BA (Hons) Business Management and IT

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Course Overview

As Artificial intelligence becomes more useful and more widespread, and businesses recognise the power of using data to support their decision making, there is an increasing demand for business leaders who can harness the power of IT to ensure the success of their organisation.

Developments in AI Mean that many existing job roles will become redundant. This means that education needs to change dramatically to prepare graduates for this new world of work. New graduates will need technical ability, data awareness and human discipline. This programme will provide all of those skills.

A key feature of this programme is to blend academic study from both Business Management and Computing, in order to enhance the employability of our graduates and future proof their careers. The programme will provide opportunities to develop higher order skills, such as problem solving, empathy and creativity which will ensure students are highly sought after by employers, and which AI/computers cannot achieve.

This programme is aimed at those who wish to develop a good understanding of Business Management in a changing world of volatility, uncertainty and change, but who also appreciate the role that IT and data can have in that ambiguous business setting. The course provides a balance of theory and practice, providing opportunities to apply knowledge into real projects where possible. Students acquire a wide range of skills and competences such as the ability to think critically, useful for dealing successfully with complex real-life, practical problems.

Distinguishing Features

  • This programme offers a wide range of knowledge and skills for students, so that they can pursue a career in business roles, such as IT Director, technical sales and support roles, IT Consultant, Data Analyst, IT project manager.
  • The degree uses live project examples wherever possible so that students can apply their learning.
  • The programme provides a strategic and global view with recurring themes throughout of problem solving, creative thinking and developing empathy
  • Students will learn about how technology is impacting business, so that they can understand how technology can underpin innovation and improvements to business and organisations.
  • Guest lecturers will be used throughout the programme to demonstrate the relevance of the teaching in a business context.

In Year 1 students will learn about the fundamentals that provide a sound basis for their study of business management. Core modules include Finance, Marketing, contemporary business environments, digital technologies, programming concepts and business modelling.

In year 2 students will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues, and in particular work with live clients to support them in implementing changes to their business. They can choose at this stage whether to adopt a more technical career route, which includes web development, database design and cyber security, or a more business orientated route to include operations management and the customer experience.

In the final year, students will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge they have gained through independent study on their dissertation/consultancy project.

Awarding Body  Buckinghamshire New University
Level of Course Level 6
Number of Credit Hours Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have completed at least 360 credits
UCAS Code BUIT
Regime of Delivery Attendance
Mode(s) of Delivery Full Time
Length of Study (Years) 3 years, not including Foundation Year

Programme Aims:

  • Provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the core functions of business and management
  • Provide students with a deep understanding of technical decisions involving commercial computing and the development of an awareness of various types of technologies.
  • Develop students who can systematically and critically analyse and discriminate between options for various computer-based problems and devise appropriate solutions
  • Equip students with a range of technical competencies and leadership skills, to enhance their employability as graduates.
  • Develop in students the intellectual skills necessary to contribute to effective business practice and problem solving

Programme Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:
Graduate Attribute: Knowledge and its application (K)

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key business principles, such as business environment, finance, marketing and business information systems
  • Critically evaluate the range of activities within the key business areas and their interrelationship and interconnectedness;
  • Analyse theories and concepts of strategic management within a changing environment.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the core disciplines of Computing including programming and Web design
  • Demonstrate the ability to deploy computer systems accurately, with regard to the usability of those systems within a business, industrial and commercial context

Graduate Attribute: Creativity (C)

  • Create and evaluate options to enable effective problem solving and decision-making, using appropriate qualitative, quantitative and IT techniques and skills
  • Solve problems by clarifying complex questions, considering alternative solutions and critically evaluating outcomes
  • Research information about complex business and IT situations in a project context, through the application of qualitative and quantitative techniques
  • Creatively apply innovative plans, approaches and solutions to business information systems

Graduate Attribute: Social and ethical awareness and responsibility (S)

  • Demonstrate an honest and ethical approach to the subject, exercising personal responsibility and showing respect to others
  • Implement the necessary data protection principles, including the appropriate use of computers and technology, such that information is used fairly, lawfully and transparently
  • Apply relevant principles and guidelines of conduct as required for professional practice, such as integrity, confidentiality, competence and fairness, providing support to colleagues and acting properly towards clients and others

Graduate Attribute: Leadership and self-development (L)

  • Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment including the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Display a range of personal and interpersonal skills, including the ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions, to reach sound judgements and to communicate them effectively.


