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COURSE OVERVIEW

Information Systems Management at Winchester aims to develop individuals who are able to understand the current and future capabilities of computer-based information systems as resources. It is intended for students currently employed by a sponsoring organisation in the information systems and information technology services sector.

The emphasis of the programme is on the analysis of data and technical architecture; the design, testing, development and implementation of computer information systems solutions; and the human and organisational aspects of delivering successful information system development projects.

Students creatively and innovatively deliver technical computing solutions, engaging developers and technical development teams to deliver required outcomes in ethical and sustainable ways.

Careers

Through both theoretical and applied learning this programme seeks to develop professionals with software programming skills who are able to make effective contributions to the sponsoring organisation within an information systems management context, and to provide a platform for continued development and a future career within the sector. 

Employability 

Employability Skills have been embedded into the programme across all levels. Students on this programme, whilst already employed, undertake professional development which builds on their existing skills for employment.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK

Learning and teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.
This programme is centred on a real job within a business that extends the learning beyond the classroom and into the workplace. The aim is to integrate academic learning at degree level and on-the-job practical training to provide a holistic programme of education and training to meet the skills needs of employers now and in the future.

This programme uses a variety learning strategies and delivery methods that develop academic and practical skills, encourage critical reflection and provide support to all students. The diverse nature of the methods used help to enhance student employability and professional development. The exact nature of your learning experience will depend on which employer you choose to apply to, the key skills you will learn are suited to those looking to begin or develop a career in data analysis.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 684 hours
Placement: 252 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
Independent learning: 732 hours
Placement: 240 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 156 hours
Independent learning: 1044 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

An important feature of this part-time programme is the incorporation of work-based studies, whereby students have the opportunity to apply theory, methods and practices to their on-going experience as professionals in the workplace. This combination of theory and practice enriches the learning experience, allowing students to contextualise knowledge and appreciate the complexity of the Information Systems Management subject area.

This programme has been designed with employers from the IS and IT sector hence; the programme is rooted in IS and IT practice. Specialist modules in the programme will be taught and/or supported by professionals from the sector and as such there is an emphasis throughout the programme on provision of learning and development opportunities that will enhance the student's potential career prospects.

With regard to peer learning, within the programme, students will be encouraged to use virtual forums for sharing of knowledge and ideas and for use in collaborative learning and working.

Key features of the student experience are opportunities to plan and conduct work-based projects, through work based learning that could impact on the medium-long term success of the organisation.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

81 % coursework
13 % written exams
6 % practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

88 % coursework
6 % written exams
6  % practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

95 % coursework
0 % written exams
5 % practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Entry Requirements

Students must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. Programme-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring organisation. For example:

  • A Foundation degree in Business Management or an HND in a Business subject with merit profile. Mature students with HNC Merit/Distinction profile and relevant experience may be accepted provided an APEL portfolio is successfully completed and they have sufficient managerial experience.
  • A GCSE A*-C pass (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics is required
  • Evidence will also be considered if applicants demonstrate experience gained from voluntary activities.

*Note: Different employers will identify their specific entry requirements

To secure an apprenticeship you will need to apply for a full-time position with one of our partner employers.  To gain a place on this programme you will have been successful on application and interview as conducted by the sponsoring business in conjunction with the University of Winchester.

Alternatively, you may be seeking career enhancement within your current role. In this case you will need your employer to support you by offering a Degree Apprenticeship with the University of Winchester.

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Selection process:

Candidates are invited to attend an interview or assessment centre organised by the business in conjunction with the University of Winchester.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Please contact Stella McKnight:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 826478
Email: Stella.McKnight@winchester.ac.uk
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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Work Based Studies - Organisational Functions in Context 15

This module is designed to allow flexibility of study, to enable employed students to gain credit for work based activities, and to contribute to the continued development of academic and professional skills.  The module aims to develop student understanding of the relationships and dependencies that exist between different functions within an organisation, and their contribution to the overall performance of the business, with particular reference to the key functions within the organisation in which they are employed. 

Students will work individually, in groups and with their workplace mentor to develop the knowledge and skills required to analyse, and present, ideas and coherent arguments both orally and in writing.  Students will build on their communication, negotiation and reflective practice skills, to support their on-going personal, academic and professional development.

Software Design 15

This module will build on the technical knowledge students obtain in the introduction to programming and testing module. This module will teach the design concepts of object orientated programming and creativity and ideation techniques. This module will develop the student’s skills in capturing client requirements and producing the solutions architecture and software design. The concept will be tested with reference to the business case.

IS Security 15

The aim of this module is to introduce concepts of IT security in order to understand the security threats to an IT system and the operational impact of these threats on an organisation. The module will explore different protection methods for data and develop knowledge of security policies and procedures, including risk assessments, and how these procedures can be implemented and maintained. This module will introduce topical case studies of attacks on organisational information systems, highlighting the business consequences.

Responsible Management 15

This module introduces the principles of responsible management including those in the United Nations PRME and Global Compact frameworks. The module draws on and engages with on-going debate concerning the social, economic, environmental, moral and ethical dimensions of business in a global world. Students will identify key stakeholders in organisations, and how responsible management is applied in different industry sectors. They will begin to reflect on their own personal and professional values and their contribution to creating future sustainable business value.

Work Based Studies - Professional Development 15

The aim of this work-based learning module is to help the employee develop a deeper-understanding of how their organisation operates, and to help them to recognise how their own contribution can form the foundations of a successful career within the company.  To achieve this, students will reflect on themselves, their skills and how they fit within the company.   With support from a work based mentor the employee will identify their development needs, manage their own development and reflect critically on their learning. They will become aware of how certain processes and policies within the workplace contribute to this and how they can operate effectively to enhance job satisfaction, career development and personal fulfilment.   This module provides the foundation for continuing personal and professional development building confidence to provide students with the potential to maximise academic and career aspirations.

Introduction to Programming and Testing 15

This module will introduce technical students to programming and testing concepts. Students will develop an understanding of the general principles of how programs and projects are delivered within the IT services industry and the application of the concepts of testing and programming. The module will develop introductory skills using a specific but not defined programming language and platform. Undertaking the module will develop the student’s skills in developing and testing programmes using industry techniques.

Information Systems and Organisations 15

The aim of the module is to introduce the application of information, information systems and information technologies within organisations and understand the impact of such systems on organisational performance. Students will develop an understanding of the project lifecycle focussing on the importance of the customer and will look at the process involved in creating information systems by learning how to investigate and define customer requirements and understand future needs. Undertaking this module gives students an introduction to information systems and organisations, giving them the skills to work effectively within an IS organisation on projects and giving them the base for understanding other IS modules within the degree programme.

 

Introduction to Academic and Professional Studies 15

The aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the skills and competencies required in both academic and professional environments.  Students will work individually and in teams to develop the knowledge and skills required to plan, design and conduct a research project.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities which will build industry awareness at a national and international level; enhance communication and negotiation skills; and increase awareness of the importance of evidence based thinking and reflective practice.  This module provides the foundation for continuing personal and professional development building confidence to provide students with the potential to maximise academic and career aspirations.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Work Based Studies -Management and Leadership 15

This module will build on the technical knowledge students obtain in the introduction to programming and testing and product-service design modules. This module will teach the development concepts of object orientated programming. Students will develop a solution based on the design in semester 1 module which will look at effective and good quality software programming. It will look at test strategies and apply these to the programme. Students should look to launch their programmes and discuss early-stage marketing.

Information Management and Data Analytics 15

Generating the right information and insight for decision-makers is a major challenge for many organisations. The challenge lies in coping with a burgeoning amount of multifarious data, analysing data and ensuring it reaches decision-makers in a timely and meaningful manner. Information Management and Data Analytics encapsulate the challenges faced in deriving insights from data to underpin fact-based decisions.  This module examines the different types of systems and data that can flow into organisations. It evaluates the characteristics and value of these different data sources. With an awareness of the nature of data, a model of how data may be creatively integrated and analysed to deliver insights will be explored. Data analytics will then be explored given the demands of decision makers to: segment and target markets, predict the development of markets, assess customer profitability and the lifetime value of customers and to understand social and network relationships.

Applied Management Research in Practice 15

This module aims to provide a foundation for students to develop their understanding and application of research methods for academic and professional purposes. Students will explore a variety of research approaches and will develop practical research skills including problem definition and scope; effective research design; and data collection and analysis.  In addition, students will develop an appreciation of ethical implications of the research process to facilitate responsible research practice.

Software Development 15

This module will build on the technical knowledge students obtain in the introduction to programming and testing and product-service design modules. This module will teach the development concepts of object orientated programming. Students will develop a solution based on the design in semester 1 module which will look at effective and good quality software programming. It will look at test strategies and apply these to the programme. Students should look to launch their programmes and discuss early-stage marketing.

Work Based Studies - Applied Project Management 15

This module is designed to allow flexibility of study, to enable employed students to gain credit for work based activities, and to contribute to the continued development of academic and professional skills.  The aim of this work-based learning module is to build on the student’s existing knowledge of Project Management and Project Management documentation. Through undertaking research into their own organisation students will develop both a theoretical and practical understanding of project management.  In completing this module students will draw upon learning from other modules, and reflect on how this module can support the students’ professional development and enhance their performance as effective practitioners. The module will encourage students to demonstrate the use of different management and communication styles within a team and project environment.  Students will build upon previous personal and interpersonal skills and assess the impact of their own communication styles and team member’s styles on team dynamics. Students will reflect on the challenges of managing a project for themselves with the view to developing students’ awareness of application in the contemporary business world.

Software Testing 15

This module will build on the knowledge technical students obtain in the introduction to programming and testing module. This module presents a systematic approach to software testing as an extension to Software Design and a precursor to Software Development. Agile methodologies will underpin the Design, testing and development modules. This module prepares students to work in testing roles.

Introduction to Project Management 15

This module teaches key aspects involved in project management. The range of perspectives in project management studies are analysed both in theory and in practice. Students will explore roles and responsibilities of those involved in project management and explore documentation from planning to reporting used and how to deliver a successful project. The module will look at the management of projects including lifecycles and investigate the importance of relationship management focussing on stakeholders and teams. 

 

Risk Management and Cyber-security 15

The aim of this module is to further develop student understanding of IS Security.  The main focus of this module will be to explore key themes, trends and issues in cyber-security, policing and governance of the internet and business vulnerabilities.  The module provides students with an opportunity to analyse risk management, information risk assessment, risk mitigation, management standards and methodologies, implementing a risk management strategy and business continuity planning.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Consultancy Project (EIS) 30

This module aims to provide the opportunity for students to carry out a consultancy project in a relevant field.  The practical project will enable students to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills gained in their programme either with an external organisation, or using an internal client as a detailed case study.  Students will be required to work towards a tangible and timely outcome.  The students operate in effect as trainee management consultants for their external organisation or internal client and are expected to undertake relevant research and present conclusions and recommendations that are intended to benefit the organisation.  Students are expected to take a high degree of responsibility for their own learning and will negotiate the structure of the project with their supervisor, and the organisation, where appropriate.

IT Portfolio (EIS) 30

The Design Portfolio provides a vehicle for students to demonstrate the extent to which they have managed the final transition from a tutor-led approach to student centred learning. A software design project is chosen, designed, curated in the context of other software design projects completed throughout the degree and then critically evaluated, with the support of a supervisor.  It enables students to demonstrate their capacity for sustained independent thought, learning and critical reflection in a major piece of work.

The chosen software design challenge will normally be set in the context of a sponsoring organisation. Agreement will be reached between the sponsoring organisation and a supervisor as to what would constitute a relevant software design challenge. The student would be expected to set this challenge in the context of a number of previously completed software designs, undertaken in their sponsoring organisation. A ‘document’ would be produced made up of:

  • Summary descriptions of previous software design challenges.
  • A demonstration of the current software design challenge.
  • An evaluation of the software design decisions made with the current software design challenge.
  • A justification of the qualities of their current software design challenge in terms of innovation, effectiveness, applicability and quality*

*Definitions of these terms:

Innovation: viewed through the development of new software design, or improvements to existing software design.

Effectiveness: as experienced by substantial improvements being enjoyed by the beneficiaries of the software design.

Applicability: so that others may benefit from the software design.

Design Quality: in that the software design and any user interfaces are designed to a high standard, consider fully the needs of those who will use the software and offer an efficient, clear and reliable solution.

Dissertation (EIS) 30

The module provides the opportunity for students to research an area of particular interest to them and is relevant to their studies.  For students undertaking a yearlong work placement the dissertation will usually be set in the context of the host organisation.  The module contributes to the continued professional and academic development of students in the application of research knowledge and skills acquired throughout their programme.  As students are required to manage the research project, the dissertation provides a vehicle for them to demonstrate the extent to which they have managed the transition from tutor-led to student-centred learning. 

Business Transformation and Process Re-design 15

Business transformation and process redesign, provides a hands on, skill building approach to student learning and application.  All organisations are engaged in change management and improvement activities.  The drive for efficiency and the need for customer centric activities being at the centre of this drive.  The aim of the unit is to provide students with the principles of improvement and business transformation, and the opportunity to apply those principles.  The unit will cover a variety of high performance methodologies such as operational excellence, lean, six sigma, and systems thinking.  These methodologies will be presented within a transformation cycle framework, providing students with an ability to analyse change situation using various business improvement systems, models and techniques.  Critical, Lateral and creative thinking skills/conceptual blockbusting will be applied to analyse and redesign situations. Systems thinking (to include Business process re-engineering) in the era of distributed organisation / cloud-based systems will be introduced.  To enable students to apply the methods, managing organisational change and process change, and the role of Change agents in the engagement of employees in business transformation will be explored.

Information Futures 15

Information Systems Futures evaluates contemporary issues in a rapidly changing information systems environment, as applied to businesses and their stakeholders. The module will focus upon in-depth studies of a number of recent, emerging or potential developments in information systems management – in both theoretical and practice driven terms. In-depth studies involve the evaluation of distinctive digital and online activities, especially as they relate to the creation of new forms of transaction, business models and markets. It will also evaluate the nature, growth and impact of virtual communities and the relationships that form and develop in those communities. The module will investigate a number of topical theoretical issues and practical developments that link technologies to information systems developments.

Intellectual Properties and Information Rights 15

This module will provide students with an understanding of the insight management function of an organisation and will equip them with key skills in insight generation and delivery for business decision-making.  The module will develop students’ ability to critically evaluate approaches to generating ideas and insight through creative thinking techniques, within both divergent and convergent thinking processes.   It will provide them with the knowledge and skills to identify and evaluate an organisational problem, and then to effectively draw and interpret insights so that they have an impact at both managerial and board levels of organisations. The ethical implications of the use of insight management techniques will recur throughout the module.

Cloud Computing and Infrastructure 15

Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption, and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet. Cloud computing is a consequence of the ease-of-access to remote computing sites provided by the Internet. Within this context, the aim of this module is to develop student understanding of cloud technologies, infrastructure and deployment. The values that cloud computing may bring to an organisation will be evaluated. An array of cloud products and services will be appraised in the context of how they may apply to different types of organisation and their operational functions. Students will appraise an array of methods used to provide virtual storage and network virtualisation. The security and ethical challenges inherent in an organisational transformation to cloud computing will be evaluated.

Strategic Innovation Management 15

Successful and sustainable organisations depend upon their ability to create value and competitive advantage through the strategic management of innovation: the development and exploitation of new products, services, processes and business models. The innovative developments within such organisations are supported by clear and highly effective strategic management processes ensuring that the organisation converts innovation concepts into successful products, maximising the economic, social and environmental returns on investment. This module will review the internal innovation process in detail, reviewing and evaluating each key component, as well as the overall management of the process and the design of a supportive organisational culture. The external forces, barriers, trends and fashions will also be factored into innovation management material, ensuring a truly strategic approach.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

Part-time: £1,200 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Total cost: £9,000 per level of study.
The Government has committed to paying two-thirds of the cost of any tuition fees for degree apprentices. Employers are required to pay the remaining fees.

Costs to Student/Apprentice

  • Apprentices are full-time employees and will be entitled to a wage and paid time off to study
  • There are no tuition fees

Employer Information

How much will it cost an employing business per apprentice?

The apprentice will be an employee who will work for a business throughout the programme - a market-rate salary is anticipated. The funding you are eligible for is determined by the number of people you employ, the annual payroll of your company and the age of the learner.

  • Businesses with a wage bill below £3 million - The Government will pay 90% of the tuition fees for apprentices of any age, for business who will not be paying the apprenticeship levy
  • Businesses with a wage bill above £3 million - From May 2017 organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy contributions towards the cost of tuition fees

Employers who do not have sufficient levy payments to cover the full cost of tuition fees, will also be eligible for the 90% government funding

Additional support arrangements

  • Small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) hiring an apprentice under 19-years-of-age when the apprenticeship commences will pay no tuition fees at all
  • All businesses employing an apprentice under 19-years-of-age, a care leaver up to 24-years-of-age or an adult with additional needs will qualify for an extra support payment of £1,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services. 

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts

Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to purchase second-hand copies. Cost £50-£300 per year.

Mandatory

Printing and binding

You are required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding (if applicable). Costs apx. £10. 

Key course details

Duration
3 years part-time
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester