BSc (Hons)

Information Systems

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  • UCAS code(s): 350A / G501
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This information systems degree course addresses the growing need for graduates with business-orientated and interactive computing skills. It teaches you how to design, develop, and manage information systems with a strong focus on the business environment.

You will develop a range of sought-after technical skills in information system and web development. You will also study the:

  • way in which IT supports business processes
  • difficult yet fascinating task of ensuring that this support is effective.

We have combined modules from the main computing courses with more business-orientated and interactive computing modules. Our aim is to ensure that you form the knowledge and skill set that commercial employers find attractive.

Why choose this course?

  • It is accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status. Recent research shows that professionals with BCS's CITP are the top earners in the UK IT industry.
  • It shares a common first year allowing you the flexibility to review your pathway once you've started studying.
  • This course is a partner in the Communications and Mobile Information Technology Faraday Partnership which ensures all courses are relevant to industry and developing technologies.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a year-long paid work placement in industry, recent examples have included Hewlett Packard and Siemens.
  • Our student work can be groundbreaking and innovative, and consistently attracts industry attention.
  • You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact (REF 2014).

You may also be interested in:

What you'll study

This cluster of Information Technology courses has the greatest breadth, covering to varying degrees of depth:

  • networking and communications technology
  • business and information systems
  • interactive / multimedia development.

By sharing a common first year of study, you have the option to review your course and change your pathway at the end of your first year. Other courses within this cluster include:

What's included in the course fees?

Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed. This includes the following:

  • You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available 24 hours a day and including technician support.
  • You will have dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
  • You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership, which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
  • As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
  • Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
  • Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
  • We offer extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, TCP/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, and Oracle.
  • Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.

Who will teach me?

We have 35 full-time academic teaching staff in Computing and Technology. We and our students have excellent support from our four dedicated technicians. We are very proud to have achieved 80% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact (REF 2014).

We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of system through to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our:

  • wealth of industrial experience
  • industrial links
  • research activity.

These are the ingredients for ensuring the relevance and vitality of your course.

Much of our research is internationally recognised, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and in Security. For example, Prof David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology, while Prof Paul Evans’ innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

We also engage in the following activities:

  • developing patents (for example, in voice signal processing)
  • the GameCity Festival
  • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
  • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
  • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, and detection of human behaviour patterns.

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

For information on International student support or to see our academic terms times, please visit our international student pages.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Foundations in Computing and Technology

    This module has several strands, including programming and technical aspects which introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.

    Web-based Programming

    Understand programming for web-based applications, problem analysis and the procedures for program design, as well as using scripting languages.

    Internet Technology

    Study the principles of interface design, including issues associated with phone and tablet development, accessibility, web standards and how content can be separated from layout.

    System Analysis and Design (SAD) with Professional Development

    Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module will give you a working knowledge of the key systems development methodologies, techniques and tools.

  • Year Two

    Information Systems Development

    Study the techniques and practices associated with the effective development of user-based information systems. You’ll learn how to develop, test, review and apply user-based information systems.

    Information and Database Engineering

    Understand the nature and application of database management systems and acquire skills for database administration and management.

    Internet Applications Development

    Design and produce a static or dynamic website suitable for both desktop and mobile platforms which may contain complex scripted components.

    Techniques for Business

    Introduces the concepts of marketing, entrepreneurship, business planning, and decision support systems and their applications. You’ll also gain an overview of what venture capitalists look for in a business plan.

    Understanding the IT Industry

    Enhance your employability by increasing your awareness of the technological, social and economic factors driving the IT industry.

    Practical Project Management and Professional Development

    Continued professional development and lifelong learning is important to your future career. Through this module you’ll improve your time and project management skills, presentations and report writing.

  • Year Three

    Optional work placement year

  • Final year

    Project

    Investigate problems in computing, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.

    Information Systems Management

    Learn how to manage the build and deployment of enterprise and Internet information systems in small to medium organisations.

    Business Analysis

    Understand the design and operation of business systems and investigate the principles, role and practice of business modelling as it’s applied to business operations.

    Interaction Design and Project Management

    By understanding human-computer interaction and practical abilities in interface development, you’ll learn the importance of designing and evaluating usability at each stage of software development.

    Choose one from the following modules:

    Advanced Imaging and Display Technology

    Study the critical elements of 2D and 3D image capture and display systems including operational requirements.

    Computer Security Management

    Manage the security of computer-based information and systems within organisations and develop the ability to make informed choices based on business drivers.

    Serious Games

    Examine the use of computers for teaching, focusing particularly on virtual reality and multimedia systems in the development and application of games for learning.

    Mobile Platform Development

    Explore the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile platform technologies and consider how they can be used to build systems that are outside the traditional desktop paradigm.

    Communicating Science and Technology

    This module will be of interest to you if you are considering a career in teaching and / or want to develop your portfolio of transferable skills.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Scheduled contact time in lectures and seminars is around 12 hours per week. These will be held on Clifton Campus. Lectures are spread across various buildings on campus, including:

  • Erasmus Darwin
  • Mary Ann Evans.

See the Clifton Campus maps and travel information.

You will be assessed on a variety components including:

  • coursework and practical (assignments, dissertation, group projects, oral presentations, laboratory exercises and reports)
  • written (exams, written tests)

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (83%) and written (17%)

Year 2 - coursework (75%) and written (25%)

Year 3 - coursework (75%) and written (25%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (27%) and independent study (73%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (21%) and independent study (79%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

You will be well equipped for a wide range of technology-based careers and may follow both technical and managerial paths in any area of industry or business. Our graduates have become:

  • designers
  • practitioners
  • analysts
  • consultants
  • managers.

Our recent Computing and Technology graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

What our students say

"NTU gave me a great base to start my career in computing. I developed good relationships with my tutors which helped get the best out of my ability. After completing my degree I had a good range of skills and many avenues that I could have gone down.

"In the end I went on to study a Masters in Computer Science and then founded CovertCandy.co.uk, which is an online clothing exchange community and a completely new way of trading clothes."

Jamie Evans BSc (Hons) Information Systems graduate
Founder – CovertCandy.co.uk

Excellent placement opportunities

After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a year's work placement in industry. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £12,000 to £30,000 and many students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation.

Our students have secured work placements in companies and in roles such as:

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including an IT or Science subject grade C OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant IT or Science modules OR
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in IT or Science subject AND
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including an IT or Science subject grade C OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant IT or Science modules OR
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in IT or Science subject AND
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

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Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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