Diploma in Management of Information Systems (IT)

Our Diploma in in Management of Information Systems (IT) is a recognised level 4, 5 and 6 Diploma and is equivalent to the first three years of a 4-year Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management Information Systems from Northwood University. Therefore, on completion, students can progress to the final year of a degree course at Northwood University in the USA. Taught in small groups in our virtual online classroom, the programmes offer an attractive, economical, and time-saving route to a US degree. Northwood pathways are aligned to the requirements of the UK regulator Ofqual.

In line with Northwood universities business degrees, the UniHaven Diploma in Management of Information Systems (IT) is designed to be worth up to 84 college credits towards a Northwood University degree. At Northwood, students will complete the remaining 39 college credits towards the total 123 credits required to graduate. Providing students with a three-year pathway degree.

These qualifications focus on the application of information technology to support business activities and a host of business management courses. Students will be exposed to more advanced topics in a range of areas including information systems analysis, database development and the principles of business operations.

The Diploma courses will help students to fast track their degree studies towards a full US degree. Lessons are supported by a wide range of excellent resources, and we ensure that all students are given a high level of individual help and guidance.

Course Structure

Level 4 / Year One

Level 4 is a 132-credit (US) qualification. To obtain the Extended Diploma Management of Information Systems Level 4, learners must study and pass 11 core units.

Level 5 / Year Two

Level 5 is a 132-credit (US) qualification. To obtain the Extended Diploma in Management of Information Systems Level 5, learners must study and pass 11 core units.

Level 6 / Accelerated Year Three

Level 6 is a 90-credit (US) qualification. To progress onto the Northwood Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management Information Systems, learners must study and pass 6 core units.

Level 4 Diploma / Year One

 Introduction to Business Economics                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of the basic concepts and issues in business economics, exploring how they are applied.

Research and Academic Writing                                                                                                                                          

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop effective research plans, to evaluate different research methods, to use a high standard of academic writing, and to use independent learning techniques to support their self-development.

Introduction to Business Communication

The aim of this unit is to enhance learners’ business communication skills and enable them to operate confidently in the business world. Learners will be able to:

  • make persuasive presentations
  • negotiate convincingly
  • write reports that address and/or solve strategic problems
  • write promotional material
  • enhance their cultural awareness
  • enhance their understanding of cross-cultural communication, and the role of languages in

Essentials of Management

This unit covers the principles and functions of management, teaching students the key elements in planning and decision making and the significance of different controls required in an organisation.

Financial Accounting and Analysis

This unit provides students with an understanding of the basic accounting principles and techniques involved in the preparation of accounts and analysis required for the organisation.

Logic and Critical Thinking/Design and Creative Thinking (BB1005)                                                                                                                                          

To provide study skills training at the postgraduate level, including critical thinking, academic writing, referencing, discussion and oral presentation skills. To provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of sciences in maritime affairs to equip students with a thorough knowledge of research design, data collection, the principal methods of analysing quantitative and qualitative data and ethical issues.

Management Accounting

The aim of the unit is for learners to develop their skills in management accounting, including preparation of budgets, costing, capital expenditure appraisal, and to apply these skills to a real- world case or case study.

 Cultural Perspectives

This unit provides learners with an introduction to the concepts of cultural intelligence and its impact on individuals and organisations. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding of culture, ethics and globalisation and how they impact on the business environment.

Applied Statistics

The unit aims to provide learners with an introduction to applied statistics. The learners will learn numerical and algebraic methods before using these techniques to process data and design an investigation using inferential testing.

Corporate Social Responsibility

To develop an understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues and impacts of CSR policy. Learners will be able to use their knowledge and understanding to make recommendations for responsible business practice.

Life Sciences in Business

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of natural selection, disease prevention and genetically engineered organisms. These principles are the basis for organisations operating in the life sciences.

Level 5 Diploma / Year Two

 Marketing Principles and Practices

To develop knowledge and understanding of general marketing principles and their application in business.

Applied Economics for Business

To develop knowledge and understanding of elements of applied economics and the impact of the concepts on organisations.

Business Ethics

This unit will enable the learner to develop knowledge and understanding of business ethics and the effects ethics can have on organisations, including planning and the management of their goals and activities

Business Law

This unit aims to enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding of some of the main aspects of business law which impact on organisations.

Business Organisations in a Global Context

This unit develops learners understanding of the issues organisations face operating within a global context. This understanding will allow learners to review the issues currently impacting on business organisations.

Finance for Managers

The unit aims to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of the sources and use of finance in organisations and how to evaluate and interpret financial data.

 Managing Communication

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of communication within and between organisations. Learners will also review their own communication skills in an organisational context.

Management and Organisational Behaviour

The aim of this unit is to introduce to students to the role of manager, and to provide knowledge of and exposure to concepts, theories and their application in the field of management.

Management Information Systems

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of how an organisation uses information to design, implement, maintain and manage secure information systems to support its operations. This unit examines how systems can be used to support core business functions and enable organisations to be more productive and competitive within the global marketplace.

Principles of Business Operations

This module helps students to appreciate and understand business operations in both the manufacturing and services sectors. It will cover the basic principles of operations within a global context from three key perspectives: understanding operations, designing operations and managing operations.

Designing and Developing a Website

To provide the learner with the skills and competencies to carry out a Web site development from design to testing in a professional capacity, and to understand a range of issues concerned with Web development activities.

 Level 6 Diploma / Year Three

 Network Design and Administration

This unit aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to enable learners to design a network i.e. how to scale and connect different networks to form an effective inter-connecting network. It covers hierarchical network design; gathering network requirements; identifying network performance issues.

Database Design and Development

This unit allows students to develop skills in the design and development of databases and database management systems, as well as investigating enterprise applications of databases.

Advanced Systems Analysis & Design

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with a deep understanding of the activities of the systems analyst and systems designer, and to be able to apply some current techniques.

Dynamic Websites

This unit builds on existing knowledge of both databases and web design in order to build dynamic websites and also equips students with a range of skills to present content on the World Wide Web.

Project Management

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding and skills relating to the project management principles, methodologies, tools and techniques that are used in business.

 Research Project

The aim of this unit is to develop the skills required for the learner to formulate an appropriate research question and to design and undertake a research project to answer that research question. The learner will also need to interpret the outcomes of their research and present them to an audience.

Programme Length

Each diploma is taught over a 12-month period. The three levels can be completed in 48 months. The diplomas are designed to be standalone qualifications where students are awarded a diploma at the end of each year. We understand that some students might want to commence their studies in the US sooner and this means that on successful completion of a Level 4, 5 or 6 diploma students can enrol at Northwood University, with a diploma that has credit recognition towards their undergraduate degree studies.

Starting Dates

Programme begins in September and January of each year.

Entry Requirements

a. Academic

Have successfully completed UniHaven Foundation Level 3, or equivalent internationally recognised foundation programme or ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards (see Table 4).

 b. English Language

Students must be able to show English language ability with an IELTS score of 5.5 with no single element below 5.0 or equivalent (see Table 2) prior to entry. For students who do not have this level of English, Pre-Sessional courses are available. Please see Preparation for University Studies – UniHaven to find out more. We also offer One to One Tutoring for IELTS preparation. Please see HERE to find out more!

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