BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Business Computing

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

If you enrol on any of the BSc (Hons) in Business Computing degrees, you will develop an understanding of the underlying organisational business system and processes that enable the information delivery system and users to carry out the business of the organisation effectively and efficiently. You will also learn what change can do to an organisation to enable the information systems to adapt in a timely and effective manner. Additionally, you will develop a reflective approach to project management issues arising from team based software development.

The modules on the degree cover a range of computing topics incorporating the basic properties of software artefacts, namely information, algorithms, programs, common commercial system and network architectures. System development approaches are also covered, including requirements capture, design methods, models, tools and techniques, implementing and testing systems and software maintenance. Appreciation of project management issues arising from team based software development is also a key feature of the degree. You will learn generic skills in problem solving both individually and in groups involving model building and analysis, applying both theoretical and empirical knowledge to make choices and find solutions. You will also master commonly used notations and methods to reason and communicate clearly about requirements, specifications, designs and solutions. One of the key attributes of a Business Computing graduate is the ability to research and to critically evaluate relevant topics, ideas and issues.

Programme description

If you enrol on any of the BSc (Hons) in Business Computing degrees, you will develop an understanding of the underlying organisational business system and processes that enable the information delivery system and users to carry out the business of the organisation effectively and efficiently. You will also learn what change can do to an organisation to enable the information systems to adapt in a timely and effective manner. Additionally, you will develop a reflective approach to project management issues arising from team based software development.

The modules on the degree cover a range of computing topics incorporating the basic properties of software artefacts, namely information, algorithms, programs, common commercial system and network architectures. System development approaches are also covered, including requirements capture, design methods, models, tools and techniques, implementing and testing systems and software maintenance. Appreciation of project management issues arising from team based software development is also a key feature of the degree. You will learn generic skills in problem solving both individually and in groups involving model building and analysis, applying both theoretical and empirical knowledge to make choices and find solutions. You will also master commonly used notations and methods to reason and communicate clearly about requirements, specifications, designs and solutions. One of the key attributes of a Business Computing graduate is the ability to research and to critically evaluate relevant topics, ideas and issues.

Key Modules

Our graduates have a wide range of careers open to them. The industry’s major companies all have openings for well-qualified personnel. Students with ‘sandwich’ experience are particularly in demand for the better graduate appointments.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for well-known companies and organisations including:

  • Accenture
  • Anderson Consulting
  • Barclays
  • British Airways
  • British Telecom
  • Compaq
  • Demon
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Logica
  • The Meteorological Office
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • O2
  • Oracle
  • Orange
  • Toshiba.

As a good honours graduate you may also be able to study for a higher degree in one of our research areas – such as information systems/machine interface, simulation modelling and software engineering.

Module & Subject

Level 1

Our Level 1 course meets the needs of students joining us from a wide variety of backgrounds and with diverse computing experience. These classes build a firm foundation for the rest of your degree by introducing you to the style and ethos of both the School and the computing profession.

By the end of Level 1, you’ll have covered the fundamental concepts of computer science and the computer-based systems necessary in business.

Typical Level 1 modules

  • Software Design
  • Software Design Implementation Event 
  • Data and Information 
  • Level 1 Group Project
  • Introductory Programming 
  • Information Systems and Organisations 
  • Logic and Computation 

Level 2

You’ll further specialise in Business Computing including systems analysis and design. You’ll also explore human and organisational aspects of computer-based systems, as well as the changes in processes and technology that organisations must make if they’re to get the best from their information.

Typical Level 2 modules

  • Level 2 Group Project 
  • Software Development and Management 
  • Usability Engineering 
  • Business Analysis and Process Modelling 
  • ICTs in Society 

Level 3

In this final year, you’ll study options to broaden your understanding of computing. You’ll begin to address research-level issues in the area of computing for business.

Typical Level 3 modules

  • Business Computing Project 
  • Advanced Topics in Buisiness Computing 

Optional modules:

  • eBusiness 
  • Human Computer Interaction 
  • Social Media 
  • Software Project Management 
  • Cybersecurity 

Final year project

This is a substantial individual project for which you research a business computing topic in depth. If you’re on a sandwich course it’s quite likely that this project will be of interest to future employers. This is assessed and is worth a third of your Level 3 marks.

Examples of past projects have included:

  • Security issues in the development of electronic cash
  • Contingency planning for healthcare information systems
  • Interface design for a social networking intranet site
  • Increasing consumer trust in eCommerce and issues in enterprise systems implementation.

Level 3 Example Options

Your choice of options will be determined by whether you follow the general Business Computing course or whether you choose to include a specialist option.

For example, if you choose the general Business Computing course, you can choose three options from the following:

  • eBusiness
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Social Media
  • Software Project Management
  • Cybersecurity.

If you choose Business Computing with a specialism, such as Business Computing (eBusiness), the specialist module will make up one of your options, and you can choose two others from the list above.

We revise the options available each year to reflect the range of specialist interests among our staff, and industry trends.

Entry Requirements
  • GPA 5.0 or 80%

    75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  16200.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER