As technology continues to innovate, the expectations of information systems within organisations also changes. Business increasingly expects IT to enable better decision making, improve operations, identify new opportunities and promote the business and its products or services through electronic and social media.
The ITMB degree is accredited by e-skills UK, an employer-led, not for Profit Company, licensed by Government as the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. Organisations involved with the curriculum design include IBM, Capgemini, CGI, Accenture, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs, Google, HP, John Lewis, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, and CA Technologies.
The first year of your studies will introduce you to a broad range of management subjects in addition to programming and reasons why business needs technology. Typically you will be studying four modules a semester over the two semesters that make up our academic year.
The pattern of your study in the second year is similar to that of the first but you will be studying more focused subjects relating to your degree route including Project Management, Developing Real Systems for Customers (working with external clients) and Dynamic and Data Driven Systems.
If we take a simplistic view that the first year theme is why there are Information Systems and the second year is how we make an Information System happen, then the third year is about managing an Information System and you will undertake modules that address this aspect. In addition you will work on your Management Project. The Management Project allows you to study in depth an IT related topic of your choice or build a system based solution.
Most of your classes will be based in the recently renovated ‘Dome’, Georgian exterior - modern interior. Students state they benefit from our decision to run small classes (typically 20-25) which enables easier communication with staff in addition to offering a supportive community with fellow students. The campus is a short walk away from the beach, town and train station with a direct train service to London Victoria and Gatwick international airport.
Employers continuously tell us that they prefer students who have work experience and therefore we would encourage you to undertake the one year professional placement option.
Our facilities content
You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are up to date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi; housed across three stunning Georgian mansions. All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’.
What's more you have lots of other facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more, oh and if that’s not quite enough for your needs we are just across the road from the beach - brilliant for creativity and inspiration.
Where this can take you
As the course is accredited by e-skills and based on the feedback of employers, ITMB graduates have successfully gone into wide range of areas including business analysts, consultancy, project management, software designers etc. Employers like the fact that the ITMB graduate has the mix of business skills and technical skills that enables organisations to bridge the gap between business and technology.
All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' degree during their third year, which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place. The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.
Previous Work Placements
Business School students have undertaken placements at many different organisations. A few are listed below:
- Cap Gemini
- NATS (National Air Traffic Services)
- Accenture (UK) Ltd
- West Sussex County Council
1st Year (Level 4)
Management and Organisations (15 Credits)
Business Decision Making (15 Credits)
Programming for the Web (15 Credits)
Introduction to Marketing (15 Credits)
Business Information Systems (15 Credits)
Working With Others and Developing Self (30 Credits)
2nd Year (Level 5)
Project Management (15 Credits)
Analysing & Improving Web Design & Performance (15 Credits)
Networked World Systems and Architectures (15 Credits)
Business Research (15 Credits)
Developing Real Systems For Customers (15 Credits)
Guru Lectures (15 Credits)
3rd Year (Level 6)
Developing an Information Strategy (15 Credits)
Management Project (45 Credits)
Critical Issues in Managing IT Service Support (15 Credits)
Personalising The Commercial Web Experience (15 Credits)
Teaching and assessment
Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate. It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met. With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:
- In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time. As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management. These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers.
- Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects. These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.
Entry requirements 2017 - 2018
Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):
A levels: BBB – BCC
A level / BTEC combination (including AS / E.P.): 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff Points
BTEC: DDD - DDM
GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better
International Baccalaureate: 28 points
Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit