BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business

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In today’s technology-dependent world, talented, highly skilled information technology (IT) graduates are increasingly sought after. Their role is constantly evolving, encompassing high-level technical skills as well as an in-depth understanding of business and project management.

At the University of Hertfordshire, we’ve developed a practical, contemporary degree designed to build your strengths in all of these areas. Our BSc Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) will help you become a well-rounded, professional graduate with outstanding career prospects.

It’s an innovative BSc designed in collaboration with the Tech Partnership, a national network of employers working to create skills for the UK’s digital economy. Strongly targeted around the abilities today’s businesses need, it has over 50 blue-chip sponsors, including Accenture, the BBC, British Airways, Ford, IBM, ITV, Morgan Stanley, Procter & Gamble, Sainsbury’s and Unilever.

Jointly developed by Hertfordshire Business School and the School of Computer Science, this course has both a business and a technology focus. Our aim is to help you build a career at the interface between businesses and their IT systems, including software, hardware and networks.

Roles like these are vital to every organisation, from specialist IT providers to businesses across every other sector. With our support, you’ll learn how to evaluate, develop, operate and maintain global IT systems, empowering the organisations you work for to satisfy their customers and stay ahead of the competition.

Together, we blend traditional computer science with a strong focus on the application of systems and systems thinking in real-world business settings. It’s a combination that gives you a strong technical foundation and a powerful understanding of business management challenges – so you can shape a successful career solving them.

Why choose this course?

  • Study for a respected ITMB degree at one of the UK’s leading business-facing university.
  • Launch a successful international career in information technology management.
  • Gain the technical, project and business management skills to design, develop, evaluate and manage IT solutions to real business problems.
  • Understand the social, professional and legal issues involved in developing and
    managing IT systems.
  • Develop valuable transferable skills, and even a second language, making you a highly sought-after graduate.
  • Get life-changing, career-boosting experience on a year-long paid work placement or exciting study-abroad year.

Entry requirements...

96-112 UCAS points from qualifications which include a minimum of two 4 unit qualifications (e.g. A Levels), one 8 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Diploma) or one 12 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma).

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards).

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.’

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

N.B. We have expressed our entry requirements within a tariff range. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your applications as a whole, including work experience and personal statement, and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range.

Key staff

Mr Hajrë Hyseni
Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer on Digital Media

Dr Wei Ji
Deputy Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer

Professional Accreditations

Our BSc Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) is endorsed by the Tech Partnership UK, which promotes ITMB to UK schools, students and employers.

The partnership gets employers involved in curriculum design and quality, encourages them to give guest lectures, runs workshops, creates work placements and helps get graduates into rewarding jobs. All of which means this degree is shaped around the very latest challenges facing the industry and will equip you with the skills you need for a successful career.

Careers

Hertfordshire’s BSc ITMB is aimed at students who want to a career in the management of IT systems, including software, hardware and web-based systems. This spans everything from identifying the need for an IT system through to the design, development, integration and operation of an effective solution.

It’s a degree that will launch your career as an IT specialist, whether you work in the technology sector, or any other organisation needing in-house IT expertise.

Our ITMB graduates go into a huge range of roles, including project manager, product manager, business analyst, product owner, IT functional analyst, QA/test analyst and IT support expert. Alternatively, you could study at postgraduate level or set up your own company.

Teaching methods

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

Work Placement

Practical experience in real business situations adds an extra dimension to your CV and helps cement your academic learning. That’s why, at Hertfordshire, we strongly encourage you to add an optional year-long work placement between the Second and Final Years of your degree.

Because our BSc ITMB is endorsed by the Tech Partnership network of employers, our students regularly access rewarding work placements with the innovative businesses involved. They also secure positions with our talented alumni entrepreneurs and excellent local employers.

Study Abroad

Information technology management is an increasingly globally focused career, as organisations aim to work with seamlessly with colleagues, suppliers, partners and customers all over the world. Our highly respected academics have extensive international experience and their combined computer science and business expertise has shaped a course that really can take you anywhere.

This BSc regularly attracts an international student community to our welcoming, state-of-the-art Hertfordshire campus. As part of our community, you’ll share ideas and experiences with new friends from many different countries. You’ll also be able to choose language modules throughout your course, including French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.

You can choose to make your degree an even more international experience by studying or working abroad for a year. Between your Second and Final Years, you can add an extra year to your course and spend it at one of our our international partner universities in Europe, North America, South East Asia or Australia.

Some of our students even decide to spend half the year studying in a new country and the other half working there, getting incredibly valuable hands-on experience. 

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Information Systems for Business

    Credits: 15

    The purpose of this module is to enable students to integrate their understanding of business principles with the IT functions and systems which support the business. On completion of the module, they should have a holistic view of the modern business information system, appreciating the intrinsic value of IS/IT in enabling businesses to achieve their goals. This should provide a solid foundation on which to build progressive study of more specialised topic areas relating to business and/or IS/IT.

  • Accounting for Business

    Credits: 15

    The module provides an introduction to accounting from the manager's viewpoint. Areas covered include the collection and reporting of accounting information to both internal and external users, as well as the use and interpretation of publicly available accounting information. The role of accounting in supporting the management functions of planning, control, and decision-making is also covered. Indicative topics include: - preparation and presentation of a simple income statement and balance sheet, including the need for adjustments such as depreciation, accruals, prepayments and bad debts; - the difference between profit and cash; - interpretation of an income statement and a balance sheet using ratio analysis; - costing: cost behaviour; marginal costing - methods and uses; absorption costing - methods and uses; - budgeting: nature and purpose of budgeting; its contribution to planning, control and motivation in an organisation; preparation of simple budgets.

  • Information Technology Management for Business

    Credits: 30

    The module will provide students with a series of academic skills and study strategies which will underpin their subsequent studies. Students will be expected to operate in teams, reflect on their practice and recognise aspects for self-development and improvement. The module selects a series of issues that are pertinent to business and management. The module is further supported by a series and library of 'Industry Insight Lectures’ that can be drawn upon when and where appropriate to provide students with an introduction to the role of the IT manager within different organisational contexts as well as providing the opportunity to understand current trends and issues in the IT industry. Topics studies will include working in organisations, the functional areas of business, problem-solving and change and progression within a business and management context.

  • Financial Analysis Techniques

    Credits: 15

    The module provides an introduction to accounting from the manager's viewpoint. Areas covered include the collection and reporting of accounting information to both internal and external users, as well as the use and interpretation of publicly available accounting information. The role of accounting in supporting the management functions of planning, control and decision-making is also covered. Indicative topics include: - preparation and presentation of a simple income statement and balance sheet, including the need for adjustments such as depreciation, accruals, prepayments and bad debts; - the difference between profit and cash; - interpretation of an income statement and a balance sheet using ratio analysis; - costing: cost behaviour; marginal costing - methods and uses; absorption costing - methods and uses; - budgeting: nature and purpose of budgeting; its contribution to planning, control and motivation in an organisation; preparation of simple budgets.

  • Programming Principles

    Credits: 15

    This module is primarily concerned with developing basic skills necessary to produce computer-based solutions to simple problems in a high level language. The emphasis will be on basic programming principles : the structure and syntax of a program in the given programming language, variables and data types, operations and the evaluation of expressions, control structures (sequence, selection, iteration and subroutine call),modularisation(including procedures/functions). Program code will be expected to perform according to specification, be readable, maintainable and well designed. Although the given problems will be relatively simple, there will also be an appreciation of how simple solutions can be used in the solution of more complex problems. A more detailed description of the module content is provided in the module delivery information for students.

  • Data Driven Systems

    Credits: 15

    This module provides an introduction to database systems. It takes a practical approach using example applications or case studies. It then builds on this application experience to cover questions of why and how databases are designed and used. This will include practical experience of using a database management system, in particular of using simple SQL to query a database, and thus facilitating the view of the database as part of a larger system. Later in the module underlying formalisms will be studied but from an application-down standpoint -to inform understanding rather than as a subject for study in its own right. A more detailed description of the module content is provided in the module delivery information for students.

  • Programming (A)

    Credits: 15

    This module is primarily concerned with developing basic skills necessary to produce computer-based solutions to simple problems in high level languages. The emphasis is on problem solving, problem solving strategies; fundamental constructs such as structure, syntax and semantics; variables and data types, operations and the evaluation of expressions, control structures, and modularisation, data structures and recursion. Program code will be expected to perform according to specification, be readable, maintainable and well designed. Although the given problems will initially be relatively simple, there will also be an appreciation of how simple solutions can be used in the solution of more complex problems.

  • Platforms for Computing (B)

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces the notion of the computing platform in the organisation and function of modern computing systems. The computer and network hardware are platforms that support the operating system; The operating system is a platform that supports the application software and programming environment; The programming environment is a platform that supports the development of application software; The application software is a platform that supports the user experience. The organisation and combination of these platforms is illustrated by a historical succession of examples, culminating in the smartphone, a modern mobile computing device. The module also introduces the nature of data used by computing platforms, the form that data might take, the communication of that data, and constraints placed on that data by the choice of platform.

Optional

  • Principles of Marketing

    Credits: 15

    This initial marketing module, which assumes no prior knowledge of marketing, aims to introduce students to some of the key ideas of marketing and is suitable for both marketing and non-marketing students. It examines the environment within which organisations operate and the role of marketing within the organisation so that students can understand the context within which marketing personnel work, and the different activities which are carried out under the umbrella term of 'marketing'. Concepts central to an understanding of marketing are considered - segmentation; targeting and positioning; the product life cycle; the 4Ps; buyer behaviour, etc.

  • Global Perspectives in Business

    Credits: 15

    Internationalisation of business is creating a substantial increase in intercultural contact, which is reflected in the skills set of managers operating in a globalised world. Managers need to develop sensitivity to and a critical understanding of issues arising out of cultural difference, and be equipped to manage and operate in diversity. The module explores themes of: a) concepts of culture, b) cultural differences and c) globalisation. It will also explore related ideas such as ethnocentrism and prejudice. It looks at and draws upon the work of leading theorists, such as Hofstede and Trompenaars, in the analysis of cultural difference. It will look at cross-cultural differences in communication and negotiation style. The workshop element of the module will consider the practical consequences of cultural difference for corporations and sojourners. Types of international corporate culture will be examined. The nature of culture shock will be explored.

  • E-Media Design

    Credits: 15

    There is a long tradition on computer science programmes of teaching about the relationship between data structures and algorithms. Data these days are commonly images, animations, sounds and video, as well as text and numerical characters, and the ways of putting these data together are more varied than ever before. Yet the choice of data construct still depends on the processes you intend to use on that data and the processes you can apply depend on the choice of data structure. On this module, we will examine what motivates design decisions, the importance of creating systems that are fit for their intended purpose and enable students to make straightforward design decisions of their own. Students are referred to the document entitled 'Information for Students' that is issued each year to students on the module for a more detailed description of the syllabus. A more detailed description of the module content is provided in the module delivery information for students.

  • Human Dimensions of Computing (A)

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces the history and major accomplishments of computer science and information technology, and its impact on modern life. Technology is only one part of computer science and information technology, and the human and social dimension of computing, including user experience and interaction design, is just as important and relevant to the professional practitioner.

  • Programming (B)

    Credits: 15

    This module is primarily concerned with developing basic skills necessary to produce computer-based solutions to simple problems in high level languages. The emphasis is on problem solving, problem solving strategies; fundamental constructs such as structure, syntax and semantics; variables and data types, operations and the evaluation of expressions, control structures, and modularisation, data structures and recursion. Program code will be expected to perform according to specification, be readable, maintainable and well designed. Although the given problems will initially be relatively simple, there will also be an appreciation of how simple solutions can be used in the solution of more complex problems.

  • Models and Methods in Computing (B)

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces a number of principles that underlie computation and computer-based systems, and how they may be modelled. Both the static and dynamic aspects of computing systems are considered, with computation being viewed both in functional terms, and as a series of state transitions defined over abstract or virtual machines. The module provides a clear concept of modelling and specification of computational systems. The module illustrates some of the ways in which the use of formalisms in modelling and specification can aid those involved in the design, development and operation of computer-based systems.

  • Mandarin Route A - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate in Mandarin Chinese at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about themselves and their daily life, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be delivered via on-line materials, including video clips and Chinese websites.

  • Mandarin Route A - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate in Mandarin Chinese at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about themselves and their daily life, carry out reading (pinyin) and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be delivered via on-line materials including video clips and Chinese websites.

  • French Route C - 4a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of French. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex French. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • French Route C - 4b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of French. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex French. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work

  • French Route A - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate in French at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about themselves and their daily life, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route A - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate further in French at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about past and forthcoming events, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route B - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in French. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route B - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in French. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route C - 4a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of German. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex German. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • German Route C - 4b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of German. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex German. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work.

  • German Route A - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate in German at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about themselves and their daily life, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route A - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate further in German at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about past and forthcoming events, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route B - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in German. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route B - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in German through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Italian Route A - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate in Italian at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about themselves and their daily life, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Italian Route A - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate further in Italian at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about past and forthcoming events, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Italian Route B - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in Italian. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Italian Route B - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in Italian through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Japanese Route A - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate in Japanese at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about themselves and their daily life, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Japanese Route A - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate further in Japanese at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about past and forthcoming events, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route C - 4a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Spanish. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Spanish. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • Spanish Route C - 4b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Spanish. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Spanish. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work

  • Spanish Route A - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate in Spanish at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about themselves and their daily life, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route A - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will enable students to communicate further in Spanish at a basic level in a range of everyday social situations. Students will learn to talk about past and forthcoming events, carry out reading and listening tasks and write short texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route B - 4a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in Spanish. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route B - 4b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in Spanish through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Project Planning and Control

    Credits: 15

    Project management is essential in all business development and this module gives students hands-on experience of managing the project process. The module content and assessment strategy allow students to study project planning and control in the context of their chosen discipline and from a general project management perspective, thus developing skills and knowledge transferable to other business and management fields and practice. Students benefit from greater flexibility and support due to a blend of face-to-face lectures and seminars, on-line discussions, a simulated project environment, and use of business software tools such as MS project. The module provides a sound basis for further professional studies such as the Association for Project Management (APM) Introductory Certificate in Project Management.

  • Modelling Business Problems

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces the student to the principles and practices involved in the development of models used in organisational environments. The module will provide, through the advanced use of spreadsheets, an ability to build computer-based business models using management science techniques and interpret the output of these models in order to determine the required policies to address management problems. The module typically includes the following topics: - Spreadsheets in business - Business decision modelling using spreadsheet - Statistical analysis - Forecasting methods and models - Validation and documentation of computer models - Computer simulation - Optimisation techniques with Excel - Excel macros - Soft systems

  • Preparation for Placement and Employment

    Credits: 0

    The module will explain the benefits of the work placement and encourage students to apply. It will support students in their application via a series of seminars, tutorials, and online materials on the topics such as, writing CVs, applying for placement, preparing for psychometric tests and developing interview techniques. Industry lectures and students’ competition events organised by the TechPartnership UK will form an essential part of this module. These activities will provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the current trends, issues, techniques and best practices in the area of ITMB; enable them to engage in a competent discussion with the potential employers; and equip them with skills related to effective presentations to different types of stakeholders. The students will be expected to actively engage with the activities led by the TechPartnership, through a series of workshops and networking events; and using a range of styles and mediums.

  • Information Technology Development Exercise

    Credits: 30

    This module provides students with the opportunity to create a system in a professional manner, using and developing an appropriate range of skills and knowledge. The system to be developed will typically be a simulation system and the development approach will be based on the use of exploratory design, technical feasibility and agile methods, although reference will be made to structured analysis methods. Personal aspects covered will include communication and group working, while the technical skills wi ll focus on programming and program design, building upon those gained in level 4. Successful completion of this module should equip a student with sufficient skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully apply for and complete an industrial placement. A more detailed description of the module content is provided in the module delivery information for students.

  • Computer Networks

    Credits: 15

    Computer networks underpin almost every form of computing application, so it is important to appreciate the principles of operation of these networks. But computer networks are also extremely complex and hard to understand. This module looks at network applications and the requirements that different kinds of application demand of the underlying network and how those requirements may be characterised. It then looks at the performance of networks and why the network so often seems to be a bottleneck in computer applications. This will lead us into an increasingly detailed examination of what happens when network applications are executed and introduce some of the more important terminology and principles of the subject. A more detailed description of the module content is provided in the module delivery information for students.

  • Data Management and Applications A

    Credits: 15

    The module views databases from two perspectives, one being the architecture and functionality of the database management system, the other being the representation of the data being managed by the database management system. The module provides the principles and the techniques needed to develop relational database systems, together with the database theory on which these principles and techniques are found.

  • Operating Systems and Networks

    Credits: 15

    This module covers both theory and significant practical content in the design, installation and configuration of operating systems and network services. The module helps to develop problem-solving skills in working with operating systems and networks, and builds confidence in using command line tools and configuration files in other areas of computer science and information technology.

  • Enterprise Databases

    Credits: 15

    This module provides an in-depth study of the design and implementation of relational databases. The module provides the principles and the techniques needed to develop relational database systems, together with the database theory on which these principles and techniques are founded. There is a large practical element, using a popular market leading product in the roles of database designer, database administrator and end user. The module also raises awareness of areas where new types of database are emerging.

Optional

  • Human Computer Interaction for Commercial Applications

    Credits: 15

    This module enable students to critically evaluate a consumer device of their choice that exhibits a 'poor' User Interface (UI) and/or User Experience (UX); then design a more suitable User Interface and/or User Experience for a specific group of users.

  • Trends in Technology

    Credits: 15

    The module is designed to cover the business implications (both opportunities and problems) of a number of technological developments in the business information systems area. Students will be expected to use all opportunities for research into uses of AI, e-business, e-government and e-learning, where students will be asked to find examples of these by informed internet use. Because the nature of this subject is ever changing, students will be expected to keep abreast of latest developments by critically reading popular news sources.

  • Digital Marketing in Practice

    Credits: 15

    Digital marketing highlights the impact of IT on the key marketing concepts and tools (market research; segmentation, targeting positioning; consumer buying behaviour; marketing information systems; strategy and planning; and marketing mix). The role and development of the internet will play a significant part in this module.

  • Digital Marketing

    Credits: 15

    E-marketing highlights the impact of IT on the key marketing concepts and tools (market research; segmentation, targeting positioning; consumer buying behaviour; marketing information systems; strategy and planning; and marketing mix).

  • Mobile Business Technologies

    Credits: 15

    In today's digital age, mobile phones have become an integral part of daily life used by millions of people and businesses around the world. Increasingly sophisticated technologies from Apple, Google and Blackberry in both the hardware and the software are turning mobile phones into communications devices that are taking over from the desktop PC as the most important piece of business equipment. Furthermore, some of the most important benefits of different mobile technologies are improved communication with staff, clients, suppliers,reduced downtime, increased productivity and improve customer service. Therefore, this module looks at the heart of the power of the mobile business technologies for different business processes in an organisation.

  • Enterprise Applications

    Credits: 15

    This module recognises the importance of cross-functional systems by exploring how organisations utilise common enterprise applications (ERP, CRM, SCM and KM) in their endeavours to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Lectures will seek to provide students with the theoretical underpinning of the subject, while tutorials/workshops will provide students with an understanding of the use and impact of enterprise applications in organisations through the use of case studies and group discussion. Podcasts and videos may be used to reinforce the students' knowledge and understanding of the subject.

  • Enterprise

    Credits: 15

    In this module, students study the nature of enterprise and entrepreneurship, its importance to society and the individual personal opportunities that developing enterprise skills provides. Students will also work in a team to identify a new business opportunity and take this idea through the full business planning cycle, ending in a formal presentation of their proposed enterprise. Topics covered will normally include: - Concepts of enterprise and entrepreneurship - The economic impacts of enterprise - Insights into developing new ideas - Construction of business plans - Sources of advice and support schemes - Net working

  • Preparation for Professional Placement in Computer Science

    Credits: 0

    The module will explain the benefits of the Supervised Work Placement and encourage students to apply. It will support students in their application by informing them about the types of employer and job role available, helping them select the most appropriate for their strengths and weaknesses, and how employers conduct the recruitment process. The module will assist students to make an application, throughout the entire process, via a series of lectures, seminars, individual guidance and online communication. This includes writing of CVs and letters of application, preparation for psychometric and other forms of assessment, and development of interview technique. For those who are successful in securing a placement there will be further help in preparing for employment.

  • Contemporary Issues

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces the legal, ethical, social and professional landscape in which computing professionals must work. The module promotes a professional approach on issues such as Green Information Technology, Cybercrime, Hacking, Internet privacy, the Internet and ethical values and security measures in Cyberspace. Legal aspects of the module are based mainly on English law, and include privacy (data protection), intellectual property, the Computer Misuse Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act which deals with the lawful interception of digital communications. The module also covers the codes of conduct of the relevant professional bodies and the support they can provide to computing professions with particular reference to the British Computer Society code of conduct.

  • System Requirements

    Credits: 15

    This module focuses on the rationale, processes and outputs of software requirements engineering (RE) activities. This would typically requires identification, analysis, and knowledge how to suitably specify by using appropriate strategies, approaches and techniques what organisations need in order to ensure their systems meet the requirements of all relevant stakeholders. Based on a number of sources, both from research and industry, this module will expose the main RE processes (i.e., eliciting, modelling and validating requirements) and their related issues. The module critically assesses the management of the above processes by using a broad range of diverse techniques. At the elicitation stage, for example, this could include individual techniques such as benchmarking and interviewing. Most techniques will also be considered in the context of multiple processes and against different software development approaches (for example, Agile).

  • Web Scripting

    Credits: 15

    This module introduces the fundamental concepts of the World Wide Web. It starts with an overview of HTML mark-up and cascading style sheets, and the importance of the separation between content and presentation. The bulk of this module is concerned with extending the practical programming skills, and applying these to the development of a web application that creates, reads, updates and deletes information using databases. Further, an important part of this module is understanding the constraints that the World Wide Web places on developers, such as those imposed by its stateless nature and the various recommendations that guide core web technologies.

  • French Route A - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in French. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route A - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in French through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route A - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in Spanish through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route B - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at level 4 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken French Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route B - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at level 4 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken French Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route B - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at level 4 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Spanish. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route B - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Spanish. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route A - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in German through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route A - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in German. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route B - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at level 4 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken German. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route B - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced German. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route C - 5a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the students' linguistic ability and knowledge through the in depth study of selected political, cultural, linguistic and economic topics relating to German speaking countries. The module will be based on materials taken from written and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources such as online newspapers, magazines. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present their findings in class discussions.

  • German Route C - 5b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge so as to equip them with the skills necessary to study and work in a German speaking country. The module will be based on materials taken from written and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources such as online newspapers, magazines and company websites. Students will research their own materials to be analysed and presented in class discussions.

  • Italian Route A - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in Italian through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Mandarin Route A - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in Mandarin Chinese. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. Chinese characters will be introduced. The module will be delivered via on-line materials including video clips and Chinese websites.

  • Mandarin Route A - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in Mandarin Chinese through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be delivered via on-line materials including video clips and Chinese websites.

  • French Route C - 5a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the students' linguistic ability and knowledge through the in depth study of selected cultural, linguistic and economic topics on the French regions. The module will be based on materials taken from written and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources such as online newspapers, magazines. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present their findings in class discussions.

  • French Route C - 5b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge so as to equip them with the skills necessary to study and work in France and give them an understanding of demographic trends in Europe and France. The module will be based on materials taken from written and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources such as online newspapers, magazines and company websites. Students will research their own materials to be analysed and presented in class discussions.

  • Spanish Route C - 5b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge so as to equip them with the skills necessary to study and work in Spain. The module will be based on materials taken from written and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources such as online newspapers, magazines and company websites. Students will research their own materials to be analysed and presented in class discussions.

  • Spanish Route A - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in Spanish. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Italian Route A - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in Italian. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route C - 5a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the students' linguistic ability and knowledge through the in depth study of selected political, cultural, linguistic and economic topics of selected Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. The module will be based on materials taken from written and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources such as online newspapers, magazines. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present their findings in class discussions.

  • Italian Route B - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Italian. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Italian Route B - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Italian. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Japanese Route A - 5b

    Credits: 15

    This module will extend the students’ competence in Japanese through the introduction of more advanced language structures. Students will learn to discuss work and future plans, studying and living abroad. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Japanese Route A - 5a

    Credits: 15

    This module broadens and consolidates the students’ competence in Japanese. Students will learn to talk about student life and travel, carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including, for example, video clips, blogs and magazine websites.

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Leadership and Organisations

    Credits: 15

    This module explores leadership and management within the context of the business organisation. It examines the development of leadership and management theory as well as discussing contemporary applications of theoretical approaches. Leadership styles and models are analysed, including their impact on follower performance. Key concepts of organisational behaviour, including motivation, structure, group dynamics, culture power and conflict, are explored and their impact on leadership and management examined.

  • Advanced Project and Risk Management

    Credits: 15

    Projects are one of the principal means by which organisations implement change and manage the challenges arising from the business environment. Public and private sector organisations are increasingly managing by projects to improve internal operations, respond rapidly to external opportunities and threats, achieve technological breakthroughs and design and develop new products and services. Addressing these matters, typical contents include: - a review of project management fundamentals; - project management organisation and structure; - the role and capabilities of the project manager including reflective practice; - managing relationships in the project environment including team leadership and stakeholder management; - strategy and project management; - quality and change management; - project characteristics - novelty, complexity, pace and technology; - advanced risk management and project uncertainty and advanced risk management; - project management methodology; - project closure and evaluation extended perspectives on the levels and dimensions of project performance.

  • IT Management for Business Project

    Credits: 30

    The ITMB project gives students an opportunity to extend and deepen their knowledge of information technology, business and project management, and to apply it in an unfamiliar 'real life' context. Students are required to undertake a substantial piece of R&D work, which they plan and manage themselves under the guidance of an academic supervisor and in a context of an external organisation. The project topic should be chosen to fit in with the student's personal objectives, agreed with the supervisor and initially documented in the project proposal. Students will, on completion of the project, be required to produce a written piece of work, documenting the results of their project. The format and structure of the final document will depend on the nature of the work undertaken. Those students wishing to develop a software application as a part of their final project will need to produce the source and running code, test specification and any associated documentation. Students will be assessed on their project proposal, management of the project, methodology, the intellectual quality and originality of their work, and the structure and coherence of the final report, quality of demonstration or presentation of the final outcomes, and where applicable, the quality of the developed software application.

