MSc Geographical Information Science

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
ICTs in Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI71932
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 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.

Intellectual skills

Critically evaluate the theory and practice in relation to the use of frameworks

Practical skills

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.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Project output (not diss/n) 70%
Oral assessment/presentation 30%

Feedback methods

Students are provided with formative feedback during the class and tutorials

Summative feedback provided 15 working days after assignment and presentation deadline.

Recommended reading

' Laudon, K. C & Laudon, J.P. (2010) Foundations of business Intelligence: Database and Information Management. Management Information Systems, Managing the Digital Firm. 11th Ed.  Pearson.
- Bocij, P, Greasley, A & Hickie, S. (2008) Business Information Systems - Technology, Development & Management. 4th Ed. Prentice Hall.
- 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.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Seminars 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jonathan Lillie Unit coordinator

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