BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) with Foundation

Course overview

This course in information technology management for business combines IT knowledge and technical ability with developing business and professional skills. This combination addresses the skills gap reported by employers, and aims to make graduates of this course highly employable.

Throughout the course, you will work on this balance of technical and soft skills, preparing for a rewarding career in management or consultancy roles within the IT industry. Business networking events, live projects and employer-led workshops all contribute to the career focus of this course,

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Key Information:

Course duration: 4-years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: London Alperton Campus
London Elephant and Castle Campus

Course Level: 6
Award: BSc (Hons) Degree
Awarding Body: University of West London

Modules Studied

Foundation year (Level 3) modules:

    Semester 1

  • Personalised Learning (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Software Development (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Technologies (20 credits)
  • Semester 2

  • Academic Performance (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Web Design (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computing Mathematics (20 credits)

Year one (Level 4) modules:

    Semester 1

  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Programming (20 credits)
  • Skills for the IS Professional (20 credits)
  • Semester 2

  • Developing a Digital Identity (20 credits)
  • Information Systems and Databases (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Management (20 credits)

Year two (Level 5) modules:

    Semester 1

  • Enterprise and Business Development (20 credits)
  • Managing Business Operations (20 credits)
  • Mobile Web App Development (20 credits)
  • Semester 2

  • Networks and Security (20 credits)
  • Group Research Project (20 credits)
  • Digital Business (20 credits)

Year three (Level 6) modules:

    Semester 1

  • Managing IS Projects (20 credits)
  • Business Intelligence Technologies (20 credits)
  • Project (40 credits)
  • Semester 2

  • Business Strategy in Digital Environment (20 credits)
  • Cyber Security (20 credits)

Start Date:

16th September 2019

Tuition Fees:

£9,250 per year

Application Deadline:

25th September 2019

At LSST we welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. If you have recently been in education or are returning after a long time, we would be more than happy to consider your application on an individual basis.

Application based on Previous qualifications:

If you are applying based on your previous qualifications, you will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels or BTECs

Mature learner 21+:

If you are applying as a mature learner (aged 21+) and do not have the above qualifications, you can apply via our assessment based entry and we will consider your prior experiences (work, voluntary, life and other experiences) that are relevant to the course.

You will be required to complete the following:

1.Provide a CV and Personal Statement

2.English Language Test (with a minimum 60% score, equivalent to IELTS 5.5)

3.Maths Test (Score 50%)

4.Complete a SAPE Assessment (Screening for Accreditation of Prior Experience)

5.Applicants will also be invited to attend an Interview

You will be assessed through written assignments, presentations and closed book written exams.

The assignment criteria are provided by the awarding body.

A Computing degree can open doors to many exciting and rewarding careers. Some of the most popular fields our graduates tend to move into include:

  • IT/ICT management
  • business strategy and planning
  • systems analysis and design
  • IT consultancy
  • social media management
  • IT/IS project management
  • web development
  • database design/administration
  • IT support (help desk)
  • data analytics

SUMMARIES OF MODULES:

Level 3

Academic Performance

The module will give you the tools to develop study skills that will underpin their subject specific studies. This will focus primarily on academic and formal writing. The module will also work on encouraging students to think about academic sources critically. Students will be familiarised with referencing, reading for purpose and other key study skills. Through the use of specialised workshops, the module will be personalised to cater for the student’s individual writing needs and the requirements of their discipline.

Introduction to Software Development

This module will introduce students to paradigm-agnostic key programming constructs. Students will learn how to translate a problem description into a sequence of steps to be executed by a computer. They should also be able to identify and correct errors in their steps and find ways to improve their solutions. Eventually, students will implement their solutions as computer programs. This module provides students with experience of the key programming concepts and techniques necessary for undergraduate study of Computing, Engineering and Technology. It also introduces programming tools and resources which will be used throughout their course.

Introduction to Web Design and Development

This module covers the basics of web design and development. Students will learn how to integrate text, graphics and behaviour to create interactive web pages using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Further, related aspects covered are historic development of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW), client server architecture, fundamental protocols (e.g., HTTP), issues of accessibility and usability, standards and standardisation organisations (W3C, Internet Working Group) and security (HTTPS, firewalls, certificates).

Introduction to Computer Technologies

This module will provide students with an overview of computing technologies, from hardware (e.g., computer systems, CPU, memory, primary and secondary storage) to software (e.g., operating systems, apps, productivity software, websites), and entire technologies (e.g., computer networks, protocols). Students will learn how different technologies may be used in practice, and how to specify hardware and software requirements for particular industry roles.

Personalised Learning

This module aims to equip students with the skills to communicate effectively in an academic and a formal environment, and to comfortably communicate in the language specific to their discipline.

Level 4

Skills for IS Professionals

Skills for IS Professionals develops a range of academic and transferable skills to enable students to engage effectively on the course. These include tools and techniques for managing small scale projects, effective group work strategies, employability factors and PDP, and skills in quantitative methods to lay the groundwork for future modules.

Programming

This module will cover basic programming concepts and fundamentals using the Java programming language. Content includes an overview of programming paradigms and techniques, analysis of problems and design using pseudo-code and flowcharts, basic program structure, and development supported by version controlled code repositories.

Computer Systems

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts, architecture and components of computer systems, including information representation, operating systems, computer networks, distributed systems and cloud computing.

Information and Databases

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills required to design and implement a relational database based on a business case study. It will also an appreciation of information security and database management issues and an awareness of the central role of relational and other types of databases in various categories of information systems. 

Developing a Digital Identity

In this introductory module students will use popular web technologies to create a personal website to document and highlight their achievements throughout the course. Along the way they will learn the basic principles and practical skills of good web design and apply them in an appropriate layout that visually communicates their own online identity.

Introduction to Business Management

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the structure and behaviour of business organisations and to examine the external and internal environment in which they operate through a range of case studies. It will also cover basic financial and management accounting information, principles and techniques.

Level 5 (Year 2)

Managing Business Operations

This module allows students to demonstrate a recognition and understanding of key decision areas in operations management. Students will be able to analyse business problems by selecting and using a range of operations management techniques and approaches and to to evaluate the relevance and significance of the results.

Enterprise and Business Development

In this module students will evaluate the skills and approaches the entrepreneur brings to the process of value creation and the factors that encourage the move to entrepreneurship. They will understand how to locate, analyse and evaluate sources of information related to the development of a business and will produce a business plan which demonstrates the commercial viability of a proposed business start-up.

Mobile Web Application Development

This module will allow students to gain experience in developing mobile web applications. They will be introduced to the tools, languages, and design techniques required for analysing, designing and implementing a mobile web application for a business scenario, with data persistence capability and appropriate user interface.

Digital Business

The module aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of the e-business environment. Students will be able to compare the efficacy of different business models for e-commerce, identify and evaluate factors and technologies such as social media that contribute to effective online content for communicating and building relationships with customers and understand the regulatory, ethical and security issues associated with digital business solutions.

Group Research Project

The overall aim of the module is to take a practitioner’s approach to the problems of developing software applications for a business case study using Agile methods and to provide students with the experience of working collaboratively as part of a project team. It explores business process analysis and a range of other techniques as a means of establishing system requirements. The module will also introduce students to the various stages involved in undertaking an independent research project.

Networks and Security

This module aims to identify fundamental issues in computer networks and their security, and study approaches towards addressing these issues. Students will be able to design a simple network for a business case study to analyse the benefits and drawbacks of applying security controls and detection systems at different network layers.

Level 6 (Year 3)

Business Intelligence Technologies

This module will introduce students to concepts of business intelligence, machine learning and data mining techniques typically used in business applications. Students will develop a toolbox of quantitative analytical techniques and skills from which to construct solutions for various business scenarios. They will appreciate the various complexities arising from business requirements and limitations to data mining techniques.

Managing Information Systems Projects

The aim of the module is to give students an understanding of how to manage IS development projects and how to deliver quality projects on time and within budget. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the phases of IS project management, making use of industry standard project management software, and to identify and address project risks, resources and manpower.

Business Strategy in the Digital Environment

On completing this module students will be able to explore the ways in which digital technologies and ICT can serve the interests of business and organizational strategy by helping to manage data, information and knowledge to deliver business/organizational advantage. The range of current business IS/ICT technologies is explored in terms of developing appropriate business, technology, information and service architectures and to understand the business context of IT change.

Cyber Security

This module aims to introduce a practical approach to understand the main concepts within cyber security. It focuses on developing knowledge and skills required to understand and assess cyber security concepts, prioritizing use of tools and techniques to foster skills to use and analyse cutting edge solutions.

Project (40 credits)

This capstone module provides students with the opportunity to showcase a business/systems development project. It will encourage students to integrate various aspects of their degree programme towards a goal of completing a substantial piece of independent work. In addition to enhancing software development skills, the module also aims to help students improve their research, planning, organisation and communication skills in the context of a self-managed project.

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