Programme Structure:

Modules are set at a specific academic level and listed as either core (compulsory) or optional. The level indicates the relative academic difficulty which will increase through the programme. Passing modules will reward you with academic credit. The amount of credits will depend on the complexity of the module and the level of effort required, which is measured in ‘notional learning hours’.

Level Four

Code Module Title Credit Core / Option Compensable (Normally Yes)
BM461 Global Business Environment 15 C Yes
MG412 Principles of Marketing 15 C Yes
CO452 Programming Concepts 15 C Yes
CO454 Digital Technologies & Professional Practice 15 C Yes
BM414 Financial Decision Making 15 C Yes
MG413 Data Insights for Business Decisions 15 C Yes
CO455 User Experience 15 C Yes
CO457 Business Modelling 15 C Yes

Level Five

Code Module Title Credit Core / Option Compensable (Normally Yes)
BM561 Business Consulting 15 C Yes
BM522 Project Management 15 C Yes
CO509 Web Development 15 C Yes
BM562 Consultancy in practice 15 C Yes
BM565 Digital Business and New Technologies 15 C Yes
CO510 IT Service Management 15 C Yes
Choose 1 of 4 optional modules
MG529 Strategic Marketing 15 O Yes
BM564 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 15 O Yes
CO558 Database Design 15 O Yes
CO507 Cyber Security Management 15 O Yes
Choose 1 of 3 optional modules
BM563 Operations and Services Management 15 O Yes
MG526 Customer Experience 15 O Yes
CO559 Introduction to Intelligent Systems 15 O Yes

Level Six

Code Module Title Credit Core / Option Compensable (Normally Yes)
BM631 Research Methods 15 C Yes
BM633 Strategic Agility 15 C Yes
CO619 Business Continuity Management 15 C Yes
BM634 Dissertation 30 C No
Choose 3 from optional modules below
MG629 Developing Leadership and Management skills 15 O Yes
CO654 Cloud Computing 15 O Yes
CO669 Security Auditing and response 15 O Yes
BM632 Managing & Developing Innovation and Creativity 15 O Yes
MG630 Change Management and Organisation development 15 O Yes

Teaching & Learning

Modules on this programme will be taught in line with best practice across the university and in the sector. A variety of approaches, and good use of the latest technology, will be blended together to engage students in learning in class and beyond, and to encourage full student participation. Meanwhile, the Course Team will strive to ensure that all modules embrace current industrial practice wherever possible.

The teaching and learning strategies employed throughout the course are those judged to be the most appropriate for each module at each stage and level of the course. The strategies have been designed to ensure that there is progression from formal teaching through to student centred independent learning as the student progresses through the levels of the course(s).

A range of teaching methods will be used including:

Lectures

This is the most formal teaching strategy employed in teaching the modules. It is generally used to deliver a body of theoretical information to a large group of students and is most effective when followed up by a seminar or tutorial session to consolidate learning.

The lecture format may be supported by written hand-outs, web or library references which serve to reinforce and expand the audio-visual information presented. In addition, staff will make appropriate use of the VLE (Blackboard) facilities. This should enable lecturers to enhance the traditional communication and learning mediums, as well as making material available to students at home and university.

Tutorials / Practical Sessions

Often in smaller groups, tutorials are guided learning sessions, which can either support a formal lecture by students working through tutorial sheets with the help of a lecturer or by students working through practical exercises in say a computing room.

Seminars

These can vary from large group seminars, which provide an opportunity for the student-led formal debate of particular topic areas, to ‘impromptu’ discussion sessions with smaller groups, which may for example follow the showing of a video.
Other techniques such as industrial visits, guest lectures and computer aided learning tools will be used where appropriate. This variety of techniques is aimed at stimulating student learning. The teaching and learning strategies for individual modules are detailed in the relevant module pro-forma.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The University has a Virtual Learning Environment which is a digitally based programme that offers an abundance of supportive features used by lecturers teaching on this programme. This is not offered as an alternative to classroom interaction between students and lecturers, rather it is seen as an additional resource in the forms of:

  • Peer support – facilitated through the use of the discussion board facility
  • Notices – maintains communication between lecturer and students between teaching sessions.
  • Resources page – on-line links to good academic articles of relevance to the module
  • E-Journals – students registered on Blackboard have the ability to access full-text e-journals that the library subscribes to from anywhere that they have Internet access.
  • Course documents – such as; lecture handouts, seminar activities, module guides, seminar readings, assessment guidelines, reading list etc.

