MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations

Unit code MGDI60012
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, 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

Learning outcomes

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.

Intellectual skills

  • link theory to real-world practice
  • critically analyse ISD methodologies and techniques

Practical skills

  •  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

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Group feedback, and online feedback.

Recommended reading

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.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Negar Monazam Tabrizi Unit coordinator

Additional notes

MGDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:

MSc ICT4D(core), MSc MIS(core), MSc HRM, MSc OCD

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