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Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

All modern businesses depend upon sophisticated information systems. They are used to support day-to-day operations, to plan strategically for the future, and to manipulate gathered data to gain a competitive advantage.

On this course you will study computing, information technology and business. You will cultivate the knowledge, skills and experience needed for a career designing and implementing computer-based systems in a business environment. You’ll also be well equipped for a career as a consultant or manager, with expertise in information systems and their use in business.

You will benefit from the combined expertise of the School of Computing Sciences and Norwich Business School. Our flexible approach enables you to choose subjects that interest you and that are aligned with your career aspirations.

Overview

This course will ensure you’re fully equipped for a career in business information systems and are totally up to date on what the industry needs right now.

This programme combines in-depth teaching on the capabilities of business systems and a thorough grounding in the operations of contemporary businesses. By studying these crucial and exciting subjects you will also develop skills applicable to the wider employment sector, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, organisation, and time keeping.

The relatively recent move to more iterative computer systems development methods has had a knock on effect on the skills and knowledge required from developers. As a developer, you are now expected to be able to work in small multi-skilled teams alongside your business users. That means you don’t just need technical competence but also the ability to be flexible, creative and a good communicator.

Above all you need to be able to speak your customer’s language – with an understanding of businesses and how they operate. Our external visiting speakers emphasise this point again and again – so we ensure that our business information systems courses give you this important mix of skills.

In your first year you will get a thorough grounding in systems development, programming and databases, while also learning about business and organisational behaviour. Over the next two years you’ll explore systems analysis, operations strategy and management, systems engineering and organisational information systems.

You will also be able to select from a wide range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your own degree to concentrate on your computing expertise or your business knowledge – or more often than not, a valuable balance between the two.

Popular options include project management, software engineering, consulting, marketing, and information retrieval. You can also opt to take a module in statistics, allowing you to gain partial accreditation from the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT).

You’ll complete a final year project pulling together the business and computing aspects of your degree. You also have the option to work together with an external company on this project. 

Course Structure

This three-year course will give you a strong grounding in computing, business and information systems as well the chance to shape your degree based on your interests and career aspirations.

Year 1

In your first year you’ll follow a programme of compulsory modules designed to establish and develop your skills in computing, business, organisational behaviour, databases, programming and information systems.

Year 2

In your second year, you’ll study two compulsory modules, focusing systems analysis and operations strategy and management. Your remaining modules will be optional – so you’ll take your pick of topics ranging from software engineering and networks to business ethics, marketing and human resources.

Year 3

In your final year, you’ll study organisational information systems and systems engineering alongside a wide range of optional modules. Your independent project will give you the chance to bring all your knowledge together to focus on a real-world issue, potentially involving external companies. Alternatively you might prefer to take on a research project – for example, examining the acceptance of a new piece of technology.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

In all your modules you’ll have lectures and some also include smaller group teaching – helping you explore the material or experience it first-hand.

On the more technical modules (such as programming or databases), you’ll have computer lab sessions to practise what you’ve been taught yourself. In other subjects you’ll do exercises or discuss topics in more detail during seminars. Some modules have both labs and seminars.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn and practise professional skills such as report writing and oral presentations. In your Systems Analysis module you’ll work on a real-world project to make recommendations around analysis, design and implementation to UEA or a local organisation.

As well as learning from our academics, you’ll have the chance to meet IT professionals and talk to them about their experience of systems development as part of one of our modules.

Independent study

We strongly encourage you to spend time going over your lecture notes and reading around the topics independently to prepare for your seminars and lab sessions in advance. This may involve researching a particular topic, reading articles, watching videos, or having a go at certain exercises. The more you prepare in this way, the more you’ll get out of your course.

Your final year individual project is your ultimate opportunity to show how well you can take on a problem, research it, prepare a plan, manage yourself, and achieve your objectives. You will have a project supervisor to guide you and to bounce ideas off, but essentially the project is your own work. It is an excellent opportunity to put into practice what you have learned throughout your time at university and is often instrumental in your job interview success.

Assessment

We’ll use a wide range of methods to assess your learning – including project work, programming assignments, essays, written reports, oral presentations, laboratory exercises, and seminar presentations. Which one we choose will depend on the module content and learning objectives. You will also complete group-based coursework.

Most modules are assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams (usually 40% examination and 60% coursework), while some are entirely assessed by coursework. In your final year, you will be assessed particularly on your understanding and how you integrate knowledge from different areas of the subject.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

You will be encouraged to consider spending some time in industry either by taking up summer placements, especially between your second and third years. You also have the option of transferring onto the BSc Business Information Systems with a Year in Industry course.

After the course

You’ll leave as a well-rounded graduate with a range of enviable employment positions open to you. Our recent graduates have secured roles at IBM, Logica, Capgemini, Marks & Spencer, and Aviva.

You’ll develop your employability throughout the course by hearing from industry guest speakers, going on company visits and participating in the local tech community (NorDev) and start up community (SyncNorwich).

Our students have been very successful in the annual 54-hour start up event, called Sync the City. Taking part in events like this will boost your confidence, employability and contacts book.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include:

  • Business analysis
  • Project management
  • Systems development
  • Systems analysis
  • E-Marketing
  • Business management

Course related costs

Many of the course texts are available from the library but it’s likely you will need to purchase at least some of them.

If you are required to undertake re-assessment a charge will be made.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Accreditation

This course has been accredited by the British Computer Society for full CITP and partial CEng. Accreditation means that a candidate has fully or partially fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng / IEng) and / or a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and / or Registered IT Technician (RITTech).

The current period of accreditation is for a five year period, from the 2016 student cohort intake to the 2020 student cohort intake.

We would expect to apply for renewal of accreditation at the end of this period.

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

DATABASE SYSTEMS

This module is based on the relational model and will introduce you to important aspects of databases, database manipulation and database management systems. You will explore the tools and methods for database design and manipulation as well as the programming of database applications. You will use a modern relational database management system to gain practical experience. You will also develop programming experience using SQL, and using a high level programming language to write applications that access the database.

CMP-4010B

20

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (2)

How are businesses organised and managed? This module helps non-Norwich Business School students explore the dynamic and ever-changing world of business and provides insights into the managerial role. You'll explore the business environment, key environmental drivers and the basic functions of organisations. There will be a review of how organisations are managed in response to various environmental drivers. You will consider some of the current issues faced by every organisation, such as business sustainability, corporate responsibility and internationalisation. This module is designed to provide an overview of the corporate world for non-business specialists, so no previous knowledge of business or business management is required for this module. General business concepts are introduced in lectures and applied in a practical manner during seminars. By the end of this module, you will be able to understand and apply key business concepts and employ a number of analytical tools to help explore the business environment, industry structure and business management. You will be assessed through a range of assignments, for example an individual piece of coursework, group work and an exam. Therefore, the module reinforces fundamental study skills development through a combination of academic writing, presentational skills, teamwork and the practical application of theory. Core business theory is introduced in lectures and applied practically with the use of examples in seminars. By the end of this module you will be able to understand and apply key business concepts and a range of analytical tools to explore the business environment. Introduction to Business facilitates study skills development that is essential across all 3 years of the undergraduate degree by developing academic writing, presentation, team working and communication skills effectively.

NBS-4008Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR (2)

The aim of this module is for you to develop an understanding of the structure, functioning, and performance of organisations with particular reference to the behaviour of the individuals and groups who work within them. Specifically, the module aims are to: # Develop an appreciation of the nature and historical development of organisational behaviour (OB). # Introduce key concepts and theories in organisational behaviour. # Develop an understanding of the linkages between OB research, theory, and practice. # Develop analytical and academic writing skills.

NBS-4011Y

20

PROGRAMMING FOR APPLICATIONS

The purpose of this module is to give the student a solid grounding in the essential features of programming using Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.

CMP-4009B

20

SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT

The complexity of Computer Based Systems, appropriate development approaches, and their inherent activities will be discussed using case studies and guest speakers where appropriate. Emphasis will be placed on the processes involved with systems requirements, creative designs, and careful development, in a professional manner, ensuring that issues such as project management, safety, security and data protection are taken into account. The module will include a number of modelling techniques to support the systems development process. These will be put into practise during the group exercise that will run throughout the semester. There are also opportunities for students to hone their transferable skills through literature searching, report writing, seminar discussions and presentations.

CMP-4013A

20

WEB-BASED PROGRAMMING

In this module you will be introduced to some of the tools used for web development. You will then build a substantial dynamic web site using HTML, CSS, Javascript and a high level language. An understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the technologies used in the Internet and World Wide Web is essential for any computing science student. Therefore, in the latter part of the module you will learn about these technologies and undertake a practical approach to exploring them. You will learn about issues of information systems security at all stages but also in dedicated sessions. In the final element of the module you will study multi-media issues in web based systems.

CMP-4011A

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

OPERATIONS STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT

What does it take for an organisation to succeed? Managing operations well is critical to every type of organisation and requires both strategic and tactical skills. Only through effective and efficient utilisation of resources can an organisation be successful in the long run. Operations management is concerned with explaining how manufacturing and service organisations work. This module will introduce you to this functional field of management which encompasses the design and improvement of the processes and systems employed in the creation and delivery of an organisation's products and services.

NBS-5010Y

20

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

This module considers various activities associated with the development of computer based systems including business strategy, project management, feasibility, investigation methods, stakeholder management, analysis, the links to design and implementation, and managing change. Its main focus, however, is on the early stages, in particular requirements investigation and specification including the use of UML. It makes use of a number of analysis and design techniques in order to produce readable system specifications. Students are introduced to a number of development methods including object orientated, soft systems, structured, participative, and agile approaches.

CMP-5003A

20

Students will select 80 credits from the following modules:

Students can only take ONE of the two Level 4 modules listed. Note: in order to be eligible for BSC partial accreditation, students must opt for CMP-5017B Applied Statistics A or CMP-5041B Computing Fundamentals in either Year 2 or Year 3.

Name Code Credits

BUSINESS ETHICS

How do we know what is morally right and wrong in business? Is it ever ethical to accept 'corporate gifts' or to be a 'whistle-blower'? What new and complex ethical issues are raised by the globalisation of business? Questions like these are central to this module. In this module you will learn about the nature, applications and consequences of ethics in business. You'll discover why individuals sometimes make unethical business decisions. You will learn to use theoretical tools that help you to identify and analyse key ethical problems associated with business practice. You will also gain knowledge of practical approaches for managing business ethics in organisations. This module is ideal for those with an interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability. You will begin with an overview of what business ethics is and why it is important. You will go on to master the major ethical theories and concepts that form the core of business ethics. You'll then build on these foundations to explore important business ethics issues - examples could include whistleblowing, environmental sustainability, corporate influence and/or others. You will discover how to use ethical theories to gain an in-depth understanding of whether, and to what extent, such issues are ethically problematic. You will also gain hands-on experience of applying ethical theories to business scenarios through a range of activities (e.g. role play, small group exercises, case study). You will learn through a combination of interactive lectures and seminars, and independent study. You'll be assessed through coursework and an exam. By successfully completing this module you will have new knowledge and skills that increase your ethical awareness and enable you to communicate your ideas clearly and systematically based on evidence. You'll also be equipped with theoretical tools that will help you to identify and analyse ethical problems and make ethically justifiable decisions.

NBS-5006Y

20

COMPUTING FUNDAMENTALS

This module is primarily intended to provide Business Information Systems students with a grounding in the mathematical skills and techniques necessary for computing. This module is restricted to students taking GN54 and GN55 (Business Information Systems) only.

CMP-5041B

20

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

If you become a manager of people, how will you look after those in your team, department or wider organisation? Will you seek to empower, encourage and energise your staff? How will you deal with conflict and management control? You'll have the chance to examine a range of approaches to managing people across a variety of organisational contexts and issues. By doing so, you'll discover valuable insights into the way that organisations work and the impact that different human resource management approaches can have on organisations, people and business. You'll learn about the strategic significance of human resource management for competitive advantage, and particularly the processes to recruit, reward and retain the staff your organisation needs. You'll also explore contemporary issues about managing employees against a background of change and internationalisation. On successful completion of the module, you'll have gained insight into the ways that organisations deal with their workforce. You'll have developed skills and knowledge that will help equip you for future management practice. And you'll learn useful lessons about job markets and how to get and grow in the job you desire.

NBS-5011Y

20

INFORMATION RETRIEVAL

In this module you will learn about the development of the technologies which are the basis of search on the Web. Search engine development has been driven by large increases in online documents and the need to provide better results. You will learn about a range of techniques for improving search results and how to evaluate their impact.

CMP-5036A

20

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING (2)

It is vital that everyone working in business has an understanding of accounting data in order that financial information can be used to add value to the organisation. You'll be provided with a foundation in the theory and practice of accounting and an introduction to the role, context and language of financial reporting and management accounting. The module assumes no previous study of accounting. You'll begin with building a set of accounts from scratch so that you will be able to analyse and provide insight form the major financial statements. You'll also look at management decision making tools such as costing, budgeting and financial decision making. You will be required to actively participate in your learning both in lectures and seminars. The module employs a learn by doing approach.

NBS-4010Y

20

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the theory and practice of management accounting. It develops underpinning competencies in management accounting and builds on topics introduced in the first year. It extends comprehension of the role and system of management accounting for performance measurement, planning, decision making and control across a range of organisations. Additionally, it introduces recent developments in management accounting practice, particularly those which underpin its growing strategic role.

NBS-5007Y

20

NETWORKS

Explore how networks are designed and implemented to provide reliable data transmission. You'll take a layered approach to the study of networks, with emphasis on the functionality of the OSI 7 layer reference model and the TCP/IP model. You'll examine the functionality provided by each layer and how this contributes to overall reliable data transmission that the network provides, with a focus on the practical issues associated with networking such as real-time delivery of multimedia information (e.g. VoIP) and network security. Labs and coursework are highly practical and underpin the theory learnt in lectures.

CMP-5037B

20

PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT

You'll be introduced to aspects of law which are relevant to your future careers as managers. It is an extremely practical module which is taught using a range of legal cases, practical scenarios, and problem questions. This approach enables you to learn the essentials of business law in a useful and engaging way, and introduces you to some of the key legal documentation you are likely to encounter in a managerial role. You'll learn where to find the law, the practical implications for managers, and when it is essential to seek legal advice.

NBS-5017Y

20

PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING

You'll be given a general introduction and foundational grounding to Marketing. You'll be concerned with marketing functions of an organisation and seek to develop awareness and understanding of marketing as an integrated business activity. You'll focus on the theoretical frameworks which underpin an organisation's responses to market demand. Additionally, you'll consider examples of marketing programmes for a variety of organisational contexts to provide an industry perspective to theory.

NBS-4006Y

20

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING 1

Software Engineering is one of the most essential skills for work in the software development industry. Students will gain an understanding of the issues involved in designing and creating software systems from an industry perspective. They will be taught state of the art phased software development methodologies focusing on the activities of initial class model design to actual operational software systems. These activities are complemented with an introduction into software project management and development facilitation.

CMP-5012B

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS

You will explore the key assumptions surrounding the use of information in contemporary organisations. You'll examine these issues within a modern philosophical framework, while focusing on a critical reflection of the methodology and organisational models that form the basis of organisational systems.

NBS-6024Y

20

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

This module draws together a wide range of material and considers it in the context of developing modern large-scale computer systems. Topics such as Systems Thinking, Casual Loop Diagrams, Systems Failure, Outsourcing, Quality, Risk Management, Measurement, Project Management, Software Process Improvement, Configuration Management, Maintainability, Testing, and Peopleware are covered in this module. The module is supported by well documented case studies and includes guest speakers from industry.

CMP-6003B

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Note: in order to be eligible for BCS partial accreditation, students must opt for CMP-6013Y Computing Project

Name Code Credits

BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT

This module will give you experience of independent project work and, via the lecture programme, will provide a primer on the law, ethical and professional behaviour, project management, reporting and other aspects of being a business information systems professional. You will be allocated a supervisor and will be expected to work closely with him or her on a mutually agreed project.

CMP-6012Y

40

COMPUTING PROJECT

This module will give you experience of independent project work through the development of research and application involving a significant amount of computing science knowledge and skills, for example, in design/implementation of algorithms, software, or hardware systems. It will also provide, via the lecture programme, a primer on the law, ethical and professional behaviour, project management, reporting and other aspects of being a computer scientist. You will be allocated a supervisor and will be expected to work closely with him or her on a mutually agreed project.

CMP-6013Y

40

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR

Are you fascinated by the everyday activities of people? Ever wondered why people make the choices they make, do the things they do, behave the way they are, and arrive at the decisions they make? Do you ever consider how much of our life as consumers is influenced by the field of marketing? Ever tried to analyse your own reasons and motivations behind your actions as a consumer? This module helps you explore, uncover, and explain some of the behavioural reasons behind consumer decision making. Throughout this module you will expand your knowledge, understanding, and awareness of consumer behaviour and the different influences that shape a consumer in today's world. Whether you are shopping, entertaining, agonising over what clothes to buy, or where to go on holiday, if you are celebrating getting into university, anticipating passing your driving test, or declaring your undying devotion to your favourite football team, if you are taking selfies and updating your social media pages while lying on a beach or looking at yourself in the mirror, this module will help you understand the complexity behind these actions and decisions, and sharpen your critical thinking. In addition to understanding how people choose and buy things, you will also learn about how possessions and experiences affect our lives, how they influence the way we feel about ourselves and each other, and how much of our lives are touched and influenced by the marketing system. This module is ideal for those who have a personal and professional interest in marketing, market research, and consumer insights. In this module you will draw from a range of theoretical perspectives representing virtually every social sciences discipline and also from an eclectic selection of disciplinary insights from arts to humanities, from physical sciences to philosophy, religion, and language. From this melting pot, you will learn to explore the concepts behind consumer actions, understand how marketers apply them in myriad ways to influence consumers across a range of individual, collective, social, online, and offline settings, and appreciate how new marketplaces and market cultures are shaped through these influences. Through a mixture of lectures, seminars, podcasts, videos, class exercises, and self-directed, independent study, you will sharpen your critical thinking about what it is to be a consumer and a marketer, and learn to challenge conventional ideas about consumption, market structures, and a marketized society. Through this module you will broaden your understanding of the complex nature of consumer behaviour and the consumption phenomenon in society. This module makes you a sharper and more perceptive consumer and marketer. It helps you understand better the all-pervasive influence of marketing as a profession and practice in all walks of life, and appreciate the central role of consumption in our society. You will broaden your theoretical knowledge, disciplinary perspectives, and practical understanding of consumer behaviour and marketing. You will learn to think, critique, question, challenge, and most importantly reflect upon your own life as a consumer, marketer, and co-creator.

NBS-6008Y

20

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

You'll study the significance of entrepreneurship and the small business sector within the economy. There will also be a focus on research-led understanding of the factors that affect the small business birth, growth, success and failure.

NBS-6010Y

20

INTERNET LAW

Internet law is a cross-cutting area of law for today's multinational and innovative environment, particularly relevant in industries like electronic commerce, information technology, and the media. You will cover topics including data protection and privacy, cybercrime, contracts, domain names, the control of content and the resolution of disputes. You will explore the application of law across traditional categories and you will be encouraged to reflect on the role of a national legal system in an interconnected world. Teaching will include some online elements as well as lectures and seminars.

LAW-6001A

20

INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY

This module will provide you with a broad understanding of the key topics and issues relating to cyber security. In the module we will use real-world examples and case studies to illustrate the importance of security. You will learn about a variety of cyber security topics including: the value of information and data, vulnerabilities and exploits, tools for defence and mitigation and the human elements of cyber security. Security is fast becoming an essential part of all aspects of our daily lives and this module will provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge for working in a range of industries.

CMP-6044B

20

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND DEVELOPMENT

You'll be introduced to the tools, techniques and the practical frameworks associated with management consulting, as well as examine how organisational development is implemented by management consultants. Ideally, you'll be considering a career in management consulting and/or have an interest in organisational development.

NBS-6014Y

20

MARKETING: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LAW

You'll examine socially irresponsible marketing practices by governments and businesses, taking national and international perspectives, and look at the effect on the public, consumers and other businesses. On successful completion of this module you'll be able to demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the impact of marketing decisions on consumers, businesses and the wider society. You'll have greater knowledge and awareness of the legal and regulatory frameworks which affect marketing practice, and be equipped with the skills to formulate your own marketing decisions and know when expert legal advice is required.

NBS-6011Y

20

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management has become an increasingly important approach to management and skilled project managers are in increasing demand across all sectors of the economy. You'll be introduced to the basic tools and skills required to create, plan, deliver and evaluate projects. You will use these tools on a real project. You will critically reflect on your experience in the light of both the developing academic evidence-base on project management and current practitioner debates.

NBS-6018Y

20

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: STRATEGY AND DESIGN

Every time you enter a supermarket and find your required groceries available on the shelf, it means that a supply chain has served its purpose. Supply chains are often very complex, encompassing a multitude of firms, processes and people. Supply Chain management (SCM) is about how materials suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and service providers collaborate to design, manufacture, and distribute products or services to us, the final consumers. Success depends on the ability to provide suitable (be it innovative, high quality and/or low cost) products and services that match the needs and wants of the various supply chain entities. This module will introduce you to the challenges faced by procurement professionals and supply chain managers charged with designing supply chains and developing supply chain strategies that are fit for purpose. You will explore the principles and practices of supply chain strategy and design, and get the opportunity to apply a variety of frameworks, tools and techniques for improving supply chain performance. You will begin with the main strategic considerations when designing a supply chain, and appreciate why collaboration and exchange of information between the supply chain members always leads to better outcomes. You will then delve deeper in various areas of supply chain design (e.g. sourcing, logistics and inventory planning), and apply mathematical optimisation techniques to solve practical problems. You will learn through a combination of lectures and seminars, and benefit from a guest lecture by a supply chain management practitioner. Whether you start your own business, become a supply chain professional, or a company manager in a different functional area, successful completion of the course will help you appreciate the complexity and importance of supply chains. You will be able to make more knowledgeable and confident decisions that are performance-enhancing and beneficial for all supply chain actors.

