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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Danske Bank
  • Ulster University Coleraine campus
  • Santander

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Graduate Management Scheme
  • ICT Co ordinator
  • Researcher
  • ICT Coordinator
  • Graduate Banking Assistant

Overview

Business@Magee: Providing extensive choice for business skills development.

Summary

The modular approach to studying business at the Magee campus provides students with extensive choice. In this case Business Studies may be taken as a Major subject with Computing as the Minor subject.

The flexible structure of this programme affords students the opportunity of choosing a pathway to suit their own personal interests and career aspirations. Graduates will have generic skills in particular management functions, for example accounting, marketing and leadership. The Computing minor is particularly suited for graduates wishing to go on to develop a career in Business where computing is a component.

The programme equips graduates for a management career in industry, commerce or the public sector. It also provides the entrepreneurial and innovation skills necessary for the creation of new business ventures and to stimulate the competitive impetus for managing and developing existing businesses. Computing as a minor subject helps develop supporting expertise of particular interest to the student.

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If you don't meet our entry requirements for this course you may want to consider our International Foundation Programme (IFP)

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) will prepare you for studying an undergraduate degree at Ulster.

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About this course

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About

The BSc Hons Business Studies with Computing meets the needs of those wishing to pursue a career in business with an interest in Computing as a minor subject. In addition it provides the basis for graduates wishing to take a postgraduate programme up to doctoral level.

The programme seeks to provide the key business knowledge and skills essential for a graduate, seeking a managerial career in general business with a specialist interest in Computing.

The development of relevant employability skills is at the core of the BSc Hons Business Studies with Computing degree and a variety of opportunities exist within the programme and its modules, to develop such skills. These skills include, for example, Creative Thinking, Strategic Planning, Business start-up, Problem Solving and Interpersonal skills.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

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Attendance

Three years without placement/Four years including placement year.

Attendance: This is a full-time course where you will normally complete three modules per semester, with class contact time approximately three hours per week per module. You will be expected to undertake independent study to supplement that contact of around 10 hours per week per module. You will have 9-10 class contact hours per week on the Magee campus.

Start dates

  • September 2018
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. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Principles of Accounting

Year: 1

The module establishes a strong foundation for students as they undertake the study of accounting. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important within the context of preparing financial statements, undertaking financial reporting and performing detailed analyses supporting aspects of the internal financial management of a business entity.

Principles of Management

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the essentials of management and organisation and cognate topics, including the business environment, business ethics, motivation, problem solving and decision making, planning, labour relations, bureaucracy, teamwork, and leadership.

Academic and Career Enhancement skills

Year: 1

The module establishes a solid foundation for students as they make the transition to become effective learners at third level. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important for academic achievement. In this module, student learning, progression and achievement is closely monitored and supported by the module coordinator.

Computer hardware and organisation

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

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. The module will also give the student sound knowledge of the analysing and designing effective systems in modern industrial and commercial environments.

The Economic Environment of Business

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of economics and provides an essential underpinning for more advanced study of economics and economic issues.

Year two

Finance for Decision Making

Year: 2

Financial decisions and their implications are an important consideration for global business?. This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding financial decision making. The module will provide students with an understanding of the key issues and techniques used in financial decision making with particular emphasis placed on corporate governance within the context of financial decision making.

Business Improvement

Year: 2

The module is designed to address the critical environment in which Managers operate, the challenges they face and the roles they play in the processes of planning, organising, leading, controlling, coordinating and improving organisational performance. Practical exercises will reinforce the work done in the previous sessions to ensure understanding and ability to articulate and communicate the content.

Project Management

Year: 2

This module is designed to develop an understanding of project management issues, roles and activities within organisations by exploring the balance between theory, practical skills and knowledge.

Professional Credibility

Year: 2

This module is designed to provide students with the necessary tool kit to lead their own professional credibility, during and after their under graduate study. It will provide an interactive and experiential learning environment for students whereby they can learn about the kind of business leader they want to become and how to achieve this

Computer Networks and Operating Systems

Year: 2

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. Students will also have a basis for undertaking further development work/research in the area of Computer Operating Systems, a fundamental core and vital area of computing with a particular emphasis on the emerging networking systems paradigm.

Internet and Multimedia Authoring

Year: 2

This module provides students with the multimedia authoring / scripting skills necessary for implementing design concepts using multimedia technologies. Lectures and tutorials are used to introduce ideas and techniques, and practical skills are developed through group based and individual mini-projects.

Year three

Study USA

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study in the USA; to acquire business and management skills, and to develop educational and social links. Places on the module are limited and subject to a competitive selection procedure.

Diploma in Professional Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Diploma in Professional Practice aims to develop students on a personal and professional level. Skills developed include CV writing, interview skills, knowledge of career choices, career development strategies, understanding of employment trends, graduate employment market and employability skills.

Year four

Business strategy

Year: 4

Business Strategy involves bringing together the theory from a number of management disciplines and incorporating this theory into an overall plan for companies. Issues that are discussed in lectures as well as assignments are with the intention of incorporating individual disciplines into a cohesive management plan for the direction of companies.

Entrepreneurship and innovation

Year: 4

This module aims to equip students with a knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurial and innovation processes, and their relationship with business and economic development. It will enable students to develop the skills necessary to participate in business venturing projects. Assessment is by coursework and examination

Business Research

Year: 4

In the course of this module, students will develop an understanding of, and the ability to use, the core theories and techniques underpinning business research ? both academic research and applied research. This will be supported by providing students with the knowledge required to utilise appropriate software for the analysis and presentation of research

Global Business Environment

Year: 4

The global economy is increasingly interconnected. Organisations in both the private and public sector are increasingly affected by global forces and developments outside their own country. For this reason it is essential for tomorrows managers to have an understanding of the complexities of the global economy.

Knowledge Management

Year: 4

This module provides the student with a sound understanding of Knowledge Management and the Learning Organisation. Particular attention is awarded to technological development within these fields. The opportunity to construct a simple knowledge-oriented computerised system is provided.

Networking Operating Systems

Year: 4

The module combines an in-depth study of the key theoretical concepts of modern Networked Operating systems, with practical hands-on techniques to enable the student to understand the relationship between this theory and the practical implementation of current Information Systems.

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 A Level requirement for this course is BBC - BBB.

Applicants may be able to satisfy the requirement for one A-Level B or C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile DMM - DDM to include Unit profile of 8 - 9 distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 – H3, H3, H3, H4, H4.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC – BCCCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC - CDD.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 25 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 65% - 70%.

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Essential Skills Level 2 Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

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.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, practical workshops, case studies, problem-solving techniques, team projects, individual research, oral presentations, non-book media, visiting lectures with industry practitioners and computer projects. These methods allow students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in learning, equipping participants with concepts, skills and experiences necessary for career and personal development.

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including individual essays/reports, class tests, case studies, group projects, oral presentations and end of term examinations.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students enter Year 1. However, if you can provide evidence of previous relevant study or experience you may be considered for entry to later years. There is facility for transfer to other Ulster Business School undergraduate degree programmes (full time to part time) on the Magee campus depending upon the nature of the subject matter of the other degrees and academic achievement. In appropriate cases opportunities exist at the end of Year 1 for transfer between this programme and other first-degree programmes in the Department.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Danske Bank
  • Ulster University Coleraine campus
  • Santander

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Graduate Management Scheme
  • ICT Co ordinator
  • Researcher
  • ICT Coordinator
  • Graduate Banking Assistant

Career options

Business graduates are well-placed for a management career in the business arena or to take advantage of the increased opportunities in the public sector. They will also have attractive opportunities for professional development within the business-related professions, for example, TheAssociation of Chartered Certified Accountants or The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Graduates may also proceed to postgraduate study or research in business-related areas. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop their personal skills and abilities in order to maximise their career potential.

Work placement / study abroad

In Year 3 you will have the option of a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations. This will provide a link between the subjects you have studied and their application in a 'real world' setting. Satisfactory completion of the placement year will lead to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice. You have also the option to study abroad for a year; satisfactory completion of a study abroad year will lead to the award of the Diploma in International Academic Studies.

Professional recognition

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2018

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.
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Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available
International:
£13,240.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

  • Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Prize for Best Placement Student

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

Mrs Irene Karmiotis

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4798

E: i.karmiotis@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Clodagh Hegarty

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5332

E: c.hegarty1@ulster.ac.uk