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Designed for those working in the IT industry who hold a degree in computer science and/or experience in software engineering and wish to develop their career further into project management whilst working.

Course Outline & Key Facts

The programme is designed for students with a degree in computer science and/or experience in software engineering who wish to develop their career further into project management while working in the IT industry. Graduates will be prepared for the challenges of their industrial career as software project managers.

Although the statistics on IT project success worldwide are more promising than a decade ago, there is still scope for further improvement. Appropriate project management and development processes can avoid some problems and capture others at an early stage, hence lead to higher success rates. Project management skills and qualifications are increasingly being recognised as key to the success of IT projects.

This new programme combines the specific technical content of the full-time taught MSc IT Project Management programme with the benefits of the work-based MSc Professional Engineering programme.

The programme is designed to equip its graduates with both generic project management and specific software project management skills, which is expected to lead to a career managing successful software projects with the potential to reach a leadership role.

Primarily, to enable participants to acquire the Masters level knowledge, understanding and skills required for full UK registration as a Chartered Engineer, whilst remaining in full time employment and studying through a suitable programme of work based learning.

Secondly, to provide a framework in which participants can plan and carry through a structured schedule of activities designed to permit acquisition and demonstration of the full range of competences required for Chartered Engineer registration.

The programme aims to support a wide range of IT specialisations and participant needs. The learning and assessment undertaken by each participant, and the associated learning outcomes, will be specified in an individually agreed learning contract based on the participant’s specialisation and previous experience. The learning contract will specify how the generic modules listed below are interpreted to suit the participant’s needs.

Subject Guide and Modules

The programme combines the development of practical IT project management skills and academic knowledge and understanding through a series of work-based activities so that the software engineer:
-Develops an in-depth knowledge of managing software projects
-Learns how to integrate theory with practical application, and use critical thinking skills to generate breakthrough knowledge
-Uses their learning through immediate application to real-life work problems to reduce costs or increase value for their employer.

Compulsory Modules
-Professional Development Audit (SE4001)
-Current Technologies and Applications (SE4011)
-Software Process and Management (CS4675)
-Project Management (SE4024)
-Major Project (CS4700)

Elective Modules (choice of three or four totaling 60 credits)
-Scientific Foundations (SE4021)
-Enterprise Computing Strategies (CS4815)
-Reliability in Software Engineering (CS4825)
-Data mining (CS4850)
-Emerging Technologies (SE4012)
-Professional Literature Study (SE4027)
-Extended Integrative Option (SE4031)

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

The course begins with a Professional Development Audit (PDA), where we help students evaluate what they have done previously and what they need to add to gain the MSc and qualify for CEng. Based on the PDA, the student and Aston University set up an individual Learning Agreement which specifies the areas of study to be undertaken and how that study will be carried out, through suitable combinations of workplace projects and distance learning, and assessed – mainly through reports on the workplace projects. The student then works through the agreed study and assessment, with support from Aston University staff and a workplace mentor, gradually building over an agreed period to completion and award of the MSc.

Professional Accreditation

Successful completion of the programme in accordance with a learning contract, approved by a professional engineering institution signatory to the relevant Engineering Council protocol (BCS or IET), guarantees access to the institution’s process for professional review for CEng registration. Confirmation of CEng registration will be at the discretion of the engineering institution concerned.

Visit the Professional IT Project Management - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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