University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 27/04/2021 10:50:18

Named Award Title:MSc Information Technology

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  Information Technology
PG Cert  Information Technology
PG Dip  Information Technology

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:British Computer Society (BCS)
Maximum Period of Registration: 3 years Full Time, up to 4 years Part Time
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:London
Paisley
Distance/Online Learning

School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Programme Leader:Costas Iliopoulos

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
a) A Bachelors Honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in a non-IT or computing related subject, or a modest academic background in IT or computing; or b) A professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a Bachelors Honours Degree; or c) Have gained equivalent experience in business or industry. Applicants with an Honours BSc or BA degree in the following (or related) disciplines are encouraged to apply: Business, Engineering, Applied Sciences, Pure/Formal Sciences, Social Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Sports Science, Humanities.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications and experience deemed to be equivalent. This will be at the discretion of the Postgraduate Admissions Officer.


Further desirable skills pre-application

None


General Overview

The Postgraduate Programme in IT is designed to develop undergraduates primarily from disciplines other than IT/Computing, and to prepare and assist them to embark on a career in business IT. The IT programme is also suited to business and technology professionals who desire to equip themselves with fresh technology expertise and business capabilities. Graduate careers may involve working with SMEs or large employers, adding value to their operations and helping them to achieve business objectives through the use of technology. Alternatively, some undergraduates will acquire new IT skills and systems development, acquisition, deployment and integration knowledge and competencies that will enable them to successfully pursue a career in their first discipline. 

The IT programme examines issues, trends, current practices and technological alternatives in the field of business Information Technology and provides students with up-to-date technological and business skills, and specialist knowledge to help them design and/or implement appropriate, IT driven solutions in ways that address the needs of modern business organisations.

The programme is designed to provide a common first trimester experience that will enable the developing postgraduate student to make a more informed choice of second trimester options in either a technical domain (for example Web Development, Database Development, Web Development or Networking) or a more IT Business oriented theme (eBusiness, Management or Analytics). A key feature of the IT Business oriented themes is the integration of theory with the use of appropriate, current and specialist IT software, such as MS Project, Oracle, QlikView, Agilian and others.

On graduation, the postgraduate students of the IT Programme take up posts with large employers both private and public or are able to work within the SME domain. The skill set and specialist knowledge provided enables the successful postgraduate student to work in a direct IT systems development and deployment capacity or in a more management oriented role within a project team. Typical job titles include Technology Manager, IT Consultant, Business Analyst, Database Developer, and eBusiness Developer.

Further studies on the area of Information Technology can be undertaken through research degrees (MPhil/PhD.) Additionally, the IT Academy of the School of Computing offers a progression route for developing further industry specific technical skills though agreed programmes with Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, SAP and others.

Teaching & Learning (T&L) will employ face to face large and small group delivery and activities supported by the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), in this instance Moodle. Small group tutorials are favoured as they are key to the development of behavioural and effective competencies needed by employers, to develop reflective IT practitioners engaging in purposeful activity for the benefit of the business or organisation. The programme designers recognise the need to maintain a focus on technological developments and the creation of modules of study and development to provide for the latest set of technological skills but also recognise the need for the business context within which these skills and competencies can develop. Case studies are employed throughout the programme to provide such context. Effective team working is a critical theme. Assessment Assessment is geared towards assessing (and developing) not just the technical skills but also the types of competencies discussed above. Modules will make use of instruments of assessment aimed at the individual and at the group level. Courseworks, class tests, and formal examinations will be employed. Delivery modes This programme is delivered in F/T and P/T. Many of the modules are available in D/L format and available remotely to P/T students.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Graduates of the programme will be Universal, Work ready and Successful across three dimensions (academic, personal and professional) which encapsulate the breadth of the learning experience at University level.

The Postgraduate Programme in IT is designed to develop undergraduates primarily from disciplines other than IT/Computing, and to prepare and assist them to embark on a career in business IT. The IT programme is also suited to business and technology professionals who desire to equip themselves with fresh technology expertise and business capabilities. This career may involve working with SMEs or large employers adding value to their operations and helping them to achieve business objectives through the use of technology. Alternatively, some undergraduates will add IT skills and systems development and deployment knowledge and competencies that will enable them to successfully pursue a career in their first discipline.

The IT programme examines issues, trends, current practices and technological alternatives in the field of business Information Technology and provides students with up-to-date technological and business skills and specialist knowledge to help them design and/or implement appropriate, IT driven solutions in ways that address the needs of modern business organisations.

On graduation, postgraduate students of the IT Programme take up posts with large employers both private and public or are able to work within the SME domain. The skill set and specialist knowledge provided enables the successful postgraduate student to work in a direct IT systems development and deployment capacity or in a more management oriented role within a project team. Typical job titles include Technology Manager, IT Consultant, IT Project Manager, Business Analytics specialist, eBusiness Developer, Database Developer, Web Developer and Network Infrastructure & Services specialist.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

Placements could be available at the MSc stage although there is no formal provision in the form of a module. There is a history of postgraduate students picking up projects through the University’s industrial contacts and more recently the IT Academy. Several postgraduate students have become F/T employees of the University recognising not only the worth of this programme in engendering valuable IT skills and knowledge but also the project work that they have undertaken. The programme team will examine the possibility of offering a more formal placement scheme following on from the diploma stage.

