Computer Information Systems for Business BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeIN00
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offerMinimum 80 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This degree is intended for students who are interested in a course which emphasize the application of software in business and industry. The course provides a grounding in computer science, the construction and use of database systems, new media technologies, systems adminishtration, artificial intelligence and  business information systems. During your time at Bangor you will develop an understanding of the fundamentals underpinning computer information systems and their application in industry. You will be able to describe the operation of these systems and apply a range of principles and concepts to the production of properly engineered software. Crucially you will understand the drivers for the future trends in this fast moving area. New modules have recently been introduced that will enable you to design and build your own computer network. This work is undertaken in a recently developed specialist network laboratory.

CIS for Business is a variant of the CIS degree and provides an opportunity to study a range of modules in Bangor’s internationally acclaimed School of Business.

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Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • These courses are strengthened by Bangor’s close links with the computer industry. Some students find employment at The Centre for Advanced Software Technology (CAST) Ltd which focusses on visualisation technologies.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
  • Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company.
  • The School has recently installed a large networking laboratory. This facility is designed to provide students with the opportunity to design and administer networks and to support the delivery of computer architecture modules.

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Course Content

You will spend about 12 hours in lectures and 8 in laboratories each week. You will also have 4 tutorials in each module and have to work on software design and complete various problem-solving assignments. You will have an opportunity to undertake individual and team projects, including the ‘Software Hut’ software development team project in year 2. Project work will allow you to develop your creative design and technical skills as well as apply the theoretical principles you have learned. Modules are assessed by examinations, continuous assessment or a combination. The continuous assessment can include some supervised practical element or independent study, followed by report writing.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Essential IT Skills
  • HCI and Computer Graphics
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Java Programming Laboratory
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • UNIX Operating System
  • Web Technologies
  • Information Systems

Year 2

  • Principals of Marketing
  • Principals of Organising and Management
  • Market Research
  • Business Information Systems
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Software Hut
  • System Administration and Maintenance
  • Application Development
  • Knowledge Management and Information Retrieval

Year 3

  • Computer and Network and Security
  • Applications of IT
  • Individual Project – Computing
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Web-based Applications
  • Database Systems
  • Strategic Management
  • Internet Technologies and Economics
  • Business Process Re-engineering

Module listings are for guidance only and are subject to change annually.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Computer Information Systems for Business Modules page.

Programme Specification

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge for a successful career in designing and using ICT systems. The course will prepare you for a variety of careers in software design, communications and networking, computer applications, IT management, computer sales and marketing. Your mix of ICT and business skills will be particularly valuable for companies who wish to make better use of ICT.

My career kicked started at a world-leading centre of expertise in testing and gaming as an Analyst Programmer. With over a year worth of experience in industry I was then ready to start my current role as a Software Developer with Jisc where I work with cutting edge technology every day.

Jade Peat
Computer Information Systems

Employability and the School of Computer Science

Graduates from Computer Science are valuable to all kinds of industrial and public-sector employers. The combination of advanced numeracy, skill with computers and experience in teamwork and problem solving makes our graduates highly employable.

Recent graduate employment case studies

KCA Deutag and Simulity Labs.

Graduates in Computer Science

Graduates in Computer Science will have career opportunities anywhere that computers are used by businesses and the public-sector. From working as application developers to managing the IT and communications services for companies, to computer games, there are plenty of opportunities. In addition to the main stream careers for our graduates, their mathematical modelling ability combined with problem-solving and project management skills makes them attractive to a much wider range of employers.

Graduates in Computer Systems

Graduates in Computer Systems with Business Studies and allied courses are well-placed to work in modern businesses, where their skills can be put to use in the growing e-commerce arena.

Many of our graduates go on to further study: taught postgraduate courses such as the MSc degree, or research degrees such as the MPhil or PhD. Wherever there is a need for people who can use their knowledge of science and engineering to solve problems, our graduates will be ready to make a valuable contribution.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • Minimum 80 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* (these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com). 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • Minimum 80 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* (these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com). 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Tutor
School of Computer Science
Tel: 01248 382686
E-mail: cs.admissions@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/cs

Studying within the School of Computer Science

  • We offer a young and vibrant environment in which to study.
  • We have a low staff student ratio enabling staff to give each student individual attention in order that they achieve the highest academic standard.
  • Our research specialties include computer graphics, visualization, knowledge discovery, and communications. Expertise from these areas are incorporated into our teaching activities, giving students direct access to the latest Computer Science research.
  • We use of the state of the art computing laboratories, networked computers and industry standard software in all courses.
  • We place a strong emphasis on vocational aspects of their subjects including oral and written presentations, communication skills and an appreciation of business practices.
  • We have sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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