MSc Managing Innovation and Information Technology (2023)

Course details

All about the course

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. You will study the modules below in a sequence dependent on your start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Teaching is delivered for six hours each week (at present, this is made up of three hours face to face teaching + three hours online lectures). In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six-week blocks.During this time, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. You will have the opportunity to select between a placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience. You can choose to workwith your own or another organisation on a live brief.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the ICP. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and askUK. askUK can help with pre project/placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. You are responsible for finding your internship, placementor live projectbut the Student Hub can helpyou.

Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

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Semester one

Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control

You will learn about the approaches, skills and methods of effective project management, and the tools and techniques required for planning, control, teamwork, leadership and other key processes. You will develop knowledge and application of the techniques of estimating, forecasting and resource management.

All of these qualities will develop your ability to lead complex projects.

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Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Small group learning sets will be used as the basis for problem-based learning scenarios designed to include case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50% Individual assignment
50% Portfolio of business proposal, exhibition and business plan

Innovative Problem Solving

This work-based module has been developed to ensure that you will gain an awareness and appreciation of the innovative, exploitative nature of emerging and disruptive technologies and open-source possibilities. You will learn from problem analysis, to design creative solutions to meet information needs of defined and potential user communities. This might include the elderly, disabled or the third sector groups.

You will be tasked with innovative problem solving using real life case studies. For this, you will have access to a range of technologies (raspberry pi, sensors,) tools (3D scanners and printers, laser cutters) and our purpose built developmental spaces (Makerspace) to support your development process.. This exciting module has a continuous digital portfolio assessment to showcase the progress of your innovative designs.

Teaching:

  • Practice-based sessions to experience and learn appropriate tools, techniques and applications
  • Industry guest speakers (including graduates) give you valuable insight and advise on current practices, career advice and networking opportunities
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments (based on real-life briefs):

30%‘Meet the brief’ presentation to key stakeholders who will form part of the assessment panel.
70%Digital portfolio to showcase a proof of concept that is seeking external funding or support

Semester two

Digital Marketing Analytics and Strategy

The module combines two interesting topics in the field of digital marketing:
(i) Digital Marketing strategies
(ii) Marketing/Digital Analytics.

To start the module, we look at digital marketing strategy development, the criticalcomponents of a digital marketing strategy and its strategic significance. Interesting topics like digital marketing intelligence, social media and search analytics, big data, customer centric digital strategy etc. willform this part of the module. You will be required to develop a digital marketing strategy for a company of your choice. This provides a platform to apply the principles and frameworks that you have learned.

Next you will work with business simulation as part of your learning process for strategic decision making. Working in a group of fellow students, you will act as an entrepreneur of your own company and, as a group, will actively make strategic decisions on a weekly basis for all components of business. Your decision-making will include digital elements to ensure they align with the overall strategy.

Teaching: you will learn through:

  • Interactive lectures, seminars and business simulation activities
  • Group working on a case study or article with group presentation of solutions
  • Industry guest speakers and live project case studies to develop campaigns for
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

40% Group Simulation Performance score
60% Individual Strategic Marketing Plan

Information Systems and Digital Transformation

Most businessesare undergoing some formof digital transformation, this module has been designed in partnership with business leaders to take a critical overview of the processes that are involved. You will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the needs of organisations when strategically planning transformation and integrating business information systems. You will also achieve a holistic knowledge of the critical role of Information Technology/ Systems (IT/S), both at corporate and business levels, enabling you to be ready to support and deliver professional, ethical and legal services in IT/S transformation.

The module is divided into six topic specific blocks. Each block will introduce the topic, via interactive/participatory lecture and tutorial/seminar sessions and close with a reflection and synopsis of the topic area. Each block will inform the following block.

Teaching is delivered via:

  • interactive lecture sessions, timed tasks, panel discussions, round table debates and quizzes. These will be explored in greater detail by students, working individually or in small groups on a case study, or articles/whitepapers from associated business resources. Groups will be asked to present their solutions to the larger class and these will be openly discussed.
  • guest speakers (including graduates) from industry provide you with valuable examples of current practices, career advice and networking opportunities.
  • additional guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50% Individual assignment
50% Digital portfolio

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Semester three (Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) - choose from)

Work Placement

This is a paid industryplacement and provides you with the opportunity to undertake 6-month employment with an organisation located regionally, nationally, or internationally.

You will source your own placement; however, you will have lots of support from the University of Salford and the Business School employability-hub and from your current industry contacts. You will also benefit from preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.

As part of your placement, you will analyse a ‘live’ business opportunity. This will include critical reflection on opportunities that allow you to apply the theoretical skills you have learned on your programme to an existing business issue; along with how you will develop and use appropriate problem-solvingskillsina real-world environment. You will work on an organisational issue, working with the client on a full-time basis.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your placement, from preparingyour proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The ICP work placement will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your placement. Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriatelevel of critical reflection.

Assessment: 10,000 worddissertation

Internship

This can be a paid or unpaid internship and provides you with the opportunity to undertake 3-month internship with an organisation located regionally, nationally, or internationally.

You will source your own internship; however, you will have lots of support from the University of Salford and the Business School employability-hub and from your current industry contacts. You will also benefit from preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.

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As part of your internship, you will analyse a ‘live’ business opportunity. This will include critical reflection on opportunities that allow you to apply the theoretical skills you have learned on your programme to an existing business issue; along with how you will develop and use appropriate problem-solvingskillsina real-world environment. You will work alongside an organisationtoidentify and explore a real organisational issue up to 20 hours per week.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your internship, from preparingyour proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The ICP internship will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your internship. Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriatelevel of critical reflection.

Assessment: 10,000 worddissertation

Applied Dissertation

A 3-month Applied Dissertation provides you with a unique opportunity to examine an issue important to you and this should fit in with your programme of study. This is an advanced-level applied research pathway that can be based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation. The Applied Dissertation route provides you with the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge you have gained from thetaughtelementsof your course to a current organisational issue. You will implement and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research. It is a very good option to choose if you are considering moving into academic research or PhD upon completion of your master’s programme.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your Applied Dissertation, from preparingyour proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The Applied Dissertation will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken. Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriatelevel of critical reflection.

Assessment: 10,000 worddissertation

Entrepreneurship

A 3-month entrepreneurship dissertation involves analysing business opportunities and writing a business plan including critical reflection on opportunities, challenges and strategies. This will lead you on to establish a new business or incorporate your entrepreneurial thinking into the management of existing organisations. You should demonstrate an understanding through the development of an enterprise idea in a specific sector or industry, together with evidence of critical and analytical evaluation. You may find the entrepreneurship dissertation both challenging and rewarding, as it is a practical module in an area which you should have an interest in.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout the entrepreneurship dissertation route. They will assist you in developing your skills and reasoning to support entrepreneurial action while working on the development of your own innovative business idea. In doing this, you will prepare a proposal, ethical considerations for your data collection and field work to support the development of your business plan.

The Entrepreneurship route will be assessed in the form of an 8,500-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your entrepreneurial business idea. Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriatelevel of critical reflection.

Assessment: 8,500 word dissertation

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Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exactmodules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optionalmodules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

FAQs

What can you do with an innovation management degree? ›

Examples of careers in innovation management include product manager, strategy consultant, business analyst, operations manager, business development specialist or CEO. Innovation managers typically have strategic positions in corporations, IT firms, governmental agencies and financial institution.

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The MSc in Information Technology Management will help you to evaluate the impact of IT in business in society and the impact of emerging business models enabling students to respond proactively to dynamic challenges by devising and implementing new tech strategies.

What is management of information systems and digital innovation? ›

The MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (MISDI) programme is an intellectually rigorous, innovative, interdisciplinary programme that integrates established knowledge on the development and management of information systems with the critical study of emerging domains of digital innovation, such ...

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Best countries to study information technology
  • Information Technology in USA.
  • Information Technology in Canada.
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  • Information Technology in Germany.
  • Information Technology in France.
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Why should I study Innovation Management? ›

A university degree in Innovation Management will provide you with insight into the role that innovation plays in organizations, how it ties into corporate strategy, product development, market positioning, and new business creation.

How do I become an innovation manager? ›

Typically, you need a bachelor's or graduate degree in a related field and several years of industry experience to acquire an innovation manager position.

Is information technology management a good degree? ›

Is a Management Information Systems Degree Worth It? Yes, a management information systems degree is worth it for many students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11% job growth in computer and information technology occupations for the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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IT management practices ensure that information technologies are secure, highly available and perform at their peak. CIOs also take a lead role in adopting new systems to improve operations.

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IT managers help guide the technological direction of their organizations by constructing business plans, overseeing network security, and directing online operations.

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Management Information Systems (MIS) is a challenging field of study focused on integrating computer-based information technology solutions and business processes to meet the information needs of businesses and other enterprises.

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Types of MIS

Example transactions include payroll processing, order processing, such as for an e-commerce business, and invoicing. Management Support Systems (MSS), which store and organize data, enabling end users to generate reports and analyze data to address business needs and inform planning.

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Management Information Systems (MIS) is the study of people, technology, organizations, and the relationships among them. MIS professionals help firms realize maximum benefit from investment in personnel, equipment, and business processes. MIS is a people-oriented field with an emphasis on service through technology.

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What can I do with a masters in Information Technology? ›

Typical jobs for MS in Information Technology graduates include:
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  • IT risk manager.
  • Cyber security analyst.
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Innovation managers are tasked with creating the strategy and culture required for employees to experiment with the right resources at the right level to support that experimentation. Innovation managers are skilled in project management, strategic thinking and leadership.

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8 Benefits of innovation management:

Faster introduction of new products and higher launch success rates. Earlier detection of non-viable ideas and better plans for implementation. Improved deadline observation by creative teams. Greater monetary efficiency within the creative team.

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