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Undergraduate Programme Specification

BSc Business Information Technology

Academic Year 2021/22

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title BSc Business Information Technology Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code BIT-BSC-S UCAS Code GN51 HECoS Code 100362 - Business information technolog - 100
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 4 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 480
Exit Awards available

Institute Information

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sci

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 6

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Computing (2016)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Regulation Information

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

The programme is subject to the University General Regulations which can be found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicStudentAffairs/AcademicAffairs/

Progression from Stage 2 to Stage 3:
In order to proceed to stage 3, stage 2 students must normally have passed 6 modules (120 CAT points) at stage 1 in subjects relevant to their current programme.

Year of Professional Experience:

Students must, unless exempted, spend at least 9 months between Stage 2 and Stage 3 in obtaining professional experience in a manner approved by the School.

Normally students may proceed to the Year of Professional Experience if they have no more than one module fail (20 CATs) at Level 2.

Students wishing to apply for exemption from their Professional Experience Requirement must do so in writing to the Director of Education before 1st December in Stage 2. Applications for exemption will be considered by the Placement Adviser and the Director of Education, with advice from the students’ Advisers of Studies or other staff as appropriate. Exemption will be granted only in circumstances where a student can demonstrate either personal extenuating circumstances or the equivalent of a minimum of 9 months relevant previous experience.

Students who have been granted exemption from the Year of Professional Experience will be required to transfer to the equivalent programme and may proceed directly to Stage 3 subject to meeting the normal Stage 2 to Stage 3 placement requirements.

In September, prior to the start of the first semester, students who are unable to secure a placement will be considered for exemption by the Placement Adviser and the Director of Education, with advice from the students’ Advisers of Studies or other staff as appropriate.

Before a student will be deemed 'unable to secure a placement' he/she will be asked to demonstrate a consistent effort throughout the year in obtaining a placement. Normally, this will be interpreted as a minimum of 20 relevant applications to advertised positions, spread across the year. Speculative enquiries to companies not advertising placement opportunities do not form part of this.

Students who, despite repeated attempts, are unable to obtain a suitable placement may be permitted to transfer to the equivalent non-placement programme and may proceed directly to Stage 3 subject to meeting the normal Stage 2 to Stage 3 placement requirements. Finally, the Year of Professional Experience must also be satisfactorily completed.

Award of Degrees:

For the award of a BSc degree students must normally have passed at least 16 modules (320 CATS) to include CSC3023 and have achieved a weighted average mark of at least 40%.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

Educational Aims Of Programme

The overall aim of the programme is to provide a broadly-based education in Information Technology fundamentals and a firm foundation in Management, which will produce graduates equipped to undertake software development or use technology for a business advantage.

• Embark on careers as managers or developers within contemporary, technology-driven business environments.

• Understand the fundamental principles of Software Engineering, Information Technology and Management with an emphasis on application within a business environment.

• Use information technologies to build and develop globally competitive business practices and solve associated technological problems.

• Demonstrate a disciplined approach to the development and implementation of IT-enabled business processes for effective business operation.

• Advocate and adopt a user-centred approach towards the management and development of information technology systems.

• Exercise high levels of professionalism and an awareness of the wider business and legal environment in which information technologists operate.

• Possess strong interpersonal skills, encompassing team-working skills and effective oral, written, presentation and listening skills.

• Uphold the values, attitudes and competencies needed to undertake CPD and self-directed learning throughout their careers.

• Draw upon practical skills and experience of software development in a business/commercial context.

Consistent with the general Educational Aims of the Programme and the specific requirements of the Benchmarking Statement for Computing, this specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme, and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

Specifically, students graduating from the programme will have achieved the following learning outcomes, commensurate with degree classification, relating to subject specific knowledge and understanding; intellectual, practical and key transferable skills:

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Analyse, evaluate and interpret information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem solving and design pervade the degree, with each individual module emphasising some aspect of problem solving and/or good design practice. All modules have a coursework component (practical work, homework or assignments) which supports, illustrates and reinforces the theoretical material presented in lectures. The coursework develops from guided work leading to understanding in first year to open learning, open ended designs with development of specifications, customer and business input and validation in final year.

Methods of Assessment

All modules have a coursework component (practical work, homework or assignments) which supports, illustrates and reinforces the theoretical material presented in lectures. The coursework develops from guided work leading to understanding in first year to open learning, open ended designs with development of specifications, customer and business input and validation in final year.

Assessed as an integral aspect of most learning outcomes.

Synthesise information from a variety of sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fundamental aspect of Computing disciplines and strongly embedded within all modules. Developed and practised through engagement within lectures, practicals, assignments and projects. Assessed as an integral aspect of most learning outcomes

Methods of Assessment

All modules have a coursework component (practical work, homework or assignments) which supports, illustrates and reinforces the theoretical material presented in lectures. The coursework develops from guided work leading to understanding in first year to open learning, open ended designs with development of specifications, customer and business input and validation in final year.

Assessed as an integral aspect of most learning outcomes.

Evaluate designs, components, products and artefacts and make improvements

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Feedback is given to students on practical works, assignments, homework and on all formative work produced.

Methods of Assessment

All modules have a coursework component (practical work, homework or assignments) which supports, illustrates and reinforces the theoretical material presented in lectures. The coursework develops from guided work leading to understanding in first year to open learning, open ended designs with development of specifications, customer and business input and validation in final year.

Assessed as an integral aspect of most learning outcomes.

Formulate and test hypothesis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Analysis and problem solving skills are assessed through homework, assignments and end-of-module written examinations

Methods of Assessment

All modules have a coursework component (practical work, homework or assignments) which supports, illustrates and reinforces the theoretical material presented in lectures. The coursework develops from guided work leading to understanding in first year to open learning, open ended designs with development of specifications, customer and business input and validation in final year.

Assessed as an integral aspect of most learning outcomes.

Application of theory and concepts to real world context

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Design skills are assessed through assignments, reports on practical work and project reports, presentations and demonstrations.

Methods of Assessment

All modules have a coursework component (practical work, homework or assignments) which supports, illustrates and reinforces the theoretical material presented in lectures. The coursework develops from guided work leading to understanding in first year to open learning, open ended designs with development of specifications, customer and business input and validation in final year.

Assessed as an integral aspect of most learning outcomes.

Recognise and analyse problems and develop strategies for their solution

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of lectures, guest speakers, seminars/ tutorials, practical exercises, coursework and projects at all levels.

Methods of Assessment

All modules have a coursework component (practical work, homework or assignments) which supports, illustrates and reinforces the theoretical material presented in lectures. The coursework develops from guided work leading to understanding in first year to open learning, open ended designs with development of specifications, customer and business input and validation in final year.

Assessed as an integral aspect of most learning outcomes.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Apply a range of specific technical skills necessary to design and construct advanced IT systems for business applications

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of lectures, guest speakers, seminars/ tutorials, practical exercises, coursework and projects at all levels.

Methods of Assessment

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (KU1 – KU8) and assessed practical work (KU1, KU2, KU3, KU5), homeworks (KU1, KU2), assignments (KU8), presentations (KU5) and project reports, presentations and demonstrations (KU1 – KU8).

Understand and apply the principles and techniques of core Management subjects

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of lectures, guest speakers, seminars/ tutorials, practical exercises, coursework and projects at all levels.

Methods of Assessment

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (KU1 – KU8) and assessed practical work (KU1, KU2, KU3, KU5), homeworks (KU1, KU2), assignments (KU8), presentations (KU5) and project reports, presentations and demonstrations (KU1 – KU8).

Understand the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories of Computer Science.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of lectures, guest speakers, seminars/ tutorials, practical exercises, coursework and projects at all levels.

Methods of Assessment

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (KU1 – KU8) and assessed practical work (KU1, KU2, KU3, KU5), homeworks (KU1, KU2), assignments (KU8), presentations (KU5) and project reports, presentations and demonstrations (KU1 – KU8).

Critically evaluate and reflect upon current thinking in Management.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of lectures, guest speakers, seminars/ tutorials, practical exercises, coursework and projects at all levels.

Methods of Assessment

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (KU1 – KU8) and assessed practical work (KU1, KU2, KU3, KU5), homeworks (KU1, KU2), assignments (KU8), presentations (KU5) and project reports, presentations and demonstrations (KU1 – KU8).

Critically evaluate and integrate knowledge of Management and knowledge of IT

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of lectures, guest speakers, seminars/ tutorials, practical exercises, coursework and projects at all levels.

Methods of Assessment

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (KU1 – KU8) and assessed practical work (KU1, KU2, KU3, KU5), homeworks (KU1, KU2), assignments (KU8), presentations (KU5) and project reports, presentations and demonstrations (KU1 – KU8).

Understand good scientific and engineering practice in the specification, design, implementation, testing and delivery and maintenance of computer based solutions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Form an integral part of all technical strands of the programme assuming increasing importance as students progress through the levels and is the dominant feature of final year technical modules.

Methods of Assessment

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (KU1 – KU8) and assessed practical work (KU1, KU2, KU3, KU5), homeworks (KU1, KU2), assignments (KU8), presentations (KU5) and project reports, presentations and demonstrations (KU1 – KU8).

Understand the importance of quality and fitness for purpose of the software engineering process and resulting artefacts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of lectures, guest speakers, seminars/ tutorials, practical exercises, coursework and projects at all levels.

