; interpretation and analysis of financial information; ability to critically
analyse information system requirements, ability to critically analyse business areas in which
electronic commerce is being used and its impact.
• Personal and Transferable Skills in data management & presentation; interpretation of
information; application of IT and communications skills; problem solving; ability to reflect on own
accumulation of knowledge and learning; ability to work with others and contribute to team
projects; project management and personal management.
An optional placement year, normally taken between Stages Two and Three, will enable you to
extend and apply your learning in an appropriate industrial context, and gain first-hand experience
of how your skills might be applied in the workplace.
The map of your studies is detailed on the next page showing core (C) and optional (O) modules.
Each year, or stage, of an Honours course comprises 2 semesters with 60 credits being studied in
each semester. For 10 credit modules all of the teaching and assessment is undertaken in the
same semester. Some of the 20 and 40 credit modules have teaching and assessment which
occurs in both semesters.
You have the option to undertake a year of industrial placement between stages 2 and 3. If you
wish, you may register in this placement year for a Diploma of Industrial Studies.
Although the University does not recruit directly to Ordinary degrees this route is available to
students for whom a less intense course of study is appropriate. Ordinary degrees comprise 100
credits at stage 1 and 80 credits at stages 2 and 3.
Assessment regulations: a summary
The full assessment regulations for the awards of the University are detailed and complex and are
maintained on the University web-site at
To pass and proceed from each stage to the next, and also to be eligible for a classified Honours
award, you must achieve at least 40% in 100 credits and either
• 35% in the other 20 credits; or
• 25% in the other 20 credits, but with an average of at least 45% over the full complement of
The class and division of the Honours degree that you are awarded is based on the overall
weighted marks that you receive for each stage; Stage 2 contributes 30% and Stage 3, 70%. The
classes and divisions of the Honours degree are awarded on the basis of the following final overall
weighted average marks (the Board of Examiners has discretion of ± 2%):
70.0% or above: First Class Honours
60.0% or above: Second Class Honours – First Division
50.0% or above: Second Class Honours – Second Division
otherwise: Third Class Honours
If you complete Stage 1 successfully, you are eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education; if you
complete Stage 2 successfully, you are eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education. The learning
outcomes for these awards and the final award are consistent with those of the Framework for
Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) for England.
The progression and award regulations for Ordinary courses are similar to those for the Honours
courses except 40% must be achieved in 80 credits at stage 1 and 60 credits at subsequent
Unit Code CreditStageSemLevelModule Title HonsOrd
CY0121L 20 1 1&2 1 Fundamentals of Information Communication TechnologiesC C
CY0117L 20 1 1,2 1 Relational Databases C C
EM0136M 10 1 1 1 Digital Imaging C C
EM0227M 10 1 1 1 Multimedia Design C C
CM0202M 10 1 1 1 Foundations of Human Computer Interaction C C
MAN0103M 10 1 1 1 Foundations of Accounting 1 C C
MAN0118M 10 1 2 1 Organisational Information System C C
EM0124M 10 1 2 1 Fundamentals of Computer Programming C C
CM0211M 10 1 2 1 Introduction to Web Technologies C C
EM0126M 10 1 2 1 Computer Systems and Networks C C
CM0315L 20 2 1&2 2 Computer Communications and Networks C
CY0218L 20 2 1&2 2 Systems Administration 1 C C
MAN0601M 10 2 1 2 Information and Management Systems C C
CY0217M 10 2 1 2 Interaction Design C
CY0228D 20 2 1 2 SQL Programming and Administration C C
CY0212M 10 2 2 2 How to Run an SME C C
CM0312M 10 2 2 2 User Interface Development O O
EM0240D 20 2 2 2 Multimedia Applications Development O O
MAN0110M 10 2 2 1 Foundations of Production / Operations Management O O
MAN0405M 10 2 2 2 Financial Management O O
CY0301K 40 3 1,2 3 Final Year Project C C
CY0305M 10 3 1 3 Cryptography and Network Security C
MAN0205M 10 3 1 3 Global Business Environment C O
CM0616D 20 3 1 3 Deploying Web Technologies O
CM0501M 10 3 1 3 Social, Professional and Technical Issues O O
MAN0607M 10 3 1 3 Electronic Commerce O O
MAN0407M 10 3 1 3 Capital Markets, Investment and Finance O
CY0321M 10 3 2 3 Forensic Computing C O
MAN0605M 10 3 2 3 Strategic Information Systems C O
CY0314M 10 3 2 3 Web Programming and Scripting O
MAN0204M 10 3 2 3 International Business Strategy O
EM1313M 10 3 2 3 Telecommunications and Networking O O
MAN0902M 10 3 2 2 Management of Service Operations O
The curriculum may change, subject to the University's course approval, monitoring and review
Teaching, learning and assessment strategies
You will experience a wide range of teaching and learning environments. Concepts, principles and
theories are generally explored in formal lectures, practised in associated tutorials and seminars,
and demonstrated in laboratory classes. Practical skills are developed in laboratory, workshop,
and studio sessions. Professional and personal skills are developed through discussion and small-
scale project work which involves problem solving and design exercises, often tackled by working
in small groups supported by members of academic staff. Project work is used to bring various
aspects of your course together.
Each 10-credit module on the course requires you to commit 100 hours of study. Some of these
hours will be formally timetabled - lectures, laboratories, seminars, tutorials and workshops – and
others will involve you in carrying out private study. The balance between these forms of study
changes as you pass through the three years of the course. There are a lot of “contact hours” (time
spent with tutors) in the earlier stages of the course; the final year is more project-based, and at
this stage you will be expected to manage your own learning, under the general guidance of your
Basic principles and concepts are addressed in the first year (Stage One) of your studies. In the
second year (Stage Two) a more analytical approach is taken, and in the final year (Stage Three)
you will have the opportunity to synthesise and critically review the knowledge, understanding, and
skills you have gained throughout the course.
Methods of assessment are similarly varied and your progress will be assessed using a mix of
formal examinations, presentations and seminar papers, reports, laboratory tests, essays,
coursework assignments, and projects. The appropriate method is chosen so that you may
demonstrate the particular learning outcomes of each module.
General admission requirements for the course are 240 points, plus GCSE Maths C grade or
better. A science related topic at A/S or A level is desirable.
Mature students presenting with less than the above score will be interviewed by an academic
member of staff to discuss potential problems and seek potential remedies.
Offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application. Most important in
the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their
studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular course. Entrance requirements will vary but
are set after consideration of each applicant’s academic background and achievements and all
other relevant experience. A typical offer to someone seeking entry through the UCAS scheme
would be 240 points. Applications are welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications
or who, lacking academic qualifications, have significant relevant experience. Alternatively, you
may join this course following successful completion of one of the School of Informatics’
Foundation Year programmes.
Student support and guidance
All students admitted to the School of Informatics go through a process of induction that includes
detailed talks by the Dean and Head of Department. Ongoing support for students is provided in
the form of one-stop facilities located at the School of Informatics Student Support Office (SSO).
Support is also provided 24/7 via the School of Informatics intranet. This includes the SSO website
with information on:
• Informatics Student Handbook
• Informatics Learning & Behaviour Agreement
• Course Timetable
• Examination timetable
• Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
• Coursework submission record
• E-mail Archives
The Informatics intranet also includes the ICT courses website which offers information to support
• Staff Student Liaison Minutes
• Courses and modules
• Course Tutors contact information
• Equipment Loans Service
Finally, the Informatics intranet includes the Technical Support website which supports students by
offering detailed information on all the technical and services offered by the School, including:
• Digital Arts Centre
• Equipment Loans Service
• IT suites
• Video Editing
All students on the course will be allocated a personal tutor who provides support and guidance on
matters relating to learning, teaching, and student’s academic progress.
There are specialist tutors in the School who deal with issues where other social factors (relating to
gender or disability for example) may have an impact on a student’s academic performance.
The Staff Student Liaison Committee gives the opportunity for students to give formal feedback to
the Course Tutor and/or department about curricular issues and the general running of the
The School also uses the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) known as Blackboard to
support students via their individual modules.
The University of Bradford provides important facilities such as extended access to library and
computing services, counselling and welfare services, and careers advice. The Disability Office
provided targeted support for all students with known disabilities and routinely arranges dyslexia
assessments and appropriate support (i.e. reasonable adjustment) for disabled students.
More details about the School of Informatics and its courses can be obtained from the School of
Informatics Admissions Office telephone 01274 235963 (or 00 44 1274 235963 for overseas),
Further information on degree opportunities available at the School of Informatics can be found on
www.inf.brad.ac.uk/. The university website can be accessed at www.brad.ac.uk