Business and commerce need a skilled workforce who understand the foundations of information technology and the principles of business practice. This degree provides a balance of business and information technology and responds to industry needs, enhancing your employment prospects.
Reasons to study a Business Information Technology degree at Kent
Study a balance of computing and business oriented modulesLearn to use current technology in communications, databases and web solutions to analyse business problems and develop effective solutionsChoose to add a year in industry after the second year, giving you work experience, a salary and the possibility of a job with the same company after graduationCourse informed by stakeholder panel of industry experts who give feedback on the skills employers need from a modern workforcePartial accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
What you’ll study
You learn a combination of business and software technology; together these give you the ability and confidence to operate comfortably in the business world. The first and second year are comprised of compulsory modules to give you a solid grounding in both computing and business. In your final year, you can choose from a range of optional modules in areas that you want to explore in more depth or that will help with your chosen career path.
Year in industry
Your year in industry takes place between your second and final years, giving you invaluable work experience. You earn a salary and there may be the possibility of a job with the same company after graduation.
It is also possible to take this degree as a three-year programme, without a year in industry. For details, see Business Information Technology.Teaching
Within the School of Computing are authors of widely used textbooks. Programmes are taught by leading researchers who are experts in their fields.
Teaching is based on lectures, with practical classes and seminars, but we are also introducing more innovative ways of teaching, such as virtual learning environments and work-based tuition. Work includes group projects, case studies and computer simulations, with a large-scale project of your own choice in the final year.
Each stage comprises eight modules. Most modules run for a single 12-week term. Each module has two lectures and one to two hours of classes, usually making 14 formal contact hours per week and eight hours of 'homework club' drop-in sessions each term.
We provide excellent support for you throughout your time at Kent. This includes access to web-based information systems, podcasts and web forums for students who can benefit from extra help. We use innovative teaching methodologies, including BlueJ and LEGO© Mindstorms for teaching Java programming.
Our staff have written internationally acclaimed textbooks for learning programming, which have been translated into eight languages and are used worldwide.
Assessment is by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination and details are shown in the module outlines on the web. Project modules are assessed wholly by coursework.
The marks from stage one do not go towards your final degree grade, but you must pass to continue to stage two.
Most stage two modules are assessed by coursework and end-of-year examination. Marks from stage two count towards your degree result. You must pass stage two to go on your year in industry.
The year in industry forms an integral part of your degree and constitutes 10% of your final grade. Assessment comprises an employer evaluation, a reflective report and a logbook/portfolio.
Most stage three modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination. Projects are assessed by your contribution to the final project, the final report, and oral presentation and viva examination. Marks from stage three count towards your degree result.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
In stage three your project counts for 25% of the year's marks.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- hardware: the major functional components of a computer system
- software: programming languages and practice, tools and packages, computer applications, structuring of data and information
- communications and interaction: basic computer communication network concepts
- communication between computers and people, the control and operation of computers
- practice: problem identification and analysis, design development, testing and evaluation
- organisations, their environment and their management, including people, operations management, finance, marketing and organisational strategy
- social science concepts and theories and the ability to apply them to business and management contexts
- aspects of the core subject areas from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- modelling: knowledge and understanding in the modelling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-off involved in design choices
- reflection and communication: present succinctly to a range of audiences rational and reasoned arguments
- requirements: identify and analyse criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems and plan strategies for their solution
- criteria evaluation and testing: analyse the extent to which a computer-based system meets the criteria defined for its current use and future development
- methods and tools: deploy theory practices and tools for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based systems
- professional responsibility: recognise and be guided by the professional, economic, social, environmental, moral and ethical issues involved in the sustainable exploitation of computer technology
- computational thinking: demonstrate a basic analytical ability and its relevance to everyday life
- critically evaluate arguments and evidence
- analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems
- apply some of the intellectual skills specified for the programme from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- design and implementation: specifying, designing and implementing computer-based systems
- evaluation: evaluating systems in terms of general quality attributes and possible trade offs presented within the given problem
- information management: applying the principles of effective
management, organisation and retrieval skills to information of various
- tools: deploying effectively the tools used for the construction
and documentation of software, with particular emphasis on
understanding the whole process involved in using computers to solve
- identifying, formulating and solving business/decision-making problems using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools
- creating, evaluating and assessing options, in a range of business situations, applying concepts and knowledge appropriately
- communicating effectively, orally and in writing, about business issues.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- communication: making succinct presentations to a range of audiences about technical problems and their solutions
- IT: effective information retrieval, including the use of browsers, search engines and catalogues, and effective use of general IT facilities
- numeracy: understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension
- self-management: managing your own learning and development, including time management and organisational skills.
The programme aims to:
- attract and meet the needs of those contemplating a career involving a significant element of computing and those motivated primarily by intellectual interests in applied computing and business administration
- provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principles of business information technology
- provide generally applicable skills that will be of lasting value in a constantly changing field
- offer a range of modules covering the foundations of business IT
- offer a range of options to enable students to study in depth selected areas of applied computing and/or business administration
- provide teaching that is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
- develop general critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of different business, computing and other settings.