An optional 40-week industrial work placement is available on this course.
Whether you have some experience of but no formal qualification in Information Technology, or have a first degree in a subject other than Information Technology, this distinctive programme allows graduates without IT qualifications the chance to enter the business computing profession.
As a graduate from this course you will understand IT from a business perspective, be able to create a systems view of business system development, as well as being able to implement systems.
For many organisations their software infrastructure actually forms a core part of their business function so it is vital that those developing software systems understand how the business process and strategy shape the development of IT applications. The Information Technology programme exposes graduates to all of these aspects of modern business systems. Instead of focussing on traditional software development, greater emphasis is given to the development of business systems such as web systems and database systems.
Throughout this course units are taught intensively, usually over 4.5 days, with assessment normally taking place 5-6 weeks after the delivery of the unit.
* Business Systems Design (20)
You will learn to understand the nature of business systems analysis and the impact of various stakeholders on the production of effective requirements and specification. You will also produce designs which meet the requirements of the client.
* IT Application Development (40)
You will gain a critical understanding of the technologies used in the production and deployment and maintenance of web-based applications, and learn expertise in the evaluation of these technologies. You will develop an understanding of data modelling and the design, implementation and use of relational database systems, as well as evaluate current trends in database technology.
* Software Project Management (20)
You will learn the methods and techniques of planning, monitoring and control of software production projects, as well as the management of human factors in software production projects. You will acquire a deep understanding of the critical factors involved in the application of project management principles to software production.
* Business Innovation and Enterprise (20)
You will learn how to identify and exploit a companys strengths. You will evaluate external opportunities that exist, together with conceiving strategies to overcome internal weaknesses and the threats that might be imposed by the industry environment.
* Research Methods (20)
You will develop key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination. This unit will adequately prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating the Masters project.
* Individual Masters Project
The individual project is designed to help you develop knowledge of the methodologies and techniques of research in your subject area. You will critically investigate, report and engage with complex issues. You will present an analytically rigorous and well argued case and gain problem solving skills by applying your knowledge across the discipline area. Finally, you will present a reflective, integrated discussion of the conclusion of the research, development and practice activity and its implications for the future. Projects that are worth 120 credits must be linked to an industrial research project.
The figures in brackets relate to the number of credits. Throughout this course units are taught intensively, usually over 4.5 days, with assessment normally taking place 5-6 weeks after the delivery of the unit.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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