Business Information Systems (BSc)
3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The management of an organisation’s computing and communication infrastructure is essential to its success. Information systems hold the knowledge an organisation requires to implement and improve business processes.
The Business Information Systems degree at Cardiff studies the intrinsic link between computing and technology and the strategic business needs of a modern organisation. It will equip you with the business, technical and analytical skills required for a wide range of business, IT project management and leadership roles.
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|Accreditation||This degree is recognised by The BCS (British Computer Society), The Chartered Institute for IT|
|Typical places available||The School admits 115 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes|
|Typical applications received||570|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||ABB-AAB|
|Admissions Tutors||Dr Jianhua Shao|
029 2087 4812
This three-year programme starts by introducing basic computing skills and concepts and examines the role of technology in any organisation. The insight you gain in year 1 will underpin your degree and future career.
Short projects in year 1 are followed by a substantial team project in year 2, when you will use your new skills and knowledge to design and implement a software system. In year 3, you will focus on emerging technologies and undertake an individual project centred on your own interests.
The modules taught in your first two semesters teach you the fundamentals of how organisations are managed, together with the foundations of information and communications technology. This will include the essentials of computer programming and internet technologies, as well as the basics of how modern organisations work. You will complete short projects, both individually and in teams, demonstrating the skills you have acquired with creativity and originality.
Year 1 modules:
- Computational Thinking
- Developing Quality Software
- Fundamentals of Information Systems
- Managing the Modern Organisation
- Problem Solving with Python
- Professional Skills
- Web Applications
An important aspect of your year 2 studies is the team project, where teams of students, drawn from across all of our degree programmes, tackle real problems in the area of system development. The nature of the team project allows you to practice skills introduced in your first year and to reinforce areas of second year study, such as the management of systems, and the role of technology in supporting business strategy and decision making.
Year 2 modules:
- Business Strategy and Information Systems
- Communication Networks and Pervasive Computing
- Database Systems
- Human Computer Interaction
- System Design and Group Project
- Systems and Software Management
- Systems Thinking
Your final year includes a substantial individual project, defined by you, that will demonstrate your understanding of the complexity of computer systems used by modern organisations. You will apply appropriate methods of analysis to recommend improvement. To complete the degree programme, you may choose from a number of modules that include the management, protection and use of information to support both business decisions and effective operation, and learn about the professional skills required for information systems consulting.
Year 3 modules:
- Individual Project
- Knowledge Management
- Large Scale Databases *
- Project and Programme Management *
- Security and Forensics
- Solving Business Problems and Consultancy Skills
- Strategic Information Systems *
* Option modulesPlease Note: The modules listed here are provisional and subject to confirmation. For more information about the modules currently running for this degree, please visit the Cardiff School of Computer Science and Infomatics
The School of Computer Science & Informatics aims to educate and inspire the next generation of national and international leaders in the discipline. In 2010 the School substantially updated its programmes to ensure the content is contemporary and relevant, placing emphasis on both research-led teaching (through specialist modules and programmes) and employability (through placements, internships and widening access).
The School prides itself on offering a comprehensive support structure to ensure good student/staff relationships. Every student is assigned a member of staff to act as their personal tutor. Dedicated Professional Tutors are also on hand to advise and respond to any matters and are backed up by the University’s many student support services.
The School make use of a wide variety of appropriate methods to engage with all its students. These include hour-long, classroom based lectures, follow-up tutorials, support classes, guided laboratory sessions, an on-site library and 24-hour access to teaching laboratories to aid private study.
Module assessment is often by exam. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.
|Typical A-level Offer||ABB-AAB from three A Levels|
|Typical WBQ Offer||Grade A in the Core plus two A-levels at Grade BB-AA|
|Typical Int Bacc Offer||33 points|
|Other||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here|
Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.
Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.
Recent graduates have taken up positions with BAE Systems, BT, Civil Service, Confused.com, Deloitte, EADS, Fujitsu, GCHQ, General Dynamics UK, IBM, MoD, Red Hat and Thomson Reuters or have chosen further study or research.
In 2010, 88% of the School’s graduates were either in employment (73%) or engaged in further study (15%) within six months of graduation.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Jianhua Shao
Telephone: 029 2087 6757
Fax: 029 2087 4598