Curriculum

Aim


The programme aims to educate IT managers and professionals who possess technical and management knowledge for designing, developing and managing IT systems. It provides a transformational experience in integrating the technological and managerial sides of IT. On completion of this programme, students should be able to achieve the following programme intended learning outcomes:

  1. Explain the core technical and management concepts and apply these concepts in an integrated manner for IT management.
  2. Explain and apply the current methodologies in some selected areas in IT management (such as IT enterprise management, knowledge and information management, Internet and web technologies, and business analytics).
  3. Identify business needs and explain the process of transforming business needs into IT systems.

Programme Characteristics


  • The M.Sc. programme focuses on IT Management. Students will acquire a transformational experience in integrating the technological and managerial sides of IT.
  • Students will learn the state-of-the-art methodologies in hot areas of IT Management (namely, IT Enterprise Management, Knowledge and Information Management, Internet and Web Technologies, and Business Analytics).

Programme Structure & Courses


Each student is required to complete 29 units as follows:

11 units of core courses
Each student must complete five core courses which cover the foundations of IT and management. However, if she/he has a Bachelor's degree in IT or closely related fields or has taken equivalent courses, she/he must substitute the core course "Internet Computing and Programming" by an elective course.
18 units of elective courses
The elective courses are divided into four streams and MSc Project & Research:
• Stream 1 − IT Enterprise Management
• Stream 2 − Knowledge and Information Management
• Stream 3 − Internet and Web Technologies
• Stream 4 − Business Analytics
• MSc Project & Research
Each student is required to select at least three streams among the four streams and successfully complete at least one course in each selected stream.

The courses are listed as follows.The courses offered in each year depend on enrollment and staff availability.

unit(s)unit(s)
Core Courses11
Internet Computing and Programming3
Foundations of Management in the IT Context3
Principles and Practices of Data Analytics3
IT Forum1
IT Project Skills1

Elective Courses18
Stream 1 – IT Enterprise Management
IT Management: Principles and Practice3
IT Project Management3
Information System Auditing3
IT Laws and Ethics3
Electronic Transformation in Business3
Information Management Systems Development3
IT Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship3
E-Business Strategies3
Special Topics in IT Management3

Stream 2 – Knowledge and Information Management
Database Systems and Administration3
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery3
Information and Knowledge Management3
Special Topics in Knowledge and Information Management 3
Business Intelligence3
Big Data Analytics3

Stream 3 – Internet and Web Technologies
Internet and World Wide Web3
Information Security Management3
Dynamic Web & Mobile Programming3
Special Topics in Internet and Web Technologies3
Cloud Computing3

Stream 4 - Business Analytics
Analytic Models in IT Management3
Business Intelligence3
Visual Analytics and Decision Support3
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery3
Special Topics in Business Analytics3

MSc Project & Research
M.Sc. Project3
M.Sc. Research I3
M.Sc. Research II3

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Remarks: There may be minor revisions to the curriculum.

Duration & Schedule


Students can select either one-year full-time study mode or two-year part-time study mode.

Classes will be conducted on weekday nights and Saturdays, so that both part-time and full-time students can attend these classes. Some courses may be offered in the daytime for full-time students. Students will also attend full-day classes (from 9:30am - 5:30pm) on two Saturdays in the first semester of the first year.

For full-time study, the normal study schedule is as follows:

Semester 1
(units)
Semester 2
(units)
First Year
Internet Computing and Programming
(or an elective course for those with relevant background as decided by the Programme Team)
3
Foundations of Management in the IT Context 3
Principles and Practices of Data Analytics 3
IT Project Skills 1
Elective Courses 3
IT Forum 1
Elective Courses 15

For part-time study, the normal study schedule is as follows:

Semester 1
(units)
Semester 2
(units)
First Year
Foundations of Management in the IT Context 3
Principles and Practices of Data Analytics 3
IT Project Skills 1
Elective Courses 9
Second Year
Internet Computing and Programming
(or an elective course for those with relevant background as decided by the Programme Team)
3
Elective Courses 3
IT Forum 1
Elective Courses 6

Medium of Instruction


The medium of instruction is English. All teaching and learning materials are in English.