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Business Information Technology

BSc (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code: G5N1, G500 with professional experience

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

Three years full-time

Four years with placement year

Fees:

UK - £9250 per year

International - £12,000 per year

In Brief:

  • Develop important skills in high demand from major employers
  • We have an impressive collection of partners in business, industry and the public sector
  • The optional work experience year enhances your employment prospects - you won't pay University fees for that year and will earn a wage for your work
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The Business Information Technology course has been designed in collaboration between our expert course leaders and our partners in business, industry and the public sector. You will find modules are inspired by the very latest information systems research.

You will learn about the management of information in organisations by understanding systems concepts, communications and information technologies.  You will also develop a detailed understanding of the relationships between business organisations, information and technology, and also how individuals and groups operate within an organisation. By your final year, you will possess strong technical skills and be well equipped to lead and contribute to the development, deployment and integration of IT solutions in a variety of organisational settings.

The Professional Development module in the second year helps you to develop the skills you need – presentation skills, networking, interview techniques etc – to move more easily into successful employment.  

Students on our BIT programme have the opportunity to try out their ideas and learning on a range of exciting projects, including working with our 3D printers and the application of 4G technology.  

Read Tom Mullarkey's blog post about his experiences at Salford Business School and working on the Fan Fit app.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/business-foundation-year for details.

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"We’ve met a lot of business professionals this year.  It’s great because we’re getting real life experience now and seeing the next step to get into that business world.

They’re preparing us really well, we had to create a digital portfolio as part of our course. We got a lot of help from the tutors and now we’ve got a website online that we can use for ourselves."

Tom Mullarkey, student on BSc Business Information Technology

Course Details

This is a three year full-time undergraduate honours degree with the option to undertake a fourth year as a paid placement. Each academic year commences in September. All modules run through both semesters of the academic year.

Course Structure

This course allows you to either specialise or follow an integrated route and the modular design gives you considerable choice.

Year 1    

All Business Information Technology students study the same modules in the first year, after which you are given the flexibility to review and change your options depending on which subjects interest you the most. This approach gives you a vital foundation in key business disciplines to support the    subjects    you go on to study in your second and final years. It also means that all students achieve the same level of Business Information Technology knowledge at the end of their first year.    

This module will introduce the key principles relating to the development of robust, reusable and appropriate information systems.  It will introduce the Systems Development Lifecycle to you and the Principles of Systems Analysis.  On top of this you will be introduced to the development        of        web-based software artifacts and their integration with existing popular web-based systems such as blogging, micro-blogging and other contemporary social media.            
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.            
You will learn about professional, business and societal issues in the planning and developmental process of information systems.            
This module introduces you to the key concepts of modern economics, including how markets function as the foundation of contemporary economies.            
You will learn how to present, evaluate and interpret data as a basis for making business decisions. This will include an introduction to using mathematics, statistics and analysis to develop lines of argument and propose solutions to important business problems.            
You will receive an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing - an essential service to the long-term prosperity of organisations and businesses - and apply these principles to real life situations.            

Year 2    

In your second year, you will start to take specialist modules and build your knowledge in these areas.

You can also choose to undertake a study exchange abroad for one semester or one year during your second year. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practice to help this opportunity become a reality.

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skill sets living and studying in a different country.

Salford Business School study abroad opportunities are available across Europe and the rest of the world – don’t miss out on this exciting chance to learn while exploring new places and making friends from all over the world!

CORE MODULES    

This module will help you understand the deployment, taxonomy, theory and practice of human-computer interaction and interactive systems. You will gain an appreciation of the technology's impact on the use of computer systems in organisations and society in general.
You will also develop a critical awareness of the relationship between design practice and user experience, and have the opportunity to explore methods which situate the user experience centrally in design and development processes.            

You will learn to create robust, reliable and appropriate cross platform mobile applications, along with skills in the evaluation, design, development and testing of dynamic mobile applications and web pages. You will also examine the key technologies required for cross-platform mobile application, such as CSS, JQuery and HTML5.            
This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context. You will become skilled in project management techniques, methods and tools, and their applications and limitations.            
This module will develop your ability to initiate, implement, review and appraise management objectives and decisions in the context of a dynamic, competitive environment. It will help you develop an understanding of the complex interactions that characterise decision-making in an organisation, and the importance of thinking beyond a single functional perspective.            
This module introduces you to the operation of legal systems in a global business context, and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of the law relating to contracts in different business contexts and their effective negotiation.            
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.            

Optional Year    

On completion of Year 2 you may choose to undertake a paid placement or study abroad for a year.    

All of our BSc and BA students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.
This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.
We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.
Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.        

Year 3  

CORE MODULES

This module allows you to scope and define a research project related to an aspect of your degree programme. This will include original work of a practical or research nature, and encourages a systematic approach and critical awareness of current problems and new insights in Business Information Technology.        You      will also be introduced to research and current practice in exploring innovation in this field of study.          
This module explores the technical and business implications of electronically mediated commerce. You will also develop, utilise and respond to market intelligence from search engine optimisation (SEO), social media marketing and other sources of business intelligence, while critically addressing issues    surrounding  the creation of high quality web applications.  
This module enables you to implement a previously defined project related to an aspect of your degree and produce a scholarly, critical report. This will include original work of a practical or research nature. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate a synthesis of information, ideas and practice        while      developing an innovative and creative solution.          
To develop a critical awareness and the skills to analyse the impact of digital technologies, you will review the underlying concepts underpinning digital technologies. This will include studying contemporary issues in the rapidly changing areas of IS/IT practice, research and development.          
You will take an organisational perspective to explore strategy techniques and processes in the global environment. This module prepares you for a career in business and management and develops next generation managers. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real-word        organisations      and use established analysis and enquiry techniques at the forefront of strategic research and practice.          
You will gain a detailed understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in national and international organisations. This module will also develop your knowledge of the important balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose        and      values of an organisation. You will also explore the roles of social and technological innovation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Minimum of five at grade C or higher, to include English language and maths
UCAS tariff points BSc: 104-112 points
With Professional Experience: 112-120 points
GCE A level BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4 ,5, 6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Applicant profile

This course offers excellent scope for any student wanting to learn how Information Technology plays a vital role in business. Knowledge, expertise and the ability to discuss and contribute to solutions around these issues are highly sought after skills by employers across a wide variety of sectors. This course will appeal to a range of applicants and there is no need to have studied these subjects before to be successful.

Each application will be considered carefully and judged on its own merits.

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered please contact admissions for further information

Fees and Funding

Fees

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £12,000 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your First and Second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

"The placement year is going great at IBM. I have learnt a great amount of knowledge about the IT industry and developed some great life long skills. I have had the chance to network with many professionals which has expanded my connections greatly.

I would recommend every student to take a professional experience year out of their studies as the benefits are endless. It gives you a kick start to your career after graduation and puts you in a better position to excel in your career.

I feel like I am 100% ready for the real working world once I have graduated!"

Ramal Hassan, working with IBM

You will have a breadth of skills and knowledge that are sought by employers in many different fields. Our graduates have enjoyed an excellent employment record and can be found in management level roles in consultancies, software houses, local government, the NHS and a wide variety of organisations.

Career Prospects

Studying this course will provide you with a breadth of knowledge which is highly attractive to employers, while allowing you to choose subjects of particular interest in great detail. With an impressive academic foundation, your skills in team working, project management, presentation and interpersonal behavior will be developed throughout the course. There is an emphasis on capability and delivering solutions, and this approach helps ensure you will develop skills which make you highly employable.

Links with Industry

Our comprehensive range of business and management undergraduate degree course are highly respected by leading employers and have been designed to maximise your opportunities for embarking on a career with organisations seeking high calibre business graduates.

You will gain valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes, or further study. Our recent graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Placement Opportunities

You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course.  Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.

You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation.  Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations from financial services to manufacturing – in 2016-17, these included such as such as BUPA and IBM.  You will receive support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement.

During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.

There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

Further Study

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

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