This course will enable you to develop a broad, industry-relevant understanding of information systems, with opportunities to specialise in your individual areas of interest.
Throughout the programme, students will build the skills and knowledge needed to operate as professionals in the field of information systems. During your studies, you will benefit from insight from DMU’s internationally-renowned research institutes, with ethics and the impact of computing and technology embedded within the modules.
Professionalism within an industry context is emphasized throughout, with strong links to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Students are exposed to industry-standard concepts, tools and technologies and explore fundamental underlying principles. Our teaching staff contribute to the field either through internationally-recognised research or industrial consultancy, and many are members of centres that pioneer cutting-edge research.
On graduating from this course, our students are equipped with the skills needed for successful careers in industry or academia, as competent and independent lifelong learners. The programme will prepare you for careers in fields such as business information systems, intelligence analyst and developer roles, data and systems analysis and design, system, security, project and knowledge management and business consultancy.
- The course is delivered to enable you to gain industry-relevant skills and benefit from a programme that develops both technical and soft skills, as well as preferred placement opportunities in industry.
- Learn from our computing experience built over more than 50 years, a long-standing history allowing you to draw on a wealth of research and academic expertise.
- Computer science and informatics research at DMU was ranked third for its research power among modern UK universities in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
- Within the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, which lists the top 500 institutions in the world per subject, DMU was ranked within the 151-200 block of top universities in Computer Science. DMU is within the top 25 per cent of all UK universities for Computer Science – including subjects such as Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security.
- Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Previous students have benefited from placements at leading organisations including HP, Microsoft, Intel Corporation, E.ON, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo.
Structure and assessment
- Information Systems Development – This module gives an insight into the many tasks that must be carried out during the development of a modern information system. It aims to provide you with a practical, integrated overview of the Information Systems (IS) development process
- Mathematics and Business Management – This module introduces the basic techniques for data collection, summary and presentation. You will develop an understanding of basic concepts associated with the analysis and interpretation of statistical data, and use a variety of relevant software such as Minitab, Excel, and The Management Scientist
- Visual Web Development – This module introduces the fundamentals of programming, and aims to provide you with a sufficiently detailed, generally applicable background in programming; no previous knowledge or experience is expected
- Devices and Networks – You will learn about computing fundamentals from data representation to computer components, covering theoretical and practical aspects including desktop virtualization, mobile computing, traditional PCs, thin clients, and cloud services
- Introduction to ICT – This module explores the context of computing, starting with your own experience and then exploring issues, conflicts and social changes brought about by ICT. You will be introduced to the social, political, economic and legal context of ICT.
- IT Service Management – This module is an extensive introduction to the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the industry framework for IT Service Management. You will be able to understand the ITIL service lifecycle and its key components, holding the knowledge necessary to pass the ITIL V3 Foundation Certificate examination – a qualification recognised throughout the world and in addition to this degree
- Agile Methods and Development – You will develop the skills of producing an application(s) that delivers required features in the context of on-going negotiation between business clients and the development team. Working both individually and in groups, you will build applications using an object-oriented framework for data-driven web development
- Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design – Object technology is playing an increasingly important role in the development of software systems and this module introduces the basic concepts of the OO paradigm and the RAD development approach. It also examines the means by which systems requirements can be captured and modelled
- Database Design – An essential skill for the computer professional is to be able to design and implement a database in order to meet client requirements. During this module you will be provided with an introduction to data modelling, using commercially realistic scenarios, which are then implemented using SQL with database management systems such as Oracle, MySQL or Microsoft SQL Server
- Systems Thinking – This module introduces the key concepts and tools for engaging in systems thinking in an organisation. Its critical purpose is to enable you to think in a holistic manner which treats an organisation as a whole, and enables an understanding to develop complex activity systems within which ICT systems develop and reside
- Introduction to Research
- Computing Project – The final year project provides you with the opportunity to carry out a significant piece of work involving critical analysis and reflection to provide an effective solution to a given technical and/or research-based problem
- Computing Ethics and Privacy – The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the concepts of ethics in the context of IT, IS, Software Engineering and other related disciplines. It considers in detail how the development of systems might encompass computer ethics
- Systems Building: Methods and Management – These modules covers two important aspects of Information Systems Development; the selection and evaluation of methodologies and the management of the Systems Development process. A variety of ISD paradigms and methodologies will be considered, including ‚hard’ approaches, both Object-Oriented and Structured, ‚soft’ and participative approaches, and ‚heavyweight’ and ‚agile’ methodologies
- Project Management PRINCE 2 – This module examines the life cycle model applicable to projects, including traditional, evolutionary, prototyping and DSDM models. The generic life cycle model of 4Ds: Define, Design, Do and Develop will be central in the module, in conjunction with analysis of real world projects
- Information Systems Strategy and Services – The central role of the information systems department in an organisation is to provide applications, technology and services to support the business functions and contribute to the organisation’s strategic goal. This module takes a service view of information systems in which the IS departments role concerns the provision of services and support for the information technology (IT) function
- Database Management – Following the year 2 modules on databases and computer programming, this module will provide you with further training on the essentials of advanced database management and programming, developing the skills of producing a user defined data type from a business perspective to meet stated requirements using realistic scenarios
- Privacy and Data Protection – Whilst the potential to breach privacy continues to increase, organisations are subjected to a considerable amount of legislation governing privacy and data protection. This module examines the balance between maintaining business effectiveness, legal compliance and professional practice in the field of IT/IS
- Research Methods – This module will provide you with a grounding in the essentials of research methods and methodologies, for example the different characteristics and aims of quantitative versus qualitative research. It will develop your ability to consider the stages of research, in line with a Final Year Project; pilot different methodologies such as questionnaires and interviews, and give you the skills to apply these to your original research
- Data Mining
Teaching and assessments
A variety of learning and teaching methods are used, including lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory sessions and independent study.
The final year of the course includes an individual project, completed by all students and a range of modules, which allow you to pursue your own career interests. The choice varies from technical subjects, such as web information management, to more business oriented topics, including information systems strategy and services, information security management and data mining.
Assessments are via individual assignments, group work, projects, tests and exams.
You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.
Facilities and features
The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide over 100 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines, and a fifth laboratory with 23 machines.
There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students’ work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home.
Opportunities and careers
Due to the diverse range of skills developed on the course, our graduates are highly sought after. Recent graduates are now working as customer relationship managers, database executives, IT account managers, IT consultants, IT development managers, online processors, service delivery analysts, software developers and trainee business analysts for companies including Hewlett Packard, VRL Financial News, T2 Logistics, RR Donnelley, PepsiCo, IFC Fleet Outsourcing and Debenhams.
Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation, and enhances their existing skills.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).
We have a dedicated placement team that will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.
Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.
As an added benefit, the Business Information Systems programme opens the doors to opportunities for placements to increase your employability across the world’s largest technology company, HP and their partners.
In the past, students have taken part in work experience placements at a vast number of local, national and international companies, including Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd, Thomson Reuters, E.ON UK plc, GlaxoSmithKline, TNT Express, AstraZeneca and Serck Controls Ltd.
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