BSc (Hons) Business and Systems Management - University of Portsmouth
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BSc (Hons)

Business and Systems Management

UCAS codeN200

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Study the practical application of IT to improve business functions

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This course merges business subjects such as business operations, markets, and the economy with Information and Communications Technology (ICT). You will learn about modern technologies in business such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise systems (ERP), M-commerce, Cyber security, the Cloud and Software as a Service. 

We have links with industry leading software providers such as SAP (Systems Applications and Products) and use their products to support teaching on many units. You will be able to take advantage of the online courses that SAP provides. We also have access to other leading software that supports business functioning including decision modelling, web analytics, m-commerce, and cloud services. You will be taught how these are used in business and organisation settings.

What will I experience?

You will gain specialist knowledge of business management, ICT tools and techniques. This will enable you to enter a professional career in business and management with a full understanding of ICT in the public or private sector, for large or small organisations, or the manufacturing and service industries. You will also learn to combine an understanding of business and management with high levels of technical skill. 

Teaching staff are experts in their subject areas, with many being actively engaged in research and knowledge transfer to industries. Research informs all of our teaching and provides an up-to-date education in an active learning environment. We regularly have guest speakers from industry who lecture to our students on particular topics. Our excellent reputation and the quality of our graduates provide a springboard for a rewarding and challenging career. 

What opportunities might it lead to?

This degree is an excellent starting point for a range of career choices particularly in multinational organisations. A year in industry will set you ahead of other graduates when you begin looking to build your career in the business sector.

Our students have gone into careers including; Digital Marketing Executive, Online Product Development Manager, Business and ICT consultancy roles, Lead ICT Project Managers, Customer and Service Managers and Enterprise Systems Managers.


Andy Dymond, business student

The resources here are excellent. Portsmouth Business School is based in a modern building, equipped with large lecture theatres and state-of-the-art computer suites.

Andy Dymond, business student


Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

The theme for year one is to develop knowledge and understanding of business management, enterprise concepts, general business functions and the business environment.

Example units taught in this year include:

  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Business Accounting Economics for Business
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis Managing People in organisations

Year one lays down a foundation for later study since students are not assumed to have pre-knowledge of business. You may also choose to study an additional unit from the University Wide Languages Programme.

Year two

Year two will focus on specific knowledge and skills with a focus on developing ICT skills for business including, CRM, ERP, data management, Information security, and other systems application in business enterprises.

Example units taught this year include:

  • Managing Data and Information Security
  • Enterprise Systems and Processes
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Electronic and Mobile Commerce

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Social Computing for Business
  • IT Law and Cyber Crime
  • Developing Individual and Team Creativity

You may also choose to study a unit from the University Wide Languages Programme at year two.

Year three*

The theme of year three is to develop awareness, critical thinking and judgement of strategic issues related to developing and managing IS for business.

Example units taught this year include:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Systems Masterclass
  • Information Systems Strategy and Management

One of the key features of this stage is an element of independent study.

You can choose to complete a work–based project linked to the placement, an academic Dissertation, or an Enterprise Project.

Option units enable you to develop specialist interests, for example, in project management and business improvement.

*This course is also available as a 4 year sandwich (and work placement).

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


Core knowledge is acquired through lectures, work-related learning, practical laboratory work, tutorials, seminars, individual and group research projects, and directed reading. A blended learning approach is adopted where possible, and use is made of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 20% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 80% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 79% studying independently and 0% on work placement


We ensure a balance in assessment between coursework and examinations.

Here’s how we assess your work:

  • Coursework (includes: essays, reflective commentaries, case studies, presentations, reports, and practical projects)
  • Portfolio
  • Examinations

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 58% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year two students: 37% by written exams, 11% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
  • Year three students: 25% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 70% by coursework

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Facilities & Features

Placements Office

Take advantage of our Placements Office. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

This course is an excellent starting point for a range of career choices particularly in multinational organisations, and your placement year will set you ahead of other recent graduates when you begin to build your career in the business sector.

Your practical skills and familiarity with a broader international setting will open up opportunities across the employment spectrum including:

  • general business management
  • general IS management
  • IS strategy planning
  • digital marketing
  • procurement and supply chain
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • systems development and consultancy
  • electronic and mobile commerce operations and management
  • Social Media operations and management
  • Cloud computing and Big Data management
  • Information security and risk management.  

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role which offers a suitable level of responsibility and the prospect of progression. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

You’ll also have the chance to volunteer locally as a Citizens Advice Bureau counsellor, dealing with clients face to face in real-life scenarios – a great way to give your CV the edge to impress future employers.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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