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BSc Honours Business Information Systems

BSc Honours Business Information Systems

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
Full time
Fees
161,400
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The BSc Honours Business Information Systems degree prepares students for a wide range of business and computer-based careers including Systems Architects, Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Architects and Business Analysts. You will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech lab and have access to specialist equipments.

    Why Study BSc Honours Business Information Systems?

    Business Information Systems is a multi-faceted programme with exciting job prospects. By choosing this degree programme, the student will gain an understanding of how organisations can use information systems to support their strategic, tactical and operational activities. The special features of the programme are:

    • Programme provides a holistic approach to information systems and business computing.
    • Students develop project management skills related to information systems and technology projects, and have an opportunity to implement these skills in their final year project.
    • Graduates become key players in managing information, technology and people.
    • Students have an edge as the University works with companies such as Microsoft, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP in addition to being Cisco Net Academy – meaning the student will have access to the latest equipment, and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops.
    • Programme content is enriched by providing industry engagement opportunities to students through industry speakers and field trips.
    • Career coaching and support is available to all students through the Careers and Employability Service.
    • Option to transfer to London campus.
    • Excellent industry engagement opportunities, especially organization where we have formal alliances e.g Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP
    • Opportunity for professional certifications e.g. CCNA, Dell EMC Associate certificate in Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Dell EMC Associate certificate in Data Science
    • ESD compliant Computer Engineering Lab with state-of-the-art National Instruments equipment
    • Opportunity to work on industry projects as part of final year projects and coursework
    • Opportunity to engage with high profile professionals at invited guest talks and field trips
    • Opportunity to participate at various IT competitions and Hackathons under faculty mentorship
    • Gain leadership experience by joining the MDX Computing Society
    • Entry to various events and talks open only to Universities that have MoU with the British Computer Society – Middle East section

    The content is structured in ways that map explicitly on to modern technology. Core modules such as Business Information Systems in Practice, Database Design, and Decision Support Systems are thoroughly covered in this course. You will develop a foundational understanding of how information systems occur in organisations and learn how organisational and information systems design relate to a wide range of businesses.

    Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information: http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar

    Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

    Note: Both core and optional modules are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because too few students opt for it. Middlesex University reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.

    • Year 1

      • Information in Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aims to prepare you in being able to differentiate between data, information and knowledge in an organisation, investigating efficient ways of storing, preserving, searching, retrieving and displaying information in an organisation. Through this module you will visualise and conceptualise information in organisations through knowledge of modelling techniques and will learn to design and implement a database system, and to utilise a mark-up language, to reflect the information in an organisation. The module will provide you with the ability to query and manipulate data that is stored in relational database using Structured Query Language (SQL).
      • Foundations of Informatics (90 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aims to provide you with the ability to have a sensible discussion about all topics in the context of real-world domain-specific information systems and demonstrate some foundational skills in these (tailored to their specialism).
    • Year 2

      • Project Planning and Research for Information Systems Professionals (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aims to prepare you for your final year project, by providing a foundation of planning skills, research methods, and data collection and analysis tools. You will learn how to apply these various skills and techniques to the different phases of the research project life cycle. In particular, you will learn how to formulate research questions focused on current topics or issues appropriate to their field of study in information systems. You will also learn how to write a research proposal, conduct a literature review, and how use different data collection and analysis techniques to investigate different research questions.
      • Information Systems Analysis and Design (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aims to provide a firm grounding in business systems analysis and design using the Unified Modelling Language (UML) to model information systems, and the Unified Process (a disciplined approach to assigning and managing tasks and responsibilities in a development environment). On satisfactory completion of the module, you will have an understanding of information systems modelling and associated development life cycle issues, and the skills to apply these techniques to real-life scenarios.
      • Database Systems: Design and Implementation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module focuses on deepening your understanding of database design and implementation, and the efficient use of facilities provided by a modern Database Management System. The module emphasises the design of business systems using aspects of conceptual data modelling (Entity Relationship Models), relational database modelling and normalisation.  Both theoretical and practical topics relating to database modelling and implementation are covered, including SQLPlus to implement and query data in a relational database system along with technologies and tools for rendering databases for back-end and front-end data processing purposes. This will enable you to construct dynamic web-based data queries, which access back-end databases.  The module will also develop the practical skills, knowledge and experience of key techniques within the database design industry.
      • Data Analysis for Enterprise Modelling (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the process of analysing data and making business decisions based on this analysis. To this end, the module covers a range of technologies for retrieving, organising, visualising and analysing data, as well as running statistical simulations, with the purpose of making a business decision. Special consideration will be given to the analysis of data in the wide context of entire organisations.
    • Year 3

