MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Global Development Institute|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit will be of particular value for those involved, or likely to be involved, in a planning, management or user role vis-à-vis computerised information systems.
This module aims to evaluate both the potential and the reality of IS success/failure through an understanding of information, of information technology, of information systems, and of the contexts – especially those of developing/transitional country organisations – in which these systems are used, analysing causes of IS failure.
· An Overview of Information Systems
· Basic Models Of Information and Information Systems
· The Value of Information And Decisions
· Understanding Information Technology and Information Systems
· Evaluating Information Systems Benefits and Costs
· Factors Explaining IS Success and Failure
· Models Explaining IS Success and Failure
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. 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 models and theory to real-world case studies, with a particular emphasis on developing country contexts.
Knowledge and understanding
Students should be able to:
- define ‘information’, 'information technology' and ‘information system’
- understand structural and process models of information systems
- compare hard, soft and hybrid perspectives on information systems
- describe the generic role and value of information in organisational tasks of decision-making and communication
- explain how contextual – including developing/transitional economy-specific – factors affect information and information
- describe the components, applications, benefits and costs of organisational information systems
- link theory to real-world practice.
- critically analyse different approaches to understanding IS.
- evaluate existing information systems using models including design—reality gaps
- evaluate the role of information and information systems in an organisation with which they are familiar
- utilise structural and process models of information systems
- analyse an IS and its role in an organisation from a socio- technical perspective.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- group working
- discussion and debating skills
- literature reviewing
ASSIGNMENT 1: SHORT ESSAY (1500 Words) – 40%
ASSIGNMENT 2: LONG ESSAY (3000 Words) – 60%
7 x FORMATIVE Quizzes
Individual online feedback will be provided on both assessments
Assessment feedback will be provided collectively as a group in class/online
Feedback will be received from students during pre-scheduled drop-in sessions (office hours), partially through the module via a survey, and through student representatives at Programme Committee meetings.
Alter, S. (2002) Information Systems: A Management Perspective, Addison-Wesley
Bocij, P., Chaffey, D., Greasley, A. & Hickie, S. (2015) Business Information Systems, 5th edn, Pearson, Harlow, UK
Heeks, R. (ed.) (2001) Reinventing Government in the Information Age, Routledge.
Krishna, S. & Madon, S. (2003) The Digital Challenge: Information Technology in the Development, Ashgate
Laudon, K.C. & Laudon, J.P. (2017) Management Information Systems, 15th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ
Development Informatics Working Paper Series, GDI
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||1.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Jaco Renken||Unit coordinator|