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Information Technology BSc (Hons)

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Overview

The future is technology

Interested in computer-based systems? This course will give you the skills and understanding you need to apply for jobs where you analyse, design and implement them. If you choose to do the full BSc (Hons), you’ll have the chance to spend a year in industry, honing your transferable skills. It’s an invaluable opportunity to apply the knowledge you acquire in the lab and lecture halls to the development of real-world systems.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why study Information Technology at LSBU?

We’re professionally recognised for full exemption from British Computer Society examinations.
Choose specialist modules to suit career aspirations.
Specialist labs and industry-standard software mean you get the practical digital skills that employers value.
Work experience: You'll have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year.

Top 10 in UK for career prospects in Computer Science and Information Systems (Guardian 2019).

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Stories

Modules

After a solid grounding in the fundamental principles we start to specialise – and you’re in control. By the second year you have a choice of modules, allowing you to pursue your own particular interests. Your third year placement gives you the chance to further hone your skills by developing of real-world systems in professional environments.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 76% coursework

Year 1

  • Business & Professional Issues
    As a new entrant to the university, this module prepares you for developing an understanding of - and skills for - academic study and the world of work, and the professional and personal skills you 'll need. You'll be introduced to all aspects of university study and being an IT professional, allowing your ideas to be explored and developed throughout your time at LSBU and beyond. The topics studied will be used to develop the skills that both a graduate and an IT professional will require, and will give you ample opportunities to develop your intellectual skills as well as your practical ones. In addition to these topics on professionalism, the module will introduce you to a range of topics relating to computer-based information systems, e-business and how business organisations work. The module is largely based on some existing model syllabi as devised by professional bodies such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), but this has been adapted for the particular needs of LSBU’s new entrants. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Mathematical Analysis for Informatics
    Programmes within the informatics domain will have an emphasis on the business and managerial functions of organisations. This module will introduce you to the logical and discrete mathematical structures and models, which are commonly used in the broad field of Informatics and which underpin any study of a branch of this discipline. The module will emphasise the formulation of problems into mathematical forms, the interpretation of solutions and the identification of problem characteristics to help suggest modelling approaches. Provisions will be made (typically one hour per week) to allow us to bring you, if necessary, to a level of confidence and expertise in those areas of essential basic mathematics that should have been covered at earlier levels. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Media, Computers and Networks
    The module will provide you with a first course in systems theory and the analysis of requirements from a socio-technical perspective. The module will explore the modelling of both hard and soft requirements from human, data and process centred perspectives. You'll study requirements analysis as the expression of the business rules of an organisation. Elements of organisational theory and organisational behaviour, with particular reference to technology and culture, will be introduced alongside systems architectures, the systems development life cycle and aspects of change management. Unified Modeling Language will be used throughout. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Socio-Technical Analysis of Requirements
    The module will provide you with a first course in systems theory and the analysis of requirements from a socio-technical perspective. The module explores the modelling of both hard and soft requirements from human, data and process centred perspectives. You will study requirements analysis as the expression of the business rules of an organisation.  Elements of organisational theory, organisational behaviour with particular reference to technology and culture are introduced alongside systems architectures, the systems development life cycle and aspects of change management. UML is used throughout.
  • Software Development 1
    This module will introduce you to developing small business systems using PC based applications. In this module you'll learn how to build integrated systems that meet business users’ requirements. The bottom-up approach adopted by the module will enable you to explore and learn how to use the various tools that these applications provide for building and integrating systems. You'll consider the need for and use of programming languages, and the requirement to adhere to a professional approach when developing software systems. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Software Development 2
    This module will help you to develop a vocabulary and acquire some simple programming skills using a programming language. It does this by having you develop your own system over the course of the module, supported by the exercises and examples provided in parallel. This experience will include developing familiarity with Objects and Classes, gaining experience in simple Graphical User Interfaces, and looking at good development principles and the kind of support an Integrated Development Environment will provide: all important aspects of the application development process in whatever environment or programming language you may use in the future. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • Database Systems
    The database is now the underlying framework of the information system, and it has fundamentally changed the way companies, organisations and individuals work. This module will cover the fundamentals of the database field. The subject of the database field is concerned with how to use computers to store and manage data, usually large quantities of data. This is, first and foremost, an introductory module to database management systems. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • 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.
  • User-Centred Design
    This module provides the practical tools and techniques required to design, develop and evaluate effective interactive systems in an ever-changing digital age. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • System Design Techniques
    This module explores the techniques for systems analysis and design, divided mainly into four areas: traditional methodologies, agile methodologies, systems thinking methodologies and professionally recognised project management techniques. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Developing Web Applications
    In this module you'll learn about the technologies used to build the distributed applications by which digital business is conducted. You'll learn how dynamic client interfaces to applications held on remote servers are built and how dynamic processes on servers use databases and other files to both provide and interact with those client interfaces. As well as experimenting with the fundamental mechanisms involved, you'll explore how these are used in a range of complex real world business applications. 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.
  • Introduction to Data Science
    This module is the first specialty module for the Business Intelligence pathway. The module provides a comprehensive overview of business intelligence and introduces the concepts, framework, architecture, main components, tools and platforms of business intelligence. The focus of the practical aspect of this module is business intelligence reporting. You'll gain hands-on experience of implementing a desktop-based dashboard system for business intelligence reporting using Tableau® Desktop and SAS® Enterprise Guide. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Management Concepts & Evaluation Techniques
    The module will introduce you to aspects of organisational behaviour that need to be taken into account when designing, developing, implementing and maintaining IT systems. It will provide an introduction to organisational structure and culture, managerial roles and information requirements, management and strategy, technological innovation, change management, ethics and the law. The module will also foster your ability to make information system and information technology decisions from a management perspective, evaluating IT value and return on investments. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Systematic Software Development
    This module will deepen your understanding of software development processes and their associated products. You'll learn how to develop software systematically from initial requirements through to acceptance testing, and how to achieve high quality in terms of reliability, robustness and maintainability. You'll enhance your programming skills and develop new skills in the areas of program design utilising patterns, user interface design and implementation, and rigorous testing. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
  • Managing Technological Innovation
    The history of technological innovation has been nothing short of remarkable, affecting our lives, the effectiveness of organisations, the profitability of industries, the well-being of societies and the prosperity of nations. Understanding the processes that underpin technological innovation is therefore crucial, whether you're a user or producer of technological innovation. And if you're involved in managing innovation processes, an understanding of the overall process of innovation and its variations is a core professional competence. This course examines innovation from a management perspective, enabling you to improve how you contribute to the process and management of technological innovation. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

    Year 3

    • Optional placement year
      The placement gives you the opportunity to spend a year in the workplace, honing your transferable skills and proving your academic learning in the development of real world systems. The assessment of the placement is designed to support and accredit the experience by formalising personal development outcomes, and by contextualising prior learning. Regular online contact with tutors, peer contact and placement support will be maintained throughout the year. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 

    Year 4

    • 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.
    • 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 three optional modules from:

    • Distributed Computer Systems
      Not only the business we are doing, but also our everyday lives depend increasingly on distributed systems linking computers and other devices, from mobile phones to ambient systems, together in a seamless and transparent way. The components of such systems are usually geographically distributed. This module develops the concept of message-passing concurrency and provides a comprehensive source of material on the principles and practice of distributed computer systems. 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.
    • Digital Content Management
      Modern websites are interactive applications rather than repositories of information, and sophisticated features are taken for granted by both users and owners of the sites. Most organisations have large amounts of digital content, whether of the nature of static information, dynamic news or digital assets which are products in themselves. To handle the required level of complexity and interactive sophistication this demands, powerful Content Management Systems have been developed. This module will explore what these systems are, what they do and why they are necessary. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
    • Principles of Data Mining
      This module provides a broad introduction to the basic theory, concepts, and techniques of data mining, and its role in business intelligence. It will cover the main topics in the area. The focus of the practical aspect of this module is business analytics. SAS® Enterprise Miner and SAS® Enterprise Guide will be taught and used throughout in order for you to develop practical skills in solving real world data mining problems. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
    • 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.
    • Strategic IT Management
      This module will introduce you to the concepts involved in strategic management of information technology. It's designed to address the considerable managerial problems that exist for managers seeking to ensure the effective and efficient utilisation of information technology to aid business performance in contemporary organisations. The module will develop your ability to evaluate the impact of IT/IS on a wider global economy, and the influence of IT/IS in modern corporate enterprises. You'll be expected to identify the role and expectations of various stakeholders in any contemporary organisation businesses as part of the strategic IT/IS planning process. Assessment method: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
    • Information Management and Decision Support Systems
      Changes in the global business environment combined with rapid advances in ICT have transformed information into a valuable asset and a source of competitive advantage. Different tools and techniques are required to manage and make the most effective use of information. In this module you'll examine these tools and techniques to explore the role of information within organisations and look at how different systems analysis and modelling techniques (e.g. soft systems approaches) can be used to structure complex decision problems. You'll also study the softer issues associated with the management of information and the legal and ethical implications of misuse of information, compare problem structuring and modelling approaches, and explore the organisational, social and systems views that contextualise these approaches. The module is both practical and theoretical, making much use of case studies. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
    • Engineering Software
      There are situations where the software we develop must be highly reliable, for example, safety-critical applications and software designed for re-use. From studying this module you'll gain insight into some of the techniques used in the development of highly reliable software. 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.
    • Data Analytics Systems Design and Development
      This module covers the knowledge, tools and techniques necessary for the design of Business Intelligence (BI) Systems. Also the techniques and practices for building typical environments for use in a range of BI–based analytics purposes.

      Employability

      IT touches every sector, so your career opportunities are unlimited. Our graduates have excellent career prospects in IT roles spanning project management, IT management, IT systems/business analyst and information systems management.

      And there are plentiful career opportunities in technical fields such as computer operations, computer systems sales and service, programming, systems analysis, software engineering and technical authorship.

      Take a look at some potential careers, including IT consultant / data analyst, on Prospects.

      Skills for work

      We’re hands on. We take an applied approach. As well as great practical IT skills you’ll develop professional IT skills, such as: identifying the right analytical tool to meet an IT requirement and how to present IT solutions to various stakeholders. These are the skills that will get you noticed!

      Employability Service

      We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

      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.

      Placements

      Staff

      Dr Aziz Ait-Braham

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Senior Lecturer

      Aziz specialises in databases and information systems, but he has also taught other IT-related subjects. He is currently Course Director for the Department of Informatics' BSc courses.


      Prof. Ebad Banissi

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Professor

      Ebad Banissi is Professor of Informatics and Head of the Visualisation and Graphics Research Unit, and coordinator of the Doctoral Research Programme within the Department of Informatics.


      Dr Safia Barikzai

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Associate Professor

      Safia is a business IT Pathway Leader and Informatics Placement coordinator, actively looking for placement links with potential employers.


      Allan Blair

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Visiting Professor

      Allan Blair is a Visiting Professor of the Division of Computer Sciences and Informatics at London South Bank University (LSBU).


      Prof. Phillip Burrell

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Professor

      Phillip specialises in Intelligent Decision Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Case-Based Reasoning; particular interests are in knowledge representation formalisms, reasoning with uncertainty, fuzzy logic and Bayesian Inference.


      Dr Martin Bush

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Associate Professor

      Martin's specialist teaching areas include computer operating systems and internet technologies. His research specialism is novel forms of multiple-choice assessment. He is founder/director of the educational assessment company QuizSlides Ltd.


      Paul Carden

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Senior Lecturer and Outreach Lead

      Paul specialises in computer networking, managing mobile technologies and the design and development of mobile apps.


      Mike Child

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Senior Lecturer

      Mike Child is a Senior Lecturer in Informatics at London South Bank University (LSBU).


      Julie McCarthy

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Part-Time Lecturer

      Julie McCarthy has been teaching at London South Bank University for over ten years, having completing an MSc in IT at Kingston University.


      Lucia Otoyo

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Lecturer

      Lucia Otoyo is a Lecturer in Informatics and Director of QuizSlides Limited.


      Prof. Shushma Patel

      School/Division: Engineering /
      Job title: Director of Education and Student Experience

      Prof. Patel's specialist areas include Information Systems, Cognitive Informatics, Change Management, Organisational Behaviour and Qualitative Research. She chairs the Ethics Committee and joined the LSBU Board of Governors in 2012.


      Peter Rosner

      School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
      Job title: Senior Lecturer

      Peter Rosner is an experienced software engineer. His interests are in software development in Java and include user interface design, enterprise frameworks and service-oriented software and software metrics, particularly applied to Java.


      Facilities

      Teaching and learning

      Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
      Lectures, seminars and lab-based study Self-directed study
      Year 1 36% 64%
      Year 2 33% 67%
      Year 3 26% 74%

      Personal Tutoring

      As an undergraduate or MEng Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

      Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

      Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

      You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

      Entry requirements

      2018 Entry

      • A Level BCC or;
      • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
      • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits including 3 Merits in Maths and 12 Merits in ICT or;
      • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
      • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

      We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

      How to apply

      International students

      International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

      Instructions for Home/EU applicants
      Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
      Mode
      Part-time
      Duration
      6 years
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      4935
      Application method
      Mode
      Part-time
      Duration
      4 years
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      4156
      Application method
      Mode
      Sandwich
      Duration
      4 years
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      GK00
      Application method
      Mode
      Full-time
      Duration
      3 years
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      GK00
      Application method

      For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

      For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

      For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

      Accommodation

      Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

      Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

      Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

      Finance

      You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

      Fees and funding

      Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

      Part-time
      The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
      UK/EU fee: £4625International fee: £6562.5
      AOS/LSBU code: 4935Session code: 1PS00
      Total course fee:
      UK/EU £27750
      International £39375
      The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
      UK/EU fee: £6935International fee: £9843.75
      AOS/LSBU code: 4156Session code: 1PS00
      Total course fee:
      UK/EU £27740
      International £39375

      For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

      Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

      Possible fee changes

      The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

      The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

      Scholarships

      We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

      Stories

      Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

      Prepare to start

      Applicant events

      After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

      Welcome Week

      Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

       
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