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Management of Information Technology MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT023

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

The Management of IT MSc aims to instil in you the skills and experience in management, leadership, consulting etc. to succeed in business.

After people, information – about performance, products, services, customers, suppliers and competitors – is one of the most valuable assets in any business or organisation. In an era of Big Data, where the volume, variety and complexity of information is increasing, so too is the need for individuals who can help businesses make the most of technology to store, share and analyse large quantities of data to reveal new insights which can improve performance.

This course aims to improve understanding of the impact of information systems on business processes and competitiveness in a global setting. Covering areas such as IT services, cloud computing, database management, analytics and mobile technologies, you’ll be introduced to Systems, Applications and Products (SAP), the world’s leading provider of enterprise business applications and solutions.  

Well-established industry connections, with companies like IBM, provide opportunities for collaborative projects and guest lectures from practitioners who aim to share their experiences, both challenges and successes. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

British Computer Society (BCS)

Coventry enjoys close links with the British Computer Society (BCS) and the local branch holds meetings regularly at the University, which you have an opportunity to attend. This provides valuable networking opportunities and opportunities for additional professional training and development (additional costs may apply).

What our students say...

I have acquired skills and learning which have prepared me for an immediate contribution in the advancing world of Information Systems, in formulating strategies and bridging the management – technology gap. A big thanks to supportive lecturers and amazing opportunities here at Coventry University.

Igwehi Esharefasa, Nigeria, MSc MIS, graduated with distinction in 2016, now Network Support Officer at Total Nigeria Plc

Course information

The past decade has witnessed an explosion in the sophistication of big data platforms, often using web-based intelligence applications, in a range of diverse business situations – from the remarketing techniques incorporated into online advertising to personalised medicine practices being used to inform patient treatment.

As the complexity of information systems increases, the skills required by those managing them are becoming highly specialised, yet at the same time more broad-based. Information systems managers not only need to have advanced technical knowledge, but also critical management skills to analyse business needs, solve problems and ensure that the people, processes and practices within a business operate seamlessly.

On this course, we will explore the changing nature of information systems and the emerging technologies being used to harvest big data, including the new web-based applications based on in-memory, parallel computing paradigm and associated technologies, such as distributed file systems, SQL databases and cloud computing models. 

We will explore the needs of modern businesses within today’s globalised world and how information systems can be developed to adapt. Using specialist software, there are opportunities to put information systems theory into practice, simulating real-world business problems. For example, using SAP to support business processes by creating a sales order.

Your Master’s project brings together the technical and management strands; you will undertake a real-world project or participate in collaborative research with University staff. Recent projects have covered topics as diverse as the effectiveness of IT strategies and knowledge management in the reduction of carbon footprint within the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMGG) industry.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module . Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1 (Sample full-time programme of study)

    • IT Strategy 
    • Innovation and Knowledge Management  
    • Enterprise Systems 
    • Big Data Leverage 
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy: January intake 
  • Semester 2

    • Decision Support Systems 
    • Business Simulation 
    • Future Informatics 
    • Research Methods for Computing  
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy: September intake
  • Semester 3

    • Individual Project

In more detail...

  • High levels of student satisfaction of 90%, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Access to facilities and equipment, with extensive exposure to SAP, world’s leading provider of enterprise business applications and solutions.
  • Study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Our Faculty is carrying out active research into pervasive computing, distributed computing and applications, innovative applications for interactive worlds, serious games and virtual worlds.

Links with industry providing opportunities for project placements with past computing students working for the likes of IBM, Barclays Bank, Lockheed Martin, Sun Microsystems, United Advertising, Hewlett-Packard and British Aerospace.

Our main study themes are:

  • IT strategy: We explore the theoretical and practical aspects of IS/IT strategy in the context of a global business environment. A robust IS/IT strategy is constructed as part of the strategic business planning cycle; we will consider the drivers, critical success factors and barriers to project management. You’ll be introduced to the tools and techniques associated with constructing and implementing an IS/IT strategy and for evaluative decision-making.

  • Innovation and knowledge management: Innovation is a key enabler for the success and growth of companies, whether this is through technological innovation or business model innovation. Therefore, you will be encouraged to explore the broad context of innovation and its impact on businesses, but with focus on areas relevant to technology businesses. We will examine different models of change management and their relevancy and efficacy within organisations.

  • Enterprise Systems: Examines the organisational, strategic and implementation issues surrounding the introduction of an enterprise wide system into an organisation. We will cover how to develop a customised Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) based system based on specific organisational requirements.

  • Big Data Leverage: Big data normally grows beyond the capabilities of a Data Warehouse (DW), although some of the techniques of a DW can be applied to it. Analysing big data can reveal new insights for a business and its key decision makers that can have a significant impact on its performance. We provide an overview of big data, as well as the state and practice of big data analytics. Techniques will be taught which will enable business to sift through large quantities of data to discover patterns, relationships, associations, factors and clusters. We will focus on 'web-intelligence' applications which can exploit big data sources arising from social media, mobile devices and sensors, using new big-data platform.

  • Decision Support Systems: Aims to develop skills and knowledge about the core capabilities and components of modern decision support systems (DSS) and their application to management decisions. Extensions into intelligent DSS, group DSS and organisational DSS will also be explored.

