Programme Specifications

Business Information Technology

1 : Awarding Institution / Body
Aberystwyth University

2a : Teaching Institution / University
Aberystwyth University

2b : Work-based learning (where appropriate)

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

Integrated Year in Industry available

Not Applicable

3a : Programme accredited by
Aberystwyth University

3b : Programme approved by
Aberystwyth University

4 : Final Award
Bachelor of Science

5 : Programme title
Business Information Technology

6 : UCAS code

7 : QAA Subject Benchmark

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:


8 : Date of publication

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

September 2023

August 2021

9 : Educational aims of the programme

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

Subject knowledge

  • To give students a good grounding in the major fields of Computing through a wide range of experiences;

  • To give students an understanding of the political, economic, legal and social issues surrounding sftware.

    Integrated Year in Industry:

  • ​To enable students to learn about an organization and its area of work, providing an excellent opportunity to evaluate future career paths.

Subject specific skills

  • To develop in students a grasp of the basic skill needed to write computer programs;

  • To enable students to build systems using tools such as databases and web site generation tools;

  • To enable students to create effective IT systems as solutions to business problems

  • To instil the professional skills and ethical responsibilities reqired of computer practitioners.

Generic and graduate skills

  • To reason logically and cratively; to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; and to be able to obtain and interpret information from a wide range of sources.

Overall aim of the scheme

  • To produce graduates who are highly sought after by industry, and who have the potential to succeed in a rapidly changing computing workplace

10 : Intended learning outcomes

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

The scheme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

10.1 : Knowledge and understanding

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

  • A1 Knowledge of a range of programming languages and software design techniques

  • A2 Knowledge of web tools and web building techniques

  • A3 An understanding of how IT systems are designed and built

  • A4 An understanding of computer hardware architecture and construction

  • A5 Knowledge of software engineering, the management of software projects, and their legal, social, ethical and professional aspects

  • A6 Knowledge of business processes

Learning and Teaching

​​​Lectures (A1-A6)

​Problem classes (A2,A3)

​Seminars (A5, A6)

​Laboratory work (A1, A2, A4, A5, A6)

​Group and individual projects (A1, A2, A4, A5, A6)

​Visiting lecturer series (A5, A6)​​

Assessment Strategies and Methods

​​​Time-constrained examinations (A1-A6)

​Problem sheets (A1, A2, A3)

​Project diaries (A1,A5, A6)

​Project reports (A1, A2, A5, A6)

​Oral presentations (A5, A6)

​Computer programs and assignments (A1, A2, A5, A6)

​Capstone project (A1, A2, A5, A6)​​

10.2 : Skills and other attributes

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

10.2.1 Intellectual Skills

By the end of their programme, all students are expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • B1 Application of a range of concepts and principles in well-defined software development contexts, showing judgement in the selection and application of tools and techniques

  • B2 Implementation of computer programs in a modern object-oriented language

  • B3 The ability to develop and evaluate logical arguments

  • B4 The skill of abstracting the essential elements of problems, modelling them and obtaining solutions by appropriate methods

  • B5 Application of appropriate tools and techniques to build web-based systems

  • B6 The capability of evaluating systems in terms of general quality attributes, possible trade-offs and risk within the given problem

Learning and Teaching

  • ​​​Lectures (B1-B6)

  • ​Problem classes (B3, B4, B5)

  • ​Seminars (B1, B4, B5, B6)

  • ​Laboratory work (B2, B4, B5)

  • ​Group and individual projects (B1-B6)

  • ​Visiting lecturer series (B3, B5, B6)​​

  • Assessment Strategies and Methods

  • ​​​Time-constrained examinations (B1-B6)

  • ​Problem sheets (B1, B2, B3)

  • ​Project diaries (B1, B3, B6)

  • ​Project reports (B1-B6)

  • ​Oral presentations (B1, B3, B6)

  • ​Computer programs and assignments (B1, B2, B4, B5)

  • ​Capstone project (B1, B2, B4, B5)​​

10.2.2 Professional practical skills / Discipline Specific Skills

By the end of their programme, all students are expected to be able to:

  • C1 Present arguments and conclusions effectively and accurately

  • C2 Use computer software to support presentations, produce reports and work as part of a software team

  • C3 Understand the different ways in which project teams operate in the computing industry

  • C4 Use appropriate theory, practices and tools for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based systems

  • C5 Recognise any risks, safety or security aspects that may be involved with a computer system within a given context

  • C6 Deploy effectively the tools used for the construction and documentation of computer applications, with particular emphasis on understanding the whole process involved in the effective deployment of computers to solve practical problems

Integrated Year in Industry:

  • C7 Demonstrate a range of transferable skills in employment including employability, initiative, independence and commercial awareness.

