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Postgraduate Certificate in Technology Management

This postgraduate certificate course provides a rounded view of technology management from an operational perspective. Relevant to all economic sectors and types of technology, topics such as the management of technological innovation and technical projects are studied in the compulsory module. The study of one or more optional modules allows you to extend your technology management knowledge and skills in directions of particular personal or professional interest. If technology is a significant success factor in your organisation or role then technology management is relevant to you.

The effective management of technology is essential if all the potential benefits for individuals and organisations are to be realised. Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and can make a huge contribution to organisational performance and even to national well-being. Technology managers need to make complex decisions associated with identification and evaluation of technologies, developing new or improved products and processes and integrating technology with other business processes, and to manage change required by technology implementation. There is an increasing demand across public, private and not-for-profit sectors for people with the vision and the operational and strategic capability to plan, develop and manage technology effectively.

The suite of qualifications offered, the postgraduate certificate and diploma, and the MSc are designed to progressively develop your knowledge and skills. Certificate study focuses on the operational aspects of managing technological change; the diploma's emphasis is the strategic management of technology. The MSc modules involve in-depth investigation of a technology management topic or problem of your choice. The qualifications provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology acquisition, exploitation and implementation, and to really make a difference to your organisation, and your own professional development. The optional modules in this postgraduate certificate course allow you to choose topics of personal or professional interest that can extend, or form a wider context for, your technology management studies. Fields such as computing and ICT, business and management, development management and environmental management as well as technology management are typically represented.

Throughout your studies you have opportunities to apply your learning to your own particular technology context and so you can add value to your career and your workplace while you are studying. The modules are designed to be relevant whatever your personal background and experience - the knowledge and skills taught can be applied to all types of technology and all economic sectors. Our students are drawn from a very wide range of backgrounds including IT, manufacturing, healthcare, defence, financial services, local and national government services.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career relevance and employability

The technology management programme develops analytical skills and provides practically relevant knowledge that will equip you well for a variety of management and leadership roles. The competent technology manager is a highly valued professional, capable of ensuring that the organisation reaps all the potential rewards from its investment in technology of whatever type. You will develop a range of job-related and transferable skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, and the ability to cope with rapid technological change. The capabilities in research and problem-solving developed can be exploited in all professional situations at all management levels. Employers are also impressed by the commitment and determination it takes to succeed with the OU while keeping up family and work commitments. These benefits, together with the opportunities to add value by applying your learning to the workplace as you study, make technology management programmes very attractive vehicles towards success in senior management roles.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU's Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Modules

For this 60-credit postgraduate certificate you require:

30 credits from the following compulsory module:

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Technology management: an integrative approach (T840)

This course looks at the operational aspects of technology management, studying integrative approaches to innovation and how to manage different technologies for competitive advantage.

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30 May

And 30 credits from the following optional modules:

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Advanced routing - CCNP 1 (T824)

This course provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy and manage internal and external routing protocols for large scale inter-networks using Cisco equipment.

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30 May
Analysis and design of enterprise systems: an object-oriented approach (M885)

This introduction to the object-oriented approach to software, its principles, benefits, techniques and practical applications, gives you practical skills in applying object-oriented analysis and design.

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15 Nov
Business operations: delivering value (T883)

The course aims to equip managers with the skills to make the business processes in their organisation more effective in meeting the needs of stakeholders.

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30 May
Computer forensics and investigations (M889)

If a criminal stole your organisation's data, could you detect it? This course gives you the grounding you need to investigate forensic computing incidents.

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15 May
Continuing professional development in practice (U810)

Audit and assess the impact that your continuing professional development (CPD) activity has had on your work, and evaluate ways of sharing your learning.

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30 May
Creativity, innovation and change (B822) (or version BZX822)

This interdisciplinary course is about managing innovation and change, sustaining a creative climate in your organisation, and promoting imaginative, flexible and practical thought and action.

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30 May FINAL
Databases in enterprise systems (M888)

Describes how relational databases can be used to maintain persistent data in software systems.

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15 May
Financial strategy (B821) (or version BZX821)

This course will help middle and senior line managers develop their knowledge of finance and accounting and how they interact, in public and private sectors.

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30 May FINAL
Forensic engineering (T839)

This course analyses the problems arising from product failure caused by inadequate materials, poor manufacturing or bad design - and offers guidance on good product design.

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30 Nov
Information security management (M886)

Gain knowledge and skills to plan the implementation of an information security management system that provides efficient, effective safeguards fit for your organisation's needs.

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15 May
Information systems legacy and evolution (T853)

IS evolution can be seen in two ways, planned and unplanned. This course discusses both, helping you understand their nature and giving you workplace techniques.

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15 May FINAL
Innovations in elearning (H807)

Discover how the latest developments in elearning are changing relationships between teachers, learners and technology, and why some innovations are adopted more readily than others.

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30
Learning from IS failures (T852)

Information systems are particularly prone to failure. This course looks at how to prevent it, in the design, implementation and operation of information systems.

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15 May FINAL
Managing for sustainability (T867) NEW

This course will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management in your workplace or support your personal interest in this subject.

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30 May
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)

Develop your understanding of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and social learning in order to extend your skills of project, programme and change management.

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30 Nov
Managing the software enterprise (M882)

Explore the acquisition, management and development of complex software systems for organisations, from procurement and maintenance to managing resources, change, quality and risk.

