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  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2018
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in Management, Engineering, Science or related disciplines. Non-graduates with very extensive professional experience and/or other prior qualifications may also be considered.
Digital Business Enterprise Management msc

Module details

This 12-month programme consists of five taught compulsory and three taught optional modules, each focusing on a major area of Digital Business Enterprise Management. These are followed by a 60 credit project carried out over the summer period.

The part-time format runs over two years, with the same content (plus an extra mini-project). We've made it flexible enough for people with busy professional careers – and you can withdraw at various qualification levels, including PGCert, PGDip and MSc.

Students are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full MSc.

Compulsory modules

E-business Tools and Technologies (EBUS603)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to give the student an understanding of the tools and technologies used in the design and development of e-business solutions. This will include:

A1. Understand the development of the Internet, IT infrastructure and e-business technologies. 

A2. Understand technical issues in system development and design.

A3. Understand a range of tools and technologies for e-business solutions and where they are applied.

A4. Understand the various information capture and management technologies and how they are applied.

A5. Understand communication and transaction protocols and tools for e-business systems.

Learning Outcomes

Be able to understand the development of the Internet, IT infrastructure and e-business technologies.

Be able to select and specify e-business solutions to meet a specific need.

​​Be able to apply ​​​​​​information capture and management tecnologies for e-business.

​Be able to understand communication and transaction technologies for e-business.

E-business Systems (EBUS604)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to give the student an understanding of E-Business systems and their implementation in a commercial environment. Important elements include systems/ process modelling and design, data modelling and database design. Extensive practice will be arranged for e-business system design. The aims are that the student will:

A1. Understand a range of information systems and their appropriate applications.

A2. Understand the development of system/process models.

A3. Understand issues related to the use of effective user interfaces.

A4. Understand methods related to system design.

A5. Understand database management for business.

Learning Outcomes

Be able to specify and demonstrate a process model for developing e-business systems.

 

​Be able to develop appropriate system models for e-business.

​Be able to design databases for e-business systems.

​Be able to work in a team for design of e-business sytems.

E-business Strategy (EBUS605)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

The aim of this module is to give the student an understanding of the processes involved in developing an e-Business strategy and the business issues involved in deploying such a strategy. Important elements include an examination of the approaches to strategy formulation, an evaluation of the emergent e-Business models, business process re-design for e-Business, e-Business applications technologies and architectures and managing and planning the transition to e-Business. Extensive use will be made of case study material.

​Analyse existing e-Business strategies.

​Understand a range of e-Business strategies.

​Understand a range of e-Business strategies.

Understand e-Business process re-design, applications and architectures.

​Understand e-Business process re-design, applications and architectures.

Learning Outcomes

to understand the basics of business strategy;

​to understand the business capabilities and therefore businessstrategies enabled by the Internet;

 

to be able to analyse, understand and constructively criticise an existing e-business strategy; ​

​to be able to formulate an e-business strategy to help in addressing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by a business;

​to have well founded views on the future development of e-business models.

understand the principles of e-enablement and how it impacts on business models:-Real time examples presented. ​

E-business Enterprise Systems With Sap (EBUS612)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To focus on introducing strategies, approaches and technologies of enterprise systems (e.g. ERP systems) and business information management integrating with business processes within and cross organisational boundaries.

To provide students with knowledge of enterprise system architecture and technologies in general, and roles and functions of enterprise systems and business information management for e-business and supply chain management in particular.

To introduce students to the development history, functional characteristics and real cases of enterprise information systems in an e-business and supply chain environment (e.g. applications based on SAP, Oracle, etc.).

To help students to understand how enterprise systems and business information management functions are mapped with supply chain management functions and into e-business networks.

To discuss promising technologies for next generation e-business and enterprise systems which would lead to business innovation.

To enable students to learn technologies for business process integration, automation, and optimisation.

To demonstrate practical tools used in enterprises, e.g. SAP.

Learning Outcomes

Understand a range of enterprise system architectures and their appropriate applications. 

​Understand ERP applications in e-business and supply chain management.

​Be confident in use of commercially available enterprise information systems (e.g. SAP, Oracle, etc.).

​Understand integration approaches and technologies for ERP systems.

​Understand modeling and optimisation approaches for generic enterise information systems.

Big Data Management (EBUS622)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims
  • ​To demonstrate in-depth understanding and knowledge of the concepts, theories and developments associated with the subject area, and critically and analytically discuss outcomes in a methodological, structured, logical and in-depth manner.

