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

Year of entry: 2023

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Course unit details:
Issues in the Management of Information Systems

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI70003
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

Overview

1. Information systems strategy
2. IS project planning, estimating and scheduling
3. Resourcing a project: procurement and outsourcing
4. Resourcing and project: human resources and teamwork
5. Interpersonal skills for IS project management
6. Risk management
7. IS project monitoring and evaluation
8. Ethical, global and social issues in IS project management

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide participants with opportunities to:
- learn about a range of IS project management issues, from the beginning to end of an IS project cycle
- develop an understanding of the range of skills needed in IS project management, including managerial and interpersonal skills (negotiation, networking, managing suppliers and clients)
- develop an understanding of the challenges facing IS project management in developing and transitional economies

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants will have demonstrated:
- knowledge of a range of IS project management issues (see below)
- experience in practical and social skills needed in IS project management
- an understanding of the challenges facing IS project management in developing and transitional economies

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%)

Recommended reading

Course unit textbooks

Bocij, P., Greasley, A. & Hickie, S. (2008) Business Information Systems, 4th edn, Harlow: Pearson
Heeks, R. (2006) Implementing and Managing eGovernment: An International Text, London: Sage
Laudon, K. & Laudon, J. (2009) Management Information Systems, 11th end, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson

Additional notes

Information
MGDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (via Distance Learning)

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