MSc Geographical Information Science
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
ICTs in Practice
|FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
|Global Development Institute
|Available as a free choice unit?
The unit will be of particular benefit for those without a technical background and are likely to be involved in the management of computerised information systems communicating with technical partners. The Unit is very practical.
The course aims to provide students with the theoretical and practical overview of methodologies used by organisations in the operational management of IT projects. The course focuses on the development of a critical / academic awareness of the key concepts and the implementation.
Participants are provided with a foundational understanding of the key information and communication technologies (ICTs) that support change in organisations.
This module aims to evaluate the information technology used in the development of information systems to be implemented in developing/transitional country organisations.
You will be introduced to both structured and Agile methodologies used in the implementation of systems.
Teaching and learning methods
The course is designed to provide 9 lecturers in total. Each lecture allows the study fellows to consider technologies and management frameworks which are key to organisations deployment of information systems. Each face-to-face 3-hr lecture session includes lecture presentation, case study material, student group activities and practical exercises at a computer, and some group discussion. Lectures will be conducted with opportunities for student discussion, followed by tm to gain practical experience within a cluster environment.
Knowledge and understanding
Explain conceptualisation of practical systems design in the context of management framework.
Critically evaluate the theory and practice in relation to the use of frameworks
Work collaboratively with others to create an ICT based presentation.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Capacity to think critically, take responsibility for own learning.
Effectively manage complex information sources and to review, evaluate and analyse different forms of literature.
Present arguments in both written and oral format.
|Project output (not diss/n)
Students are provided with formative feedback during the class and tutorials
Summative feedback provided 15 working days after assignment and presentation deadline.
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- Krishna, S. & Madon, S. (2003) The Digital Challenge: Information Technology in Development, Ashgate
- Turban, E. et al (2006) Information Technology for Management, Wiley
- Lawrence, D. & Tavakol, S. (2007) Balanced Website Design: Optimising Aesthetics, Usability and purpose. Springer, UK.
- Hernandez, H. (1997) Database Design for Mere Mortals, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts.
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|Independent study hours