BSc (Hons)

Business Technology

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Overview

Digital technology is is vital to support every aspect of business. Graduates of Business Technology need to have skills to harness the power of digital for business success.

Organisations rely on a host of digital media and systems to operate at every level. Their effectiveness, efficiency and competitive advantage will depend heavily on how they use technology, for example to manage their supply chain, transactions, or relationships with customers or clients. 

Companies are adopting sophisticated, responsive systems to improve the services we receive through our mobile phones, laptops and tablet devices. The online user experience between a customer and a brand is something that can make or break a sale. 

Companies need skilled graduates who understand the world of social and digital technologies and how these all integrate with business processes to ensure business success.

This opens up a world of career possibilities for business technology graduates, including business analysis, big data and digital project management, to app development, user experience and e-commerce careers. 

This degree aims to build your technical skills, knowledge and confidence to be prepared for these graduate opportunities. You will study the relationship between business and technology in a diverse range of units that combine business studies, marketing, and project management with web development, information systems and emerging technologies.

Watch a graduate video here: Sumiya Sheikh, BSc (Hons) Business Technology

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

The IT sector remains a growth area, with a healthy demand for the skills needed to help a range of different types of businesses and organisations to develop their digital capability. Employers want people who understand the world of social and digital technologies and how it makes business succeed. The Business Technology degree at Manchester Met Business School offers future proofing of your skills.

These skills underpin and fuel developments behind the success of global brands such as Google, Facebook, Apple and newer companies such as Instagram and Snapchat.  Our business technology degree ensures you have the right mix of skills and knowledge in order to follow in the footsteps of our alumni who enjoy rewarding careers in business analysis, project management, IT management, app and web development for leading organisations such as Microsoft, IBM or the NHS, or have gone on to set up and run their own business.

Look here to see how the skills developed throughout the Business Technology degree align with current job vacancies in the digital field.

Watch a graduate video here: Sumiya Sheikh, BSc (Hons) Business Technology

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form www.mmu.ac.uk/course-enquiry

Course details

The Business Technology degree at Manchester Met Business School offers future-proofing of your skills. These skills underpin and fuel developments behind the success of global brands such as Google, Facebook, Apple and newer companies such as Uber and AirBnB.

Our Business Technology degree aims to develop the next generation of business savvy, tech-experts. Studying this fast-paced subject at Manchester Met will allow you to move into a growing and dynamic sector.

During your studies, you will develop knowledge of how technology can be integrated into the various aspects of an organisation, and you will develop the management skills to lead digital projects.

You will develop practical skills solving realistic business problems as well as developing knowledge of the underlying principles. In the final year, you will have the opportunity to develop a full e-commerce system and learn how technology is used to collect business intelligence and inform strategic business decisions.

You will study four 30-credit units:

  • Business Effectiveness
  • Introduction to Business Systems
  • Technology Project
  • Web and Mobile Technology

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Core Units

Business Effectiveness

Prepares students for their working environment and academic studies by exposing them to contemporary relevant issues and developing skills to allow them to operate effectively in a modern organisation.  Students will also learn how to identify usability and functional needs of business software and then develop and apply tests to ensure those needs are met.

Technology Project

This unit provides you with the opportunity to actively study a business context of your choice by picking topics from the other units and investigating how the topics apply to your chosen context. You will learn to audit your own skills set, and develop professional development plans in conjunction with a tutor.  You will undertake personal development activities and evaluate and reflect on your progress. This will allow you to tailor the skills and knowledge you acquire in response to organisational needs.

Web and Mobile Technology

Introduces web and mobile solutions from initial design to implementation of solutions in a range of development environments.

Introduction to Business Systems

Develops awareness of information systems development methods and an appreciation of the need for appropriate methods and tools.

You will study four 30-credit units:

  • Customer Information Management
  • Digital Technology Design and Build
  • Emerging Technlogies in Organisations
  • Technology Management

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Core Units

Customer Information Management

This unit examines customer information and its impact on stakeholder relationships from a variety of perspectives to improve business performance. Topics covered include customer information from a variety of perspectives, including the customer, the organisation and wider stakeholder relationships. It will introduce factors to consider when evaluating Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions for example, integration with the organisation, practical implementation, support for data analytics, and utilisation of web technologies. 

Digital Technology Design and Build

Using a case study, you will analyse, then design and build a new web or mobile business application for PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Technology Management

Students identify needs and establish skills in the development, procurement, deployment and maintenance of technology to support business.

Emerging Technologies in Organisations

Considers the impact of a wide range of emerging technologies and issues affecting organisations and their stakeholders.

Placement or Overseas Study
Placement route: A minimum of 36 weeks’ paid work experience taking place in your third year.

Overseas study route: Study at a university in Europe, North America, Australia or China (Hong Kong) in your third year.

If you are on the 3 year full-time route, you will progress directly to your final year.

