The aim of the programme is to develop critical and reflective awareness in relation to the state-of-the-art in the value and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in business organisations.Entry RequirementsStudents will normally be admitted through a recruitment process undertaken by the organisation in conjunction with the University broker. Students are generally expected to have a minimum of five years industrial experience. Applicants are expected to be competent in problem-solving and/or scientific analysis and will be selected on the basis of demonstrable aptitude through the completion of formal preparatory work assessed by the Course Director as part of the recruitment process and enabling wider participation. When the applicant's suitability cannot be determined satisfactorily from the documentation submitted decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Course Director and industrial certifications may be taken into account. As appropriate interviews will be used by the Course Director to assist in the selection process. Where applicable applicants require a demonstrable level of English language skills - normally IELTS score of 6.5 or higher or equivalent in another recognized test of English Language. Applicants in the IELTS range 6.0 - 6.5 (or equivalent) may be accepted on the programme but will be required to undertake remedial language skills development as either pre or in-sessional courses as directed. Course AimsThe aim of the programme is to develop critical and reflective awareness in relation to the state-of-the-art in the value and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in business organisations.Course ContentAt the end of the programme you will be able to:
demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the issues and challenges of managing information and knowledge in a systemic, integrated and logical manner.
demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the strategic issues associated with the planning, implementation and roll-out of ICTs in line with business needs.
demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the issues and challenges of delivering ICTs in line with business needs.
demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the challenges and issues of systemically managing change across people, organisation, process, information and technology.
reflect, critically and in-depth, on relevant aspects of the state-of-the-art of both the practice and theory of the management of ICTs in business.Modules (all core)Project and Change ManagementMain topics of study include: traditional and emerging approaches to project management (e.g., Parallel, Serial, Emergent ISD); current and emerging trends in the design, delivery and evaluation of organisational change initiatives; organisational, human factor and business process impacts on project and change management (e.g., portfolio management, social identity theory, groupthink, maturity models); project management and change initiative success and failure; professional and organisational ethics.Data, Information and Knowledge in BusinessMain topics of study include: current and emerging approaches to data, information and knowledge in business (e.g., resource-based and cybernetic perspectives, business intelligence); social and technical issues associated with the concepts, capture, storage, retrieval and use of data, information and knowledge in business (e.g., legitimacy, trust, regulation); organisational learning and innovation (e.g., communities, innovation models); business semantics and technology (e.g., ontology); business performance management; data, information and knowledge visualisation (e.g., dashboards).Business and IT StrategyMain topics of study include: introduction to developing a business strategy; application of ICT to the delivery of a business strategy; is innovation required to build a strategic advantage?; methods to align the business and ICT strategies (e.g., managing real options and formulating dynamic competitive strategies); maintaining focus on strategic initiatives while under the pressures of day-to-day maintenance; can strategic advantage be achieved and maintained from the deployment of ICT?Information Systems DevelopmentMain topics of study include: current approaches and challenges for the development of software systems; requirements engineering (e.g., use cases); iterative and agile life cycles (e.g., DSDM and Extreme Programming); designing flexible software architecture including enterprise architectures and SOA; semantic frameworks and business integration (e.g., OWL and RDF); evaluating software systems (e.g., execution based testing, process conformance); new and future developments (e.g., component-based development).Industrial DissertationThe topics of study must be relevant to the MTech Information and Communication Technology in Business programme and are expected to emerge from discussions with employers and potential supervisors. All project topics are expected to address a workplace problem or question.
Examples of dissertations include:
A research-focused study, which aims to draw on practical data to assess critically a specified workplace area or topic. The empirical data may come from a workplace study undertaken by the student or a meta-analysis of workplace data already available in published relevant literature.
A practical software development study which aims to explore a workplace area or ideas, or demonstrate a concept through appropriate software development, testing and critical analysis.AwardsA master's degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. If you do not achieve the standard required, you may be awarded a postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate if eligible.