 

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of modern methods as regards the development, introduction and management of IT systems to support and enhance management and business functions
A2Be able to apply a critical awareness of the role of pervasive and persistent database technologies or networking technologies as platforms for developing and deploying centralised and non-centralised IT-based business systems.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Critically analyse and evaluate theoretical and technological developments in the subject of Information Technology
B2Critically analyse and evaluate IT techniques, technologies and services as used in modern business.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate effectively using a range of print and electronic communication methods for senior academic and professional audiences.
C2Effectively use a range of module related software tools.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Effectively employ problem solving skills for problem identification, analysis, generation of options / solutions, selection of appropriate option / solution in the chosen subject/discipline.
D2Evaluate information from a variety of sources including printed and online academic journals on technology-based Information Systems and Computing, to enhance the quality of the learning experience and performance.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate an ability to manage and work autonomously with a range of self-directed learning resources.
E2Demonstrate an ability to work on a common project with other members in a team.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11043Business Computer Networks20check mark  
11COMP11007Database Design20check mark  
11COMP11001Ethics for the IT Professional10   
11COMP11032Object Oriented Analysis & Design10check mark  
11COMP11017Research Design and Methods10check markcheck mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
Students may also choose optional modules from the ones offered in the Postgraduate IT programme, to accumulate the necessary credits for the PgCert Information Technology exit award.   

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Provision of Modules

The optional modules offered by the School will be subject to availability and viable numbers of student enrolments.

Distance learning students will be offered optional modules from those modules that are available in distance learning format.

Further, January intake students will be offered optional modules that have no pre-requisites and appropriate core modules to begin their studies.

Criteria for Progression and Award


The criteria for the Award of Postgraduate Certificate are defined in the University Regulatory Framework.

For a PgCert Information Technology exit award, at least 60 credits are required, including 30 credits or more from the above core modules. A minimum of 40 credits must be attained at SCQF Level 11.


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of modern methods as regards the development, introduction and management of IT systems to support and enhance management and business functions.
A2Be able to apply a critical awareness of the role of pervasive and persistent database technologies as a platform for developing and deploying centralised and non-centralised IT-based business systems.
A3Demonstrate a reflective and critical awareness of the design and deployment of networking technologies in modern organisations.
A4Acquire skills and a critical understanding of the application of these skills introduced in the selected theme of study.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Critically analyse and evaluate theoretical and technological developments in the subject of Information Technology
B2Systematically develop and deploy distributed IT systems to meet business aims
B3Critically analyse and evaluate IT techniques, technologies and services as used in modern business developed for IT platforms in the context of the chosen theme of study
B4An ability to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the chosen theme of study.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate effectively using a range of print and electronic communication methods for senior academic and professional audiences.
C2Effectively use a range of module related software tools.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Effectively employ problem solving skills for problem identification, analysis, generation of options / solutions, selection of appropriate option / solution in the chosen theme of study.
D2Evaluate information from a variety of sources including printed and online academic journals on technology-based Information Systems and Computing, to enhance the quality of the learning experience and performance.
D3Apply a critical ability in using methods, techniques and technologies to support organisational analysis and IT systems provision.
D4Be able to critically reflect on the relationship between theory and practice in developing IT and business solutions to address organisational problems.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate an ability to manage and work autonomously with a range of self-directed learning resources.
E2Demonstrate an ability to work on a common project with other members in a team.
E3Demonstrate an ability to define and carry out tasks autonomously, demonstrating critical enquiry in producing quality work underpinned by rigorous relevant research and investigation.
E4Demonstrate a substantial ability to adopt reflective practices that enable critical analysis and reflection on own work and that carried out by others.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11001Ethics for the IT Professional10   
11COMP11043Business Computer Networks20check mark  
11COMP11007Database Design20check mark  
11COMP11032Object Oriented Analysis & Design10check mark  
11COMP11017Research Design and Methods10check markcheck mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11012Oracle Database Development20 check mark Database & Analytics Theme
11COMP11013Technologies for Business Intelligence10 check mark Database & Analytics Theme
11COMP11008Web Development20check mark  Web Theme
11COMP11005Dynamic Web Applications20 check mark Web Theme
10COMP10023Wireless Networking20 check mark Networking Theme
11COMP11061Internet of Things (IoT) and Applications20 check mark Networking Theme
11COMP11051Mobile Business Technology and Design20 check mark eBusiness Theme
11COMP11015Interactive Design for Smart Devices10 check mark Modern Computing Theme
11COMP11060Emerging Topics in Computing10 check mark Modern Computing Theme
10COMP10002Data Warehouse Environment20 check mark Database & Analytics Theme
11QUAL11013Project Management Fundamentals20   London Only

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Provision of Modules

The optional modules offered by the School will be subject to availability and viable numbers of student enrolments.

