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Learn the fundamentals of computing and business practices for a career in information technology
Our BSc (Hons) Computing for Business course develops your technical knowledge and your business and management skills to prepare you for a future in the technology industry.
The programme focuses on how technology can support organisations, exploring topics such business and systems analysis, web development and project management.
The course develops you into a well-rounded graduate with the broad technical understanding and solid ability to learn and develop the industry needs.
Work with real clients
You will have an opportunity to work with a real client to deliver a product to their specifications, giving you demonstrable work experience and live projects to add to your CV, essential to get you ahead in job interviews.
Graduate with the right skills
We recognise that most computing professionals are employed in businesses to help develop innovative solutions that are often critical to the organisation’s operations.
The course has been designed in collaboration with businesses to ensure that you will graduate with the skills needed by today’s employers and prepares you for a successful and dynamic career in a business world that now depends on innovative technologies.
Choose the route that’s right for you
As you progress through this course you will be able to decide if a technical career, or managerial route is what suits you. Both avenues are open and our graduates work in a wide variety of well-rewarded roles.
Our BSc (Hons) Computing for Business course is accredited by TechSkills, the organisation that brings together employers and educators to create and promote pathways into digital careers.
You will have opportunities to attend various events and competitions where you will meet some of the country’s leading employers who are keen to look out for up-and-coming talent.
On this course you will:
- Discover in-depth technical modules.
- Learn from academics with industry experience.
- Explore technical careers paths and managerial opportunities.
- Work with real clients and bolster your CV.
Gain a solid understanding of technical knowledge and business concepts
Your first year will cover a broad range of management subjects, the fundamentals of programming, as well as explore why businesses rely on technology.
In your second year, you will study more focused subjects including project management, working with clients, and data driven systems as you investigate how to make information systems happen.
Your final year focuses on managing an Information System and you will complete a Management Project where you will closely examine an IT related topic of your choice or build a system-based solution.
Select a year
Enterprise AwarenessThis 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 DevelopmentThis 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 SystemsWithin 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 OrganisationsYou 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 MindsetThis 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 WebThis 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 PracticeThis 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 BThis 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 ArchitecturesThis 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 LecturesYou 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 GraduateThis 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 AnalyticsThis 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 ManagementThis 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 SystemsThis 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 ProjectIn 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 StrategyThis 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 OrganisationsWe 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.
Research DissertationThe 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 ResponsibilityIn 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 TodayThis 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.
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of our expert and experienced staff
This course is taught using interactive seminars, lectures, and workshops in typical class sizes of up 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 learn from skilled academics who have a wealth of real-world experience and will help you develop your theoretical and practical knowledge.
For your assessments, you will be asked to complete various projects including essays and presentations, and real-world assessments such as making a website, with very few exams.
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.
Gain practical experience
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 the business world 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
- Rolls Royce
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 year. You will focus on a management project during your placement. This project usually concerned with investigating management issues within the placement organisation.
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 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.
Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad
As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.
Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.
You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.
Prepare to help organisations bridge the gap between business and technology
This BSc (Hons) Computing for Business degree will prepare you for the growing range of jobs in the technology sector. The tech industry is always growing, so some of your future careers and jobs may not exist yet.
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
- Project management
- Software design
You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.
The Business School has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:
- MSc Digital Marketing
- PhD/MPhil Research
Course Fees 2022/23
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Access to HE Diploma
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