Computer Systems Management BSc (Hons)

London South Bank University Department of Education
En London (Inglaterra)

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • London (Inglaterra)
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Degree course in Computer Systems Management are offered full-time and part-time. Prepares for careers in IT management, IT systems/business analyst.

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London
103 Borough Road, SE1 0AA, London, Inglaterra
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Management
IT
systems
IT Management

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Modules

Methods of assessment for course overall: 32% coursework

Year 1
  • Business & Professional Issues
    As a new entrant to the university, this module prepares you for developing an understanding of - and skills for - academic study and the world of work, and the professional and personal skills you will need. You will be introduced to all aspects of university study and being an IT professional, allowing your ideas to be explored and developed throughout your time at LSBU and beyond. The topics studied will be used to develop the skills that both a graduate and an IT professional will require and will give you ample opportunities to develop your intellectual skills as well as your practical ones. In addition to these topics on professionalism, the module will introduce you to a range of topics relating to computer-based information systems, e-business and how business organisations work. The module is largely based on some existing model syllabi (as devised by professional bodies such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) but this has been adapted for the particular needs of LSBU's new entrants.
  • Mathematical Analysis for Informatics
    Programmes within the informatics domain will have an emphasis on the business and managerial functions of organisations.  This module will introduce you to the logical and discrete mathematical structures and models, which are commonly used in the broad field of Informatics and which underpin any study of a branch of this discipline. The module will emphasise the formulation of problems into mathematical forms, the interpretation of solutions and the identification of problem characteristics to help suggest modelling approaches.  Provisions will be made (typically one hour per week) to allow us to bring you, if necessary, to a level of confidence and expertise in those areas of essential basic mathematics that should have been covered at earlier levels.
  • Media, Computers and Networks
    This module introduces the overall structure and operation of the computer systems and networks found in all areas of business and daily life. Emphasis is given to the different types of information that must be stored and processed, and how this information is distributed over different types of network. You will gain an appreciation of the difference between high-level and low-level programming languages and how program instructions are executed at the machine level. The role of operating systems, peripherals, and networking hardware and software will be introduced.
  • Socio-Technical Analysis of Requirements
    The module will provide you with a first course in systems theory and the analysis of requirements from a socio-technical perspective. The module explores the modelling of both hard and soft requirements from human, data and process centred perspectives. You will study requirements analysis as the expression of the business rules of an organisation. Elements of organisational theory, organisational behaviour with particular reference to technology and culture are introduced alongside systems architectures, the systems development life cycle and aspects of change management. UML is used throughout.
  • Software Development for Business 1
    This module will introduce you to developing small business systems using PC based applications. In this module you will learn how to build integrated systems that meet business users' requirements. The bottom up approach adopted by the module will enable you to explore and learn how to use the various tools that these applications provide for building and integrating systems. You will consider the need for and use of programming languages and the requirement to adhere to a professional approach when developing software systems.
Plus one optional module from below:
  • Software Development for Business 2
    This module helps you to understand, to develop a vocabulary and acquire some simple programming skills using a programming language. It does this by having you develop your own system over the weeks, supported by the exercises and examples provided in parallel. This experience will include a familiarity with Objects and Classes, some experience in simple GUIs, a look at good development principles and the kind of support an IDE will provide; all important aspects of the application development process in whatever environment or programming language you may use in the future.
  • Accounting for Managers
    In addition to introducing students to accounting theory and concepts, practical accounting techniques, the production of financial statements and the interpretation and use of financial information, the module aims to address the anxiety about using numerical information. The module aims to boost students' confidence in engaging with Accounting and Finance by showing its relevance to their chosen field of study, and illustrating the importance of financial literacy to making successful business and ethical decisions as a management professional.
Year 2
  • Business Database Systems
    The database is now the underlying framework of the information system and has fundamentally changed the way companies, organisations and individuals alike work. This module covers the fundamentals of the database field. The subject of the database field is concerned with how to use computers to store and manage data, usually large quantities of data. This is, first and foremost, an introductory module to database management systems.
  • Managing Technological Innovation
    The history of technological innovation has been nothing short of remarkable, affecting our lives, the effectiveness of organisations, the profitability of industries, the well-being of societies and the prosperity of nations. Understanding the processes that underpin technological innovation is therefore crucial, whether you are a user or producer of technological innovation. And if you are involved in managing innovation processes, an understanding of the overall process of innovation and its variations is a core professional competence. This course examines innovation from a management perspective, enabling you to improve how you contribute to the process and management of technological innovation.
  • Research & Professional Practice
    This module will provide you with the necessary methodological, analytical and development skills needed to design, implement, and analyse a piece of independent research or development piece of work in the form of a consultancy tender, reflection, etc. at an undergraduate level in the field of Informatics. The module will focus on general issues you are likely to adopt for your research project such as: the Research and Development life cycle; collecting and analysing primary and secondary sources of knowledge; elementary consultancy skills, ethics and managing your time effectively and presenting your findings in a coherent manner. The module will focus on specific issues related to your chosen pathway by providing specific pathway tutorial groups where you will explore, in greater depth, those issues most likely to be relevant for your chosen pathway.
  • IT Infrastructure and Management
    This module address the range of topics required to plan, implement and manage computer networks of the type used in a wide range of business environments.  Emphasis is given to those methods and skills required to deal with systems containing clients, servers and networking devices as effectively and efficiently as possible.  This module will give due prominence to current techniques such as multimedia networking and virtualisation, together with foundation topics such as TCP/IP and file/print serving.
  • User-Centred Design
    User-centred design and usability are recognised as major contributing factors in the success of business and mass market information systems.  The rise over the last 2 decades of the internet/web along with graphical user interfaces (GUIs), multimedia and ubiquitous mobile devices has led to an almost universal uptake of highly sophisticated interactive systems. This module provides the practical tools and techniques required to design, develop and evaluate effective interactive systems in an ever-changing digital age.
Plus one optional module from below:
  • System Design Techniques
    This module explores  the techniques for systems analysis and design, divided mainly into four areas: Traditional methodologies, Agile methodologies, Systems Thinking methodologies and professionally recognised project management techniques.
  • Enterprise Architectures
    This module will introduce you to the concept of the Enterprise Architecture – the high-level internally compatible representations of an organisations business models, data, applications, and information technology infrastructure. Being able to understand and develop the enterprise architecture is a key skill set for ensuring that the IT capabilities are fully aligned with the general organisational goals. This introduction focuses on the component architectures of the IT Infrastructure, including networking technology, data centres, and so on and will introduce you to the IT management and control frameworks ITIL and COBIT.
Year 3

