MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (Distance Learning)

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI70002
Credit rating 15
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


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


The aims of the “Introducing Information Systems in Organisations” module are:

·         To review hard and soft issues that affect the successful development and

implementation of information systems in developing/transitional contexts

·         To provide training in and critical examination of various tools and techniques

required to develop and introduce information systems from a socio-technical


·         To examine the role of social and human factors and participative techniques in

information systems development and implementation

To offer 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

Distance Learning Mode including weekly online tutorials

Assessment methods

One 3,500 word essay (90%)

Tutorial participation (max 10%)

  • Student must engage with minimum of 4/8 tutorials, including at least 1 synchronous tutorial  (5%)
  • Student must engage with minimum of 6/8 tutorials, including at least 1 synchronous tutorial (10%)

Re-sit Assessment: One 3,500 word essay (100%)

Feedback methods

Assignment feedback provided via Blackboard

Tutorial feedback provided via email tutorial discussion


Recommended reading

Bocij, P., Greasley, A. & Hickie, S. (2015) Business Information Systems: Technology, Development, and Management. (5th Edition). Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.

Heeks, R. (2006) Implementing and Managing eGovernment: An International Text, London: Sage
Laudon K.C. & Laudon J.P. (2016) Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm. 14th ed. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.


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 Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (via Distance Learning)

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