  • Research Methods

    Credits: 0

    This non-credit bearing module of study is designed to provide students with sufficient research skills in order to successfully undertake a dissertation and/or research project. Key themes covered by the module, include: Defining the research question: students are introduced to the difficulties of defining the research question and objectives; the need for a theoretical underpinning is emphasised, together with the use of tertiary sources in conducting a literature search. Methods and sources of primary and secondary data: primary data acquisition focuses on (but is not restricted to) survey and interview techniques. The need to make judgments about data quality is emphasised as a determinant of appropriate methods of analysis. Quantitative methods: the use of parametric and non-parametric statistics is offered for data description, testing correlation and differences between sub-groups. Research findings: demonstrating the significance of the research findings concentrates on (but is not restricted to) the derivation of recommendations from those findings.

  • Leadership and Organisations

    Credits: 15

    This module explores leadership and management within the context of the business organisation, complementing the knowledge and understanding of strategic issues developed through studies on the companion module 6BUS1143 Business Strategy. It examines the development of leadership and management theory as well as discussing contemporary applications of theoretical approaches. Leadership styles and models are analysed, including their impact on follower performance. Students will be constantly reminded that the leaders of organisations often experience strategy in action/implementation as a messy, unstructured process. Up-to-date real world examples will be used, together with textbook cases, to appraise the effectiveness of particular organisational leadership styles and to show how strategic leaders and their followers interact in practice.

  • HBS Placement

    Credits: 0

    This activity is self-directed by the student and carries no credits. Students will be supported by the Professional Experience Module Leader, Professional Experience Visit Co-ordinator, an Academic Mentor and the Centre for Academic Skills Enhancement (CASE). Successful completion of the Professional Experience Module leads to the appropriate suffix on students’ degree title stated on the programme specifications.

  • Professional Issues in Computing A

    Credits: 15

    Typically the module content will include: * Data Protection Act; * Computer Misuse Act; * copyright; * ethical issues in the use of computers and data; * good practice in systems design; * interrelationship between computers, their use in society. The basis of the legal elements of this module will be English Law, but no prior knowledge of this legal system is expected of students.

  • User Experience

    Credits: 15

    This module explores the body of knowledge underpinning the topic of User Experience (UX), and how UX approaches can be applied to the design and evaluation of user interfaces.

Optional

  • Industrial Placement Sem B only

    Credits: 0

  • Industrial Placement Year

    Credits: 0

  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia)

    Credits: 0

    The student will complete a period of study abroad at a partner institution following an appropriate programme of study, set out in a learning agreement, agreed by the student, the programme tutor at Hertfordshire and the international office at the partner institution. The programme of study in a placement year is less prescribed and can both reflect the interests of the student in their discipline area or to broaden their education.

  • Placement Study Abroad (North America)

    Credits: 0

  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia)

    Credits: 0

  • Placement Study Abroad A (Europe)

    Credits: 0

  • Placement Study Abroad B (Europe)

    Credits: 0

  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe)

    Credits: 0

  • Industrial Placement (Semester A)

    Credits: 0

  • Using IT to Gain Strategic Advantage

    Credits: 15

    Exact module content will be determined by the current state of technology both existing and applied at the time. Because the nature of this subject is ever changing, students will be expected to keep abreast of latest developments by critically reading popular news sources. There will be a significant proportion of reaction to 'late breaking news'. (For example, the popularisation of WAP and other technologies). Students will be encouraged to seek and demonstrate new and unusual applications of both IS and IT. Students are required to make use of current technology in presenting their work.

  • Forecasting Methods for Managers

    Credits: 15

    The process of making decisions in organisations is based, in most cases, on future values of many variables. Therefore, it is vital that these future values are predicted in the most accurate possible ways. This module introduces students to a variety of forecasting techniques used to predict future values. Much of the module will be devoted to the use of software, especially spreadsheets, to calculate forecasts and their associated errors. A particular emphasis will be on the pitfalls associated with the application of different forecasting techniques. The module includes the following: the purpose of business forecasting; data collection and review; measuring the accuracy of forecasts; a range of methods presented for dealing with stationary time series, trend, seasonality and multi-variate models; demographics; communication of results to a business audience. Students use a calculator and computer to calculate forecasts and related error measures and statistics.

  • Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence

    Credits: 15

    This module recognises the importance of information and knowledge in the management decision-making process by exploring how organisations utilise knowledge management and business intelligence in their endeavours to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. It covers a wide and diverse range of current thinking in terms of theoretical and practical aspects of knowledge management and business intelligence systems. Fundamental tools and techniques are investigated and applied to a wide range of critical case studies.

  • Business Process Modelling

    Credits: 15

    Business process modelling is a core activity in business process management (BPM), a management discipline that provides techniques, methods, policies and tools for continuous improvement of business processes, governing further improvements in an organisation's agility and operational performance. The introduction of enterprise resource planning systems and information communications technologies has led to increased recognition of the importance of business process management that is offering significant competitive advantage to those who do it well.

