Level 7 Qualification
180 UK Credits (equivalent to 90 ECTS)
Duration of Study Programme
3-4 Academic Years – Part-Time
University of Derby
January, May and September 2022
Operational End Date
Mode of Delivery
Disclaimer: This course is not delivered by Domain Academy. Delivered by UDOL – University of Derby Online
This MSc Information Technology Degree has been designed to give you the tools and understanding to forge a successful career in IT. You will expand your theoretical knowledge with the practical application of research, analysis and decision making.
The purpose of this qualification and the defined pathways are:
- To provide an opportunity for you to acquire and evaluate specialist knowledge about emerging techniques, methodologies and software tools in the area of IT technology systems and solutions;
- To develop your ability to apply the acquired skills and knowledge to current commercial, industrial and scientific situations in the development, deployment and management of information technology systems;
- To provide an opportunity for you to understand the methodologies, technologies and database configurations to implement internet-based service-oriented applications;
- To develop an understanding of the infrastructure management issues relating to IT systems and related technologies;
- To use the Independent Scholarship or Learning from Professional Engagement on Placement (WBL) module to develop your abilities to work independently and to plan and execute a substantial research project in the area of IT systems, thus preparing you for academic and industrial research careers.
- To encourage the development of independence and critical self-awareness, so as to increase the potential for lifelong learning.
- To adopt an internationalised approach to learning, teaching and assessment strategies, which encourages an awareness and participation with a number of international cultural contexts
The world of information technology is advancing at a remarkable pace, with emerging technologies and developments with smartphones, personal navigation systems and widespread access to broadband Internet. It means there are exciting career opportunities ahead for professionals who can harness IT in new ways to create tangible, business advantage.
What you will study
You will study modules such as:
- Studying at Masters Level and Research Methods – 20 UK credits (equivalent to 10 ECTS)
You will develop your skills to study at masters level to help you plan and execute a research project. This module includes an understanding of research design and methodological enquiry.
- Database Development – 20 UK credits (equivalent to 10 ECTS)
Database technologies are central to the data revolution happening in industry today. You will gain a critical and in-depth awareness of the theory, concepts, technology, practices and issues involved in the analysis, design, development, deployment and maintenance of database systems.
- IT Project Management – 20 UK credits (equivalent to 10 ECTS)
Good project management is critical to the successful development of IT products. This module covers the management of IT oriented projects, developing your skills and understanding to address various issues that affect IT.
- Object Oriented Analysis, Design and Implementation – 20 UK credits (equivalent to 10 ECTS)
Knowing how computer programs are developed is key to understanding the problems that can affect IT projects. You will be presented with the popular object orientation paradigm which will take you through the full development process.
- Business Analytics with SAS – 20 UK credits (equivalent to 10 ECTS)
You will work with representative, real-world data-sets to enhance your understanding of the issues involved in managing and analysing data. You will also explore the practical aspects of data mining and management data analysis and presentation, using the SAS product set.
- Web Technologies – 20 UK credits (equivalent to 10 ECTS)
This module will introduce you to a number of tools, techniques, technologies and architectures so that you can make critically informed judgements on the suitability of web solutions for a particular purpose.
- Independent Scholarship – 60 UK credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS)
During this triple module, you will formulate, research and resolve a commercial IT problem, usually working in partnership with industrial collaborators to focus attention on specific and real applications. You will present your findings and solutions in the form of a masters-level dissertation that you can use to demonstrate your ability to apply your learning in an independent and rigorous fashion.
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How you will learn
You will learn through lectures, seminars, discussion groups, practical sessions, presentations and blended learning. Using our dedicated computing laboratories, you will develop both theoretical and practical skills in applying information technology.
Assessment includes a range of methods such as analytical essays, reports on lab-based problems, assignments using case studies, multi-task practical portfolios and presentations.
Where you will learn:
Method of Assessment:
Formative assessment will be provided across the breadth of modules to assist you in both a structured learning approach but also to provide feedback opportunities. This is particularly important to you in the early stages of the programme, as this gives you clear benchmarks with regard to your progress on the programme. The process may include self-assessment, peer review, as well as feedback from the tutors following class (and other synchronous) exercises, for enquiry based learning and problem based learning activities etc. Summative assessment will take different forms to ensure congruence with the programme aims and learning outcomes identified, and the master’s levels in knowledge, skills and personal development.
