MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Issues in the Management of Information Systems

Unit code MGDI60052
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
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The unit will be of particular value for those involved in understanding IT project management. The contents are: 

  • ·          IS strategy
  • ·          Project planning: estimating and scheduling, Microsoft Project
  • ·          Resourcing a project: procurement and outsourcing
  • ·          Resourcing a project: human resources and team work
  • ·          Interpersonal skills for IS project management
  • ·          Risk management                        
  • -          Monitoring and evaluation 


The aim of this module is to provide participants with opportunities to:

  • learn about a range of IS project management issues, from the beginning to end of an IS project cycle


  • develop an understanding of the range of skills needed in IS project management, including practical (Microsoft Project ) and social skills (negotiation, networking, managing suppliers and clients)


  • develop an understanding of the challenges facing IS project management in developing and transitional economies 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand IS project life cycle
  • understand key IS project management issues and challenges  in different stages

Intellectual skills

  • link theory to real-world practice of IS project management.
  • critically analyse factors in IT project management.

Practical skills

  • practical and social skills needed in IS project management
  • IT Project management tool

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • group working
  • discussion and debating skills
  • literature reviewing

Teaching and learning methods

7 sessions taught by the lecturer, 1 session by a guest lecturer, 1 session of tutorial on Microsoft Management, and last session as assessed group presentation.

Students will be organized into groups. Each session group discussion on cases will be arranged.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 70%
Oral assessment/presentation 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided via Blackboard and face to face.

Recommended reading

' Bocij, P. et al (2003) Business Information Systems (2/e), Harlow, Pearson.
- Choi, H. & Choi, H. (2003) An exploratory study and design of cross-cultural impacts of information systems management, Journal of Global Information Management, 11(2).
- Heeks, R.B. (2006) Implementing and Managing eGovernment, Sage Publications, London
- Patching, K. & Chatham, R. (2000) Corporate Politics for IT Managers, Oxford, Butterworth-Heinemann.
- Robson, W. (1997) Strategic Management and Information Systems (2nd Edition), London, Financial Times.
- Willcocks, L. et al. (1997) Managing IT as a Strategic Resource, Maidenhead, McGraw-Hill.
- Yeates, D. & Cadle, J. (2001) Project Management for Information Systems (3rd Edition), London, Pitman Publishing.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ping Gao Unit coordinator

Additional notes

GDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
ICT4D(core); MIS(core)

9 x 3hr lecture; 1x 3hr tutorial

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