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MBA (Technology Management) - Learning Outcomes

Educational aims

The Master of Business Administration (Technology Management) is a career-development, specialist programme for those who want to champion awareness of technological innovation across Europe and further afield, and who envisage the management of technology to be of growing importance. It is suited to those who have significant post-graduation and relevant work experience on which the learning process should build. The main emphasis of the programme is on leadership through strategic management. While the academic level is masters, there is a strong practical and professional orientation to the curriculum.

As an MBA (Technology Management) graduate, you should be able to ground your new knowledge within the base of your professional experience. You will be able to reflect on and learn from that experience, and thus be able to integrate new knowledge with experience and apply it to new situations. You will be able to challenge preconceptions and to remove subject and functional boundaries to handle complex situations holistically. You should also have particular strengths in analysing, synthesising and solving complex, unstructured business problems. In addition to being able to communicate your findings, you should have developed the skills to implement agreed solutions effectively and efficiently. You should therefore have strongly developed interpersonal skills and be able to interact effectively with a range of specialists.

The MBA (Technology Management) is directed at both the acquisition and critical understanding of a body of knowledge and at the acquisition of a range of personal capabilities.

Learning outcomes

The qualification provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas: 

Knowledge and understanding

When you complete your studies for this degree you will be able to collect relevant information across a range of areas pertaining to a current situation, analyse that information and synthesise it into an appropriate form in order to evaluate decision alternatives.  With the broad framework of organisations, their external context and management, it is therefore expected that graduates will have developed knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
  • The impact of, and relationship between, a range of contextual forces relevant to the management of technology. This includes legal and regulatory systems, economic, environmental, ethical and technological issues, international developments and corporate governance.
  • Markets and customers; the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services; expectations of customers and equivalent stakeholders, service and orientation.
  • The concepts, processes and institutions in the production and marketing of goods and/or services; the management of resources and operations.
  • The financing of the business enterprise or other forms of organisations: sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reports applications.
  • The management and development of people within organisations: organizational theory, behaviour, industrial/employee relations, HRM, change management.
  • A broad range of theoretical, conceptual and applied material relevant to the study, application and practice of technology management (TM) and technological innovation (TI) and technology and innovation strategy (TIS) in almost all organisational, sectoral or industrial settings. Note: For the purpose of brevity from here on all three dimensions are subsumed within the TM acronym. 

Cognitive skills

When you complete your studies for this degree you will be able to demonstrate a range of cognitive and intellectual skills together with techniques specific to business and management.  They should also demonstrate relevant personal and interpersonal skills.  Specifically they should be able to:
  • think critically and creatively: manage creative processes in self and others; organize thoughts; analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal.  This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements, research and scholarship in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately, generalize appropriately and analyse the potential impact of TM on individuals, organisations, sectors
  • solve problems and make decisions: establish criteria, using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems; create, identifying and evaluating options; implementing and reviewing decisions; using a range of analytical tools for supporting the TM process
  • exercise relevant personal and interactive skills including synthesising and operating a range of techniques and methods that inform on the management of design, production, operation, and improvement of technological systems

Practical and/or professional skills

When you complete your studies for this degree you will be able to:
  • select appropriate leadership style for situations 
  • set targets, motivate, monitor performance, coach and mentor, in order to continuously improve the people, activities, operations and units being managed Recognise situations in which unusual ethical matters arise; and apply ethical, societal and organisational values to situations and choices
  • conduct some research into TM and business and management issues more generally
  • learn through reflection on practice and experience.

Key skills

When you complete your studies for this degree you will be able to:
  • scan and organise data, abstracting meaning from information and sharing knowledge.
  • demonstrate numerical and quantitative and qualitative skills including the use of models relevant to TM and business situations more generally.
  • demonstrate competence in the design and application of research and the use of the skills required for analysing and communication potentially complex findings and conclusions.
  • communicate effectively: listen, negotiate, and persuade or influence others; develop oral and written communication skills using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports.
  • develop personal effectiveness: improve self-awareness and self-management; time management; develop sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations, and the ability to continue learning.
  • perform effectively within a team environment and be able to recognise and utilize individuals’ contributions in group processes; team selection, delegation, development and management.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

You learn through two inter-related methods. First, using a range of specially written study materials, case studies, original texts, study guides and assignments and through a range of multi-media material and activities. Secondly, your learning is supported through an allocated tutor. This tutor is your first and main point of contact. The tutor answers queries on the materials, grades and comments on your work and arranges and runs online tutorials.

Samples of tutors’ marking and comments are monitored by members of the central module team or experienced tutors who provided feedback to support and develop tutors’ assessment and grading of assignments.

In some cases the assignments may be formative (for example at the beginning of a module to enable you to develop your confidence), but usually they are summative i.e. they count towards your module result. Modules may also include computer-marked assignments or examination papers.

Most modules also include a three-hour written examination but may involve an end-of-module assessment which could include an investigation-based report.

Evidence of key skills will be apparent in all tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and tutors will comment on the evidence of skills as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding.

You are also encouraged to participate in online forums at both national and local levels. This gives you a chance to share and resolve issues with fellow students as well as tutors and the module team.

Formative assessment in the form of informal self-assessed questions allow you progressively to assess your own progress and understanding. Formal assessment of knowledge and understanding components of the programme is achieved by a series of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). These assignments are marked and assessed by the module tutor. They are central to the teaching of the module since they allow you an opportunity to display your knowledge and understanding – and in consequence any issues concerning either – and so enable tutors to identify and comment on your knowledge and understanding. Tutors receive detailed marking guidance from the module team.

Cognitive skills in the programme are developed through a range of activities within the programme’s modules. Case studies allow students to engage with the issues around management and develop appropriate analysis, evaluation and problem-solving skills.

Skills associated with working with others in a group are developed, which are compulsory components of the compulsory modules within the MBA.

The programme materials and support from tutors helps develop your skills in managing your own learning. In particular, many of the modules expect you to work largely under your own direction and initiative. You are expected to reflect on your own performance, identify your own learning needs and develop appropriate learning strategies.

Key skills will also be assessed in each end-of-module examination.

You are expected to have work experience in management. As such, you should already have gained some of these skills. The programme will however allow you to demonstrate and develop them further.

Evidence of practical and professional skills will be apparent in all TMAs and tutors will comment on the evidence of skills as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding.

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