Over the course of a programme you will experience different assessment methods which may include computer aided tests, research projects, work based reports, case study analysis, patchwork assessment, and reflective reports. In all cases, assessment is directly related to either students’ personal development or in diagnosing and applying solutions to their organisations (or comparable case studies).
A typical twenty credit module has an associated assessment workload of 6000 words (or equivalent). In this programme the final assessment at master’s level will be a major piece of independent study (either Independent Scholarship or Learning from Professional Engagement on Placement (WBL)), demanding the demonstration of a wide range of knowledge and skills.
Structure of Programme:
The programme is studied on either a full-time, part-time or online distance learning (OLDL) basis. The modules that make up the programme have particular importance in your preparation for the world of work and have been designed to meet the requirements of the QAA subject benchmarks. We have chosen the modules in such a way that you will develop yourself appropriately during your study. Students who do not complete the full Masters programme of study (180 credits) may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (60 credits), or a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (120 credits).
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Procedures:
The learning, teaching and assessment strategy has been guided by the Department of Computing and Mathematics’ LTA strategy, and in line with good practice it has been developed to be mindful of the diverse nature of the students, their backgrounds and their prior experiences of learning and teaching. The overall aim of the learning, teaching and assessment, is to take the student through a relevant journey in terms of knowledge, the development of intellectual, transferable, analytical skills and critical awareness. A key component of the postgraduate computing programmes, is the focus upon the use of academic staff and students’ experiences as an integral part of the learning process, both in terms of individuals reflecting on their experience and practice, and also groups of tutors and students sharing their experiences as a group.
The course offers opportunities for you to learn from the knowledge and experience of others in making decisions and solving problems at a technical and strategic level. Coverage of core subjects provides a broadening of knowledge with deeper analysis of enterprise scale IT systems and associated technical systems and processes through project work, laboratory work, case studies and speakers from the IT industry. Variety in the forms of teaching and assessment will give you the scope for personal development through reflection on your personal strengths, priorities and values.
Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to adopt a critical an evaluative approach both to the synthesis of theory and practice and to the application of knowledge and understanding gained to your own role and to the wider organisational, economic and social context.
Combinations of learning, teaching and assessment methods are used through the programme and will vary between modules as appropriate for the subject and the required learning outcomes. Learning and teaching methods will include formal lectures, seminars, sessions with invited speakers, problem-solving exercises, laboratory based practical sessions, simulations, case studies, individual and group investigations and presentations, debates, and online discussions, together with directed learning activities. Such activities are described in more detail in Section 5.1 below.
Where activities are studied solely online, appropriate online equivalents will be provided, for instance, online lectures, virtual seminars, online videos of industrial speakers, online simulations and conferences, etc. Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to take an independent and mature approach to your own learning activities, and to the active pursuit of understanding and insight into current and relevant issues and developments. As well as receiving formative feedback from staff and participants, you will be encouraged to reflect upon your own development through the establishment and maintenance of a professional portfolio.
Subject specific practical and professional skills are developed both in workshops and by online learning. Some may involve technical activities or small projects, while others require the application of concepts, tools and techniques to given case studies, practical scenarios and organisations.
Intellectual and key skills are embedded within the learning experience. During induction you will be introduced to Studying at Masters Level and Research Methods, in particular critical analysis and writing skills, with support from peers and your tutors. This module also serves to introduce you to essential research skills for Masters study, and establishes the way in which your learning will be facilitated throughout the programme with the help of tutors.
You will develop autonomy as a learner by applying theoretical concepts to practical scenarios in a rigorous way. This experience will be augmented through access to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, delivered via the UDO online portal. This portal will also give you access to additional materials, self-tests and further support.
As part of your development as a lifelong learner it is important that you reflect both on your learning and the processes which supported it. Your professional portfolio presents an opportunity to record evidence of your developing skill set, together with reflections that describe your advanced professional skills, as applied to real examples. Your portfolio is likely to be electronic and you will update it throughout the course of your studies.
90-100% Excellent – Distinction
80-89% Excellent – Distinction
70-79% Excellent – Distinction
60-69% Very good – Merit
50-59% Good/Satisfactory – Pass
40-49% Unsatisfactory – Marginal Fail
5-39% Very Poor – Fail
- An Honours degree (at least 2.2) or equivalent qualifications/experience in a computing discipline; AND
- A minimum of 2-3 years of broad computer experience;
- If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
Students should produce copies of certificates, full CV in EuroFormat and passport-size photo.
Fees & funding
Get 70% back on the full course fee upon successful completion.
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Last Updated: 11th November 2021