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BSc (Hons) Business Studies with Computing offers you the opportunity to take Business as a Major subject with Computing as a Minor subject.
By studying business as a major you will develop skills in business and management functions, for example finance, marketing, supply chain management, leadership and organisational behaviour.
By studying Computing as a minor, you will develop skills on managing the business’ computer hardware, network operations and cyber security.
If you are interested in developing a career in business where analysing, developing and securing the business operating networking systems is a component, then BSc (Hons) Business Studies with Computing is the course for you.
The programme equips you with the skills for a range of different career options, including management, consulting or technology coordinator.
It also provides you with the entrepreneurial and innovation skills necessary for the creation of new business ventures and stimulates your competitive impetus for managing and developing existing businesses.
The computing minor has a particular focus on computer hardware and network operations and cyber security.
The BSc (Hons) Business Studies with Computing is offered in full-time mode only and the duration of the course is 3 years or 4 years with an Integrated Foundation Year.
The course is modular in design with students undertaking 18 modules in total to obtain the Hons degree. For the main Bachelor’s Degree, students will study 3 modules per semester, with each module worth 20 credits (total 360 credits).
The Integrated Foundation year will be over 1 year (full time).
Principles of Management
This module introduces the fundamental concepts of management and cognate topics, including the business environment, business ethics, motivation, problem solving and decision making, planning, human resource management, organisational structure, change and innovation, and operations and quality. Students will acquire an understanding of the issues and challenges facing managers in both domestic and global environments.
Academic and Career Enhancement Skills
The module establishes a solid foundation for students as they make the transition to become effective learners at third level. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important for academic achievement. In this module, student learning, progression and achievement is closely monitored and supported by the module coordinator.
Systems Analysis and Design
This module is devoted to the understanding of organisations as systems, the environment in which they operate and the processes they undertake. It provides the student with knowledge of the tools and techniques of modern systems analysis, essential to the creation of information systems using industrial best practice.
It investigates concepts associated with business analysis, methodologies and modelling techniques in use today. The module also develops project management and communication skills. The module will develop a student as an IT professional analysing and designing effective systems in industrial and commercial environments.
Principles of Economics
This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of economics and provides an essential underpinning for more advanced study of economics and economic issues.
Principles of Marketing
The module specifically provides students with understanding of the key principles and concepts of marketing to allow further learning of the strategic importance of the area in the future.
Computer Hardware and Operating Systems
Differences in the internal structure and organisation of a computer lead to significant differences in performance and functionality, giving rise to an extraordinary range of computing devices, from hand-held computers to large-scale, high-performance machines. This module addresses the various options involved in designing a computer system, the range of design considerations, and the trade-offs involved in the design process.
Finance for Decision Making
Financial decisions and their implications are an important consideration for global business'. This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding financial decision making. The module will provide students with an understanding of the key issues and techniques used in financial decision making with particular emphasis placed on ethical corporate governance and business ethics within the context of financial decision making.
Professional Skills Development
This module is designed to provide students with the necessary tool kit to lead their own professional credibility, during and after their under graduate study. It will provide an interactive and experiential learning environment for students whereby they can learn about the kind of business leader they want to become and how to achieve this
This module provides students with the combination of creative and technical skills necessary to implement design concepts using internet technologies. Lectures and tutorials are used to introduce ideas and techniques, and practical skills are developed through group based and individual mini-projects.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Operations and supply chain management is the planning, design, organization, and control of the flow of information and materials along the supply chain in order to meet customer requirements. The aim of this module is to assist students in the analysis of developments enhancing the role of operations and supply chain management, and enable them to develop and manage operational strategies to meet corporate objectives.
Computer Networks & Security
This module provides an in-depth study of computer, communications and networks. This module will introduce the concepts and principles of computer networks to guide the installation and maintenance of modern, high quality reliable networks. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn how to configure and test networks, deploy network based software applications and resolve network infrastructural problems. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of basic skills in networking, and an appreciation for emerging themes that could impact networking in the future
This module will introduce the fundamental concepts of Organisational Behaviour and encourage students to develop an understanding of managing and developing people in a business context. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate situations and issues relevant to behaviour within organisations.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
This module aims to equip students with a knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurial and innovation processes, and their relationship with business and economic development. It will enable students to develop the skills necessary to participate in business venturing projects. Assessment is by coursework and examination
This module provides the student with a sound understanding of Knowledge Management and the Learning Organisation. Particular attention is awarded to technological development within these fields. The opportunity to construct a simple knowledge-oriented computerised system is provided.
Global Business Environment
This module explores the complexity of forces that make up the global economy. In particular, it aims to understand the impact of these forces on the activities of the firm, and the decisions they must take if they are to survive and prosper. The module will focus on the national, regional, and international contexts, and will aim to give students an understanding of an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous global business environment.
Research Methods for Business
In the course of this module, students will develop an understanding of, and the ability to use, the core theories and techniques underpinning business research - both academic research and applied research. This will be supported by providing students with the knowledge required to utilise appropriate software for the analysis and presentation of research
Leadership & Strategy
This module equips students with an understanding of leadership dynamics and strategic vision in organisations and the challenges associated with leading organisations through strategic change. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate leadership and strategy in organisations.
Network Operating Systems
The module combines an in-depth study of the key theoretical concepts of modern Networked Operating systems, with practical hands-on industry focused techniques to enable the student to understand the relationship between this theory and the practical implementation of modern Operating Systems
As per Ulster University guidelines, you must satisfy one of the below:
You may be able to join the programme at either Year 2 or 3 if you have a
GPA at a 3.2 level or higher to be equivalent to 60% + or a merit profile or more in HND in Business or equivalent qualification for full-time students.
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