Methods of Assessment

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (KU1 – KU8) and assessed practical work (KU1, KU2, KU3, KU5), homeworks (KU1, KU2), assignments (KU8), presentations (KU5) and project reports, presentations and demonstrations (KU1 – KU8).

Understand the responsibilities of Information Technologists in Business and their role within an organisation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Year of Professional Experience and Professional Practice module.

Methods of Assessment

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (KU1 – KU8) and assessed practical work (KU1, KU2, KU3, KU5), homeworks (KU1, KU2), assignments (KU8), presentations (KU5) and project reports, presentations and demonstrations (KU1 – KU8).

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Plan and manage a Software e-business project.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught in Level 2 and developed in the final year
project

Methods of Assessment

Practical skills are assessed through reports on practical work, coursework reports and project reports and presentations. The corresponding assessment will be used to determine whether a student has achieved the stated outcome.

Implement a design managerial IT solution using an appropriate programming language.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core at all levels. Taught through lectures and supplemented through practical and project work.

Methods of Assessment

Practical skills are assessed through reports on practical work, coursework reports and project reports and presentations. The corresponding assessment will be used to determine whether a student has achieved the stated outcome.

Retrieve, sift and select current and relevant primary and secondary information from standard and electronic sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught through lectures and developed through homework, assignments, practical and project work

Methods of Assessment

Practical skills are assessed through reports on practical work, coursework reports and project reports and presentations. The corresponding assessment will be used to determine whether a student has achieved the stated outcome.

Deploy effectively the tools used in the construction and documentation of business information systems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through practical and project work

Methods of Assessment

Practical skills are assessed through reports on practical work, coursework reports and project reports and presentations. The corresponding assessment will be used to determine whether a student has achieved the stated outcome.

Prepare technical reports.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through feedback on reports written for
practical and project work and presentations made on project work and the Year of Professional Experience

Methods of Assessment

Practical skills are assessed through reports on practical work, coursework reports and project reports and presentations. The corresponding assessment will be used to determine whether a student has achieved the stated outcome.

Give technical presentations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through feedback on reports written for
practical and project work and presentations made on
project work and the Year of Professional Experience

Methods of Assessment

Practical skills are assessed through reports on practical work, coursework reports and project reports and presentations. The corresponding assessment will be used to determine whether a student has achieved the stated outcome.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Work effectively within a team.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught in Level 2 and developed through various
smaller group projects associated with particular
modules

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Retrieve information from a variety of sources and by a variety of techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Introduced during the University induction course and developed through assignments and project work involving library resources (catalogues), web-based resources (browsers and search engines) and personal contacts.

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Use information technology effectively in a business and managerial context

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through practical work, projects, assignments and other coursework activities and individual learning.

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through assignments, homeworks, reports,
presentations and demonstrations and developed
through feedback on submitted coursework and
presentations

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Understand and present information involving a quantitative dimension

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught through lectures, homeworks and practical
work and developed through feedback on submitted
coursework

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Learn to improve own learning and performance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught in level 2. Students apply the skill in meeting
deadlines set throughout the programme

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Learn independently in familiar and unfamiliar situations with open-mindedness and a spirit of critical enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Nurtured and developed throughout the course which is structured and delivered in such a way as to promote this. Students apply and develop the skill during the Year of Professional Experience.

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Plan and manage career

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught in Level 2. Developed through assignments

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Appreciate the need for continuing professional development in recognition of the need for lifelong learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught in Level 2. Promoted throughout the course

Methods of Assessment

Peer assessment within teams is used in assessing skill (T1).

Skills (T4 and T5) are assessed through reports of practical work, assignments, homeworks, project reports, presentations and through the end of module examinations.

The other skills are indirectly assessed. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop skill (T9).

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Databases CSC1023 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 40% 30%
Year of Professional Experience CSC2034 3 120 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Information Systems in Organisations ISY3008 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Public Sector Management MGT3018 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
User Experience Design CSC2054 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
BIT Project CSC3023 4 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
An Introduction to Economics ECO1007 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Leading for Change MGT2019 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Operations Management MGT2005 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Innovation Management MGT3011 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
International Business MGT2011 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Organisational Behaviour MGT1009 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Business Ethics MGT3012 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Strategic Management MGT3019 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Human Resource Management MGT2013 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Accounting ACC1002 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Data and Statistics MGT2009 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Supply Chain Management MGT3013 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Marketing MGT1013 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Business, Government and Society MGT1012 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Professional and Transferrable Skills CSC2065 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Network Security CSC3064 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Business and Management MGT3034 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Data Analysis and Visualisation CSC3062 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Programming and Systems Development CSC1024 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 35% 45% 20%
Modern Web App Development CSC2057 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes