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Information Technology Management MBA

OVERVIEW

In a world where commercial success relies on digital communications, high speed data transfer and real-time analysis, where information technology (IT) is constantly advancing, companies need professionals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and often novel technology solutions to help them identify and maintain competitive advantage.

Aimed at graduates with experience in computing or IT, this specialist practice-based course has been developed and delivered in partnership with Coventry Business School. It aims to develop complementary skills in business and technology, providing a solid foundation in management, including budgeting, resource allocation and organisation, together with sound technical knowledge of aspects such as software design, network planning and technical support.

Coventry University is ranked in the top 20 best universities in the country for both ‘Computer Sciences’ and ‘Business and Management Studies’ by the Guardian University Guide 2017. Well-established industry connections, with companies like IBM, provide opportunities for collaborative projects and guest lectures from expert practitioners who will share their experiences, both challenges and successes.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised business qualification, which indicates the higher levels of knowledge and skills needed to implement change, turn threats into opportunities, sustain and improve competitive advantage locally, nationally and internationally.

This exciting new course is designed to develop your understanding of the global information technology environment to prepare you to become effective in a senior management role in the IT sector both within and beyond the UK.

You will examine the use of enterprise-wide information management systems within different business contexts and several commercial sectors to better understand how IT can positively impact on the structure and processes of a modern organisation, particularly in the light of changing external environments and rapidly developing technology.

A distinct advantage of our course is the fact you will receive training and practical exposure to two of the world’s leading software systems – Systems, Applications and Products (SAP), the leading provider of enterprise business applications and solutions, and Projects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2), recognised worldwide as the de facto project management process.

Course content has been designed with input from our Industry Advisory Board, whose membership includes companies in the wholesale industry. Their feedback tells us that employers are looking for graduates with management capabilities in addition to the expected IT skills, which is why our course provides a solid foundation in PRINCE2 techniques, which demonstrates your commitment to high quality management, control and organisation.

Our highly qualified staff are acknowledged experts in their field, with substantial academic and industrial expertise. This includes, for example, the country project director for IT for Shell International and ITV, former heads of IT, managing directors of software development houses and database specialists. They have or continue to conduct research into big data, internet protocols, knowledge management, education and healthcare, sharing this knowledge within their teaching.

Benefits:

  • Coventry is rated 19th best in the UK for ‘Computer Science and Information Systems’ and 12th for ‘Business and Management Studies’ in the Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • Coventry is ranked 50th for ‘Computer Science’ and 36th for ‘Business Studies’ in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
  • Opportunity to gain certification in SAP and PRINCE2 with a limited number of scholarships available for students to take the exams.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Access to extensive cutting-edge facilities and equipment, such as appropriate development environments and database applications, as well as on and off site access to commercial IT software, including SAP, Prince2 and Microsoft Project for process modelling.
  • Extensive 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.
  • Research-informed teaching – our faculty includes experts actively researching pervasive computing, distributed computing and applications, innovative applications for interactive worlds, serious games and virtual worlds.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for our postgraduate Computing courses of 90%, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES). 92% of our MSc Management of IT graduates were in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Course content has been structured to enable you to achieve an integrated understanding of the operation and strategy of IT management, together with the appropriate intellectual, intercultural and personal skills required in the modern workplace.

We will look at current and emerging practices in the management of information technology systems, providing advanced knowledge and practical experience – through real-life case studies and work-based projects – of the specification, implementation and management of information systems in divergent organisational contexts.

We aim to develop and enhance your managerial, analytical, critical communication and presentation skills, developing your understanding of both the functional nature of business and the holistic nature of management. You’ll explore contemporary business issues, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and the need to manage change across cultures to ensure successful global trade. We will also consider sources of financial information, examining the financial reports of real-world public companies, to develop your financial analysis skills.

