BSc Business Information Systems with a Year in Industry


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Full Time
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Degree of Bachelor of Science



UCAS Course Code
GN55
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ABB (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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This degree combines teaching from the School of Computing Sciences and the Norwich Business School, providing you with a mix of computing knowledge and business expertise, with the flexibility to choose the balance that is most suitable for you. Your third year will be spent on a year-long placement, gaining relevant and invaluable experience.

This course offers a research-led approach to teaching and fantastic facilities, so you will learn in the most up-to-date environment and be prepared for a career designing and implementing computerised systems in a business context. Your year in industry will also provide you with work experience, putting you one step ahead of other graduates.

We are one of the most experienced schools of Computing Sciences in the UK, with 100% of our research categorised as internationally recognised (REF 2014).

Overview

All modern businesses depend upon sophisticated information systems. They are used to support organisations’ day to day operations, enabling them to plan strategically for the future and manipulate data in order to gain a competitive advantage.

The BSc Business Information Systems with a Year in Industry covers subjects based in computing, information technology and business. It is designed for those who either envisage a career designing and implementing computer based systems in a business environment, or for those who wish to become consultants or managers, fully aware of what information systems can do for a business.

The additional year in industry gives you the opportunity to gain direct experience of work in the field so you can put what you’ve learnt to practice; gain new skills that will be extremely attractive to future employers; and build links with major companies like Aviva, Bloomberg and IBM.

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

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

Course Structure

Year 1

In the first year you will follow a programme of compulsory modules designed to establish and develop your skills in computing, programming, business and information systems. These modules include subjects ranging from ‘Programming for Applications’ to ‘Introduction to Organisational Behaviour’.

Year 2

During your second year of study, you will study two compulsory modules in systems analysis and database systems. However the majority of your second year will comprise of optional modules which you will select from a wide range of subjects, ranging from ‘Business Ethics’ to ‘Principles of Marketing’.

Year 3 (Year in Industry)

The third year of study will be spent on an industrial placement consisting of nine to fourteen months of full-time employment. The placements are sourced and secured by you (with help from us), and you will pay a greatly reduced tuition fee and receive a wage. Throughout the work placement you will keep in close contact with an assigned mentor at UEA, who will also visit you at least once during the year. You will also be supported by an industrial supervisor throughout the placement.

Year 4

In your final year of study you will study modules such as ‘Organisational Information Systems’ and ‘Systems Engineering’, alongside choosing from a wide range of optional modules. You will also complete a significant independent research project supervised by an academic with expertise in your area of interest. The Business Information Systems degree allows you to work on projects with real companies, investigating the impacts of new technology. Previous projects include:

  • Investigating the benefits of Google Glass
  • Developing a contactless payment system for travel in Norwich
  • Investigating the benefits of IT in prisons.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used across the modules. Your coursework will be assessed in a variety of ways, including programming assignments, essays, written discussions, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, and seminar presentations.

In many modules, assessment is weighted 60% examination and 40% coursework, whilst some practical based modules are assessed entirely by coursework. In the final year, you will be assessed particularly on your understanding and how you integrate knowledge from different areas of the discipline.

Year in Industry

Completion of a Year in Industry programme will ensure you graduate with relevant work experience, putting you one step ahead of other students. This exciting degree programme provides you with this opportunity.

There is no greater asset in today’s competitive job market than relevant work experience. A Year in Industry will not only give you first-hand knowledge of the mechanics of how your chosen field operates but it will also greatly improve your chances of progressing within that sector as you seal valuable contacts and insight. These courses will also enhance your studies as theory is transformed into reality in a context governed by very real time and money constraints.

Our Industrial Links

We have well-established commercial connections throughout the UK and beyond and can help you to identify and compete for appropriate industrial opportunities. Recent placement partners in the School have included: AvivaAntechMoney FactsBartram Mowers, and BSkyB. Other suitable placements may be found at; BloombergBritish TelecomHewlett PackardIBMIntelLogica or Microsoft.

Financial Benefits

A big attraction to this type of course, apart from the enhanced career prospects, is that students will pay much reduced tuition fees for that year (see fees and funding tab). You will also be paid by the placement provider during the year which is a great way to help fund your continued studies.

For the latest on financial arrangements for our Year in Industry students please visit the UEA Finance webpage.

How it Works

The Year in Industry BSc degree programmes are four years in length with the work placement taking place during the third year. They are a minimum of nine months full-time employment and a maximum of 14 months.

