Information Technology Management for Business

Manage your Business with Innovative Technologies

Information technology and management is one of the emerging fields in IT which includes software design, project management, Finance Management, and International IT business development. Development of business innovation using IT will have an impact on the development of society, economic productivity, intellectual property rights, privacy protection, e commerce, market structures and affordability of access to information technologies.

Programme

The BSc (Hons) Information Technology for Business (ITMB) programme is an applied computing programme which aims to produce graduates with the distinct specialist knowledge and skills required to develop and support information systems for business. The central theme of the programme is the application of IT to business. It therefore provides students with opportunities to develop a wide range of technical and engineering skills while also providing them with a broad understanding of business-centered information systems and the business models.

Placement

Graduates of this programme have a wide choice of career options in Project management, Operation management, Information and communication management, IT research management in industries such as petro chemical, manufacturing, process, health care, educational, aerospace, hospitality sectors etc.

Career Opportunities

IT Mangers, IT Auditors, Project Managers, Web Designers, Business Managers, Finance Managers, Programmers, Consultants, Entrepreneurs etc.

Awards

Students who successfully complete this programme will be eligible for an internationally recognised Honours Degree awarded by Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK. Two exit options are available as given below:

  • On successful completion of Level 2: University Diploma in IT Management for Business
  • On successful completion of Level 4: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management for Business

Module


Credits Level 1 – Total of 120 Credits
20 Fundamentals of ComputingThis module introduces students to the fundamental aspects of computer systems appropriate and complementary to their programme of study: architectures; applications; computer networks; computer network interconnectivity; computer security. The module is accessed by several different programme suites and the module's learning outcomes and syllabus for each suite are tailored to complement other level 1 learning experiences for each suite. Students will gain practical experience in the investigation of computer systems and architecture through a programme of laboratory work and tutorial study
20 Fundamentals of Software EngineeringThis module will provide students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts, processes and practices in software engineering. This includes business analysis, requirements engineering, the software lifecycle and the software development process, software documentation, software quality and project risk as well as the challenges of dealing with legacy systems. It will also provide the student with an introduction to key professional practices in relation to the initial analysis and modelling of the development of commercial computer-based software systems.
20 Programming 1This module will provide an introduction to the principles and practice of object-oriented programming. It will also introduce the process of developing programs using an appropriate high level managed object-oriented programming language such as Java or C#. It will enable students to develop and test a software solution given a simple set of program requirements. The student will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming, the basic practical knowledge and skills required to implement programs and a range of program development and testing techniques and practices.
20 Introduction to Economics and Data AnalysisThis module introduces students to Economic theory, Critical Thinking and the sourcing and analysis of Economic data. It is designed to provide students with a solid foundation of mainstream Economic theory and concepts that can be applied to undertake elementary quantitative analysis of economic and business data. The aim is to equip students with a set of analytical tools and concepts from economic theory and simple quantitative methods that can be applied at Level One and further developed at subsequent levels to facilitate students' understanding of other cognate Business disciplines and/or underpin further study of Economics' modules.
20 Web Platform Development 1This module will provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to develop Web Platform applications. A range of standards associated with Web development will be covered as well as the client server architecture specific to Web development.
20 Integrated Project 1The module offers students the opportunity to develop a solution to a realistic problem relevant to the domain of the student's programme of study and appropriate to the student's level of study. It will involve the utilisation of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the student's current level of study in producing an appropriate solution. The primary assessable outcome of the project will be an artefact appropriate to the problem set, developed through significant coordinated practical work, together with supporting documentation.
English for Engineers - I
Credits Level 2– Total of 140 Credits
20 Management Issues and ConceptsThe practise and analysis of management is complex and controversial. This module examines foundational issues and concepts, including diverse conceptions of what management is and the functions and roles of managers. The research base and contemporary business relevance of alternative models of management are explored. The development and application of management theory in different sectors and international contexts is a further theme.
20 Object Oriented Analysis & DesignThis module provides a detailed coverage of object-oriented analysis and design of software systems. It provides coverage of the Unified Modelling Language (UML) notation and the practical application of UML in the development of information systems using currently available software modelling tools. It will also provide coverage of the use of Analysis and Design Models.
20 Programming 2This module builds on the object-oriented concepts and programming language features covered in the 'Programming 1' module and provides a solid grounding in the principles and practice of object-oriented programming and the use of the Unified Modelling Language (UML) for code visualisation. On completion of this module students will be able to develop and test complete object oriented applications and to refactor existing applications.
20 Fundamentals in Financial ManagementThis module aims to develop the understanding of financial information for the use by managers in reviewing past business performance, understanding its current financial position, and for business planning, control and decision making. It should be noted that the emphasis of the course is to promote an understanding of and to use financial information rather than focus on the preparation of that information. Corporate governance issues are considered in testing the integrity of financial reporting aligned to principles of global corporate social responsibility.
20 Database DevelopmentThis module will provide students with an understanding of the techniques used in the design and implementation of modern Relational Database Systems. It will cover the principles of Relational Data Modelling, data definition and querying using SQL, database applications using forms, reports and stored procedures. The module will also expose students to non-relational database technologies such as NoSQL and object oriented databases.
20 Integrated Project 2The module offers students the opportunity to develop a solution to a realistic problem relevant to the domain of the student's programme of study and appropriate to the student's level of study. It will involve the utilisation of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the student's current level of study in producing an appropriate solution. The emphasis of this module is on applying the development lifecycle practiced by professionals in their area of study (e.g. the software application development lifecycle and its constituent parts; the game development process) to frame and follow a project plan that leads to a solution for a given project specification/design brief relevant to the student's chosen study pathway. The primary assessable outcome of the project will be an artefact appropriate to the problem set, developed through significant coordinated practical work, together with supporting documentation.
20 Entrepreneurship, Creativity and InnovationThe primary focus of this module is to bring forth entrepreneurial leaders in Oman who will eventually contribute to the country’s economy. The mission is to create a culture of ‘entrepreneurship’ focused on developing creative & innovative activities, growth of new business venture and Self-employment. The course is so designed to meet the challenges of the growing economic needs of Oman and provide a platform for engineering students to showcase their entrepreneurial and managerial skills learned / developed during the course. The module addresses Oman’s Vision 2020 and aims at providing opportunities for students to develop entrepreneurial mindsets and skills as well as relevant ‘soft’ skills. This will be carried out by designing a comprehensive curriculum focusing on entrepreneurship in Oman, planning a business venture, strategic planning, environment analysis, marketing strategies, funding options and risk analysis.
English for Engineers –II
Exit Award – University Diploma in IT Management for Business
Credits Level 3 – Total of 120 Credits
20 Financial Management for Decision MakersThe module will consider aspects of accounting of key importance to management of entities. Students will be exposed to detailed analysis of accounting statements prepared using internationally recognised standards, short term and long term financing , financial governance, taxation and accounting techniques for decision making, planning and control. The module applies accounting to the needs of managers ensuring that students business knowledge will be broadened but will also value its relevance to their future career. The auditing function will allow for consideration of systems to ensure integrity of financial recording and reporting aligned to corporate governance principles in the pursuance of global corporate social responsibility.
20 International Business StrategyThis module provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop and implement business strategies within a variety of organisational and geographical settings. It is repeatedly stated that organisations are operating in a complex, fast-moving environment in which they are constantly seeking to discover ways that will help them survive and succeed. This module explains how managers can use a variety of tools to analyse situations and craft a strategy that can help the organisation gain and maintain its competitive advantage/achieve its objectives.
20 IT Project Management 1This module provides a solid foundation in Project Management within the context of IT Systems development and deployment. It provides coverage of basic project management concepts and principles (including project planning, scheduling, control and configuration management; and techniques for cost estimation, quality and risk). The module will also include coverage of the human aspects of information security and client data protection as well as key related software project management standards, such as PRINCE2, the software development process (ISO 12207), and software project quality (SEI CMMI model).
20 Human Computer InteractionThe module aims to provide students with an understanding of the key issues involved in Human-Computer Interaction, and the Design of User Interfaces. It explores the theoretical and practical issues involved in the development of usable computer systems.
20 Research Skills & Professional IssuesThis module provides the research skills and professional issues knowledge necessary to underpin degree and honours level project work. It will also consider research and development as undertaken in professional practice, as well as the recognition of the legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the exploitation of software systems or digital and computer technology, as appropriate to the area of study. This module provides detailed coverage of the research skills required to underpin the final honours project and to prepare for professional practice and includes the review of a variety of research methods and their applicability to a range of contexts.
20 Integrated Project 3The module offers students the opportunity to develop a solution to a realistic problem relevant to the domain of the student's programme of study and appropriate to the student's level of study. It will involve the utilisation of the knowledge and skills developed throughout the student's current and previous levels of study in producing an appropriate solution. The emphasis of this module is on innovation relevant to the student's chosen study pathway. The primary assessable outcome of the project will be an artefact appropriate to the problem set, developed through significant coordinated practical work, together with supporting documentation.
0 Industrial InternshipThe module aims to provide students with the opportunity to relate their academic learning in the course of study to a relevant work environment and by enabling interns to apply technical theory to practice. This will basically widen the student’s perspective by providing an exposure to real use of technologies as expert. Additionally, this will focus on strengthening their application of technical knowledge and will firm up their Graduate attributes as well as transferable skills needed to be successful in one’s career. This industrial training will facilitate their ability to adapt when joining the workforce in the future.
Credits Level 4 – Total of 120 Credits
20 Business Process ModellingThis module is concerned with the modelling of business processes. It starts with an overview of business process modelling history, standards ,development lifecycle and deployment platforms. Comprehensive coverage of the standardised Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) is provided so that students are in a position to read and develop process models. Simulation of process models as well as model deployment, execution and approaches to process model analytics are covered. During the module students are expected to develop and work with a range of different types of business process model typical of a range of businesses.
20 Big Data This module will provide an introduction to the challenges and possible solutions around big data. Big data is the common term for a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using commonly available relational database management systems, desktop statistics and visualization packages. The size and complexity of big data creates challenges in terms of storage, search, sharing, transfer, analysis and visualization. Students will be introduced to the problems of big data and technologies that help address these issues e.g. Hadoop. They will also gain an understanding of data mining and the different applications of data mining e.g. search systems, business intelligence, recommender systems etc. thereby gaining the practical and theoretical skills to make sense of large volumes of data.
20 IT Project Management 2This module covers advanced Project Management techniques. The processes, principles and themes of the industry standard PRINCE2 Project Management Methodology are covered in detail. The module also provides coverage of frameworks for the management of enterprise-wide IT Service Management Delivery, such as ITIL.
40 Honours ProjectThis is a substantial individual piece of work with a significant research dimension based on an appropriate topic from within the student's programme of study and which reflects the student's own interests. This work will be concerned with a specific problem from the student's programme of study and will include as appropriate, a systematic investigation, a survey of literature relevant to the problem, an analysis of appropriate approaches, a detailed planning activity and an implementation of the selected approach. The project will also involve a reflective evaluation of the project outcomes and approach taken and a verbal presentation of the work.
20 ElectiveLeading Organisations in a Changing Global Context: The aim of this module is to enable students to evaluate leadership and change from both an individual and a strategic perspective. Students will be afforded the opportunity to assess their own leadership skills and competences generally, and then specifically in relation to leading change in a global context. This module will also enable students to evaluate the key concepts and factors of change, considering the strategic perspective of the organisation. Through this module, students will have the opportunity to be involved in a simulated change event, and to then further develop their skills of self reflection , personal analysis and presentation skills, in addition they will critique the leadership and processes adopted in relation to a business related change initiative within their chosen industry or sector.
Mobile Platform Development:This module introduces students to the specific requirements of developing an application which runs on a mobile platform such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry. Students will make use of an appropriate programming language and programming tools to develop a working application for a mobile device. Students investigate the HCI issues that are specific to a mobile application and utilise appropriate communication technologies to transfer data between mobile devices when appropriate.
Exit with Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management for Business

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