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Business Information Technology (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

Overview

Overview

This degree is designed for those wishing to become IT practitioners in a business environment. It is a practical degree covering both technical and theoretical issues relating to the development, management and maintenance of information systems and applications. If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff.

Foundation year

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • Essential and practical computing skills
  • Strengthened numeracy
  • Improved communication
  • Academic writing skills
  • An understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership
  • The ability to manage your studies independently.

Degree structure

As part of the degree you will gain experience of project management of IT development, appreciate security issues in IT, understand management and planning of IT within an organisation, and develop skills in software and database development. Course content includes understanding of business organisations, structures and business functions and how IT is used in such environments, learning how to design and build IT systems including database design and software development techniques, and understanding the legal and social impact of using IT.

You will learn how to put personal and professional skills and ideas into practice, working both individually and in teams, in preparation for careers in industry and the commercial world.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To educate in the theory, technology, practice and application of computing and the development of information systems
  • To give a coherent and integrated learning experience relevant to the needs of future computing professionals
  • To provide awareness of social, legal, ethical and political implications of information technology within a computing environment.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS‐levels in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS‐level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have the minimum English language requirement of an overall IELTS of 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will also study English for Academic Purposes 1 (15 Credits) and English for Academic Purposes 2 (15 Credits). The 30 credits will be additional to the programmes 120 credits and students will study a total of 150 credits.

Applicants who have an overall IELTS of 6 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will not be required to study the English for Academic Purposes modules and will study 120 credits.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a possibility for the highest quality applicants
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

To find out more, please contact us.

Extra information

Assessment

The assessment methods are defined in each module description. Each modele will be assessed by an appropriate combination of: 

  • Examination 
  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Peer assessment
  • Logs and/or tests. 

Each course is assessed by either coursework only or a combination of coursework and examination. The final year project will be assessed as an individual piece of work.

Teaching methods

Teaching and learning is achieved primarily through taught courses, based around material provided in lectures it is further enhanced by team work and role‐play. In addition, students will be encouraged to extend their knowledge by exploring other sources of information, self‐study, discussion of ethical dilemmas and directed research and reading. This will be supported by self‐study using other materials and the use of online resources, which students will be directed to. Students will be encouraged to use other information sources and documentation, such as online journals and eBooks available through the University's eLibrary. Students will be encouraged at all times to develop their critical faculties and exercise creative problem solving. The final year project gives the opportunity for students to further enhance these skills.

Professional recognition

This degree has accreditation from the British Computer Society, the chartered body responsible for establishing and maintaining technical and ethical standards in the computing profession. This means that on successful graduation from this degree, you will have fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Careers

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers as business analysts, systems designers, database developers, database administrators and website developers. You may also find opportunities in information systems security, IT management or network service administration.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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