Throughout the work placement, you keep in close contact with an assigned mentor at UEA and your mentor will also visit you at least once during the year. You will also be supported by an industrial supervisor.

We expect students to seek their own work placements, although the School has industrial collaborators aplenty to help you with your choice. Not only will this ensure that you work within your preferred field of computing sciences, it will also provide you with the essential job-hunting skills you will require after graduation. We will, of course, offer our guidance whilst students are identifying and negotiating placement opportunities

Please note that we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers and students will be expected to source these placements themselves.

For further information, please contact: Dr Mark Fisher, Year in Industry Coordinator, e-mail: Mark.Fisher@uea.ac.uk

View our Year in Industry brochure.

Student Experiences

  • Jonny Champion, CMP student, returns from a rewarding year in industry at IBM 
  • Matt Willis, CMP student, returns from an amazing year in industry experience at RM Education in the UK and India
  • Thomas Heslin, CMP student, reflects on his experiences of his year in industry placement at Xerox

Course Modules

Course Modules

Year 1 - Compulsory (120 Credits)

  • Introduction to Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Business (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour (20 Credits)
  • Programming for Applications (20 Credits)
  • Systems Development (20 Credits)
  • Web-Based Programming (20 Credits)

Year 2 - Compulsory (40 Credits)

  • Database Systems (20 Credits)
  • Systems Analysis (20 Credits)

Year 2 - Optional (80 Credits)

  • Applied Statistics A (20 Credits)
  • Business Ethics (20 Credits)
  • Financial Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Management Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Operations Strategy and Management (20 Credits)
  • Practical Law for Management (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Marketing (20 Credits)
  • Programming 2 (20 Credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (20 Credits)
  • Software Engineering 1 (20 Credits)

Year 3 - Year in Industry

Year 4 - Compulsory (80 Credits)

  • Business Information Systems Project (40 Credits)
  • Organisational Information Systems (20 Credits)
  • Systems Engineering (20 Credits)

Year 4 - Optional A (20 Credits)

  • Consumer Behaviour (20 Credits)
  • Entrepeneurship and Small Business (20 Credits)
  • Information Retrieval (20 Credits)
  • Management Consulting and Development (20 Credits)
  • Managing Innovation and Creativity (20 Credits)
  • Marketing: Social Responsibility and the Law (20 Credits)
  • Networks (20 Credits)
  • Project Management (20 Credits)
  • Software Engineering 2 (20 Credits)

Year 4 - Optional B (20 Credits)

  • Applied Statistics A (20 Credits)
  • Business Ethics (20 Credits)
  • Consumer Behaviour (20 Credits)
  • Entrepeneurship and Small Business (20 Credits)
  • Financial Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Information Retrieval (20 Credits)
  • Management Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Management Consulting and Development (20 Credits)
  • Managing Innovation and Creativity (20 Credits)
  • Marketing: Social Responsibility and the Law (20 Credits)
  • Networks (20 Credits)
  • Operations Strategy and Management (20 Credits)
  • Practical Law for Management (20 Credits)
  • Programming 2 (20 Credits)
  • Project Management (20 Credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (20 Credits)
  • Software Engineering 1 (20 Credits)
  • Software Engineering 2 (20 Credits)

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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including one subject as listed below
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including one HL subjects from the preferred list at 5 and one other HL subject at 5
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including one subject as listed below
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2 including a subject from list below
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in one of the subjects listed below
  • BTEC DDM in an IT, Business or science related subject
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 70% in one subject as listed below

Entry Requirement

At least one A level or equivalent required in the following subjects: Mathematics, Computing, Economics or Business related subjects

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 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 writing, speaking, listening and reading):

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

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Mathematics FS3

International Foundation in Mathematics with Actuarial Science FMA

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

This degree programme will also consider applications from all other International Foundation pathways at INTO

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.
  • A Level ABB including one subject as listed below
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including two HL subjects at 5, including one subject as listed below
  • Scottish Highers AABBB including one subject as listed below
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including one subject as listed below
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB including one subject as listed below
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in one of the subjects listed below
  • BTEC DDM in an IT or science related subject
  • European Baccalaureate Overall 75% including 70% in one subject as listed below

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 writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Mathematics FS3

International Foundation in Mathematics with Actuarial Science FMA

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

This degree programme will also consider applications from all other International Foundation pathways at INTO

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing 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 may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

At least one A level (or equivalent) from Mathematics, Computing, Economics or Business related subjects.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

GCSE Offer

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

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

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.

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

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

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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