Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Management of Information Systems

Course summary

Course code: COMP1237
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
Course Coordinator(s): Dorothy Nielsen

Specification

Aims

Management and information systems is a broad topic that covers two main areas: (1) The use and relevance of information systems to managers. (2) The management of information systems projects. Rather than providing an in depth technological treatment of information systems, the course prepares students, as future managers, to critically assess the impact of information systems on the enterprise. It also introduces those skills required in order to manage information systems projects.

The course will cover the following broad topic areas:
• An introduction to information systems and technology (IS): this topic area acts as an introduction to the course and aims to encourage the student to consider why managers need knowledge of IS. This area will also provide students with brief history of IS, in order to assist them in developing their understanding of the underlying concepts behind IS.
• An overview of IS: this area will give students a largely non-technical overview of the potential business benefits and social impacts of communications technology, databases, strategic information systems, management Information systems and operational information systems.
• An appreciation of the potential of impact of IS on managerial and strategic thinking: students will develop an understanding of the strategic impact of IS, with reference to strategic models such as Porter’s Five Forces. Students will also develop an understanding of changes in the competitive landscape and in business organisations due to the development of ITS.
• An appreciation of the skills required to manage the adoption and development of IS. The students will be encouraged to explore professional issues including: Ethical and social issues. Project management issues. Security issues. The system life cycle.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Develop understanding of digital use and impacts in all business sectors (both locally and globally), and provide, critical analysis where required.
2 Identify the key competitive business success factors attributed, in the context of the embracing digital systems and use in the business environment.
3 Critically evaluate organizational and management issues including related ethical and legislative requirements concerned with digital systems and use.
4 Assess, justify and proposition resolutions with a systematic approach to examining a variety of (ethical, social, political, organisational and other) issues associated with digital use.
5 Develop an enriched personal development and employable profile to meet future employers’ expectations of critical understanding in digital related use, issues and resolution propositions, and success factors in all business sectors.



Indicative content

The course covers the following broad topic areas: Organisations and the E-World; Organisation Strategy and Information Systems (IS); Globalisation and Global IS. IS/IT Infrastructure; Telecommunications, Internet, New Technology; Business Intelligence; Enterprise System; TPS, DSS, Knowledge Management. IS/IT Acquisition and Implementation; Systems Design and Life Cycle; Systems Plan and Development. Regulations, Ethical and Social Issues in IS; Security and Crime; Risks and Preventive Management.

Teaching and learning activity

The workshop format of running this course makes it more exciting (as per feedback from past year students). There are many resources such as web links, extract of articles in .pdf files, Youtube or similar videos embedded in your Moodle course site. All these including online instructions are specially developed and updated each year by the Course Leader for a balanced learning environment.
To maximize learning and speed up skills and knowledge development, students are advised to prepare ahead of the workshop session by pre-workshop reading and preparations. During the workshop session, there will be discussions and critical assessments of different real life case studies. Students will learn more if they come prepared. Weekly progressive post-workshop reinforcements such as online group and individual postings will earn students reward grades. Year-on-year, we have evidence that students who engaged as recommended tend to do very well scoring distinctions because they delivered good quality work.
The Weekly Activities:
Students are encouraged to be present and participating in all workshop sessions. Topical discussions are provided in the Discussion Board in Moodle following the Topic/workshop plans. All sessions (including being physically present in workshops) and discussions are graded.

Assessment

Method of assessment: In-class & online Group & Individual work
Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting %: 30
Pass Mark: 40
Word Length: NA
Outline Details: Compilation of formative work into a file.

Method of assessment: Individual Report
Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting %: 40
Pass Mark: 40
Word Length: 3,000
Outline Details: This is a reflective report with a given report template. Students independently select and scope a taught topical area.

Method of assessment: Time Constrained Assessment
Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting %: 30
Pass Mark: 40
Word Length: 2,000
Outline Details: This is a reflective report with a given report template. Students are given a problem-based case study. They have to critically apply their learnt knowledge to solving the problems.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
The Weekly Activities:
Students are encouraged to be present and participating in all workshop sessions. Topical discussions are provided in the Discussion Forum in Moodle following the Topic/workshop plans. Student groups work on given topics during the workshop sessions, given feedback which they then revise and compile into bullet point findings in the given power point template. These are then posted onto Moodle Discussion forums. Individuals will post personal response/feedback against these group postings.
This design facilitates different levels of deeper learning experience first within the group, second within the workshop, and third on a personal (individual) level. All postings are graded.

Must all elements of summative assessment be passed to pass the course? Yes