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Business Computing BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Practice option

Overview

Information Systems at Brunel is ranked 2nd in London and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018)

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

If you enrol on any of the BSc (Hons) in Business Computing degrees, you will develop an understanding of the underlying organisational business system and processes that enable the information delivery system and users to carry out the business of the organisation effectively and efficiently. You will also learn what change can do to an organisation to enable the information systems to adapt in a timely and effective manner. Additionally, you will develop a reflective approach to project management issues arising from team based software development.

The modules on the degree cover a range of computing topics incorporating the basic properties of software artefacts, namely information, algorithms, programs, common commercial system and network architectures. System development approaches are also covered, including requirements capture, design methods, models, tools and techniques, implementing and testing systems and software maintenance. Appreciation of project management issues arising from team based software development is also a key feature of the degree. You will learn generic skills in problem solving both individually and in groups involving model building and analysis, applying both theoretical and empirical knowledge to make choices and find solutions. You will also master commonly used notations and methods to reason and communicate clearly about requirements, specifications, designs and solutions. One of the key attributes of a Business Computing graduate is the ability to research and to critically evaluate relevant topics, ideas and issues.

To view the Made in Brunel - Software Innovation showcase video please click here.

Aims

The aim of all undergraduate programmes offered by the Department of Computer Science is to equip our graduates with relevant knowledge and skills required for their commercial careers, making them highly employable. This is exemplified by the year of Professional Practice, where, as part of the degree, a student can gain up to a year’s industry experience (after their second year) on placement in the IT industry. A student may enrol on the degree with or without one of the three specialist areas, those areas being with eBusiness, Human-Computer Interaction or Social Media.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course Content

Level 1

Our Level 1 course meets the needs of students joining us from a wide variety of backgrounds and with diverse computing experience. These classes build a firm foundation for the rest of your degree by introducing you to the style and ethos of both the School and the computing profession.

By the end of Level 1, you’ll have covered the fundamental concepts of computer science and the computer-based systems necessary in business.

Typical Level 1 modules

  • Software Design
  • Software Design Implementation Event 
  • Data and Information 
  • Level 1 Group Project
  • Introductory Programming 
  • Information Systems and Organisations 
  • Logic and Computation 

Level 2

You’ll further specialise in Business Computing including systems analysis and design. You’ll also explore human and organisational aspects of computer-based systems, as well as the changes in processes and technology that organisations must make if they’re to get the best from their information.

Typical Level 2 modules

  • Level 2 Group Project 
  • Software Development and Management 
  • Usability Engineering 
  • Business Analysis and Process Modelling 
  • ICTs in Society 

Level 3

In this final year, you’ll study options to broaden your understanding of computing. You’ll begin to address research-level issues in the area of computing for business.

Typical Level 3 modules

  • Business Computing Project 
  • Advanced Topics in Buisiness Computing 

Optional modules:

  • eBusiness 
  • Human Computer Interaction 
  • Social Media 
  • Software Project Management 
  • Cybersecurity 

Final year project

This is a substantial individual project for which you research a business computing topic in depth. If you’re on a sandwich course it’s quite likely that this project will be of interest to future employers. This is assessed and is worth a third of your Level 3 marks.

Examples of past projects have included:

  • Security issues in the development of electronic cash
  • Contingency planning for healthcare information systems
  • Interface design for a social networking intranet site
  • Increasing consumer trust in eCommerce and issues in enterprise systems implementation.

Level 3 Example Options

Your choice of options will be determined by whether you follow the general Business Computing course or whether you choose to include a specialist option.

For example, if you choose the general Business Computing course, you can choose three options from the following:

  • eBusiness
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Social Media
  • Software Project Management
  • Cybersecurity.

If you choose Business Computing with a specialism, such as Business Computing (eBusiness), the specialist module will make up one of your options, and you can choose two others from the list above.

We revise the options available each year to reflect the range of specialist interests among our staff, and industry trends.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Employability

As a Brunel Business Computing graduate you’ll enjoy excellent employment prospects. Our combination of work experience and up-to-date teaching means that you’ll be well-equipped to follow the career you want after graduation.

Our graduates are high quality experts able to handle the increasing demands of scientific, technological and commercial development in the new millennium. Not unexpectedly, they’re in high demand with the wide-ranging companies and organisations increasingly dependent on computer technology.

92% of our Computer Science gradautes are either employed or in further study within the first six months of graduating (DHLE, 2015/16)

As of July 2015:

• The average graduate starting salary for Business Computing graduates from Brunel is £25,000.

• Six months after graduating, 89% are either in employment, doing further study or a combination of both; with 83% in a professional or managerial job.

