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  • Entry requirements
    We operate a common admissions policy across all our single-honours degrees. We recommend that applicants should be studying a set of A-levels including some scientific, mathematical or technical content. However, we make no specific subject requirements. Applicants will be judged not just on expected grades, but on a wider profile to assess potential for success. Our typical conditional offer for GCE/AVCE is 300 UCAS tariff points excluding key skills and General Studies (eg BCC plus extra AS at grade C). Science, technology and mathematics subjects are preferred, and at least one such subject should be offered We welcome the BTEC National Diploma (typical offer DMM) in relevant subjects and the International Baccalaureate (28 IB points). Overseas, other UK qualifications and relevant work experience will be considered on the basis of equivalence to our A-level intake.
  • Academic Title
    Information Systems BSc
  • Course description
    Professional recognition

    This course is recognised by the British Computer Society for exemption from their professional examinations and offers a pathway to Chartered status.

    Are you creative? Do you like problem solving and working with computers?

    Building information systems for today’s information age requires these qualities and more.

    Today’s information age has an ever-increasing need for information systems and the graduates who can understand and use them.

    A degree in Information Systems from City will help you develop your career as an information systems professional.

    You will gain:

        * the technical knowledge to use and apply computer technologies in industry
        * the skills to design and manage innovative information systems
        * expertise in high demand areas of the computing industry, such as electronic commerce and information security.

    Whilst at City, you will

        * learn to construct software and design information systems to create information-rich working environments
        * develop commercially valuable skills in our computing laboratories
        * work with colleagues on collaborative software projects
        * have the opportunity to work with our internationally renowned research centres for your final year project

    This degree is suitable for you if:

        * you want a creative role in developing future innovative IT applications
        * you have the determination to see technical projects through to the end
        * you want a head start in your career as an information systems professional

    Course content

    This degree is part of the computing undergraduate programme, the common structure is described below. Specialist topics covered include:

        * Systems for supporting business decision making
        * Information retrieval and management
        * Methods for securing information systems from unauthorised access

    Our degrees are challenging, intensive and require commitment and motivation. In return you will receive a thorough, interesting and well-regarded education taught by highly-motivated experts. This will give you an excellent start to your career in the IT industry.

    The structure of your degree is based around three parts, each corresponding to one year of a three-year degree. Commonality is emphasised as far as possible, allowing you maximum flexibility to change your degree course once registered.

    A one-year placement can be taken between the second and final year. Alternatively, you can choose the Professional Pathway route, where Parts II and III are spread over three years whilst you work part time on a placement - see the section on Placements and the Professional Pathway for details.

    Part I: Foundations
    You will gain a firm foundation in computing in the following modules:

        * Programming in Java
        * Software Engineering
        * Systems Architecture
        * Databases
        * Mathematics for Computing
        * Business and Organisations

    Communication and professional development skills, essential for a successful career in IT, are also covered.

    The first year is identical for all our courses, allowing you ample time to make an informed choice of which computing degree to study.

    Part II: Core knowledge and skills
    You will learn the core knowledge and skills needed in the IT profession, including topics such as:

    Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

        * Networks and Operating Systems
        * Research and Professional Issues
        * A team project, a quarter of your second year, plays an important role in developing your team-working skills in a software development environment
        * Depending on your course you will take either Human-Computer Interaction (Business Computing and Information Systems) or Data Structures and Algorithms (all others).

    You will also study two modules relevant to your specialism, such as functional programming for computer science, or organisational behaviour for business computing. This is described further in the specific course entries.

    Part III: Advanced topics
    The centrepiece of final year is your individual project; this will demonstrate to employers that you can apply your knowledge and devise a novel solution to a problem. Your project may be undertaken in conjunction with one of our research groups in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction or software engineering. Alternatively, you may undertake your project with the company you worked for whilst on placement.

    You will also take an advanced module in the area of specialisation of your degree.

    You will also have the opportunity to gain knowledge of your specialism and broaden your education by selecting four modules from our wide range of final year elective modules. Example electives are:

        * Advanced Databases
        * Advanced Music Informatics
        * Bioinformatics
        * Business Engineering with ERP Solutions
        * Business Object Technology
        * Computer Graphics
        * Data Mining
        * E-Commerce
        * Management of IT Strategy
        * Project Management
        * Requirements Engineering
        * Software Agents
        * Theory of Computation

    In addition to the above, you may take up to two of the four elective modules from the specialist modules taken in the second year of the other computing courses.

    Teaching and assessment

    Teaching is a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars, and laboratory sessions. Project and group work aim to develop creativity and problem solving and play a major part of the course. Communication and professional development skills are covered in the first year. Teaching is also supported online by the CitySpace e-learning system.

    Assessment is by examination and coursework though some components, such as the team project, are assessed by coursework alone. A large individual project is undertaken in the final year. Your final degree classification is calculated from your second and final years, with the weighting 40 per cent to 60 per cent.


    Professional placement and study abroad

    Earn while you learn: Placements and the Professional Pathway
    As a computing student at City you have an outstanding opportunity to gain practical experience alongside your studies. Our placement scheme gives you the chance to see for yourself how the technologies you are learning about are being used in organisations, and enables you to develop your technical skills and business knowledge.

    You will normally be paid and your career prospects will be significantly improved. A number of students each year gain graduate employment directly from their placement employer.  There are two types of placement; one year and the Professional Pathway.

    One-year placements
    One-year placements are taken after you have successfully completed the second year of study. You then return to City to finish your degree after the placement.

    Professional Pathway
    The Professional Pathway scheme provides you with relevant work experience alongside your study. You will be a full-time student for one year, then part-time after that, so you will receive substantial employment experience (and earnings) during your studies.

    As a Professional Pathway student you take the same course content and exams as full-time students, but at a slower rate. You attend the University for one day per week, for 45 weeks of the year. You attend lectures and other course components with full-time students. The Professional Pathway takes four years in total.

    Employers will ensure you are available for the designated one day per week you are required to attend the university, and recognise that you need to study in the evenings and at weekends.

    How do I get a placement?

    City has extensive experience in helping students secure placement employment in the IT industry. We begin by teaching you effective communication skills, as well as providing you with facilities to help you to prepare your CV and practice for interviews and psychometric tests. Later on, our dedicated placements service will keep you informed of the available placement opportunities and help you apply.

    What happens on placement?
    You will perform responsible work that will extend your knowledge and let you show future employers what you can achieve. You are likely to perform a range of tasks, for example, programming, user support, systems investigation, analysis and design, documentation, testing, use of packages, data collection or help-desk work. We ensure that you are provided with a planned sequence of learning opportunities and industrial training.

    External recognition
    The high standard of City placements are recognised through the British Computer Society’s Professional Development Scheme (BCS PDS). This gives you a framework for career development planning, which we help you with. Your achievements will be recorded on a Certificate of Graduate Professional Development which shows employers that you have achieved nationally recognised standards of competence in applying IT in the workplace.

    On graduation, if you have completed 12 months or more of full-time placement validated BCS PDS experience at an appropriate level, you are able to apply for British Computer Society membership at Associate grade level. Professional Pathway students may be able to apply for chartered membership of the British Computer Society as soon as they graduate if they have the equivalent of two and a half years full-time validated BCS PDS experience at an appropriate level.

    Overseas students
    Overseas students do not need work permits for placement work where the placement is a requirement of their course. The Home Office allows overseas students to take placement employment on the Professional Pathway scheme without needing a work permit, and without jeopardising their student visa status.

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