Business Management and Computer Science 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

The popular Business Management and Computer Science combined programme brings together two cutting edge fields of study and an opportunity to learn in two of the UK’s leading departments. Under the supervision of internationally recognised tutors, you will learn the fundamentals of business management as well as underpinning theories of software, hardware and computing techniques. Graduates from this programme are able to work with technical, theoretical and real life business problems and have a range of career options in information technology, systems and in management.

Combined Honours

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UCAS code: GN49

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Course Overview

You’ll explore concepts and debates in organisational behaviour, accounting and human resource management as well as understanding technology to solve a wide range of problems.  With round the clock access to computing labs, based on Microsoft Windows and Linux, you will gain confidence in a wide range of applications and networking software.  With a range of optional modules on offer, you have the chance to reflect on what’s happening in industry and learn about exciting developments in artificial intelligence, computer game development, human-computer interaction and cyber security.

You can also choose to put your skills and knowledge to practical use by opting to take a placement year between years two and three of your studies. The placement helps you to refine your skills and gain valuable experience for working life after graduation. 

What will this mean for my future?

You will graduate with a wide range of computing and business skills to enable you to work in a variety of roles including as a systems analyst, software engineer, management or IT consultant.  You could choose to work in the business, public or the not-for –profit sector and recent graduates have gone to work for Apple, BAE Systems, Barclays, Capgemini, Experian, Microsoft and the Ministry of Defence.

You could also decide to go on to study for a postgraduate qualification in management or computer science.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Management in Context 1 and 2

Options Include:

  • British and Global Economy
  • Marketing Principles
  • Business Law
  • Accounting Principles
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Quantitative methods
  • Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Foundations of Human Resources Management
  • Fundamentals of Computing Programming 1 (Introductory Programming)
  • Computer Animation and Multimedia
  • Information Systems and Interaction
  • Requirements, Evaluation and Professionalism
  • Natural Computation

Second year

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Ethics
  • Operations and Quality Management

Options Include:

  • Business Research
  • Enterprise and Alternative Organising
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Web Technologies Programming II (Data Structures and Algorithms)
  • Mobile Application
  • Development Database
  • Systems Advanced Programming Practices
  • System Lifecycles and Design
  • Computational Intelligence I

Third year

  • Business Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in Management

Options Include:

  • Managing Diversity ISP
  • Leading Change and Entrepreneurship
  • Identity, Culture and Organisation
  • Comparative Business Cultures

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Business Management - Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Business Management achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Business Management optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

Computer Science - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects, with at least 60 credits at each level of study (Levels 4, 5 and 6). This document has information about Computer Science modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

45

15

15

0

0

2

15

45

45

0

0

3*

30

30

30

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 105 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Business Management Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Management in Context MAN-10018

15

Global Business Environments MAN-100221

15

   

Accounting Principles MAN-10015

15

   

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100262

15

   

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

   

Business Law LAW-10027

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

Marketing  Principles MAN-10019

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900035

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Managing in a Changing Society

15

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027 3

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-100234

15

   

Introduction to International Business MAN-100231

15

Notes:

  1. If you wish to take Managing in the MNC (MAN-20084) in year 2, you will need to either study Global Business Environments (MAN-10022) OR Introduction to International Business (MAN-10023). For those wishing to take International Business Strategies (MAN-30055) in year 3, you need to take Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)
  2. Not available for students with A Level Maths (or equivalent). For students without A Level Maths, wishing to take Quantitative Methods 2 (ECO-10027), you will need to take this module
  3. Prerequisite of either A Level Maths (or equivalent) OR Quantitative Methods 1 (ECO-10026).
  4. Live company project, recommended for those wishing to take a Placement Year
  5. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Computer Science Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Fundamentals of Computing      

15

Natural Computation

15

Programming I - Programming Fundamentals

15

Information Systems and Interaction

15

Requirements, Evaluation and Professionalism

15

Computer Animation and Multimedia

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Business Management Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Organisational Behaviour MAN-20055

15

Business Ethics MAN-20091

15

   

Managing in the MNC MAN-20084 1

15

   

Professional Development MAN-200902

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900034

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900045

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Operations and Quality Management MAN-20053

15

Researching Business Management MAN-200963

15

   

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-20093

15

   

Corporate Governance and  Social Responsibility MAN-20082

15

   

International Supply Chain Management MAN-20083

15

Notes:

  1. Prerequisite either Global Business Environments (MAN-10022) OR Introduction to International Business (MAN-10023)
  2. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  3. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in year 3 in either this subject or the other subject area - if wishing to transfer to a 90 credit specialism in Management at level 6 or to do the Management ISP Managing Diversity, then this module becomes compulsory.
  4. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Computer Science Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

System Lifecycles and Design

15

Programming II - Data Structures and Algorithms

15

   

Database Systems

15

   

Mobile Application Development

15

   

Computational Intelligence I

15

   

Web Technologies

15

   

Advanced Programming Practices

15

   

Virtual Worlds

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Business Management Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

Managing Diversity (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

   

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900043

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900054

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

Contemporary Issues in Management MAN-30047

15

   

Enterprise Business Plan

15

   

International Business Strategies MAN-300552

15

Note:

  1. Prerequisite Researching Business Management MAN-20096. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in either this subject or the other subject area. This ISP is a year-long (30 credit module)
  2. Prerequisite Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)
  3. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  4. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Computer Science Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

30-credit Project

30

Software Engineering Project Management

15

   

Advanced Information Systems

15

   

Advanced Databases and Applications

15

   

Games Computing

15

   

Bioinformatics

15

   

Evolution of Complex Systems

15

   

Computational Intelligence II

15

   

Communications and Networks

15

   

IT Architectures

15

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Business Management in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

Managing Diversity (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

SME Live Project

15

   

What’s wrong with entrepreneurship? MAN-30036

15

   

Identity, Culture and Organisation MAN-30040

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900043

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900054

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Contemporary Issues in Management MAN-30047

15

Enterprise Business Plan

15

   

International Business Strategies MAN-300552

15

   

Managing International Projects MAN-30065

15

Notes:

(1) Prerequisite Researching Business Management MAN-20096

(2) Prerequisite Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)

(3) Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with another ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

(4) Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with another ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Business Management.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

 

If you choose to specialise in Computer Science in your final year you require at least 105 Computer Science credits. These 105 credits must include the compulsory 30-credit Project module.

In choosing options, students should also be mindful that some level 5 modules are required in order to be able to take certain level 6 optional modules.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az

 








Thomas Trillo

Thomas Trillo

"The support available from tutors and staff and the relaxed campus setting make the transition to university life much easier."

Accounting and Business Management, 2017