Data Centre Leadership and Management MA

Postgraduate (3 years distance learning)

Distance learning

January 2017, September 2016

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Overview

The data centre sector is growing and is central to our daily lives. But there’s a shortage of data centre managers who can address the rapid change and complexity faced by the industry. Our course will equip experienced professionals with the knowledge and capability to meet the demands of data centre leadership.

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Full description

Careers

Like many organisations, data centres are experiencing a shortage of senior staff with contemporary and robust skills in leadership and management. 

Our MA programme aims to assist those who are already working in managerial roles to develop relevant capabilities to address the current skills gap, to engage with personal and continuing professional development, and to advance their knowledge and application of leadership and management abilities. Developing capability beyond a technical role is central to sound leadership and management in all businesses, and particularly so in this area.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Data Centre Leadership
    This module aims to provide learners with a contemporary insight to both traditional and emerging thinking on the role of leaders and the practise of leadership within complex organisations. Focusing on data centres in particular the module provides opportunities to critically examine leadership theory in alignment with current thinking regarding complexity and the interplay of systems within mission critical organisations.Strategic analysis, change management and organisational dynamics will be explored as a 'backdrop' to challenges of dynamic business environments, the need for innovation and creativity to meet business demands of the present and into the future. The data centre context will provide the foundation for theoretical, philosophical and practical analysis and critical evaluation of leadership as a mutable business construct.Learners will be encouraged to relate theory to practical business situations. Opportunities to apply current thinking to emerging business and sector challenges form part of the module delivery and assessment. Personal reflection in regard to managerial and/or leadership capability of the self and others will be a central underpinning theme of the module.Assessment will be in two parts over the course of the module and offers students the opportunity to apply theoretical constructs and theory to a workplace based context. Tasks may take the form of written reports, case studies or work based projects.
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
    A core element of all business activity is the management of finance. Regardless of professional background or discipline, all managers become accountable for using corporate resources and it is not unreasonable for senior management and directors to expect a level of relevant skill and knowledge to be applied. This module covers a range of financial skills and knowledge expected of non financial managers. It is not intended to be a comprehensive module in accountancy.The focus of the module is the operational financial issues most likely to be faced by managers; budgets, budgetary control and decision making. Computational and non financial data will be combined to demonstrate the integrative nature of financial management within an operational setting. By focussing on budget setting, budget reporting and variance analysis we shall consider how control mechanisms may be best implemented. Students will be expected to bring their own perspective to the classroom whether that is as a neutral observer or as an experienced budget manager. One area of finance important to some companies is that of published financial reports. Other modules are designed to focus upon this in depth; however some client groups (those in highly competitive markets) may see this as a core to financial knowledge. Therefore the focus upon budgeting may be set at a strategic level, for a particular group, thereby allowing an introduction to financial statement analysis.Students undertaking the module will be introduced to basic decision making techniques for both revenue and capital decisions. The aim is not to provide a level of understanding and application to replace the expertise they will find within the work environment, students will be expected to undertake computations but greater emphasis will be given to the critical evaluation of the outcomes from the computations.The module is designed to be contextualised for students from different organisations and sectors for it to be delivered to students without practical management experience. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes.Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • Sustainable Design for High Capacity Data Centres
    This module supports students in developing the knowledge and skills needed to build reliable, scalable, efficient and sustainable data centres. Strategies for scalable solutions such as modular data centre design will be covered. Sustainability and the optimal use of resources are of increasing importance to data centre design. The module therefore has a strong emphasis on management and monitoring of the operation and usage of utilities such as electricity and cooling and how these can be optimised for best efficiency. Consideration will also be given to the impact of data centres on the wider environment and how this can be mitigated. It will be taught as a distance learning module using a range of on line materials and case studies and by regular online support from tutors. It will be supported by the establishment of an online community among the students who will be encouraged to engage with discussion boards and where feasible student to student and student group/tutor interactive sessions. Assessment will be via a range of tasks both formative and summative including at least one report based on a given case study. Students will be encouraged to discuss the tasks, but all submissions will be by the individual students. Some formative assessments may be by peer review.
  • Data Centre Infrastructure Management, Security and Disaster Recovery
    This module will introduce the student to the key skills needed to manage the infrastructure and security of a simple or complex data centre. It will look at (among other things) how the physical systems map to virtual and logical models and how these can be optimised and monitored, how they can be secured both physically and by software systems, how to plan for and cope with disasters and disaster recovery and how the design can be built with future developments in mind.It will be taught as a distance learning module using a range of on line materials and case studies and by regular online support from tutors. It will be supported by the establishment of an online community among the students who will be encouraged to engage with discussion boards and where feasible student to student and student group/tutor interactive sessions. Assessment will be via a range of tasks both formative and summative including at least one essay or report based on a given case study. Students will be encouraged to discuss the tasks, but all submissions will be by the individual students. Some formative assessments may be by peer review.
  • HRM and Organisational Capability Development
    This module aims to provide learners with the capacity to identify strategic human management resources issues impacting on, or influenced by, the development of workforce capability. It recognises the implicit complexity of managerial, leadership and operational challenges in regard to human resources management (HRM) and organisational behaviour (OB) in organisations. This is particularly applicable to environments that are influenced by rapid and ongoing change, technological innovation and time critical constraints. The interplay between internal capability and external factors are considered in terms of practical and theoretical perspectives.Learners will be encouraged to take a critical view of traditional and contemporary HRM and OB theory and to view the application and value of theoretical perspectives in the context of dynamic, contemporary organisations.Designed for learners who are working in, or have aspirations toward, senior leadership/managerial roles, the module challenges traditional theory as it applies to the complexity of developing and implementing HRM initiatives and interventions in an increasingly complex organisational context. A clear and present focus is placed upon the role of HRM as a means of developing organisational capability to achieve strategic goals in an uncertain business context.Assessment methods will encourage engagement with relevant current and 'real world' organisational issues and utilise workplace based written assessments such as case studies, consultant's reports, critical essays, research projects, portfolio projects and reflective practice exercises. It is imperative, therefore, that learners are working in or have access to a relevant workplace.
  • Decision Making in Critical Services
    The aim of this module is to advance the student's self-awareness and decision-making skills through critical reflection, environmental scanning and understanding of consequence. Continual innovation and change within large organisations at both local and international levels requires greater levels of awareness and sensitivity to decision outcomes, particularly in mission critical environments. This necessitates the development of confident autonomous practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to consider and implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing environment. Key players (managers and leaders) must therefore be able to utilise practical decision making skills within an area of professional practice and to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of those decisions to achieve requisite outcomes. This may be achieved either as an individual or within a team /organisation. This module provides learners with the opportunity to develop a broader scope of awareness of decision making particularly where decision outcomes may be disruptive, innovative or untested in current contexts.Self-awareness, management of change and enhancement of professional judgement and leadership are seen as core elements of the module. This is reflected in the work-based nature of the module assessments which will require a broad assessment of environment, consequence and behaviour. Assessment will be in two parts over the course of the module and offers students the opportunity to apply theoretical constructs and theory to a workplace based context. Tasks may take the form of reflective reports, hypothetical or real time case studies or work based projects.
  • Contemporary Issues in Leadership and Management
    This module aims to examine contemporary issues influencing the role and operation of data centres as profit generating corporate entities, as critical utilities and as workplaces. The issues examined and critiqued will vary dependant on contemporary thinking, emerging theory and relevant current affairs.However, as a foundation learners will engage in debate and critical analysis of the roles of leadership, corporate social responsibility, environmentalism and globalisation in the operation of data centres and their place in the community. Managerial implications of current issues (such as the use of energy, talent management and critical infrastructure development) will form an important anchor for the application of extant and emergent theory relevant to the industry sector.Learners will be challenged to apply theoretical constructs to contemporary business issues to construct reasoned and relevant managerial responses and strategies for action.Given the context specific nature of the module, learners will be required to immerse themselves in current issues of a data centre workplace and assessment will be based on relevant issues and/or challenges faced by that workplace. It is imperative then, that learners have access to an operational data centre and, ideally, will have knowledge of managerial expertise in order to inform debate and achieve learning outcomes.
  • Research Methods for Business and Management
    This module prepares students to undertake a piece of business or management research for their Masters project by developing appropriate knowledge, understanding and transferable intellectual and practical skills. Emphasis is placed on developing skills most likely to lead to a successful closure of a research journey set within any organisational setting identified by students in the role of either academic or practitioner researchers. Skills such as the ability to frame research aims, generate research questions/hypothesis, and research objectives, the ability to generate a conceptual framework, the ability to select and justify a particular research design and methodology and the ability to act as an ethical researcher so as not to spoil the field are all central features of this module. In addition the generation of core practical skills such as the ability to generate and analyse quantitative and qualitative data are central to this module. By developing this knowledge, understanding and transferable intellectual and practical skills the true aims of conducting research will be realised. Students will gain confidence in a range of cognitive and practical skills suitable to conducting research projects in a range of international business contexts so as to add to knowledge and understanding. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • Postgraduate Major Project
    Building on your learning throughout the course, this module will enable you to carry out a major piece of research. This gives you a chance to develop specialist knowledge in an area that interests you, ultimately enhancing your career development.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through a range of written assignments, portfolio assessments and report work. You’ll be encouraged to explore the application of theoretical constructs to your own workplace through the use of contextualised assessments, online discussions, and tutor-lead activities.


This is a 3 year programme

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Distance learning, 2016/17

£5,000

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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