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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Master of Management in Technology and Innovation 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
108984  Master of Management in Technology and Innovation 
ORIGINATOR
Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Master's Degree  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Generic Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  240  Not Applicable  NQF Level 09  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 091/21  2021-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
59469  Master of Science: Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTI)  Level 8 and above  NQF Level 09  240   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to recognise those who have the required competence to serve in transformation leadership positions in organisations (public and private, including self-owned businesses) and the community at large, by enabling them to obtain a nationally registered and recognised qualification, produce life-long learners who are equipped to initiate socio-economic transformation within South Africa. This should contribute towards the development of individuals, organisations and the community and equip them to deal with challenges related to the management of technology, entrepreneurship, project management, the management of innovation, the management of people, and systems thinking.

People who achieve this qualification will be able to:
  • Initiate organisational change.
  • Integrate systemic principles in solving organisational problems.
  • Incorporate the management of technology, the management of innovation and the management of people principles into business planning processes.
  • Transform communities by initiating sustainable development initiatives.

    Rationale:
    Technology creates an advantage in the marketplace. The debate is how this advantage could be maximised to benefit all relevant stakeholders. Defining a technology utilisation strategy may be a good start but one also needs to examine such a strategy by asking the right commercial focused questions. Ultimately in the context of modern businesses, financial considerations are not the only hurdle rate. There are number of other factors which when combined, need to be taken into consideration. This will allow one to interrogate existing processes in order to make an appropriate value judgement in defining the blend of technologies required to enhance business performance.

    In view of the above the Management of Technology and Innovation can be defined as a process which enables managers to make a value judgment on how to improve the performance of their operations through the selection and application of a blend of technologies relevant to their markets. In addition, this is an innovative process which continually tests existing commercial and technology boundaries to build market driven excellence-the human technology interface is an integral part of this paradigm.

    As a result of the business management practices developed during the late 1970s and 80s, South Africa focused on the development of business administration skills and knowledge for middle and senior managers. Since the 1990s, coinciding with the democratisation of South African society and as a result thereof the globalisation of the South African economy, a more systemic approach towards management development has been required. In line with this the notion of the Management of Technology and the Management of Innovation was identified as imperative to the contribution of sustainable business development initiatives.

    The key objective of the Master of Management in Technology and Innovation is the development of managerial leaders at senior management level who will initiate socio-economic change interventions and sustainable business development initiatives. The qualification will achieve this through broad based professional post-graduate education, providing a thorough understanding of the application of the key elements of systems thinking, business development, technology management and innovation, as well as people development, focusing on sustainability to increase local and international competitiveness.

    The qualification is specifically designed to enable members of an organisation to realise their true potential by:
  • Developing them to lead multi-discipline teams tasked to facilitate business improvement and socio-economic transformation.
  • Acquiring the competence to lead a system (resources) and to develop technology and innovation related activities to meet their business objectives.
  • Providing personal development opportunities for them to contribute significantly to the development of wealth within the South African economy.

    The qualification provides opportunities for management professionals who have business experience and want to facilitate socio-economic development within South Africa and Africa at large. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    The structure of this qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible. This qualification may therefore be achieved in part through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The learners are thoroughly briefed on the process to be used and support and guidance are provided. Care is taken to ensure that the process provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence.

    If the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills and behaviours implicit in this qualification the appropriate credits will be assigned to the learner. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of an Integrated Assessment.
    Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • Accelerated access to further learning at this or higher levels on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
  • Gaining of credits towards learning outcomes.
  • Obtaining of this Qualification in part (50%).

    Entry Requirements:
    The minimum entry requirement for this qualification is:
  • Relevant Level 8 qualification.
  • All applicants must successfully complete the Research and Methodology module with 60% in order for a students' status to change from provisional admission to registered, with The Institute. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification comprises compulsory and elective modules at Level 9 totalling 240 Credits.

    Compulsory Modules Level 9, 180 Credits:
    Da Vinci Fundamentals - 32 Credits:
  • MSOS, Self, Other and Social Context, 10 Credits.
  • MPCD, Problem-Solving, Creative Thinking and Decision-Making, 8 Credits.
  • MMLD, Managerial and Leadership Development, 2 Credits.
  • MMS, Managing Systems, 12 Credits.

    Da Vinci Core Competencies - 28 Credits:
  • MMOI, Management of Innovation, 10 Credits.
  • MMOT, Management of Technology, 10 Credits.
  • MMOP, Management of People, 8 Credits.

    Research:
  • MDISS, Dissertation, 120 Credits.

    Elective Modules Level 9, 60 Credits:
    Specialisation: Business Management Competencies:
  • MLCA, Leadership Perspectives: A Leadership Challenge in Africa, 12 Credits.
  • MGLC, Leadership Perspectives: A Global Leadership Challenge, 12 Credits.
  • MVI, Visual Intelligence, 12 Credits.
  • MCM, Change Management, 12 Credits.
  • MCB, Coaching in Business (2 days' contact), 12 Credits.
  • MGE, Governance and Ethics, 12 Credits.
  • MREF, Reverse Engineering the Future, 12 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Conceptualise and integrate managerial leadership frameworks within a systems thinking context.
    2. Integrate the knowledge and required behaviours relevant to the effective management of technology, the management of innovation and the management of people processes with transformation initiatives.
    3. Differentiate and communicate ideas, principles, concepts and practical application of theories and frameworks.
    4. Align and integrate technology, innovation, people and systems thinking concepts to transform individuals, communities and/or organisations. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Discuss and integrate the differences between managerial and leadership concepts in the working environment.
  • Demonstrate the impact of integrating key systems thinking concepts into organisational re-design.
  • Integrate the important methods, procedures and enquiring techniques relevant to implementation of managerial leadership frameworks in organisational design.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Facilitate an understanding of the important terms, rules, concepts and principles in accordance with existing management of technology, management of innovation and management of people frameworks.
  • Incorporate the required methods, procedures and enquiring techniques relevant to the management of technology, the management of innovation and the management of people domains into well-defined organisational change initiatives.
  • Describe and integrate technology, innovation and people within a newly defined managerial leadership context by the student.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Incorporate key managerial leadership concepts into an organisational environment.
  • Position key principles affect to the management of technology, management of innovation and management of people principles in relation to change requirements for the workplace.
  • Establish and present an integration of technology, innovation and people management ideas and principles to peer groups.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Demonstrate their ability to differentiate between the development needs for individuals, organisations and/or communities.
  • Demonstrate their ability to facilitate processes to accommodate newly defined solutions towards socio-economic transformation at an individual, organisational and/or community level.
  • Evaluate and integrate responses towards socio-economic transformation into business planning processes by the student.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Assessment appropriately incorporated to ensure that the purpose of the qualification is achieved:
  • Assessment practices are open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, so that an integrated approach to assessment is incorporated into the qualification.
  • Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours shown in the qualification are integrated.
  • Assessment of fundamental competence is integrated as far as possible with other aspects. A variety of methods are used in assessments and a variety of tools and activities are utilised to ensure the appropriateness of the assessment to the context in which the learner is working.
  • The term `Integrated Assessment` implies that theoretical and practical components are assessed together. During integrated assessments, the assessor is making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods to assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. Continuous assessment is provided through:
    > Portfolios.
    > Simulations.
    > Workplace assessments and practical workbooks.
    > Pre- and Post-module written assignments.
    > Case presentations.
    > Peer group evaluation.
    > Face to face contact with learners.
  • If so requested by the learner, assessors will assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience (recognition of prior learning experiences).
  • All the learning outcomes and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated manner. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Netherlands:
    The University of Twente's (UT) Master's Degree in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society is comparable to The Da Vinci Institute's Master of Management in Technology and Innovation in the following ways:
  • Whilst using the qualifiers of Science, Technology and Society the UT qualification is posited within the discipline of Business Administration. This is similar to the Da Vinci.
  • Key differentiators between the two qualifications are primarily found in their selection of discipline based subjects. The UT qualification has a stronger focus on the incorporation of disciplines from the humanities and natural sciences (Philosophy, Anthropology, Science and History), while the Da Vinci qualification seeks to broaden its multi-disciplinary approach by exposing students to more encompassing subject fields such as technology management, innovation management, people management, and systemic thinking. The contemporary management development approach of looking outside of the traditional business management discipline for solutions to modern day business problems, is therefore strongly echoed in both qualifications.
  • The qualifications are similar in structure in that they can be completed in a minimum of two years, have the same credit value, and have a similar ratio in credits allocated to coursework versus a research project.

    United States of America (USA):
    The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute and Society Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management is comparable to The Da Vinci Institute's Master of Management in Technology and Innovation in the following ways:
  • Both qualification focus on leadership and management development with a specific focus on the Management of Technology.
  • Key differentiators between the two qualifications are primarily found in their selection of discipline based subjects. The SUNYPI qualification has a stronger focus on course content similar to a traditional MBA, while the Da Vinci qualification seeks to broaden its multi-disciplinary approach by exposing students to more encompassing subject fields such as technology management, innovation management, people management, and systemic thinking. The Da Vinci qualification also require the submission of a research dissertation.
  • Another key differentiators is the SUNYPI qualification is presented online whilst the Da Vinci qualification is a distance learning qualification.
  • The qualifications can be completed in a similar period, 2-4 years.

    Melbourne:
    The double master's at the Swinburne University of Technology is comparable to The Da Vinci Institute's Master of Management in Technology and Innovation in the following ways:
  • Both qualifications are positioned within the discipline of General Management and Business Administration.
  • Key differentiators between the two qualifications are primarily found in their selection of discipline based subjects. The Swinburne qualification has a stronger focus on the incorporation of disciplines from the business administration, entrepreneurship and innovation, while the Da Vinci qualification seeks to broaden its multi-disciplinary approach by exposing students to more encompassing subject fields such as technology management, innovation management, people management, and systemic thinking. The contemporary management development approach of looking outside of the traditional business management discipline for solutions to modern day business problems, is therefore strongly echoed in both qualifications. A traditional MBA programme tend to focus coursework and a mini-dissertation.
  • The qualifications can be completed in a similar period, 2-4 years. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows for horizontal and vertical articulation.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Masters in Technology and Innovation Management, Level 9.
  • Master of Management in Executive Leadership, Level 9.
  • Master of Management, Level 9.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Doctor of Management in Technology and Innovation, Level 10.
  • Doctor of Business Leadership, Level 10.
  • Doctor of Management Sciences in Organisational Leadership, Level 10. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
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