- Learning Pool
- Seagate Technologies
- E & I Engineering
- Database Administrator
- IT Support Specialist
- Web Developer
- PHP Programmer
- Systems Security Specialist
This course provides graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to apply best practice within information systems in organisations.
This course is offered at the Magee campus by the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. If you wish to develop your knowledge of Information Technologies (IT) to an advanced level, this is the course for you. This course will enable you to learn about the underlying principles of information technologies and to acquire skills for the development and maintenance of computer-based systems in modern organisations.
If you don't meet our entry requirements for this course you may want to consider our International Foundation Programme (IFP)
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About this course
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The Information Technologies course aims to deliver graduates that can apply best practice in the application of computing and information systems principles in organisations. There are three broad streams of study within the course:
Programming Principles; Networks/Systems' Security; and Web/Database Systems Development.
During the first two years, you will develop your programming skills and the capabilities necessary to design, build, operate and maintain complex computer and information technology systems. You will also be fully supported in your endeavours to find employment for Year 3.
During the final year, you will get exposed to more advanced topics that will consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the different roles that you can undertake in industry. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the planning, development and implementation of an IT System through your Final Year Project and this can be used to showcase your skillset to future employers.
The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’. This course will be ‘refreshed’ during the 2017/18 academic year, with changes put in place for students entering in September 2018. For the most up-to-date course/ module information, please contact the Course Director:
Mairin Nicell E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diploma in Professional Practice DPP
Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS
Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI
Find out more about placement awards
Four years, including placement.
Each student must complete 120 credits (usually six modules) in each academic year, with the exception of placement year (60 credits). Years 1, 2 and 4 are spent in the University. Modules are taught on campus and are web-supplemented. In Year 3, students undertake a year's work experience.
- September 2018
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Business Information Systems
Today's businesses are driven by the data they store and the information derived from it, using modern information systems, the web and large scale databases.
Using industrial software applications and web development tools, students will learn the state of the art of Business Information Systems (BIS). Through the lectures and practical workshops, students will develop an awareness of BIS strategy and learn the characteristics of e-businesses and information security.
Students will be required to use the Internet as a research tool in a constructive manner to extend and update their knowledge of current trends in business markets, processes, and communications.
This module provides the student with the technical and managerial understanding to develop and manage information systems. The combined abilities of a professional information systems manager who understands the needs of a business from a technical perspective is an extremely employable asset.
Software Development I
This module provides students of computing with an initial competence in the development of software through the medium of a modern programming language with facilities for both structured and object-oriented programming
Software Development II
This module is a direct follow-on to Software Development I. Students are introduced to more advanced features of both an algorithmic programming language and an object oriented language, and will be expected to acquire a higher level of competence in writing software.
The module covers the fundamental principles and theory of database design and provides practical experience in designing and developing database systems using a range of techniques, tools and technologies. It emphasises the important role of databases within an organisation and addresses the use of scalable and secure relational database management systems to facilitate the development of software systems involving large volumes of data and over the web.
Computer Hardware and Operating Systems
Differences in the internal structure and organisation of a computer lead to significant differences in performance and functionality, giving rise to an extraordinary range of computing devices, from hand-held computers to large-scale, high-performance machines. This module addresses the various options involved in designing a computer system, the range of design considerations, and the trade-offs involved in the design process.
Systems Analysis and Design
This module is devoted to the understanding of organisations as systems, the environment in which they operate and the processes they undertake.
It provides the student with knowledge of the tools and techniques of modern systems analysis, essential to the creation of information systems using industrial best practice.
It investigates concepts associated with business analysis, methodologies and modelling techniques in use today. The module also develops project management and communication skills.
The module will develop a student as an IT professional analysing and designing effective systems in industrial and commercial environments.
Students nurture their professional skills and learn how to work collaboratively in teams.
Computer Networks & Security
This module provides an in-depth study of computer, communications and networks. This module will introduce the concepts and principles of computer networks to guide the installation and maintenance of modern, high quality reliable networks. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn how to configure and test networks, deploy network based software applications and resolve network infrastructural problems. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of basic skills in networking, and an appreciation for emerging themes that could impact networking in the future
This module builds on programming foundations covered in Year 1 and provides a foundation for the Web development modules in Year 2 and 4. In addition, it offers an appreciation of user factors in application design and provides students with the tools to specify and develop high quality user interfaces.
Web Application Development
This module concerns the basic principles underlying the creation and maintenance of dynamic, database driven web applications. The module focuses on how to build and maintain real-world, dynamic websites using open source languages including PHP and MySQL.
Interactive Interface Design
This module introduces the principles and practice of HCI, ID and UX, such as design guidelines, interface evaluation, analysis and design techniques and tool support. This will enhance their ability to take a professional approach to interface development. This module will aim to give students a depth of knowledge of relevant concepts and to present a practical and pragmatic approach to user interface design and evaluation.
This module provides students with the combination of creative and technical skills necessary to implement design concepts using internet technologies. Lectures and tutorials are used to introduce ideas and techniques, and practical skills are developed through group based and individual mini-projects.
The module prepares students for professional work including the responsibilities and obligations of employees, employers and clients as determined in codes of professional conducts. Students will have the opportunity to practise the presentation of themselves in, for example, application forms, curriculum vitae, interview and aptitude tests. In addition the module addresses issues such as intellectual property rights and defamation, data protection, computer misuse and other ethical issues related to working as a professional in the software sector.
This module investigates the concepts, methodologies and techniques used in object-oriented systems development, including coverage of use case analysis, static and dynamic system modelling, and the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The module will also give the student a sound knowledge of the contemporary problems of analysing and designing effective systems in modern industrial and commercial environments.
Professional Practice - Computing
This module enables students who have secured a placement job to complete a period of appropriate work experience in a supportive environment. Students will have opportunities to gain employability skills, reflect upon the applicability of their subject specific skills, and gain insight into the graduate job market. Students who successfully complete the module are eligible for the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI).
Research Studies and Project Management
This module is designed to equip students with the appropriate research and project management skills needed to complete a project within the Computing domain. Firstly, the module provides an underpinning foundation of research concepts, methods and techniques necessary for project development and delivery. Secondly, the different stages of the research process are demonstrated. Thirdly, the students employ skills developed during the module to create a set of project deliverables such as project plan and proposal, critically reviewed literature papers, literature review and project presentation. Embedded in all these activities is the reinforcement of the need for adhering to recognised ethical standards and taking a professional approach to carrying out research.
This module provides an in-depth study of secure computer systems. This module will introduce the concepts and principles of secure systems. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn how to configure and test application and network security, deploy secure network based software applications, configure cloud systems and resolve security problems. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of basic skills in security, and an appreciation for emerging themes that could impact secure systems in the future.
This module provides the student with a solid understanding of Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management principles, their application and impact. Particular attention is awarded to technological tools and business process improvement techniques. The opportunity to construct a knowledge-related system is provided. On completion of the module students will have an appreciation of their own personal Knowledge Management skills and be able to apply them in a sustainable knowledge organisation.
Networking Operating Systems
The module combines an in-depth study of the key theoretical concepts of modern Networked Operating systems, with practical hands-on industry focused techniques to enable the student to understand the relationship between this theory and the practical implementation of modern Operating Systems
Advanced Interactive Web Development
The module provides a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the practical issues arising during the design and implementation of highly interactive web developments. Students are introduced to a wide variety of programming tools used in highly interactive systems and discover how these can be applied in the development of professional, user-centred and highly interactive web based solutions to real life problems.
Final Year Project
Students are required to undertake an individual project during the final year of the course. Its purpose is to provide an experience of developing a software/hardware/engineering solution to a real-world problem. This work combines skills and knowledge acquired previously on the course with those acquired during the project. In particular, students will have an opportunity to
(i) strengthen their competence in project management, in taking an initial concept through to a successful implementation; and (ii) enhance their communication skills, in producing a dissertation and defending the work.
(ii) enhance their communication skills, in producing a dissertation and defending the work.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The GCE A Level requirement for this course is grades BBB. All subject areas considered.
Desirable Subject Offer
For those applicants offering desirable subjects at A level (Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry/Software Systems Development/Computing (not IT/ICT)) one grade reduction will be applied at the time of offer. The desirable subject must be achieved at a minimum grade B.
Applicants offering qualifications as an alternative to A-levels will receive the equivalent reduction when those qualifications include a significant proportion of mathematics, software development and/or physical science.
The requirement for this course is BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with overall award profile of DDM to include a minimum of 9 unit distinctions. All subject areas considered.
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate, BTEC 90-credit Diploma/National Foundation Diploma and BTEC National Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Faculty admissions staff by telephone on +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or email email@example.com.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course H3,H3,H3,H3,H3, (typical grade profile) plus English and Mathematics at Grade H6 or above (HL) or Grade O4 or above (OL) if not sitting at Higher Level is also required. All subject areas considered.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC. All subject areas considered.
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC. All subject areas considered.
Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 26 points to include 13 at Higher Level. Grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language also required in overall profile.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
Successful completion of a Ulster University validated Access route with an overall mark of 70% to include 70% in NICATS Maths (level 2) or GCSE Mathematics grade C (or equivalent) for entry to year 1.
Other Access courses considered individually, please contact admissions staff:
T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305
GCSE (or equivalent) profile to include minimum of Grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
OCR/Cambridge Technical Combinations
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment accept a range of alternative combination of qualifications such as OCR Nationals and OCR Cambridge Technicals.
HNC requirement is overall Distinction in a relevant subject area for year 1 entry only.
HND requirement is overall Merit in a relevant subject area. HND applications may be considered for year 2 entry where the curriculum sufficiently matches that of Ulster University full time year 1 course.
Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree with an overall mark of 55% and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules. Applicants will normally be considered for entry to an associated Honours degree (normally Year 2 entry).
For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty admissions staff by T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger.
Teaching and learning assessment
Lectures are used to present theory and concepts, and are supported through a combination of tutorial discussion and practical, laboratory exercises.
Modules are either assessed by coursework only or by a combination of coursework and formal examinations (January and May). Coursework assessment is carried out using any combination of written assignments, class tests, presentations, and group assignments as appropriate to meet the learning outcomes of each module.
Exemptions and transferability
Transfer between this course and other similar courses within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment may be possible on the basis of academic performance and availability of places.
Exemption from parts of the course may be considered based on appropriate performance in a related, designated course or other approved experiential learning (APEL).
The course has been designed to enable students who graduate with a good honours degree to apply for postgraduate study towards a PhD, MSc, MRes or other higher qualification.
Careers & opportunities
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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:
- Learning Pool
- Seagate Technologies
- E & I Engineering
Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:
- Database Administrator
- IT Support Specialist
- Web Developer
- PHP Programmer
- Systems Security Specialist
Graduates with computing skills have many career opportunities available to them, for example in developing new software, in project management, in systems analysis, in planning and technical management, or in information and database management environments.
Opportunities for postgraduate study in computing or a related area are broad.
Work placement / study abroad
All students normally spend one year on placement (Year 3) working in some aspect of the software industry for a minimum period of 25 weeks. On satisfactory completion of the placement period the student is eligible for the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP). Students who complete their industrial placement abroad receive the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (International).
Alternatively, students may apply to complete a year of study abroad in another academic institution. Satisfactory completion leads to the award of Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS).
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
Members of the teaching team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and Members of the industry professional body - the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Through their research, knowledge transfer and placement activities, teaching staff are also actively engaged with the local software and IT industry, and many modules on the course are directly informed by staff research activities.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages to find out more
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
- £9,000.00 Discounts available
- £13,240.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
Faculty Prizes can be viewed at: ulster.ac.uk/academicoffice/prizes.html.
Follow the links to the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.