Business Information Technology with a Year in Industry (BSc (Hons))

the United Kingdom

For more information about Business Information Technology with a Year in Industry at University of Kent, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
find out

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Business Information Technology with a Year in Industry at University of Kent

Our programmes are taught by leading researchers who are experts in their fields. The School of Computing at Kent is home to several authors of leading textbooks, a National Teaching Fellow, an IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Fellow and two Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) award-winning scientists. Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework*. Our degree programme Business and commerce rely heavily on information systems, especially now e-commerce is widespread. This degree provides a balance of business and information technology and responds to industry needs, enhancing your employment prospects.  You study a combination of computing and business-oriented modules. You learn to use current technology in communications, databases and web publishing, to analyse business problems and develop effective solutions. In your first year, you learn how to program in an object-oriented language. In your second and final years, you further develop your programming skills and can specialise in an area of particular interest to you. We also offer modules that allow you to gain practical experience. On our Kent IT Consultancy option, you learn how to become an IT consultant, providing computing support to local businesses while earning credits towards your degree. Kent student Jayven talks about her courseLocationPLEASE NOTE - this degree will start in Medway in September 2020 and move to Canterbury in September 2021. 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. Extra activities Apart from core learning towards your degree, we provide access to a wealth of other activities such as entrepreneurship (including business start-up opportunities), community engagement, public lectures, participation in short research projects and assistance in obtaining summer placements. The School of Computing also hosts events that you are welcome to attend. These include our successful seminar programme where guest speakers from academia and industry discuss current developments in the field.  Professional networks Our programmes are informed by a stakeholder panel of industry experts who give feedback on the skills that employers require from a modern workforce. Our two dedicated placement co-ordinators help students obtain and benefit from high-quality work placements. Previous year in industry participants have worked with leading companies such as BAE Systems, Citigroup and The Walt Disney Company. Many return to their final year with the security of an employment offer – testament to the high esteem in which our graduates are held by industry. We also have a dedicated Employability Coordinator who is the first point of contact for students and employers.  *The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found here.Teaching

Within the School of Computing are authors of widely used textbooks, a National Teaching Fellow and Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Award-winning scientists. 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.

Overall workload

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, making 14 formal contact hours per week and eight hours of 'homework club' drop-in sessions each term.

Academic support

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.

Teaching staff

Our staff have written internationally acclaimed textbooks for learning programming, which have been translated into eight languages and are used worldwide. A member of staff has received the SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award is made by ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.

Assessment

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.

Intellectual Skills

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.

Subject-specific skills

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 kinds
  • 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 practical problems
  • 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.

Transferable skills

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will study find outHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

Entry requirements

Contact University of Kent to find course entry requirements.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Kent to prepare for your chosen course:

What students think about University of Kent

    Inspirational teaching - Patrique Tanque from Brazil is studying for a BSc in Forensic Chemistry.

    “Choosing Kent was an easy decision. The forensic programmes are ranked among the best in the UK and have a high graduate employment rate.

    “The teachers bring fresh ideas and up-to-date materials from real cases to enrich the lectures. They are keen to help out and always make sure we are getting plenty of support.

    “I was very fortunate to be awarded an International Scholarship, which meant I could dedicate myself to my studies.”

    Academic excellence - Stephanie Bourgeois from France is studying for a BSc in Biochemistry.

    “I like the approach to teaching here; academics are happy to answer questions and to interact with students. I find the lectures very motivational, they pique your curiosity and for me the exciting bit is going to the library and pursuing the things you are interested in.

    “The lecturers at Kent are excellent. You get to know them well and, as you move through the course, they are able to guide you towards projects, ideas or career paths that they think you will like.”

    Specialist research - Sally Gao from China is studying for a PhD in Electronic Engineering.

    “I have been very lucky with my supervisor, Professor Yong Yan, who is a world-class expert and the first IEEE Fellow in the UK in instrumentation and measurement.

    “Professor Yong Yan has helped me to become a better researcher. I am inspired by his novel ideas and constructive suggestions. Under his supervision, my confidence has grown through such milestones as my first set of experiments, writing my first research paper and attending my first conference.”

Videos from University of Kent

Location of University of Kent

University of Kent main campus is shown on the map below:

Read more about studying in the United Kingdom

Join Our Newsletter

×

Sign up to StudyLink.com today for free and be the first to hear about any new study abroad opportunities

Subscribe Now