Distance learning students will be offered optional modules from those modules that are available in distance learning format.

Further, January intake students will be offered optional modules that have no pre-requisites and appropriate core modules to begin their studies.

Students should select 50 points from the above options. Students can take at maximum one L10 module.

The association of a module to one of the themes of study is shown in the tables above.

Criteria for Progression and Award


Award - PgD Information Technology

The criteria for the Award of Postgraduate Diploma are defined in the University Regulatory Framework.

To gain the PgD IT award a student must achieve University Regulatory requirements and include the specified core modules as listed for the PgC IT. To gain the PgD IT award a student should achieve at least 120 credit points with a minimum of 90 credit points attained at SCQF Level 11.


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of modern methods as regards the development, introduction and management of IT systems to support and enhance management and business functions
A2Be able to apply a critical awareness of the role of pervasive and persistent database technologies as a platform for developing and deploying centralised and non-centralised IT-based business systems
A3Demonstrate a reflective and critical awareness of the design and deployment of networking technologies in modern organisations
A4Acquire skills and a critical understanding of the application of these skills introduced in the selected theme of study
A5Demonstrate knowledge and deep understanding of research methods and approaches in the context of Information Technology, relevant to the programme of Masters level research.

A6. Develop a detailed critical understanding of a chosen area for a programme of Masters level research within the area of IT that has a strong relationship with at least one of the taught theme(s) of study

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Critically analyse and evaluate theoretical and technological developments in the subject of Information Technology
B2Systematically develop and deploy distributed IT systems to meet business aims
B3Critically analyse and evaluate IT techniques, technologies and services as used in modern business developed for IT platforms in the context of the chosen theme of study
B4An ability to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the chosen theme of study
B5Undertake valid research using appropriate research methods within the selected research domain.
B6.Demonstrate an ability to critically synthesise and evaluate information and data from a variety of sources, as well as establish and discern connections relevant to a programme of Masters level research

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate effectively using a range of print and electronic communication methods for senior academic and professional audiences
C2Effectively use a range of module related software tools
C3Develop the ability to communicate effectively with professional agencies in undertaking valid research
C4Develop a critical understanding and an ability to communicate using relevant and specific print and electronic communication methods for senior academic and professional audiences in conducting primary research at Masters level
C5Demonstrate a critical understanding and application of quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis techniques and technologies within the context of a Masters level programme of research

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Effectively employ problem solving skills for problem identification, analysis, generation of options / solutions, selection of appropriate option / solution in the chosen theme of study
D2Evaluate information from a variety of sources including printed and online academic journals on Information Systems and Computing, to enhance the quality of the learning experience and performance
D3Apply a critical ability in using methods, techniques and technologies to support organisational analysis and IT systems provision
D4Be able to critically reflect on the relationship between theory and practice in developing IT and business solutions to address organisational problems
D5Develop a critical understanding of the planning, conducting and reflecting and reporting on a programme of Masters level of research relating to the areas of IT

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate an ability to manage and work autonomously with a range of self-directed learning resources
E2Demonstrate an ability to work on a common project with other members in a team
E3Demonstrate an ability to define and carry out tasks autonomously, demonstrating critical enquiry in producing quality work underpinned by rigorous relevant research and investigation
E4Demonstrate a substantial ability to adopt reflective practices that enable critical analysis and reflection on own work and that carried out by others
E5Demonstrate a substantial ability to carry out autonomous research and thorough critical and ethical inquiry to produce a substantial dissertation at Masters level.
E6. Exercise a substantial ability to conduct significant primary research involving interacting and working with organisations, agencies and individual subjects relevant to the chosen area of research

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11024Masters Project60check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Details of Dissertation/Project Requirements

The choice of topic for the MSc Project is made by the student in consultation with the MSc Project coordinator and academic staff that the student may have consulted with. The topic is normally related to the subjects and content covered during the PgC/PgD stage of the programme. At the start of the MSc Project the student will be allocated a specific supervisor and moderator with experience and expertise in the student’s chosen topic for the duration of the MSc project module.

A student is expected to reach three specific milestones during the MSc project:

1. To produce an MSc Project Specification that meets the approval of a panel of academic reviewers in the School.

2. To produce an interim report approximately at the half-way point of the project, containing an early draft of the literature review as well as comprehensive description of the project methodology to be used, and forward plan for the completion of the project.

3. To submit a dissertation of approximately 18,000 words in which the following areas are typically expected to be addressed: subject literature is critically reviewed, full project methodology is described, collected data and results are published, or prototype systems are developed and evaluated, and a critique incorporating recommendations suggested by the research results, a self-assessment and recommendations for further work on the topic are included.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award


MSc Information Technology.

The criteria for the Award of Masters are defined in the University Regulatory Framework.

To gain the MSc IT award a student must achieve at least 180 credit points with a minimum of 150 credit points attained at SCQF level 11.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.



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