MRes (Full Time)
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Director of Studies:Dr MP Brigham
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The student must take the following modules:
The student must take 3 modules from the following group:
Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
Educational aims of the MRes in Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change programme:
In additional to the education aims listed above, the MRes in Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change aims to provide intending PhD students with a good grounding in a specialist subject area as well as with the qualitative and quantitative research skills they will need in order to undertake their research.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
Intended Learning outcomes:
The programme provides learning opportunities for students to develop knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes in the following areas:
A. Knowledge and understanding of:
1. Organisations as complex socio-technical networks.
2. The design, development and implementation of information technology as social processes.
3. The strategic management of IT and information systems in the broader organisational context.
4. The principles and issues of managing change in organisations.
5. Systems thinking and problem solving methodologies.
6. Knowledge management and its relationship with IT.
7. Contemporary information technology and its implications for management and organisational processes.
8. The research process, methodological approaches and epistemological debates.
9. The management of systems and projects in a learning environment.
B. Intellectual skills ?able to:
1. Perform critical analysis and reflection.
2. Present arguments in a critical, logical and coherent manner.
3. Identify and analyse problems in organisational case studies.
4. Make appropriate recommendations for action in considering organisational case studies.
C. Practical skills ?able to:
1. Apply systemic and systematic approaches to problem structuring and solving.
2. Create a list of requirements for an IS management development project through the Rational Unified Process.
3. Create UML diagrams: use-cases diagrams, activity diagrams, class diagrams, sequence diagrams. Further to be able to use Rational Rose to create the above UML diagrams.
4. Apply various modelling and representational techniques for problem analysis and representation.
5. Be a very competent end-user of the personal computing environment.
6. Apply research methods to execute a research project appropriately:
- Applying search strategies to locate and utilise appropriate literature.
- Developing a framework for understanding the literature.
- Applying the concepts and theories in the literature to a relevant practical problem in the organisational context.
- Making appropriate conclusions and recommendations for policy and action.
D. Transferable skills ? able to:
1. Produce written work of high academic standard.
2. Present arguments in a logical, coherent and convincing manner (orally and in written form).
3. Work effectively in a group.
4. Manage individual and group assessment projects in terms of time, resources and delivery.
5. Become an independent learner.
6. Become self-critical and reflexive.
E. Achievement of employability skills
1. Provision of concepts and theories that assist in making sense of developments in information systems and organisational change.
2. Develop an appreciation of the strategic role of ICT in organisations.
3. Concepts and techniques for evaluating IT/IS investment decisions.
4. Problem solving skills that assist in resolving conflicting requirements.
5. Project management techniques and ideas that assist in the defining, planning and supporting of projects.
6. Ability to implement and review the role of ICTs in a knowledge management initiative.
7. Develop presentation and group working skills.
8. Have an understanding of IS Development Methods, specifically the Rational Unified Process, UML modelling and Rational Rose software.
Further students may gain practical and conceptual skills in some of the following: Data warehousing and data mining; Data architectures; Modelling the organisation as data; e-business models and applications; operations management ideas and techniques; computing hardware and applications; visual basic programming; human resource management.