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BSc (Hons) Computer Information Systems

BSc (Hons) Computer Information Systems

BSc (Hons) 3 - 4 years School Of Computer Science Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation 300 Points G500 BSc (Hons) 3 - 4 years School Of Computer Science Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation 300 points G500

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Accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society and the Institution of Analysts and Programmers.

BSc (Hons) Computer Information Systems aims to provide students with an education and learning experience that will equip them to operate on graduation as autonomous computing professionals. The course aims to instil knowledge and to develop critical and intellectual abilities applicable to problem solving and solution specifying in technologically and socially diverse environments.

The curriculum takes as its objectives the study of information, systems, people and technology: a collection of foci which pervade the curriculum, providing developmental strands that offer continuity of learning experience through all levels of study.

BSc (Hons) Computer Information Systems is distinctive in that it addresses an emerging gap between the design and implementation of information systems and the management, support and integration of such systems into business activity.

The juxtaposition in the curriculum of theoretical and applied emphases seeks to develop practitioners who are able to make real contributions within a systems development context. Much text on Information Systems relates to what ought to happen rather than what often does happen in organisations. Technology is often portrayed as a panacea which will 'fix' all business related problems. However, the number of unsuccessful IT projects clearly demonstrates that this is not the case.

BSc (Hons) Computer Information Systems distinguishes itself by contrasting 'popular theory' with 'real theory'. It takes a critical perspective on theory in practice and provides frameworks to analyse business systems in terms of real potential and actual performance.

The exit profile of a graduate in this degree is someone who has a realistic perspective on issues in business and management, who also understands the capabilities of computing as a resource and can translate business needs into computing applications.

The exiting graduate will be ideally placed to follow a career as a hybrid manager of computer related information systems; they will be able to communicate in business language to business people and technological language to technologists.

Introduction

This course focuses on the application of computing technologies in a business and commercial context.

Students develop the critical skills and knowledge for a career path in CIS. Students will study analysis of business processes, development and choice of computing solutions, and the human aspects of information system development. They will develop an appreciation of how computer systems are related to business strategies.

This course equips students for a professional career in almost any organisation that uses computers in its daily activities.

Accreditations

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Analysts and Programmers.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of two A Levels (or the equivalent). In addition to the minimum of two A Levels, other qualifications such as AS Levels, the Extended Project and the ASDAN CoPE for example, will be counted towards the 300 point requirement.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English Language and Maths.

Applications are welcomed from mature students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required. We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

For international students who do not meet criteria for direct entry to this degree we offer the International Year One in Computer Science. Depending on your English language level you will study 3 or 4 terms then progress directly to the second year of this degree.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Information Systems in Practice

This module develops core Systems principles and explores the manifestation of Information Systems (IS) in practical situations. It develops an understanding about the structure and scope of IS and explores the shared characteristics which make up IS in practice. Consideration is given to the role of technologies in facilitating IS and tools and techniques are applied in the description and communication of IS. This module establishes the basis for the critical review of IS which is further developed in subsequent levels.

Maths for Computing

This module aims to equip students with mathematical knowledge and skills required to design and develop computer systems and software.

Problem Solving

Problems are a natural occurrence in an organisational context and this module introduces students to problem solving from a mixture of theoretical and practical underpinnings. The module examines the principles of abstraction, decomposition, modelling and representation as a means to frame and characterise problem scenarios, and as tools to understand potential solutions. The module concentrates on problem-solving strategies and in particular the vocabulary through which these strategies are articulated. This type of vocabulary is explored as representational device for capturing organisational behaviour and form.

Level 2

Business Processes

Information Systems are the life-blood of business activity - they enable things to happen and they can equally disable, if poorly designed. Students will learn how data, transformed into information, can make processes work more effectively and efficiently. Students will understand how the various different business processes work together to help achieve business goals.

Database Systems

In this module students will explore the fundamental concepts necessary for designing, implementing and using database systems, which require the students to develop a conceptual view of database theory and then transform it into a practical design of a database application. Alternate design principles for implementing databases for different uses, for example in Social Media or Gaming contexts are also considered.

Networks and Network Systems

In this module students will consider basic computer communications and networking with an emphasis on the Internet protocol. Internet protocol will be examined as a model for intercommunication in modern network implementations. Additionally students will explore fundamental design features of a Network Protocol and the need to implement security in the modern Internet.

Professional Practice

Professional Practice aims to develop an understanding of the basic cultural, social, legal, and ethical issues inherent in the discipline of computing; and to promote personal professionalism in the workplace.

Project Management (Computing)

This module considers Project Management, practices, techniques and methodologies. Whilst many project management skills are transferable between disciplines outside of the computing or technology arena, this module attempts to consider the important mechanisms of project management that are applicable to Computing and Technology. Industry standard Project Management Methodologies will be evaluated, appraised and contextualized by application to example Project Management scenarios. Through the application of these methodologies, the importance of the management of project components, their interaction and relation to the project life cycle will be explored.

Level 3

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to technologies, applications, and practices for the collection, integration, analysis, and presentation of business information. The purpose of the module is for students to understand the issues involved in the use of these 'tools' and how they might be applied to support insightful business decision-making.

Critical Perspectives on Project Management

Critical Perspectives on Project Management (CPPM) explores the practical issues and challenges of putting technology to work. As technology grows and becomes ever more pervasive, the size, complexity and timescales of related projects grow too. The challenges facing project managers involved in planning, coordinating, directing and implementing technology based projects on-time, to budget and operationally as expected is ever growing.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation 1

Entrepreneurship has many meanings but can be thought of as “a spirit of creative thinking and innovation that embraces an entire organisation”*. An alternative perspective is that entrepreneurs “develop innovations, create jobs, and contribute to a more vibrant national and global economy”. Some of the traits which are often attributed to the entrepreneur include: initiative, imagination, flexibility, creativity, a willingness to think conceptually, and the capacity to see change as an opportunity. This module provides the business context for activities supported by and delivered through computing technologies. Students investigate the drivers for modern Electronic Business and consider enterprise applications from a business viewpoint. Students will explore the process of taking a technologically grounded idea and develop a business case to the point where profitability begins at breakeven point. The Entrepreneurial perspective considers business development as a holistic process, students will engage with this notion throughout the module. The module will also draw upon examples and themes from Social Computing which is rapidly growing in importance.

*http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/cuttingedge/entrepreneurshi_matl/02_entrep.html

Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2

This module builds on the principles of Entrepreneurship & Innovation I and applies formal methods and approaches in the exploration of specific areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. The module will also investigate the application of social computing principles, game theory and cooperation analysis in the development of an entrepreneurial idea.

Special Features & Research Highlights

The BSc (Hons) Computer Information Systems degree is optionally available in a sandwich mode variant. If students choose to take the sandwich mode degree, they will take a year out in industry between Levels Two and Three, gaining invaluable industrial experience.

Sandwich students, in general, tend to do well in the final year, and may find they have enhanced job prospects.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. [http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/]

Career Opportunities

Graduates have the skills to operate within many areas of an organisation including as a systems programmer, systems analyst, software engineer, business process analyst/engineer, corporate IT specialist or computer systems project manager.

Careers Service

While you are at the University of Lincoln, you will have different services at your disposal that will help you best prepare for your future career.

The University's Careers & Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world. It advertises a range of graduate positions around the country.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/studentcareersservice/]

What's Included?

At the University of Lincoln, we provide access to excellent teaching and learning facilities, library materials, laboratories, laboratory equipment, consumables and IT equipment that you would expect to find included in your tuition fee.

In addition, we cover other necessary costs associated with modules which are a compulsory part of your course. These compulsory items are included in your tuition fee.

Introduction

Disconnected information systems that lack empathy with users’ requirements can compromise successful business operations. Computer information specialists are able to ensure that information systems operate in a fully integrated way across an organisation.

This degree is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage successful integration of computer systems in business, commerce and industry, leading to increased
efficiency and higher profits for organisations.

The Computer Information Systems curriculum at Lincoln is informed by academic theory and provides a framework with which to analyse the potential and actual performance of business systems. This course addresses the gap between the clients’ requirements and the design, construction and delivery of information systems and their subsequent use and management.

The School of Computer Science has an international research reputation with expertise in autonomous systems, social computing, vision engineering and medical imaging.

Accreditations

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society and the Institution of Analysts and Programmers.

Entry Requirements

Students should have at least 300 UCAS tarrif points, and a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language.

For international students who do not meet criteria for direct entry to this degree we offer the International Year One in Computer Science. Depending on your English language level you will study three or four terms then progress directly to the second year of this degree.

Level 1

Computer Systems

This module introduces students to computer hardware, the history of computing, data representation and manipulation at the byte level, basic machine instructions, the operation of the fetch-execute cycle, the characteristics of main and cache memory, I/O control and the inner working of disk storage. This module also presents the more popular hardware architectures and provides a basic introduction to microcontrollers.

Data Structures

The module provides students with an introduction to the techniques for representing data, and fundamental data structures. No particular programming language is adopted to support the module; exemplars are given using a range of common languages to further the broad application of the principles discussed.

Information Systems

In this module students will raise their awareness of the nature, purpose and structure of organisations in their many forms. Students will explore the composition of organisations and how they operate to yield purpose. Systems tools and methodologies are investigated as a way of understanding organisational structure and dynamics. Problems are a natural occurrence in this context and students will be introduced to problem-solving, examining the notion of abstraction, decomposition, modelling and representation as a means to frame and understand problems and solutions.

Information Systems in Practice

This module builds on the previous Information Systems core module and explores the manifestation of Information Systems (IS) in practical situations. It develops an understanding about the structure and scope of IS and explores the shared characteristics which make up IS in practice. Consideration is given to the role of technologies in facilitating IS and tools and techniques are applied in the description and communication of IS. This module establishes the basis for the critical review of IS which is further developed in subsequent levels.

Introduction to Web Technologies

This module provides students with an introduction to the development and application of web technologies from first principles. Students will learn key concepts in mark-up languages, and will develop and implement a simple interactive website incorporating simple server-side functionality. The module adopts a standards-driven approach, requiring students to clearly discriminate between content, structure and presentational elements in web design. Issues of quality, standards, usability and accessibility are discussed.

Problem Solving

Problems are a natural occurrence in an organisational context and this module introduces students to problem solving from a mixture of theoretical and practical underpinnings. The module examines the principles of abstraction, decomposition, modelling and representation as a means to frame and characterise problem scenarios, and as tools to understand potential solutions. The module concentrates on problem-solving strategies and in particular the vocabulary through which these strategies are articulated. This type of vocabulary is explored as representational device for capturing organisational behaviour and form.

Software Development

Students will learn the concepts and practice of simple computer programming, and also cover quality and testing issues. Following on from this fundamental base, students will extend their knowledge of computer programming, enabling them to create systems, consisting of multiple classes and objects. Fundamental principles of discrete mathematics are also explored and developed.

Level 2

Business Processes

Information Systems are the life-blood of business activity - they enable things to happen and they can equally disable, if poorly designed. Students will learn how data, transformed into information, can make processes work more effectively and efficiently. Students will understand how the various different business processes work together to help achieve business goals.

Database Systems

In this module students will explore issues in the design, implementation and use of database technologies, which require students to develop a conceptual view of database theory and then transform it into practical implementation of a database application.

Group Project

Working in a team of people on a single project which lasts for both semesters of the year, students will tackle a significant problem. It will be up to the members of the group to design, specify, and implement a significant artefact which is directly relevant to their course. Students will apply skills and knowledge drawn from all aspects of the course, and subsequently find this a challenging and rewarding experience.

Human-Computer Interaction

In this module students will form an appreciation of the importance of human factors and user-centred approaches in the development of technological systems (analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of technological systems). Students will be introduced to the physiological, psychological and cognitive issues relevant to human computer interaction and user-interface design.

Networks and Network Systems

In this module students will consider basic computer communications and networking with an emphasis on the Internet protocol. Internet protocol will be examined as a model for intercommunication in modern network implementations. Additionally students will explore fundamental design features of a Network Protocol and the need to implement security in the modern Internet.

Project Management (Computing)

This module considers Project Management, practices, techniques and methodologies. Whilst many project management skills are transferable between disciplines outside of the computing or technology arena, this module attempts to consider the important mechanisms of project management that are applicable to Computing and Technology. Industry standard Project Management Methodologies will be evaluated, appraised and contextualised by application to example Project Management scenarios. Through the application of these methodologies, the importance of the management of project components, their interaction and relation to the project life cycle will be explored.

Level 3

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to technologies, applications, and practices for the collection, integration, analysis, and presentation of business information. The purpose of the module is for students to understand the issues involved in the use of these 'tools' and how they might be applied to support better business decision-making.

Computer Vision and Robotics (Option)

This module aims to provide students with a broad introduction to the closely related fields of Computer Vision and Robotics, culminating in a practical understanding of how to apply and combine techniques from these fields in intelligent systems such as robots. The first part of the module concentrates on interpretation of digital images by computers, providing an understanding of the range of processing components involved from pixel-level to pattern recognition. The latter part of the module concentrates on applied Artificial Intelligence techniques from the field of Mobile Robotics, providing an understanding of the range of processing components required to build physically embodied robotic systems, from basic control architectures to human-robot interaction.

Professional Practice (Computer Science)

The module aims to develop an understanding of the basic cultural, social, legal and ethical issues inherent in the discipline of computing, and to promote personal professionalism in the workplace. It also allows students to develop essential skills in CV writing applying for jobs and presenting themselves at interview.

Project (Computer Science)

This module provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work independently on an in-depth project with an implementation element that builds on their established knowledge, understanding and skills. Students will normally be expected to demonstrate their ability to apply practical and analytical skills, innovation and/or creativity, and to be able to synthesise information, ideas and practices to provide a problem solution. Self-management is a key concept here, as is the ability to engage in critical self-evaluation.

Project Preparation (Computer Science)

This module provides students with the skills necessary to conduct an independent study project. The output of this module will form the foundation for the Project module. At the conclusion of this project students should have formed a clear understanding of the aims and objectives of their final level project.

Social Applications Development (Option)

This module explores the issues that emerge when developing systems with separate components distributed across multiple computing and operating platforms. The module will focus on the development and usage of applications on mobile platforms and, in particular, smart-phones. This will include an analysis of the technological capabilities of these devices, how mobile systems and devices differ from conventional ones, and how these differences must be taken into account during the design process. The module aims to give a solid grounding in developing networked applications using C# and Java, and an appreciation of contemporary issues facing internet applications developers, including the development of devices and applications for pervasive and ubiquitous computing scenarios.

Software Engineering (Option)

The module covers advanced topics of software engineering. In the first semester students will concentrate on the analysis and improvement of software processes. In the second semester, focus will be on the analysis and improvement of software products. indicative topics include Software Evolution, Software Reuse, the Agile Paradigm and the use of Empirical Studies in Software Engineering research, Software Architectures, Design Patterns, Refactoring and Software as a Service.

Special Features & Research Highlights

Placement Year

The BSc (Hons) Computer Information Systems degree is optionally available in a sandwich mode variant. If students choose to take the sandwich mode degree, they will take a year out in industry between Levels Two and Three, gaining invaluable industrial experience.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Some graduates choose to gain industry experience and apply the skills they have learnt during their studies through initiatives such as the government-run Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme. Successful graduates have worked in industry on projects, such as the development of a companywide intranet system, during which they completed a Master’s by Research. Companies who have participated in this include Interflora and Branston plc.

Innovative Research

Research into medical imaging by Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering, Nigel Allinson MBE, has been awarded a £1.6 million grant by the Wellcome Trust.

Placements

You may decide to undertake an industry placement between your second and third years. A placement year offers the opportunity to be academically supported while you apply your expertise to the workplace and gain valuable professional experience.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. [http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/]

Career Opportunities

Employers recognise the immense value that Computer Information Systems graduates can bring to their business: improving efficiency and productivity by aligning or integrating computer systems, saving money and progressing business objectives. Lincoln graduates go on to work as systems programmers, systems analysts, software engineers, business process analysts, corporate IT specialists and computer systems project managers.

Careers Service

While you are at the University of Lincoln, you will have different services at your disposal that will help you best prepare for your future career.

The University's Careers & Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world. It advertises a range of graduate positions around the country.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/studentcareersservice/]

What's Included?

At the University of Lincoln, we provide access to excellent teaching and learning facilities, library materials, laboratories, laboratory equipment, consumables and IT equipment that you would expect to find included in your tuition fee.

In addition, we cover other necessary costs associated with modules which are a compulsory part of your course. These compulsory items are included in your tuition fee.

Fees

2014 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £13,648 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point £114 per credit point
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2015 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,522 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point £121 per credit point
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

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