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An innovative programme combining knowledge of business and technology which forms part of a Higher Level Apprenticeship Scheme.

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An innovative programme combining knowledge of business and technology which forms part of a Higher Level Apprenticeship Scheme.

Summary

The Business and Professional Services sector is well established in Northern Ireland and is experiencing significant growth. Against this background a key skill set increasingly demanded from graduates is a combined knowledge of business operations and processes, alongside the use of technology in business decision making.

This innovative programme is available part-time and includes a diverse range of modules from across the Ulster University Business School and the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

This programme forms part of a Higher Level Apprenticeship Scheme and recruitment is conducted by employers such as Deloitte (BrightStart programme).

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About

The programme is designed around three themes, which develop as the programme progresses to form an integrated framework:

  • Business Communication and Soft Skills

  • Business Operations and Processes

  • Technology Systems for Business

Details of the modules completed under each of the themes is provided below.

Business Communication and Soft Skills

Effective Communication

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of business communication from verbal and written communication to interpersonal communication skills such as questioning, listening and non-verbal communication. It is designed to encourage students to understand and reflect upon how to be more effective communicators in the workplace and at university. It also encourages students to understand others, their perceptions and how this effects a successful outcome.

Using Information for Business

This module provides students with the skills to analyse and organise quantitative and qualitative data, with an emphasis placed on applications within business.

Globalisation and the International Business Environment

This module will provide students with an overview of the major issues which affect global business activities.

Effective Organisational and Consultancy Processes

This module seeks to provide the student with the opportunity to develop consultancy skills through the research and management of a consultancy project relating to organisational effectiveness. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in order to produce a range of acceptable solutions to problems faced by a case organisation.

Business Operations and Processes

Introduction to Management

This module introduces students to the study of management, and the role of the manager within the business organisation. The characteristics of organisations (the context for management work) are examined, and following on from this the module provides an introduction to the core functions of management. Topics studied include the functions of planning, organising, managing people and organisational control.

Managing People

This module is about the various processes that can be utilised within an organisation to maximise an individual's motivation, abilities and performance, within the context of organisational goals, especially in maximising employee performance. To that end, the syllabus concentrates on potential transformation processes that might lead to 'commitment' rather than a reliance on 'compliance' in the workplace.

Behavioural Sciences

This module is designed to enable students to acquire diagnostic knowledge and understanding of human behaviour in organisations. Additionally, students are required to become proficient in the practice of key management competencies.

Introduction to Accounting for Business

This module introduces the student to the study of accounting as it impacts on business and economic activity. In particular, it considers the preparation of basic financial statements for sole-traders and introduces the student to terminology used in cost determination and pricing.

Accounting for Business Decisions

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to a plethora of potential issues that can arise in business, particularly those pertaining to investment, financing and costing decisions.

Strategic Business Planning

The module introduces the concept of strategic business planning. With the dynamic business environment and the requirement for enterprise development to be linked to strategic management architecture, there is a need to enhance the level of understanding and competency in business planning.

Strategic HRM

This module draws on the disciplines of business management and strategic understanding and is designed to equip students to understand an organisation’s need to manage its people within a rapidly changing environment. In particular, the module aims to analyse how human resource practitioners assist an organisation maintain its competitive sustainability within a rapidly changing and challenging trading environment.

Supply Chain Management

This module should assist students in the analysis of contemporary developments affecting the role of supply chain management and should enable them to develop and manage supply chain strategies to meet corporate objectives.

Technology Systems for Business

Introduction to Databases

This module will introduce students to the foundational concepts of database design, querying and management. Students will also develop and enhance their design skills as an integral part of the module.

Digital enterprise

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of e-business and its applications in different organisations. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of the e-business; understand and apply concepts and models underlying e-business; analyse how organisations apply e-business technologies to improve their operations and to create competitive advantage, and critically evaluate current practice on creating and managing e-business applications.

Enterprise Systems

On successful completion of this module students should have achieved competence in the use of relevant integrated business processes with SAP and their application to specific areas of the enterprise.

Digital Transformation and Innovation

Digital technologies are profoundly transforming people, societies and the industrial landscape. Digital transformation is concerned with the changes digital technologies can bring about to an organisation's business processes, products and business models. Digital technologies such as the Internet, social media, data analytics, collaborative tools, and cloud computing have eliminated traditional boundaries of time and geography and created virtual communities of employees, customers and suppliers, with new demands for products and services. Managers must understand these transformations to effectively develop strategies and manage their organisations. Moreover, many organisations have become digital innovators, and this has allowed them to create new product and process innovations with digital technologies.

Technology Management Project

This Technology Management Project module serves as an integrating mechanism for all other modules on BSc Hons Business Technology, as well as developing powers of analysis and evaluation and project management skills. Through this module, students will also develop knowledge and skills in research methods, and consultancy tools and techniques in preparation for completion of their applied technology management project which will add real value to their host organisation.

Attendance

The programme is delivered over an academic year part-time, through lectures, seminars and independent study. Typically, classes are scheduled in the mornings, afternoons and some evenings each year therefore some flexibility may be necessary.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Content

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

- the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor

- the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement

- the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Modules

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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Year one

Effective Communication

Year: 1

Introduction to Management

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the study of management, and the role of the manager within the business organisation. The characteristics of organisations (the context for management work) are examined, and following on from this the module provides an introduction to the core functions of management. Topics studied include the functions of planning, organising, managing people and organisational control.

Introduction to Accounting for Business

Year: 1

This module is optional

Introduction to Business Accounting provides an introduction to financial and management accounting. The background to the requirement to produce, and the purpose of preparing accounting statements is examined. The module introduces the student to the study of accounting as it impacts on business and economic activity. In particular it considers the preparation of basic financial statements for sole-traders and introduces the student to terminology used in cost determination and pricing.

Using Information for Business

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides students with the skills to analyse and organise quantitative and qualitative data with an emphasis placed on applications within business.

Programming I

Year: 1

This module is optional

Computer programming is a fundamental skill expected of computing graduates. This module will introduce students to the foundational concepts of programming that will be used as building blocks in future modules. Students will also develop and enhance their problem solving skills as an integral part of the module.

Programming II (Javascript)

Year: 1

This module is optional

Computer programming is a fundamental skill expected of computing graduates. This module will introduce students to the object oriented concepts of programming that will be used as building blocks in future modules. Students will also develop and enhance their problem solving skills as an integral part of the module.

Year two

Business Process Management

Year: 2

By taking this module students will be able to understand business processes and apply tools and analytical frameworks for analysing and redesigning business processes. The learning on the module will be facilitated through using a software package which will help demonstrate how standard ERP business processes work and provide the opportunity of practical experience software. Students will have the ability to setup, customize and perform end to end business scenarios using software which will enable them to map to business needs.

Managing People

Year: 2

This module focusses on the various processes that can be used within an organisation to maximise an individual's motivation, abilities and performance with a view to positively impacting personal goals and those of the organization. To that end, the syllabus concentrates on potential transformation processes that might lead to 'commitment' rather than a reliance on 'compliance' in the workplace.

Digital Enterprise

Year: 2

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of e-business and its applications in different organisations. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of the e-business; understand and apply concepts and models underlying e-business; analyse how organisations apply e-business technologies to improve their operations and to create competitive advantage; and critically evaluate current practice on creating and managing e-business applications.

Introduction to Database Systems

Year: 2

Database management is a fundamental skill expected of Computing and Business graduates. This module will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of database design, implementation, querying and management of relational database systems.

Year three

Enterprise Systems

Year: 3

On successful completion of this module students should have achieved competence in the use of relevant integrated business processes with SAP and their application to specific areas of the enterprise.

Globalisation and the International Business Environment

Year: 3

This module will provide students with an overview of the major issues which affect global business activities.

Behavioural Sciences

Year: 3

This module is designed to enable students to acquire diagnostic knowledge and understanding of human behaviour in organisations. Additionally, students are required to become proficient in the practice of key management competencies.

Accounting for Business Decisions

Year: 3

This module is optional

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to a plethora of potential issues that can arise in business, particularly those pertaining to investment, financing and costing decisions. The module aims, through a variety of teaching and learning mechanisms, to equip students with a knowledge of the main techniques used in accounting and business to competently assess and to understand the main issues and ramifications of decision making in business.

Human Computer Interaction

Year: 3

This module is optional

Human-Computer Interaction is an important topic given that there is a number of novel and emerging user interfaces being developed. More than ever, there are also user demands and expectations for intuitive and usable user interfaces. This module will provide a foundation for user experience researchers and analysts.

Year four

Digital Transformation and Innovation

Year: 4

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of digital transformation and innovation in a range of organisational contexts. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: assess how digital technologies disrupt industries by transforming business processes, products and business models; understand how digital technologies and frameworks can be applied in digital transformation and innovation; understand the organisational and people capabilities required to support digital innovation; and critically evaluate current practice and theory on digital transformation and innovation.

Technology Management Project

Year: 4

This Technology Management Project module serves as an integrating mechanism for all other modules on BSc Hons Business Technology, as well as developing powers of analysis and evaluation and project management skills. Through this module, students will also develop knowledge and skills in research methods, and consultancy tools and techniques in preparation for completion of their applied technology management project which will add real value to their host organisation.

Management Consulting

Year: 4

Strategic Business Planning

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module introduces the concept of strategic business planning. With the dynamic business environment and the requirement for enterprise development to be linked to strategic management architecture, there is a need to enhance the level of understanding and competency in business planning.

Supply Chain Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module should assist students in the analysis of contemporary developments affecting the role of supply chain management and should enable them to develop and manage supply chain strategies to meet corporate objectives. Topics to be covered include the evolution of purchasing and supply management; supply chain strategies and achieving strategic fit; supply chain drivers; e-commerce and the supply chain; outsourcing; supply chain relationships and supply chain dynamics.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module draws on the disciplines of business management and strategic understanding and is designed to equip students to understand an organisation's need to manage its people within a rapidly changing environment. In particular, the module aims to analyse how human resource practitioners assist an organisation maintain its competitive sustainability within a rapidly changing and challenging trading environment.

Big Data and Distributed Computing

Year: 4

This module is optional

Within this module a variety of database and data storage paradigms will be explored, ranging from more traditional relational systems to NoSql and object stores, time series databases and graph stores.

Consideration will be given to big data and the problem with storing and querying high volumes of highly variable data which is stored and processed at a high speed. The cloud computing paradigm will also be introduced and how to avail of its power and resources.

The core concepts of distributed computing will be examined in the context of Hadoop. Students will be taught, practically and theoretically, about the components of Hadoop, workflows, MapReduce, Spark, Pig and Hive.

Data Analytics

Year: 4

This module is optional

In the era of cloud computing and big data, this module will provide students with the theory and practical foundations for undertaking real world data analytics.

Year five

Technology Management Project

Year: 5

This Technology Management Project module serves as an integrating mechanism for all other modules on BSc Hons Business Technology, as well as developing powers of analysis and evaluation and project management skills. Through this module, students will also develop knowledge and skills in research methods, and consultancy tools and techniques in preparation for completion of their applied technology management project which will add real value to their host organisation.

Entry conditions

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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A level

A Level grades BCC or equivalent.

Applicants must also have GCSE grade B in Mathematics and GCSE English grade C or equivalent.

This programme forms part of a Higher Level Apprenticeship Scheme and recruitment is conducted by employers such as Deloitte (BrightStart programme).

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

This programme forms part of a Higher Level Apprenticeship Scheme and recruitment is conducted by employers such as Deloitte (BrightStart programme).

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The programme was developed in response to significant demand in the market for graduates with skills in both business processes and the application of technology in business. In addition to the increasing consultancy positions, Business Technology graduates would be in a position to move into a range of business management areas, research and analytics roles. The integration of commercially relevant assessment and applied research projects equips graduates with a range of highly employable skills and commercial awareness.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

This programme forms part of a Higher Level Apprenticeship Scheme and recruitment is conducted by employers such as Deloitte (BrightStart programme).

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,625.00

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.

Contact

Admissions contact regarding application process:

Julie Nesbitt

T: +44(0)28 9036 6192

E: jh.nesbitt@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Mrs Judith Wylie

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6114

E: j.wylie@ulster.ac.uk

For more information visit

Ulster University Business School

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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