Assessment:

The Assessment and Examination webpages provide further information on how assignments are marked and moderated, including a description of assessment activities. These also include further information about how feedback on assessed work is provided to students, including our commitment to ensure this is provided to students within 15 working days (the ‘three-week turnaround’). Summative assessments are designed to test the achievement of the learning outcomes. Some modules include formative assessments. Whilst these do not give marks towards the final module grade, they offer students a valuable learning resource by way of feedback from the tutors, which can offer direction for improved performance on the summative assignments. This is particularly relevant at level 4, to ensure that students can make the transition from school/college to university.

Assessments will provide sufficient opportunity for the best students to exhibit a level of innovation and creativity associated with excellence.

During the Foundation Year, students will be exposed to a variety of summative and formative assessments whilst developing the academic skills to be a successful student at university; course content and Learning Outcomes strongly relate to students developing their knowledge and understanding of the subjects being studied and assessed.

Level 4 assessments will be primarily formative and will encourage the development of appropriate academic practice and concepts. The emphasis will be on frequent small-scale assessments wherever possible with a balance between formative and summative assessment.

Level 5 assessments will be more demanding, with the emphasis still on development of knowledge, skills, and concepts but now encouraging learning at greater depth, emphasising the fundamental principles. There will be a shift towards summative assessment.

Level 6 assessments are designed so as to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills so that they have become effective, independent learners. The emphasis is on summative assessment.

A range of summative assessment methods will be employed on this course, as follows:

  • Report will provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate in-depth understanding of a particular aspect of their learning. It will encourage them to engage in conducting a systematic literature review and provide the opportunity for them to demonstrate their capacity to critically analyse, synthesis and evaluate the principles, processes and debates inherent in the material, and to present a rational, coherent, information-based argument.
  • Oral Presentations will permit students to demonstrate their knowledge through effective communication skills, and to demonstrate sensitivity to contextual and interpersonal factors
  • The Dissertation represents a major piece of independent research focused on strategic business and IT issues chosen by the student and undertaken in their final year. This will be undertaken with support from an academic supervisor and with regular meetings throughout the academic year.

Start Date:

New intake each September

Entry Requirements

Buckinghamshire New University welcomes applications from students studying a wide range of qualifications from around the world. Whilst you can find specific details of our international qualification requirements under the ‘Your Country’ page, our typical tariff for undergraduate entry will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80-124 points and is listed on each course page.

Entry to taught postgraduate programmes normally requires a first degree, but relevant experience, in some cases, can substitute for this requirement.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for our three year programmes, or those who do not feel fully prepared for first year entry, can be considered for the four year programme including a foundation year. Applicants to these will have typically achieved between 32-56 UCAS tariff points. International students with IELTS 6.0 (5.5) or below will have to undertake an enhanced curriculum in addition to the advertised programme.

Suitability for entry to our programmes can be demonstrated in a number of ways and is not limited to academic qualifications alone. Applicants who do not meet our published entry requirements are encouraged to contact admissions for advice at admissions@bucks.ac.uk or attend one of our Undergraduate Open Days or Postgraduate Open Days.

Some programmes (such as Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Operating Department Practice) frequently require a higher tariff for entry which can be found on the relevant course page. Applicants may also be required to undertake an additional written assessment to establish that an appropriate level of ability in English language and mathematics has been achieved.

Opportunities for students on successful completion of the programme

This programme offers a wide range of knowledge and skills for students, so that they can pursue a career in business roles, such as:-

  • IT Director
  • Technical sales and support roles
  • IT Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • IT project manager.

The programme will place great emphasis on developing the student’s employability skills, thus providing them with the competence and confidence to succeed in this environment.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee is £9250 per annum. Students on this course may be fully funded by the Student Loan Company. This facility is only available to the UK and other European Union students. For more information, please contact the admissions team at admisisons@mrcollege.ac.ukor T: +44 2085565009

 

How to Apply

Please apply through UCAS and for assistance, contact via email, our Admissions Department, admissions@mrcollege.ac.uk or, by post to Mont Rose House, 412-416 Eastern Avenue, Gants Hill, IG2 6NQ.

Study Location: Mont Rose College, Ilford Campus

Study Mode

Full time


Level of Course

Level 6


Learners

360 Credits


Regime of Delivery

Attendance


Duration

3 Years


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