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Business Information Technology BA (Hons)

Whether you are thinking of setting up your own business, working in professional practice, a large corporation or the public sector you will need to possess the right set of skills.

This course will provide you with all of the skills and ingredients to go onto thrive in the professional business sector.

UCAS course code
NG25 | With placement year N1I3
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | 4 years with Placement Year
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018
Accredited by
Chartered Management Institute
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year
School
 York Business School

Course overview

Focusing on the application of business information systems and web technologies, you will acquire the skills needed to solve business problems. Develop a broad-range of business skills, with a particular focus on a software-based approach to business information systems and web technologies.

Gain an insight into business and how technology interacts during Level 1 and in Levels 2 and 3 you will further that knowledge and develop an awareness of the technological interface of companies.

On successful completion graduates are awarded the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership. You will also have the opportunity to achieve the Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications. It is possible to study abroad as part of the course and to learn a language, without extending the length of your degree. For those who want to boost their practical experience the programme can offer a year in industry.

You will be equipped to go into a wide range of careers, including: business process analysis / engineering, technical consultancy and general information technology-related business positions.

Christine O'Dea - Course Leader

Not sure which Business course to take? You can decide at the end of your second year.

York Business School run a wide range of fantastic courses, but don’t worry if you are not sure which area to study. We can offer you a flexible option and give you time to decide.

Course structure

Level 1

Compulsory modules:

Preparing for Business: This module will give a broad awareness of the fundamentals in business from a financial, economic, marketing and organisational perspective. The skills learned can be applied to any business organisation but learning for this module will be likely to give greater emphasis to a small business environment with the aim to make the interdependencies of the above areas more apparent. The fundamentals will be delivered in the lecture with the aim of giving all learners a basic awareness of the various disciplines and the associated issues that may arise.

Responsible Business: This module examines the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, seeking answers to the question: what does it mean for businesses to behave responsibly? There is an ongoing debate regarding this question, with answers ranging from ‘just maximize shareholder value’ to ‘consider everyone who is affected, including unborn future generations’, with many variations in between. In this ongoing debate we encounter ideas regarding, for example, stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations, and so on. This module aligns well with the mission of the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) (PRME) initiative to inspire and champion responsible management education. The challenge in this module of applying ideas from a complex ongoing debate to contemporary business and societal issues will support students in the development of both academic and employability skills.

Marketing Principles: The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge of the theory and operations related to marketing.  The ability to recognise and meet customer needs is an important factor in the success of organisations, whether they be in the public, private or voluntary sector.  This module provides an understanding of how organisations can identify and address the needs of internal and external stakeholder. It also provides an introduction to specific marketing concepts like the marketing mix. Students will be exposed to the wider understanding of the definition of marketing, the role of marketing, its functions and different concepts which can aid a marketing practitioner with a focus on the application and adaptation of the marketing theory.

Ventures in Entrepreneurship: The aim of this module is to expose students to the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship and business ‘start-ups’. Students will gain hands-on experience of planning, implementing and running their own business through the business simulation software SimVenture Evolution. This will give a sense of the challenges inherent in starting up and running a new enterprise. Students will also develop a critical understanding of contemporary discourses surrounding ‘entrepreneurs’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ as they are found in the wider culture and society at large.

Website Development: The module will provide an opportunity for students to learn how the World Wide Web operates and to develop web-authoring skills.  It will explore the separation of content and form on the web through the use of HTML and CSS. Students will learn about graphics, multimedia and JavaScript for carrying out simple client-side programming and will develop skills in the use of web-authoring software. Design issues in relation to web page development and cross browser/device compatibility will be explored.

Business Logics and Process Modelling: Business process management is fundamental to the operation of modern businesses. For existing and new businesses, a visualized model can provide insightful knowledge and understanding on whether the current business processes are working effectively and how they might be improved. This module therefore aims to introduce students to business process modelling, and provide them with an overview of one of the most widely accepted and used standards – UML (Unified Modelling Luggage). Additionally, how it is used in modern societies to document and analyse business processes.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.

Level 2

Compulsory modules:

Management and Leadership: This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of management and leadership. It considers the differences between management and leadership, through the development of theories and models, and the impact on organisations of different approaches. The module also allows students to analyse their own management and leadership skills and devise a personal plan which will allow them to develop these further.

Problem Solving Through Programing: This module develops students’ problem solving skills through the medium of programing. The skill of decomposition shows how to break down problems into smaller parts. Writing algorithms supports the development of planning the steps needed to complete the work while planning how to deliver the project helps to develop time management. These skills are all transferable to other problem solving scenarios.  As a vehicle for this skill development students will devise, plan and code a project.

Research Methods and Project Management: Organisations frequently require both an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it.  These skills are also important if students wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services.  This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts, and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data. In addition, this module will develop students’ project planning and management skills as a tool to manage the research process.

