Computing for Business BSc (Hons)


Overview


Reasons to study Computing for Business at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • 100% of our Computing for Business graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Gain an industry recognised skillset
    Study towards a recognised qualification such as PRINCE2 project management and Information Technology Information Library (ITIL), and become experienced in the use of industry-standard Business Analytics and Business Intelligence software SAS
  • 100% of our Computing for Business graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • More than 50 years of computing experience
    This long-standing history allows us to draw on research and academic expertise allowing us to inform our teaching. Computer Science and Informatics research at DMU was ranked third among modern UK universities for its research power in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Work placement opportunities
    Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Past placements include experience at Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation (UK), Thomson Reuters, Eon UK, GlaxoSmithKline, TNT Express and AstraZeneca
  • Develop your practical skills in our specialist facilities
    Students have access to 100 computer workstations, which are divided into five interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines high-specification PCs running Windows/Linux
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.

The course is designed to help you develop practical IT skills relevant to industry and learn how to create and extract information from systems in business, government and society.

Organisations accumulate huge volumes of data from a variety of sources on a daily basis. Business systems may vary from customer support, NHS records and critical financial planning for the City of London, to strategic marketing systems for international retail groups.

You will learn to expertly develop models and uncover previously unknown trends and patterns to support decision making. You will also become experienced in the use of industry-standard Business Analytics and Business Intelligence software SAS, helping you to positively contribute and lead companies in improving their business intelligence.


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Structure and assessment


First year

Core modules:

  • Mathematics and Business Management – This module introduces the basic techniques for data collection, summary and presentation, and will help you develop an understanding of basic concepts associated with the analysis and interpretation of statistical data
  • Introduction to ICT – Initially this module explores the context of computing, starting with your own experience and then explores issues, conflicts and social changes brought about by ICT. The purpose of the module is to create a foundational understanding of the relevance of ICT which will inspire you to pursue more detailed studies
  • 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
  • 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 necessary
  • Information Systems Development – This module gives you an insight into the many tasks that must be carried out during the development of a modern information system. The intention of this module is to provide you with a practical, integrated overview of the Information Systems (IS) development process, from project selection and inception, through to the capture and analysis of user requirements and then finally the design and production of a simple prototype system that satisfies those requirements.

Second year

Core modules:

  • Data Management – The advances in modern computing technology and software have enabled the best use of all available data. This module uses a Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing software package called SAS; this is a very comprehensive data management package that combines data entry and manipulation capabilities with report production, graphical display and statistical analysis facilities
  • Management Decision Making – This module looks at the difficult decisions that most organisations are faced with, typically with a view of improving efficiency, achieving greater levels of customer service, optimising profits or minimising costs, etc.
  • Database Design – During this module students are 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. The module builds on the practical work undertaken in year 1 and lays the foundation for advanced database studies in year 3.
  • Introduction to Research – This module will develop your research skills related to identifying relevant literature from a variety of sources, critically analysing academic and non-academic texts, and justifying a set of research or development questions in a particular topic area. Key ethical issues are introduced in relation to information systems, such as privacy, autonomy, security, identity, and social impact
  • 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 hence enables an understanding to develop of the complex human purposeful activity systems within which ICT systems develop and reside
  • IT Service Management – This module is an extensive introduction to the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the industry framework for IT Service Management. Upon successful completion of this course participants 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

Third year

Core modules:

  • 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. It enables you to apply and integrate previous material covered on the student’s course as well as to extend the work covered on the course through research and self-learning
  • Computer 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 addresses the ethical and social responsibility issues surrounding advances in ICT, and considers in detail how the development of systems might encompass computer ethics
  • Advanced Statistics for Business
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    Operational Research

Optional modules:

  • Data Mining – Data mining is fast becoming essential to the modern competitive business world. This module aims to review the methods available for uncovering important information from large data sets in order to discuss the techniques and when and how to use them effectively. The module uses the data mining tool SAS Enterprise Miner
  • Database Management – 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

Facilities and features


Computer Science Laboratories

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.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.


Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

There is currently an increasing demand in industry for skilled specialists who can manage and interpret data from business information technology systems. The combination of computing skills and business knowledge taught on the course enables you to enter a diverse range of careers in areas such as business analysis, analytics consultant, statistical programmer, statistical analyst, SAS programmer, data management analyst and research analyst.

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.

#DMUglobal

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.

Placements

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.

Technology’s dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit 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. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd, Thomson Reuters, E.ON UK plc, GlaxoSmithKline, TNT Express, AstraZeneca and Caterpillar.


 

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