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BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a couple of suggested books you might like to read, if you can, before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But, if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library, or access online, we’d recommend:

  • Java for Everyone (2nd Edition) ISBN 13: 978 – 1118063316
  • Becoming a reflective practitioner Book edited by Christopher Johns 2022 Sixth edition
  • The study skills handbook Book by Stella Cottrell 2019 Fifth edition
  • Data and Analytics Strategy for Business Book by Simon Asplen-Taylor 2022
  • Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management for the Modern Business Book by Paul Bocij; Andrew Greasley; Simon Hickie 2018 6th ed.

Hardware advice

Throughout your studies you will have access to absolutely all of the facilities and equipment you will need. But, if you would like to purchase equipment before you start your studies, we’d recommend looking into pre-owned options. Items could include:

  • Portable Hard Disk Drive. You can store files online (in places such as Dropbox) or purchase a portable disk drive. A 500GB shock proof USB 3.0 self-powered hard disk drive (approx. £50 in 2022) will be sufficient and is invaluable for backing up your work.
  • Computer. We have excellent computer labs that you will have full access to. But, if you would prefer to use your own machine we recommend one with the following specification:
    • 8GB RAM
    • 750GB HDD
    • Intel i5 (or equivalent AMD processor)
    • (15” Screen Desirable)

Useful websites

  • You can start to learn how to programme in Python and Java.
  • You can also use the WIRED website to catch up on the latest developments in computing.
  • Explore the current tech job market on IT Jobs Watch and join a developer community on DZone.

Suggested tasks for summer

  • Start to tackle a programming language, we recommend learning Python which you can do through the mobile app Solo Learn
  • Explore the area of computing you’re interested in via books, blogs and websites
  • Develop your own app ideas and explore the tech used to create them