Supported by workshops on communication, team building, value building behaviours and diversity.
The unit introduces the role of information systems in organisations, giving students the opportunity to analyse organisational requirements and develop suitable information system solutions. Indicative content includes:
This unit introduces computer programming in a high level programming language, such as Java and includes principles and practice in problem solving, program design, solution implementation and testing. Indicative content includes:
You will study the following two core units, and depending on your chosen pathway, you will study a third unit that relates specifically to your chosen pathway:
Cyber Security Analyst
This unit covers concepts relating to advanced object-oriented program design, the use of framework libraries, web server and mobile application development. Indicative content includes:
This unit aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of computer security. The unit covers a broad range of topics and develops the pre-requisite technical and practical skills for future units on the Cybersecurity pathway. Key concepts, procedures and practices are introduced to give context to how the skills and techniques developed in this unit are applied in the work place. Indicative content includes:
This unit will examine database and networks, which form part of the core fundamentals that enable modern business computing. Indicative content includes:
Students consider the principles and practice of customer information management to improve business performance and use customer insight for the development of communications approaches. Indicative content includes:
An introductory course in data analysis for non-mathematics/statistics undergraduates. Covers fundamentals of descriptive statistics, data modelling, visualisation and application of these techniques in a business context. Indicative content includes:
This unit examines the management issues that arise from managing an IT portfolio consisting of desktop provision, infrastructure, maintenance of core systems and project-based development. Indicative content includes:
You will study three units depending on your chosen pathway:
Cyber Security Analyst
This unit includes theory and practice of the modelling, specification and querying of relational databases; aspects of implementation of database management systems. Indicative content includes:
Students consider strategic aspects of information systems and business intelligence in organisations and the ideas related to practice. Indicative content includes:
The unit enables students to address a bespoke business problem. They will prepare and deliver a presentation and supporting documents. The students will undertake a critical reflection to assist in their professional development.
The unit provides an introduction to the operation of computer networks, operating systems theory and practice. Indicative content includes:
The unit enables students to address a real security project, either specific to their employer or a more generic problem that is agreed as relevant by their employer.
This unit introduces data analytics concepts, techniques and algorithms for processing and visualising datasets to infer useful, actionable knowledge in domain. Indicative content includes:
The unit enables students to investigate a Data Analytics problem. They will prepare and deliver a presentation and supporting documents.
The unit enables students to address a bespoke business problem requiring a software based solution.
Students will build secure, robust, maintainable enterprise level applications using a variety of current distributed programming techniques. Indicative content includes:
This unit will provide students with the necessary skills to design and implement a strategy to assess and secure a vulnerable system. Indicative content includes:
Using Information Architecture and standards based web development the student undertakes the build process from a proposal to site launch, producing dynamic & interactive pages using scripting & backend databases and considering core UX principles. Indicative content includes:
In your fourth year, you will study two core units and one elective unit:
Elective units may include:
The portfolio will provide a record of the specific skills and knowledge apprentices have developed and used throughout their degree, and provide an opportunity to reflect on their professional development.
This portfolio will be developed over all 4 years of the degree but only contributions relating to level 6 will be formally assessed. Personal and Academic Tutors (PATs) and work mentors will guide apprentices in the development of this portfolio. PATs will review the portfolio from the point of view of its assessment at level 6 and provide formative feedback at set times throughout the degree to guide the apprentice. They will offer advice about developing a well-documented account of the apprentices development of skills and knowledge and appropriate reflections on their learning and its professional impact. Mentors at work will guide the students from the point of view of documenting their work experience and completion of objectives.
A longer-term piece of work in which students engage in the planning, analysis, specification, design, implementation and evaluation of a non-trivial product or process and produce a substantial deliverable.
Students will scope a project in consultation with both their supervisor and their sponsoring employer. The student will research and establish the feasibility of their negotiated project, and manage the project process through to a final substantial deliverable. Students will be expected to produce a tangible deliverable (e.g. a computer program, a feasibility study, a strategy or policy document), and a report detailing the project process, and their evaluation and critical reflections upon it. Students will be expected to present their work to both an academic audience, and their employer. Academic supervision shall be scheduled by negotiation with the student. Supervisors will review the progress the student is making on the project, and offer advice on the work remaining to be completed.
The aim of this unit is to develop the students knowledge in the areas of advanced database system development, business intelligence, analytical data analysis and data mining.
Students will develop a digital business from conception to a working prototype for a business of their choice.
This unit allows learners to develop strategies through the use of Digital Marketing and Social Media campaigns. Relationships between digital marketing and social media with organisational communications and business strategy. Opportunities in the digital and social media marketplace. The development of digital marketing and social media strategies. The development of digital and social media marketing programmes. Issues in User Experience. The development of digital marketing and social media evaluations.
This unit enhances enterprising behaviours and skills, develops students' employability and creates an awareness of the entrepreneurial career path. Students validate business ideas through a formal business plan and pitch to industry experts. This unit introduces students to: creativity tools for business ideas generation; business planning templates to support the business planning process; advice for the deliver an effective pitch; Strategy mapping workshops giving students an holistic insight business operations; Business start-up activities from business launch to closure; sustainable and ethical issues linked to business start-up; Students will be given support from business mentors to help explore their business opportunity. Students will be encouraged to look globally for products and manufacturing capability, and to consider selling to international markets as well as the domestic market. Students will be introduced to an outline revenue model which they will use to justify each of the business ideas generated. The programme will be delivered through workshops. These workshops are supported by a series of business start-up activities.
This unit provides a thorough grounding in smartphone application development, location aware applications and mobile device technologies. Smartphone development ; Creation of mobile applications using a current mobile device development environment, eg iPhone, iPad, Android; Wireless Technologies and Security ; Technologies available, characteristics and security models, e.g. RFID, WiFi, Bluetooth; Location aware mobile applications ; Access and analysis of location on mobile devices and creation of intelligent applications; Current developments in mobile application development ; New and emerging mobile application techniques and devices, e.g. Context Aware computing; Wireless Sensors and Sensor networks; Smart Environments.
The unit will equip students with skills and knowledge relating to the handling and analysis of a variety of information generated by organisations. The overarching theme of the unit will be to consider principles of business analytics: What is big data? Why is it important in a connected world? What are the various data? What is structured and unstructured data. The unit will go on to look at data warehousing: the storage, management and retrieval of large amounts of information. The unit will then go on to look at how organisations can leverage data to aid the decision making process. This will include the study and practice of relevant visualisation and analysis techniques utilising appropriate software.
The principles and standards of user experience design and practical application of these techniques including human psychology, user behaviour, needs and requirements and how understanding of these inform user experience and interface design. The key principles of universal design including national and international guidelines of best practice, standards and recommendations. Including user centred design, task analysis, user behaviour, patterns and strategies, development of personas and user stories to inform user experience and interface design in the creation of a prototype. Practical application of techniques including heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthrough, use of usability semantic differentials and critical incident technique, hedonics and log data analysis.
The unit covers the deployment administration and extension of open source content management systems. A comparison of CMS and frameworks leads into the intricacies of setting up and managing a dynamic website. The administration of the website against the backdrop of community versioning methods is discussed and assessed as are roles within the CMS. During the laboratories a CMS of choice is deployed and developed to illustrate the key features of the system. All open source Content Management Systems are extensible through pluggins, extensions, bots etc. The CMS of choice will be extended using hard code to deliver additional functionality. An awareness of community stakeholder values and discipline will be built into the development process.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
A four year part-time degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (90 credits per year). 10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/otehm
The Degree Apprenticeship is a great foundation for any career in a business or technical field.
Although 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 the following roles:
We also place a strong emphasis on giving you all the tools necessary to manage your own career.
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
Applications are NOT made via UCAS.
Your first step is to secure a job with an employer that is offerring opportunities on the apprenticeship programme. Visit the how to apply pages of the Manchester Met apprenticeship website for more information.
Meet a variety of companies and organisations, gain careers advice, discover more about Manchester Metropolitan University, and take your first step towards a career in the digital and technology sector.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.
Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.
The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.