Open University

Managing in the digital economy

Delivered online

Open University
Enrolment Date(s):
04 Jul 2020
102 hours

Course description

This module is only available to students holding Certificates of Achievement from all four of the Open University MOOCs in the FutureLearn Digital Economy program. Your knowledge, understanding and skills from the MOOCs will be supplemented by learning materials supporting critical thinking, reflection and study skills appropriate to masters level assessment. You will have access to ‘light touch’ advice from a learning advisor, but please be aware that (as with the MOOCs you bring to the module as prior learning) you need to be a proactive learner to benefit from the materials and activities supplied (peer-review, case studies, readings and online discussion). Activities and assessment address your own professional situation, culminating in an extended written assignment integrating your prior MOOC learning in the context of challenges posed by technological change.

Subject to entry criteria and progression regulations, this module can be counted as an elective module within our MBA, which can accelerate your progression into senior management, as well as bringing improvements to your organisation. It can also count as credit which may be transferred to other qualifications offered by The Open University and other institutions depending on the relevant regulations in force about credit transfer in each case.

What you will study

The module is organised into 13 weeks of study featuring a variety of learning opportunities (readings, scenarios, discussion and peer review activities).

You’ll start with an overview of the module, allowing you to understand the nature of assessment at masters level so you can begin to develop the skills of evaluation of your own and others’ work.

The third week addresses the theme of the end-of-module assessment (EMA) as you choose a focus that is relevant to your own professional context and provide justification in a 500-word piece.

The next three weeks consolidate prior learning through applying concepts from operations, marketing and finance to a case study reflecting  on contemporary business and management challenges.

The second half of the module begins with a peer review exercise. Using the Moodle Workshop Tool you’ll write and submit a draft part-assessment to peer review (as well as receiving other students’ drafts to review yourself). The exercise includes activities to help you give and receive useful feedback and appreciate its role in learning and assessment.

The last three weeks of the module are almost entirely student-directed and focus on researching, writing and submitting the EMA.

You will learn

  • How organisations integrate different management functions in the context of technological change;
  • Critical and analytical cognitive skills
  • Key skills in data interpretation and sharing, online communication, self-awareness and self-management, and working with others.
  • Ethical sensitivity and reflective skills

Entry requirements

This module is only available to students holding Certificates of Achievement from all four of the Open University MOOCs in the FutureLearn Digital Economy program

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).