To demonstrate you have acquired the skills and knowledge to pursue a professional career in the management of IT, your Master’s culminates in an independent project or dissertation. You will either solve a real practical problem with the application of best practice or conduct research into a chosen subject area. Recent projects within this area 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
  • 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.
  • Enterprise Systems: Examines the organisational, strategic and implementation issues surrounding the introduction of an enterprise-wide system into an organisation. This will be coupled with practical experience of developing a customised Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) based system based on specific organisational requirements.
  • Cybersecurity: Management and Leadership: Covers the importance of a security policy and security management, how information security concepts are applied using internet and mobile technologies. You will learn about the threats posed to organisations and businesses due to security risks and the legal, policy and technical approaches necessary to mitigate such risks.
  • Principles of Marketing: Develops a critical understanding of the principles and practice of marketing, including environmental analysis, buyer behaviour, strategic market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and the design of marketing mixes. It will examine marketing’s value and purpose across a range of contexts, including the private and public sectors both in a service and global context.
  • Financial Analysis and Decision Making: Develops your ability to interpret and use financial information within the strategic framework of a business. It is oriented toward the user rather than the preparer of corporate financial statements. You will learn about the practical tools for assessing financial performance and economic condition of a business, alongside the key concepts of managerial accounting. We will examine the choice of financial and non-financial measures for evaluating the performance of business units or divisions.
  • Human Resource Management (HRM): A critical view of HRM in the context of modern society and modern organisations, reviewing the changing cultural nature of the employment relationship and evaluating the potential contribution of HRM to organisational effectiveness and efficiency.

 

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: Organisational knowledge encompassing the internal aspects within and between global organisations and their influence on the external context; management knowledge which covers the various processes, procedures and practices, the rational analysis and other processes and perspectives of decision making together with their effects at local, national and international level; project and people management concepts in an international context; different tools and techniques available for effective management of complex Information Technology projects in their different phases, especially in an international context; apply and demonstrate understanding of a range of systematic approaches used in the specification, development and management of IT systems.
  • Engage in creative problem solving and decision-making to exercise judgement in the selection of suitable methodological approaches.
  • Research business and management issues to identify contextually appropriate diagnostic tools/mechanisms and subsequent solutions.
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate practice and experience. Choose and apply relevant management skills in both individual and real-life diverse team settings, in order to make effective and efficient decisions in Information technology management.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

This course can be studied on a full-time basis for one year or part-time over two to three years. Timetables will run on a bi-annual basis and enable modules to be delivered in evening mode over the course of one academic year. You can start in September or January.

All modules within the course are mandatory. A wide range of teaching methods will be used: 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 and to ensure you are industry ready.

You could work on real world problems, for example, previous groups of students on similar courses were asked to produce an IT Strategy for the Coventry Refugee Centre.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

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 30%
  • Practical coursework 30%
  • Presentations 40%

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of all modules.

TEACHING CONTACT HOURS

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, eg. working on course assignments.

Entry Requirements

To commence the full-time MBA programme applicants must:

  • Be an honours graduate of any discipline, obtained from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to Faculty of Business and Law in a business related area
  • Have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in a management/administrative/ professional capacity.

This course requires IELTS 6.5If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

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?

The course is designed to prepare you for careers in the management of IT systems within a business, equipping you with strong technical skills, as well as the soft and hard business skills needed for management roles. However, as business and IT become increasingly interconnected, an MBA in ITM is becoming more desirable within all industries.

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

In a competitive marketplace, an MBA demonstrates advanced level knowledge and skills, which will enhance your employment prospects. Our strong focus on evolving industry trends and the practical experience of business-based IT systems will enable you to make a positive contribution to your future employer right away.

We enjoy close links with employers, including IBM and Coventry City Council, so we are in a good position to advise you of employment opportunities as they arise. As a postgraduate student, you 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 IT 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.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

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.

Students have also had the opportunity to attend fieldtrips to Germany and Tanzania.

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:
ECT121
Duration:
  • 1 year full-time

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

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time

Fees:
£11,044

Contact Details:

Recruitment and Admissions Office

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