You will study four 30-credit units. 2 core units, 1 core elective and one option unit:

Core units:

  • Business Intelligence and Strategy
  • Developing a Digital Business

Core electives:

  • Research Project
  • Consultancy Project
  • Principles of Business Analytics

Option units*:

  • Contemporary Issues in Retailing
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • International and Global Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Principles of Business Analytics (if not taken as a core elective)
  • Strategic Communications and Advertising Planning
  • Strategic Operations for Business Development

 *Please note, these options units are indicative of what may be available in year 3, but may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Developing a Digital Business

Students learn about  the strategic and practical aspects of digital businesses, and develop a website/business case for a digital business.

Business Intelligence and Strategy

Considers strategic aspects of information systems and business intelligence in organisations and the ideas related to practice.

Option Units

Consultancy Project

This unit enables you to solve a business problem for a client business. The objective of this unit is to develop your analytical, reporting, team-working and individual skills and knowledge related to a consultancy project. You will also prepare an individual presentation (or equivalent) and an individual critical academic reflection. This unit will develop your professional and commercial awareness through the solving of a business problem for a client organisation. You will liaise with a real organisation which draws on communication and decision making skills as well as analytical skills. You will use qualitative and quantitative research methods to assist in solving a specific problem as outlined by the client. You will also use presentation skills along with academic knowledge and employ critical reflection skills. 

Integrated Marketing Communications

This unit covers the planning, development and implementation of integrated marketing communications strategies for a range of target audiences. Current trends within the industry are also explored, in addition to subjects covering marketing communications theory, marketing communications planning; brand theory in the context of communications; targeting and brand positioning; communications strategies & tools; integrated marketing communications, including integrating on-line and off-line, media planning; monitoring, control & evaluation; ethics, legal controls & codes of conduct and current trends within the communications industry.

Contemporary Issues in Retailing

Different aspects of, and challenges to, retailing and consumption in the 21st century in local, national and international environments.

Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management

This unit allows you to develop strategies using digital marketing and social media campaigns.  The unit discusses the relationships between digital marketing and social media, and organisational communications and business strategy, before exploring the opportunities available in the digital and social media marketplace. 

Strategic Operations for Business Development

Explores strategic drivers, structural and infrastructural pre-requisites for the management of operations and logistics within the context of the external strategic environment and the extended value chain.

Principles of Business Analytics

This unit will equip you with skills and knowledge relating to the handling and analysis of a variety of information generated by organisations. The overarching theme of the unit will be to consider principles of business analytics, such as the use of big data, before exploring data warehousing, how organisations can leverage data to aid the decision making process,  the study and practice of visualisation and analysis techniques utilising appropriate software.

Project Management

The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills in project management, employing a practitioner and academic perspective.

Strategic Communications and Advertising Planning

This unit aims to develop your expertise in the planning, development and implementation of integrated marketing communications strategies for a range of target audiences. Current trends within the industry and key ethical factors are also explored. In addition, the unit will allow you to consider target audiences and profile development; communications tools; ethics, legal controls and codes of conduct; how to evaluate campaigns; current campaigns and trends within the communications industry.

International and Global Marketing

This unit examines global marketing principles and demonstrates the complexities of marketing planning in divergent cultural markets. It also examines the impact of new internet technologies on international and global marketing.

Research Project

In this unit you will undertake a substantial project based on work experience or academic research that is related to your degree. You will set research objectives, carry out research, analyse your research findings and critically reflect on these to discuss implications and recommendations of your findings to your chosen area and the industry to which it relates to. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

Study
Assessment
Optional foundation year

Placements options

A placement year can be an excellent opportunity to acquire high quality work experience and structured on-the-job training whilst earning a salary. There are also opportunities for you to undertake a placement based project where you research a business issue for your employer. This project can count towards one of your final year units and reduces your workload in your final year. The placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks but it will usually last for 12 months and takes place after your second year of study.

We have an award-winning placement team, who advertise vacancies and can help you find a placement. The team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers. They advertise over 1,000 vacancies each year, organise an annual placement fair where you can meet employers who are actively recruiting placement students, deliver CV workshops, provide one-to-one advice, and will conduct a mock interview with you so you can practice your interview technique.

The placement jobs market is competitive and it is your responsibility to be pro-active and apply for vacancies. We recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year and apply for positions at the start of your second year. Finding the right opportunity and the right position is important because if you are a good match to your placement, your employer could offer you a full-time position when you have graduated.

For more information about placements, please visit our placement's page.

Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional. We have a dedicated Placement Team to support you in securing a placement with a professional employer. Fees for the Placement Year are substantially reduced. Additionally, you will incur costs including travel/living costs in securing and undertaking a placement.

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

3 years full-time: 2W49

4 years with placement: 8B07

4 years with overseas study: 2L11

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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