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    1. 2016
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Business Systems Analysis and Design

MSc |
With the MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design course at City you can unravel a business system and prepare to work as an analyst within the industry.

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2016

Duration

Full-time: one year
Part-time: up to 28 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500

Who is it for?

The course is for motivated students who enjoy working within high-pressure environments often to tight deadlines. You will need a good undergraduate degree as well as the tenacity and patience to understand business systems and the ability to adapt to constant change.

Objectives

There is a common misconception in building business systems: that users know their requirements. Often they don’t. This postgraduate Business Systems Analysis programme has been designed to address this problem.

The MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design is not about developing algorithms and coding. We work with technology but we are not technicians because we know that to become an IT consultant or business analyst, you need to understand the disparate areas that make up the discipline. This is a Masters degree where you will design a business system; in order to do this you will unpick the information infrastructure to find out if the system works.

Analysing a business system is a process that demands constant re-evaluation. By investigating system requirements, considering how information flows through it, and exploring the pitfalls that emerge within user hierarchies, at City we examine the business system as a whole. This approach is essential to respond to rapid business change.

These are some of the questions the course poses:

  • What is the right system to address the problem?
  • Does the system meet the needs of the business now and will it be able to adapt in the future?
  • How is information flowing within the system?
  • How will users interact with the system throughout the project life cycle?

“Business systems have a lot of underlying themes – what we’re trying to do on this course is to give students a good, solid foundation in all of these themes, whether it’s business processes, requirements or managing information. Once they have this overview of the parts they can develop a unified view of the business system as a whole.”

Course Director, Dr Andrew MacFarlane

Accreditation

British Computer Society logo

This full time or part time MSc course is accredited by the British Computer Society. This means that by completing it, you partially fulfil the academic requirement for becoming a Chartered IT professional.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification.

Previous academic and commercial experience is considered.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four test components)

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Apply for MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design

We invite all suitable applicants living within a 200-mile radius of London to an open and/or interview session; these are held monthly between March and July. Overseas and more distant applicants are sent a questionnaire, which may be supplemented by a telephone interview or email discussion. Such students are welcome to visit the Department if they are in or near London at some stage.

You should submit your application by one of the following two methods:

1. Completing the online form; or

2. Completing a hard copy of the application form and sending this to the address below.

Please ensure you include your supporting documentation with your application. If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course.

You will be able to attach electronic copies of your supporting documents. However, you will be required to submit your confidential references in hard copy (in signed and sealed envelopes) to the address below, together with any supporting documents you do not attach when applying online. We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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Funding

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Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

We provide a comprehensive list of other funding sources, such as Career Development Loans, Research Council Studentships, Access to Learning Funds, and Charities and Trusts. here. There are no mandatory awards (direct government grants to students) for postgraduate study. Applicants should consider carefully the cost of fees and maintenance at an early stage in the application process.

Please contact our Programmes Office for more information.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

Student views

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Placements

Postgraduate students on a Computing and Information Systems course are offered the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of their degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from their taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides students with professional development opportunities that enhance their technical skills and business knowledge.

Internships delivered by City University London offer an exceptional opportunity to help students stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing students to work full-time for up to six months. Students will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should they wish to consider undertaking this route.

Benefits of completing an internship at City are:

  • Develop new skills - Internships offer on-the-job learning that will help enhance your skill set and add to your CV.
  • Exclusive opportunities - The PLU is a dedicated team of internship and professional development specialists. We hold longstanding relationships with a large range of employers and proactively seek out exclusive internship opportunities to suit your needs and interests.
  • Central point of contact - You will be assigned a Work-Based Learning Advisor who will provide help and support throughout the internship process, from applying to roles through to completion of your Masters.
  • Enhance your employability - Organisations are very keen to employ graduates with existing professional experience. It is common for internship providers to offer interns full-time positions on completion of their Masters.
  • Gain an insight into an organisation and industry - This will help you with future career planning.
  • Give you a head start in your chosen field - With the experience you gain, you may be able to enter an organisation at a higher level on completion of your studies.
  • Develop your network of professional contacts - This will be useful when you come to apply for positions and roles within your preferred area.
  • Earn while you learn - The majority of internships provide a competitive salary.

More information on postgraduate internships.

