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Data management

An organisation’s most valuable asset is often its data, but careful management is required to ensure the maximum benefit is achieved. Studying this module, you'll acquire an understanding of data management principles, practices and technologies, and skills to analyse an organisation's data asset to develop policies and procedures that control, protect and enhance its value. The module is based on the internationally recognised Data Management Association (DAMA) Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK2) Framework (2017). The main teaching text is the associated book, the DAMA-DMBOK Data Management Body of Knowledge, which was written by recognised experts in data management.

Vocational relevance

By studying this module you will work towards data management policies, procedures and systems for an organisation with which you are familiar. As such you will be interacting with other people in that organisation and this may help to raise your professional profile.

Studying this module will also help you prepare to take the DAMA Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) and/or the BCS Certificate in Data Management Essentials examinations, in addition to the OU qualification being sought.

Module

Module code
M816
Credits

Credits

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  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
30
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU Postgraduate
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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What you will study

This module takes a practice-based approach based on an organisation you are familiar with. It gives you the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the data management principles, practices and technologies required to develop policies, procedures and systems that control, protect, deliver and enhance the value of the organisation’s data asset.

You will also have an opportunity to investigate emerging trends in data management and acquire the personal development skills you need to keep abreast of important developments in a rapidly expanding field. In addition, researching information about data management from various sources will give you critical evaluation skills and the ability to write about different approaches to this subject.

The module also covers the following Knowledge Areas (DMBOK2), which describe the scope and context of data management activities: 

  • Data Governance, which provides direction and oversight for data management by establishing a system of decision rights over data that accounts for the needs of the enterprise.
  • Data Architecture, which defines the blueprint for managing data assets by aligning with organizational strategy to establish strategic data requirements and designs to meet these requirements.
  • Data Modelling and Design, which is the process of discovering, analysing, representing, and communicating data requirements in a precise form called the data model.
  • Data Storage and Operations, which includes the design, implementation, and support of stored data to maximize its value. Operations provide support throughout the data lifecycle from planning for to disposal of data.
  • Data Security, which ensures that data privacy and confidentiality are maintained, that data is not breached, and that data is accessed appropriately.
  • Data Integration and Interoperability, which includes processes related to the movement and consolidation of data within and between data stores, applications, and organizations.
  • Document and Content Management, which includes planning, implementation, and control activities used to manage the lifecycle of data and information found in a range of unstructured media, especially documents needed to support legal and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Reference and Master Data, which includes ongoing reconciliation and maintenance of core critical shared data to enable consistent use across systems of the most accurate, timely, and relevant version of truth about essential business entities.
  • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence, which includes the planning, implementation, and control processes to manage decision support data and to enable knowledge workers to get value from data via analysis and reporting.
  • Metadata, which includes planning, implementation, and control activities to enable access to high quality, integrated Metadata, including definitions, models, data flows, and other information critical to understanding data and the systems through which it is created, maintained, and accessed.
  • Data Quality, which includes the planning and implementation of quality management techniques to measure, assess, and improve the fitness of data for use within an organization.

In addition to the above Knowledge Areas, the module also covers the following topics:

  • Data Handling Ethics, which describes the central role that data ethics plays in making informed, socially responsible decisions about data and its uses. Awareness of the ethics of data collection, analysis, and use should guide all data management professionals.
  • Big Data and Data Science, which describes the technologies and business processes that emerge as our ability to collect and analyse large and diverse data sets increases.

In the module assessment you will have an opportunity to engage with an organisational problem of your choice, developing new or reviewing existing data management policies, procedures and systems for the organisation. You will also have an opportunity to carry out some independent research by selecting and critically evaluating information resources in order to assess the impact of recent developments in computing on data management.

This module is presented online. All the teaching and assessment materials will be accessible online via a standard web browser, with the exception of the set book which you'll have to download your own personal copy from the publisher's website. As all the teaching and assessment materials will also be available as downloads via the module website, you'll be able to study the module offline.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will be responsible for monitoring your progress on the module, marking and commenting on your written work and whom you can contact for advice and guidance.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and your end-of-module assessment (EMA).

Course work includes

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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Future availability

Data management (M816) starts once a year – in November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2023.

Regulations

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.

    Entry requirements

    It is expected that you will hold a bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related discipline, or alternatively have at least three years relevant industry experience.

    You should also have data analysis and database experience from previous study or professional work.

    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 overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Outside the UK

    The module is based on the internationally recognised Data Management Association (DAMA) Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK2) Framework (2017).

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    This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2023.

    Future availability

    Data management (M816) starts once a year – in November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2023.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    We'll provide the set book, The DAMA-DMBOK Data Management Body of Knowledge (2nd edn), as a PDF file.

    We'll provide all other study materials via the module website as web pages, books, article and webinars.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS 10.7 or higher
    • a modern Linux version

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    Some study materials might not be fully accessible using a screen reader.

    If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer, or think you may have difficulty using the online material, contact us about the support that can be given to meet your needs.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.