Teaching, learning and assessment methods
You will learn through two inter-related methods. Firstly, using a range of specially written study materials, case studies, original texts, study guides and assignments, and through a range of multi-media material. Secondly, you are allocated a tutor who is your first and main point of contact. Your tutor answers queries on study materials, grades and comments on your work, and, depending on which module you are studying, may arrange either face-to-face group sessions or online tutorials. You are also encouraged to participate in online discussion forums for the module(s) you are studying. This gives you a chance to share and resolve issues with fellow students, as well as with tutors and the module team.
Formative assessment in the form of informal activities and self-assessed questions (SAQs) allows you to assess your own progress and understanding. Formal assessment of the knowledge and understanding components of the programme is achieved by a series of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) – usually three for each 30-credit module. These assignments are marked and assessed by your tutor. They are central to the teaching of the module since they allow you an opportunity to display your knowledge and understanding. This will enable tutors to identify any issues concerning either and provide appropriate feedback.
In some cases assignments are formative (for example at the beginning of a module to enable you to develop your confidence), but usually they are summative.
Although assignments are usually undertaken on an individual basis, some modules have group-based assignments that use the online discussion forums. Modules may also include computer-marked assignments or examination papers. Currently most modules within the technology management programme include an end-of-module assessment in the form of a mini project, in place of an examination.
Cognitive skills in the programme are developed through a range of activities within the programme’s modules. Case studies and other accounts of how technology is managed will allow you to engage with the problems around technology management and develop appropriate analysis, evaluation and problem-solving skills. Modules will formally describe a range of methods and techniques used within technology management and you will be encouraged to make use of them and reflect on their use.
If you choose the research route to complete your MSc (a masters-level thesis based on a research project of your choice) there is extensive scope for developing a critical approach to technology management.
Evidence of skills levels will also be apparent in all assignments and tutors will comment on evidence of skills, as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding.
When entering the technology management programme you are expected to have experience of technology management, a technical specialism or general management and/or administration where you have taken a particular interest in the technological dimensions of organisation and management. As such, you should already have gained many key skills. The programme will then allow you to demonstrate these and develop them further.
Study materials and support from your tutor will help develop your skills in managing your own learning. For example, many of the modules expect you to work largely under your own direction and initiative. You are expected to reflect on your performance, identify your learning needs and then develop appropriate learning strategies.
Practical and professional skills are developed and assessed implicitly within many of the modules in the programme. Evidence of them will be apparent in all TMAs and tutors will comment on the evidence of these skills, as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding.