Management of Information Systems and Technology MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT051

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

The Management of Information Systems and Technology (MIST) MSc course is designed for students who would like the opportunity to acquire proficient skills in, and develop knowledge of, the key aspects of Information systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) Management.

The course provides a framework within which to develop essential skills required by a wide range of industries both locally and globally. Some of these are Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Project Management, AGILE, Scrum (currently one of the most popular frameworks for implementing AGILE) and PRINCE2.

The interesting design of this course focuses on key aspects of information technology and information systems in business enterprises. It aims to help equip you with the skills required for capture, organisation and presentation of information and data in a format that enhances efficient communications, while minimising error and increasing throughput. The course provides a framework within which to develop the skills of graduates and professionals, whether they are employed or studying in preparation for employment, by introducing them to the key aspects of Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) Management. These essential skills are currently required by a wide range of industries both locally and globally.

You will be provided with a wide range of business intelligence tools and management software within an operative and tactical context, using it as an enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. It aims to develop your knowledge of how to plan and streamline business processes of large enterprises across procurement, manufacturing, service, sales, finance and HR with SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Another feature of this course is Agile (a process that helps teams provide quick and unpredictable responses to the feedback they receive on their project) and PRINCE2. Projects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2), which is currently a de facto process-based method for effective management of projects across the world.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

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

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 feel blessed attending Coventry University; the University has equipped me with knowledge and skills towards tackling and managing challenges in the real world, through its pool of numerous supportive resources.

My sincere appreciation and gratitude goes to the ever supporting and selfless lecturers and the University for making my achievement possible.

Abubakar M. Lawan, MSc Management of Information Systems and Technology, graduated with distinction in 2019, now working with Central Bank of Nigeria

Course information

This course aims to combine traditional and contemporary theory with the practical skills needed for the management of information systems and technology aspects of businesses, thereby bridging the gap between technology and management. You will cover aspects such as: IT project management; IS/IT strategy; business analytics and artificial intelligence; business process engineering with enterprise system; big data intelligence and modelling; global business management; simulation and global professional development (please note, these areas are subject to change).

Wherever possible, our teaching incorporates real life input, which has previously included case studies from the NHS, which provides valuable practical experience. The current teaching team also use several teaching approaches (problem based learning, flipped learning, traditional learning) and various technological approaches using virtual interactive platforms such as TRELLO, SOCRATIVE andASANA. This aims to prepare you for digital Location-Independent-Working environments. There are also opportunities for students to achieve their PRINCE2 Foundation and/or Practitioner certification subject to availability, application and an additional fee.

This course includes the Consulting Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Modules

Overview

Without work placement pathway

Semester 1
  • IT project management
  • IS/IT strategy
  • Business analytics and artificial intelligence
  • Individual project preparations
Semester 2
  • Business process engineering with enterprise systems
  • Big data intelligence and modelling
  • Global business management
  • Simulation
Semester 3
  • Project
  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

*The running order of these modules is subject to change.

‘With work placement’ pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • IT project management
  • IS/IT strategy
  • Business analytics and artificial intelligence
  • Individual project preparations
Semester 2
  • Business process engineering with enterprise systems
  • Big data intelligence and modelling
  • Global business management
  • Simulation
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Project
  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • High levels of student satisfaction of 90%, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES)
  • Access to modern facilities and equipment, with extensive exposure to SAP, the world’s current leading provider of enterprise business applications and solutions
  • Study in our £50m Engineering and Computing building
  • The Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing is currently carrying out active research into pervasive computing, distributed computing and applications, innovative applications for interactive worlds, serious games and virtual worlds

Our main study themes are:

Semester 1
  • IT Project Management: This module helps to prepare students 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 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, critical evaluation and application of appropriate project management methodologies such as AGILE and PRINCE2.

  • IS/IT Strategy: This module critically evaluates the theoretical and practical aspects of IS/IT strategy in the context of global business environment. A robust IS/IT strategy is constructed as part of the strategic business planning cycle. The drivers, critical success factors and barriers to IS/IT strategy will be enumerated and discussed. Models for the production of IS/IT strategy will be examined. This module aims to instil a critical understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of IS/IT Strategy within the context of a global business environment and develop key skills in the evaluation and creation of organisations’ business and IS/IT Strategy.

  • Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence: This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge about the core capabilities and components of modern Decision Support Systems (DSS). Emphasis will be placed on the management of different types of models and their application to management decisions.

  • Individual Project Preparations: This module provides the background in research study skills and research methods to support students to carry out taught masters projects.
Semester 2
  • Business Process Engineering with Enterprise Systems: This module aims to develop an understanding of enterprise systems and the way it supports organisation’s business operations. It will examine the organisational, strategic and implementation issues which surrounds the introduction and implementation of an enterprise wide system into an organisation. This module will provide students with an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of Enterprise Systems concepts, tools and current practices and to gain practical and hands-on experience of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) based on organisational requirements.

  • Big Data Intelligence and Modelling: This module aims to give students an insight into big data technologies as well as the state and practice of big data analytics. Innovative techniques will be taught which will help students to discover patterns, relationships and associations in big data sets. Students will engage with the emerging critical issues within the context of traditional database management systems, which make them unsuitable to process big data. Thus, the nature of big data, recognised by its volume, value, velocity and variety, which prevents analysis in the normal setting of a traditional database will be studied and advanced analytical techniques required to understand big data will be covered.

