MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development aims to train 'hybrid managers' capable of understanding both the job of management in its organisational setting, and the role, management and jargon of information, information systems and information technology.
It intends to help close the gap of knowledge, skills, culture and language that exists between functional managers and information systems professionals - a gap that results in many information systems, including e-government, e-commerce, and e-development systems, under-performing or becoming failures.
You'll therefore graduate in a strong position to lead the successful development and implementation of new information systems in a wide range of organisations. By the course's end, you will have been provided with:
- conceptual frameworks to understand the role of management of information, of information technology and of information systems in organisations;
- new knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development implementation and management of information systems;
- new knowledge and skills to help in the effective management and change of organisations.
- We're Europe's largest dedicated development research and teaching institute and have been at the forefront of development studies for over 60 years .
- We're ranked 7th in the UK and 11th in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
- Our research was ranked first in the UK for impact and second in the UK for quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
- We are proud to tackle global inequalities and rank first in the UK for our impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2021 ( THE Impact Rankings 2021 ). Most of the course units core and optional are closely associated with SDGs.
- We bring cutting-edge insights from our research into all our postgraduate teaching. Our courses bring different development perspectives and voices to Manchester, from activists from the Global South to the leaders of multinational companies.
- We are home to the internationally recognised African Cities Research Consortium , Effective States and Inclusive Development and FutureDAMS research centres.
Teaching and learning
Please note that field visits may be scheduled at any point during the course, including during University vacations.
You are expected to be available to attend.
Part-time students complete the course over 24 months.
There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer.
Timetabling information is usually available from late August.
You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.
The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) aim to run advertised fieldwork in the 23/22 academic year and we very much hope that students will be able to enjoy the fieldwork experience in the usual way. The ability of fieldwork to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork might be necessary, will remain subject to the current global situation and factors such as the:
- rules and guidance on travel and activities implemented and published by the UK and overseas governments;
- outcome of any risk assessments conducted by the University;
- educational value and student experience of the fieldwork, if significant changes to the proposed fieldwork would be necessary;
- availability of appropriate insurance cover;
- availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.
We will therefore assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any decisions to our students at the earliest possible opportunity.
Any fieldwork that does go ahead will be subject to a rigorous risk assessment process and the implementation of any protective measures identified by the risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff.
If the fieldwork does not go ahead as planned, then the School's focus will be on seeking to offer a suitable alternative and ensure that the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the programme are met.
Coursework and assessment
The taught elements of the course, carrying 120 credits overall, is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (e.g., project-based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.
You must also complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice approved by the Programme Directors.
You are encouraged to base your dissertation on topics of direct professional concern.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Introducing Information Systems in Organisations||MGDI60012||15||Mandatory|
|Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems||MGDI60481||15||Mandatory|
|Research Skills Development||MGDI72090||15||Mandatory|
|Teaching and Learning Online||EDUC70050||15||Optional|
|Multimedia Design and Development||EDUC70510||15||Optional|
|Issues in the Management of Information Systems||MGDI60052||15||Optional|
|Public Sector Reform and Management||MGDI60081||15||Optional|
|eBusiness: Organisation and Strategy||MGDI60352||15||Optional|
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What our students say
I chose to study at a top ranked university in the UK for my master's degree.
I chose this course as it was a multidisciplinary course combining both areas; one of my interests (management) and the other, my background (IS/computer science).
The weekly assignments comprising of the online discussions and racing towards finishing the unit tutorial readings and sending my input before others, was really fun.
It was very enlightening to read about the other's experiences and circumstances within various sectors, while they answered their assignment questions.
Masuda Ahmad, MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development
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