NBS-6015Y

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Note - in order to be eligible for BCS partial accreditation students must opt for CMP-5017B Applied Statistics in Year 2 or Year 3.

Name Code Credits

BUSINESS ETHICS

How do we know what is morally right and wrong in business? Is it ever ethical to accept 'corporate gifts' or to be a 'whistle-blower'? What new and complex ethical issues are raised by the globalisation of business? Questions like these are central to this module. In this module you will learn about the nature, applications and consequences of ethics in business. You'll discover why individuals sometimes make unethical business decisions. You will learn to use theoretical tools that help you to identify and analyse key ethical problems associated with business practice. You will also gain knowledge of practical approaches for managing business ethics in organisations. This module is ideal for those with an interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability. You will begin with an overview of what business ethics is and why it is important. You will go on to master the major ethical theories and concepts that form the core of business ethics. You'll then build on these foundations to explore important business ethics issues - examples could include whistleblowing, environmental sustainability, corporate influence and/or others. You will discover how to use ethical theories to gain an in-depth understanding of whether, and to what extent, such issues are ethically problematic. You will also gain hands-on experience of applying ethical theories to business scenarios through a range of activities (e.g. role play, small group exercises, case study). You will learn through a combination of interactive lectures and seminars, and independent study. You'll be assessed through coursework and an exam. By successfully completing this module you will have new knowledge and skills that increase your ethical awareness and enable you to communicate your ideas clearly and systematically based on evidence. You'll also be equipped with theoretical tools that will help you to identify and analyse ethical problems and make ethically justifiable decisions.

NBS-5006Y

20

CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR

Are you fascinated by the everyday activities of people? Ever wondered why people make the choices they make, do the things they do, behave the way they are, and arrive at the decisions they make? Do you ever consider how much of our life as consumers is influenced by the field of marketing? Ever tried to analyse your own reasons and motivations behind your actions as a consumer? This module helps you explore, uncover, and explain some of the behavioural reasons behind consumer decision making. Throughout this module you will expand your knowledge, understanding, and awareness of consumer behaviour and the different influences that shape a consumer in today's world. Whether you are shopping, entertaining, agonising over what clothes to buy, or where to go on holiday, if you are celebrating getting into university, anticipating passing your driving test, or declaring your undying devotion to your favourite football team, if you are taking selfies and updating your social media pages while lying on a beach or looking at yourself in the mirror, this module will help you understand the complexity behind these actions and decisions, and sharpen your critical thinking. In addition to understanding how people choose and buy things, you will also learn about how possessions and experiences affect our lives, how they influence the way we feel about ourselves and each other, and how much of our lives are touched and influenced by the marketing system. This module is ideal for those who have a personal and professional interest in marketing, market research, and consumer insights. In this module you will draw from a range of theoretical perspectives representing virtually every social sciences discipline and also from an eclectic selection of disciplinary insights from arts to humanities, from physical sciences to philosophy, religion, and language. From this melting pot, you will learn to explore the concepts behind consumer actions, understand how marketers apply them in myriad ways to influence consumers across a range of individual, collective, social, online, and offline settings, and appreciate how new marketplaces and market cultures are shaped through these influences. Through a mixture of lectures, seminars, podcasts, videos, class exercises, and self-directed, independent study, you will sharpen your critical thinking about what it is to be a consumer and a marketer, and learn to challenge conventional ideas about consumption, market structures, and a marketized society. Through this module you will broaden your understanding of the complex nature of consumer behaviour and the consumption phenomenon in society. This module makes you a sharper and more perceptive consumer and marketer. It helps you understand better the all-pervasive influence of marketing as a profession and practice in all walks of life, and appreciate the central role of consumption in our society. You will broaden your theoretical knowledge, disciplinary perspectives, and practical understanding of consumer behaviour and marketing. You will learn to think, critique, question, challenge, and most importantly reflect upon your own life as a consumer, marketer, and co-creator.

NBS-6008Y

20

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

You'll study the significance of entrepreneurship and the small business sector within the economy. There will also be a focus on research-led understanding of the factors that affect the small business birth, growth, success and failure.

NBS-6010Y

20

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

What are the rules that dictate how company accounts should be prepared and why do those rules exist? This is the essence of this module. Whilst company directors may wish to present the financial condition of a business in the best possible light, rules have been developed to protect investors and users of the accounts from being misled. You'll develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards when preparing financial statements. You'll also prepare and analyse statements of both individual businesses and groups of companies. Large UK companies report using International Financial Reporting Standards and these are the standards that you'll use. You'll begin by preparing basic financial statements and progress, preparing accounts of increasing complexity by looking at topics including goodwill, leases, cashflow statements, foreign currency transactions, financial instruments and group accounts. You'll also deepen your analytical skills through ratio analysis. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and self-study, and be assessed by coursework (20%) and final examination (80%). On successful completion of this module, you'll have acquired significant technical skills in both the preparation and analysis of financial statements. This will give you a strong basis from which to build should you wish to study advanced financial accounting or are planning on a career in business or accounting.

NBS-5002Y

20

INFORMATION RETRIEVAL

In this module you will learn about the development of the technologies which are the basis of search on the Web. Search engine development has been driven by large increases in online documents and the need to provide better results. You will learn about a range of techniques for improving search results and how to evaluate their impact.

CMP-5036A

20

INTERNET LAW

Internet law is a cross-cutting area of law for today's multinational and innovative environment, particularly relevant in industries like electronic commerce, information technology, and the media. You will cover topics including data protection and privacy, cybercrime, contracts, domain names, the control of content and the resolution of disputes. You will explore the application of law across traditional categories and you will be encouraged to reflect on the role of a national legal system in an interconnected world. Teaching will include some online elements as well as lectures and seminars.

LAW-6001A

20

INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY

This module will provide you with a broad understanding of the key topics and issues relating to cyber security. In the module we will use real-world examples and case studies to illustrate the importance of security. You will learn about a variety of cyber security topics including: the value of information and data, vulnerabilities and exploits, tools for defence and mitigation and the human elements of cyber security. Security is fast becoming an essential part of all aspects of our daily lives and this module will provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge for working in a range of industries.

CMP-6044B

20

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the theory and practice of management accounting. It develops underpinning competencies in management accounting and builds on topics introduced in the first year. It extends comprehension of the role and system of management accounting for performance measurement, planning, decision making and control across a range of organisations. Additionally, it introduces recent developments in management accounting practice, particularly those which underpin its growing strategic role.

NBS-5007Y

20

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND DEVELOPMENT

You'll be introduced to the tools, techniques and the practical frameworks associated with management consulting, as well as examine how organisational development is implemented by management consultants. Ideally, you'll be considering a career in management consulting and/or have an interest in organisational development.

NBS-6014Y

20

MARKETING: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LAW

You'll examine socially irresponsible marketing practices by governments and businesses, taking national and international perspectives, and look at the effect on the public, consumers and other businesses. On successful completion of this module you'll be able to demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the impact of marketing decisions on consumers, businesses and the wider society. You'll have greater knowledge and awareness of the legal and regulatory frameworks which affect marketing practice, and be equipped with the skills to formulate your own marketing decisions and know when expert legal advice is required.

NBS-6011Y

20

NETWORKS

Explore how networks are designed and implemented to provide reliable data transmission. You'll take a layered approach to the study of networks, with emphasis on the functionality of the OSI 7 layer reference model and the TCP/IP model. You'll examine the functionality provided by each layer and how this contributes to overall reliable data transmission that the network provides, with a focus on the practical issues associated with networking such as real-time delivery of multimedia information (e.g. VoIP) and network security. Labs and coursework are highly practical and underpin the theory learnt in lectures.

CMP-5037B

20

PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT

You'll be introduced to aspects of law which are relevant to your future careers as managers. It is an extremely practical module which is taught using a range of legal cases, practical scenarios, and problem questions. This approach enables you to learn the essentials of business law in a useful and engaging way, and introduces you to some of the key legal documentation you are likely to encounter in a managerial role. You'll learn where to find the law, the practical implications for managers, and when it is essential to seek legal advice.

