BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology (full-time)

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The single honours route aims to provide gra...
•    Critically evaluate methods for the development of systems and for problem solving

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E-Business Strategic Planning and Implementation                                          BT306

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BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology (full-time)

  1. 1. BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology (full-time) Aims and Objectives The single honours route aims to provide graduates with a critical understanding of the role of IT in the support of business. It will enable the graduate to function effectively in the business world in the provision of IT systems for the support of the information requirements of organisations. Core modules will develop appropriate knowledge and skills in business and IT throughout the course through an integrative teaching and learning strategy. The principles and techniques of management are also studied throughout the course. Through the study of final year options, the student will gain an in-depth understanding of specialist areas of research and development in the Field of BIT. Learning Outcomes Level 1 On successful completion of Level 1 the student will be able to: • Demonstrate competence in the use of software applications • Exhibit understanding of computer technology • Appreciate business structures, environments, management styles and legal and ethical issues • Comprehend the information needs of business, the flow of information and the role of IT in support. By the end of this Level, the student will also be able to demonstrate that they are able to: • Communicate effectively in an appropriate format • Meet obligations to others and work within a group towards a defined outcome • Access, select, use appropriately from a range of learning resources • Manipulate mathematical data, with understanding, to provide information • Understand health and safety with respect to the use of IT Level 2 On successful completion of Level 2 the student will be able to: • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of a wide range of information systems and the supporting technology • Apply appropriate tools and techniques in the management and control of information systems to solve a given problem • Demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to apply, management tools and techniques, within specific business functions, at the tactical level • Understand the integration of IT within business functions By the end of this Level, the student will also be able to demonstrate that they are able to: • Interact effectively in a learning group • Use tools and materials appropriate to a skill and their potential • Show emergence of their own criteria by the critical evaluation of information • Identify key and subsidiary elements of a problem • Exercise autonomy within broad guidelines Level 3 On successful completion of Level 3 the student will be able to: • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the role of IT in support of business and the complexity of the relationship • Apply technical knowledge and skills to solve problems of information management in a business environment • Demonstrate comprehensive and detailed knowledge of business and IT and the provisional nature of the state of knowledge BSc (Hons) Business Information Technologyu (full-time) 30 April 2010
  2. 2. • Critically evaluate methods for the development of systems and for problem solving By the end of this Level, the student will also be able to demonstrate that they are able to: • Apply a high level of group skills • Exhibit a high degree of autonomy in all areas of work • Undertake critical and ethical analysis • Exercise excellent communication skills Module Summaries Level 1 Business Applications Development BT106 To provide the student with a working knowledge of organisational operations and applications. This module provides an understanding of the fact that, not only do policies and decisions taken inside the organisation and those taken outside the organisation impact on everyone employed within the organisation, but also impact on those outside the organisation – the customer. This module provides the first level of understanding concerned with organisational activities, supportive IT applications and management systems which have a profound impact on the success or failure of any business. Moreover, it provides an appreciation of the link between management culture and the IT used, in order to fulfil the organisational aim and objectives. Business Analysis Toolkit BT107 To provide the student with the tools necessary in finding and extracting data from differing media and presenting data as information in a variety of forms using Government IT initiatives as a vehicle. This module provides an underpinning of how business requires to understand its’ environment and present this understanding through both oral and textual formats. It provides the basis of how students are to present material both in their academic and employment environments Programming Development CO106 The aim of this module is twofold – to introduce students to an event-driven programming language and provide them with various skills in research methods and report writing, enabling them to undertake a group based programming project. Networking IN103 This module introduces the practical and theoretical bases of computer networks and data commmunications. Initially it focuses on TCP/IP, the OSI 7 layer model and the physical and communication aspects of networking devices, LANs, WANs, protocols and addressing. Later the module content moves towards the management of large LANs connected via a WAN infrastructure. This will provide the background knowledge and understanding required for managing an enterprise wide network. The management techniques covered will be applied using network systems currently used in the industry. Multimedia & The Web MM105 The module introduces students to the wide variety of digital media technologies used in multimedia and on the web together with an understanding of their application. The module will provide basic media and HTML processing skills and introduce a variety of industry- standard tools to create and edit the media and design web content wilst gaining an appreciation of HCI, page and site design principles for information presentation and interaction. Where necessary, the student will learn to operate the relevant peripheral hardware supporting the media and tools. BSc (Hons) Business Information Technologyu (full-time) 30 April 2010
  3. 3. Computer Technology CE104 To introduce the general principles and operation of computer systems both from a hardware and software viewpoint. The underlying principles of digital logic and binary systems will be introduced. The Von-Neumann and Havard structures of computers is introduced. The idea of data coding, compression and error detection is introduced. The notion of abstraction and the purpose of an operating system and system software will be discussed. Level 2 Database Design BT202 The aim of this module is to enable the student to apply a structured development methodology to specify the requirements of an information system. The student will learn how to utilise the three main systems analysis techniques of data flow modelling DFD, entity relationship modelling ERM and entity life histories ELH. Students will develop an understanding of how these three modules or views of a system are related and cross referenced with each other in the analysis stage of the systems development life cycle (SDLC). The use of a CASE tool software will be learnt to provide the skills required to produce the three models of a system. Database Development BT203 The module will provide the student with a general grounding in the fundamental theories of relational database design and management. This main broad areas covered are relational data analysis and entity relationship modelling, techniques of data normalisation, the use of SQL DDL (data definition language) to create tables and SQL DML (data manipulation language) to query a relational database. An introduction to database transactions, concurrency control and database recovery is also covered. This module develops key skills in data modelling using entity relationship techniques. Students will learn to operate the relevant peripheral hardware supporting the media and tools. Operational Management BT208 The aim of this module is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the role of business information systems in supporting the different functions within organisations, and of the way in which the decision making process at operational management level is supported by information technology. This module builds on the student’s understanding of the organisations gained at level 1 and provides the necessary knowledge of operational management to enable them to move on to the strategic management focus in level 3 for those that progress to the degree route. Finance for Business Decisions BT209 The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of, and an ability to use some of the tools and techniques that are applicable to financial decision-making. E-Marketing BT210 The aim of this module is to enhance students’ understanding and knowledge of how E-marketing impacts on all aspects of business marketing from strategy and planning through the marketing mix, communication, and buyer behaviour to marketing research. It also highlights the most significant opportunities and defines the new marketing approaches needed. The module also addresses issues relevant to design and analysis of e-commerce sites and associated tools and techniques. BSc (Hons) Business Information Technologyu (full-time) 30 April 2010
  4. 4. Human Computer Interaction COX01 The student will learn how to apply the principles of HCI to the design, evaluation and effective use of human-computer interfaces. Topics include cognitive frameworks for HCI, usability standards and metrics, task analysis, dialogue design, approaches to evaluation, hypertext, multimedia and the World Wide Web. Internet Systems Development IN201 To introduce students to the principles and standards employed in developing internet based systems. A number of key stages within the software life cycle will be visited, including design, implementation and testing. Students will develop the skills necessary to utilise a variety of development tools, to create software systems, that contain dynamic web pages that interact with databases. The unique considerations associated with developing software deployed over the internet will be addressed, including topics such as architecture, protocols and security. Project Planning and Management MT201 To provide a basic knowledge and understanding of Project Management theory. This includes the management of resources, with emphasis on the importance of planning and costing, the tools used and how they can be applied to problem solving for modern project management. Level 3 Strategic Planning and Management BT302 The aim of the module is to enable students to apply concepts and techniques associated with strategic management and to critically analyse organisational situations. This module draws on the student’s understanding of the operation and management of organisations and deals with the development of corporate strategies and the process of strategy formulation, evaluation and implementation of these strategies. Database Systems 1 BT304 To build and extend on the knowledge and skills gained in the Database Design and Management module at level 2. This module develops the concepts of the relational database theory and provides further skills in entity relationship modelling using the UML notation. Issues to be considered in the conceptual, logical, physical and database implementation stages are addressed. The use of client server database e.g. Oracle will provide the student with vital industry standard skills and knowledge. This involves developing key skills in