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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 programme 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.
The course is organised round the following themes:
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:
All students undertake a paid placement year in industry. The School has links with over 500 local, national and international organisations. Examples of companies where our students have spent their placements as part of this course include Microsoft, Fujitsu, Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland, Price Waterhouse Coopers, PA Consulting Group and Belfast City Council to name just a few.
Students have access to a wide range of computers (laboratories are equipped with several hundred PCs) and specialised software packages. The course emphasises 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 key feature of the course is the active development of the students’ innovation and entrepreneurial skills.
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.
On graduating with an Honours degree and a year’s experience, students are able to choose from a host of rewarding and challenging careers in industry, commerce, education and research. Graduates of this degree secure jobs in areas such as IT consultancy, project management in IT companies and in general management positions.