BSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship

Gain the skills to create your own computing business. Learn to design, develop and deploy real-world software to contribute to a growing industry.

KEY FACTS

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Faculty:
School of Business

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Study Options:
Full/Part Time

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Start Date:
Sept 2022

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Level:
Undergraduate

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Course Length:
3/6 Years

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Fees:

Home Full-time: £9,250 per annum
Home Part-time: £4,625 per annum
International and EU: £12,500 per annum

(For 2022, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

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About this programme

Technology is rapidly changing the way we live and work. In what is being referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the World Economic Forum predicts that there will be at least 150 million new computing/ technology jobs in the next five years. Moreover, business and technology related jobs will boom over the next decade becoming amongst the highest paid and fastest growing jobs in the new economy.
Companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple and Amazon did not become global successes by chance; they were supported by individuals who not only had computational technical skills but also knew how to build thriving new businesses.
In addition to equipping students with the skills to design, develop and deploy real-world software, the programme will provide students with business and entrepreneurial knowledge, as well as provide the opportunity to obtain industry certifications for a number of computing modules.
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What is a BSc in Computing and Entrepreneurship?

The BSc in Computing & Entrepreneurship is a practically orientated programme, designed to provide students with both the technical skills and business skills to commercialise a computational product or service, and grow the associated business. Such skills will provide students with the abilities to create and grow their own business, or to contribute to growing an established modern digital or computing orientated firm.
Programme Specification

Modules

The programme is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the IT industry, including software engineering and systems/ project management. Delivered by expert teaching staff and industry experts, the full-time BSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship is a three-year programme that typically requires a commitment of sixteen hours class time a week. The part-time study mode is offered over a period of up to six years and typically requires a commitment of eight hours class time a week. The schedule below outlines a typical study plan.

Semester 1

Introduction to programming**

This module introduces the fundamentals of computer programming and algorithm construction. Students will develop basic skills in programming by learning the core control structures and problem-solving strategies with Python programming language.

Introduction to Computer & Operating Systems

Operating systems along with hardware and software components form an integral part of Computer Systems. This module focuses on modern computer architecture and system software. It provides an introduction to the structure and mechanism used by the operating system to control the execution of application software and to provide access to the hardware components.

Accounting for Managers

This module introduces the basic concepts and principles of accounting with an emphasis on their use in business decision-making. As a minimum, understanding the basic format of financial statements, the development of financial budgets and costing of products and services is essential to being an effective business decision maker and manager. The module focuses on the practical and functional nature of business decisions from the perspective of financial accounting; managerial costing and budgetary policies; profit-planning; capital investments and management; and financing of business operations.

Management Information Systems

This module provides the theoretical framework that will allow students to understand the importance of management information systems in an organisation and how this moulds future strategic decisions.

Semester 2

Software Engineering 1

Software engineering 1 is a key component of computer science and is an in-demand skill for the workplace inside and outside of the IT industry. This module introduces the fundamental principles of software engineering using high-level language with complementary tools, including elements of the software engineering life cycle. Students will practise the skills to produce simple products.

Web Programming

This module includes the core concepts of web programming including rendering web pages, client side scripting and server side scripting, and involves various programming languages such as HTML, JavaScript and PHP.

Business Economics

Economic factors can play a vital role in influencing individuals, businesses and governments’ decision-making process. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of such roles by providing students with the basic principles and concepts of macroeconomics and building upon microeconomic foundations.

Principles of Marketing

This module provides knowledge and practice in the analytical, creative and strategic functions of marketing.
It presents a set of approaches and frameworks centred upon the “4Ps” (Product, Price, Place, and Promotion), to develop the student’s competence to create a marketing plan, one of the major tools of business. Marketing starts with understanding consumer’s preferences for products and services and attempts to satisfy their different wants and needs in a profitable manner.

Semester 1

Databases and big data**

The purpose of this module is to provide a comprehensive view of the database design, management and analysis along with the current trends in the database management system.

Software Engineering 2**

Software Engineering 2 builds on the foundation delivered in Software Engineering 1. It covers all stages of the Software Engineering Life Cycle i.e. the process from requirements through to modelling, design and testing with the use of Agile management techniques with a scrum approach to manage this process.

Business Law

The module will cover an introduction to Gibraltar and UK law, including company and insolvency law; the impact of civil, criminal and general law on businesses and professional services; and will also introduce students to employment law and practices in the Gibraltar context.

Management Principles

The module seeks to ensure that all graduating students have an understanding of broad management concepts and their inter-relationships in a global context. Effective management is essential for the success of all private, not-for-profit and public organisations no matter where in the world they are located. A pre-requisite for effective management is an understanding of the origins of management and its main theoretical perspectives; how to plan and make decisions, organise, lead and control, how to motivate staff, and manage change in different business environments.
This module provides students with a general introduction to organisations and the functions of management. Topic areas will address issues related to organisations, management, and society. The module will cover the core management functions of leading, planning, controlling and organising.

Semester 2

IT Project Management (inc. Scrum Master)**

Effective project management plays a vital role in the success of commercial organisations. It involves multi-disciplinary activities like planning, resource procurement, scheduling and communication at various organisational levels. This module discusses the key principles of project management with focus on Agile methodology using scrum master.

Networks

This module covers current networks technologies and the required infrastructure which includes the essential stages involved in the communication process. It will establish a solid knowledge of the layered approach that makes design, implementation and operation of extensive networks possible.

Entrepreneurship

This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of the entrepreneurial process. It includes how to recognise new business opportunities, screen these for commercial and/or social viability, unlock market potential, and assess the potential customer demand in the context of competitive environments and financial constraints. This module requires students to identify a market opportunity and to develop ideas using a variety of tools to assess the viability of new business ideas.

HR Management

This module provides students with a comprehensive overview of various concepts, theories and practices relating to human resource management (HRM). Students will learn about the key functions of HRM including job analysis and design, recruitment, selection, training, development, performance management, health and safety and rewards and motivation. The module will consolidate theoretical developments in HRM alongside practical and strategic considerations of how HRM is practised within diverse and contemporary organisations.

Semester 1

Innovative Studies

This module aims to provide an overview of the latest trends in technology from a computational perspective (e.g. Block Chain/ Crypto/Fintech/Robotics/AI). It will be delivered by a range of specialists who will share their expertise and experiences with students providing insights into the jobs, products and services that may be created by these new technology trends.

Management Strategy for Entrepreneurs

Strategy, both at the level of corporations and that of strategic business units, provides the framework within which business operates by setting goals and establishing the means (tactics, plans, policies, and actions) to achieve those goals. As organisations and their environments are continually changing, this requires the mastery of a wide range of topics and the ability to analyse, synthesise, and integrate information and concepts quickly to ensure effective management decision-making.
This module addresses the practice of strategic decision-making through an intensive examination of key topics including the nature of strategy; competitive strategies and frameworks for analysis; strategies in different industry environments, including mature and new or innovative industries; strategy and organisation; and strategy in an international competitive environment.

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Ethics is more than a descriptive study of morality. Rather, this module considers ethics as a normative study of morality that requires people to make judgments. When a person begins questioning their own, or society’s, moral standards they begin to engage in ethical decision making. Students will be introduced to ethical and governance issues in the context of business ethics, and will learn how to use ethical theories and frameworks to better support their analysis of ethical issues and subsequent conclusions/decisions.

Semester 2

Cyber Security

This module aims to equip students with knowledge of how to build a security system and embed the latest technology/tools and techniques to predict intruders, defend to minimise damage and attack to preserve security and the economy.

Cloud Computing **

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the impacts of cloud computing on businesses and society in general by providing the principles and concepts of cloud computing and then building upon these foundations.

Dissertation/ Final Project

Students will have the opportunity to independently tackle a large project that reflects real world software development. They will apply their computational and entrepreneurial skills to solve a problem in an innovative and practical way.

**Potential certifications.

Career Opportunities

The broad skill set developed during the BSc Hons offers a variety of other opportunities for a career in computing and business, including roles such as:
  • Systems analyst;
  • Data management and analytics;
  • Project management;
  • Entrepreneur;
  • Software Engineer;
  • Systems administrator.
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QAA Global Accreditation

The University is delighted to have achieved global accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the UK’s independent quality body and a global leader in quality assurance for higher education.

“In achieving QAA’s global accreditation, the University has displayed its compatibility with international best practice.”

Vicki Scott, UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Chief Executive.

Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants should have:

  • BCC at ‘A level’ (104 UCAS) points or international equivalent; to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Information or Design Technology.

All applicants should have:

  • 5 GCSE’s A*– C (grade 4 or above post 2017) including English Language, Mathematics, and Science (or international equivalent).
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to communicate your ideas effectively in discussions, presentations and writing.

If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.

English Language Requirements:
  • An overall IELTS test result of 6.5, including a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency).
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Offers are based on a combination of qualifications or predicted grades, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.

Access to Higher Education Programme

Should you not meet the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship, our admissions team may recommend you complete the Access to Higher Education summer programme.
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Fees

Programme Fee (per annum) Years
Home Full-Time £9,250 3
Home Part-Time £4,625 6
International and EU £12,500 3 (For 2022, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2022/23 and are subject to indexation.

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Bursaries and Scholarships

The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a limited number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. These scholarships are highly competitive; they are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

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Student Accommodation

Student accommodation is available at the purpose built Europa Suites. Located just a two-minute walk from our Europa Point Campus, each self-contained studio apartment features a compact kitchen, en-suite bathroom and large desk.
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