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BSc Honours Business Information Systems

BSc Honours Business Information Systems

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
Full time
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A Business Information Systems degree is a basis for a wide range of business and computer-based careers including organisational management, Systems Architects, Chief Information Officer, and Enterprise Architects. You will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech lab and have access to specialist equipment.

Special Features:

  • Multidisciplinary course.
  • Programme provides a holistic approach to information systems and business computing.
  • Suitable for students who do not have an affinity for programming.
  • Students develop project management skills related to information systems and technology projects, and have an opportunity to implement these skills in their final year project.
  • Graduates become key players in managing information, technology and people.
  • Career coaching and support available through the Careers and Employability Service.
  • Option to transfer to London campus.

    Why Study BSc Honours Business Information Systems

    The field of business information systems is a multi-faceted one with exciting job prospects. By choosing our course, you will gain an understanding of how organisations can use information systems to support their strategic, tactical and operational activities.


    Course Fees : AED 150,000

    The content is structured in ways that map explicitly on to modern technology. Core modules such as Business Information Systems in Practice, Database Design, and Decision Support Systems are thoroughly covered in this course. You will develop a foundational understanding of how information systems occur in organisations and learn how organisational and information systems design relate to a wide range of businesses.


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    • Year 1

      • Introduction to Business and Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aims to equip students, as prospective information systems professionals, with an understanding of how modern organisations and businesses function in a global environment. Students will gain an understanding of the major business processes that occur within organisations, and how these are supported by information systems and technologies. The module presents key models and concepts of management, organisations and business, which students will apply to current case studies and scenarios. Students will gain an understanding of the potential benefits of aligning organisational goals with information systems, as well as a critical awareness of the challenges, risks and issues involved.
      • Information in Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        To be able to differentiate between data, information and knowledge in an organisation. To investigate efficient ways of storing, preserving, searching, retrieving and displaying information in an organisation. To visualise and conceptualise information in organisations through knowledge of modelling techniques. To design and implement a database system, and to utilise a mark-up language, to reflect the information in an organisation. To be proficient in SQL in an Oracle 11g environment in particular be able to complete the Oracle Database 11g SQL Fundamentals exam necessary to pass Oracle Database PL/SQL Certified Associate ODCA .
      • Information Systems Foundations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module provides students with an understanding of the different types of information systems that underpin the global business environment, and their respective capabilities and functions. Students will appreciate the value of aligning these information systems with business needs at strategic and operational levels. Through practical tasks and assignments, students will also gain an understanding of data and process modelling, and system development methodologies. The module aims to give students the knowledge and skills to develop and manage information systems effectively, in order to support business processes, improve management decision-making and gain competitive advantage.
      • Business Information Systems in Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aligns the theoretical underpinnings of Business Information Systems to the practical elements of the systems development lifecycle. It exposes students to the multi-disciplinary nature of business information systems by creating an awareness and understanding of the various issues relating to the development and deployment of those systems. Students will actively participate in the various stages of the systems development lifecycle, and engage in activities associated with the various professional roles in business information systems in an organisational context.
    • Year 2

      • Information Systems Research (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module provides a foundation for the final year project by developing a range of research skills. You will learn how, and when, to use quantitative and qualitative techniques to investigate different research questions. You will practice and apply these techniques by producing research questions, conducting literature reviews, data collection, analysis and interpretation, including the use of specialist computer packages. You will be expected to present the results in a report. You will be given the opportunity to appreciate the importance of ethical, legal, organisational and environmental issues while conducting business research. In addition, you will practice how to apply skills needed to work successfully as a member of a project team.
      • IS Analysis and Design (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aims to provide a firm grounding in business systems analysis and design using the Unified Modelling Language UML to model information systems, and the Unified Process a disciplined approach to assigning and managing tasks and responsibilities in a development environment . On satisfactory completion of the module, students will have an understanding of information systems modelling and associated development lifecycle issues, and the skills to apply these techniques to real-life scenarios.
      • Decision Support Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the decision-making process in business contexts, and an appreciation of how Decision Support Systems DSS may help in solving business problems. The module covers a range of technologies used in DSS and how these can be applied to solve semi-structured problems. The module will enable students to develop skills in building basic tools that can be used in a DSS.
      • Database Design (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        This module focuses on deepening students understanding of database design and implementation, and the efficient use of facilities provided by a modern Database Management System. While the module emphasises the design of business systems using the relational model, other conceptual models, including object-oriented and object-relational, are also introduced. Both theoretical and practical topics relating to database modelling and use are covered, including technologies and tools for rendering databases for backend and frontend data processing purposes. This will enable students to construct dynamic web-based data queries which access back-end databases.
    • Year 3

      • IS Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
        The primary aims of the module are to consolidate and deepen the student s knowledge and skills gained from other parts of the programme, and to provide a tangible demonstration of the student s scholarship and ability work in a sustained, systematic and professional manner.
      • Systems Development Methodologies (30 Credits) - Optional
        This module aims to critically examine methodologies, techniques and tools associated with information systems development, focussing on the analysis of context, issues and real-world problems. The module explores the criteria involved in selecting and implementing suitable approaches for development projects, from traditional to current approaches, such as Agile methods. There are a number of case studies throughout the module where students will apply advanced modelling techniques and CASE tools. This module is designed to build on previous development method work at level 5.
      • Strategic Management and IS (30 Credits) - Optional
        This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the peripheral issues that impact on information development and management including consensus, strategic alignment and change management. The module provides students with an understanding of the framework within which information assets are used to enhance organisational decision making. It also enables students to distinguish between information and knowledge at the organisational level, and to understand the importance of protecting information assets especially within the outsourcing scenario.
      • Open Source Software (30 Credits) - Optional
        Open Source is everywhere these days from your smartphone to the big servers running the Internet. In this module, we will look at the concepts behind Open Source and Open Standards their history, the development model and the issues involved. You will also participate in an existing Open Source project.
      • Innovation and Technology Management (30 Credits) - Optional
        This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the role of innovation and management of technological expansion in information sciences. The module will provide students with an understanding of the use of technical, organisational, standardisation and user knowledge as a catalyst for innovation. It will also enable students to evaluate technical innovation with respect to societal changes.
      • Healthcare Business Informatics (30 Credits) - Optional
        Healthcare Business Informatics is a discipline that brings together the expertise of three different fields: Business, Computer Science, and Information Technology. The ultimate aim of healthcare systems is to efficiently manage health information. This includes the effective collection, storage and retrieval of health data. The module address several issues of healthcare systems, including ethics, systems design, data collection and analysis, methods of evaluating HI systems, management of HI systems, HCI issues and visualization of HI systems information. The module provides student with the opportunity to not only implement several key algorithms used in HI systems, but also to create a prototype Aware Home Environment.
      • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence (30 Credits) - Optional
        This module aims to develop an understanding of the techniques and approaches used to develop and deploy a data warehouse for purposes of business intelligence. The module will examine data quality and data transformation methods and practices. Intelligent data mining theories and methods that aid knowledge discovery are introduced. You will also learn about information retrieval, data presentation and pattern recognition techniques that are used in business intelligence applications.
      • Social, Professional and Ethical Issues in Information Systems (30 Credits) - Optional
        With the growing use of information systems in all areas of life it is increasingly important for today s graduates who are tomorrow s professionals - to understand and appreciate the ethical implications and social impact of current technologies, to have a working knowledge of the legislation that applies in this area, and to apply their expertise in a professional way. This module encourages students to develop an awareness of their role in the implementation of new technologies, and the knowledge and skills necessary for a professional approach. The module takes an ethical perspective to computer technology, focussing on UK legislation and standards as they relate to IS practice in various different domains. The module will also include considerations for design, and the responsibilities and requirements of the IT profession for example, as identified in the British Computer Society Code of Conduct. - Promote equal access to the benefits of IS by all groups in society - Have regard for the legitimate rights of third parties - Promote public understanding of IS - its benefits and pitfalls - Have knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, regulations and standards

    Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

    You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

    Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

    Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

    We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

    • Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
    • Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% overall
    • British A-Levels: minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of C,C,C (three subjects) or with A*B, A A (two subjects)
    • International Baccalaureate: completion of IB diploma with good grades

    GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required.

    • UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)***  or equivalent programmes
    • Pakistani National Curriculum: completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    • Iranian Pre-University Certificate: minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    • Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    • National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    • West African GCE: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
    • BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme 

    Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes 

    ***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels). 

    This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

    This course opens the door to a varied career in the business information system industry. You will learn how a modern enterprise operates and how information systems are integral to its success. Recent graduates have progressed onto further studies or secured jobs with global companies in roles such as: Business Analyst; Database Developer/Administrator; IT Support Engineer; Programme Analyst; IT Project Manager; Systems Designer/Developer; IS Manager, and Chief Information Officer (CIO).

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