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An innovative programme that offers you great employment opportunities within the fast growing Business and Professional Services sector.

Summary

Study Business Technology at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The Business and Professional Services sector is well established in Northern Ireland and is experiencing significant growth, with advisory firms such as Deloitte, PwC and EY expanding within the region. 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 and “big data” in driving and informing business decision making. Ulster University, through its visions of “leading in the provision of professional education for professional life” has responded to this demand through the development of the BSc Hons Business Technology programme.

The design and development of the programme has taken place in partnership with one of the larger professional services firms, Deloitte. 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 and Engineering.

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About this course

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About

The programme has been developed 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.

Global 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.

Managing Web Platforms and Content

The use of the Internet by businesses and people continues to grow at an incredible rate, encompassing business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce, services provided by government for their citizens, together with the use of social media across the population. This module examines web platforms and content and the management of the resources and services that are made possible by the platform and content technology provision.

E Business

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.

Information Systems Management

In today's information age it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the role of IS/IT systems in supporting of meeting business needs with particular reference to competitive advantage, added value and resource management. An in-depth understanding of the manner in which IT may be harnessed from a managerial rather than technical perspective and an understanding of information systems management and its relationship to the business and organisational context are therefore required.

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 (September - June) part-time, through lectures, seminars and independent study. When possible, all part-time courses will be delivered in the evening.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

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.

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Year one

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.

Effective Communication

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

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

Introduction to Databases

Year: 1

Database management is a fundamental skill expected of Computing & ICT graduates. 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.

Year two

Introduction to Accounting for Business

Year: 2

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.

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 the Netsuite software suite which will help demonstrate how standard ERP and CRM business processes work and provide the opportunity of practical experience using NetSuite software. Students will have the ability to setup, customize and perform end to end business scenarios using the software which will enable them to map to business needs.

Accounting for Business Decisions

Year: 2

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.

Managing People

Year: 2

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.

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.

Digital Enterprise

Year: 3

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.

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. The module is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and directed reading and is assessed by a combination of cumulative assessment and sessional examination.

Global Business Environment

Year: 3

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

Year four

Strategic Business Planning

Year: 4

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.

Effective Organisations and the Consultancy Process

Year: 4

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.

Information Systems Management

Year: 4

In today's information age it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the role of IS/IT systems in supporting of meeting business needs with particular reference to competitive advantage, added value and resource management. An in-depth understanding of the manner in which IT may be harnessed from a managerial rather than technical perspective and an understanding of information systems management and its relationship to the business and organisational context are therefore required.

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.

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

The Subject Committee will consider a range of qualifications, experience and other evidence of ability to complete the course satisfactorily when considering applications for part-time study.

For applicants who have taken the traditional A-level route or equivalent, the entry requirements are 280-300 UCAS points, with a GCSE grade B in Mathematics or equivalent and GCSE English grade C.

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.

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, analytics, forensic services and technology. The integration of commercially relevant assessment and applied research projects equips graduates with a range of highly employable skills and commercial awareness.

Apply

The Business Technology degree is offered in conjunction with Deloitte. All students entering the degree must be part of the Deloitte Bright Start Programme. Full details available at:

http://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/careers/school-leavers.html

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,156.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£5,156.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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

Course Director: Mrs Judith Wylie

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6114

E: j.wylie@ulster.ac.uk