  • Global Business Management: This module explores the business enterprise in the global market environment. It helps students to develop a sound knowledge of the principles of business including the way in which private and public sector enterprises operate and the factors that influence the process of making decisions by developing the students' understanding of the core functions of a business and the key specialisms of Marketing, Finance and Human Resource Management. This module also encourages and enables students to discuss recent trends and issues relevant to business organisations and to examine strengths and weaknesses of the different interrelated business functions.
  • Simulation: This module focuses 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. Students will have the opportunity to learn to model the logic of business processes using visual modelling languages, fit statistical distribution to probabilistic business inputs and develop stochastic simulation models.
    They will use a specialist simulation software (e.g. ARENA or Simul8), and will develop the understanding needed to transfer that knowledge to other software, models, and contexts.
Semester 3
  • Project: The project is intended to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate competence in applying the concepts and skills which may be acquired during the taught part of the course. Students will apply a level of intellectual rigor, which is commensurate with the standard of their Masters level programme of study. The project may be a solution to a practical industry problem/ requirement or focus on a research topic. The module will allow investigation and research as core activities, leading to analysis, final summations and insightful recommendations. It is intended that the module gives students an opportunity to ‘specialise’ in an area that may be interesting, relevant and useful for future career prospects, but still lies in the context of his/her programme of study.
  • Global 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. The module will engage the students in wide-ranging debates and problem solving exercises using examples from real-life issues.

This course can be studied on a full-time basis for one year. You can start in September.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, discussions, case studies, 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. Teaching methods may be subject to change.

Students will have the opportunity to work on real world problems, for example, a previous group of students were asked to utilise their working experience to study their organisation’s knowledge management systems. Past field trips have included visits to the CeBIT Conference in Germany and a visit to our current collaborative partner in Tanzania and Malaysia. Field trips are subject to availability, application and additional costs.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods, which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include development of video clips, reports, written coursework and presentations (oral and poster).

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achievement of the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include in-class tests, individual assignments or group work elements.

Please note assessment methods may be subject to change.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in business and management focusing on the alignment of IT strategy to the organisation and business strategy;
  • Critically evaluate and apply appropriate strategies and technologies required by enterprises for data analysis of information in business decision making;
  • Process, analyse and communicate outcomes from the critical analysis of data sets that are too complex for traditional data-processing application software while evaluating ethical and analytical challenges presented by data visualization; 
  • Develop a critical understanding of a variety of business processes to study the performance and improve process efficiency using simulation and analytics to support decision-making;  
  • Critically analyse systems and activities within an enterprise that connect people, processes and technology within the context of global operations and supply chain;  
  • Demonstrate creativity in the application of tailoring and use of appropriate methodological skills in the successful management of IT Projects in diverse business environments globally; and  
  • Apply a wide range of postgraduate level transferable skills in research, leadership, management, consultancy, problem-solving, decision making while operating and communicating effectively.

In the case of Modular delivery, in a typical week you will have up to 15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

We currently collaborate with other universities across the globe in Online International Learning (OIL) projects. For example, past students worked on a project with IAA Tanzania and GTUC Accra, in which they investigated 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.

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


21,000

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 had an exceptional experience during my study, where I learned various skills in management with the support of system technologies. My experience was not limited to the study at the University; I got an opportunity to develop my soft skills through participating in the field trip program to Penang, Malaysia. This learning journey enhanced my knowledge and skills that improved my job performance in managing and enhancing students experience and satisfaction. I am glad with all the support and motivation from my lecturers and course leaders.

I am so lucky to be a graduate of Coventry University

Bushra Yousuf Al Farsi, MSc Management of Information Systems and Technology, graduated with distinction in 2018, now working as Student Experience Officer and Quality Coordinator at Middle East College, Oman

Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • An honours degree (with a minimum of a second class honours degree), or an equivalent qualification in information systems, computing or information technology related subjects
  • An unclassified degree in information systems, computing or information technology plus professional experience within the field of computing.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘professional experience’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • An honours degree (with a minimum of a second class honours degree), or an equivalent qualification in information systems, computing or information technology related subjects
  • An unclassified degree in information systems, computing or information technology plus professional experience within the field of computing

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘professional experience’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • An honours degree (with a minimum of a second class honours degree), or an equivalent qualification in information systems, computing or information technology related subjects
  • An unclassified degree in information systems, computing or information technology plus professional experience within the field of computing.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘professional experience’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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...

During my time at Coventry University, I developed practical knowledge and skills that have enabled me to be more innovative in my thinking. The course lecturers encourage students to apply critical thinking, especially in situations where answers may seem obvious. This quickly became an asset for me as I began to develop in my role. The course taught students to challenge the traditional thought around the use/application of technology, this has been invaluable for me working in IT operations, as I can bring about discussions and provide alternatives that my colleagues may not have previously realised.

Andre Anglin, MSc Management of Information Systems and Technology, graduated with MERIT in 2018 and now working at as an IT Specialist at Vodafone Group Technology, United Kingdom

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.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


UK 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.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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!

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Course essentials – additional costs

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

What our students say...

I am overwhelmed at my abilities and contributions at my work place. Coventry University got me started in the IT world. My lecturers were relentless and amazing, all thanks to them.

Ilonuba Maureen Chinwe, MSc Management of Information Systems and Technology, graduated with distinction 2017 now working at Department of DAMS and Reservoir operations - Ministry of Water Resources, Nigeria

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of this course, career and remuneration prospects may be excellent, with current high employer demand for graduates in areas such as systems analysts, SAP administrators, business analysts, IT project managers, IT systems analysts, management consultants and strategic managers.

Where our graduates work

Past graduates currently work/have worked at Vodafone Group Technology, UK; Middle East College, Oman; Central Bank of Nigeria; Price Waterhouse and Coopers PWC, UK; Accenture, Thailand; Cam Clark Group, Canada; Bærum Municipality, Norway; Featurespace, UK etc.

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, MSc Management of Information Systems and Technology, graduated with distinction in 2016, now Asst. Network Administrator at Cam Clark Group Canada
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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