Digital and Business Skills
Business Management with Innovation and Technology
Salford Business School
In a nutshell
The BSc Business Management with Innovation and Technology programme looks at how future managers can grasp the advantages of technology to run the business of the future. This industry informed undergraduate degree combines practice-based use of digital tools with a challenging academic curriculum bringing together modules from IT, computing and management degrees.
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In recent years, advancements in information technology have had a massive impact on the way that business operates, creating a huge number of new challenges and opportunities for organisations. By studying this undergraduate degree, you will be prepared and qualified for these exciting new opportunities, making you highly employable in this growing sector. You will study your degree at our Salford campus close to Manchester city centre.
This course (formerly known as BSc Digital Business, BSc Business Information Technology) achieved a 100% overall student satisfaction rate (with 100% completion rate) in 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data)
This programme is also delivered in Bahrain by our partner, British University of Bahrain; visit their website to find out more.
We have worked with industry partners to make sure the programme is highly practical, career-focused and industry-informed to prepare you for a successful management career. We are proud to work with our student panel to ensure our teaching is relevant, inclusive and respectful for all.
During your degree, you will have the option to participate in the Study Abroad programme. The programmes allows you the chance to spend your second year studying on an international exchange with one of our global partner institutions in Europe, the US or the rest of the world.
This programme has been reviewed and updated for September 2021.
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- Study the application of emerging business technologies and examine key business functions
- Apply digital tools to present digital innovation ideas
- Build your digital portfolio for employability
- Understand data and business intelligence and how it impacts on digital business
- Develop your skills working with fellow students on live client projects
- Gain real, hands-on experience on a work placement and live projects to develop the skills employers value
This is for you if...
You want to understand how Uber, Airbnb and other digitally-powered businesses work
You want to learn from working on live briefs
You want to develop a mix of business and technical skills
You want to study disruptive and innovative organisations who are using technology to change how business is done
You want to gain real, hands-on experience on a work placement and live projects to develop the skills employers value
You want to study a subject with good job opportunities after you graduate
All about the course
BSc Business Management with Innovation and Technology at the University of Salford is delivered by an academic team who have world class teaching experiences and are actively developing digital solutions.
In your first year, you will start to develop an understanding of how organisations work, looking at key business concepts and the core skills you need for modern businesses. You will also look at wider business areas and how technology integrates with them. You will be learning by doing through working on exciting and innovative marketing challenges or real-world projects.
The second year is all about exploring more specialised theories and learning skills that will be transferable across multiple roles in the business and technology industry. Modules are designed so that you can start to shape your own learning. The Professional Development module has been created for you to practise the skills you need – CV writing, being interviewed, assessment centres - to apply for and get your dream job.
By your final year, you are becoming a professional, developing the skills needed for responsible leadership and understanding how to think strategically. Core modules increase your in depth knowledge and continue your career development while the optional modules allow you to specialise in your areas of interest.
Our academic and professional services teams are here to support you throughout your degree and prepare you for your future career. In 2020, 93% of students agreed that teaching on this course is good; 94% agreed the course is well organised and running smoothly and 100% agreed the course has challenged them to achieve their best work (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data collected from BSc Business Information Technology students. The course has now been renamed BSc Business Management with Innovation and Technology.)
We strongly encourage you to develop your personal skills and your confidence by studying abroad during your second year or doing a work placement in your third year. A work placement really enhances your CV and shows future employers that you can apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have learned. If you choose to take the Professional Experience Year option, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.
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The Digital and Business Skills module introduces a range of digital tools for academia and the workplace. Important business skills such as management, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to the module. Regular engagement with online platforms provides tasks to improve digital competency. Also, cocreation work presents self-reflection and confidence building opportunities. Gaining the inspiring digital enterprise award (iDEA), completing LinkedIn learning assessments for Microsoft software applications, and completing collaborative video creation tasks will increase your digital and business skills as you progress towards the completion of this module. Digital Business is here to stay, so it is vital to improve these 21st century skills.
This module provides you with an introduction to the key functions of business and is an opportunity to see how they work. You will get an understanding of functions including people management, accounting, marketing and operations, and how they underpin business success. This is illustrated through the lens of some of the successful businesses from across the Greater Manchester region that Salford Business School work with: we will look at a range of businesses including startups, family businesses and large scale enterprises and multinationals from different industry sectors. It is a first opportunity to see what makes businesses tick and will help you think about your future learning and employment journeys.
Business Information Systems
The Business Information System module will take technology infrastructures as its central theme and introduce you to the organisational infrastructure through an Information Systems perspective so developing an understanding of the concepts, principles and underlying technologies of the management and application of data, information and knowledge. The aim is to peel back the screen and understand how data and information is managed, stored and flows in and out of systems. During this module, you will learn to understand and appreciate the partnership between Information Systems and Business Intelligence, in providing answers for business leaders in a changing environment of emerging technologies and increasing volumes of data. There is a further important factor that we want students to be aware of – and that is how technology disrupts and shapes commerce and society.
The Future of Business
What are the opportunities for business in the future? Starting with a grounding in the business context you will gain an understanding of economics and the digital environment, including the role of the digital economy. We will explore some of the key challenges that are on the horizon such as the impact of massive digitisation and industry 4.0, inclusive growth, food security and the climate emergency, and look at the opportunities for business to provide responsible and sustainable solutions
Business Intelligence in Practice
This module is designed to provide you with practical experience of key aspects of business intelligence and innovative problem solving. You will work with peers to use business intelligence to define and propose solutions to a real business problem. This will use the University as Industry Partner, providing students with the opportunity to engage with the institution and providing the university with innovative solutions to relevant problem areas. The module embeds group working skills in a experiential approach, providing the opportunity to gain experience of defining, planning and delivering a project, boosting your employability.
Data Analysis for Business
Using data effectively is central to business success and this module will provide a grounding in the key skills you will need to understand and use data. You will develop an understanding of the concepts required for the use and interpretation of the quantitative methods used to analyse business data. You will practice your essential Excel skills and learn to use Minitab, a statistical software package used by companies to spot trends, solve problems and use data to gain insight.
This module prepares you for more advanced studies dealing with quantitative analysis in business and economics.
In the first semester, you have the opportunity to choose a short (10 credit) module in an area you might be interested in or that you've never tried before. Details of what these are will be announced in December.
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.
This innovative module has been nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards. One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence.”
Web Application Development (WAD)
Mobile App Development (MAD)
Mobile App Development module will equip you with theoretical and practical knowledge for the needs of mobile app design, development and management in the modern business world. The supportive teaching team guide students through well-structure lectures and tutorials to understand app project management, mobile UI & UX, front-end and back-end design. The module also involves guest lectures from mobile app industry and all assessments are based on a live project, which varies every year to address different industrial sectors. It is a practical module, encouraging you to demonstrate innovative thought and produce business consultancy report in mobile technology field, and to build app digital portfolio (i.e. app wireframe, prototype and user journeys) to improve employability.
During this module we take a detailed look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars informed by research and industrial collaborations. We will focus on theoretical approaches, tools and techniques of planning and controlling projects.
We will discuss project management as an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based.
There are two summative assessment designed for this module. A business report of 3000 words and an oral presentation that will not only assess the students on the theoretical applications as well as the practical skills required, but also build your confidence and presentation skills developing your skills for employability.
Analysis for Social Media
In this module you will be introduced to a variety of methods of analysis for management decision making, which will be practiced on real social media data sets. Formative assessment will be set for practice, with timely feedback given to aid learning and personal development.
The decision making techniques introduced in the module can be applied to a wide range of settings, such as interpreting market performance, forecasting growth, make or buy decisions and optimisation of resources.
Live Project in Innovation and Technology
This module provides hands on experience inside a real organisation. Working in teams, reflecting your future working environment, you will work on a current business problem for one of our partner organisations. Students will apply people, project and time management in practice and develop innovative solutions which will support the organisations in their future practice, enhancing your future employability.
In your second year, you have the opportunity to choose a short (10 credit) module in an area you might be interested in or that you've never tried before. Details of what these are will be announced in December.
Professional Experience Year
At the end of year 2, you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year. If you choose to study abroad you will spend your academic year at one of our partner universities, enhancing your language skills and international business knowledge
All of our BSc 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 School 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.
Professional Experience Year
All of our BSc 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 School 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.
Business Ethics and Sustainability
This module equips you with an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability within national and international organisations. This module will also develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose and values of the organisation. It will explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations in order to prepare you for future employability.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Employers tell us that they are looking for employees with an entrepreneurial mindset. Or perhaps you're thinking of setting up your own business.
In this module you have the opportunity to undertake an enterprise project for an internal or external sponsor on a topic of common interest. Alternatively, you can use this opportunity to undertake in-depth research for your own project, for example, a business plan if you are wanting to start up a company after you graduate. The nature of the project will be negotiated by yourself, the module leader and the sponsoring company.
Business Innovation & Digital Transformation (BIDT)
Working with the digital industry, we explore careers, innovation and digital transformation to allow you to evaluate your next steps, find new opportunities and identify an audience to create a digital portfolio aimed at seizing these opportunities and reaching their goals. Exploring career options to create a plan for an innovative digital portfolio through appropriate channels, content and data. This is a hands-on module which allows students to create a website and social media channels and content and to optimise them, providing you with a competitive advantage when you graduate. The module is suitable for technical or less technical students.
Business IT project is designed to allow you to scope, define, design and implement a practical technology project. It provides the opportunity for you to research and analyse current practice and explore innovations in a Business IT related field of their choosing. All students will work under the guidance of an advisor to complete an in-depth piece of work and produce a business proposal and prototype, together with a scholarly and critical report which documents their research and prototype design. This practical module encourages you to demonstrate innovative problem solving, apply knowledge from across the programme, and contribute to their digital portfolio to enhance employability.
Leadership and Management in Innovation and Technology
This module offers a unique in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key practical and theoretical aspects of leadership and management in contemporary organisations. There is a focus on specific individual leaders, leadership styles and traits and offers an insight into how leaders operate in an organisational context. The module also explores personal leadership, the development of leadership and how leadership occurs at all levels. Practically the module invites you to reflect on your own leadership development and application in order to enhance employability. This module enables you to explore your own leadership styles and traits and how these impact on the management of people
Strategic Digital Transformation
This module will provide a detailed understanding of business strategy, so that you acquire an organisation-wide perspective through exploring strategy techniques and processes within the global environment. You will draw together your knowledge from across the programme, and apply these to real world organisational problems, deploying accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry, some of which are at the forefront of strategic research and practice. The module prepares you for a career in business and management and develops the next generation of managers. Students will work on industry problems drawn from their Pathway specialism, ensuring that they develop understanding of the interrelationship between general strategy theory and the specific drivers and nuances of their discipline.
In your final year, you have another opportunity to choose a short (10 credit) module in an area you might be interested in or that you've never tried before. Details of what these are will be announced in December.
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.
What Will I be Doing?
Our teaching is focused on supporting you to gain hands-on experience for your career. Right from the start of your studies you will develop the practical skills as well as the theoretical knowledge that you will need when you begin working. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.
You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. We use business simulations and live projects so that you are developing real and relevant skills. Throughout your studies, there are modules specifically designed to help you with the skills you need to apply for jobs including CV writing and mock assessments centres.
Don’t bypass the Clifford Whitworth library, it really is a beneficial resource for you. You will have access to a range of study skills sessions to help you step up to University learning and be successful in your studies and in your work. These include:
UniSkills, an online course designed to develop the study, research and digital skills you will need for higher education and your lifelong learning journey. You can also earn digital badges for successfully completing the UniSkills assessment.
Wordscope, designed to help you improve and develop your academic writing skills which helps you pass your assessments.
Microsoft Office Specialist certification, awarded by Microsoft, helps you develop your skills and demonstrate to future employers your proficiency in Microsoft Office programmes such as Outlook, Project, Powerpoint and others.
We use different forms of assessment in different modules and wherever possible these will reflect the types of work you will do in the ‘real world’ for example, report writing, presentations and business pitches. Exams will only be used when it is a requirement for professional accreditation.
Throughout your studies, the work you produce will help to build your personal portfolio of professional evidence that you will be able to use in job applications and interviews.
Be part of our Business school community
Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.
Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Where will I learn?
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Lady Hale is also the home for the mock courtroom where the mooting team hone their skills in case presentation and debate.
The University library isn’t just for reading books. The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café. It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you. It'll be an important place for you; in 2020, 100% of students asked agreed that the library resources have supported their learning (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).
A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
Interested in starting your own business? Launch@ Salford is the incubation centre for business start ups providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms – and a networking lounge where you can grab a coffee and make those business connections.
Business in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester is a dynamic business hub and centre for the northern powerhouse. With a wide range of business – small, medium, large – based around the region, students have access to a huge number of opportunities for networking and work experience. It is particularly a centre for finance, retail and digital businesses.
Salford is the fastest growing economy within Greater Manchester and is home to almost 12,000 businesses employing 120,200 people. Salford’s business community is predominately made up of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) which account for 99% of the business base though a number of large firms have also made Salford its home. The University of Salford is proud to be at the heart of this community and works in close partnership with Salford City Council to support the community. Read about our impact in the Greater Manchester area.
We hold a Small Business Charter mark, one of the first universities to receive this accreditation, and continue to work to enhance growth and productivity in SMEs.
We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. The Business School student progression team is here to help you progress through your courses as smoothly as possible.
University-wide, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more. If you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, visit askUS on campus.
Find out more about Student Support Services at Salford.
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
What about after uni?
Studying Business Management with Innovation and Technology equips you with an extremely desirable set of skills. Not only will your practical and academic knowledge be enhanced, over the duration of the programme your team working, project management, presentation and interpersonal skills will all be developed.
With opportunities to take part in a year-long paid work placement, a dedicated Professional Development module and support from the University’s careers team and our Launch entrepreneurship experts, we ensure you are equipped with the skills and experience employers are looking for.
Graduates of this course have gone on to enjoy managerial careers in a wide variety of organisations, from software houses to local government.
The breadth of knowledge acquired over the course of the programme opens doors to high-level careers across multiple sectors. By exploring innovative businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship throughout the programme, this course equips graduates with the skills and ambition to embark on their own ventures. We work alongside companies like Apadmi, Wakelet, Salford Red Devils and Manchester City to ensure you graduate with the practical skills and knowledge employers are looking for.
We have worked with industry partners to make sure the programme is highly practical, career-focused and industry-informed to prepare you for a successful management career. We are proud to work with our student panel to ensure our teaching is relevant, inclusive and respectful for all
Ramal’s professional experience year landed her a graduate job at IBM. Read about her experience on the programme in our Made in Salford blog.
As a CMI accredited Business School, we teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.
Mercedes-Benz Cars UK Limited, CEVA Logistics, Tata and JCB all had input on the content delivered on BSc Business Management during its development.
The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.
What you need to know
This degree offers excellent scope for any student wanting to start a career in management, finance, marketing and a variety of other different business areas. Knowledge and expertise in business are highly sought after by employers across a wide variety of sectors.
If you know you love business but aren’t sure which direction to go in, the Business Management course is an ideal introduction to some core areas of business.
Do you have a great business idea? This programme is a starting place for you to develop the skills to set up your own business and you can apply for a place at Launch@ Salford Uni for additional support.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2021/22 academic year.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4 or above.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
BSc: 104-112 points
With Professional Experience: 112-120 points
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
Access to HE
104 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)
3 year programme: 104 - 112 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers. 4 year programme: 112 -120 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers.
Irish Leaving Certificate
3 year programme: 104 - 112 points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects. 4 year programme: 112 -120 points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects.
Pass Diploma with 60% or above
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.
For entry in the 20/21 academic year, EU students will be charged the Home rate in the fees table below. From September 2021 onwards, EU students will be charged the International fee shown in the table.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2021/22||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2021/22||£14,400per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for international students 2021/22
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.
We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.
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