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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Honours) (Computing and Business)
 
COURSE CODE UBSCITHCBSFT

POSTNOMINAL

LEVEL OF QUALIFICATION

NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
FRAMEWORK LEVEL

DURATION

MODE OF ATTENDANCE

TOTAL ECTS CREDITS

B.Sc. IT (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

3 Years

Full-time

180

COURSE OVERVIEW
Why study Computing and Business?

The Computing and Business Degree programme actually provides the ideal skill-set for those students who wish to orientate their IT knowledge towards understanding and supporting business structures and processes. It should be stressed that this is not a business or management degree. Neither is it simply a collage of some ICT and some business topics, and shares nothing in common with any previous, possibly similar-sounding, degree programmes. This Degree programme is a computing degree first and foremost, witnessed by the fact that it shares a sub-set of common topics with the Software Development course. However, it allows a student to orientate and hone their accrued scientific knowledge towards one of two possible traditionally commercial non-ICT areas:
• Computing for Business,
• Computing for Finance.

The emphasis here is on the word "for". The main thrust of this Degree programme is the teaching of computing, and secondly, the application of such teaching to business in general or specifically to finance. The first focus area provides students with an insight into fundamental business procedure and techniques that would help one better tailor IT solutions to demonstrably good business practice. The type of software solutions that such graduates would be able to provide would closer match the needs of specific, already existing, business processes and structures. Such graduate would also be more sensitive to standard business practice and realities, making their technological support more valuable to specific business players. The second focus area provides more emphasis on business within the financial sector. For example in, banking, insurance, financial audit, investment operations, financial brokerage, consulting firms, etc. These are all areas of endeavor that are becoming very ICT enabled and even dependent, and are locally and internationally in vigorous growth. The demand for ICT graduates capable of understanding and supporting activity in the financial sector is on the rise. In general, this Degree programme provides a measured and well-balanced combination of topics fundamental to professional software development and topics indispensable to basic economics, management and accountancy state-of-the-art practice, therefore providing the student with more targeted appreciation of the intricacies involved in creating IT support for the modern business environment. In view of the fact that many manufacturing and service provision companies are now adopting a few-to-many (technology-to-IT-aware-business) staff complement ratio, graduates from this type of Degree programme are becoming a sought-after commodity. By introducing candidates to aspects of Business and Finance, graduates are more likely to integrate better and quicker into business and finance projects after graduation.
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES The degree gives a foundation necessary for students to be able to handle modern professional software development both from a technical aspect as well as from a project management one in a way similar to the Software Development degree programme. However, certain topics that offer more insight into the technical aspects of software development are replaced by topics not traditionally thought in a computing course. Therefore, students taking this course would be exposed to such essential and traditional business topics as basic management, accounting, economics, law, and finance, but would also be exposed to such innovative, exclusive, and excitingly new cross-disciplinary topics as computational finance, computational intelligence in finance, algorithmic trading, banking and investment analysis, decision modelling, and others. The nature of modern business software is sometimes so intricately related to the nature of the business activity itself, that it becomes a non-trivial task to obtain the degree quality and, increasingly more notably, certification that is widely expected from local and international business software providers. This degree will therefore give students the necessary skills to be able to analyse both the technological and business aspects of a solution to be able to deliver a product that would support overall operational requirements and satisfy any process certification constraints. The course teaches essential skills noticeably required by industry from both a conceptual and practical perspective that would enable the graduate to tackle a wide range of business scenarios. As ICT development strategy and environment changes, graduates from this Degree programme will be able to re-orientate accordingly. Skills acquired in this Degree programme would include a solid understanding of business concepts and technical know-how regarding the availability and application of relevant technologies required to support the competitiveness of established businesses, start-ups and their customers. Emphasis on business application and enterprise deployment includes: customer relationship management (CRM); enterprise resource planning (ERP); management communication skills; social media based solutions; knowledge management and crowd sourcing; data mining, business intelligence; emerging technologies, and others. Students opting to specialise in the financial business aspect will be able to incorporate financial theory, banking and financial services practice into ICT solutions; use automated trading methods and algorithms in their technical solutions, be able to analyse market micro structure, and trading models. Students from the specialisation part of this Degree programme will also receive skills required to allow insight into computational finance subsequently applicable to areas of investment, portfolio management, stock analysts, and fund administration. This Degree programme will also impart practical transferable skills required to conduct research and critical analysis, relevant to practitioner and industry requirements rooted in contemporary business realities.
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Graduates from this Degree programme can find employment in any local or international business organisations that either wish to adopt new, or maintain existing, supporting IT infrastructures. The level of employment will vary from developer to team and project management, and after due experience, even to more strategic positions. Graduates will also be able to participate in, and/or instigate, start-up software development companies. Graduates from this Degree programme can pursue specialisation at Masters level.
 
COURSE INTENDED FOR This programme is targeted at students who wish to pursue a career in business and finance sectors where implementation of IT technology is vital.
 
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first and/or the second semester of the second year of the course.
 
ADMISSION AND
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

(i) passes at Advanced Matriculation Level at Grade C or better in two of the following: Applied Mathematics, Computing, Information Technology, Economics, Accounting, Marketing, Pure Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, English, Philosophy, and Physics and

(ii) a pass at Intermediate Matriculation Level in Pure Mathematics at Grade C or better (if not offered at Advanced Matriculation Level) and

(iii) a pass at Intermediate Matriculation Level in Computing or Information Technology (if not offered at Advanced Matriculation Level)

provided that students who lack a grade in only one of the subjects of the Special Course Requirements required at Advanced Matriculation Level indicated in paragraph (i) above shall be admitted under those conditions as the Board may impose to compensate for the missing element. If, by the end of the first year, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.

Admission to this course is also open to applicants in possession of:

(i) five passes in the Secondary Education Certificate Examination, including English Language and Maltese and

(ii) a pass in Systems of Knowledge at Intermediate Matriculation Level and

(iii) a pass at Intermediate Matriculation Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics, or at a corresponding level of other examinations recognised by Senate for the purpose of the Admission Regulations and

(iv) either the Diploma of the City and Guilds of London Institute Course No.7235 in Applied Information Technology or the MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing or any other qualification from a recognised institution considered by the Board to be equivalent to the qualifications indicated in this paragraph.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
 
 


 

 

 
Last Updated: 2 October 2017
 
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