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Management of Information Technology MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECT078

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2019

 

Fees:
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Overview

The MSc in the Management of Information Technology aims to prepare you for engagement with the industry in a managerial role by equipping you with professional skills. As a leading University we are committed to the advancement of Information Technology management in the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics.

The course focuses on bridging the gap in the fields of traditional, theoretical and topical skills in the field of Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS).  The course will provide you with the opportunity to engage with technical and intellectual challenges that should enhance your ability to evaluate and manage Information Technology.

A special feature of this Master's in Management of Information Technology is Projects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2) which is the de-facto process-based method for effective management of projects across the world. Understanding available technologies has become commonplace; employers are looking for graduates with management capabilities in addition to IT skills. Students who successfully complete the Professional development module and meet the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) evidence requirements, will gain a L7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a L7 Award in Professional Consulting.

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

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

In today’s modern world, businesses leverage on technology and IT strategies to stay sustainable in the global platforms where they exist. The Management of Information Technology (MIT) is a course which aims to instill invaluable Technology Management skills in the students. The course focuses on producing professionals who can ensure that technological systems run smoothly and stay competitive.

This course aims to combine traditional and contemporary theory with the practical skills needed for the management of information technology aspects of businesses, bridging the gap between technology and management. We will cover aspects such as; Ubiquitous Computing, Decision Support Systems, Hummanitarian ICT, Network Security, Project Management, Project Management Methodologies (such as AGILE, SPRINT, SCRUM) with a focus on PRINCE2.

We will also examine some of the tools and techniques available for the effective management of projects including; Tailoring, Planning, Quality Review, Quality Assurance. We consistently achieve high levels of student satisfaction with students praising the interactive style of teaching and learning, as well as the quality of learning resources and the opportunity for work placement (as project support staff or shadow project managers). There are also opportunities for students to achieve their PRINCE2 Foundation and/or Practitioner certification.

Wherever possible, our teaching incorporates practitioner input, which has previously included real life case studies from the NHS which provides valuable practical experience. The teaching team also use several teaching approaches (Problem Based Learning, Flipped Learning, Traditional Learning) and various technological approaches (use of virtual interactive platforms such as TRELLO, SOCRATIVE, ASANA) etc. This prepares the students for Location-Independent-Working environments.

Members of our teaching staff have substantial academic and industrial experience. This includes; former heads of IT, former Project Managers, Managing Directors of software development houses and Database specialists. They have or continue to conduct research into project management, big data and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) adoption and assimilation in organisations and they continously share this knowledge within their teaching.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

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

Modules

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

    • IT Strategy
    • Ubiquitous Computing
    • Decision Support Systems
    • Research Methods in Computing
    • Professional Development - Consultancy: January intake
  • Semester 2

    • Innovation and Knowledge Management
    • Information Technology Project Management (with PRINCE2)
    • Hummanitarian Information Communication Technology
    • Network Security
    • 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 £50m 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:

  • Ubiquitous Computing;
    This module explores emerging opportunities enabled by cheap sensors and networked computing devices, and is organized as a preparatory course for post-graduate students. Students read, present, and discuss research papers from the literature. Small research projects will be conducted in teams, culminating in project presentations at the end of the term. The weekly discussion section will cover material relevant to the project, such as research methods, software engineering, teamwork, and project management.
  • Research Methods in Computing;
    This module provides the background in study skills and research methods to enable students to carry out applied or enquiry based research projects over the range of Masters programmes in the Department of Computing.
  • Network Security;
    Students will gain a systematic understanding of the threats posed to organisations and businesses due to security risks. Students will develop comprehensive understanding of the legal, policy and technical approaches that are necessary to mitigate such risks. Detailed coverage of various security technologies will enable students to gain a critical awareness of the latest problems and best practices in the design of secure architectures.
  • Information Technology Project Management (with PRINCE2);
    This module prepares you for managing organisational change through projects. It focuses on projects (such as IT projects) involving major changes, including issues related to new products, new plant and equipment and new operating systems, which will affect the lives of people both within and without the organisation. It takes a high level, critical and evaluative view of the subject, emphasizing managerial and strategic use of the tools and techniques of IT project management. It also presents the opportunity to acquire skills in relation to IT project management through PRINCE2 methodology.
  • Humanitarian ICT;
    This module will enable students, working in groups and in conjunction with industry, to produce successful system and sub-system designs, incorporating where necessary the most advanced technical and mathematical concepts from both their past knowledge and that acquired during the course. Students will develop a professional working relationship with an industrial or research group client and deliver a solution to professional, industrial standards. Throughout, the management aspects of the project work will be stressed to enhance students’ capability in this area.
  • Professional Development - Consultancy;
    The aim of this module is for students to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that can be found in a variety of organisations and professional contexts. The module will involve students working together across disciplines to facilitate an appreciation of how different sectors solve internal issues and how different sectors can learn and adopt or adapt solutions from other fields. International, cultural and ethical issues will underpin the practical and theoretical developments in the module coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.

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%

30% assessed by practical coursework

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The characteristics of information technology management and their relevance to organisational frameworks; a range of systematic approaches used in the design, development and management of information technology 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 projects; current and emerging practices and the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in management.
  • Conduct a thorough and systematic analysis of practical problem in the Management of Information technology.
  • Critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions in the management of a typical IT or other projects.
  • 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 Technology Systems.
  • Effectively contribute to project management cases as part of a Team, or providing Project Management support, 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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



12,000

and counting

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

12

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 2019

£7,750 (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 2019

£7,750 (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 2019

£15,050 (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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.