MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI60012
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


1. Introducing information systems development
2. IS project definition and assessment
3. Analysis of the current information system
4. Design of new information systems - I
5. Design of new information systems - II
6. Database design and construction
7. Information systems construction and implementation
8. Developing successful information systems


The unit aims to:
- introduce hard and soft issues that affect the successful development and implementation of information systems in developing and transitional economies
- provide training and critical examination of the steps and various tools and techniques required to analyse, design and implement information systems
- examine the role of social and human factors and participative techniques in information systems development
- provide the opportunity to put analysis and design skills into practice

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • Describe different approaches to the introduction of new IS
  • Select and apply appropriate tools and techniques of systems analysis and design, relevant to the context of developing/transitional countries
  • Analyse and design a prototype information system
  • Plan and recommend the implementation of an information system

Teaching and learning methods

Each face-to-face 3-hr lecture session includes lecture presentation, case study material, student group activities and exercises, and group discussion. Tutorials are optional and provide further practical exercises and case studies. Additionally, students are expected to engage with e-learning materials provided via Blackboard to support learning. These include lecture slides and exercises, extensive session notes, model solutions to exercises, links to research papers and websites, etc.

The course is highly participative, encouraging students to share knowledge and experience. It is also practical, encouraging students to apply tools, techniques and theory to real-world case studies, with a particular emphasis on developing country contexts.

Intellectual skills

  • link theory to real-world practice
  • critically analyse ISD methodologies and techniques

Practical skills

  • apply IS analysis and design skills, using a variety of tools and techniques
  • apply sensitivity to human and practical issues in IS development and introduction.
  • utilise user participation skills

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • group working
  • discussion and debating skills
  • literature reviewing

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Group feedback, and online feedback.

Recommended reading

Bocij, P., Greasley, A. & Hickie, S. (2015) Business Information Systems: Technology, Development, and Management. (5th Edition). Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.

Heeks, R. (2006) Implementing and Managing eGovernment: An International Text, London: Sage

Laudon K.C. & Laudon J.P. (2016) Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm. 14th ed. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Practical classes & workshops 4
Seminars 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 112

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Negar Monazam Tabrizi Unit coordinator

Additional notes

GDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
MSc ICT4D(core), MSc MIS(core), MSc HRM, MSc OCD

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