Students will follow the same pathway in the first and second year, with the opportunity to personalize their knowledge according to their interest.
FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR
COURSES TAKEN BY ALL STUDENTS
IT Coding and Applications
One elective course:
Global challenges and firm strategies, Economics of innovation
Two elective courses among:
Omnichannel management, Organizing and leading change, Management control systems and performance measurement, Project and people management, Circular Economy & Sustainability
Materials physics and technologies (8 ECTS) + Lab. Technologies in action (4 ECTS)
Intellectual property and labour law
One elective course among:
History of innovation, Privacy and security, Cross-cultural negotiation, Internet Technologies and Smart Working
SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR
COURSES TAKEN BY ALL STUDENTS
Applied statistics for business analytics
One elective course between: Strategic supply chain management or Design thinking and start-up launch
One elective course between: Finance and risk management or Project financing and open innovation
One elective course between: Strategies for emerging technologies or Marketing innovation
One elective course (1)
Internship or Stage digital
Elective courses (1)
One exam among the following (if not already chosen):
History of innovation (8 ECTS); Cross-cultural negotiation (8 ECTS); Internet technologies and Smart working (8 ECTS); Privacy and security (8 ECTS); Global challenges and firm strategies (8 ECTS); Economics of innovation (8 ECTS); Omnichannel management (8 ECTS); Organizing and leading change (8 ECTS); Management control systems and performance measurement (8 ECTS); Project and people management (8 ECTS); Circular Economy & Sustainability (8 ECTS); Students can also choose one exam among those provided in the second year (if not already chosen).
The Internship is alternative to the second year Field Project. Internships offer students the chance to access the world of work in order to experience and apply the concepts learned in university and to evaluate their real motivation when stepping into a professional role.
An internship represents an opportunity for professional and personal growth and enhances the student’s study curriculum as it is integrative to individual study and the university learning process.
They can be seen as a moment of experimentation, a way to try out a particular career which enables students to see the connection between knowledge acquired at university and how it is applied in a particular organisation.
Since the University understands how important internships are, they are now included in most of its academic programmes as credit-bearing activities.
The project internship is a work-related experience in organisations (companies and institutions) which offers the opportunity to approach the job market and enhances the learning progress.
The University considers this experience as part of the learning process, together with lectures and individual study.
Three different typologies of Internships:
- Partner Internship: Opportunities of Internship delivered by MSc Partners and can vary in timing. Partners companies have the priority in evaluating the students’ CV and will contact and select the students autonomously.
- Free Internship: Students can find freely an Internship in companies different from MSc Partners. In this case, they must follow the standard Catholic University’s procedures through the Stage and Placement office.
- UCSC Department Internship: Some Internships could be offered by Departments of Catholic University, aimed at participating to a research project jointly developed by Catholic University’s researchers and by companies.
Requirements to get 8 ECTS:
- The content of the internship must be consistent with the educational objectives of the MSc program the student is enrolled in (innovation and technology aspects);
- The duration of the Internship must be at least 3 months;
- The Internship must start from September onwards of the second academic year .
For the assessment of the Internship, students must deliver three main documents which will be evaluated in 30/30 by the Academic Committee and the Internship will account for 8 ECTS. Details and forms are available on the ITEM Student Community on Blackboard platform. The three main documents are:
a) Report: the report and the Master Thesis must be clearly discernible, both respectively characterised by a specific and different aims. In fact, this Thesis is the student’s individual dissertation on a specific topic connected to the job developed during the internship.
b) Monthly register: the monthly register is a formal document that has to confirm the presence and working activities of the student signed by the company tutor.
c) Final evaluation of the working activity of the student by the company tutor.
The Stage Digital (SD), created in partnership between the Faculty of Economics of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) and Guilds42 (platform that offers 250 MOOC certification paths on digital issues – website: https://www.guilds42. com/) offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to use the main tools adopted by companies in the digital field (e.g. Google Ads, Salesforce, Shopify, Hubspot, SEO) and to apply them by developing a project for a company.
The SD, corresponding to 8 CFU:
- is offered to M.Sc. students who meet the following prerequisites: (1) average of 26; (2) CFU achieved by the beginning of the SD: at least 40.
- consists of two parts:
- Certification path in Digital issues, aimed at achieving a coherent cluster of digital skills
- Apprentice path (Percorso di Bottega), which consists of a project for a company to be carried out in groups of 5-6 components.
The SD has a minimum duration of 3 months. The minimum 12 weeks are divided as follows:
- 4 weeks for the first UC Certification Cluster
- 8 weeks for the project and the second UC Certification Cluster
- The minimum training hours (Cluster 1 + Cluster 2) will be about 250-300.
The following Streams are offered:
Stream 1 – Business development
- Cluster 1 (150 hrs) – Lead Generation (Google Analytics - Content Marketing - Social Media – LinkedIn - Inbound Marketing - Marketing Cloud Basics - Graphic Design Basics - SEO Certification Course)
- Cluster 2 (150 hrs) - to be chosen among: Digital Marketing – Tech – Machine learning – Artificial Intelligence
Stream 2 - CRM & E-Commerce
- Cluster 1 (150 hrs) – CRM & E-Commerce (Salesforce - Inbound Sales - Hubspot - Ecommerce Marketing - Amazon eCommerce Management - eDock Fundamentals - Designing for Conversion - Google Analytics)
- Cluster 2 (150 hrs) to be chosen among: Business development - Tech - Machine learning - Artificial Intelligence
- Application deadline - November 30, 2022
- Selection and admission of Students by UC - December 2022
- Starting Date: Second semester A.Y. 2022-2023 - March 2023
The overall evaluation, expressed on a 30/scale, will consider the results obtained by the student between the certification path and the Apprentice path, as well as the consistency of the path followed and the commitment made by the student.
The UC Coordinator will be assisted by the Guilds42 coordinator, who will issue a standard assessment for each student, divided into two levels:
- Individual evaluation of the overall Certification Path (in both phases of the SD). It is automatically calculated by the Dashboard system through a specific metric;
- Individual evaluation of the work done by the students in the Bottega, which is carried out by the Project coordinator.
UC Coordinator: Prof. Marco Minciullo (email@example.com)
- Prof. Alfredo D’Angelo (Internship Coordinator & Member of the evaluation Committee)
- Prof. Marco Minciullo (Digital Stage Coordinator & Member of the evaluation Committee)
- Prof. Viviana D’Angelo (Internship Tutor) firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparation for the Master Thesis begins during the second year. Under the supervision of the Professor of the programme, students will be asked to submit an original research proposal and give some ideas of the research plan. The Master Thesis must fulfil the originality and autonomy requirements. Two main features will be evaluated:
- Capability of autonomous development of a research project, conceptualised in research questions;
- Articulation of a research project that highlights a) correct use of sources, data and methodologies, b) ability of the student to elaborate pattern of analysis and discussion of findings; c) control of results in terms of implications and contributions in literature.
Some conditions must be respected:
The Thesis accounts for 12 ECTS. It is estimated that the student will be engaged in this Thesis for about 5 months (Internship included). The whole work is approximately 80-100 pages long. The content is to be structured as follows: a) brief introduction of the topic, conceptually (some literature references); b) development of the project taken in the internship; c) discussion and managerial suggestions.
The student is evaluated in a range from 0 to 4 points:
- 0-1: the Thesis doesn’t respect the conditions regarding its different status from the report. The requirements of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project aren’t satisfied. Originality and critical analysis aren’t demonstrated due to a mere description and summary of the theme of research.
- 2-3: the Thesis has partially reached the main features of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project. It moderately demonstrates originality and critical analysis.
- 4: the Thesis has met the main purposes demonstrating ability of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project through an original and critical analysis.
According to the proposal of 4 points for the Thesis or in order to confer a graduation with honour, the Supervisor has to anticipate a written and reasoned motivation to the Degree Board. The attribution of graduation with honour depends on the curriculum, final grade average and achievement of the 4 points.
During the academic years and beyond traditional frontal lessons, round table, seminars and workshops, training days, company visits and courses off UCSC Milan Campus are only some of the numerous initiatives planned. All these activities are integral parts of the academic programme and for this reason the presence of each student will be registered.
Round Table – this event is a discussion panel structured with an agenda where, after the introduction by the Dean or the Organizing Committee, different business speakers talk about a specific topic moderated by a Professor.
Seminars – these initiatives are presentations and discussions by invited speakers taking places in specific courses, in line with the goal of the course.
Training days – these events are special free days organized by Partner Companies for enhancing a specific student’s competency.
Company visits – these activities are proposed by Partner Companies in order to allow students to directly learn about the work environment and culture of a company.
This Master of Science encourages all the experience abroad as Exchange Programme, Summer Schools, etc. It has to be highlighted that due to its innovative structure and knowledge-intensive schedule, the suggested period to go abroad is during the summer holiday or in the first term of the second year. All students’ requests to attend international programs and take exams in foreign Universities are evaluated only by the Exchange Committee, that is a specific commission different from the ITEM Coordination Committee (the latter is not allowed to accomplish these procedures). Regarding applications and courses’ match, each student must follow the standard UCSC procedure that is the same for all the Masters of Science of our University and the UCSC International Office is at your disposal for additional information. In order to speed up the process, it is recommended to apply for the exchange program as soon as possible
The programme of the two-year master’s degree will be supplemented with a 30-hour semester-long course, made up of seminars and/or single-subject lectures, the topics of which will depend on decisions made by the Theology teaching board.