Optional sandwich year. A sandwich placement in the IT sector.

Year 4
  • IT Systems Administration
    This module will cover the range of organisational and technical procedures required to effectively manage modern computer systems within a typical business environment.  Emphasis will be given to planning and design, rather than reactive problem solving.
  • Network Configuration and Management
    Current networking technologies can provide reliable and high-performance data transfer over a range of wired and wireless communication channels.  Most companies now contain and connect to a number of different networks.  This module examines the theory and practice of networking with emphasis on the issues which relate to the design and provision of the most appropriate network technologies for modern business organisations.
  • Honours Informatics Project
    The project contributes significantly towards the final degree. In the final year you spend about 2 days a week on your project. Future employers will probably ask you about your project, and use performance in the project as one of the most reliable guides to your potential. As a final year 40 module for the Honours degree, the project allows you to demonstrate, through a practical application, the extent of theoretical knowledge gained in the first two years of study, practical skills acquired in the subsequent year of industrial or commercial training and further theoretical and practical skills acquired during the final year of study.
  • IS Project Management
    As you come towards the end of your honours degree in a Computing/IT subject area, this module takes a broad and reflective view of the profession in a holistic and critical manner.  It considers matters of professional and ethical relevance, and particularly considers issues that are of contemporary significance to the subject area.
Plus one optional module from below:
  • Social & Collaborative Computing
    This unit looks at all aspects of social networking that are currently used for both business and pleasure. It also examines collaborative software and how it can be used to best effect. The unit provides a thorough understanding of user activity in these areas, how users can be supported and managed and how the various systems can be used to their best effect.
  • Web Services, Security & Management
    This module covers the practical issues of both hosting and managing web sites, including security and server configuration. It also covers the various approaches used to implement the web services that enable cloud computing, and the competing techniques for implementing the semantic web.