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Management of Information Technology MSc

OVERVIEW

This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.

The MSc in Management of Information Technology focuses on the management of the development of information technology solutions. A major knowledge gap exists between managers in industrial, commercial and governmental organisations that need to run the business but are confused by the IT systems, and those who deliver working IT solutions but are not addressing the business needs.  The course will provide students with the opportunity to engage with technical and intellectual challenges that will enhance their ability to evaluate and manage Information Technology. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

A special feature of this Masters in Management of Information Technology is the introduction to PRINCE2 which is the de-facto process-based method for effective management of projects across the world.  This course will be suitable for students wishing to pursue careers such as; Management Consulting, Management, Leadership, Project Management in sectors such as; Consulting, IT/Technology, Telecoms, Aviation, Engineering and Manufacturing.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The course provides a deliberate blend of the core principles of business and project management, together with a firm grounding in the technology and rationale behind effective information systems, strategy and security.

We aim to equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge that will enable you to adopt a professional approach to the planning, design and management of complex networked and distributed computer systems.

We use our professional links with local, national and multinational companies, to stay in tune with the global developments in the industry. For example, the IT Manager of M&S worldwide was instrumental in making changes to the teaching of project management, so that we now incorporate agile process management, which recognises the need for iterative and incremental improvements in the design and build of IT systems.

Your Master’s project brings together the IT 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 network security for SMEs and digital marketing strategies for a local community centre.

Your main study themes are:

  • Information systems and technology 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.
  • IT project management: Prepares you for managing organisational change through IT projects involving major changes, including issues related to new products, new plant and equipment and new operating systems, which affect people within and external to the organisation. We will look at the strategic use of the tools and techniques of IT project management, enabling you to acquire skills in PRINCE2 methodology. You can choose to take the PRINCE2 exam to gain certification, though there is a cost associated with this.
  • 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.
  • Humanitarian information and communication technologies: We examine the recent rapid spread of technologies, especially information and communication technologies and the impact and effect that this is having on humanitarian situations and actions, such as Search and rescue using drones with smart capabilities, crowd sourcing – a way by which live information is captured by ‘ordinary’ geographically dispersed people ,through the internet ,in building a crisis map and feeding  the Government emergency teams and NGOs in a disaster to bring quick targeted response and relief and Artificial Intelligence for data mining and analytics in the world of big data and the internet of things. We also consider the issues with technology as an enabler for ‘predators’ misusing technology for personal or ideological gains
  • Decision Support Systems: Develops 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.
  • Network security: Provides comprehensive knowledge of information security concepts and an understanding of how they are applied using network, internet and mobile technologies. You will learn about the threats posed to organisations and businesses due to security risks, as well as the legal, policy and technical approaches that are necessary to mitigate such risks.
  • Ubiquitous computing: The advent of affordable sensors and interaction devices, such as web cams, mobile phone based sensors, digital pens and Google glasses, together with wireless mobile computing devices, like smart phones or Arduino boards with wireless connectivity, has created boundless opportunities for in-the-world computing applications that can transform the way we live and work. We will examine the emerging opportunities enabled by cheap sensors and networked computing devices.

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: A range of systematic approaches used in the design, development and management of IT systems and projects, as well as an evaluation of the key ethical, political, legal and social issues; different tools and techniques, such as PRINCE2, available for effective management of complex IT projects in their different phases; current and emerging practices in the management of IT in a global business setting; the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.
  • Apply and demonstrate understanding of a range of systematic approaches used in the specification, development and management of IT systems.
  • Conduct a thorough and systematic analysis of a practical IT problem and use appropriate channels to disseminate the findings.
  • Critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions to address a sizeable practical IT problem and present a soundly reasoned justification for the final recommendation.
  • Select and apply relevant management skills to make effective and efficient use of time and resources, individually or as a team, when undertaking computing and information technology projects.
  • Identify and make effective and systematic use of a range of suitable tools and techniques for design, analysis and development of software-based solutions to complex problems.
  • Make a significant contribution to the formulation and implementation of an effective IS/IT strategy plan to meet the requirements of an organisation. 

Chartered Management Institute HE Partner


As part of this course you will study Global Professional Development, a beneficial new 10-credit module developed in partnership with the CMI. Explore this module's content and benefits here.

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.

HOW TO APPLY

To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

This course will be suitable for students wishing to pursue careers such as; This course will be suitable for students wishing to pursue careers such as; Management Consulting, Management, Leadership, Project Management in sectors such as; Consulting, IT/Technology, Telecoms, Aviation, Engineering and Manufacturing.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.

 

Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

APPLY FOR THIS COURSE ORDER A PROSPECTUS
Course code:
ECT078
Duration:
  • 1 year full-time/2 years part time

Qualification:
  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time

Fees:
£14,311

Contact Details:

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