This course is ideally suited to you if you have limited, or no experience of IS/IT management or if you are an existing IS/IT practitioner seeking to enhance your IS/IT management skills. On this course you will develop both a depth of knowledge and understanding of the management of information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) and skills to reflect a high level of professional competency and leadership. These will enable you to apply what you have learnt to a business context in all types of organisation. In addition, you will be able to integrate advanced theoretical concepts with contemporary and relevant applications within appropriate frameworks.
On this course you will develop both academic and professional skills that will help you effectively manage research and problem-solving. You will be able to demonstrate critical reflective analysis through continuous evaluation, analysis and synthesis of concepts and contexts, key skills for a successful IS/IT manager.
Typical modules may include:
This course will appeal to anyone who is looking to advance in Information System Management. The topics are practical, with an emphasis on the application of the knowledge gained and applied to many learning situations, including the use of case studies, live round-table debate, team-working exercises, applied coursework, blended learning environments, and independent study. You will be encouraged to gain knowledge in your field through extensive reading, and to apply this research in a more formal way. The completion of a dissertation demonstrates the range of academic and professional skills gained at the University of Wolverhampton. Students will have support within classroom time and dedicated workshops, small working groups, and personal tutors to develop the student to help gain a higher level of achievement.
You will also have the benefit of relevant experience of staff in disciplines.
The opportunities for the graduate of IT Management courses include but are not limited to:
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
1. Evaluate and learn to apply appropriate theories, tools and techniques to a range of IT Management situations; develop and apply IT Management strategies through case studies or practical business contexts. Students will learn to see the IT system from both an IT and organisational perspective.
2. Critically evaluate the complex issues related to Data governance, the structure of data management, and the frameworks for managing data successfully.
3. Coordinate and apply both project management and quality assurance techniques to complex project situations; professionally evaluate benefits gained and lessons learnt through practical application.
4. Make informed decisions on the management of modern information systems architectures, justifying choices for given situations
5. Appraise, critique and evaluate the most appropriate methods for the Acquisition, Development and Implementation of Information Technology and Systems within a variety of contexts.
Application is being made for graduates of this award to be accredited as members of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS). The application will be processed at the time of validation.
For direct entry onto the Master’s programme:
A lower second honours degree or equivalent in a related subject is required for direct entry onto the Master’s programme.
A Postgraduate Certificate in a related subject or equivalent with a minimum of grade C in all modules.
For entry onto the Postgraduate Certificate programme:
(Completion of which, with a minimum of grade C in all modules, will allow a student to progress to the Master’s programme)
A pass at degree level.
Students are selected using application form and references in the first instance and may be invited for interview.
Students applying for individual modules will be required to demonstrate the ability to absorb technical concepts and detail, possibly by way of their previous industrial or commercial experience.
Minimum English competency is the standard MSc entry: IELTS 6.0
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.