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MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design

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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 2018

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: up to 28 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,500

Part-time: £8,250 per year

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

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, (subject to re-accreditation in 2017): on successful completion of the course, students will have partly fulfilled the requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree with lower second class honours or above, or overseas equivalent.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Informatics.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

English requirements

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

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

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

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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

Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2018/19 academic year is 31st August 2018, however we may close earlier if all places are filled.

In order for your application to be considered, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City, University of London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

You can apply in the following ways:

Postal applications and supporting documents

We encourage online applications, however if you are unable to do this, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

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How to pay

City has introduced an instalment payment scheme which is available to certain categories of students, including taught postgraduate students. For students following the normal academic year, the annual fee may be paid in two equal instalments: the first on registering, the second on 31st January. If you wish to pay your fees by instalment you must pay the first instalment at or before registration, by cheque or credit/debit card. You must also supply your bank details or credit card details for payment of your second instalment which will be deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account on 31st January.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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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.

Internships

As a postgraduate student on a Computing and Information Systems course, you will have the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

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

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

We provide a diversity of teaching approaches so you get a diversity of learning experiences in the form of traditional lectures, live classroom demonstrations, tutorials, laboratories, and TV studio role-playing. We encourage you to engage with the material in an active way. As a postgraduate student, we expect you to take responsibility for your own learning and use non-timetabled hours for your own private study or group interactions.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways from coursework and laboratory work to presentations, examinations and a project dissertation. By successfully completing eight taught modules and the research project you will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree. All modules in this course are supported by Moodle, City's online learning environment.

The course is available full time (12 months) and part time (up to 28 months - two days a week). The Department is aware that this involves considerable commitment from part-time students, and we try to be as flexible as we can so you can successfully combine your work and study.

By completing eight modules and the dissertation you will be awarded 180 credits and a Masters level qualification. Alternatively, if you do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed the eight modules, you will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. If you successfully complete four modules (60 credits) you will be awarded a postgraduate certificate.

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.

Modules

There are six core modules and four electives from which you can choose two topics. Practical work is emphasised throughout the degree programme to develop your understanding and skills, which is strengthened by interactive teamwork. The course has an excellent track record in producing employable hybrid IT/business professionals.

In the industry you need to communicate your expertise in lay terms. The modules give you experience in working on group projects so you can manage roles and responsibilities and build a set of professional values. The core content will also give you the ability to set strategies, manage information flows and deal with problems such as overload and risk.

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, so you can apply your knowledge of IT and how it affects business competitiveness.

The course will give you 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) INM305 (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

As a City graduate you leave with front-line knowledge. With insight from major areas of research including software engineering, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence, you will be able to assimilate your skills within the industry and offer a future-focused mindset.

From Unilever to HMV and from Accenture to ITN, City graduates are employed across sectors in consultancy companies, software houses, the public services, telecommunications, multinational manufacturers, and large retailers. The programme will help you build a strong peer network as well as a solid network of contacts for your continued career development.

76.9% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2018/19 academic year is 31st August 2018, however we may close earlier if all places are filled.

In order for your application to be considered, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City, University of London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

You can apply in the following ways:

Postal applications and supporting documents

We encourage online applications, however if you are unable to do this, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

Contact details

Programmes Office (room A302)

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