  • Business Simulation: We will explore how to model the logic of business processes using visual modelling languages, how to fit statistical distribution to probabilistic business inputs and develop stochastic simulation models. We incorporate specialist simulation software, such as ARENA, focusing on computer-based simulation, where the model is implemented as part of a computer program, which can then be executed to compute and record the data which describes the simulated system's behaviour.

  • Future Informatics: New and novel developments in computer science are having an increased significance and impact on service and manufacturing organisations. We will consider the emerging Information systems, informatics and computer science that are and being applied in modern technology solutions. 

This course can be studied on a full-time basis for one year or part-time over three years. You can start in September or January. 

Teaching methods include: lectures, computer laboratory sessions, web-based learning, seminars, discussions, problems classes, tutorials, guided independent study, personal supervision and support. Emphasis is placed on an activity-led learning approach with group work introduced to help you develop transferrable skills.

There may be opportunities to work on real world problems, for example, previous group of students were asked to utilise their working experience to study their organisation’s knowledge management systems. Fieldtrips included visits to the CeBIT Conference in Germany and a visit to our collaborative partner in Tanzania.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of taught modules is assessed by a combination of group and individual coursework. The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated in advance and your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes. You need to achieve above 40% to pass.

A variety of assessment methods includes: written examinations, in-class tests, practical assessments, individual or group presentations (eg. of a software product), portfolio, log books and your dissertation.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows: 

  • Reports: 40%
  • Practical coursework: 30%
  • Presentations: 30%

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of all modules. 

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

40% assessed by reports

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The characteristics of information system management and their relevance to organisational frameworks; a range of systematic approaches used in the design, development and management of information systems as well as an evaluation of the key ethical, political, legal and social issues that need to be considered when carrying out research in this area; different tools and techniques available for effective specification, design, management of complex Information Systems; current and emerging practices and the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.
  • Conduct a thorough and systematic analysis of practical problem in the Management of Information Systems, leading to the interpretation of information from different sources as a basis for strategic planning. 
  • Critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions in addressing a typical Information System Management problem which includes a critical review of the literature appropriate to the problem. 
  • Determine how to provide solutions to identified problems in various situations including global contexts.
  • Choose and apply relevant management skills to both individual and team work in real-life, to make effective and efficient decisions in managing Information Systems.
  • Effectively contribute to cases of information system implementation, using sound principles of analysis and design.

Teaching varies depending on the module, but in a typical week you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.
  • Medium and small group teaching: 8 hours of seminars/tutorials each week with focused tutor contact time each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments.In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments.

We collaborate with other universities across the globe in Online International Learning (OIL) projects. For example, past students worked on a project with IAA Tanzania in which they investigate issues related to leadership in the management of projects and its contextual challenges.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

I have acquired skills and learning which have prepared me for an immediate contribution in the advancing world of Information Systems, in formulating strategies and bridging the management – technology gap. A big thanks to supportive lecturers and amazing opportunities here at Coventry University.

Igwehi Esharefasa, Nigeria, MSc MIS, graduated with distinction in 2016, now Network Support Officer at Total Nigeria Plc

Entry Requirements

An applicant for all programmes will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • Minimum of a second class honours degree in relevant subjects
  • Relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level
  • Lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level
  • Satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position commensurate with that of an honours degree graduate in a relevant field.

An applicant for all programmes will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • Minimum of a second class honours degree in relevant subjects
  • Relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level
  • Lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level
  • Satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position commensurate with that of an honours degree graduate in a relevant field.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

An applicant for all programmes will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • Minimum of a second class honours degree in relevant subjects
  • Relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level
  • Lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level
  • Satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position commensurate with that of an honours degree graduate in a relevant field.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

I have acquired skills and learning which have prepared me for an immediate contribution in the advancing world of Information Systems, in formulating strategies and bridging the management – technology gap. A big thanks to supportive lecturers and amazing opportunities here at Coventry University.

Igwehi Esharefasa, Nigeria, MSc MIS, graduated with distinction in 2016, now Network Support Officer at Total Nigeria Plc

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£14,311 (per year)


May 2018

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

I have acquired skills and learning which have prepared me for an immediate contribution in the advancing world of Information Systems, in formulating strategies and bridging the management – technology gap. A big thanks to supportive lecturers and amazing opportunities here at Coventry University.

Igwehi Esharefasa, Nigeria, MSc MIS, graduated with distinction in 2016, now Network Support Officer at Total Nigeria Plc

Career prospects

The course is designed to prepare you for careers in the management of information systems within a business.

We have an outstanding record for graduate employability – 92% of our graduates were in work or further study after six months, 90% of those employed in professional-level jobs (DLHE 2014/15). 

We enjoy close links with employers, including IBM and Coventry City Council. As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Our Master’s provides a route into many careers incorporating IT management. As such, many of our graduates have gone on to work as IS managers and project managers. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

What our students say...

I have acquired skills and learning which have prepared me for an immediate contribution in the advancing world of Information Systems, in formulating strategies and bridging the management – technology gap. A big thanks to supportive lecturers and amazing opportunities here at Coventry University.

Igwehi Esharefasa, Nigeria, MSc MIS, graduated with distinction in 2016, now Network Support Officer at Total Nigeria Plc
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.