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Description

This course is a valuable asset for those in the IT sector who are interested in management positions in Information Technology. The course is designed with achievable set targets, supported by blended learning, online seminars and forums that can be accessed through your mobile phone to participate in online sessions. Students will be assigned a personal tutor and a timetable for seminars and support.

Programme Aims

The main educational aim of the course is to provide students with a working knowledge of all the fundamental areas of IT, e.g. security, project management, database systems and business solutions. The main educational aim is coupled with the development of generic employability skills required by the IT industry. Professional development and the practice of managerial skills are also to be supported on the course. The distance learning delivery mode offers significant  lexibility whereby all teaching and learning materials are provided in the most advanced Virtual Learning Environment.

Additional course aims:
– To enable students To strengthen their existing design and development skills with substantial coverage of a wide range of areas within an Information Systems context.
– To equip students with a range of ‘value-added’ skills sought by IT employers e.g. Industry Professional Certification qualification.
– To equip students with both technical IT skills and ‘client-facing’ business skills; thereby ensuring that they are the ‘hybrid employees’ sought after by the IT industry.
– To encourage the practice of troubleshooting and problem solving strategies within a broad IT context.
– To offer students an opportunity To develop advanced expertise in a specialist field relevant To their skills and professional career aspirations.

Modules

– Mobile Application Design and Development (Distance Learning)
– Database Systems with Professional Certification (Distance Learning)
– Communication Technologies for IT(Distance Learning)
– IT Security Management (Distance Learning)
– Software Project Management (Distance Learning)
– Research and Development Skills (Distance Learning)
– MSc Project (Distance Learning)

To facilitate a flexible yet structured student learning experience for each module, the range of topics covered are grouped into a number of learning units. Normally each module consists of four learning units, each lasting for three weeks. Each learning unit is designed to cover selected topics.

The module leaders will provide the following via VLE for the module:
– Clear description of required learning activities including required reading list and exercises.
– Lecture slides and/or other supporting materials.
– Answer questions posted on the discussion forum on the VLE and facilitate the discussion among students.
– A clear description of tasks, submission instruction, submission deadlines, assessment criteria and marking sheet.

Students are strongly encouraged to:
– Complete required learning activities
– Post questions related to the module to the relevant Forum in discussion board and engage in online discussion with peers and the tutor
– Submit solutions to study tasks and the required assessment by the given deadline in accordance with published procedures
– Regularly check mail boxes, notice boards, e-mails for update on the module.
– Complete 200 hours of study (600 hours in the case of MSc project module).
– Regularly check mail boxes, notice boards, e-mails for update on the module.

Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On completing the course students will be able to:
– demonstrate a deep understanding of relevant and contemporary IT issues – both from a technical and an end-user perspective;
– demonstrate a critical appreciation of the process of IT project development and the tools available to developers;
– demonstrate a high level of comprehension in choosing and applying development methods and tools;
– apply research skills and methods to current areas within the field.

Cognitive Skills
By the end of the course the student is expected to develop higher order skills that are reflected in the student’s ability to:
– carry out independent scholarly and practical research and investigation. In particular, an ability to use such knowledge to provide analysis and evaluation of specific issues and problems related to the development and management of IT projects;
– develop and apply intellectual and critical skills to the theories and ideas related to the synthesis, development and evaluation of IT projects;
– detect and resolve issues related to the deployment, maintenance and evolution of IT systems;
– carry out evaluation and comparison of a range of technological offerings related to information technologies in modern organisations.

Transferable Skills, including those of employability and professional practice
The most useful practical skills, techniques and capabilities are to:
– act as an intermediary between technical specialists and user groups;
– communicate ideas and information effectively by oral, written and visual means;
– work effectively both in a team and independently on a given task or project;
– take a trouble-shooting, problem-solving approach to existing IT projects.

Subject-specific Practical Skills
On completion of the course students will be able to:
– carry out a user requirements analysis, using critical judgement;
– plan, carry out and report on an individual IT project;
– competently utilise trouble-shooting strategies in different areas of an IT project;
– develop the use of appropriate testing and evaluation techniques.

Criteria for Admission

The minimum entry requirement is normally a lower second-class Honours Degree in a related subject, e.g. BSc Business Information Technology, BSc Computing and Information Systems. Applicants with industrial experience in relevant skills may also be considered. Although extensive programming skills are not a prerequisite, exposure to the following should be evidenced:
– developing prototype applications within an object-oriented environment;
– designing and developing a relational database;
– familiarity with the concepts of security and project management;
– an understanding of fundamental concepts in telecommunications and computing;
– familiarity with the concepts of developing human computer interfaces.

Candidates may be interviewed at the discretion of the Course Leader or a delegated representative of the Course Leader. In cases where an applicant seeks admission to the course on the basis of relevant work experience, the decision to offer a place will be taken by the Course Leader alone. There will be some opportunity for students to transfer credits gained on related masters level programmes of study at this or other universities. All such requests will be approved at the discretion of the Course Leader.

For applicants who have been awarded the Graduate Certificate in Computing by London Metropolitan University, the decision to offer a place will be made by the Course Leader.

For overseas applicants, the minimum entry requirement is an equivalent undergraduate degree in a related subject OR a postgraduate degree from a government approved or accredited institute or University with an overall mark equivalent to a UK second-class Honours Degree. Qualifications other than these are subject to the approval of the Course Leader.

If English is not the applicant’s first language or the medium of previous study is not English, an IELTS score of 6.0 or above or equivalent.

Career Opportunities

Specialist technical competency and extensive programming skills are not always prerequisite for certain jobs such as Project Manager, Business Analyst, Database Administrator, IT Manager. What is required are postgraduates who have a thorough grounding knowledge of the IT area and the issues surrounding it. Also required by the IT industry are ‘hybrid employees’ who possess generic IT skills coupled with business and project management awareness and also ‘client-facing’ IT skills.

On completion of the course graduates will be equipped to work in areas which require a combination of technical and non-technical skills. Graduates will be eligible to work in areas such as Database Administration, Project Management, Business or Systems Analysis, IT Consultancy, Support Services, Product Management and Training. On completion of the course graduates will have some Oracle Professional Certification which they may pursue to become fully certified professionals within a range of pathways.

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