  • Quality and Change Management

    Credits: 15

    Students will study the principles of quality management and how they are applied in information systems (IS) development and operation. The module will emphasise the organisational environment, including the role of customers, users and other stakeholders, in managing quality, organisational quality management frameworks and the dynamic environment in which information systems are developed and operate. In this respect, students will extend their knowledge of structured techniques, such as change control and configuration management, to consider the challenges of developing and operating information systems in dynamic business environments. The following is an indicative list of topics - Quality management - Change management (sources, types and levels of change and the challenges for IS) - IS quality standards (eg ISO 9000 TickIT) - Organisational approaches to quality management relevant to IS (eg CMMI, ITIL) - Quality assurance and control (types and levels of reviews, audits, levels and tests, test strategies, plans and implementation and use of metrics in quality control and improvement) - Change control and configuration management

  • Creative Problem Solving for Managers

    Credits: 15

    This module is very practically orientated and hands-on. It is aimed at anyone intending to become an effective manager, consultant or business analyst. The really important problems and crucial decisions faced by professionals in their work are often complex and ill-defined. They are known as “wicked” problems or “messes”. Problem structuring (or soft systems) methods have been developed to help us cope in these challenging, unstructured situations. Often much of the difficulty is due to people’s differing perspectives, the worrying uncertainties or the multiple interacting and dynamic factors. Imaginative approaches are needed to rigorously analyse messy, qualitative issues. Problem structuring methods take a holistic view and are highly effective. The three methodologies selected are: SODA Soft Systems Methodology System Dynamics With the right expertise and a suitable toolkit of methods, the manager or consultant can choose appropriate techniques, and creatively combine and tailor them to tackle any problem with confidence.

  • Placement Portfolio

    Credits: 0

    This activity is self-directed by the student and carries no credits. Students will be supported by the Placement Visit Co-ordinator, The Placement Experience Module Leader, an Academic Mentor and the Centre for Academic Skills Enhancement (CASE). Successful completion of the placement leads to the award suffix ‘Sandwich’ on students’ degree title. Students who have been on placement are also eligible to apply for LCGI from City & Guilds, and should contact the Placement Experience Module Leader for more information on this.

  • Data Mining & Visualisation A (warehousing)

    Credits: 15

    This module will introduce students to the subject of knowledge discovery, or as it is more traditionally described: data warehouses and data mining. The key components of such systems will be explored, and the various methods that can be used to analyse the data, and interpret the results. The module will also consider how to "clean up" poor data, or handle more complex data such as spatial databases, multimedia databases, time-series or sequential data and data from the World Wide Web.

  • Data Mining and Visualisation B (Data Visualisation)

    Credits: 15

    Effective visualisation of data is often key to the ability to make sense of the data, analyse the data, organise data, select from the data and so forth. However, the key to effective visualisation of information requires understanding of the principal issues of representing, presenting and designing effective interactions with data. This module starts with those principles and moves on to explore the how these principles can be applied in the design of information spaces and the information architecture of websites or other systems that support information seeking activities.

  • Web Application Development B (enhancement)

    Credits: 15

    This module aims to give students the opportunity to utilize a variety of technology and knowledge of best practice to enhance their web applications. In particular, it looks at utilizing graphics or time based media into the application, modelling the interface behaviour more effectively and realising designs using the document object model.

  • Web Application Development A (Design)

    Credits: 15

    This module aims to give students the opportunity to think about how they would go about developing a simple web application, what they need to take into account when developing it, and some of the available technology to support the process. It will emphasize effective web site design, and the importance of separating content from style, and keeping sites accessible.

  • Software Quality

    Credits: 15

    This module provides both a theoretical and practical introduction to quality both in terms of the software development process and the products of that process. It also investigates how quality can be defined and measured, and by analysing actual program code to determine its quality according to pre-determined quality metrics.

  • Advanced Database Topics

    Credits: 15

    This module builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in the context of relational databases studied at Level 5. Issues of complexity in databases arise when the scale of the database increases and the focus here is on firstly the design and implementation in a large multi-user database and secondly, selected current and emerging topics in databases. This module provides an in-depth study of the design and implementation of relational databases using a top-down approach. There is a large practical element using a popular market leading product in the roles of database designer, database administrator and end user. The module also raises awareness of areas where new types of database are emerging and provides practical experience in these areas.

  • Information Security Management

    Credits: 15

    This module develops the concepts and principles of information security management including its organisational aspects such as security governance, policy procedures and security standards. It covers the relevant methods associated with risk assessment and management. In this module, various issues associated with information assurance, incident management and government legislation on data protection will be presented. This module introduces security controls that are used to protect information and underlying IT systems and infrastructure. Disaster recovery, business continuity management, investigation and digital forensics which are important aspects of information security management will be discussed in this module.

  • Advanced Web Scripting

    Credits: 15

    This module extends the basic web model in two ways. The first looks at the use of client-side scripting to enhance the user experience. This is done by examining the use of Javascript to increase the interactivity of the user view, and to exploit local data storage. The second is to consider the use of services to move beyond a simple HTML page request/response model of interaction. In addition, the module considers the impact of third party tools in developing web applications. For enhancing the user experience this may include interface toolkits such as JQuery. Service-based extensions may include the use of functional libraries such as the Google Maps API.

  • Enterprise Systems

    Credits: 15

    This module explores different perspectives on the design, management and integration of software systems that support business processes across complex organisations. The first perspective examines the integration and inter-operation of different applications within the same enterprise. The focus is on appropriate approaches and methods for bridging the gap between IT strategy, which aligns business goals and system requirements, and the design and management of individual IT services. This could include, but is not limited to, approaches based on ITIL and/or SOA. The second perspective examines the scalability of systems that provide specific functionality across the whole of an enterprise. This is done by breaking down an application into different tiers and looking at the issues, potential problems and design solutions to enable the delivery of high performance systems. This focus on individual systems is a natural extension to study of design patterns for web applications.

  • French Mini Project

    Credits: 15

    This module provides students with an opportunity, under tutorial guidance, to choose a topic of interest to them related to an aspect of the social, political, economic or cultural life of a French -speaking country, to research a topic, using authentic materials to write an essay on the topic in French.

  • German Mini Project

    Credits: 15

    This module provides students with an opportunity, under tutorial guidance, to choose a topic of interest to them related to an aspect of the social, political, economic or cultural life of a German -speaking country, to research a topic, using authentic materials to write an essay on the topic in German.

  • Spanish Mini Project

    Credits: 15

    This module provides students with an opportunity, under tutorial guidance, to choose a topic of interest to them related to an aspect of the social, political, economic or cultural life of a Spanish -speaking country, to research a topic, using authentic materials to write an essay on the topic in Spanish.

  • German Project

    Credits: 30

    This module provides students with an opportunity, under tutorial guidance, to choose a topic of interest to them related to an aspect of the social, political, economic or cultural life of a German.-speaking country, to research a topic, using authentic materials to write a project on the topic in German. Students are encouraged to conduct interviews with native German-speakers, having completed the necessary University formalities to obtain Ethics approval.

  • French Route A - 6a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken French. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route A - 6b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced French. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route A - 6a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Spanish. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route A - 6b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Spanish. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • French Route B - 6b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of French. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex French. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work.

  • French Route B - 6a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of French. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex French. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • Spanish Route B - 6b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Spanish. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Spanish. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work

  • German Route A - 6a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken German. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route A - 6b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced German. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route B - 6a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of German. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex German. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • German Route B - 6b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of German. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex German. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work

  • Mandarin Route A - 6a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be delivered via on-line materials including video clips and Chinese websites.

  • Mandarin Route A - 6b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Mandarin Chinese. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be delivered via on-line materials including video clips and Chinese websites.

  • French Route C - 6a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers,magazines,websites. Students will acquire a better understanding of contemporary France through the study of selected events of great importance to French society in the first part of the 20th century. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts.

  • French Route C - 6b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers, magazines, websites. Students will continue to develop an understanding of the relationship between key aspects of contemporary France and historical facts which occurred in the second part of the 20th century. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts.

  • Spanish Route C - 6a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers,magazines,websites chosen specifically to illustrate contemporary issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts

  • Spanish Route C - 6b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers, magazines, websites chosen specifically to illustrate contemporary issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts.

  • Italian Route A - 6a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Italian. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Italian Route A - 6b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Italian. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Spanish Route B - 6a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Spanish. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Spanish. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • Italian Route B - 6a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Italian. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student’s linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Italian. The course will be based on selected, complex carefully graded texts, online and audiovisual materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through StudyNet. Typical themes of study will focus on social, economic and cultural issues. Student will be expected to take part in discussions on the various topics studied.

  • Italian Route B - 6b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on ensuring that students have a grammatically sound command of both the written and the spoken forms of Italian. A thematic approach to language learning will be used, improving the student's linguistic ability and knowledge of more complex Italian. The module will be based on selected, more complex carefully graded texts and materials compiled from a variety of sources made available to students through Studynet. Students will participate in discussions on a variety of topics focusing on cultural issues, tourism and the world of work

  • Japanese Route A - 6a

    Credits: 15

    This module further improves the students’ competence and confidence from study at levels 4 and 5 in understanding and responding to more advanced written and spoken Japanese. Students develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially and will be exposed to a wider variety of contexts and language registers. The module will enable students to participate more fully in discussions and develop logical argument. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line TV news items, blogs and magazine websites.

  • Japanese Route A - 6b

    Credits: 15

    This module enables students to improve further their competence and confidence from the previous semester in understanding and responding to more advanced Japanese. Students continue to develop skills which will be of value both professionally and socially. The module will enable students to play a more active and spontaneous part in discussions and to use a wider range of phrases which express different shades of opinion in speaking and writing. They will carry out reading and listening tasks and write texts within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures studied. The module will be largely course book based, supplemented by on-line materials including for example on-line news reports, blogs and magazine websites.

  • German Route C - 6a

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis w ill continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online news papers, magazines, websites chosen specifically to illustrate contemporary issues in the German-speaking world. Students w ill be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points w ill be analysed through the study of texts.

  • German Route C - 6b

    Credits: 15

    Emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the student’s linguistic ability primarily through the study of selected themes taken from online newspapers, magazines, websites chosen specifically to illustrate contemporary issues in the German speaking world. Students will be expected to research their own materials and present them in discussions, analysing them and reflecting upon them. Complex and more subtle grammatical points will be analysed through the study of texts.

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1155 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,350 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1420 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,950 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2017

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201720/05/2018Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201720/05/2018Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201720/05/2018Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201720/05/2018Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)