Databases for Business: This module extends the students’ understanding of data storage and manipulation through work with simple databases. They will learn to model information systems and through comparing the functionality and purpose of different types of database, the ease of creation and use and the ability to interrogate data will gain an understanding of data storage and manipulation. Students will work to develop their own database and through this understand the problems inherent in developing database solutions making them better able to project plan future implementations in their future careers.

Optional Modules:

Consumer Behaviour: Marketing is a key business function. Central to this is an in depth understanding of how customer desires and decision processes, (consumer behaviour), affect why and how purchases are made. This module introduces students to the complexities of consumer behaviour by analysing and evaluating the impact of the nature and scope of consumer and business buyer behaviour on marketing decisions. The psychology of the decision making processes are studied and the implications for marketers are analysed giving an insight into how to market goods more effectively.  Many argue that this is the most interesting of Marketing modules due to the scrutiny of the student’s own psychological motivations.

Business and Commercial Law: The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary. The module will also cover a range of specific legal areas relating of most concern to business professionals.

International Trade: This module seeks to understand the patterns of international trade, past, present and future by understanding the underlying forces that drive international trade. International trade draws upon ideas from economic theory, business strategy and political economy. Contemporary international trade is also closely related to international production: the operation of international supply chains and production networks often linked to foreign direct investment. This module considers how these ideas relate to each other and to events in the real world, providing a balanced appreciation of theory and its application.

Integrated Marketing Communications: This module aims to provide students with an overview of marketing communications from both theoretical and managerial perspectives. The role of Integrated Marketing Communications will be examined as an influence on buyer behaviour and as a major element in the marketing mix.

Language Modules

Study Abroad: This module is intended to accommodate flexibly the varying needs of exchange or study abroad students. For instance, this may be required when the modules offered by the host institution are sufficiently close to the modules that the student would be taking at YSJU. The module’s aim is to support students’ development in their subject knowledge while exposing them to the language and culture of the host country, whilst enhancing their foreign language skills. 

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.

Level 3

Compulsory modules:

Dissertation: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work.  This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards.  Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice. 

Developing a Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to prepare students to undertake an independent enquiry through individual self-directed project work.  This module provides students with the skills and knowledge to design and plan a research project.   Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and critique literature.  Students will develop a project plan which they can undertake through their final semester.

Developing an Organisation Based Project: The aim of this module is to develop the student’s skills in conducting a research project in response to a brief from an organisation. This module acts as a bridge into the industry they research. Students develop their research skills and their ability to structure an influential document.

Digital Marketing and Communication: This module will focus on developing digital marketing and communication strategies for successfully marketing products and services and communicating effectively through online channels. The module will allow students to appraise the impact that the rise of digital technology has had upon traditional marketing and corporate communication practices, whilst allowing them to develop appropriate digital marketing and communication plans that will utilise a range of digital technologies and techniques.

eBusiness: eBusiness has changed the way companies conduct their business, and the way they compete with each other. This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and an understanding on why Information Systems and Technology are essential in business today, and how they are used in current business environment. It seeks to develop both a theoretical basis and an operational sense of the role of the Internet and the web in business and how they can enable, enhance and extend business activities, particularly commerce. This module investigates some of the leading Business Information Systems used in modern society, as well as the strategies, main concepts and structures of eBusiness. In addition, how companies use Information Systems and Technology internally and externally to improve the efficiency of supply chain management.

Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a small scale substantial piece of individual self-directed research work.  This module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards.  Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.

Organisation Based Project: The aim of the Organisation Based Project is to give students the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic challenging business project with an in-depth research-based report. This offers links with potential employers and demonstrates understanding of the application of business principles in a real-world situation. Students will develop their research skills alongside techniques of reporting back on findings.

Developing e-Commerce Applications: One of the most common web applications is the e-commerce site.  This module aims to introduce and apply much of the learning from the other modules within the BIT stream, such as database and programming, web design for marketing, and eBusiness, to design and develop a database driven web application. The module will provide theoretical knowledge and topics such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), user experience, good eCommerce site design, and how to manage the eCommerce site. It will also address web design practice in areas such as client and server side scripting, advanced CSS, web standards and some toolkits (i.e., CMS), and will look at e-commerce application specifics, such as shopping carts and payment systems.

Contemporary Issues in the Technological Era: Advances in IT have transformed the way in which people live, work, learn, communicate and conduct business. This module examines the issues arising from advances in IT, and the responsibility that business managers and technical developers have with regards to computer use. The module will serve to increase the understanding of issues related to ethics, professional conduct and social responsibility as they arise in the field of IT. The module provides students with an opportunity to develop skills of analysis and problem solving, enabling students to develop a critical awareness of responsible IT use. This enables them to deal with the problems, choices and constraints involved in the development of effective and sustainable strategies.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.

Certificate in Management and Leadership

Modules may include:

  • Responsible Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • Dissertation
  • Business Research Project
  • Organisation Based Project

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 - 116 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Interest and experience in Information technology
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh.

Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2018 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

 

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2018 / 19

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2018 / 19

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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