  • ​To demonstrate ability to answer specific questions on the subject area fully, critically, analytically in suitable depth and at the appropriate level.

  • Learning Outcomes

    ​Understanding what Big Data is and its relevance to Business.  

    ​Recognise potential for use of Big Data analytics and output to Business areas, such as Marketing and Operations.

    ​Identify new business opportunities and business models for adopting Big Data initiatives, and challenges associated with their implementation.

    ​Understanding the legal and wider ethical issues involved in the gathering and use of personal information associated with Big Data, such as from Social Media applications and internet websites.

    ​Have some knowledge of systems and tools used for data mining and analysis.

    Business Simulation and Analysis (EBUS635)
    LevelM
    Credit level60
    SemesterSummer (June-September)
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Upon completion of the module, students will:

    Understandand have a practical appreciation of contemporary management challenges withina view of: Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Enterprise Managementand Big Data.

    Understandthe means by which benchmarking and comparative performance assessment can beundertaken.

    Havea practical understanding of the importance of teamwork and communication.

    Appreciatethe need for competence in operations management and be aware of its impact onbusiness performance.

    Bemore accomplished autonomous learners and be able to better manage their ownlearning experiences.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Develop and demonstrate research skills andan appreciation of both strategic and functional management practices, as well asappropriate models and frameworks or tools to provide critical analysis of abusiness case, and present convincing and reasoned arguments to formulatesolutions for strategic action and operational decisions.

    ​Demonstrate critical awareness ofcontemporary research in appropriate areas (i.e. Operations and Supply Chain Management; e-Business andTechnology Management; Project Management) through extraction of knowledge fromthe literature in an analytic manner, and use them to develop ideas forresearch.

    ​Collect secondary data from varioussources including financial statements, analyse the data in qualitative and/or quantitative forms, and use theoutcome to interpret and compare business health and performance using a rangeof financial and non-financial measures.

    ​​Demonstrate the ability to work within teams, and make an active contribution to work teams.

    ​Demonstrate the ability to plan and undertake work at postgraduate level within a management discipline.

    ​Critically evaluate and reflect on management theory and practice.

    ​Use relevant theory, concepts and tools (qualitative or quantitative; soft systems; manual or IT) to analyse situations and support decisions.

    ​Manage data effectively; use appropriate methods to acquire and process data; analyse data competently; evaluate and interpret data soundly; synthesise data to enhance conclusions.

    Optional modules

    Operations Modelling and Simulation (EBUS504)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To understand a range of modelling analytical methods and their appropriate applications.

    To understand the dynamic nature of systems and their behavioural characteritics.

    To understand how real system modules are developed, tested and vaildated.

    To develop confidence in the use of commercially available simulation tools (Witness).

    Learning Outcomes

    Be able to develop models for business process reengineering.

    ​Be able to specify and demonstrate a computer simulation for business process modelling.

    ​Be able to apply statistical and analytical techniques for simulation experimentation.

    Supply Chain Operations Management (EBUS506)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The management of supply chains is key to the operations of modern organisations. The need to be competitive, reach new markets, source new goods and raw materials as well as globalisation have all been key contributors to the development of supply chains as a function. It has become clear that competitive advantage and customer satisfaction can be gained if all organisations in the chain work together to improve service and reduce cost. The module provides the student with comprehensive understanding of key principles and techniques of supply chain management including topics such as inventory management, demand and capacity management, supply chain partnerships and IT

    The aim of this module is to provide a study of the key principles, systems and techniques used to assure effective supply chain management. The module covers an extensive range of subjects including logistics, information management, inventory management, partnerships and information technology.  The aims are to enable the student to:

    A1.   Understand the principles and role of SCM in organisations.

    A2.  Understand the nature and importance of inter-relationships within the supply chain.

    A3. Understand and apply a range of tools and techniques relevant to the optimisation of supply chains.

    Learning Outcomes

    Be able to define and document a supply chain operation.

    ​Be able to analyse and evaluate the performance of the supply chain.

    ​Be able to apply supply chain optimisation tools and techniques in a range of situations.

