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Evaluate and critique the range of activities within the key business functional areas and their interrelationship and interconnectedness

Post Date: 09 - Aug - 2023

Programme Specification

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Programme Title:

Business Management and Information Technology

Programme (AOS) Code(s):


UCAS Code:


Name of Final Award:

Bachelor of Science with Honours, BSc (Hons)

Level of Qualification:

Level 6

Regime of Delivery:


Mode(s) of Delivery:

Full Time

Typical Length of Study (Years):

3 years, 4 with Foundation Year

Brief Description of the Programme

As Artificial intelligence becomes more useful and more widespread, and businesses recognise the power of using data to support their decision making, there is an increasing demand for business leaders who can harness the power of IT to ensure the success of their organisation.

A recent BBC report suggested that we need to future proof our careers because some of our existing roles will no longer be needed, as AI and technology take over those roles.  The same article stated that education needs to change dramatically to prepare graduates. New graduates will need technical ability, data discipline and human discipline. This programme will provide all of those skills.

A key feature of this programme is to blend academic study from both Business Management and Computing, in order to enhance the employability of our graduates and future proof their careers. The programme will provide opportunities to develop higher order skills, such as problem solving, empathy and creativity which will ensure students are highly sought after by employers, and which AI/computers cannot achieve.

This programme is aimed at those who wish to develop a good understanding of Business Management in a changing world of volatility, uncertainty and change, but who also appreciate the role that IT and data can have in that ambiguous business setting.  The course provides a balance of theory and practice, providing opportunities to apply knowledge into live briefs and real projects where possible. Students acquire a wide range of skills and competences useful for dealing competently with real-life, practical problems. The course will focus on the ability to think critically and will, therefore, enable students to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real- life problems.

Distinguishing Features

  • This programme offers a wide range of knowledge and skills for students, so that they can pursue a career in business roles, such as IT Director, technical sales and support roles, IT Consultant, Data Analyst, IT project manager.

Programme Aims


Provide all students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the core functions of business and management


Provide students with a deep understanding of technical decisions involving commercial computing and the development of an awareness of various types of technologies.


Develop students who can systematically and critically analyse and discriminate between options for various computer-based problems and devise appropriate solutions


Equip students with a range of technical competencies and leadership skills, to enhance their employability as graduates.


Develop in students the intellectual skills necessary to contribute to effective business practice and problem solving

Programme Learning Outcomes

The Bucks Graduate Attributes focus on the development of innovative leaders in professional and creative capacities, who are equipped to operate in the 21st Century labour market and make a positive impact as global citizens. The attributes are developed through the programme.


Learning Outcome

On successful completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:

Graduate Attribute: Knowledge and its application (K)


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key business foundation disciplines, such as business environment, finance, marketing, business information systems and people management


Evaluate and critique the range of activities within the key business functional areas and their interrelationship and interconnectedness;


Analyse theories and concepts of strategic management, leadership and innovation within a changing environment.


Appreciate the core disciplines of Computing including: programming, Web, databases and networking


Recognise the business, industrial and commercial context in which computer systems are deployed, with particular regard to their usability

Graduate Attribute: Creativity (C)


Create, evaluate and assess options to enable effective problem solving and decision-making,

using appropriate qualitative, quantitative and IT techniques and skills;


Solve problems by clarifying complex questions, considering alternative solutions and critically evaluating outcomes


Research information about complex business and IT situations and apply qualitative and quantitative techniques to it, in a project context.


Make informed decisions and produce innovative plans, approaches and solutions to software issues within Quality Assurance and Testing Framework

Graduate Attribute: Social and ethical awareness and responsibility (S)


Behave in an honest and ethically responsible way, showing respect to others


Implement the necessary data protection principles, including the appropriate use of computers and technology, such that information is used fairly, lawfully and transparently


Adhere to any principles and guidelines of conduct applicable to professional practice, such as integrity, confidentiality, competence and fairness, providing support to colleagues and acting properly towards clients and others

Graduate Attribute: Leadership and self-development (L)


Demonstrate ability to work both independently and as part of a team


Display a range of personal and interpersonal skills, including the capacity for continuous learning, taking initiatives, performing to deadlines, communicating effectively and persuasively, skills which are necessary to enter a career in Business and IT, or undertake further study


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


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