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Business Information Systems

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-54.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

112-128 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Information systems

**Overview**

On this BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree course, 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.

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

**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.

"One of the best things about the course is it's very hands on. You learn by doing and not just theory." - Katie Tuffrey, Computing Student

Modules

Year 1
Your first year provides a solid technical foundation, which involves a practically based understanding of how computers work and how software systems are developed. You’ll also be introduced to how such systems are applied in a business context and use case studies to explore what works well in modern business practice.

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

Year 2
The main focus of your second year will continue to be on information systems and business systems analysis however you'll also have a choice of topics from computer science and information systems disciplines, enabling you to focus on computing topics or those with more of a business or programming flavour.

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

Year 3
By your final year, you will have a good understanding of industry-standard techniques, equipment and software packages. Alongside some further units on information systems management and project management, you’ll be expected to put your new skills into practice in a large-scale personal project. This final year project gives you the freedom to analyse, design, build and evaluate your own work.

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.

Assessment methods

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Information systems

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
21%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
71%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Information technology technicians
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals

Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2015 — computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. This is also a good degree to take if you want to follow a technical role in the finance or advertising industry. Many jobs for this degree were found in the larger cities last year and opportunities may be more limited outside those areas.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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