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BSc (Hons) Computing for Business

Work with external clients and develop your understanding of IT management on this Tech Partnership Degrees accredited course

I2016
3 years Full Time, 4 years Full Time with sandwich placement
Bishop Otter Campus

Top 10

University in the South East

1. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

12th

in the UK for Business

2. National Student Survey 2021

14th

for teaching quality

3. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Overview

This BSc (Hons) Computing for Business degree will prepare you for the growing range of jobs in the technology sector. The industry needs well rounded graduates with advanced technical understanding, so this course covers technical modules and websites alongside broader topics relevant to business such as marketing.

The tech industry is always growing, so some of your future careers and jobs may not exist yet. This course prepares you for a future in the technology industry by giving you a solid foundation in technical knowledge and developing your learning and softs skills. 

You will explore technical careers paths and managerial opportunities and have opportunities to attend various events including Hackaton at the Ministry of Defence. Previous students received a commendation for their innovative computer concept which used AI to support the British Armed Forces. 

In some modules you will work with a real client to deliver a product to their specifications, giving you real work experience and live projects to add to your CV when you graduate. 

Your first year will cover a broad range of management subjects as well as programming and you will explore why businesses needs technology. In your second year you will cover more focused subjects including project management, working with clients and dynamic and data driven systems as you investigate how to make information systems happen. Your final year is about managing an Information System and you will complete a Management Project where you will study in depth an IT related topic of your choice, or build a system based solution.

Recent second year students won second prize at the Tech Partnership Degrees competition.

On this course you will:

  • Hear from industry guest speakers and lecturers from the Tech Partnership.
  • Have opportunities to meet employers during your studies.
  • Discover in depth technical modules.
  • Learn from academics with industry experience.
  • Explore technical careers paths and managerial opportunities.
  • Have opportunities to attend various events including Hackaton at the Ministry of Defence.
  • Work with real clients.
  • Explore a broad range of management subjects.
  • Complete a Management Project.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

This course is taught using interactive seminars, lectures and workshops in typical class sizes of us to 30 students. You will join a close and supportive environment as you develop a wide range of soft skills including teamwork, communication and time management alongside your subject knowledge. 

You will be assessed through a range of assignments with very few exams. You will complete projects including essays and presentations, and real world assessments such as making a website.

You will have opportunities to work with real clients on current commercial and business problems or projects. These experiences provide the basis for assessments and enable you to apply your learning to authentic commercial situations.

Ashley Wan

Business School
"The reason I chose the University of Chichester is because of the location, exclusive teaching method and excellent rates of student satisfaction. I am now working as a Business Analyst for an IT company in Hong Kong. The joint Business and IT course was a huge advantage, as business cannot survive without Technology and IT cannot survive without business concepts."

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Enterprise Awareness

This module gives you a practical introduction to the commercial realities of organisations and how decision-making impacts different areas of the business. You will use a range of business models to explore the relationships between decisions in operations, sales, marketing and finance. You will also be introduced to basic creation and interpretation of key financial documents and ratios to assess performance. You will be assessed through an group assignment and individual financial portfolio accompanied with a short lecture discussion.

Fundamentals of Website Development

This introductory module is aimed at students with little or no knowledge of websites. You will be introduced to the principles of HTML, CSS and good design and complete some practical work involving analysing and improving web sites.

Business Information Systems

Within this module, we will take you on a journey discovering the relationship of technology with Business. As well as creating an understanding of what an information system (IS) does, we will discuss how IS may influence business structures, assist in the decision making within an organisation and some of the tools that can be used to improve information handling.

Management and Organisations

You will explore business management theories, the role and position of a manager, and your ability to manage others. You are encouraged to develop your self-awareness as a potential manager and will investigate issues like the history of management, structures, functions, culture and sustainability of an organisation. You will also explore aspects of business psychology and how people are motivated, behave and discuss theories of leadership and conflict management techniques that can be used in effective management. You will be assessed through a report.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a live case study. You will usually work in small groups to develop a proposed ‘innovative’ solution to the problem or opportunity. In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, the ability to be entrepreneurial, particularly in creating innovative and viable ideas. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of decision making in being more innovative. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a group presentation and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.

Academic and Professional Skills (APS)

This module will support your transition into a university undergraduate degree programme. You will focus on developing academic and professional skills and be encouraged to reflect on and plan you own personal development. You are provided with a range of topics to help you develop and you can choose those most beneficial to you. You will be assessed through a portfolio.

Programming for the Web

This module will introduce you to the basic principles of programming in a practical context. You will gain a solid foundation in program specification, general programming design and testing. You will study a single computer language in detail, using examples from other languages to illustrate general programming concepts.

Marketing Principles and Practice

This introductory module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment. You will discover the core tools and concepts of marketing, and investigate the marketing principles of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation and market research. You will explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations and disruptive business models. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a business report.

Developing Real Systems for Customers B

This module is part of the systems development and programming theme which runs through the Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer) degree route. This modules will use a combination of previous learning to develop and deliver a real computer system. You will be assessed through a 4 part assessment.

Networked World; Systems and Architectures

This module introduces and explores the technical components, concepts and techniques that underpin the digital world, including hardware, software and networking infrastructure. The options of a variety of architectural methods will be identified and evaluated.

Guru Lectures

You will take part in Guru Lectures, where industry leaders give talks to current students, and have the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge you gain elsewhere in your course. After these lectures you should recognise that technology can rapidly evolve and that it is important to stay current with regards to industry thinking and practice. You will be assessed through a synopsis of a guru lecture and a web base resource portal.

Professional Graduate

This practically-led module will support you to develop a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. You will plan your own development for graduate recruitment and/or your one-year internship placement. The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP). This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and PDP report with action plan.

Data Science and Analytics

This module will introduce you to data science and analytics, overview challenges and solutions in this area, present approaches to data mining and techniques suitable for new information discovery. Visualization tools and performance metrics are also considered within the module.

Project Management

This module introduces you to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective project, including the Prince2 and Agile methodologies. You will explore techniques for change management and version control. You will have the opportunity to explore Project planning and use Project Management software. You will be assessed through a 3,500-word portfolio.

Dynamic & Data Driven Systems

This module aims to introduce you to the design principles of databases and how they can be integrated into a website to create dynamic content.

IT Management Project

In this module you will have the opportunity to undertake IT related research or develop an IT system within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. On most courses you may undertake a traditional research approach, typically based around the structure of: introduction, research context (literature review), methodology, results and analysis, conclusion and recommendations. Alternatively, you may take a system development approach and provide an IT related artefact. This option is compulsory for student on Software Development for Business degree routes. The findings of your research will be generalisable and capable of broad application and you will be assessed through a management project, a presentation and demonstration of your artefact, and a presentation of the final project.

Developing an Information Strategy

This module considers the application and impact of Business Information Systems and Technology within organisations. You will explore what an Information Strategy is, its purpose, how it aligns with business strategy, and how it is applied to an organisation. This module will be supported by the Critical Issues in Managing the Information Systems Organisation module. You will be assessed through a case study and an IS strategy.

Critical Issues in Managing IT Service Support Organisations

We expect many graduates from this course will either work in, or closely with, departments responsible for information systems. This module builds on your previous studies and increases your familiarity with information systems departments and the various activities undertaken within them. You will develop your understanding of the role of the Chief Information Officer and prepare to contribute to business goals through the successful procurement, implementation and management of information systems. You will be assessed through a presentation and a report.

Management Project

The module is an opportunity for you to research a specific area that interests you within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. Your project will make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. Many students choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and work with the organisation for ten weeks during their final semester. Your findings must be generalisable and capable of broad application.

Work Placement (Short)

Many of our students take this double module as it is an opportunity to gain valuable management experience of working in an organisation for 10-12 weeks during semester two. Typically, you would carry out your Research Dissertation during this placement and focus on the project areas you are working on and a research topic that the organisation will benefit from the most. This module allows you to gain work experience in an area of business and management that you are most interested in working in after graduating and enhance your employability skills. We are not aware of any other university that offers this opportunity, which we know is very attractive to employers. You will be assessed through a learning log submission and an individual presentation.

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

In this module you will learn to raise awareness of the ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and raise awareness of corporate social responsibility. You will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used to address ethical considerations as you develop your critical analysis and argument skills and critically discuss current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility. You will reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour and be assessed through an interview and a portfolio.

Global Business Today

This module introduces you to current global issues that we are hearing about in the news today that are vital for organisations to react to in order to successfully compete and grow. Organisations are operating in an increasingly competitive international business environment and this module broadens your understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face in areas such as international trade during Brexit and political unrest, differences in national cultures, global inequality, operating sustainably and global consumer behaviour. You will be assessed through creating a conference paper and presentation.

Facilities

Use industry standard equipment

Work Placements

Gain practical experience

This degree has a strong vocational focus and is enhanced by the work placement programme. Work placements and internships are optional opportunities to use the skills and knowledge you gain during your studies in the industry.

Work placements give you valuable work experience to add to your CV and help to prepare you for the workplace after you graduate. During work placements you will develop your employability and enterprise skills so you are ready to thrive in business after you leave university. You could even secure employment after you graduate with your placement employer.

Past BSc (Hons) Computing for Business students have worked at:

  • Cap Gemini
  • Debenhams
  • Accenture
  • Eaton
  • Rolls Royce
  • IBM 

Industrial Placements

There are two main types of placement on this course. You may complete a year-long industrial placement between your second and third years of study, and a 10-week placement during your final year. Some students will complete both placement options.

Most students secure placements in London and the South East but you could travel overseas. Past students have worked in Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Many placement students continue to work for the companies they completed placements with after they graduate. Some students are even offered full time jobs before their results are published.

Industrial Placement Year

This one-year placement option takes place after your second year of study. You will have a paid position with a company and be an employee as well as a registered student. The company will introduce you to the workplace and provide a valuable learning experience to support and develop your understanding of business practice.

10 Week Work Placement

During your final year you may complete a 10-week work placement at the start of your final semester. This placement is full time, usually unpaid, and will be assessed as a double module for your degree. Your assessment will focus on employability and personal development.

Placements usually begin in mid-January and last until late March each your. You will focus on a management project during your placement. This project usually concerned with investigating management issues within the placement organisation.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office who will with you and relevant businesses to help you find your best placement match. We ensure that placements are at an appropriate level and suitable for your degree.

You are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement but you can take advantage of the team’s business relationships and opportunities advertised by the placement office. Some businesses reach out to the office to re-advertise their placements each year.

Pete Baston

Alumnus
"I was offered a full time position shortly after I finished my placement and was able to start almost straight after I finished the course. I have recently finished the graduate scheme for Capgemini and am now working in a more senior role for a smaller company in Guildford."

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

You will graduate with a mixture of business and technical skills and be ready to support organisations to bridge the gap between business and technology.  

BSc (Hons) Computing for Business graduates have successfully gone into wide range of areas, including:

  • Business analytics
  • Consultancy
  • Project management
  • Software design

Further Study

You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.

The Business School has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:

  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil Research

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees. 

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBC-CCC
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
DMM-MMM
GCSEs
C/4 or above
in mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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