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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course provides insight into the business reasons for large software systems such as loyalty card systems, backend systems integrating firms and their suppliers and larges systems that integrate payroll, finance and operational parts of a business. You also learn the entrepreneurial aspects of business during the practical sessions where you explore and develop your own business application idea using service design and lean startup approaches centred around customer development, which you will find useful in any future work. This course is open to anyone across the university and requires no programming experience.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Bruce Scharlau

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course aims to provide a modern introduction to business computing, centred on the concept of an enterprise data model, as well as the benefits of combining, lean, agile and service design approaches to business product development. Students will learn how to develop enterprise data models, and will gain practical skills in using service design approaches to rapidly design business products as part of the practical work in the course where teams of students will develop start up ideas suitable for web and mobile applications.

Further Information & Notes

Assistive technologies may be required for any student who is unable to use a standard keyboard/mouse/computer monitor. Any students wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt:

50% groupwork comprising:

  • 25% team portfolio submission comprising of at least four items plus a written report of 1500 words explaining the other artefacts in the portfolio used in the development of the team project
  • 25% team portfolio submission comprising a 1500-word group report explaining the final development of their project idea with supporting artefacts from their portfolio of work used in the development of the idea.


50% individual work comprising two 2000 word essays with suitable references and critique:

  • 25% on a topic of their choice within the subjects being covered
  • 25% for a reflective piece on the team effort during the term


Resubmission(s) of failed component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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