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Business Systems Analysis and Design (MSc)


Course Description

This full time or part time MSc course is accredited by the British Computer Society for partial fulfillment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional.

The course aims to develop:

* skills in business awareness, design and consultancy to facilitate the alignment of IT systems and services to business objectives;
* the specialist understanding of theoretical principles in business systems analysis and design;
* technical skills, through practical laboratory work, to enable you to apply your knowledge of IT and how it affects business competitiveness.

Overview

This MSc course for postgraduate is designed to produce hybrid IT/business professionals who understand the role IT systems play in supporting organisations and management and can ensure that IT systems can fulfil their intended role.

On graduation, you will have specialist knowledge ranging from business systems requirements analysis and design, software systems engineering, and data modelling, to IT strategy, project management and business engineering with ERP solutions.

Practical work is emphasised throughout, to develop understanding and skills, which are strengthened by the interactive teamwork approach.

The full time and part time course has an excellent track record in producing highly employable graduates in roles such as systems analysis and IT consultancy. The course is also excellent preparation for doctoral (PhD) study.

Why study Business Systems Analysis and Design at City, University of London?

* The MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design has an excellent pedigree. From its inception over 25 years ago, it has evolved as the field has matured, benefiting from City's leading position as the university for business and the professions.
* A major strength lies in the hybrid nature of the course which reflects the requirements of the IT industry, together with the teamwork approach which reflects the work environment and facilitates learning
* Our staff are recognised experts in their fields, undertake consultancy, write patents and publish regularly in leading international journals. This ensures our teaching is leading-edge. Major areas of research include software engineering, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence
* Our location helps foster strong links with major players in a fast-changing industry. The course reflects this, covering what is happening now and moving to what future trends are likely to be
* One example of such collaboration is our SAP R/3 teaching and research laboratory which runs SAP's market-leading R/3 software package to support the teaching of software systems engineering. The laboratory is the first in a UK university dedicated to teaching software engineering with enterprise resource planning (ERP) packages. All modules in this course are supported by the University's online learning environment (Moodle). You will be able to access lecture materials and engage in discussions with student colleagues, teaching staff and the course team.

SAP Certification

Extending our long established relationship with SAP, we now offer Certification training. MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design students are now eligible to register for the SAP TERP10 Certification course at a substantial discount.

This Business Systems Analysis and Design course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). Graduates from the course are exempt from the BCS Certificate, Diploma and Diploma Project.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/business-systems-analysis-and-design

Course Content

Practical work is emphasised throughout to develop understanding and skills which are strengthened by the interactive teamwork approach. The course has an excellent track record in producing employable hybrid IT/business professionals.

The Course Develops:

- Skills in business awareness, design and consultancy to facilitate the alignment of IT systems and services to business objectives
- The specialist understanding of theoretical principles in business systems analysis and design
- Technical skills, through practical laboratory work, to enable students to apply their knowledge of IT and how it affects business competitiveness MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design

The course will equip you with specialist knowledge ranging from business systems requirements analysis and design, software systems engineering, data modelling to business intelligence, project management and business engineering with ERP solutions.

Read the full programme specification - http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/178685/PSBSAM-MSc-Business-Systems-Analysis-and-Design.pdf

Teaching and Assessment

The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination, plus a project dissertation. Students successfully completing eight taught modules and the research project will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree. All modules in this course are supported by the University's online learning environment.

The course is available full time (12 months) and part time (up to 28 months; - two evenings a week).

The Department is aware that this involves considerable commitment from part-time students, and endeavours to be flexible in resolving problems arising from combining work and study.

Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a masters level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Overall, the strategy is to encourage a diversity of approaches by lecturers to provide a diversity of experiences for students in traditional lectures, live classroom demonstrations, tutorials, laboratories, and TV studios. Students are encouraged to engage with the material in a very active way. As a postgraduate, you take responsibility for your own learning and use will use non-timetabled hours for your own private study or group interactions.

Modules are assessed by a number of different components, which may comprise of coursework, laboratory work, presentation and examination.

Career Prospects

Business Systems Analysis and Design is suitable for applicants from any academic discipline, as the IT industry is not simply interested in technical skills, as it is primarily project-based and people-centred. There is a very significant demand for graduates with the hybrid skills needed in business systems analysis and design, which is not simply about technical skills, as it is largely project-based and people-centred.

The Department of Computer Science has an excellent track record in producing highly employable graduates for all these sectors. However, as the computing industry evolves, employers are becoming much more selective about the particular skills required from graduates, and the institutions from which they have obtained their qualifications.

With European competitors taking a master's degree as a basic graduate qualification, the standard UK bachelor's degree is no longer adequate. Mobility, professional equivalence and long-term job security in an open European job market demands a master's degree.

Recent graduates are employed in consultancy companies, software houses, major enterprise software users such as banks, the public services, telecommunications, multinational manufacturers, and large retailers. The programme helps students build a strong network with their peers, and cohorts keep in touch through informal events such as dinners, as well as maintaining the network as part of their career development.

Placements

Internships offer an exceptional opportunity to make you stand out in a competitive job market place. We have extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment in the IT industry.

Visit the Business Systems Analysis and Design (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Hyunsuk Yun

'City University London provides students with various career events and programs with cooperative and dedicated teams aiding development.'

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
City University London provides students with various career events and development programs. I also knew I'd have dedicated and cooperative academics providing the practical and industry-specific knowledge that I needed.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
The close links among modules and how they interacted with each other was great, helping to add greater insight to the subject matter.

What has been your favourite module and why?
Project Management, as it allowed me the opportunity to get closer to and understand things from the business perspective.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?
Working hard and doing well with regards to my coursework and examinations. Whilst a challenging course, I felt great sense of achievement with regards to what I’ve been able to achieve.

Where was your internship and how was the experience?
I got an offer from Accountagility as a solutions architect, and there are close links to what I am doing at my internship and what I've studied. It’s so exciting.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I would like to continue my work in the same company, developing my skills more to become an expert solutions architect.

(Student Profile)

Anita Wu

'I learned so much at City, and not just from what I gained during lectures, but also from what I learnt from the people I met.'

Why did you choose to study at City University London?

Because I wanted to study civil engineering with architecture and not many universities in the UK offer that degree. I also wanted to be based in London, as it is a multi-cultural environment.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The course was interesting and very challenging. However, I enjoyed tackling problems and the lecturers were great at supporting us. I met some great people during my time at City.

What was the highlight of your time at City University London?

The highlight of my time at City University London was strangely working in the 24 hours lab, meeting the other students in there doing the same thing as you, getting little sleep and trying to revise as much as possible before exams. Then in the summer, heading to university to pick up our results and meeting other people on the course to celebrate together.

How did City prepare you for your chosen career path?

I learned so much at City, not just the things I learned from lectures, but also from the people I met. Living in London during my time at City also meant more opportunity to find the right company to work for. I attended a career event in London when I found my first job with Parsons Brinckerhoff on the tunnels team before joining London Bridge Associates.


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Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification. Previous academic and commercial experience is considered.

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