Computer Systems Management Top-up Course to BSc
This course is designed for those interested in understanding, managing and designing IT systems needed by modern organisations.
6 reasons to study here
- Knowledge building: Builds on the technical knowledge of HND experience and develops the academic research skills required for a full BSc with Honours degree qualification.
- Business ready: Combine system-development skills with business-orientated knowledge.
- Professional skills: Opportunity to prepare for professional certifications (such as Microsoft MCP and IT industry framework ITIL) alongside academic award.
- Latest tech: Gain experience of the latest technologies including virtual computing and cloud based systems.
- Sophisticated software: Gain a wealth of experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming and simulation packages.
- Innovative research: No. 1 London Modern Uni for Research Quality - Computing, Sunday Times League Table 2017.
This degree course covers...
We offer a balanced programme combining business-orientated and management topics with more technical units. You'll learn how to use computer hardware in physical and virtual architectures, configure and manage both servers and clients, and configure and manage wired and wireless networks. This course covers:
- business and professional issues
- mathematical analysis
- software development
- user-centred design
- operating systems
Taught modules (September - May)
- Research & Professional Practice
This module will provide you with the necessary methodological, analytical and development skills needed to design, implement, and analyse a piece of independent research or development piece of work in the form of a consultancy tender, reflection, etc. at an undergraduate level in the field of Informatics. The module will focus on general issues you're likely to adopt for your research project such as: the Research and Development life cycle; collecting and analysing primary and secondary sources of knowledge; elementary consultancy skills, ethics and managing your time effectively and presenting your findings in a coherent manner. The module will focus on specific issues related to your chosen pathway by providing specific pathway tutorial groups where you'll explore, in greater depth, those issues most likely to be relevant for your chosen pathway. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- IT Infrastructure and Management
This module address the range of topics required to plan, implement and manage computer networks of the type used in a wide range of business environments. Emphasis is given to those methods and skills required to deal with systems containing clients, servers and networking devices as effectively and efficiently as possible. This module will give due prominence to current techniques such as multimedia networking and virtualisation, together with foundation topics such as TCP/IP and file/print serving. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- IT Systems Administration
This module will cover the range of organisational and technical procedures required to effectively manage modern computer systems within a typical business environment. Emphasis will be given to planning and design, rather than reactive problem-solving. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- Network Configuration and Management
This module examines the theory and practice of networking with emphasis on the issues that relate to the design and provision of the most appropriate network technologies for modern business organisations. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- IS Project Management
As you come towards the end of your honours degree, this module takes a broad and reflective view of the profession in a holistic and critical manner. It considers matters of professional and ethical relevance, and particularly considers issues that are of contemporary significance to the subject area. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
Plus one optional module from:
- Social & Collaborative Computing
This module looks at all aspects of social networking that are currently used for both business and pleasure. It also examines collaborative software and how it can be used to best effect. The module provides a thorough understanding of user activity in these areas, how users can be supported and managed and how the various systems can be used to their best effect. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- Web Services, Security & Management
This module covers the practical issues of both hosting and managing web sites, including security and server configuration. It also covers the various approaches used to implement the web services that enable cloud computing, and the competing techniques for implementing the semantic web. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
Project module (June - September)
- Honours Informatics Project
The project contributes significantly towards the final degree. In your final year you'll spend about 2 days a week on your project. Future employers will probably ask you about your project, and use performance in the project as one of the most reliable guides to your potential. Requests for references often ask about the project. This module will allow you to demonstrate, through a practical application, the extent of theoretical knowledge gained in the first two years of study, practical skills acquired in the subsequent year of industrial or commercial training and further theoretical and practical skills acquired during the final year of study. The project is therefore a very important piece of work. The project is intended to demonstrate to the examiners your ability to undertake and complete, to a satisfactory standard, all the parts of a professional piece of work. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through the emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching and you will develop techniques and skills relevant to systems administration and network management.
Skills for work
Our degrees in this area equip working professional who require a combination of computing and management capabilities, especially in the world of business and commerce.
What you can expect from your career
While technical skills are needed for many roles, you often need strong teamwork, problem solving and communication skills as well.
Working in IT is a constant learning process and, in order to be successful, you will need to keep on top of industry developments and teach yourself new skills all the time. There's a definite advantage to being based in London or the South East, where 39% of IT and Telecoms professionals are located. (National Careers Service) IT consultants work with clients to advise them how best to use information technology to either meet certain objectives, or overcome problems. The average annual salary for an IT consultant is around £43,000. (Prospects)
Web developers work with clients to design, build and maintain websites and website applications. Starting salaries for junior roles are between £19,000- £22,000, although with experience this can rise to £35,000. (National Careers Service)
System analysts design new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Junior analysts typically have salaries around £25,000, but more experienced analysts earn up to £40,000. (Prospects)
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
A key feature of the course is the ability to gain experience in using industry-standard equipment, systems software and simulation packages. You'll undertake the installation, configuration and management of a range of operating systems and carry out assignments in network configuration and management. You'll also have the opportunity to gain professional certifications (such as Microsoft MCP) alongside your academic award.
Teaching and learning
HND in an appropriate subject
- HND in relevant subject with at least 3 merits in HND 2 plus other on merit
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