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Introduction to Conversion MSc IT. James Gain [email protected] Course status. In the beginning was the MSc… completed by research Then came the taught MSc completed by teaching Then came the conversion MSc taught to domain non-experts. Masters in IT.

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Course status
Course status

  • In the beginning was the MSc…

    • completed by research

  • Then came the taught MSc

    • completed by teaching

  • Then came the conversion MSc

    • taught to domain non-experts

Masters in it
Masters in IT

  • Started life in 1993 as the MSc BIT (Business Information Technology) at Middlesex, London

  • Gary Marsden, taught at Middlesex and brought his experience with him

  • Developed and sponsored by EU for ‘continuing education’

  • Residential modes:

    • Regular, Fast-Track and Evening

Masters on holiday
Masters on holiday

  • Egyptian government wanted IT education

    • Taught in Cairo

    • Developed materials for self-study

  • Huge success

    • UK government praised course as future for education

On line masters
On-line Masters

  • Due to demand and having to develop for self-study, started conversion to on-line materials

  • Attempts to overcome failings in distance education

    • materials developed with Open University

    • accountability at regional centres

    • human contact / student status

Global campus
Global campus

  • Middlesex write material

  • Egyptian government convert to electronic format

  • Regional centres apply and are awarded/denied membership

    • Quality audit

  • Students awarded Middlesex degree

Masters it @ uct
Masters IT @ UCT

  • Gary Marsden was part of development team of MSc BIT since 1996

  • This course is part of the next iteration where we build on Middlesex material, but award local institution degrees (UCT)

  • There will be material in this course taught no where else, but still compatible with degree world-wide


  • Material excellent – costs spread across many institutions

  • UCT degree has local and international currency

  • Can complete course overseas (UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Fiji…)

Who is the course for
Who is the course for?

  • Traditionally IT has been split

    • Computer Science, Electronic engineering, Information Systems

  • Now there is a new category

    • Knowledge worker

  • Few places seem to cater for this category

What can i do at the end of the course
What can I do at the end of the course?

  • Very hard to say.

  • You will have an excellent feel for core elements of CS and IS

    • much, much more so than a training course

  • All the UK students who graduated well found jobs

How the course will run
How the course will run

  • Nine courses in total

    • possible exemption from 9th course

  • Three courses per semester


  • At the end of the taught part you can exit with PG Dip

  • Completing a 6 month project will give you an Masters

  • Please note that if your original degree was a BA, you will be awarded an MPhil


  • Each course will have an examination and a practical component

    • exam worth 70% (in mid June)

    • coursework worth 30%

  • Assignments

    • One or two pieces of coursework per module

    • Submitted electronically to Teaching Assistant

    • First hand-in for April

Who are we support staff
Who are we – Support staff

  • I am responsible for pretty much everything to do with the course

  • There is a teaching assistant to help out

  • general:

  • Please, please send any feedback about the course to me

Who are you status as student
Who are you – Status as student

  • To all intents and purposes, you are considered a student of the university

    • access to library

    • access to computer labs

  • The only difference is that (many of) you are not here physically


  • Learning material will be delivered as CDROMs with HTML files

  • All the books mentioned in the course material are available in the library. Some you can get from me.

  • We also have institutional access to a number of digital libraries (speak to the librarians)

Learning material
Learning material

  • Developed from Open University

  • Comes in five sections

    • Introduction: Self explanatory

    • Content: The actual material to read and understand

    • Apply: Examples to apply material to

    • Reflect: Questions about the material

    • Extend: Further work


  • A basic introduction to programming

  • Java language:

    • Good for internet applications

    • Simple yet powerful

  • You will be taught how to create simple applications in the object-oriented paradigm.

Software engineering
Software Engineering

  • Introduce a range of techniques suitable for both structured and object-oriented methods

  • Enables you to analyse and design well engineered software solutions

  • CASE tools explored in modelling and documenting analysis and design specifications

  • Different life cycle models will also be discussed

  • Install CASE software from the Select CD


  • A perspective on database management system structure and function is provided.

  • Topics introduced include:

    • architecture of databases

    • data models

    • Normalisation

    • front-end system

    • Security

    • recovery and concurrency

    • object-oriented database systems;

    • client-server and distributed database systems

  • Install DBMS software from the Oracle CD