SQL advanced features and PL/SQL programming. Students taking this module gain valuable knowledge and skills to also prepare (optionally) for the Oracle certified associate OCA status and can go on to become Oracle certified professionals OCP through a combination of further self-study and relevant work experience. Database Systems 2 BT305 To investigate, analyse and evaluate the current and emerging developments/issues in database. This module introduces the student to a range of new developments in the database industry, looking at changes in the underlying technologies used to manage corporate databases in supporting organisation-wide information systems. This will cover key topics such as the extensions of the relational model with the object-oriented DBMS and the associative data model AMD. The use of data warehousing, distributed DBMS, web database connectivity, client server database, HTML DB, GIS and multi-media databases. Thereby, providing possible career paths or areas of interest for students. Students are introduced to Key practical skills in the use of an industry standard DBMS i.e. Oracle by the use core technologies and application in Oracle forms, reports and PL/SQL programming. BSc (Hons) Business Information Technologyu (full-time) 30 April 2010
  5. 5. E-Business Strategic Planning and Implementation BT306 Electronic Business is the integration of IT and particularly the Internet into business processes to change organisations and create new ones. It particularly affects the interfaces between and among organisational entities and units. In the past thirty years, IT has played an important part in making processes more effective and efficient but it has not changed them, whereas Electronic Business has done so. In Electronic Business. IT becomes embedded in business processes as opposed to the prior model, where IT was a support function. A critical difference is whether or not the process can operate at all if the IT system is inoperable. The overall aim of the module is to give students an understanding of how Electronic Business involves the use of modern communications networks and computing systems to carry out business, where ability to integrate technologies vertically and horizontally within organisational processes is seen as a crucial requirement. The module is also fundamentally concerned with integrating the successful applications of internet technologies with existing information technologies, as well as with the strategic intentions of the organisations. Project BT399 This module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to carry out an individual in-depth investigation of a topic of interest, and to further develop their skills in research, problem solving and critical analysis. The project will be selected by the student in consultation with their chosen supervisor, and may involve a local company. The work will be carried out throughout the year, culminating in an academic report and oral examination. Artificial Intelligence Pt 1 CO303 In “AI part 1”, we survey what AI can and can’t do, and study the subjects of searching, knowledge representation, expert systems and fuzzy logic. Artificial Intelligence Pt 2 CO304 In "AI2", we develop the concepts of pattern recognition and intelligent machines, with particular reference to neural networks, natural language understanding, and computer vision, and reconsider the issue of "what AI can and can't do". Business Systems Analysis BT308 A Systems Analyst provides the link between a business client’s needs and the developer who will implement the software solution to this need. A structured approach to systems analysis is, then, fundamental in providing the detail needed to understand the workings of an existing business. Only then can a Systems Analyst present an equally structured proposal to meet a specific data processing requirement. This module develops the techniques and tools of systems analysis allowing complex business scenarios to be modelled and presented to a client, as well as outlining the initial stages of development of a proposed data processing system. It focuses on teamwork, leadership and participation as well as roles and responsibilities. Systems Design & Implementation BT309 Businesses from small independent traders to the largest multinational organisations increasingly depend upon information systems for the recording and processing of data. Central to the idea of an information system is a database, and increasingly databases are accessed and used 24/7 through a web browser: just think of ebay, Amazon, and many more. Information systems and databases are becoming increasingly sophisticated and widely available. This module focuses on the design, development and implementation of a relational database system which may be distributed world wide via the Internet. BSc (Hons) Business Information Technologyu (full-time) 30 April 2010
  6. 6. Advanced Web Programming MM301 This module aims to enhance the existing web programming skills of the student to enable them to develop complex web pages and web based applications. Digital Video Production MM306 To help students develop the skills necessary to create digital video movies for inclusion in multimedia products. Students will appreciate the importance of pre-production planning and examine the theoretical and practical principles used in digital video production and post-production. 3D Modelling & Animation MM307 The use of computer generated images is becoming more and more common in film, TV, advertising and multimedia. This module aims to give the student an understanding of the principles of creating and animating a 3D computer model. Areas such as modelling techniques, applying materials and lighting effects for added realism and basic object animation will be examined and explored through practical application. Who is Who Contact Details Name Position Room Telephone No Email Peter Harding Head of School C2 01494 603013 Don Milne Portfolio Leader C2a 01494 605063 Hilary Mullen Course Leader C2a 01494 605062 BSc (Hons) Business Information Technologyu (full-time) 30 April 2010