Aimed at graduates or professionals seeking to blend IT with business and management skills, this course recognises that modern organisations require ambitious IT professionals with a balanced combination of business, IT, entrepreneurship, project management and interpersonal skills.
The course will prepare you for a career as a hybrid manager-technologist developing information systems strategies, and e-Business solutions to transform businesses into a cloud-based sece infrastructure.
Distinctive features of the course:
- The course is designed for both computing and non-computing graduates wishing to pursue a career in IT management.
- Provides a balance between management and technology-related subjects with a special focus on the IT project management, entrepreneurship and e-business applications.
- Addresses latest IT trends including cloud computing and publishing architecture.
- Allows 'practitioner entry' for those who have had considerable industrial experience in relevant fields and are able to demonstrate an ability to work appropriately at master's level.
See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/it-management-for-business
- Publishing Architectures
This module will examine XML and its publishing variants ePub, docBook, Dita etc., HTML5 / PDF, and metadata transformations XSLT.
- Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
This module provides both theoretical and prescriptive knowledge needed to deal with various managerial problems that exist in the effective and efficient utilisation of the information systems (IS) and information technologies (IT). The module places an emphasis on the small business management in the aspects of entrepreneurship, strategic plans, e-business and supply chain management.
- Research methods
The modules aims to enhance your knowledge and skills in research methodology, research ethics, planning, research design and analysis, presentation in order to undertake a large research project.
- E-business applications
On this module you be taught web site design/architecture, web site development and web-database connectivity.
- Software project management
This module develops the knowledge and skills that are required to manage IT projects. It covers the various stages in project planning, scheduling, implementation and evaluation. Issues such as leadership and human resources management in project management, risk analysis and management, monitoring and control will be discussed. Computer-based tools such as MS Project that can be used to support project management will be utilised. Factors that contribute to project success or failure will be analysed. The module intends to ensure that you gain a systematic understanding of the practical application of project management methodologies.
- Cloud computing
Cloud computing is emerging as a paradigm for Internet-based enterprise applications and services. As business moves its operations, infrastructure, communications and storage further into the virtual domain, you need to research and gain knowledge of the major aspects of cloud computing.
- Mobile Apps and Security
The module covers various mobile technology and application development for iOS, Android & Windows apps; topics covered will also examine issues such as BYOD & Security Policy/Architecture.
- Final project
This module will see you undertake a substantial, independent piece of research.
All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework and examinations.
The course is provided specifically to address the labour market trends in IT and so you'll benefit from better job prospects and enhanced employability skills.
During your studies, where possible, you'll have the opportunity to engage in and benefit from IT industry events, workshops and exhibitions to broaden your experience and to better prepare you for the commercial work environment.
Graduates have gone on to secure positions in IT management, project management, website management, data administrator and IT consultant in both public and private sectors, including areas like retail, healthcare, education and finance.
LSBU Employability Services
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.
The department will be seeking accreditation for partial Chartered IT Professional (CITP) by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT, and from the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS).
Recent guest lecturers include Tom Gilb, author and expert in agile project management and Tony Baker from IBM Chris Miller from Dell.
The course encourages students to actively seek placements / work experience and / or voluntary work during their studies. Many of such opportunities are offered through the University's central Employability and Skills Unit.
Teaching and learning
On this course you can expect to receive academic support through the usual student tutoring system and project supervision. The course provides a virtual learning environment that facilitates e-learning. The specialist software offered to students include Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Netbeans 7.x with Java 7, Oracle, Python, SAS and Visual Paradigm.