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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Information Management and Business Technology (2017 entry)

Academic Year: 2018/19

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Programme title Information Management and Business Technology
Programme code BSPT07/08
Length of programme This programme is available by full-time or part-time study. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is one calendar year full-time; the minimum period of study for the award of PGDip is nine months full-time; the minimum period of study for the award of PGCert is one semester full-time. Part-time study requires completion within the following times: MSc – 8 years, PGDip – 5 years, PGCert – 3 years.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Full Time MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/BSPT07

Part Time MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/BSPT08

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:54:52 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • Acquire critical technological and analytical skills appropriate to effective workplace performance in the implementation and leadership of information management and business technology initiatives;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the role and significance of both being an information technology specialist and a business generalist;
  • Complete a self-directed and managed piece of research exploring the relationship of information management and business technologies;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the ongoing impacts of both information management and business technology perspectives on the workplace;
  • Enhance employment skills, with particular reference to employment in positions where knowledge of and skills in information management and business technology are essential. 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for:

          Librarianship, information, knowledge, records and archives management (2014)



  • Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Annual and Periodic Programme Review
  • External Examiners' reports
  • Staff-Student committees 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

  • the principles and practice of information and business technology management
  • the relationship between traditionally technology-independent areas of an organisation and non-technical business areas

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:
  • Appreciate the range of methods used to manage the relationship between traditionally technology-independent areas of an organisation and non-technical business areas
  • Understand, by applying appropriate theory, practices and tools for the specification, design and implementation of information systems
  • Understand, by applying technical and managerial concepts, theories and evidence to analyse business information and knowledge networks within organisations
  • Understand information and knowledge management policies and strategies that enhance effectiveness in organisations
  • Successfully complete an original piece of research on information management and business technology dovetailing both theoretical rigour and solid analysis 
b. Subject-specific practical skills:
  • Critically evaluate and select management tools and techniques for a given project
  • Successfully model the requirements of information systems using appropriate modelling tools
  • Manage and assess user requirements for collaborative technologies using a range of qualitative methods
  • Successfully apply a systems approach to problem structuring and problem solving within a business enterprise framework
  • Manage the process of identifying and documenting risks associated with the development process and with target systems
c. Key transferable skills:
  • Communication skills: writing, dissemination and media skills
  • Oral presentation skills for seminars, workshops and conferences
  • Research management and time management skills
  • Bibliographic and computing skills
  • Decision-making ability in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

To be eligible for consideration for these awards, students must have studied the following modules:

Semester One    

All compulsory modules


Collaborative Working withTechnology



Information Architecture



Management of IT Systems



Business Relationships Management


Semester Two     

All compulsory modules  


Project Management and Leadership



Information and Social Network Analysis



Managing Knowledge in Organisations



Business Technologies and Platforms



Dissertation (full or part-time)


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XXI  for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any module other than ISP700 or ISP701 to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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