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BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems

The BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems, delivered online by NCC Education and validated and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire, has been designed to prepare students for employment in the IT sector. The qualification equips students with a blend of technical IT skills and business expertise that will prepare them for a career in senior management IT roles. The qualification units are designed to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge required by employers in the IT sector.


Duration of The Programme and Intakes

The standard duration of the BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems programme is three years.
There will be two intakes every year: January and September

Modules Offered (Degree Year One – NCC Level 4 Diploma)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Skills for Computing
15 Credits
This unit helps students to develop a range of skills required to support the study of Computing from a long-term perspective; in particular, it enables students to develop skills pertaining to communication, thinking, problem-solving as well as handling and presenting data. It will also give an opportunity to gain an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning in the field of Computing.
2. Computer Networks
15 Credits
Students will gain a broad understanding of the underpinning protocols, principles and measures of computer network systems and technologies; they will also develop practical skills in terms of configuring, designing and installing computer networks.
3. Computer Systems
15 Credits
Through this unit students will be able to develop a fundamental understanding of the functioning of computer systems; they will also be able to achieve the practical skills of designing, building, configuring and maintaining computer systems.
4. Designing and Developing a Website
15 Credits
This unit facilitates the learning of the key principles and concepts for designing and developing websites; it also enables students to gain a suite of practical skills relevant to the actual designing of a website for business purposes.
5. Databases
15 Credits
This unit enables students to learn the fundamentals and concepts associated with database systems and the relational model; in addition, they will achieve the practical skills required for designing and developing a database.
6. Designing and Developing Object-Oriented Computer Programs
15 Credits
This unit provides students an opportunity to develop clear knowledge and understanding in regard to the concepts and principles behind designing object-oriented computer programs; they will also gain practical skills required for implementing, testing and maintaining object-oriented computer programs.
7. Software Development Techniques
15 Credits
This unit facilitates the development of a range of key techniques related to the development of computer software; these include software development cycles, programming language constructs, common algorithms, test strategies, and software modularisation.
8. Office Solutions Development
15 Credits
Through this unit students will develop an understanding of how application software can support business processes; they will also achieve practical skills in relation to designing and implementing office solutions with the intention of improving business processes, particularly from the perspective of the end users.

Modules Offered (Degree Year Two – NCC Level 5 Diploma)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Professional Issues in IT
15 Credits
This unit highlights the professional issues that impact the development, deployment, maintenance and use of computer systems. It equips students with the knowledge surrounding social, ethical and legal issues applicable to the IT field and also a working understanding of software quality.
2. Network Security and Cryptography
15 Credits
This unit provides students with the underlying theory and practical skills required to secure networks and to send data safely and securely over communications networks.
3. Information Systems Analysis
15 Credits
This unit highlights the need for managers to view the role of marketing as critical to their organisation. The crucial role of marketing in contributing to the success of organisations is emphasised.
4. Dynamic Websites
15 Credits
This unit builds on existing knowledge of both databases and web design in order to build dynamic websites and also equips students with a range of skills to present content on the World Wide Web.
5. Analysis, Design and Implementation
15 Credits
This unit provides students with in-depth knowledge, skills and experience in the use of object-oriented techniques for the development of software. It develops students’ expertise in object-oriented analysis, design and coding, and the testing of systems.
6. Database Design and Development
15 Credits
This unit allows students to develop skills in the design and development of databases and database management systems, as well as investigating enterprise applications of databases.
7. Agile Development
15 Credits
This unit explores the processes, people, practices and principles of agile development systems. It prepares students for future trends in software development and reinforces their understanding of the information systems development process.
8. Computing Project
15 Credits
This unit provides students with the opportunity to utilise the skills needed to develop a computing artefact to solve a problem, which involves research, analysis, design, coding, testing and project management knowledge and expertise.