    Strategic Operations Management (EBUS602)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to demonstrate how operations management can influence and shape competitive strategy. Specific topics include the examination of modern business drivers and competitive performance (time compression, respsonsiveness, waste elimination etc.), the achievement of competitive advantage through operations management, globalisation and supply chains, agility and ECR examples and operations performance measurement. Leading-edge operational practice is analysed within each topic covered. The aims are that the student will:

    • Develop a conviction that operations can be managed as a strategic resource and understand the strategic role and importance of operations.
    • Understand the drivers and dimensions of competitive performance.
    • Understand operations strategy process and practice in the context of its importance to the success of a company in its marketplace.
    • Understand the inputs to the development of an operations strategy.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an awareness of the principles governing modern approaches to the management of operations.
    2. Identify and apply methods for establishing fit between markets, operations and supply chains.
    3. Identify a range of operations and supply chain management initiatives and techniques that can be considered in the development of an operations strategy.
    4. Interpret operations success and business health and performance using a range of financial and non-financial measures.
    5. Have the research skills and appreciation of both strategic and functional management practice in order to be able to plan and undertake work at a postgraduate level within a Management discipline.
    Project and Portfolio Management in Organisations (EBUS614)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • Project management has cemented its position as a key management paradigm, enabling organisations to efficiently achieve their goals in a constantly changing business environment complicated by risks, uncertainties and competitor pressures. The global economy implies yet another level of complexity inherent to the management of large-scale geographically-distributed project teams. This module introduces cutting-edge principles and best practices of project management and discusses how they relate to the competitive product development. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of project management and its principles in a contemporary project environment. It aims to introduce students to the terminology used by practitioners in conjunction with the terminology recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the APM. The first part of the module will cover the five basic process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guide, namely, the Initiation (Scoping), Planning, execution (Launching), Monitoring and Control, and Closing of projects. The second part of the module will focus on the project management life cycles and strategies, adaptive project management approaches, and project portfolio management.

     

  • ​The areas to be covered span state-of-the-art strategies of successful project management, including risk and change management, budget management and quality assurance. Fundamentally, any project implies innovation, because the whole project aim is in creating a unique product, service or process within a given time period and with limited resources and budgets. Students, therefore, will also be given an opportunity to study project management in the context of the product development lifecycle.

  • ​The module will help students develop all the necessary skills required for a successful start of a project manager’s career.

  • Learning Outcomes

    This module will allow students to develop the following skills: 

    Understanding the importance of project management and its relationship to other management disciplines.

     

    ​Relate theoretical and practical perspectives to project management.

    ​Establish a thorough understanding of the components and processes in the project management discipline as well as the interactions between these elements.

    ​Knowledge of major project management methodologies (PMBOK and Prince 2) as proposed by the largest PM Professional bodies PMI and APM, and how these can be applied to ensure the delivery of projects of any scale.

    ​Current techniques for managing large-scale projects and programmes.

    ​Apply a range of techniques to determine, document and refine project goals, performance requirements, deliverables, constraints and risks as well as project schedule, resource budgeting and quality in the lifecycle of a project.

    ​Evaluate risk and gain understanding of approaches to risk management and contingency planning as well as implementation of change and agility frameworks.

    ​Understanding the concepts behind project quality assurance.

    ​Understand the role and responsibilities of the principle project participants with a focus on the role of the project manager in the life of a project and continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

    ​To introduce current and recent research in the field of project management

    Apply project management software tools to project planning and execution, such as Microsoft Project to manage projects ​

    Strategic Purchasing Management (EBUS535)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Purchasing has a critical role as a boundary-spanning function, through which it contributes to an organisation’s strategic success.  The aim of this module is to provide an integrative understanding of the role and objectives of the purchasing function and its complex inter- and intra-organisational relationships that contribute to sustained commercial success and maximisation of competitive advantage.  Specific topics include the critical evaluation of purchasing strategies, tools and constraints including sourcing, supplier development and supplier-client relationships. The module also explores issues relating to contracts, including tendering, bidding and order management processes, as well as the legal, commercial and socio-economic implications of purchasing strategies.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module, a student is expected to be able to:

    •       Analyse the environmental forces that shape purchasing strategy making
    •       Describe and evaluate purchasing strategy options
    •       Outline the changing role of purchasing within total supply chain management
    •     Identify and explain the contribution effective purchasing management makes to corporate strategies
    •       Critique the objectives of the purchasing function and its strategic relationships internally and externally
    •      Assess leading best practice purchasing techniques and strategies within different sectors
    •      Critically analyse the role and extended responsibilities of the purchasing function within a changing environment
    Maritime Logistics (EBUS632)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • ​Provide a study of the key principles and techniques applicable in the management of maritime logistics mainly from the quantitative/analytical perspective. The module covers a range of topics including international logistics, freight logistics, container logistics, shipping logistics, and port management.

     
  • ​Understand the principles and roles of maritime logistics.

