This multidisciplinary course draws on a wide range of academic disciplines, with a focus on understanding organisational technical and business problems and searching for appropriate solutions within a global Information and communication technology (ICT) environment.
The course concentrates on developing your ability to understand a client's needs for information, systems and services, analysing the business, services and technology requirements and assembling the hardware, software and people resources to meet the perceived need.
Technically the emphasis is on the overall design of information systems, the creation of tailored web front-ends for systems and the linking of systems and resources together to create coherent ICT solutions and services, while managerially, the focus is on the continuous delivery of quality ICT services within the organisation.
You will be part of a new generation of graduates with specialist ICT skills which are widely applicable across most organisations and which provide a basis for developing further specialist skills as required by particular organisations.
UCAS course code: HG64
Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement
Institution code: D26
If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.
We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition| is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.
The course is taught by experts who are researching at the forefront of ICT professionalism, ICT services and ICT software practice. Teaching takes place through sessions in state-of-the-art computing laboratories, tutorials, lectures and self-directed study using worksheets.
In the first year, you develop your skills and understanding of information system design, business IT and the creative employment of visual web and internet technologies. You will also develop business information presentations and gain an understanding of the social and technical components of ICT.
The second year focuses in more detail on business ICT. Methods of rapidly developing information systems and the management of ICT in organisations is explored.
The final year develops your analytical, reporting and presentation skills through work on a project tackling a business problem in ICT delivery, implementation and support in practical and academic depth.
You are assessed through a variety of methods including exams, individual coursework, group work and the development of portfolios.
You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 14–16 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.
You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.
Technology's dedicated Placement Unit| provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft Ltd, IBM, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and PepsiCo International.
Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.
Students from this course have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local and national companies over the past three years, including GlaxoSmithKline, Customer Service Direct and Northamptonshire NHS Provider Services.
You will graduate with the knowledge and expertise to pursue a variety of ICT roles within public sector, private sector and voluntary organisations.
For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.
Scholarships available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis for 2013 have yet to be finalised.
The newly refurbished computer science laboratories in Gateway House provide 80 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux and 60 Apple iMac computers running OS X and Windows).
All labs have printing facilities, Internet, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the faculty network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work.
The computer science laboratories include a study space area, equivalent in size to one of the individual laboratories, in which you can work individually or in groups – this study space is not timetabled so is available for you to use on a casual basis throughout the year.
Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website| or via the contact details below.
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T: 0871 468 0 468
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