If you want to study a general project management master’s degree with an IT flavour, this is the postgraduate course for you.
It offers a range of project management skills useful in many subject areas, plus skills that are particularly useful in IT project management. You also study IT-related management skills within information systems and e-commerce. To enhance your employability and career prospects further, we offer you the opportunity to complete a six-month internship within industry before completing your master’s project. Internships are optional and competitive but if interested we work with you to find an appropriate industry match and prepare you for interview.
This course develops your project management knowledge to a high level. You learn how to use PRINCE2, a project management method used to manage, control and organise projects. You also learn about key principles of project management for a wider range of disciplines such as strategic project management and risk management. We also integrate essential IT management topics around e-commerce and information systems management. You will develop sufficient technical and interpersonal skills to make an immediate contribution to major projects at the leading edge of IT management.
During this course you increase your intellectual ability for analysis and synthesis at the level of postgraduate research. You achieve this by studying research methods and undertaking a major individual project. The course encourages enterprise and progression towards further research, including MPhil and/or PhD.
Digital technologies are essential to the operation of modern enterprise but it is effective management of such resources that is vital to delivering bottom-line, business results.
This module equips you with the managerial standards, insights and techniques necessary to support the effective appraisal, deployment and operation of computer-based technologies and applications.
You learn how to address the challenges of information systems management, developing the knowledge and abilities vital for a successful career in IT management or business systems consultancy.
You are required to undertake a management in-tray exercise to demonstrate your knowledge of IT management and your ability to employ relevant techniques to address and resolve associated managerial problems and concerns.
This module allows you to work on a real/simulated project in an industry like context. You synthesize your previous knowledge and apply it to real life problems for typical client(s). The module emphasises key areas such as project management, client consultancy and teamwork.
The project management side focuses on the structure, processes and terminology of the PRINCE2® methodology allow you to apply and tailor PRINCE2® to address the needs and problems of the client(s).
You are assessed by two equally weighted components requiring working both individually and in groups.
You gain a strategic overview of the definition of what makes a project, and are able to consider the organisational implications and expectations centred on project initiation and delivery. We show you the way projects are constructed (in process terms) and managed. We don’t intend to turn you into deployable practitioners – this only comes with experience – rather provide you with a strategic overview of the nature of projects and provide a general understanding of what they may need to consider (including the language of projects) should you wish to undertake and/or participate in the management of projects in all their guises.
New technology typically brings both opportunities and risks: with the emergence of the internet, the opportunities and risks are enormous for entrepreneurs and business managers.
Capitalising on this commercial growth to build and manage an effective commercial web presence requires a sound combination of commercial acumen, technical understanding and effective operations management.
In this module you develop an e-commerce proposition by performing the appropriate commercial analysis, building the e-commerce application and managing the relevant business processes.
You research and develop a business case, and produce and manage an appropriate-commerce solution to a case study scenario.
Research Methods and Project Specifications
We provide you with an advanced level of study in risk management in projects. You explore a range of tools and techniques used in risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk-planning responses, PERT and risk monitoring. You learn about financial risk, project-appraisal methods and the application of a decision tree within a project.
You gain awareness of probability theory that represents the corner stone of risk management. Invited speakers from the industry give an overview of risk management in different projects; for example IT, finance, construction, and oil and gas. You work in groups on project case studies which apply risk management theory. In addition, you gain hands-on experience in applying the @RISK© tool to a variety of scenarios of risk factors. You develop a deep understanding of the systematic process of risk management and application of @RISK© software.
This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a major, in-depth, individual study in an aspect of your course. Normally IT project management master’s projects are drawn from commercial, industrial or research-based problem areas. The project involves you in researching and investigating aspects of your area of study and then producing a major deliverable, for example software package or tool, design, web-site and research findings. You also critically evaluate your major deliverable, including obtaining third party evaluation where appropriate.
The major deliverable(s) are presented via a poster display, and also via a product demonstration or a conference-type presentation of the research and findings. The research, project process and evaluation is reported via a paper in the style of a specified academic conference or journal paper. The written report, the major deliverable and the your presentation of the product are assessed.
The project management process affords supported opportunities for goal setting, reflection and critical evaluation of achievement.
Modules offered may vary.
Lectures introduce and develop material, and include research issues and recent developments as appropriate. You explore subjects in-depth through tutor-led seminars, practical workshops, individual or group research, and by contributing to discussion forums.
Lectures, discussion seminars and online discussions develop your intellectual skills. Many modules use directed self-study and research to develop your critical evaluation skills.
We use lectures, including presentations from guest external practitioners, deliver relevant subject-specific content. Practical work includes case studies from real scenarios.
Core themes throughout the course include developing your transferable skills, self-managed learning and professional development. Methods include group-based activities and discussions, self-directed learning and research, and tutor-led workshops.
We assess most learning outcomes by individual coursework, including case studies and essays, with critical evaluation of processes or products, and evidence of research into a specified area. We are very experienced in assessing group work with a research profile in that area. Your assessment starts within a group, with a clear emphasis on process as well as product, but proceeds to your individual assessment by a variety of means.
You are also assessed through an individual portfolio of technical work to a professional standard and a presentation to tutors on your research findings.
Typically graduates of this postgraduate degree are well suited for a career in IT project management, general project management or IT management.
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