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    BSc (Hons), Information Technology and Business Information Systems (Top-up)

    There is a need to bring together both managerial and technical teams while solving business problems. Through the Information Technology and  Business Information Systems Programme, one acquires the leadership skills to get these two sections of an organization together.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      The programme provides a tremendous opportunity for students to build on their technical and critical thinking abilities, within a technology rich environment.

      By combining the key subject areas of Information Technology (IT) and Business Information Systems, the programme presents a hybrid learning scope, highlighting how businesses embrace technology. Students will get to understand how IT systems can be used to support the activities of a wide range of organizations, keeping them both business oriented and technologically focused.

      Graduates of the programme will be equipped with professional and employable skills and attributes such as:

      • technical computing skills;
      • business-oriented knowledge and awareness;
      • the ability to communicate effectively through a range of scenarios to different stakeholders;
      • the ability to participate in and manage projects;
      • and the ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
    • Course Highlights

      • Both fields of Information Technology and Business Information Systems have grown in recent years, and their expansion is expected to continue considering technology is always in a state of flux. This Programme provides the skills to understand the current condition of the industry besides the obvious advantage of standing out in the job market with technological proficiency.
      • It is aimed at those students who have not just strong interests in information technology but who also wish to acquire knowledge on how IT can be used to innovate and generate extra value for businesses.
      • Information Technology and Business Information Systems is offered as a final year top-up programme.

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    What will you study on the BSc Information Technology and Business Information Systems (Top-up)?

    The final year is comprised of four compulsory modules. Among these, you will have the opportunity to undertake an individual project under the guidance of a supervisor with specialist knowledge of their field.

    You can find more details on the Programme's modules below.

    • Core Modules (Year 3)

      • Strategic Information Systems (Enterprise Project) (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to provide you with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable you to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes. You will  acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models).

      • Business Intelligence (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module aims to develop an understanding of the techniques and approaches used to capture, store and analyse data generated by organisations for purposes of business intelligence. In a digital age it is important for businesses to make use of data captured about its entities. You will learn about information retrieval, data presentation, pattern recognition techniques and data models that can be used in business intelligence applications. Descriptive data models can be used to gain a better understanding of overall organisation and predictive data models inform the decision making in all aspects of the business.

      • User Experience (UX) Design (30 credits) - Compulsory

        Through this module you will gain understanding of underpinning concepts and practical techniques relevant when considering humans, both in the organisation of design and design processes, and as a way of incorporating a user perspective in the design of products and services. The module also includes analysis of user experience, the characteristics of users and their tasks, and the technical, organisational and physical environment in which products or systems may operate.

      • UG Individual Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module provides you with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects your interests and aims and outcomes of your programme. It should constitute a practical problem-solving project relevant to your programme of study. The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen your understanding of material taught on your programme, to exercise professional judgement, to undertake individual research and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of your programme. It provides you with the opportunity of engaging in significant system development, the typical output of which represents the solution of a problem akin to those that you as a fledgling professional practitioner are likely to encounter in future employment. The module intends that your choice of individual project will provide you with a significant opportunity to reflect on your learning progress and to develop your learning for life-long and career development.

     

    What will you gain?

    Besides taking advantage of our state of the art campus facilities:

    • You will gain an awareness of the social, professional, legal and ethical issues involved in designing, managing and using information technologies.
    • You will also gain an understanding of the advantages of strategically aligning information systems with different organisational and business goals and operational activities.
    • You will be able to analyse and communicate users' perceptions and responses resulting from the anticipated use of an IT product or system.
    • You will understand the technical, organisational and physical environment in which IT products or systems may operate.
    • You can also look forward to scheduled  guest talks and seminars from industry experts. These aid in supporting your learning as they expose students to real-world life experiences.

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    About the MDX Mauritius Campus

    Our new campus demonstrates what can be achieved when all stakeholders share a clear vision. The concept was developed by a London architect, Graham Wilson, who also is credited for developing many of Middlesex buildings in Hendon.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and practical workshops. Lectures allow you to gain and develop knowledge in specific subjects. You can discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and practicals in smaller seminar groups usually made up of around 20 students. In workshops, you will be able to develop your skills by doing exercises, with teaching staff at hand to provide help and answer questions. In addition, you can arrange one to one sessions with your personal tutor or module coordinator. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including library support, a broad range of available software and laptops on loan throughout your course.

      During your top-up year (level 6), your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

      • 3 hours of lectures,
      • 6 hours of supervised practicals and seminars
      • A meeting with your final year project supervisor

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching, sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and examinations. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      The following information will give you an indication of how much time is allocated to teaching and independent study on your course:

      Level 6

      20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
      • Independent Learning: 1036 hours

      Overall Workload

      Your overall workload will include the activities listed above, and with each credit being completed equating to 10 hours of study time (You will complete 120 credits per level of study, which are broken down into modules of typically 30 credits). While your actual hours may depend on the optional module that you choose (if available), the following information will give you an indication of how much time is allocated to teaching and independent study on your course:

      Level 6

      20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
      • Independent Learning: 1036 hours

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer. The team includes academics, professional practitioners, and technical staff. Graduate Teaching Assistants or trained postgraduate research students may also have input into your teaching under the supervision of the module coordinator.

    • Assessment

      The programme will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. This will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment which will count towards your final marks. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any grade you receive from formative assessment does not count towards your final marks.

      There is formal ‘summative’ assessment as part of the programme, usually in-between or towards the end of the programme. Assessment is generally by coursework only – this includes project reports, both individual and group presentations and other written work. The grades from the summative assessments count towards your final marks. Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Percentage of course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment will depend on the modules that you complete throughout your course. The approximate percentage of the course which is assessed by coursework is outlined below:

      Level 6 100% Coursework

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback on examination performance can be requested from the module coordinator.  Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module or personal tutor.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days  of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that you assist you in the following areas;

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills.
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills.
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism.
      • Progression and Support Advisors to assist you with if you experience difficulties with your studies.

      More information on how to access these services would be provided to you at your induction.

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    • Equipped with a hybrid skill set, your career options may include:

      • IT Project Manager

        IT Project Managers specialise in overseeing the process of planning, executing and delegating responsibilities around an organization's information technology (IT) pursuits and goals. As project participants are often spread across different offices and teams, the role of the IT project manager is to ensure that projects are delivered smoothly on-time and on-budget with minimal unexpected stoppages in work.

      • Systems Designer

        Systems designers (IT) create detailed design documentation for the development and integration of computer systems to meet the needs of businesses. Systems designers work in a range of occupational environments. They may work in IT-specific industries, which can be large or small, as well as other industries requiring their expertise. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment.

      • IT Systems/Business Analyst

        An IT Systems/Business Analyst provides new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. They are responsible for analysing the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to help identify business problems and propose solutions, using the discipline of business analysis. They examine existing business models and the flows of data in the business, and then present appropriate improved IT solutions.

      • Information Systems Manager

        An Information Systems Manager installs computer systems, ensures that backup systems operate effectively, buys hardware and software, provides the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation, and contributes to organisational policy regarding quality standards and strategic planning.

    Middlesex University Mauritius offers a good environment for learning with its pro-active approach to the courses, whereby students are able to enhance their knowledge through seminars, presentations, teamwork and active involvement in lectures. My advice to prospective students would be to seize every opportunity which comes along, to enjoy the seminars and academic expertise which help develop all sorts of skills, and of course, do not be afraid to join the different societies for a unique and worthwhile social and cultural life offered at Middlesex University.

    Waseemah Moedeen, Alumni, IT/BIS - Class of 2014

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