Careers

Our graduates have a wide range of careers open to them. The industry’s major companies all have openings for well-qualified personnel. Students with ‘sandwich’ experience are particularly in demand for the better graduate appointments.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for well-known companies and organisations including:

  • Accenture
  • Anderson Consulting
  • Barclays
  • British Airways
  • British Telecom
  • Compaq
  • Demon
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Logica
  • The Meteorological Office
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • O2
  • Oracle
  • Orange
  • Toshiba.

As a good honours graduate you may also be able to study for a higher degree in one of our research areas – such as information systems/machine interface, simulation modelling and software engineering.

Work Placements

You’ll have the opportunity to carry out high-quality, paid professional experience, in the UK or abroad.

The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry Criteria 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBB (all subjects considered).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a computing subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a computing subject with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merits in all units. Applicants must also have 2 years Computing or IT related work experience.
  • Foundations of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics course For Brunel Foundation of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics progression requirements, see the course page.

All BTEC combinations must include an A-level.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

We take great care to make the transition from school or college to university as smooth as possible. Project groups of four students meet for weekly reviews with a personal group tutor. This both ensures continuity and helps you get to know your tutor – something that’s particularly important in your first year.

Overall we take an innovative, dynamic and highly participative approach to teaching that’s supported by state-of-the-art subject understanding and the advice of our Industry Advisory Board. We are always willing to support and provide practical guidance to students.

How many hours study a week are involved?

About 12 hours of directed study. Our academics are normally also happy to answer queries outside of classes. In addition we expect you to put in an average of 25 to 35 hours of private study weekly.

How will I be taught?

Lectures: These offer a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to computer science, information systems and business computing – a useful framework from which you can pursue more in-depth study.

Laboratory work: This helps you to develop and understand the technical skills for building software using methods and techniques introduced in lectures. You’ll do individual work – but with a tutor always on hand to lead discussion on common issues as they arise.

Small groups: In the first and second years you’ll work on a computing-related problem with regular guidance from a member of staff, who will be available week by week to help your group with any problems. These small-group activities will enable you to develop key professional skills such as report writing, evaluation and, crucially, communication skills.

One-to-one: In your final year you’ll normally have one-to-one supervision for your major project. The department has a team of personal tutors so there’s always someone available to discuss personal or academic problems. If you go on placement, your personal tutor will help you set objectives and monitor your progress – and provide further support if you need it.

Talks from guest speakers: We invite guest speakers from prominent organisations to present on relevant subjects. We also host weekly talks on topical computing research issues. If you go on a Placement, this will also be an important part of your professional development.

Assessment

This varies from one module to another and may be based entirely on coursework, entirely on examination or on a combination of both. It’s just as important for you to learn how to establish your own criteria for assessment as it is to be able to assess the quality and value of your own work reliably.

Level 1 does not count towards your final degree classification. Level 2 is worth a third and Level 3 accounts for two thirds. Your final year project is worth a third of the Level 3 marks.

Special Features

  • In your final year you can specialise in eBusiness, Human Interaction or Social Media 
  • You can showcase your software projects at our annual Made in Brunel (Software Innovation) show, with awards presented by the likes of Cisco, Sky and Xerox
  • Our department holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our activities and practices in relation to the Athena SWAN Charter for equality
  • ‘Project centric’ – one third of the programme is project-based
    We know that when you graduate, you’ll be working on large projects. That’s why one third of each year of our programmes is project-based. In Level 1 and 2 you’ll build a software solution in a team, and in your final year you’ll carry out an individual project.
  • Flexible programmes – choose as you go along
    We know that many computer science and information systems students don’t know exactly which programme they wish to study. Our programme is designed to allow you to specialise gradually during your time with us. If you choose one of our programmes, you’re free to alter it as you go: choose information systems or computing in level 2, and then choose your specialist options in level 3.
  • Excellent links with industry
    Our lecturers often work as consultants for major blue chip companies at home and overseas. More than 50 academic staff teach in the department, many having a background in the computer industry. Practically all are involved in our applied computing research which includes information systems, software engineering, knowledge-based systems, and simulation modelling. The Department of Computer Science is a member of the Microsoft Alliance, the Apple iOS Academic Developer Programme and is an nVidia CUDA Teaching Center.
  • A vibrant, friendly, safe campus in a great location near London
    All the advantages of affordable living costs, an international community, world-class sports and social facilities and a thriving arts and social scene.
  • Women in Engineering and Computing Programme - Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

 

 

Accreditation

The course offers full exemption from the British Computer Society’s professional examinations, allowing graduates to attain professional membership of the Society (MBCS) after a shortened period of relevant experience and training. The course also fulfils the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (full IEng accreditation) and part of the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (partial CEng accreditation).

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £16,200 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants