BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology (Full Time)

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The BIT degree is Solent’s longest-running computing course and focuses on the way businesses use computers to undertake functions that are vital to achieving a competitive advantage.

Highly vocational in content, this degree offers you flexibility and choice. You will gain the knowledge and skills that industry requires for a wide variety of roles. The course covers systems analysis and design, project management, current internet technologies and how to apply computer applications such as databases to business.

To enhance your employability, you will undertake themes in decision making and strategic issues in your final year. The impact of computers on the way people work is also explor…

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The BIT degree is Solent’s longest-running computing course and focuses on the way businesses use computers to undertake functions that are vital to achieving a competitive advantage.

Highly vocational in content, this degree offers you flexibility and choice. You will gain the knowledge and skills that industry requires for a wide variety of roles. The course covers systems analysis and design, project management, current internet technologies and how to apply computer applications such as databases to business.

To enhance your employability, you will undertake themes in decision making and strategic issues in your final year. The impact of computers on the way people work is also explored, giving you a sound knowledge base of business, analysis and IT. Students have access to a state-of-the-art Usability Laboratory for studies in human and digital interaction.

Through a lively and varied mix of teaching methods and assessment, you will be challenged in both theoretical and practical areas. Special emphasis is placed on developing your presentation skills to boost your value in today’s workplace.

In addition to the full-time mode, students may study this course on a flexible part-time basis, allowing you to combine work and study.

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Industrial focus

You can also choose to spend the third year on an industrial placement, returning to complete your degree in the fourth year. This placement year has proven to be a benefit to students who find that graduate employment is easier with valued industrial experience.

Course content

(Under review for 2013)

Year 1

Six core units:
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Internet Technology
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Business Problem Solving
  • Group Project.

Year 2

Six core units:

  • Information Systems Design
  • Database Application Development
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Human–Digital Interaction Design
  • Business and Financial Analysis
  • Graduate Development.

Year 3

Three core units and two option units:

  • Project (double unit)
  • Business Operations
  • Decision Support Systems.

Options:

  • Human–Computer Interaction
  • Advanced and Distributed Databases
  • e-Business
  • Computer Law and Intellectual Property
  • Curriculum Plus.

Why choose Solent?

The BIT degree is the longest-running computing course here at Solent. It offers an established mix of business and technology, providing an excellent underpinning for employment in a variety of disciplines.

  • Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).
  • Specialist Usability Laboratory available for research and analysis
  • External speakers are invited for regular BCS meetings.

Assessment

Presentations, practical work, written assignments and group work. There are few formal exams.

Key career skills

The optional industrial placement year offers many benefits. Past employers have included: local authorities, Ordnance Survey, IBM, Convergys, Hewlett Packard, Lloyds TSB and Southampton Football Club.Communication, project management, teamwork, presentation and analysis.

Graduate quote

Chris Leeds

"Of all the different universities and courses I looked into, Solent's BIT programme grabbed me the most. It was a degree that was made up of both subjects I took at A Level, so it was perfect for me. The placement idea really appealed to me as it gave me a chance to practise all the skills I learned and put them in place in the real world.

"The course provides really good all-round knowledge on a very wide range of subject matters that are useful in day-to-day business. I think the placement year is something everyone should consider. Not many people did it from my course, but I think it was the best decision that I made at university. It has really given me some grounding and now I know exactly what I am aiming for with my degree.

"One of the skills that Solent taught me and that has come in really useful is teamworking. When in an organisation such as NATS, you work as part of a team a lot, and I think all the practice I got doing projects and coursework with partners and teams has helped me fit into a role at work very easily.

"I decided to go through with the placement year to give me some experience in industry, which is something that many students are lacking when completing their degree. Luckily for me, the placement has secured a career for me and I can complete my degree alongside my new job. NATS and Solent have been very supportive and accommodating throughout my placement and in organising the completion of my degree part-time."

The International Foundation Year must be successfully completed before commencing undergraduate study (NQF Level 6 and above). In compliance with UKBA Tier 4 (General Student) policy, a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) will initially be issued for the foundation course.

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