Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

Recent estimates suggest that each day companies around the world generate as much as 2.5 billion gigabytes of data. Thorough analysis of big data can provide organisations with important insights into their activities.

This broad-based degree gives you a comprehensive understanding of business concepts and models with specialist knowledge of data management. You study business organisation, management, leadership and enterprise combined with specialist modules specific to the management of data.

 

Course details

Year 1 is mainly tutor-led and focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business knowledge and skills. The principles and techniques of information security and governance are introduced. You develop intricate programmes to solve complex problems, using data structures and appropriate algorithms. You study a variety of algorithmic techniques and the use and importance of data structures, and are introduced to classifying data according to its abstract behaviour, as distinct from its representation. You explore key business and management concepts as well as those in your specialist area. You are introduced to the diverse world of data available to organisations, and to the tools and techniques used to acquire, filter and process that data legally and ethically. You explore issues of data representation and data quality, information architectures and scale.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. During this year you develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. As well as studying four core business modules, including a module where you gain practical work experience via self-identified project, you also explore the background to classical algorithms and data structures, touching upon advanced topics such as computational hard problems. Building upon these foundations, you are introduced to algorithm techniques specifically developed to handle large data sets. You cover parallel algorithms, data stream algorithms and web domain problems, such as search engines and advertising, and discuss a variety of applications. You undertake a big-data project, taking into consideration appropriate legal, ethical and professional issues. Working in a small team, you determine the project aims, objectives, roles, tasks, schedules, and documentation requirements. You critically evaluate your major deliverable, comparing it to state-of-the-art research work, which includes obtaining third-party evaluation where appropriate.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. You are introduced to data mining which describes the process whereby large volumes of data are automatically or semi-automatically searched for trends or significant patterns. Typically, it is used as a tool for commercially orientated research. However, other applications include biochemistry and law enforcement. You consider the legal and ethical implications of data mining, and the associated UK legislation which is designed to protect privacy. Using data visualisation you develop practical skills in using industry-standard hardware and software to develop reconstructions appropriate to the requirements of such diverse disciplines as medicine, forensics, astronomy, archaeology, geology and climatology. The technologies involved in tools for the acquisition of spatial and scientific data are reviewed with their influence on visualisation discussed.

You have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project through the Dissertation module.

This course is offered at our Middlesbrough and Darlington campuses. For Darlington include UCAS campus code 7 on your application.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Enterprise

Business Finance

Data Acquisition and Security

You are introduced to the diverse world of data available to organisations, and to the tools and techniques used to acquire, filter and process that data legally and ethically.
You explore issues of data representation and data quality, information architectures and scale. The principles and techniques of information security and governance are introduced.

Internet Architecture and Security

You study a range of issues in computer security and information security, including access control, technologies used to implement security measures, models of security and cryptography, management of security issues, and the design of systems. How security systems fail is covered, along with related areas such as the legal and ethical background and physical security.

Systems Design and Databases

Successful, robust and user-friendly systems or applications begin with a requirements analysis and detailed design. You are introduced to the concepts and techniques of systems analysis and design, enabling you to break down and simplify complex systems and represent them visually using industry-standard approaches such as Unified Modelling Language (UML). In industry, the resulting models are used to communicate designs to developers and stakeholders prior to implementation.

You learn to design and implement fully normalised relational databases as part of an information system. Using data modelling techniques you define how the system stores data and interacts with it. You implement your design using Structured Query Language (SQL): Data Definition Language for creating tables, and Data Manipulation Language for accessing the data.

You develop professional practice and transferrable skills essential for industry, including project management."

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Agile Management

Business Analytics Team Project

Information Systems Security

A range of issues in computer security and information security are considered in this module, including access control, technologies used to implement security measures, models of security and cryptography, management of security issues and the design of systems. How security systems fail is also covered, along with related areas such as the legal and ethical background and physical security.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Relational and NoSQL Databases

You will develop your ability to design and implement database applications to meet business needs. A case study is used to follow the system development life cycle, and you will develop a server database application from inception to implementation for a real world scenario.

The module will investigate the issues and technologies associated with implementing and supporting databases and the services that are needed to maintain and access a repository of data. Investigations will be undertaken in a number of areas including data modelling, data management and approaches that support the modelling and visualisation of data for a range of use views.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.

 

Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

ICT Service Management

The recognition of the close relationship between business and an ICT infrastructure has culminated in the rise of a service-led approach to ICT management, and as such, you gain and understanding of how this approach improves services offered to businesses, by infrastructure through improved design and management methods.

Service delivery is a standard approach used in commercial and industrial environments for delivering network services, it is defined in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and approaches the network in terms of the end-to-end service that it delivers to the end user. In other words, it is a user/business centred approach to designing, implementing and managing networks. Networks are critical to the commercial activities of most organisations and anyone working in network services is almost certain to come into contact with some, if not all, of the subject areas you cover on this module.

Information Governance

You identify the goals of information governance, from protecting the needs of the stakeholder to ensuring the transparency of processes and how these link together to support data governance principles such as integrity, transparency, auditability, accountability, standardization and change management.
You study a range of governance topics including law, regulations, and compliance; security governance and risk management; security for cloud architectures and issues around 3rd party data storage.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead change in business and enterprise. You will consider macro environment and contemporary issues, specifically relating to leading change, leading and implementing strategy and leading commercial development. You identify personal leadership qualities and skills and improvement strategies which will promote change and organisational development.

 

and one optional module

Computing Project

You complete a large scale piece of work, under the supervision of an academic staff member. You produce a substantial artefact relating to the computing field, and complete your report and viva consisting of a presentation, demonstration and discussion of the artefact.

You are guided to develop an appropriate sense of work-discipline coupled with a professional outlook. You take responsibility for the planning and execution of an extended piece of work including the consideration of associated legal, social, ethical and professional issues. You are able to explore in depth a chosen subject area, and thereby demonstrate your ability to analyse, synthesise, and creatively apply what has already been studied on the programme while demonstrating critical and evaluative skills and professional awareness.


Dissertation

Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Modules are taught by lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent), together with maths and English at GCSE, grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent).

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We will take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the opportunity to spend a year in industry on placement, or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you could proceed on to the final year.

Career opportunities

Due to the diverse nature of the degree our students progress to a range of careers in business and data management, both nationally and internationally.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that will make you more attractive to employers in the job market in the years to come.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff use their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits.

We offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third years to ensure you are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for you to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)
  • UCAS code: NI24 BA/BDM
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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  • Not available part-time
 

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