  • ​Understand and apply a range of quantitative/analytical tools and techniques to improve maritime logistics.

  • Learning Outcomes

    ​Have a good understanding of the principles, tools, and techniques of maritime logistics management.

    Be able to analyse and evaluate the quantitative performance of maritime logistics systems​

    ​Be able to apply quantitative tools and techniques to improve maritime logistics performance

    Lean Thinking (EBUS507)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    A1. Provide an understanding of the components of a contemporary lean operations strategy and the benefits and challenges of applying lean principles within business operations.

    A2. Introduce students to the philosophies/principles of lean thinking and provide a working knowledge of the supporting tools and techniques used.

    A3. Provide a practical opportunity to work as a team addressing lean principles and implementing and evaluating lean tools and techniques through the use of a physical simulation of a multi-product operations environment.

    A4. Provide students with opportunities to view current industrial practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of the module, students will be expected to:

    O1. Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy and principles of lean thinking

    O2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the main tools and techniques used in the application of lean initiatives.

    O3. Understand the application of lean tools and techniques within their appropriate operational contexts.

    O4. Relate theory to industrial practice and recent developments.

    Logistics and Physical Distribution (EBUS609)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with a thorough grounding in contemporary logistics operations and business management.

    To cover specific topics including intermodal operations, transportation selection, warehousing and distribution management, 3PLs, tendering for contracts, reverse and green logistics services, port centric maritime logistics, the concept of adding value in logistics and optimising logistics operations.

    Learning OutcomesUnderstand the criteria for selecting a mode of transport.

    ​Understand the fundamentals of the purchasing function of an organisation.

    ​Understand the role and importance of logistics in competitive business performance.

    ​Understand international considerations affecting the exchange and transportation of goods.

    Data Mining and Machine Learning (EBUS537)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​To demonstrate in-depth understanding and knowledge of the concepts, theories and developments associated with the subject area, and is able to critically and analytically discuss outcomes in a methodological, structured, logical and in-depth manner.

    To demonstrate the ability to apply current tools and techniques of machine learning and data mining in suitable depth and at the appropriate level.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Gain an in depth knowledge and principles in the areas of data mining, machine learning, and data warehousing.

    ​Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of various data mining and machine learning techniques from a practitioner/ user perspective.

    ​Be able to identify, formulate and solve problems arising from practical applications using data mining and machine learning principles and techniques.

    Big Data Analytics for Business (EBUS633)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. ​Demonstrates in depth understanding and knowledge of the concepts, theories and developments associated with the subject area, and is able to critically and analytically discuss outcomes in a methodological, structured, logical and in-depth manner.
    2. Demonstrates ability to apply current tools and techniques in suitable depth and at the appropriate level.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Analyse the role of big data analytics in an organisation.

    ​Identify tools and techniques for big data analytics.

    ​Perform basic big data processing and visualising tasks.

    ​Develop case studies on how big data science aids and hinders business intelligence.

    MSc Project (EBUS621)
    LevelM
    Credit level60
    SemesterSummer (June-September)
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of the project is to allow the student to demonstrate their ability in undertaking an independent research project for developing theoretical perspectives, addressing research questions using secondary data, or analysing and developing real world solutions, within the area of study and objectives of the programmes they are undertaking in which they utilise structured methodologies and the skills gained in the use of academic and practical resources, models, methods, tools and systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    Extract and demonstrate knowledge from the literature in an analytic manner

    ​Develop ideas and conceptual models

    Collect secondary or primary data and conduct qualitative or quantitative analysis of the data​

    ​Carry out a structured analysis of needs for a real organisation and identify and apply the tools required to deliver a well formed solution to these needs. Through the project the student should develop capabilities to analyse cases based on theoretical and methodological studies, and create improvement plans and recommendations for their implementation based upon the toolsets required during the programme

    Service Operations Management (EBUS634)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    ​The aims of the module are to:

    1. Provide students with an understandingof the importance of services andthe implications of service logic on the customer relationship.   


    2.  Enablestudents to gain a broad understanding of the operational principles and practicesthrough which services are delivered and supported.

     

    3. Introduce students to thekey service concepts including value, servitizationand service dominant logic.

    Learning Outcomes

    Understand the difference between services and business processes.

    ​​Understand the principles and practices of service delivery.

    ​Understand the principles and practices of service support.

    ​Understand key theoretical concepts in service management such as SDL, Value and Servitization.

    ​Be aware of wider social and environmental consequences of service management.