This highly successful course enables graduates with first degrees in either computing or non-computing disciplines to take up careers in areas such as business/systems analysis, web development, database design and administration, and project management. The course is also suitable for candidates with some professional information technology (IT) experience who wish to further develop their careers.
For students with little or no IT experience the course provides a full grounding. Those with a relevant background are able to enhance their skills in core areas and build on their existing knowledge through advanced studies.
Professional accreditation British Computer Society accreditation is currently being sought for this course.
Course structure Students can join the course in September or February. The course consists of compulsory and optional modules, each lasting 15 weeks. Students study between one and three modules at a time depending on whether they are full or part-time. Assessment is through coursework assignments, and extensive use is made of case studies. The course culminates in a project in an external organisation which provides valuable experience of working and applying your newly acquired knowledge in an IT environment.
The part-time route allows students to pursue the course at a pace that suits their personal circumstances.
Areas of study The course comprises five core modules: - Business and Information Systems provides a perspective on the role and uses of IT in business organisations -Systems Analysis and Design develops the skills necessary for the specification and design of an information system - Application Building covers the area of software development for the web, including databases and programming languages - Research Methods gives the student the opportunity to participate in the professional or research community, and to explore a contemporary topic.
Students also choose two or three optional modules, enabling them to explore topics of personal and professional interest. Topics include project management, enabling technologies, the law and IT, advanced software topics, and interaction design.
Syllabus Business and Information Systems Systems Analysis and Design Programming for the Web Databases Research Methods Options Individual project in industry
Career and progression opportunities Employment opportunities include software development companies, IT consultancies, IT departments of large organisations and local authorities. Recent graduates have taken up posts as consultants, systems analysts, web developers, information managers, software designers, and project managers.