This course provides individuals with a broad understanding of organisation structure, the business environment, and systems, analysis and design of database development, together with the underpinning theory of computer architecture and networks. It enables them to function effectively in the business world in the provision of IT systems for the support of the information requirements of organisations.
It is most suited to individuals who wish to relate their technical knowledge to a broad range of business issues from a general management perspective. With a focus on the commercial application of technology, it supports a wide range of career opportunities through the development of appropriate skills.
The course develops appropriate knowledge and skills in business and IT through an integrative teaching and learning strategy. The principles and techniques of management are also studied throughout the course and offer an opportunity to combine a business and technical education in an applied vocational context.
Particular emphasis is placed on the application of hardware and software packages and products to the solution of business problems.
For the HND
GCSEs at Grade C/grade 5 or above in Maths and English Language and
64 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 IT/Computing course, or successful completion of HNC in same award.
Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply.
How will I be assessed?
Each semester consists of four units for fulltime and two units for part-time course. You will be assessed using a number of assignments and practical assessments related to individual units. You cannot pass a unit unless you provide evidence against all the Learning Criteria. Assignments take a variety of forms. Each is designed to assess specified learning outcomes for the unit; the overall nature and pattern of assessment is linked to the course learning outcomes.
You will study both in lessons and at home, making full use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Guidance and help will be provided throughout.
Continuing Your Journey
Upon successful completion of the HND students may progress onto a third year and 'TOP UP' their FdSc to a BSc(Hons) within their own specialised field BSc (Hons) Network Administration with Cloud Computing (Top up) or BSc (Hons) Business Computing with IT (Top up) at the Manchester College or progress to honours level awards at Manchester Metropolitan UniversityCareers page
The course will help you to progress to junior IT office managers, junior software developers, network administration assistants and end user support analysts.
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