To promote the academic, vocational and personal development of students;
To encourage a critically and theoretically informed and reflective approach to academic study;
To foster learning and research related to the academic, personal and vocational concerns of its students and staff;
To facilitate access to higher education and lifelong learning by flexibility in admissions procedures, and learning and teaching styles;
To develop skills and knowledge appropriate to preparation for postgraduate study or further research, and to a range of vocations and careers, particularly in the area of Information Systems Management;
To provide effective, structured learning opportunities for undergraduate study in Information Systems Management which promote the development of knowledge and understanding, research skills, skills of analysis and interpretation, skills of coherent argument, skills of communication and presentation;
To increase self-awareness and insight into both professional and ethical issues relevant to the discipline of Information Systems Management.
Knowledge and Understanding
Business and management theory
HR and technology management, project management, the business environment, and strategic planning
IT hardware and software, and its uses, both local and global, in society and business
Theory of databases and systems analysis
Thinking or Cognitive Skills
Solving problems and communicating solutions in a professional and rigorous fashion
Making connections between subjects taught in separate modules
Evaluation of methodologies within the discipline
Planning and conducting a research project
Synthesis and integration of information from a variety of sources
Report writing, group work, oral and written presentation skills, research skills
Construction of databases
Use ofa variety of software packages andhardware
Application of Number
Information Literacy and Technology
Improving own learning and performance
Working with others
Transferable Professional Skills Students will be able to apply specific skills relevant to current practice in the area of Information Systems Management and computing, and continue to develop these skills with an appreciation to technological responsibility.
The programme offered is a Single Honours programme studied over three years on a full time basis.
Each module is worth 20 credits with 200 hours of associated teaching and learning, except for the double (dissertation) module which carry a 40 credit value and 400 hours of teaching and learning. The programme takes into account the benchmarking statements for Computing (Information Systems Management does not have its own) and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
At Level 4, the student undertakes 6 modules, studied over a period of 24 weeks.
At Level 5, the student undertakes 5 modules, studied over a period of 20 weeks, and then undertakes the Work Based Learning module or Experiential Learning module over 6 weeks.
At Level 6, the student undertakes 4 modules and the dissertation, studied over a period of 24 weeks.
The programme is modular and conforms to the nationally recognised credit structure adopted across the university sector. It comprises 3 levels of study and attainment. At each level, the student must gain 120 credits - that is 360 credits in total for the degree. The Certificate in Higher Education is an exit award for those students who have successfully completed level4 and choose not to continue study to level 5, and the Diploma in Higher Education is an exit award for those students who have successfully completed levels4 and5 and choose not to continue into level 6. The programme consistsofseventeen20-creditmodules and one 40-credit module (level6 dissertation). Each 20-credit module has an allocation of 200 notional learning hours. The mode of study is full-time, or part-time, with attendance. At level5 the student may choose between a Work Based Learning module and an Experiential Learningmodule based within the Department of Computer Science, the latter taking the form of a case study appropriate to Information Systems Management. At level6 the student undertakes a compulsory individual dissertation project.
The admissions data provided below was correct at the time of creating this programme specification (August 2014). Please refer to the prospectus pages on the corporate website www.chester.ac.uk for the most recent data.
The University has a strategy for Widening Access and Participation and seeks to recruit students from backgrounds and areas which might not be viewed as 'traditional'. The following is therefore for guidance only; each applicant is subject to individual consideration.
Applicants should typically be able to demonstrate one of the following:
A minimum of 260 UCAS points, of which 220 points must be obtained from GCE and/or VCE A Levels (12 or 6 unit awards), including Grades CC in two subjects. The remaining points may be achieved from GCE and/or VCE A/AS Levels, VCE double award, or from Level 3 Key Skills certification
BTEC National Diploma/Certificate: merit profile
Irish Highers/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects
International Baccalaureate: 30 points
European Baccalaureate: a minimum of 70%
QAA recognised Access course, Open College Units or Open University Credits.
Information Systems Management does not have its own Benchmarking Statements. In developing the programme the Department of Computer Science took cognisance of both the Computing and the General Business and Management criteria in ensuring that students would graduate with appropriate levels in:
Computing, Business and Management related cognitive abilities and skills
Computing, Business and Management practical skills
Transferable and personal skills.
A combination of learning and teaching methods are employed:
Formal interactive lectures
Supervised practical and workshop sessions (individual and group) and demonstrations
Individual and group tutorials
Student-led presentations, seminars, and group discussion
Directed and independent study, particularly using on-line materials, guided reading and resource-based learning
Work based activities and reflection
Work-focused activity, including projects (and their planning), problem solving and case study analysis
Student-centred academic and work-related research
Reflection encouraged by use of Personal Development Portfolio.
Level 4: Learning is predominantly tutor-designed and guided, and students are offered opportunities for individual initiative within this framework, which provides groundwork in subject-specific and transferable study skills and encouragement to communicate accurately.
Level 5: Learning design remains largely tutor-guided and students are encouraged to work in collaboration with tutors and fellow students. There is opportunity for consolidation and development of appropriate study skills and for experiencing a range of appropriate methods for tasks in hand. The work-based learning placement or experiential learning project allow students to put the theory of the programme delivered during levels 4 and 5 into practice in a real-world context.
Level 6: Students develop a greater responsibility for their own learning, both independent and collaborative. There is a consolidation of appropriate study skills and their application to independent enquiry in the form of a major individual research development project.
Knowledge and Understanding
Unseen examination, appraisal of literature and systems, projects, presentations.
Reports, presentations, reflection through work based learning support, group presentation.
Work-based learning is an integral part of the programme at level 5. The aim of the Work-Based modules is to enable students to apply and develop their knowledge, either at their own place of employment or by an appropriate work placement, managed through a placement learning contract. The programme is designed to accommodate learning and assessment in the workplace for both full time and part time students. Students will negotiate learning outcomes with their employer and WBL tutor, who will monitor and assess their achievement.
Level 4: Students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic terminology and key ideas within the disciplines of the programme;
Demonstrate basic skills appropriate to the disciplines of the programme, including the exercise of an open and questioning approach to familiar and new material;
Express ideas with clarity, accuracy and appropriate reference to sources.
Level 5: Students will be able to:
Recognise, analyse and relate appropriately to one another more complex ideas and concepts within the disciplines of the programme;
Demonstrate further skills required in the programme, including use of and development of complex systems;
Apply appropriate techniques to the design, specifiation and/or development of systems;
Demonstrate an ability to audit their own skills and understand their development as a learner.
Level 6: Graduating students will be able to:
Analyse and synthesise complex ideas in the disciplines of the programme; and evaluate them appropriately;
apply independent enquiry and a wide range of skills appropriate to the disciplines of the programme;
Formulate a coherent design and implementation strategy, derived from a range of reading and/or practice, and comment critically upon such strategy;
Undertake project work in such a way that it is planned, implemented and interpreted with due regard for evidence, appropriate modes of enquiry and the communication of its outcomes.
A graduate of this programme will be able to solve problems and communicate solutions across a broad range of areas within business, management and computing, and will be able to evaluate and analyse alternatives from a number of theoretical models.
On completion of their study a graduate will be well placed to enter a range of careers, typically:
Information Solution Developer
Business Systems/IT Consultant
Business Development Manager
The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.
The programme is delivered in English and provided the student has attained the defined standard there are no other cultural issues.
As a technology-oriented degree there is a high likelihood that the majority of disabilities can be addressed using appropriate specialist hardware and software; individual applicants will be invited to discuss their individual needs with the programme leader and the applicant will be advised as to the provision that can be made for them, prior to accepting a place.
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