Academic facilities

As a student on the MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design course you will have access to dedicated labs and use specialist software such as SAP. At City we also have access to Microsoft Dynamics ERP software to support the enterprise information system module. Microsoft Dynamics is an industry-based CRM system. As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

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Teaching and learning

The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination, plus a project dissertation. Students successfully completing eight taught modules and the research project will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree. All modules in this course are supported by the University's online learning environment.

The course is available full time (12 months) and part time (up to 28 months; - two evenings a week).

The Department is aware that this involves considerable commitment from part-time students, and endeavours to be flexible in resolving problems arising from combining work and study.

Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a masters level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Overall, the strategy is to encourage a diversity of approaches by lecturers to provide a diversity of experiences for students in traditional lectures, live classroom demonstrations, tutorials, laboratories, and TV studios. Students are encouraged to engage with the material in a very active way. As a postgraduate, you take responsibility for your own learning and use will use non-timetabled hours for your own private study or group interactions.

Modules are assessed by a number of different components, which may comprise of coursework, laboratory work, presentation and examination.

The timetable below is for guidance only and is subject to change.

FULL-TIME study
timetable
 PART-TIME (evening)
study timetable
 
Semester 1 Year 1 Semester 1 
Systems Specification* Tuesday morning Practical Business Systems Consultancy Tuesday 18.00-20.50
Software Systems Design* Wednesday morning Systems Specification Thursday 18.00-20.50

Practical Business Systems Consultancy

Wednesday
afternoon
Year 1 Semester 2 
Requirements Engineering* Friday morning Business Intelligence & Analytics Tuesday 18.00-20.50
Research Methods and Professional Issues Friday afternoon Databases Thursday 18.00-20.50
Semester 2 Year 2 Semester 1 
Project Management Monday afternoon Research Methods and Professional Issues Tuesday 18.00-20.50
Databases Tuesday morning User Centred Design*
Thursday 18.00-20.50
  Year 2 Semester 2 
Business Intelligence & Analytics

Business Engineering with ERP solutions

Tuesday afternoon

Wednesday
Business Engineering with ERP Solutions

Project Management

Tuesday 18.00-20.50

Thursday
18.00-20.50

* option modules: students elect to take two out of Requirements Engineering, Systems Specification, User Centred Design and Software Systems Design.

Modules

Practical work is emphasised throughout to develop understanding and skills which are strengthened by the interactive teamwork approach. The course has an excellent track record in producing employable hybrid IT/business professionals.

The Course Develops:

  • Skills in business awareness, design and consultancy to facilitate the alignment of IT systems and services to business objectives
  • The specialist understanding of theoretical principles in business systems analysis and design
  • Technical skills, through practical laboratory work, to enable students to apply their knowledge of IT and how it affects business competitiveness MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design

The course will equip you with specialist knowledge ranging from business systems requirements analysis and design, software  systems engineering, data modelling to business intelligence, project  management and business engineering with ERP solutions.

Core modules

Business engineering with ERP solutions INM342 (15 credits)

  • Understand the critical issues when re-engineering businesses using large off-the-shelf products
  • Discuss the most common types of packaged enterprise information systems
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Business process management
  • Business process re-engineering.

Business intelligence & analytics INM451 (15 credits)

  • Focus on information-intensive approaches to decision-making
  • Examine how analytical techniques and effective visualization can transform business data into actionable insights and intelligence
  • Work with data and transform them to answer business questions, and to discover, understand and improve business processes
  • Understand and make use of the internationally recognised expertise in the Department of Computer Science.

Practical business systems consultancy INM353 (15 credits)

  • Gain knowledge on how to select the most appropriate analysis and design approach for particular business scenarios, with critical awareness of the range of available options
  • Gain consultancy skills practice in TV studio role-playing
  • Identify and review teamwork analysis of case studies to provide fast-track development for your understanding of both theoretical and practical issues.

Project management INM372 (15 credits)

  • Take an active part in the development of an Information Systems (IS) project, as an IT practitioner, business or systems analyst or project development specialist
  • Understand the roles and skills needed at each stage of the project development process
  • Identify decisions to be made and their consequences with a focus on both theoretical and practical issues.

Research methods and professional issues INM373 (15 credits)

  • Demonstrate knowledge on how to communicate appropriately and perform research in a rational and accountable manner
  • Understand the frameworks within which we communicate and gain knowledge of their legal and ethical dimensions, the particular skills and techniques that make that possible and the range of professional issues involved
  • Develop a theoretical understanding of research methods, practical skills in carrying out research, design, evaluation and dissemination, and an awareness of the professional contexts within which research is used.

