MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Course details
Year of entry: 2019
Course unit details:
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations
|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, or likely to be involved, in the introduction of computerised information systems.
1. Introducing information systems development
2. IS project definition and assessment
3. Analysis of the current information system
4. Design of new information systems - I
5. Design of new information systems - II
6. Database design and construction
7. Information systems construction and implementation
8. Developing successful information systems
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems||MGDI60481||Co-Requisite||Recommended|
The unit aims to:
- introduce hard and soft issues that affect the successful development and implementation of information systems in developing and transitional economies
- provide training and critical examination of the steps and various tools and techniques required to analyse, design and implement information systems
- examine the role of social and human factors and participative techniques in information systems development
- provide the opportunity to put analysis and design skills into practice
By the end of the module, you should be able to:
· Describe different approaches to the introduction of new IS
· Select and apply appropriate tools and techniques of systems analysis and
design, relevant to the context of developing/transitional countries
· Analyse and design a prototype information system
Plan and recommend the implementation of an information system.
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. Tutorials are optional and provide further practical exercises and case studies. 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 tools, techniques and theory to real-world case studies, with a particular emphasis on developing country contexts.
- link theory to real-world practice
- critically analyse ISD methodologies and techniques
- apply IS analysis and design skills, using a variety of tools and techniques
- apply sensitivity to human and practical issues in IS development and introduction.
- utilise user participation skills
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- group working
- discussion and debating skills
- literature reviewing
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Group feedback, and online feedback.
Avgerou, C., Cornford, T. (1998) Developing Information Systems: Concepts, Issues and Practices, 2nd ed. Palgrave: Great Britain
Bocij, P., Greasley, A. and Hickie, S. (2008) Business Information Systems: Technology, Development, and Management. (4th Edition). London : Prentice Hall
Checkland, P. and Holwell, S. (1998) Information, Systems and Information Systems, Wiley
Heeks, R. (2006) Implementing and Managing eGovernment: An International Text, Sage Publications, London
Kendall, K.E. and Kendall, J.E. (2011) Systems Analysis and Design, (Eighth Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall
Laudon K.C. and Laudon J.P. (2010) Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm. (11th Edition). New Jersey: Pearson Education.
Rogers, Y., Sharpe, H. and Preece, J. (2011) Interaction Design: beyond human-computer interaction. (3rd Edition). Chichester,UK: Wiley
Rozendal R. (2003) 'Cultural and Political Factors in the Design of ICT Projects in Developing Countries'. Research Report 13, March 2003. The Hague: International Institute for Communication and Development. http://www.ftpiicd.org/files/research/reports/report13.pdf
|Independent study hours|
|Negar Monazam Tabrizi||Unit coordinator|
MGDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
MSc ICT4D(core), MSc MIS(core), MSc HRM, MSc OCD