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:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Overview

Businesses rely heavily on IT. This course uses theory, practical learning and experience, so you can learn to meet a business’s demands.

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.

This dynamic course should deepen your understanding of information technology (IT), teaching you the fundamentals of software development and 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.

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

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

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.

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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.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional placement

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, which uses the consolidated knowledge from the previous stages of study and demonstrates your capability. Sometimes projects are developed in collaboration with commerce or industry, proposed by students after their professional training placement.

Modules

  • Security and Compliance in the Cloud

  • Project Management

  • Individual Project Preparation

  • 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.
  • 82.4% of students were satisfied with the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 and 100% felt they had the right opportunities to work with other students

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 learning 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. 

Emphasis is placed on an Activity-Led Learning (ALL) approach with group work introduced to help you develop transferrable professional skills and with aim to prepare our students for industry. Projects are used 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 to stay abreast of the latest advancements and issues, as well as considering your learning in a contemporary and relevant context. You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can 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:<br> 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. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should 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 should 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.

In a typical week, you will have up to 15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of meeting with tutor (or later, individual project supervision) each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 3 hours of practical classes, workshops, or laboratory sessions each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures, demonstrations and guest speakers each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

Information technology is a global business with employers all over the world crying out for specialists with knowledge in emerging technologies such as wireless and Web 2.0, as well as traditional network and security know-how. 

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 fieldtrips, which have previously focused on mobile app development in Finland and an HSBC collaborative project in China.

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU005
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB-BBC to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or Computing. Excludes General Studies BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM-DMM in IT, Business or a technical subject 30 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in either Maths, Physics, Computer Science or Statistics units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

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

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £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

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £13,800 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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 and their family members starting in the 2019/20 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 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 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

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 award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, 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 Careers and Employability 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 19/20 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 University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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