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BSc (Hons)Information and Communication Technology (Placement)

De Montfort University
United Kingdom, Leicester
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Information and Communication Technology draws on a wide range of academic disciplines, with a focus on understanding organisational, technical and business problems and searching for appropriate solutions in a global information and communication technology (ICT) environment.

This course will provide you with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to create coherent information and communication technology (ICT) solutions and services.

itil-logoUpon successful completion of this course, you will be part of a new generation of graduates with specialist ICT skills, which are widely applicable across most organisations. You will also attain leading project management qualifications in Prince 2 (Project Management) and ITIL Foundation (IT Service Management).

prince2-logoThe course concentrates on developing your ability to understand a client’s needs for information, systems and services, analysing their business, services and technology requirements and assembling the hardware, software and people resources to respond appropriately.

Technically, the emphasis is on the overall design of information systems, the creation of tailored web front-ends for systems and the linking of systems and resources together to create coherent ICT solutions and services. There is also a focus on the continuous delivery of quality ICT services within the organisation from a management point of view.

Programme structure

Year 1
Core modules:

Introduction to ICT – Initially this module explores the context of computing, starting with your own experience and then explores issues, conflicts and social changes brought about by ICT. The purpose of the module is to create a foundational understanding of the relevance of ICT which will inspire you to pursue more detailed studies
Information Systems Development – This module gives you an insight into the many tasks that must be carried out during the development of a modern information system. The intention of this module is to provide you with a practical, integrated overview of the Information Systems (IS) development process, from project selection and inception, through to the capture and analysis of user requirements and then finally the design and production of a simple prototype system that satisfies those requirements
Visual Web Development (C#) – This module introduces the fundamentals of programming, and aims to provide you with a sufficiently detailed, generally applicable background in programming. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary
Mathematics and Business Management – This module introduces the basic techniques for data collection, summary and presentation. You will develop an understanding of basic concepts associated with the analysis and interpretation of statistical data, and use a variety of relevant software such as Minitab, Excel, and The Management Scientist
Devices and Networks – You will learn about computing fundamentals from data representation to computer components, covering theoretical and practical aspects including desktop virtualization, mobile computing, traditional PCs, thin clients, and cloud services.

Year 2
Core modules:

Management of ICT – This module explores the wide variety of issues and technologies encountered by ICT managers within user organisations. The module covers structural, procession and contextual areas concerning ICT within organisations. The recurring theme is one of the professional support of ICT functions
ITIL IT Service Management – This module is an extensive introduction to the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the industry framework for IT Service Management. You will be able to understand the ITIL service lifecycle and its key components, holding the knowledge necessary to pass the ITIL V3 Foundation Certificate examination – a qualification recognised throughout the world and in addition to this degree
Systems Thinking – This module introduces the key concepts and tools for engaging in systems thinking in an organisation. Its critical purpose is to enable you to think in a holistic manner which treats an organisation as a whole, and enables an understanding to develop complex activity systems within which ICT systems develop and reside
Project Management and Development – This module will take the form of a taught project module; as part of a development team, you will be required to further develop your skills as a professional computing practitioner in programming, database design, system analysis, and systems design
Database Design – An essential skill for the computer professional is to be able to design and implement a database in order to meet client requirements. During this module you will be provided with an introduction to data modelling, using commercially realistic scenarios, which are then implemented using SQL with database management systems such as Oracle, MySQL or Microsoft SQL Server
Introduction to Research and Ethics – This module will develop your research skills related to identifying relevant literature from a variety of sources, critically analysing academic and non-academic texts, and justifying a set of research or development questions in a particular topic area.

Year 3
Placement year

Year 4
Core modules:

Computing Project – The final year project provides you with the opportunity to carry out a significant piece of work involving critical analysis and reflection to provide an effective solution to a given technical and/or research-based problem
Computing Ethics – The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the concepts of ethics in the context of IT, IS, Software Engineering and other related disciplines. It considers in detail how the development of systems might encompass computer ethics
Information Systems Strategy and Services – This module takes a service view of information systems in which the IS departments role concerns the provision of services and support for the information technology (IT) function. The subject area is considered in the context of a business environment where many IT services are provided by third parties and managed through contracts

Optional modules:

Systems Building: Methods and Management – This module covers two important aspects of Information Systems Development; the selection and evaluation of methodologies and the management of the Systems Development process. A variety of ISD paradigms and methodologies will be considered, including ‘hard’ approaches, both Object-Oriented and Structured, ‘soft’ and participative approaches, and ‘heavyweight’ and ‘agile’ methodologies
Database Management – Following the year 2 modules on databases and computer programming, this module will provide you with further training on the essentials of advanced database management and programming, developing the skills of producing a user defined data type from a business perspective to meet stated requirements using realistic scenarios
Data Mining – Data mining is fast becoming essential to the modern competitive business world. This module aims to review the methods available for uncovering important information from large data sets in order to discuss the techniques and when and how to use them effectively. The module uses the data mining tool SAS Enterprise Miner
Project Management PRINCE2 – This module examines the life cycle model applicable to projects, including traditional, evolutionary, prototyping and DSDM models. The generic life cycle model of 4Ds: Define, Design, Do and Develop will be central in the module, in conjunction with analysis of real world projects
Research Methods – This module will provide you with a grounding in the essentials of research methods and methodologies, for example the different characteristics and aims of quantitative versus qualitative research. It will develop your ability to consider the stages of research, in line with a Final Year Project; pilot different methodologies such as questionnaires and interviews, and give you the skills to apply these to your original research

Career opportunities

You will graduate with the knowledge and expertise to pursue a variety of ICT roles within public sector, private sector and voluntary organisations. Examples of suitable roles include: IT project manager, IT services manager, project analyst, IT infrastructure manager, project coordinator and operations manager.

Our graduates are highly sought after due to their diverse-skills set and specialist ICT knowledge. Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States