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Business Computing

BSc (Hons)

A truly interdisciplinary degree course, combining computing, business, marketing, management, software development and law, taught by experts from across the University.

Why study Business Computing at Dundee?

The IT specialists of the next decade will need to be multiskilled in order to keep up with the technological demands of international business. They will not only need to have the expertise to build technology for businesses but also understand business practice.

Our BSc Business Computing degree develops these computing skills and meets the demands of businesses, both nationally and internationally, including:

  • selling online, through 'virtual storefronts' and online catalogues
  • the exchange of business data
  • online market research
  • ensuring the security of business transactions

What's so good about Business Computing at Dundee?

Students have 24-hour access to our award-winning computing building. It has an unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas, with a range of equipment for you to use such as programming kit for games consoles including the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation.

You will take a unique module specially developed by the School of Computing and leading industrialists for this degree: Technology Innovation Management - a UK "first". David Farquhar, 2in10 CEO, wrote: "We strongly believe that today's software engineering graduates need technical marketing skills and knowledge to be able to help their companies to build genuinely commercial products that markets want to buy. We have distilled over 300 years of technology product marketing and sales experience into our programmes, and are delighted to be able to deploy them for the benefit of students at the School of Computing."

"The course is well structured & the lecturers are very passionate." Final year student comment from National Student Survey, 2010

Computing student profiles »

Degree Combinations

  • BSc Business Computing

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

We also know how important it is to be at the leading edge of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff in the School of Computing, plus colleagues from the School of Business. Leading researchers teach from your first year through to your final year. Our small classes mean that we really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.

Different learning activities are provided to develop your understanding and skills, and move you towards professional independence:

  • Lectures to present theory and design methodology
  • Examples that illustrate key concepts through on-screen presentations, class participation and live demonstrations
  • Laboratory classes for you to practise what you have been taught, with support and guidance from tutors
  • Coursework - individual, in pairs or in a team - for you to develop your skills
  • Guided revision of your knowledge in tutorials
  • Project work to consolidate your learning through practical and challenging software development projects, and to prepare for your career in industry.

What you will study

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Degree without Honours

If you choose to study a degree without honours, you study for three years, levels 1-3 below.

Level 1
  • Computing - software development, Java programming, team project
  • Information Technology - web authoring, human-computer interaction (HCI), physical computing, design & testing
  • Business Understanding - accounting, supply, demand, consumer theory, markets & profits
Level 2
  • Computing - Unix, computer systems, C++ programming
  • Business & Technology - databases, project management, web development project with a real client
  • Business - microeconomics, management information systems
Level 3
  • Information Systems - database design for the business world, data warehousing and data mining, new technologies for producing, securing and maintaining www sites
  • Marketing and Business - linking knowledge of marketing to an understanding of how enterprise creates customer value
  • Usability Engineering - GUI programming, software engineering and HCI
  • Modelling and Architecture - analysis, design and introductory business process modelling, essentials of modern computer architecture and the role of operating systems, data communications and architecture options

Level 4

  • Industrial Team Project - 3 week team project set by an external customer
  • Secure e-commerce
  • Technology Innovation Management
  • 18 week Individual Project
  • Four sub-modules from Research Frontiers options such as:
    • Human Resources
    • Marketing Research
    • Intelligent Agents for E-Commerce
    • Interactive Systems Design
    • Natural Language Processing

How you will be assessed

Coursework and project work can be practical (e.g. developing software) or applied (e.g. analysing business practices or preparing and giving presentations).

The weightings we allocate to assessed coursework and final examination vary from module to module: 50-60% may be allocated to the final exam, but this can be less in some modules and higher in others.

Careers

As a business computing graduate, you will have a broad range of skills and knowledge, making you highly employable in today's marketplace.

You will learn to use your skills in a real-world environment. For example, for an assignment to produce a market requirements document, students had to interview product managers from companies including Cisco, IBM, Sun, Money Dashboard, Wolfson and Microsoft.

You can take a work placement in the summer vacation between Level 3 and Level 4 to greatly enhance your employability and give you a good insight into working in industry.

One recent graduate was one of ten student finalists at a recent international competition, winning an all-expenses-paid trip to Monaco. He said: "My project was highly appreciated. I also met with many industry executives from companies including Nokia, Philips, SCM Technologies and Motorola. I also got four job offers from different companies."

Another recent graduate particularly valued the broad range of skills provided by the business computing degree, including business areas such as accountancy and marketing: "This wide range of skills allowed me to gain a summer placement in game management with Cohort Studios."

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Entry Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2014

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBC ABBB
GCE A-Level CCC BBB
ILC Higher BBBC ABBB
IB Diploma 28 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level) 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Two Sciences (SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level) and Mathematics (Standard Grade, Int2, GCSE, ILC Ordinary Level or IB Subsidiary Level).

Suitable Science subjects are: Information Technology, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology or Computing Science
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Mathematics and a Science(SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level) and completion of the University's Java Online module.
For all School of Computing degrees, entry at Level 2 requires demonstration of competence in object-oriented programming using Java. This can be gained via our pre-entry module Java Online).

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HNC with grade A in the Graded Unit and 120 SCQF credits or a relevant HND with grades BB in the Graded Units (Level 2 entry)
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science (Level 1 entry)
Pass with BB at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access Relevant science subject with ABB grades to include Mathematics at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules (Level 2 entry)
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD (Level 2 entry)
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB (Level 1 entry)
Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB (Level 1 entry)
Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB (Level 2 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science (Level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science (Level 2 entry)

For entry to Computing, competence in Mathematics is essential. Level 2 entry for all programmes except Human Computer Interaction requires completion of our pre-entry module Java Online
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

 

Courses starting September 2015

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBC ABBB
GCE A-Level CCC BBB
ILC Higher ABBB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Mathematics and a Science (SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level); Computing Science is recommended
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Mathematics and a Science(SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level) (Computing Science is recommended) and completion of the University's Java Online module.
For all School of Computing degrees, entry at Level 2 requires demonstration of competence in object-oriented programming using Java. This can be gained via our pre-entry module Java Online).

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HNC with grade A in the Graded Unit and 120 SCQF credits or a relevant HND with grades BB in the Graded Units (Level 2 entry)
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science (Level 1 entry)
Pass with BB at Advanced Higher in 2 Sciences or Mathematics and a Science (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access Relevant science subject with ABB grades to include Mathematics at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules (Level 2 entry)
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD (Level 2 entry)
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB (Level 1 entry)
Grade B with ASL-A Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at BB (Level 1 entry)
Pass with A-Levels in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science at AB (Level 2 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science (Level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in 2 Sciences/Mathematics and a Science (Level 2 entry)

For entry to Computing, competence in Mathematics is essential. Level 2 entry for all programmes except Human Computer Interaction requires completion of our pre-entry module Java Online
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

 

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £13,250 per year of study.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes KIS data
BSc Business Computing G4N1 View KIS data for this course

UCAS Application Process


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