BA (Hons) Business Management for Information Technology

Business Management for Information Technology at Winchester is intended for students currently employed by a sponsoring organisation in the information systems and information technology services sector. It seeks to develop future-thinking, creative and responsible managers and leaders of the future.

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BA (Hons) Business Management for Information Technology at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Students must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. Programme-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring organisation. For example:

  • A Foundation degree in Business Management or an HND in a Business subject with merit profile. Mature students with HNC Merit/Distinction profile and relevant experience may be accepted provided an APEL portfolio is successfully completed and they have sufficient managerial experience.
  • A GCSE A*-C pass (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics is required
  • Evidence will also be considered if applicants demonstrate experience gained from voluntary activities.

Degree duration:

3 years part-time

Accreditation of Prior Learning

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Candidates are invited for an interview to discuss and assess their suitability for the programme.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing)

Student Satisfaction

This is a new course and so there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

The emphasis of the programme is on business process analysis, specification of computer information systems solutions, and the client management, commercial, operational, human and organisational aspects of delivering information system development projects.

The theme of future-thinking is developed through a focus on researching, evaluating and achieving insights from trends in the technological and business environment. The programme incorporates a number of current and emerging subject areas such as cyber security and risk management, data analytics and insight management. There is an emphasis on management of business transformation projects and value creation by thought leadership, product-service development and intellectual property management.

Creativity and innovation are developed through the juxtaposition of future-oriented themes and a focus on the analysis of business processes; the design, development and implementation of computer information systems solutions; strategic brand management; and knowledge-based client relationships.

Students develop an appreciation of responsible management through a focus on the moral and ethical responsibilities of business. This includes awareness of the need to generate sustainable value for their own business and client organisations, and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy. This supports the University's commitment to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (www.unprme.org).

On completing the course, students are able to meet the commercial challenges of managing and leading information systems development projects, implementation programmes and IT services businesses in complex and changing global markets.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic and Professional Studies
  • Responsible Management
  • Understanding Markets
  • Managing Finance
  • Information Systems and Organisations
  • IS Security
  • Work-based Studies - Professional Development
  • Work-based Studies - Organisational Functions in Context

Year 2

  • Applied Management Research in Practice
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Information Management and Data Analytics
  • Risk Management and Cyber-security
  • Management and Leadership
  • Creativity, Design and Innovation
  • Work-based Studies - Applied Project Management
  • Work-based Studies - Management and Leadership

Year 3

  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Insight Management
  • Sustainable Strategy
  • Business Transformation and Process Re-design
  • Intellectual Properties and Information Rights
  • Knowledge-based Client Relationships

Plus one of the following:

  • Dissertation (EIS)
  • IT Portfolio (EIS)
  • Consultancy Project (EIS)

This programme is designed to meet the defining characteristics of vocational degrees in that it enables students to study whilst continuing to be employed. To this end the programme of study is delivered partly through taught sessions at the University of Winchester and partly through employer supported work-based learning.

The incorporation of work-based studies allows students to apply theory, methods and practices to their on-going experience as professionals in the workplace. This combination of theory and practice enriches the learning experience, allowing students to contextualise knowledge and appreciate the complexity of the information systems development subject area. The combination of part-time study at University and work-based studies within current business projects enhances the opportunity for students to develop strong vocational skills which would not be possible to the same extent in classroom or laboratory-based studies. This includes problem-solving and solution specification in real-world situations of change and uncertainty.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively.  Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Through both theoretical and applied learning this programme seeks to develop professionals who are able to make effective contributions to the sponsoring organisation within an information systems management context, and to provide a platform for continued development and a future career within the sector..

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

Employability 

Students on this programme, whilst already employed, undertake professional development which is embedded within the programme and which builds on their existing skills for employment.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Programme Leader: Stella McKnight

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478
Email: Stella.McKnight@winchester.ac.uk

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