Modules Offered (Degree Year Three)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Advanced Database Management Systems
20 Credits
This module builds upon your general understanding of database systems, ensuring that you develop significant knowledge of the major topics (both theoretical and practical) relating to the development and management of modern database systems. The unit introduces current database research topics, thereby increasing your understanding of future trends and the latest developments in the field.
2. Corporate Communication Systems Management
20 Credits
This module enables you to understand the management of telecommunications and computer networks for corporate systems and the underlying technologies, including network management, communications media and services, global availability and reliability, eCommerce and internet services.
3. eBusiness
20 Credits
This module is concerned with the use of the Internet to conduct business electronically. The commercial application of the Internet has grown rapidly in recent years and the technological and business environment remains dynamic. This unit adopts a critical, strategic approach to business and to the use of the Internet.
4. Managing Information Systems
20 Credits
This module explores the theoretical underpinning of different approaches to project management, examines a range of techniques for tackling the problems of project management and develops a rigorous attitude to quality in software development.
5. Information Systems Project
20 Credits
This module aims to provide the opportunity for in-depth individual study of a specialised area of computing and information systems; to develop your ability to tackle a selected problem of significant scale and complexity and to develop the ability to present ideas in written reports.

Internships

As part of your degree studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake internships with reputed organisations in Sri Lanka. Internships are available for periods of 8 to 12 weeks during the annual summer holidays from June to September. Students who start their academic year in early October will be able to do a maximum of two internships (one per year in each of the first two years of studies) during their degree studies. However, students who start their academic year in January will be able to do a maximum of three internships (one per year in each of the three years of studies) during their degree studies.

The Gateway organisation is well-connected with the industry and we have provided internship opportunities to our students in the past at leading firms in Sri Lanka such as the Hatton National Bank. However, internships cannot be guaranteed as they are always competitive. The final decision on the selection of interns will be taken by the employers. As such, students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking and obtaining their own placement and show flexibility with their target companies. If you choose to undertake an internship you will be provided with an internship tutor. These members of staff are there to provide support and guidance if you are thinking about this option.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission for the first year Level 4 Diploma of degree studies:

  • A minimum of two Advanced Level subjects (UK/Local) along with a minimum of grades C for the subjects of Mathematics and English at OLs/IGCSEs.
  • OR
  • The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies offered by Gateway Graduate School

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission for the second year Level 5 Diploma of degree studies:

  • NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (RQF) (L4DC).
  • OR
  • A local or international qualification which is deemed to be of a similar level to the NCC Education L4DC qualification. This must be agreed with NCC Education in advance.

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission for the third year (final year) of degree studies:

  • The NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Computing (L5DC)
  • OR
  • Pearson BTEC HND in Computing
  • OR
  • Edexcel HND Computing and Systems Development (Networking)
  • OR
  • Informatics Diploma in IT and Advanced Diploma in IT
  • OR
  • Informatics International Advanced Diploma in Computing
  • OR
  • Any similar qualification approved by NCC Education and University of Central Lancashire (UClan)

Academic Progression Opportunities

The BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems programme will offer students a strong grounding in programming and systems development. You will also be able to develop your future interest for specialisation within specific fields through your final year modules such as ‘Advanced Database Management Systems’ ‘Corporate Communication Systems Management’, ‘eBusiness’, ‘Managing Information Systems’. In addition, the module ‘Computing Project’ in the final year will allow you to explore an area of your choice in-depth to produce an artefact that can form the basis for your future academic and research interests at postgraduate level.

University of Central Lancashire is a reputed university in the UK. As such, a degree qualification from University of Central Lancashire will enable you to gain admission at some of the leading universities in the UK, Australia, US, Canada, Singapore and Sri Lanka for postgraduate studies.

Career Opportunities

The flexibility of the course in allowing you to build your own pathway means that a very wide range of careers is potentially available. The career path you take will be influenced by the choices made during your studies. By choosing appropriate modules and selecting your final-year project carefully, you could open career paths in disparate fields such as systems analysis, systems development, programming, network technology, business information management and multimedia development.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the ‘extra’ practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come. Our staff utilise their extensive industry connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through guest lecture sessions, live projects, internship assignments and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. Our careers service work with prestigious local and multinational organisations with the view of guiding our students towards suitable employment destinations.

Recognition

The University of Central Lancashire which will award the BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems qualification offered at Gateway Graduate School, is an accredited public university in the UK. It is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Sri Lanka since it is listed in the International Handbook of Universities (http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/recognition-of-foreign-universities.html).

The NCC Level 4 Diploma and Level 5 Diploma in Computing is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in the UK. As such, it will enable those who have successfully completed the qualification to transfer to various universities across the world with exemptions equivalent to the degree studies.