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15 May
Manufacture materials design (T881)

This course approaches manufacturing processes, selection of materials and design of components as facets of the same task: making something that serves its purpose efficiently.

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30 Nov
Multilayer switching - CCNP 3 (T826)

This course will give you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy reliable, scalable and secure multilayer-switched campus LANs using Cisco equipment.

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30 May
Network security (T828)

This course will give youthe knowledge,understanding and practical experience of managing a secure communication across a large-scale inter-network using Cisco equipment.

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30 Nov
Optimising networks - CCNP 4 (T827)

This course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills to optimise communication on large-scale data networks using Cisco equipment.

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30 Nov
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889)

This course focuses on the practical application and deeper understanding of many of the methods and techniques associated with modern quality management and systems thinking.

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30 May
Project management (M865)

This project management course is particularly applicable to technological fields, exploring project initiation, risk, estimating and contracts, planning, human factors, project execution and standard methods.

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15 May
Relational database systems (M876)

Get to grips with database technology: principles, benefits, techniques and practical applications. Learn about relational concepts and SQL - and produce your own simple relational database.

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15 Nov
Software requirements for business systems (M883)

Investigate requirements engineering - a disciplined approach to eliciting, analysing, communicating and agreeing requirements as the essential first step in the development of software.

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15 Nov
Supply chain innovation, strategy and management (T882)

Supply chains are reshaping contemporary business and affect everyone. This course looks at the complex challenge of managing them, including their effects, using interdisciplinary approaches.

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30 May FINAL
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

Improve your management skills by exploring different approaches to engaging with complex situations and by developing your understanding of how cognitive processing shapes practice.

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30 May
Web systems integration (M887)

Explore technologies vital for the development of internet-based applications in the context of systems integration - a new development paradigm revolutionising software production.

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15 May

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules B823, B824, B890, BZX823, BZX824, M873, M874, M877, M878, M879, M880, M881, M891, T821, T822, T823, T825, T833, T834, T835, T836, T837, T850, T851, T862, T890

T834 and T889 cannot both be counted towards this qualification.

Educational aims

The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Technology Management form a specialist career development programme. It is aimed at technical specialists or those with experience of technology management. This programme is also suitable for those with general management or administration experience where you have taken a particular interest in the technological dimensions of organisation and management.

The main emphasis of the programme is on masters level study in the area of the management of technology. It focuses in particular on innovation, entrepreneurship, and the strategic management and utilisation of technology across a wide range of sectors, from public to private, services to manufacturing. While the academic level is clearly masters, there is a strong practical and professional orientation to the curriculum and therefore the programme is also likely to meet the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of many of those who undertake this programme of study.

Technology management graduates should be able to ground their new knowledge within the base of their professional experience. You will be encouraged to reflect on and learn from your prior experience, integrate this with your new knowledge and apply this to new situations. The programme provides you with significant opportunities to challenge preconceptions regarding the management and strategic use of technology, as well as many generic management ideas, and to remove subject and functional boundaries in order to evaluate and respond to complex situations holistically.

You should also develop strengths in analysing, synthesising and solving complex, unstructured organisational problems, especially where these have a technological dimension. In addition to being able to communicate your findings, you should develop the skills to implement agreed solutions effectively and efficiently. This, in turn, requires that you develop good interpersonal skills to enable you to interact effectively with a range of technical and non-technical personnel. The technology management programme, therefore, is directed both at the acquisition and critical understanding of a body of knowledge and at the acquisition of a range of personal capabilities.

Learning outcomes

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

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the technology management programme you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the general principles, terms and definitions used in the management of technology
  • decision making in the management of technology to address problems in a range of sectors
  • the techniques required to support your own research in the area of the management of technology
  • the impact of contextual forces on technology management within and between organisations including legal systems, ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues, international developments, corporate governance
  • the role of technology management in the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services, customer expectations, service and orientation
  • the role of technology management in the production and marketing of goods and/or services, the management of resources and operations
  • the role of finance and financial control in relation to technology management
  • the management and development of people within organisations to support technology management
  • the development of appropriate technology policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests
  • a range of contemporary and pervasive issues regarding technology and the management of technology, which may change over time. Illustrative examples would include innovation, creativity and enterprise, ecommerce, knowledge management, sustainability, business ethics, values and norms, globalisation.

Cognitive skills

On completion of the technology management programme you will be able to:

  • apply knowledge of the established techniques in the management of technology in an original manner
  • evaluate critically the current research and advanced scholarship in the management of technology
  • review, select and apply methodologies for problem solving, and the improvement and evaluation of technology projects
  • develop a research programme using an explicit and appropriate methodology in a chosen field of technology management.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of the technology management programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • competence in the use of the skills required for analysing, communicating and problem solving complex and unpredictable situations where the management of technology is a central issue
  • a professional approach to the role of technology manager as an individual and in a team environment
  • the ability to conduct research into business and management issues.

Key skills

On completion of the technology management programme you will be able to:

  • develop the ability to advance your own knowledge and understanding through independent learning and reflection on practice and experience
  • communicate clearly knowledge, ideas and conclusions about the management of technology using appropriate media for both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • act autonomously in planning, implementing and reflecting, at a professional level, on the development and use of technology to address organisational problems
  • make effective use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • utilise two-way communication: listening to, negotiating with and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports.

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