Computing in Business BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Business and computing – we look at both subjects and help you gain a knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICT) and business strategy.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

G423

Places available (subject to change)

40

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

Businesses are looking for graduates who have an in-depth knowledge of computing. They want people who know their way around information and communication technologies (ICT) – but they also want people who know about business. This course aims to help you develop your understanding of both disciplines and how they are interlinked, and to build up your skills for future employment.

To become a computing professional in a competitive and fast-paced environment, you need a range of skills and a good understanding of business, so we’ll look at both areas. We’ll give you the chance to design and develop computer systems and websites – and we’ll get you thinking about the issues that a business has to take into account when developing new information systems.

The first year of your studies will cover a broad range of aspects of computing including web programming, database development and how computers store and manipulate data. You’ll also get the chance to work on projects including designing your own prototype individually and as a team.

We’ll look at finance systems, how user-friendly a system should be, and the strategic business needs of an organisation. You’ll spend most of your time studying in the School of Computing and Engineering, but some of your modules will be provided by our Business School too.

During your studies you’ll also have the chance to spend a year working in industry. You could develop some great experience and pick up some useful contacts that could help you take the first steps in your career.

You might like to hear what Joseph has to say about studying at the University of Huddersfield.

Computing is a dynamic, ever growing field and our courses at Huddersfield reflect that dynamism. During your time with us you'll have support from staff who have a wealth of professional experience both in industry and in research. You'll also have access to inspiring teaching facilities in a creative and supportive environment.

Hugh Osborne

Dr Hugh Osborne, Senior Lecturer

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. There are a wide range of potential opportunities for you in the UK and abroad. Previous students have completed successful placements at Puma, Xerox and in Florence, Italy.

My biggest highlight was my placement year. I worked at Birmingham University as a support technician and found it by far the best way of putting everything I had learned into practice. Overall it was a really rewarding and enlightening experience.

Mohsin Rasul

Mohsin Rasul, IT Support Technician, University of Birmingham

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level .

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • In addition you must have GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in a subject that is relevant to the course with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above in a related subject.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Course Detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Web Programming

This module is aimed at helping you to develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to create basic interactive websites. The technologies covered are typically HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You'll aim to create a portfolio of webpages that demonstrate a range of HTML and CSS features. You'll also aim to develop a JavaScript application in response to a specified problem.

Introduction to Database Application Development

This module will explain how database-driven applications in the workplace are designed and built. Databases allow many people to access information at the same time and anyone can use the internet to give people access to information stored in their databases. This module gives equal weight to the most effective approaches to both database and website development. These include techniques for designing, implementing and querying web applications involving relational databases. The module aims to give you all the knowledge you need to start designing and building your own effective web-enabled database applications.

Studio 1

This module is studio based and takes a very practical approach to the work covered. You’ll be offered the opportunity to produce a prototype related to your chosen study path. Through this project based approach you’ll be introduced to the concepts and principles of programming/scripting using an object-based language. You'll be required to plan, design, implement, test and deploy solutions in response to a requirement specification. Ultimately you’re expected to produce a useful software product, whether it is a game, entertainment feature or business or media product. Throughout this module you’ll be supported in acquiring sound development and problem solving skills and be expected to assemble a portfolio of work.

Hardware and Networks

This module explores how computers and networks function by introducing you to their components and structures, from the basic building blocks to fully functioning systems. The module covers how computers execute programs, how data is stored, recognised and manipulated, and which hardware and software components are used to achieve this. You’ll also get the opportunity to study how networks are constructed and what techniques (eg cryptography, routing and error detection and correction) are used to ensure that data is transmitted correctly and securely through them.

Project 1

Working as part of a team, this module aims to provide you with an understanding of hardware, software and industry best practices used by businesses. In your teams you’ll be supported in planning, designing and developing a prototype product. This experience has been designed to introduce you to the product development cycle, technology limitations and possible future developments.

The course is about applying and relating information and communication technologies (ICT) to the needs of business organisations. We aim to give you a thorough grounding in the principles of ICT including best practice in developing web technologies (using programs such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript). You’ll be supported in gaining advanced skills in developing database driven applications using Visual Studio, ASP.NET and SQL Server.

You’ll be encouraged to explore contemporary theory in modelling and interface design. You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills in a variety of individual and group tasks aimed at giving you a range of skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to study current business theory and apply this to information technology.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and studio sessions and 20.33% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions etc.

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual project work, with a strong focus on practical work. Many of the coursework assessments are based on real-world case studies, designed by staff who use their experience to design meaningful tasks that both test knowledge and abilities and help develop the sort of skills that industry values. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

 

 

 

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Your career


80% of our graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

80%Graduates employed

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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