PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION Programme title: Final award (BSc, MA etc):

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PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION
PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION
Programme title:
MSc Technology Management
Final award (BSc, MA etc):
MSc
(where stopping off points exist they should be
detailed here and defined later in the document)
UCAS code:
N/A
(where applicable)
Cohort(s) to which this programme
specification is applicable:
From September 2014 intake onwards
(e.g. from 2015 intake onwards)
Awarding institution/body:
University College London
Teaching institution:
University College London
Faculty:
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Parent Department:
Space and Climate Physics
(the department responsible for the administration of
the programme)
Departmental web page address:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/syseng/pg-taught/tm
(if applicable)
Method of study:
Full-Time
Full-time/Part-time/Other
Criteria for admission to the
programme:
Appropriate first degree (e.g. engineering, physical science or
management) 2:2+. English Language: UCL Good
Length of the programme:
1 calendar year (from September)
(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such
as study abroad or placements in industry)
Level on Framework for Higher
Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)
Relevant subject benchmark statement
(SBS)
Masters Level (Level 7)
N/A
(see Guidance notes)
Brief outline of the structure of the
programme
and
its
assessment
methods:
(see guidance notes)
The programme comprises 6 taught modules and 3 research
activities. 4 of the taught modules are compulsory, 2 may be
selected from a list of options. The taught modules are all assessed
by a written assignment and an unseen examination. The first
compulsory module – Technology Strategy – is dedicated to this
programme. The remainder of the taught modules are shared with
the sister MSc in Systems Engineering Management. The research
activities consist of: an Emerging Technology Review (group project),
a Project Concept Study, and an extended, supervised Research
Project (duration around 6 months). Each research activity will be
assessed by a written report and a presentation.
Board of Examiners:
Name of Board of Examiners:
MSc Systems Engineering Management
Professional body accreditation
(if applicable):
IET (planned in future)
Date of next scheduled
accreditation visit:
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME:
The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a career in Technology
Management or Engineering Management. In particular, it aims to teach students about the challenges and
opportunities of working with new and legacy technology, and introduces students to key concepts such as
technology maturity, lifecycles, risk, reliability and resilience. Systems and strategic thinking is promoted
throughout, and the important of understanding the enterprise context. The research elements aim to give students
a deep knowledge of at least one area of technology management with industrial relevance.
PROGRAMME OUTCOMES:
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding,
qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:
A: Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge and understanding of:
 the nature of technology and
challenges of managing
technology

the fundamental concepts of
lifecycles, requirements, risk,
reliability, resilience

the tools and techniques used to
develop technology within a
business context including
technology roadmapping and
technology readiness levels

the environment within which
engineering companies operate
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
Small class teaching blocks, supported with case
readings, discussions, short exercises and extended
case studies.
Pre and post-class reading is provided, together with a
subject-specific bibliography for each module.
Assessment:
The student’s grasp of the principal points covered in
each taught block will be assessed by a written
examination and by at least one piece of course work.
In addition, the student’s understanding of technology
management is expected to be demonstrated in the
research activities.
B: Skills and other attributes
Intellectual (thinking) skills:
 management skills necessary to
facilitate the development of
complex technology on time and
within budget

ability to manage innovation and
to propose creative solutions to
technological problems

ability to recognise and manage
risk and uncertainty, including
exploring a range of scenarios in
which technologies may need to
operate
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
The acquisition of intellectual skills will primarily be by
participation in discussion groups and syndicate
exercises, which will form a major component of each
teaching block.
Assessment:
Each teaching block will have at least one written
assignment which will be designed to test the student’s
ability to treat Technology Management issues in an
academic, intellectually rigorous way.
C: Skills and other attributes
Practical skills (able to):
 apply Technology Management
processes to a variety of real
world situations

complete technology roadmaps
linking market needs to
technological possibilities

establish, define and manage the
requirements for complex,
evolving systems, including both
large scale (e.g. aircraft) and
small, mass-market products
(e.g. smartphones)
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
These will be introduced and discussed in the teaching
blocks, and will be deepened by the research project,
aided by regular interaction with the project supervisor.
Assessment:
Some informal assessment and feedback will occur
during the taught modules. Depending on the precise
form that a student’s project takes, acquisition of
practical skills will be assessed here from the
dissertation and the associated presentation.
D: Skills and other attributes
Transferable skills (able to):
 write good assignments and
dissertations
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
These will be taught by interactive lectures and group
exercises throughout the programme.

understand business processes

use computers effectively for
design, analysis and
communication

present material orally

present material visually

listen and contribute to
discussions

critically study written material

construct effective arguments
when defending a position
(debate)

negotiate towards an agreement
(such as contracts)

make effective decisions under
uncertainty (manage risk)

manage a complex group task
Presentation skills will be developed through group
exercises in the taught modules and through
presentations of findings at the end of the Project
Concept and Research Project modules.
These skills will be a major focus in preparing students
for a career in technology management.
Assessment:
The quality of written material will be one of the factors
considered in marking coursework assignments and the
project dissertation. Presentations will also be marked to
indicate the quality of the communication.
The following reference points were used in designing the programme:
 the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
(http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/Framework-Higher-Education-Qualifications-08.pdf);
 the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-qualitycode/subject-benchmark-statements);
 the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable);
 UCL teaching and learning policies;
 staff research.
Please note: 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 he/she takes
full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes,
content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module will be shown in the
departmental course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually
by UCL and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Programme Organiser(s)
Dr Michael Emes
Name(s):
Date of Production:
18/10/13
Date of Review:
17 December 2014 (MW)
Date approved by Head of
Department:
17 December 2014
Date approved by Chair of
Departmental Teaching
Committee:
Date approved by Faculty
Teaching Committee
17 December 2014
February 2015
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