Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Business Information Systems
On this BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree course, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), you’ll develop knowledge about the information systems that global organisations rely on.
You’ll learn the combination of systems analysis, management and technical skills you need to work as an information systems professional who understands the evolving needs of businesses.
The course opens doors to a career in fields such as business analysis, systems analysis and design, system management, security management, project management and business consultancy. You can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) after you graduate.
What you’ll experience
On this course you’ll:
- Learn the technical and managerial skills you need to be a professional information systems analyst or designer
- Explore the tools and technologies that help modern businesses work smarter, in areas such as mobile applications, security, business intelligence and data analytics
- Get a practical understanding of how computers work and how information systems are developed
- Undertake a range of study methods including seminars, workshops and practical classes working with real examples
- Develop an enquiring mind ready to engage with emerging technologies and make them work for business
- Take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to real scenarios, with visits to global companies like IBM and SAP
- Have the option to take a placement year in the industry or study abroad for a year
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you’ll develop and practise the skills you’ll use in your career throughout the course.
As well as this, our Careers and Employability service and placements team work closely with local, national and international businesses. We can help you identify and prepare for placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.
On this course, you can get valuable experience and grow your network with a year-long salaried industrial placement before your final year.
Information systems are a key function of all businesses, from small start-ups to SMEs and multinational corporations. So you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to finding a placement.
Previous students have secured placements at companies such as:
Many students go on to work for their placement employers after the course. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture with support from our Enterprise Team.
Careers and opportunities
With your versatile BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree, you could go on to work in various fields and roles including:
- IT management
- business intelligence
- business analysis
- project management
- business continuity analysis
- information systems security
- risk management
- IT consultancy
- systems design
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.
This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).
This accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the information systems industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.
Tuition fees (2018 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units you will study in this year include:
- Business Systems Analysis and Design
- Introduction to Database Design and Development
- Social and Legal Aspects of Computing
- Web Foundations 1
- Basics of the Business Environment
- Introduction to Programming
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Business Information Systems Security
- Business Research
- Business Systems Analysis
- Database Principles
- Information Systems and Project Management
Optional units from this year currently include:
- Business and Employment Law
- Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
- Getting Usability into Development Environments
- Social Computing for Business
- Web-Script Programming
Core units you will study in this year include:
- Information Systems Management
- Advanced Systems Analysis
- Final Year Study Project or Individual Project (Engineering)
Optional units from this year currently include:
- Advanced Database Concepts
- Security Management
- Educational Computing
- Digital Enterprise and Innovation
- Project Management for Information Systems
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
You can also get personalised academic help at the School of Computing's Tutor Centre and help with maths or stats problems in the Maths Cafe.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory and project work
- one-on-one tutorials
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 26% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 74% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 76% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 19% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 81% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- multiple choice tests
- written exams
- review articles
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
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 1 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 82% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 13% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 77% by coursework
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – G521
- our institution code – P80
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.