Information drives business, and knowing how to handle that information is key to success. Our course takes you from the lecture theatre to the lab as you explore the theory, design and creation of business information systems. When you graduate you’ll have a choice of fascinating career options. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry. The world is increasingly reliant on effective information systems – and that includes business. Our course explores the nature and value of information in a commercial context, including how it is gathered, stored and used. The focus is on analysing business problems and designing systems to solve them. Learning theory in the classroom, you’ll also get plenty of practical experience as you put your skills to creative use. You’ll consider security and data management while getting an introduction to modelling and programming. You’ll specify, design and build applications to meet business requirements, including small-scale database systems and web apps. And you can also choose to get on-the-job experience during a placement year. Besides technical know-how, you’ll learn transferable skills which are essential in any sector. You’ll become a confident communicator, able to work well independently and in a team; develop creative, flexible approaches to problem solving; and the ability to put them into practice. You’ll learn to do this safely and ethically, aware of the political, social and cultural contexts in which you’re working. Our computer architecture labs include an isolated network, so you experiment safely with the configuration of network devices. Meanwhile, our software applications labs offer Apple Mac Pros with dual-boot into Windows or Mac OS X. From there, you’ll have access to applications including CAD, databases and web software. We also have a virtual network environment, so you can access our networking devices whenever you like.