      • UG Individual Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module provides you with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects your interests and aims and outcomes of your programme. It should constitute a practical problem-solving project relevant to your programme of study. The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen your understanding of material taught on your programme, to exercise professional judgement, to undertake individual research and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of your programme. It provides you with the opportunity of engaging in significant system development, the typical output of which represents the solution of a problem akin to those that you as a fledgling professional practitioner are likely to encounter in future employment. The module intends that your choice of individual project will provide you with a significant opportunity to reflect on your learning progress and to develop your learning for life-long and career development.
      • Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School (30 Credits) - Optional
        The module will focus on the teaching of computer science within the secondary school (age 11-16) setting. You will observe, analyse and prepare materials for teaching practice. You will start to apply your knowledge of computing to teaching practice. You will develop an understanding of the Teachers’ standards, thus supporting your preparation for application of initial teacher training courses. You will complete reading on education pedagogy to critically analyse practice. The module will also support your development of public speaking.
      • User Experience (UX) Design (30 Credits) - Optional
        This module aims to enable you to further understand the underpinning concepts and practical techniques relevant when considering humans, both in the organisation of design and design processes, and as a way of incorporating a user perspective in the design of products and services. The module also includes analysis of user experience, the characteristics of users and their tasks, and the technical, organisational and physical environment in which products or systems may operate.
      • Strategic Information Systems (Enterprise Project) Management (30 Credits) - Optional
        This module aims to provide you with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable you to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes. You will  acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models).
      • Innovation and Technology Management (30 Credits) - Optional

        This module provides you with knowledge of the role, control and management of innovation in information systems. The module will provide you with the ability to evaluate, consider and create recommendations or action plans with respect to:

        1. The societal drivers for innovation.
        2. The legal and standardisation drivers and controls of innovation.
        3. The use of management techniques to support innovation.

        The module will consider these issues with respect to real life case studies and the role and knowledge processing of futurologists.

      • Business Intelligence (30 Credits) - Optional
        This module aims to develop your understanding of the techniques and approaches used to capture, store and analyse data generated by organisations for purposes of business intelligence. In a digital age it is important for businesses to make use of data captured about its entities.  You will learn about information retrieval, data presentation, pattern recognition techniques and data models that can be used in business intelligence applications.  Descriptive data models can be used to gain a better understanding of overall organisation and predictive data models inform the decision making in all aspects of the business.

    Classes are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus Sunday to Thursday between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions may be scheduled over the weekend or holiday periods and you should expect to receive notice of these in advance.

    You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. These approaches ensure that you are involved and engaged by placing you at the centre of your own learning. You will be required to actively participate in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively. Faculty increasingly use existing and emerging technologies and your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you access to a diverse range of online resources and learning materials. By engaging in e-learning you will also be developing skills of which are essential for your learning and highly valued by employers. Such skills including flexibility, communication, IT skills and team work.

    We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

    Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
    Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% + Maths 70%
    Minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of C,C,C (three subjects) or with A*, B (two subjects) or A, A
    You must have passed the full IB Diploma. In some cases applicants will also need to have studied certain subjects at Standard or Higher Level. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.

    Students who have completed their GCSEs are eligible to join our International Foundation Programme – a one year programme to prepare students for entry onto our Undergraduate Programmes. Please note that students must meet the British AS and A Level entry requirements in order to gain entry into the First Year of any one of our Undergraduate Programmes.

    UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** or equivalent programmes
    Completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    Minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    Students with American High School Diploma are eligible to join our Foundation programme. However, if you have passed the American High School Diploma with the university required GPA and SAT or ACT or AP Scores you may be eligible for direct entry into Year 1 of the undergraduate programme. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.
    BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme

    ***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

    Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes

    This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

    The degree opens doors to varied careers in the business information system industry. Students will learn how a modern enterprise operates and how information systems are integral to its success. Recent graduates have progressed onto further studies or secured jobs with global companies in roles such as: Business Analyst, Database Developer/Administrator, IT Support Engineer, Programme Analyst, IT Project Manager, Systems Designer/Developer and IS Manager. Links with the employment market is established through visiting speakers from relevant sections of the industry. Our industry partners offer internships, deliver visiting lectures, assist with field trips and recruit at the University’s Careers Day each year.

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