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Programme structure

We want to give you the best chance of applying what you learn with Roehampton Online towards your career. That is why we’ve structured your online learning experience to give you regular opportunities to learn from your peers and receive faculty feedback.

All our online masters programmes consist of seven modules and a dissertation, called the Research Project. Each module is 10 weeks long and composed of five learning units. Your first module will include a comprehensive introduction to our online learning platform. Each learning unit is two weeks long. This means you’ll spend two weeks debating, researching and learning about one subject before moving on to the next.

Module outlines

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Leading and Learning in a Dynamic Era (10 Weeks)

This module is designed to equip you with a range of learning and skills for leading and learning in a contemporary organisational context. The module employs an experiential learning pedagogy focused on the integration of practice and theory.

In the first week you will focus on getting to know the online classroom through guided activities designed to help you develop essential study skills that you will need throughout your programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the online classroom and perform a range of tasks including submitting assignments, contributing to discussions and viewing your grades
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical self-reflection by applying feedback and knowledge gained from this practice
  • Identify and develop your leadership competencies relative to your current and future career requirements
  • Apply varied perspectives on leading and learning to practice
  • Discern and articulate personal values, principles and goals and the implications for effective leadership in different contexts
  • Synthesise elements of personal and professional development into a comprehensive plan for growth
  • Critically assess alternative conceptual models of leadership and the implications for personal, team and organisational effectiveness

Managing the Information Systems Function (10 Weeks)

This module is designed to make you conversant with both technical and managerial issues relating to an Information Systems (IS) leadership role. You will learn how to challenge existing approaches and manage an IS function that plays an enabling role in organisational transformation.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate diverse processes that organisations use to budget, build and evolve information systems
  • Evaluate the implementation of professional, legal and ethical aspects of IS
  • Appraise IS risk and security issues within a given organisational context
  • Evaluate appropriate methodologies, tools and techniques for the development and integration of IS
  • Develop strategies for staff training and skills development for the IS function

Organisations and the Business Environment (10 Weeks)

Acquire the tools and techniques to anticipate and evaluate how the external environment affects the internal structure, processes and behaviour of an organisation, and the opportunity to develop appropriate managerial responses.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate different approaches to organisation, management and decision-making
  • Understand functional areas, roles and responsibilities within an organisation
  • Appraise the external environment within which an organisation resides, and its implications
  • Evaluate and interpret alternative measures of organisational performance
  • Critically evaluate a range of operations practices and techniques to optimise organisational performance
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge to effectively manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders

Managing Projects (10 Weeks)

The aim of this module is to develop the essential knowledge and key skills needed to conceptualise, plan and manage projects successfully within defined quality, time and cost constraints.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Systematically review and evaluate the concepts of managing projects and have a critical awareness of the key factors involved in successful project management
  • Understand the organisational context of projects and critically analyse important factors affecting the success or failure of a project
  • Analyse and apply appropriate techniques to each stage of a project’s life cycle
  • Assess the role and skill set required by a project manager; in particular leading, negotiating, communicating and cooperating
  • Reflect upon individual and team performance in project management

Innovative Technologies (10 Weeks)

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on information technologies, this module is designed to provide you with the analytic skills and competencies to investigate a range of technological challenges within dynamic organisational contexts.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate relationships between technological innovation and the changing nature of business
  • Evaluate the socio-technical challenges in deploying and managing technology innovation
  • Critically evaluate conceptual/analytical models of innovation implementation
  • Evaluate how innovative technologies can empower and transform the operations and services of an organisation
  • Research and analyse the wide range of innovative technologies available to organisations
  • Create a vision for sustainable competitive advantage in an organisation through the exploitation of innovative technologies, and construct a strategic plan for achieving that vision
  • Understand the significance of integrated collaboration, shared value, new innovation ecosystems and rapid adoption in sustainable economies and societies

Strategic Information Systems (10 Weeks)

With an emphasis on the organisational (rather than the technical) aspects of IS, this module takes a more strategic perspective, looking at how and why IS and business strategies are aligned.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the strategic importance of Information Systems (IS) within organisations
  • Develop strategic plans to effectively manage change
  • Analyse alignment of IS with business strategy
  • Evaluate strategic information systems for organisational performance
  • Analyse trends in IS strategy for potential impact on an organisation

Research Methods (10 Weeks)

The module will prepare you to critically evaluate a range of research approaches and formulate an appropriate research strategy to investigate relevant issues. It forms the basis of a research proposal that you will take forward into the Management Research Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand and appraise the various approaches to management research
  • Critically evaluate published research in a relevant field of management literature
  • Identify and assess appropriate research methods for your management research project
  • Conceptualise a management-related or organisational issue and formulate an appropriate research question
  • Design an appropriate research strategy to address a specific management research question

Management Research Project (26 Weeks)

The Management Research Project will provide you with the opportunity to integrate the prior learning from the programme. You’ll apply the analytical and conceptual tools and personal skills gained from the previous modules to an in-depth investigation of a specific management problem. The result will be the presentation of a research report.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Refine and finalise a relevant and feasible topic and research question
  • Design and plan an appropriate research strategy to address a relevant management research question
  • Undertake systematic search and review of relevant published theoretical and research-based literature
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise relevant data
  • Present research results in a critical fashion
  • Present and justify conclusions, implications and, where appropriate, recommendations

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your research project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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