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  • Entry requirements
    To enter the course you need to have one of the following: * a good Honours degree or an equivalent qualification * a relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, eg BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma * an unclassified degree plus at least two years further study or professional experience
  • Academic Title
    Management Information Systems Master in Science
  • Course description
    This course is open to graduates of any subject and is designed to equip you for a career in modern business.

    This course shares many components with the MBA(IT) but the emphasis here is on developing the knowledge and skills for the management of information systems and IT resources in business organisations. The general principles of management taught on an MBA course are selected and directed specifically at the IS/IT function in a business. Basic aspects of management, ie business strategy, finance, marketing and human resource management, are included but more time is given to IS/IT activities such as systems procurement, the design of networking and database strategies, or the implementation of e-commerce systems.

    Computing facilities at Coventry University

    The School offers a full range of computing services to support the courses. We have well-equipped, up-to-date computer laboratories offering Linux, Windows 2000, CISCO networking, wireless LAN, multimedia authoring packages, web-site development tools, and specialist workstation environments. All students have full internet access and e-mail facilities.

    Our students are provided with lecture notes, exercises, case studies and information about helpful websites through our School intranet and our electronic learning support environment, WebCT. Forums are available for students on each course module to interact with one another and work together as virtual groups.

    A new Learning Resources Centre provides access to on-line databases, an audio-visual collection, a multimedia CD-ROM collection and is located close to the School.

    We offer a stimulating and exciting environment in which you will be able to develop new knowledge and skills.

    The School is located in its own modern building adjacent to the Computing Services Centre. The building includes over thirty teaching/research laboratories equipped with modern computers and workstations for the development and use of multimedia, networks, databases, expert systems, CASE, programming language, and web-development. tools. The Coventry Business School and the £16million Lanchester Library are located in adjacent buildings. Our courses make extensive use of the University's on-line learning environment, WebCT, to support conventional lecture, laboratory and seminar work.

    Part-time study

    Although these details describe full-time study it is possible to take this course on a part-time basis attending just two evenings a week. Details of the part-time course are given separately.

    Course content

    The course requires full-time study over 12 months. It is divided into three semesters and you may start the course in either late September or early February. You will study ten single modules (or their equivalent) during the first two semesters. All the assessments for the modules, whether coursework assignments or written examinations, occur within the semesters. At the end of these first two semesters, if you have satisfactorily completed the taught part of the course, you become eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma and may progress to the Masters project which is undertaken over the third semester.

    Please note that modules may not be offered in the same order and that we reserve the right to amend the programme at short notice in the interests of improving the quality of education.

    The modules studied are:

    -Database Systems and Administration
    -IS/IT Change Management (double module)
    -Strategic Management
    -Financial Statements Analysis
    -Research Methods

    Plus four more modules chosen from:

        * Systems Development and Procurement (double module)
        * Marketing Management
        * Human Resource Management
        * Logistics Strategy
        * Systems Lifecycle and Methods Overview
        * Programming Principles
        * Soft Systems Methodology
        * Advanced Topics in Informatics

    For the award of MSc you must also complete the Masters Project.

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