BSc Honours Business Information Technology (UCAS Code: GN51)
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Much of the business in the 21st century will be conducted electronically, and will exploit advanced information technologies such as the Internet and e-commerce. Leaders of technology-based organisations will therefore require a unique combination of abilities. The Business Information Technology degree at Queen's aims to give students a sound knowledge of information technology fundamentals and their application in business and a firm foundation in management.Back to top
The degree programme is organised around the following themes:
• Business Practice, Software Development
• Computer Architecture (including Computer Networks)
• Management IT (including Electronic Commerce)
• Management Principles and Information Technology (including Multimedia)
• Entrepreneurship within an IT environment
A range of modules builds progressively on each of these themes throughout the first two years. Students then undertake a full year's paid placement, which is an opportunity both to put into practice the principles learned to date and to gain practical experience of the business world. It is expected that students will gain a Licentiateship of the City & Guilds from this period of work experience.
Students then take their final year modules, including a major individual innovation and entrepreneurship project, which pulls together many of the individual themes of the degree.
The four-year degree programme (three years plus a placement year) will involve development of the technical skills necessary to design and construct advanced IT systems for business applications. It is expected that graduates will be able to:
• Assume the role of manager in the contemporary, technology-driven business environment
• Exploit advanced IT to build and develop globally competitive businesses
• Develop and implement IT-enabled business systems for effective business operation
• Manage the introduction and use of IT in business, including the human factors
• Keep abreast of emerging technologies and their potential for business innovation
• Redesign existing business processes and implement new business initiatives
The School has a world class reputation for research and provides excellent facilities, including access to major new research centres in Secure Information Technologies, Electronics, Communications and Information Technology and Sonic Arts. A number of modules on the course are closely linked to the research expertise of these centres and evolve and change rapidly to reflect some of the current, emerging and exciting developments in the field.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
The BSc in Business Information Technology including Professional Experience provides a range of learning experiences which enable students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment (general):The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Overview: More than ever, there is a real need for skilled managers in the contemporary, technology driven environment. Those managers will be required to have an understanding of the fundamental principles of Computer Science, Information Technology and Management with an emphasis on application of advanced information technology in a business environment. Employers, from large multinational firms to small local organisations, actively target our students, recognising that Queen's Business Information Technology graduates are equipped with the skills they need. Even with the recession, current industry analysis indicates that there is a shortage of IT graduates and this trend is forecast to continue.
On graduating with an Honours degree and a year's experience, graduates are able to choose from a host of rewarding and challenging careers in industry, commerce, education and research. Many graduates take up posts associated with management and finance working in contemporary, technology driven environments, while others undertakeresearch.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
The types of career open to Business Information Technology graduates include: IT Consultant; Business Consultant; Software Tester; Systems Analyst; Web Designer; Human Resources Management; Marketing.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
You should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.uk for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract BSc Business Information Technology Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to BSc BIT graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, see the School website www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs for more information.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Placement: all students undertake a paid placement year in industry. The School has links with over 500 local, national and international organisations, and examples of companies where our students have spent their placements as part of this degree include Microsoft, Fujitsu, Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PA Consulting Group and Belfast City Council, to name just a few.
Facilities: students have access to a wide range of computers (laboratories are equipped with several hundred PCs) and specialised software packages.
A key feature of this degree programme is the emphasis on the application of advanced information technology in a business environment, and students study both the enabling technology for e-commerce and how that technology may be exploited for business advantage. A further special feature of this programme is the active development of the students' innovation and entrepreneurial skills.Back to top