Learning and Teaching

  • ​​​Lectures (C1-C6)

  • ​Problem classes (C1)

  • ​Seminars (C1-C6)

  • ​Laboratory work (C4, C6)

  • ​Group and individual projects (C1-C6)

  • ​Visiting lecturer series (C1, C3, C5)

  • Where applicable: Integrated year in Industry (C1-C7)

Assessment Strategies and Methods

  • ​​​Time-constrained examinations (C1, C4, C5)

  • ​Problem sheets (C1)

  • ​Project diaries (C2, C3, C5)

  • ​Project reports (C1, C2, C4, C5, C6)​​

10.3 : Transferable/Key skills

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

By the end of their programme, all students are expected to be able to:

  • D1 Apply general mathematical skills to a range of problems

  • D2 Work independently

  • D3 Use information technology confidently

  • D4 Manage time and resources effectively

  • D5 Develop effective learning skills

  • D6 Be aware of the need to plan for employment and to develop various skills for such employment

  • D7 Work cooperatively as a member of a software development team, recognising the different roles within a team and different ways of organising teams.

Learning and Teaching

  • ​​Lectures (D1-D7)

  • ​Problem classes (D1,D5)

  • ​Seminars (D4, D5, D7)

  • ​Laboratory work (D3, D4, D7)

  • ​Group and individual projects (D2, D3, D4, D5, D7)

  • ​Visiting lecturer series (D6, D7)​

Assessment Strategies and Methods

  • ​​​Time-constrained examinations (D1)

  • ​Problem sheets (D1,D5)

  • ​Project diaries (D3, D4, D7)

  • ​Project reports (D5,D6, D7)

  • ​Oral presentations (D7)

  • ​Computer programs and assignments (D2, D3, D4, D5, D7)

  • ​Capstone project (D2, D3, D4, D5)​​

11 : Program Structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards

BSC Business Information Technology [G500]

Academic Year: 2023/2024Single Honours scheme - available from 2003/2004

Duration (studying Full-Time): 3 years

Part 1 Rules

Year 1 Core (100 Credits)

Compulsory module(s).

Semester 1

Introduction to Computer Infrastructure


Introduction to Programming


Study Skills for Computer Science

Semester 2

Fundamentals of Web Development


Information security


Programming Using an Object-Oriented Language

Year 1 Electives

Choose 20 credits

Semester 2

Data Analytics


Marketing Principles and Contemporary Practice


Egwyddorion Marchnata ac Ymarfer Cyfoes


Problems and Solutions

Part 2 Rules

Year 2 Core (120 Credits)

Compulsory module(s).

Semester 1

Fundamentals of Management and Business


Programming for the Web


Modelling Persistent Data

Semester 2

Software Engineering for the Web


Web Design and the User Experience


Applied Graphics

Final Year Core (100 Credits)

Compulsory module(s).

Semester 1

E-Commerce: Implementation, Management and Security


Marketing Management

Semester 2

Applied Web Development


Professional Issues in the Computing Industry


Web-Based Major Project

Final Year Electives

Choose 20 credits as advised by the department

12 : Support for students and their learning
Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor. Personal Tutors have an important role within the overall framework for supporting students and their personal development at the University. The role is crucial in helping students to identify where they might find support, how and where to seek advice and how to approach support to maximise their student experience. Further support for students and their learning is provided by Information Services and Student Support and Careers Services.

13 : Entry Requirements
Details of entry requirements for the scheme can be found at

14 : Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of teaching and learning
All taught study schemes are subject to annual monitoring and periodic review, which provide the University with assurance that schemes are meeting their aims, and also identify areas of good practice and disseminate this information in order to enhance the provision.

15 : Regulation of Assessment
Academic Regulations are published as Appendix 2 of the Academic Quality Handbook:

15.1 : External Examiners
External Examiners fulfill an essential part of the University’s Quality Assurance. Annual reports by External Examiners are considered by Faculties and Academic Board at university level.

16 : Indicators of quality and standards
The Department Quality Audit questionnaire serves as a checklist about the current requirements of the University’s Academic Quality Handbook. The periodic Department Reviews provide an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of quality assurance processes and for the University to assure itself that management of quality and standards which are the responsibility of the University as a whole are being delivered successfully.