You are viewing information for England.  Change country.

Managing in the digital economy

This module offers a process to gain academic credit for your study of The Open University MOOCs that comprise the FutureLearn Digital Economy program. Your knowledge, understanding and skills from the MOOCs will be supplemented by learning materials supporting critical thinking, reflection and study skills appropriate to masters level assessment. You will have access to ‘light touch’ advice from a learning advisor, but please be aware that (as with the MOOCs you bring to the module as prior learning) you need to be a proactive learner to benefit from the materials and activities supplied (peer-review, case studies, readings and online discussion). Activities and assessment address your own professional situation, culminating in an extended written assignment integrating your prior MOOC learning in the context of challenges posed by technological change.

Vocational relevance

Subject to entry criteria and progression regulations, this module can be counted as an elective module worth 15 credits within The Open University’s flexible MBA, a highly respected qualification which can accelerate your progression into senior management, as well as bringing improvements to your organisation. Managing in the digital economy (BXM871) can be counted as one of the elective modules undertaken at Stage 2 of the qualification if you have successfully completed either MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716) or the fast-track version of this module MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (BXFT716). It can also count as credit independent of the MBA qualification; credit which may be transferred to other qualifications offered by The Open University and other institutions depending on the relevant regulations in force about credit transfer in each case.

Qualifications

BXM871 is an optional module in our:

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. These qualifications allow most postgraduate modules to count towards them. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.

Postgraduate Loans 

If you study this module as part of an eligible qualification, you may also be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England. For more information, see Fees and funding.

Excluded combinations

Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with an adviser before registering.

Module

Module code
BXM871
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
15
Study level
OU Postgraduate
SCQF 11
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
Find out more in Why the OU?
Module cost
See Module registration
Entry requirements

Find out more about entry requirements.

Request your prospectus

Explore our subjects and courses.

Request your copy today

What you will study

The module is organised into 13 weeks of study featuring a variety of learning opportunities (podcasts, readings, scenarios, discussion and peer review activities).

The first week provides an overview of the module, allowing students to articulate and understand the nature of assessment at masters level so they can begin to develop the skills of evaluation of their own and others’ work.

The second week addresses the theme of the final written assignment as students choose and justify a focus which is not only relevant to their own professional context (allowing them to produce an authentic and useful piece of work at the end of the module) but also demonstrative of an appropriate range of knowledge, understanding and skills.

The next three weeks consolidate prior learning through applying concepts from operations, marketing and finance to scenarios (one per week) based on contemporary business and management challenges.

The second half of the module begins with a peer review exercise where students, equipped with assessment criteria and examples, research and write a short text (in the genre of a blog post) which they submit to peer review (as well as conducting at least one review of another student’s work). This is followed by a week majoring on the theme of reflection on feedback and its role in learning and assessment.

The last three weeks of the module are almost entirely student-directed and focus on researching, writing and submitting the end of module assignment.

You will learn

  • How organisations integrate different management functions in the context of technological change;
  • Critical and analytical cognitive skills
  • Key skills in data interpretation and sharing, online communication, self-awareness and self-management, and working with others.
  • Ethical sensitivity and reflective skills

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

There is no tutorial support on this module. Instead you will have access to a learning advisor providing ‘light touch’ advice and guidance. You will contact your learning advisor by email, and can expect a response within 24 hours.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your end of module assessment (EMA).

Course work includes

3 Interactive computer-marked assignments (CMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

Managing in the digital economy starts twice a year – in January and July. This page describes the module that will start in July 2018 and January 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in July 2020.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents website.

    Entry requirements

    Registration for this module requires that you hold all four Certificates of Achievement from the four FutureLearn MOOCs in the Digital Economy program (Effective Supply Chain Management, Success through Market Segmentation, Selling through Customer Insight, and Finance for Business Growth). You will be asked to provide proof of this via email once you have registered on the module. Find out more about the Digital Economy program.

    If you wish to study this module as part of an OU qualification, you will need to make sure that you meet the entry requirements for that qualification.  If you begin an OU qualification with this module, please note that the compulsory module MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice  (B716) or the fast-track version of this module MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (BXFT716) must be your next choice. See the Qualifications section for more details.

    The module requires 102 hours of study over three months in addition to the 48 hours of MOOCs study. 

    Please note that the learning design of the module does not include tutorial support. You will have access to ‘light touch’ advice from a learning advisor, but please be aware that (as with the MOOCs you bring to the module as prior learning) you need to be a proactive learner to benefit from the materials and activities supplied (peer-review, case studies, readings and online discussion).

    Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    07 Jul 2018 Oct 2018 -

    Registration now closed

    05 Jan 2019 Apr 2019 £525.00

    Registration closes 06/12/18 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    06 Jul 2019 Oct 2019 £525.00

    Registration opens on 06/01/19

    This module is expected to start for the last time in July 2020.

    Future availability

    Managing in the digital economy starts twice a year – in January and July. This page describes the module that will start in July 2018 and January 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in July 2020.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Ways to pay

    We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how much it’s going to cost and how you can pay.

    That’s why we keep our fees as low as possible and offer a range of flexible payment and funding options. To find out more see Fees and funding.

    Study materials

    What's included

    A variety of resources presented in the module website to include: Audio-visual material, published articles, case studies. interactive Computer Marked Assignments, MOODLE tools, and access to The Open University library.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided from a hardware device e.g. DVD drive or USB stick or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS 10.7 or higher
    • a modern Linux version

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the module materials may be available in the future.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.