Systems specification INM312 (15 credits)

  • Understand how systems specification is a key activity building on requirements and feeding into system design
  • Understand the specification process and its problems
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of basic parts of UML as a specification language.

Elective modules

Choose from one module in the first term from the following:

User-centred design INM355 (15 credits)

  • Identify that usability is critical to the success of interactive software systems and is achieved through user-centred interaction design and evaluation
  • Introduce key concepts of the underpinning discipline of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Develop techniques for effective and engaging interaction design that will be widely applied in commercial settings and are relevant to other software engineering methods.

Information and knowledge management INM351 (15 credits)

  • A key resource for any organisation is the internal and external information which is key to its business. Employees use this information to generate knowledge given both business and technological drivers from the external environment.
  • In this module you will learn how to manage information and knowledge as part of the IT infrastructure e.g. supporting communication/collaboration, users' needs for information and their information seeking behaviour. You will investigate barriers to successful information management strategies such as information overload and determine the policies (both managerial and technological) that can be put in place to resolve the problems. This will provide you with the knowledge to manage information effectively to meet an organisation's key strategic goals.

Choose from one module in the second term from the following:*

Databases INM343 (15 credits)

  • The module will prepare you for a career as an information professional that involves the use and development of databases in personal and organisational contexts
  • The emphasis is on combining conceptual knowledge of database modelling with practical skills and experience of using relational databases
  • Relational databases are used throughout and you gain skills in and experience of the SQL Data Definition Language to implement databases, ensuring database consistency and integrity, and the SQL Data Manipulation Language to develop working SQL queries that address a range of information needs.

Information Retrieval (IR) INM351 (15 credits)

  • Information Retrieval (IR) systems are key to supporting information management. These are applied in various contexts e.g. work, mobile, social media, etc. Users have various information needs in these contexts and, as part of their overall information-seeking strategy, they use IR systems to find and access the information required to fulfil those needs.
  • In this module you will learn how to analyse information needs and create search strategies to retrieve relevant information using a variety of systems e.g. web, online and for different media such as text, images and videos. The evaluation of IR systems is also a key focus of the module, using different methodologies. The module will give you the theoretical and practical knowledge to use IR systems effectively.

*Note: Databases is compulsory for students who do not have prior knowledge at the discretion of the programme director

Career prospects

Business Systems Analysis and Design is suitable for applicants from any academic discipline, as the IT industry is not simply interested in technical skills, as it is primarily project-based and people-centred. There is a very significant demand for graduates with the hybrid skills needed in business systems analysis and design, which is not simply about technical skills, as it is largely project-based and people-centred.

The Department of Computer Science has an excellent track record in producing highly employable graduates for all these sectors. However, as the computing industry evolves, employers are becoming much more selective about the particular skills required from graduates, and the institutions from which they have obtained their qualifications.

With European competitors taking a master's degree as a basic graduate qualification, the standard UK bachelor's degree is no longer adequate. Mobility, professional equivalence and long-term job security in an open European job market demands a master's degree.

Recent graduates are employed in consultancy companies, software houses, major enterprise software users such as banks, the public services, telecommunications, multinational manufacturers, and large retailers. The programme helps students build a strong network with their peers, and cohorts keep in touch through informal events such as dinners, as well as maintaining the network as part of their career development.

Recent Alumni job titles

Data obtained from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Statistics, 2016.

  • Company Director
  • Systems Analyst
  • IT Business Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Analyst Team Leader
  • IT Consultant
  • ERP Consultant.
92% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


Apply for MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design

We invite all suitable applicants living within a 200-mile radius of London to an open and/or interview session; these are held monthly between March and July. Overseas and more distant applicants are sent a questionnaire, which may be supplemented by a telephone interview or email discussion. Such students are welcome to visit the Department if they are in or near London at some stage.

You should submit your application by one of the following two methods:

1. Completing the online form; or

2. Completing a hard copy of the application form and sending this to the address below.

Please ensure you include your supporting documentation with your application. If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course.

You will be able to attach electronic copies of your supporting documents. However, you will be required to submit your confidential references in hard copy (in signed and sealed envelopes) to the address below, together with any supporting documents you do not attach when applying online. We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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Programmes Office (room A302)

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