This programme is specifically designed to provide:
The IT degree and all of its specialisms have similar modules in Level 1. Modules that provide a foundation for any IT professional include System Analysis & Design, Fundamentals of Software Development, and Introduction to Programming in an appropriate language. More technical knowledge and skills are developed in Operating Systems & Computer Architecture and Introduction to Networking. Introduction to Management and Computing & IT in the Workplace provide a foundation for multidisciplinary education and understanding personal and organisational development. Important and relevant skills for independent learning are introduced throughout this level.
Further in-depth analysis and design skills are developed at Level 2 with System Development Methods and Human-Computer Interaction, while Object Oriented Development with Java sharpens your programming skills. The E-Commerce, E-Business, Enterprise Systems, and Integrated Business Processes with SAP ERP Systems modules give you a complete understanding of how Business Information Systems support modern organisational activity. Along with independent learning, a common theme in all APU ICT awards is fostering creativity and innovation in individuals and teams. These themes are the specific focus of the Creativity & Innovation and Research Methods for Computing & Technology modules.
The focus of Level 3 is further development of relevant technical skills and the ability to apply these skills with strong critical thinking and analysis. An IT professional in this field must have a proper understanding and appreciation of issues related to the development, deployment, and business impact of information systems. This is developed and enhanced through Information Systems Development Trends, Computer Systems Management, E-Business Strategy, Building Customer Relationships, and Developing E-Commerce Applications. General personal and professional development is enhanced in Project Management, while Innovation Management & New Product Development continues the theme of generating new ideas and creating new products.
The Investigations and Project modules provide opportunity for students to further develop the academic and practical aspects of their areas of study and reinforce their independent learning skills. Furthermore, the major project that students are expected to do, will entail extensive research in domain knowledge and acquiring of skills in using tools and methods in the particular specialism. The significant aspect of this level is the demonstration of higher level critical thinking, analysis and application in the award project.
You will be well suited to one of the many careers that use IT in business at a management level. Your graduate destination is likely to be within an IT department, developing IT systems and servicing the IT needs of a number of business departments such as finance, marketing or human resources. You may take up a career in IT systems development, IT systems analysis and design or IT network management.