Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-time or 4 years sandwichEngineering and Environment
Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus
The variety of subjects covered in this programme reflects the fact that Business Information Systems is seen as a wide and embracing discipline. This programme emphasises the use of technology to support the business needs of managers, where the management team directs the implementation of new information systems within the framework of corporate and functional policy. The importance of viewing the business in its entirety and appreciating the business as a socio-technical system is emphasised throughout the programme.
This is a vocational programme aimed at producing graduates who can make an immediate impact in the organisation, whether it is from a business or technology perspective.
The first year concentrates on an introduction to information systems, the business environment, data analysis and accounting. These ideas are developed further in the second year along with consideration of the management of IS projects in organisations; students are also involved in consultancy projects for business-based clients.
The third year is spent on a salaried placement in industry, undertaking work relevant to the nature of the programme. The placement has often led to real job opportunities. Examples of employers include:
- Procter & Gamble
- Merck Sharpe & Dohme
- General Electric
The final year focuses on the management of information systems in organisations. This year also includes a major project where students explore a business systems related topic of interest to them.
Throughout the programme students are given considerable option choices in subjects such as Entrepreneurship, IT security, Management of Change, e-Commerce, Communicating in the Virtual Organisation, Music, Business and Digital Technology and Modern Languages.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
You'll be taught in a variety of lectures, seminars, projects and group exercises – all of which are designed to help you become strong, independent learners. Assessments are carefully designed to ensure all students have gained a thorough understanding of their areas of study. Each module is assessed separately, via exams, coursework and projects, much of which is practically-based to evaluate both your academic and vocational skills.
This degree is accredited by the Institute of Management Information Systems (IMIS), giving students membership of the IMIS and access to specialist resources including the latest news and developments in the Information Systems field, as well as details of job opportunities.
Our graduates have excellent career prospects, working as business and systems analysts, project managers, IT managers and consultants and are working in national and international organisations including IBM, Nissan, Hewlett Packard, Deloittes, Accenture, Rolls Royce and General Electric. Some graduates choose go on to postgraduate study and others undertake PGCEs to enable teaching careers.
An annual Employer's Fair takes place in the autumn term for students from all Engineering and Environment disciplines, providing the opportunity to meet a wide range of employers and explore placement and graduate employment opportunities. This is an invaluable networking opportunity and consistently receives excellent feedback from both students and employers who are impressed with the students they meet.
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