Long gone are the days when computing professionals were solely writing programs to satisfy their business users. Clients now have higher expectations and rightly want a greater degree of involvement throughout the development process. This partnership approach has been found to substantially increase the chances of creating successful systems. Nowadays developers must be able to communicate with users at all levels of an organisation and to do that they need to know something about the businesses in which they work.
The Computing for Business degree with a year in industry is specifically designed to integrate both the exciting subject areas of Business and Computing. It provides a thorough understanding of systems development while at the same time providing a sound knowledge of modern business operations. Studying on the Computing for Business with a year in industry degree provides valuable real world experience, which significantly strengthens your CV for post degree job searching. It will also develop important transferable skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, organisation and time keeping.
The Computing for Business with a Year in Industry degree is excellent for students wanting to pursue a career in a commercial computing environment. Students will acquire a wide range of techniques and tools for use in the construction of sophisticated information systems with particular emphasis on software within business. The third year is spent on a relevant work placement in industry and the course is resumed in the fourth year.
The degree is delivered using modules from both the School of Computing Sciences and the Norwich Business School. Both of these Schools have close contacts with industry, for example, through research funding, knowledge transfer programmes, external advisory panels, and consultancy. The School of Computing Sciences also has its own consulting company called SYSCO. Guest professionals are frequently invited to give talks and meet with students. These links with business and industry are exploited in the degree by setting real world problems and using real data in practical projects and coursework. A significant proportion of the assessment is made up of such projects - both individually and in groups.
The course has a compulsory first year that develops your skills in computing and introduces you to business. In the second and fourth years you study further commercially oriented computing modules and learn about the workings of organisations. You are free to choose further computing and business modules that suit your interests and your career aspirations. You will complete a substantial individually supervised project in your final year.
The majority of our graduates gain related employment in software engineering, systems analysis, IT consultancy, or business analysis. The degree is accredited by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT), meaning that you will have fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partially fulfilled those for becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) . This external validation ensures that the content of the degree is up to date and that high quality teaching and learning standards are maintained.
Computing graduates who also have some understanding of business, its organisation, its motivations and its priorities, are highly sought after. The majority of our students gain employment in UK industry. Frequently occurring job titles are software developer, systems analyst, software engineer, database designer, programmer, web developer, IT consultant, management consultant, and usability consultant. Some graduates choose to go on to postgraduate studies and a few move into the teaching profession. Computing graduates who also have some understanding of business, its organisation, its motivations and its priorities, are highly sought after, this being particularly true for those that also offer industrial experience.
Home/EU £9,000; International £14,900Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
The first year comprises a set of six compulsory modules; five provide a solid grounding in computing before moving into later years where more choice and flexibility is available. The sixth unit gives an introduction to the business side of the course. One module is devoted to programming which is taught through a combination of lectures and laboratory classes that involve practical exercises. The Computing Systems modules are also very practical and cover introductory analysis, design, development and evaluation of web based systems. Students experience working in pairs for one project on the Computing Systems 1 module.
The Computing Revolution module looks at the past, present and future of computing through the eyes of guest industrial speakers and leading researchers. At the same time, it focuses on valuable study skills in preparation for years two and three.
All modules are taught through lectures and a combination of seminars and/or laboratory sessions as appropriate. The Computer Revolution and Computing Systems 1 modules are assessed by coursework alone; all other modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and end of year examination.
Many of our computing degrees follow a similar first year. Should your interests and career aspirations evolve, it is usually possible to change to a different computing degree at the end of your first year. It may also be possible to transfer to the Business Information Systems degree.
The second year has four compulsory modules, Software Engineering 1, Systems Analysis, Database Systems and Introduction to Organisational Behaviour. These explore topics central to the development of computing systems for business. Students are able to customise their degree programme by selecting two further modules, one from Business and one from Computing. Computing options include topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Graphics, Architectures and Operating Systems, Statistics, and Sound and Image. Business options include Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting, Principles of Marketing, and Operations Strategy and Management. The majority of these modules are assessed by coursework and examination. The aim of year two is to cover knowledge and skills appropriate for professionals in the area.
The School of Computing Sciences has well established commercial links throughout the UK and beyond, many of which you may be able to benefit from. Students are expected to seek their own work placements with help and support provided by UEA Careers Centre and the School's Industrial Placement Coordinator. Not only will this ensure that you work within your preferred field of Business Computing, it will also provide you with the essential job-hunting skills you will require after graduation. To ensure that students placed in industry are committed and enthusiastic, progression on this programme is dependent upon satisfactory performance during the first and second years and your success in securing a suitable work placement.
The School of Computing Sciences will offer you full support and guidance whilst you are identifying and negotiating work placement opportunities. Throughout the work placement, students will be expected to keep in close contact with an assigned mentor at UEA. Your mentor will also visit you at least once during your Year in Industry. By keeping a regularly updated work diary, your mentor will be able to ensure you are fulfilling all of the necessary learning objectives of a Year in Industry.
Please note we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers and students will be expected to source these placements themselves. Limited support will be available from the University. If you have not successfully secured a work placement by the end of your second year you will be transferred onto the equivalent three yera degree programme.
The fourth year has a compulsory individual project and two compulsory modules covering Systems Engineering and Software Engineering 2. The year long project draws on knowledge and skills gained throughout the degree programme and often involves local businesses. Its focus is decided by the student in liaison with their chosen supervisor. The project also provides an opportunity to gain research oriented skills and to practise valuable transferable skills, such as report writing and oral presentation. Assessment for the project includes a variety of oral and written reporting methods but no examination. Optional modules for year three include Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Behavioural Aspects of Marketing, Management Consulting, Informational Retrieval, and Networks. The free choice option permits students to choose a subject from any School in the University, for example psychology, film studies, or a language. You may, of course decide to use your free choice to cover additional business or computing topics. We find that students returning from their industry placement have not only gained in experience but also in maturity. They typically perform at a very high level in their final year.
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We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.
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General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
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Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 Level 3 credits, including 12 Level 3 credits in either Mathematics, Science Business or Economics related subjects.
Students are required to have Mathematics and English Language at minimum of Grade C or above at GCSE Level.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
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