This qualification is for those interested in space science, and the technology that underpins it, or who want to develop a career in the space sector. Developed in consultation with the UK Space Agency and the space industry itself, this MSc equips you with the skills to carry out scientific investigations using space-based instrumentation, both individually and as a team. You'll learn how to use a programming language in support of space science applications and develop other skills that are relevant to further research or employment in the space sector. You'll also conduct an in-depth research project in space science or space technology.
If you're looking for an MBA with a focus on technology, this is the qualification for you. It is applicable to technology management and technological innovation in a wide variety of contexts and sectors, including: IT/IS, telecommunications, computing, engineering, manufacturing, transport and logistics, retailing, energy production and supply, defence and security, management and administration, and any form of services, including health, welfare and leisure. You will focus on strategic analysis and, intellectual stimulation whilst gaining interdisciplinary skills, and independent judgement ? exploring the processes that underpin technological innovation and the challenges of technology from a strategic perspective, with your learning firmly rooted in management practice throughout.
This postgraduate diploma will help you manage technology and innovation more effectively and realise its potential benefits ? making a real difference to your organisation and your own professional development. You'll begin by focusing on the operational aspects of managing technological innovation and change, before engaging with a range of capabilities that are key to the development and delivery of technological innovation ? applying your learning to your own context as you study. A wide range of optional modules enables you to choose a study pathway that suits your particular interests, including computing and ICT, business and management, development management and environmental management.
If technology, innovation and change are factors in your organisation or role, this certificate will extend your knowledge, skills and capability ? adding value to your career and your workplace. It provides a rounded view of the management of technology and technological innovation, investigating topics such as the nature and types of technological innovation, technology transfer, and eco-innovation ? which are relevant to all economic and organisational sectors and types of technology. The optional modules explore technology management within fields such as computing and ICT, business and management, development management and environmental management.
This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology strategy, innovation and management to make a real difference to your organisation. You'll begin by focusing on the operational aspects of managing technological innovation and change. You'll then explore a range of capabilities that are key to the strategic development and management of technological innovation. Your studies will conclude with an in-depth investigation of a technology management topic or problem of your choice.
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.
For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.
However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.
A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.
Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
This certificate combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how they influence what we do; and how can we live sustainably within them.
This module is for everyone with a professional interest in digital or technology-enhanced learning. It provides hands-on experience of a range of learning technologies and enables you to explore the processes of designing, implementing and critiquing elearning and the ideas that underpin these processes. You will use a range of social media and tools ? including the innovative platform ? learn collaboratively and undertake individual study. You'll examine the use of technologies in different contexts and develop your skills in using evidence to recommend specific technologies. By the end of your studies, you will have developed your skills, knowledge and practice in relation to digital learning, teaching and training. All students who complete this 60-credit module successfully will qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education.
Technology is dramatically changing educational research and practice, at a time of high demand for 'evidence-based' policy and guidance. This module will help you find, interpret and evaluate research and cutting-edge innovations in educational technology, from a global perspective. You will gain skills in critically understanding and interpreting research as reported in social and popular media, blogs, institutional reports and academic papers. Whilst there is an emphasis on rigorous applied research and evaluation, you do not need to have experience or knowledge of using particular research methods. You will also be guided in carrying out a small-scale research study and writing a detailed research plan on a topic of your choice.
This module explores the nature of musical sound and the ways that technology can be used by musicians working in the creative industries. You'll be introduced to the skills needed for making recordings, and the module resources include software packages for analysing and editing recorded sound. You'll study how the physics of sound underlie musical experiences, and investigate the acoustic properties of different instruments. The module aims to deepen your understanding of the nature of sound and to equip you better as a musician, whatever your background and musical interests.
An Access module is a great place to start if you want a gentle introduction to Open University study. It can also help you to find out more about your interests and where you want your learning to take you.