Programme Specifications

Business Information Technology (with integrated year in industry)

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:

3a : Programme accredited by
Aberystwyth University

3b : Programme approved by
Aberystwyth University

4 : Final Award
Bachelor of Science

5 : Programme title
Business Information Technology (with integrated year in industry)

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:

August 2021

9 : Educational aims of the programme

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

This scheme is concerned with methods and technologies that are appropriate in order to create effective IT systems as solutions to business problems. In the past, this would have needed to include a strong focus on programming, but as tools have developed, it has been possible to concentrate on using tools as ‘building blocks’ to build effective applications with very little programming. This allows a stronger concentration on the process of building business applications and the needs of businesses, while reducing the importance of the programming activity. At the same time, the breadth of knowledge needed for typical business applications has increased - an understanding of internet technologies and a good grasp of database issues is vital for many business applications.

This degree will place less emphasis on programming skills than our Computer Science degree, but will concentrate more strongly on the area of understanding business requirements and translating them into business systems made from standard software building blocks.

This scheme differs from G500 in that it includes a Sandwich Year in Industry. The department prepares students for this year through residential weekends in team-building and professional skills, in addition to the relevant modules. The department also helps students find a placement and supports their year in industry with an industrial year supervisor who visits them at their place of employment.

Main aims of the scheme are:

·         to enable students to develop the skills to be expected of any graduate, including the following skills: to reason logically and creatively; to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; and to to be able to obtain and interpret information from a wide range of sources

·         to develop in students a grasp of the basic skills needed to write computer programs

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

·         to instil in students an underlying understanding of the technologies necessary to be able to adapt the way they build systems as the available tools change;

·         to give students an appreciation of the political, economic, legal and social issues surrounding software

·         to instil the professional and ethical responsibilities required of computer practitioners;

·         to produce graduates who have the potential to succeed in a rapidly changing industry. 


10 : Intended learning outcomes

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas as identified in the QAA benchmark for Computing which may be found on-line at:

and is displayed in the tables below.


A document that links detailed Body of Knowledge topics from the subject benchmark to specific UWA modules may be found at:


See section 11 for a detailed list of modules and options required for this scheme.


120 credits in years 2 and 3 must be at level 3.

10.1 : Knowledge and understanding

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

The scheme focuses on the following components of the QAA benchmark:





Computer architecture and construction




General Knowledge of Programming languages


Software tools and packages


Computer applications


Structuring of data and information

Communications & interaction



Computer networks


Human-computer interaction


General Knowledge of Operating systems




Problem identification and analysis


Design, development, testing and evaluation


Management and organisation


Professionalism and ethics


Commercial and industrial exploitation




Human behaviour and performance



And will equip students in the following Computer Related Cognitive areas:  

Knowledge and understanding: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to Computing and computer applications.

Modelling: use such knowledge and understanding in the modelling and design of computer-based systems for the purposes of comprehension, communication, prediction and the understanding of trade-offs.

Requirements, practical constraints and computer-based systems (including computer systems, information systems, embedded systems and distributed systems) in their context: recognise and analyse criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems, and plan strategies for their solution.

Critical evaluation and testing: analyse the extent to which a computer-based system meets the criteria defined for its current use and future development.

Methods and tools: deploy appropriate theory, practices and tools for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based systems.

Reflection and communication: present succinctly to a range of audiences (orally, electronically or in writing) rational and reasoned arguments that address a given information handling problem or opportunity. This includes assessment of the impact of new technologies.

Professional considerations: recognise the professional, moral and ethical issues involved in the exploitation of computer technology and be guided by the adoption of appropriate professional, ethical and legal practices.


The first year is split only on whether students have previous programming experience. If they do, then they receive a more intense programming course, and have a chance to take a further option in the first semester.  The remaining modules are common to all students on the scheme.

After the first semester students may concentrate more on the application of tools than on computer programming.

The second year builds on the information and techniques studied in the first year by expanding them further and introducing more specialised subjects in Business Information Technology. This year includes a required module with a group project.

The third year introduces the most advanced topics of the degree scheme and includes a required individual project that allows the student to gain deeper knowledge and understanding in an area of particular interest.

10.2 : Skills and other attributes

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

The Computing schemes at Aberystwyth have a significant emphasis on vocational skills. All students are encouraged to participate in an optional industrial year scheme that strongly enhances the professional practical experiences of the graduates.

In this scheme, students will also be expected to develop practical computer related skills giving them:


The ability to specify, design and construct computer-based systems mainly from existing components.

The ability to evaluate systems in terms of general quality attributes and possible trade-offs presented within the given problem.

The ability to recognise any risks or safety aspects that may be involved in the operation of computing equipment within a given context.

The ability to 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.

The ability to work as a member of a development team, recognising the different roles within a team and different ways of organising teams.

The ability to operate computing equipment effectively, taking into account its logical and physical properties.

10.3 : Transferable/Key skills

Information provided by Department of Computer Science:

On completion of the programme the student will be able to take responsibility for themselves and their work. S/he will be able to:

  • Work independently
  • Work in a team
  • Respect the views and beliefs of others
  • Listen
  • Communicate orally
  • Communicate in writing
  • Communicate electronically
  • Word-process
  • Use the Web
  • Manage time and work to deadlines
  • Research issues
  • Solve problems
  • Adapt to change
  • Develop career awareness

And s/he will exhibit:

Effective information-retrieval skills (including the use of browsers, search engines and catalogues).

Numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension.

Effective use of general IT facilities.

Managing one's own learning and development including time management and organisational skills.

Appreciating the need for continuing professional development in recognition of the need for lifelong learning.

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

BSC Business Information Technology (with integrated year in industry) [G501]

Academic Year: 2023/2024Single Honours scheme - available from 2005/2006

Duration (studying Full-Time): 4 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

Year 3 Core (120 Credits)

Compulsory module(s).

Semester 1

Sandwich Year


Sandwich Year

Semester 2

Sandwich Year


Sandwich Year

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.