NBS-5017Y

20

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management has become an increasingly important approach to management and skilled project managers are in increasing demand across all sectors of the economy. You'll be introduced to the basic tools and skills required to create, plan, deliver and evaluate projects. You will use these tools on a real project. You will critically reflect on your experience in the light of both the developing academic evidence-base on project management and current practitioner debates.

NBS-6018Y

20

QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS

How do businesses use mathematics to make strategic decisions? How can statistical methods help you understand complicated situations and which ones should you use? How can digital tools help you solve quantitative problems. You'll be given an insight into these questions. You'll be introduced to important statistical skills and decision-making methods through their mathematical underpinning. Building upon this, you will develop your skills in using digital tools to describe and solve these problems too. You'll learn to interpret and communicate the results of your analyses to potential colleagues and clients by written, oral and visual means. You'll begin by deepening your understanding of hypothesis testing methods concerning means of samples. You'll then learn about the essential tools of correlation and regression, leading naturally to multiple regression analysis. After this your learning will be focussed on modelling business scenarios using time-series forecasting, model simulation and validation, linear programming, project planning methods and decision making. In addition the mathematical theory behind how monetary values are affected by time (for example interest calculations, mortgages, net present values) and effective inventory control models will be explored. Your learning will be underpinned by relevant examples from the business world. Wherever relevant, you will be taught how to use a digital tool to perform these tasks. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, IT-based seminars and scenario-based seminars. You'll be encouraged to communicate your findings both orally and in writing, and to defend your assertions using sound quantitative reasoning. You'll be assessed on your learning with a computer-based course test (20%) and a written examination (80%). On successful completion of the module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to assess relevant business problems in a quantitative manner, choose an appropriate method of analysis, perform the analysis and communicate your findings effectively. In addition you will have knowledge of the mathematics that drives these methods allowing you to understand, build and analyse more complex situations.

NBS-5005Y

20

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING 1

Software Engineering is one of the most essential skills for work in the software development industry. Students will gain an understanding of the issues involved in designing and creating software systems from an industry perspective. They will be taught state of the art phased software development methodologies focusing on the activities of initial class model design to actual operational software systems. These activities are complemented with an introduction into software project management and development facilitation.

CMP-5012B

20

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: STRATEGY AND DESIGN

Every time you enter a supermarket and find your required groceries available on the shelf, it means that a supply chain has served its purpose. Supply chains are often very complex, encompassing a multitude of firms, processes and people. Supply Chain management (SCM) is about how materials suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and service providers collaborate to design, manufacture, and distribute products or services to us, the final consumers. Success depends on the ability to provide suitable (be it innovative, high quality and/or low cost) products and services that match the needs and wants of the various supply chain entities. This module will introduce you to the challenges faced by procurement professionals and supply chain managers charged with designing supply chains and developing supply chain strategies that are fit for purpose. You will explore the principles and practices of supply chain strategy and design, and get the opportunity to apply a variety of frameworks, tools and techniques for improving supply chain performance. You will begin with the main strategic considerations when designing a supply chain, and appreciate why collaboration and exchange of information between the supply chain members always leads to better outcomes. You will then delve deeper in various areas of supply chain design (e.g. sourcing, logistics and inventory planning), and apply mathematical optimisation techniques to solve practical problems. You will learn through a combination of lectures and seminars, and benefit from a guest lecture by a supply chain management practitioner. Whether you start your own business, become a supply chain professional, or a company manager in a different functional area, successful completion of the course will help you appreciate the complexity and importance of supply chains. You will be able to make more knowledgeable and confident decisions that are performance-enhancing and beneficial for all supply chain actors.

NBS-6015Y

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB or ABC including one A level in Mathematics, Computing Science , Physics, Electronics or Economics or BBC including one A level in Mathematics, Computing Science, Physics, Electronics or Economics with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points including HL 5 in either Mathematics, Computing Science, Physics or Economics
  • Scottish Highers AABBB including either Mathematics, Computing Science, Physics, Electronics or Economics
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC including either Mathematics, Computing Science, Physics, Electronics or Economics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 2 subjects at H2 and 4 subjects at H3 including either Mathematics, Computing Science, Physics, Electronics or Economics
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3 including 12 credits in either Mathematics, Computing Science, Physics, Electronics or Economics
  • BTEC DDM acceptable in an IT or Science-based subject. Excludes Public Services on its own
  • European Baccalaureate 70% overall and 70% including either Mathematics, Computing, Economics or Business

Entry Requirement

Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

 

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

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