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BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS I206

Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BBC - CCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

 

Student view

Ashley Wan
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.

Course content

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

Teaching at the Business School takes place at the Bognor Regis campus. This includes being taught in buildings such as The Dome and our brand-new Tech Park.

The University of Chichester’s cutting-edge Tech Park aims to produce graduates that have enterprise skills, creativity, technical knowledge and are equipped to enter the graduate workforce. Our Engineering & Design and Creative & Digital Technologies departments are also based in this building and have access to brand new equipment, machines and studios.

The Dome is a historic Georgian building with a modern interior and facilities.  Much of our teaching is seminar style, so you’ll be learning in relatively small groups. On occasion we have some larger rooms, including a lecture theatre, to deliver bigger sessions. Because of this, you’ll benefit from a personalised experience where your lecturers will get to know you by name.

Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at Bognor Regis is based at the heart of the campus. Here, you’ll find our Support and Information Zone (SIZ) desk where friendly and supportive staff will be able to assist with many aspects of University life including: general IT and library support; booking laptops and computers; queries relating to academic Registry or Finance; and arranging appointments to see a full range of dedicated student support services such as careers, academic skills service, Disability and Dyslexia, and more.

Our LRC provides ample space to collaborate and complete group work as well as somewhere for you to finish assignments and study quietly. You will have access to bookable PCs, laptops and Macs as well as the latest journals, books and online resources. We also have Moodle pages, where lecturers provide a wealth of information about the topics you will be studying to support your independent learning. When you need to take a break, Costa Coffee on the ground floor provides the perfect space to relax.

Where this can take you

As the course is accredited by the Tech partnership 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.

Alumnus profile: Pete Baston:

"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."

Postgraduate Pathways

The Business School also has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • Leadership & Management
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • PHD Research

Work placements

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

What our students think...

"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' 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.

10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer our students the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of Placement

Students find placements in all areas of business, some recent examples:

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.

 

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year 1:

Enterprise Awareness

This module aims to provide participants with a practical introduction to thinking critically about the commercial realities underpinning organisations and how structured thinking and analysis can enable the development of an ‘enterprising mindset’ that can support informed, persuasive decision-making. The interplay between decisions around an organisation’s operations, sales, marketing and finance is explored through developing an understanding of business models. A primary module focus is about understanding how value is created (in particular the revenue streams and cost structures that underpin value creation) and then being able to develop and present business proposals and solutions clearly and concisely using ‘business language’. This requires a level of financial literacy, and a key learning outcome will focus on enabling students to construct, present and interpret financial information to support decision making.

Due to the nature of the module covering different areas of the business, this means that individual participants will have different experience through their previous studies and/or work experience. This provides the opportunity for students to ‘pool’ their experiences together and develop a wider understanding of the different types of decisions business make, but also how decisions in one business area affects others.

For students to get the most out of this experience, the tutor will support students in developing individual skills gaps and abilities to work in teams. Students will also be required to take responsibility for their own continuous learning.

Fundamentals of Website Development

This module is an introductory module for students with little or no knowledge of websites. It aims to introduce students to the principles of HTML, CSS and good design, providing opportunity for practical work, which will involve analysing and improving web sites.

Business Information Systems

This module is designed to introduce all management students to business information systems and how they are used to support businesses effectively. It is the first part of an information systems theme running through the course that will be undertaken by all IT Management for Business (ITMB) and Software Development for Business (SDfB) students.

Management and Organisations​
Students will explore ways of enhancing learning about management and themselves as managers. Management will be defined and the role of managers discussed. Students will be encouraged to develop their self-awareness in relation to their values and potential role as a manager. Group structures and processes will be introduced and the structures, functions and cultures of an organisation will be addressed. Students will explore how people are motivated, and relate this to job design factors. Power in organisations will be discussed, including theories of leadership and techniques to manage conflicts will be identified. 

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen student’s knowledge through applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a social enterprise case study. Students will normally work in small groups to develop a proposed solution to the problem, and in parallel with this the task will enable students to develop further (and reflect upon) their confidence, resilience, autonomy, negotiation/influencing, team-working, problem solving and creativity skills.

In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, good enterprise awareness and be the ability to be entrepreneurial. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of how different functional areas interconnect when making decisions; and their impact on the business as a whole.

  • APS 1

Programming for the Web

This module aims to introduce students to the basic principles of programming in a practical context and provide them with a solid foundation in program specification, general programming design and testing. The module involves the study of a single computer language in detail, but examples from other languages will be used to illustrate the general concepts involved. The second year module, Dynamic and Data Driven online Systems will build upon knowledge and skills gained in this module.

Marketing Principles & Practice

This introductory marketing module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment and familiarises students with the core tools and concepts of marketing, introducing the marketing priciples of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation and market research. The module will also explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations and disruptive business models. The content is structured around real world examples, in class discussion and marketing briefs & activities that will enable participants to understand the principles of marketing and consider these in practice whilst developing problem solving and analytical skills.

Year 2:

Developing Real Systems for Customers

This module is part of the systems development and programming theme running through the Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer) degree route and pulls together much of the students previous learning in order to develop and deliver a real computer system.

Networked World; Systems and Architectures

This module will begin by introducing the need for an information systems infrastructure to support an organisation and develop the concept of enterprise architecture. The constituent components will be explored and will include: Systems architectures – their development and differences

Software architectures – including an introduction to and comparison of, different operating systems

Computing hardware components, specifically server based architectures

Data management and storage devices

Network architectures and systems including wireless

Remote/personal communications

Service oriented architectures – including web services

Within the context of the enterprise, students will further explore the issues of systems management, reliability and security and advanced architectural concepts including cloud computing. The theoretical content of the module will be presented through lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Students will also be expected to use suitable reference sources, and especially the Internet to extend their understanding of the issues covered. Practical work will complement theoretical learning and will focus on (practical) skills that will be relevant and useful beyond the end of the course. Simulation tools will also be used to support learning. A case study will be used during part of the course, with a view to evaluating the requirements for and issues associated with implementing a small system. The finished solution will form the basis of the report element of the summative assessment.

Guru Lectures

This module is part of the IT for Business Management (ITMB) & Software Development for Business programme undertaken in association with the e-skills. During the academic year the students will participate in Guru Lectures (industry leaders give talks and impart their knowledge and expertise to students). It is anticipated that taking part in the lectures will provide the students with the opportunity to appreciate and apply the theoretical knowledge gained within the IT based programmes. Additionally the students should recognise that Technology can rapidly evolve and it is important they stay current with industry thinking and practice.

Professional Graduate 

This module is designed to support students in developing a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. A practically led module that will support students in advancing strategies that enable them to articulate and market effectively the skills, knowledge and experience that they have developed both within and outside of University.

The module is of particular value to students seeking to undertake a placement as part of their programme of study although it is relevant to all students as a means of enabling them to reflect on, and subsequently develop further, their employability skills.

Data Analytics (SQL & No SQL)
This module will provide you with the background to concepts of Data analytics/ Business Intelligence / Big Data and data mining – simply put data capture, curation, analysis and data visualisation. There is a focus on business activity and decision-making. In addition, you will be made aware of the fundamental difference between structured and unstructured data types.

Project Management

This module aims to equip students with the tools and skills necessary to manage projects effectively. Specific objectives are:

To demonstrate the importance of following a prescribed project management methodology

To introduce the concepts of project management in a practical way including: 1. effective scoping 2. planning 3. resource allocation 4. risk and issue management 5. project monitoring 6. reporting and review

Provide the basis for business case development and subsequent budget management.

  • Data Analytics

Dynamic & Data Driven Systems

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

Year 3:

IT Management Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students 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 the professional and intellectual development of student.

The project can be undertaken in one of two ways.

Option A) A traditional research approach typically based around the following structure: Introduction, research context (literature review), methodology, results and analysis, conclusion and recommendations.

Option B) System development approach in which students will provide an IT related artefact.

Students undertaking Software Development for Business degree route can only undertake a project using Option B; all other students (ITMB and IT joint routes) can choose between either option, dependent on the type of project undertaken.

The subject chosen will normally be concerned with the investigation of one or more IT related issues within the context of a public or private sector organisation. For students undertaking the 10 week work placement the project will usually be set in the context of the host organisation. For students remaining in the university it is expected that students will approach and identify a suitable organisation as a focus for their project. The university has a range of external contacts that may require specific projects but it is within the nature of the module, even in these cases, that students must approach the organisation and agree suitable terms of reference.

Whilst the topic might well be one that is of interest the end product must have findings that are generalisable and capable of broad application. A library based dissertation may also be acceptable, but it must consider the IT related implications of the study, and cannot be purely literature based.

Developing an Information Strategy

This module is the third of a theme that considers the application and impact of Business Information Systems and Technology within organisations. It will also be supported by another Level 3 Module, BML 311, (Critical Issues in Managing the Information Systems Organisation). It will look at what an Information Strategy is, its purpose, how it aligns with business strategy and how it is applied to an organisation. Students will evaluate the different elements that constitute the Information Strategy and consider how such a strategy can be implemented.

Critical Issues in Managing IT Service Support Organisations

It is anticipated that many of the students upon graduation from this course will either work within, or closely with, departments responsible for information systems. The module will be closely aligned with the Level 3 module on Information Systems Strategy. Building on the third year theme, ‘Developing the Professional’ the aims of this module are to:

Ensure that students are familiar with information systems organisations and departments and the various activities undertaken within them Develop an understanding of the role of the Chief Information Officer Prepare students to be able to contribute effectively to the delivery of business goals through the successful procurement, implementation and management of information systems.

Management Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to the professional and intellectual development of students. Students are prepared for the project through the Business Research module (BML201) in level 5 where they are introduced to different approaches to research. Students will also be familiar with different types of research associated with disciplines studied previously in their chosen pathway.

The project provides a vehicle for students to demonstrate the extent to which they have managed the final transition from a tutor-led approach to student centred learning. The issue is chosen, investigated and published by the student, with the support of a supervisor. It enables students to demonstrate their capacity for sustained independent thought, learning and critical reflection in a major piece of work.

The subject chosen will normally be concerned with the investigation of one or more management issues within the context of a public or private sector organisation. For students undertaking the 10 week work placement the project will usually be set in the context of the host organisation. For students remaining in the university it is expected that students will approach and identify a suitable organisation as a focus for their project. The university has a range of external contacts that may require specific projects but it is within the nature of the module, even in these cases, that students must approach the organisation and agree suitable terms of reference. Another context for the management project is to pursue research in a range of organisations or identify specific groups of people to study in relation to a management issue.

Whilst the topic might well be one that is of interest the end product must have findings that are generalisable and capable of broad application. A library based dissertation may also be acceptable, but it must consider the management implications of the study, and cannot be purely literature based.

10 Week Work Placement

This double module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of Level 6. Students will typically be conducting their Management Project (BML301) in parallel with this module whilst on work placement, although for a minority of students (typically those that are studying part-time), the module can be undertaken as a stand-alone module. The primary aim of the module is to enable students, within the context of their work placement, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing their employability skills.

  • OR Two from the following;
    • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
    • Contemporary Issues in Global Business
    • Small Business Enterprise

 

International English Studies

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International English Studies

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.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs