Information Technology for Business BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

GN51

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

GN51

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

EECU055

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Rapid technological change and the challenges of global competition have raised the demand for highly skilled professionals who can align corporate objectives with modern business systems and an effective Information Technology (IT) infrastructure.

IT was the most in-demand skills set in 2018 across multiple industries, according to a survey published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, an industry trade body.

This dynamic course should deepen your understanding of information technology (IT), and aims to teach you the fundamentals of software development and the application required to drive business strategy and competitiveness in an international market. We explore topical concerns such as modern web development, business intelligence, programming, big data, cloud computing and simulation.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)

Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)

This course is currently accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) for our 2019-20 entry. Following changes which have been made to improve the course, we have applied for re-accreditation in November 2019 for entrants of 2020-21.

Please note that accreditation is subject to application and approval and is therefore not guaranteed.

Our Facilities

Mac Laboratory

Mac Laboratory

Our Mac laboratory is complete with Apple Mac desktops and a recording studio with green screen. There is also an equipment booking system allowing you to borrow a range of cameras and multimedia production equipment.

Informal Study Areas

Informal Study Areas

Informal computer access to all the specialist software required for their students during their. There are bookable spaces where students can meet with academics or work in small groups.

Sigma Centre

Sigma Centre

An award-winning Mathematics Support Centre which provides a wide range of learning resources in mathematics and statistics. Students can make use of drop-in sessions or one-to-one appointments.

What our alumni say

This is an extremely educational and enlightening degree. It has helped me to pick up knowledge to the immeasurable natures of IT and taught me how IT is quickly progressing and adapted to the world. On top of that, I have learnt many valuable skills related to web design, raspberry pi, business decision making, globalisation and many more. Overall, it has taught me priceless skills and knowledge related to business and IT.

Mohammed Yousuf Uddin, BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology, graduated in 2015, progressed to MSc Management of Information Technology

Course information

Course content has been designed to reflect changes occurring in national and international contexts, including the emergence of new technologies, policy design processes and the impact of ethical debate.

Core learning is focused on the following subject areas: application programming; foundations of information systems and technology; use of information systems in a business context; project management; database systems and development; agile development methodology; international compliance; ethical and professional issues.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of the course covers the key themes of programming, operating systems, business, marketing in a digital age, databases, networks and cyber security. It considers the structure and strategies of differing business organisations and some of the processes used in business decision making, particularly around accounting data and business analytics.

Modules

  • Programming and Algorithms

  • Software Design

  • Business Decision Making

  • Business Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Operating Systems, Networks and Cyber Security

  • Digital Marketing

  • Database Systems

  • Activity Led Learning projects

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The second year covers a range of web technologies, processes and techniques associated with software engineering, usability, computer law ethics, data, tools and techniques for information retrieval, techniques and procedures for planning and managing computer networks.

Modules

  • Web Development

  • Software Development

  • Network Planning and Management

  • People and Computing

  • Enterprise Project

  • Data Science for Developers

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. Places past students have worked include IBM, Siemens Plc, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ericsson Ltd, National Grid and Warwickshire County Council. Please note that placement and/or study abroad opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Training

Overview

In your final year, you will undertake an in-depth individual piece of work; either a piece of analytical research or a practical problem solving exercise; using your consolidated knowledge from the previous stages of study to demonstrate your capability. Where possible, projects are developed in collaboration with commerce or industry, proposed by students after their professional training placement.

Modules

  • Individual Project Preparation

  • Project Management

  • Security and Compliance in the Cloud

  • Individual Project

  • Management of Information Systems

  • IT Infrastructure Library (ITL) and Service Management

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Access to teaching rooms built to support our student-centred pedagogy.
  • Chance to showcase your final portfolio of work to potential employers at our annual New Wizards Showcase event.
  • Opportunity to spend an industrial placement year working with companies nationally or overseas*. (* Please note that placement and/or study abroad opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements)
  • 82% of information technology for business students stated they were satisfied with the course in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019 and 100% felt they had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of the course.

Links with national and international employers such as the RAC, London Transport, London Metropolitan Police, National Grid and Severn Trent Water.

Our main study themes are:

  • Programming: Our aim is to help you develop core skills in programming by exploring and applying syntax, problem-solving strategies and theory common to most programming languages. You should make use of core algorithms, libraries of code and interface with databases and graphical user interfaces (GUIs). We simultaneously cover professional practices associated with the industry, including key software development concepts, such as testing code, version control, functional decomposition; and interacting with non-technical colleagues and clients.
  • Business and Business systems: We cover what business is and how it relates to Information Technology. We look at the supply chain, internal and external factors that influence the nature of business. We look at information systems, people, software, hardware, data and communication technologies and how these components can be integrated and managed to create a competitive advantage for business. You will be introduced to the methodology and techniques of IS/IT strategy, together with modelling tools and techniques used in the information systems development process. We also consider the nature of a service in the service economy and the role of IT service provision in terms of strategy, design, transition, operation and improvement.
  • Web Technologies, Networks and Cyber Security: We cover a range of current web technologies. We look at modern operating systems, computer networks and cyber security.
  • Technology and its social, legal and ethical context: We will explore the social, legal and ethical contexts surrounding contemporary digital technology. We examine the laws governing use of computers from many perspectives including: crime; contracts; data protection; freedom of information; copyright; and audit.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and up to six years if studied part-time, though you can choose to extend the period of study if you opt for a sandwich year studying abroad or on professional placement. Please note that studying abroad or professional placement opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Emphasis is placed on an Activity-Led Learning (ALL) approach with group work introduced to help you develop transferrable professional skills, with the aim to prepare you for industry. Projects are used with the aim to help develop your ability to discover, evaluate and generate solutions to information systems problems.

Industry engagement is central to the course to enable you the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest advancements and issues, as well as considering your learning in a contemporary and relevant context. You could work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you could develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree. We also organise an inspiring programme of guest speakers from industry.

Teaching methods include: lectures, computer laboratory sessions, web-based learning, seminars, discussions, problems classes, tutorials, guided independent study, personal supervision and support.

Meet our staff

Dr. Michael O. Odetayo

Michael O. Odetayo is a principal lecturer in computer science.

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This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, essays, projects and group work, presentations and practical tests, formal examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • The principles and practice, fundamentals of programming, information technology and systems and software development methodologies and their application to a wide range of global real world situations.
  • The operation of business organisations globally and the role and practices of the various business functions.
  • Established methods for the analysis and design of solutions for business problems and the management of the information technology in a variety of settings.
  • Managing risk and compliance of business, processes and systems for business continuity, international practice.
  • Security of information, data and hardware

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Undertake problem and situational analysis and exercise reasoned judgement in assessing business needs.
  • Critically evaluate methods for deciding on and implementing information technology solutions to business problems.
  • Synthesise requirements and opportunities to recommend appropriate information technology policies.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional responsibilities, including an understanding of the associated ethical and legal issues, and the need for continuing professional development.
  • Research, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate independently or collaboratively through the final year project or in group work activity.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the tools, technology and methods of data processing in a business organisation for business decision making and apply relevant diagnostic and quantitative techniques for analysis.
  • Use a wide range of local and international information resources to acquire relevant information.
  • Select and apply methods for building software solutions.

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the level of study and the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your class time will be divided amongst personal tutorials and small group teaching; medium group teaching (e.g. seminars, tutorial sessions, lab sessions and workshops); and large group teaching (lectures). In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 15 contact hours per week in the first and second years, dropping to around 12 contact hours per week in the final year as you become a more independent learner.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed study each week, for example revising, using guided handouts and online activities.

We encourage all of our students to take advantage of the opportunity to widen their international experience. If you wish to study abroad or spend a year on professional placement as a part of your degree, we will provide support in finding a suitable placement and in seeking financial assistance. One year study abroad placements are currently available in Europe or Asia.

We also provide opportunities to attend international field trips, which have previously focused on mobile app development in Finland and an HSBC collaborative project in China. Please note that studying abroad, professional placement and international field trip opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

A course that covers all areas of IT, implementing methods used in industry into modules offering challenges that allow students to develop into employees ready for the real world!

Ryan Critchley, BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology, graduated with a First in 2016, now Technology Solutions Analyst at Nestlé UK&I

What our alumni say

This is an extremely educational and enlightening degree. It has helped me to pick up knowledge to the immeasurable natures of IT and taught me how IT is quickly progressing and adapted to the world. On top of that, I have learnt many valuable skills related to web design, raspberry pi, business decision making, globalisation and many more. Overall, it has taught me priceless skills and knowledge related to business and IT.”

Mohammed Yousuf Uddin, BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology, graduated in 2015, now studying MSc Management of Information

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£16,400 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our alumni say

This is an extremely educational and enlightening degree. It has helped me to pick up knowledge to the immeasurable natures of IT and taught me how IT is quickly progressing and adapted to the world. On top of that, I have learnt many valuable skills related to web design, raspberry pi, business decision making, globalisation and many more. Overall, it has taught me priceless skills and knowledge related to business and IT.”

Mohammed Yousuf Uddin, BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology, graduated in 2015, now studying MSc Management of Information

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The effective use of information technology is crucial to every modern business. On this course, you should not only develop the technical skills and knowledge required to create IT applications, but you should also gain a solid understanding of the business environment in which they operate.

The course is designed to help prepare you for careers in the design, delivery and management of IT systems within a business, although the skills learnt could be applicable in careers such as web development, data analysis, content management, business analysis and project management.

When you are ready to start thinking about permanent employment during your time at the University, you will also receive support from our faculty’s employability and placements unit the Talent Team, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. We enjoy close links with employers, including IBM and Coventry City Council, so we are in a good position to advise you of employment opportunities as they arise.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university’s Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Throughout your studies, we focus on developing your technical capabilities and ability to deliver solutions. This, together with analytical, numerical and problem solving skills, has led previous students to secure employment at IBM and Cap Gemini. Organisations such as National Grid and Severn Trent Water also employ information technology business specialists.

What our alumni say

Studying Business Information Technology has helped me develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how businesses operate and how ICT can be applied to support business operations. I feel capable of utilising my knowledge to help improve business decision making and consult organisations with effective IT solutions.”

Neelesh Patel, BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology, graduated in 2015, now studying MSc Management of Information Technology
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.