business information systems student working on a mac book in the library
UCAS Code
G521
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

On this BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree course, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), you’ll gain the problem-solving, managerial and technical skills you need to get to the heart of issues, as an information systems professional.

You’ll learn how to communicate and investigate complex problems and develop solutions which combine business ideas and technology, in any type of business, large or small. You'll develop a combination of skills that give you a unique overview of organisations and the ability to work well with others and share ideas at all levels.

The course opens doors to a career in fields such as business analysis, systems analysis and design, system management, security management, project management, knowledge management and business consultancy. You can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) after you graduate.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, fulfilling academic requirement for CITP (Chartered Information Technology Professional).

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.

95% Graduates in work or further study (Unistats data on DLHE 2017)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Learn the problem-solving, sociotechnical 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 business intelligence, security and AI
  • Get practical experience helping businesses improve their effectiveness, through a second year industrial project
  • Develop an enquiring mind ready to engage with emerging technologies and real world business problems, readying you for work in the era of Industry 5.0.
  • Benefit from industry contact throughout the course, with real world examples, professional guest speakers and industry visits to well-known companies like IBM, SAP and Amazon
  • Have the option to take a placement year in the industry or study abroad for a year

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Business Information Systems degree?

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.

If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules you will study in this year include:

  • Basics of the Business Environment
  • Business Systems Analysis and Design
  • Computing in Context
  • Data Analytics and Visualisation
  • Database Systems Development
  • Introduction to Computer Essentials

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Information Systems Security
  • Business Research
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Database Principles
  • Information Systems and Project Management

Optional modules from this year currently include:

  • Business and Employment Law
  • Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
  • Institution-wide Language Program
  • Social Computing for Business
  • Web Programming

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules you will study in this year include:

  • Advanced Systems Analysis
  • Final Year Study Project or Individual Project (Engineering)
  • Information Systems Management

Optional modules from this year currently include:

  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Data Enterprise and Innovation 1
  • Data Enterprise and Innovation 2
  • Security Management
  • Educational Computing
  • Professional and Academic Resaearch Development
  • Project Management
  • Security Management

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Placement year

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.

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.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

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

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • laboratory and project work
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Your workload

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
  • essays
  • written exams
  • projects
  • presentations
  • 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 modules 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

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,400 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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – G521
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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.

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