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

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems

Unit code MGDI70001
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



1. Introducing management & information systems
2. An overview of information systems
3. Basic models of information and information systems
4. The value of information and decisions
5. Understanding information technology and information systems
6. Evaluating information systems benefits and costs
7. Factors explaining information systems success and failure
8. Models explaining information systems success and failure


To explain both the positive organisational potential of new information systems, and the sometimes negative reality of partial or total failure through an understanding of information, of information technology, of information systems, and of the contexts - especially those of developing/transitional country organisations - in which these systems are used.

To give participants the knowledge to understand the role of information and information systems in organisations

Learning outcomes

After completing the module participants will be able to:
- define 'information', 'information technology' and 'information system'
- understand and utilise structural and process models of information systems
- compare hard, soft and hybrid perspectives on information systems
- describe the generic role and value of information in organisational tasks of decision-making and communication
- explain how contextual - including developing/transitional economy-specific - factors affect information and information systems
- evaluate existing information systems using models including design'reality gaps
- describe the components, applications, benefits and costs of organisational information systems
- evaluate the role of information and information systems in an organisation with which they are familiar

Teaching and learning methods

Distance Learning Mode including weekly online tutorials

Assessment methods

One 3,500 word essay (90%)
Participation in 6/8 tutorial topics (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

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Additional notes

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

62.12 - 8.4.12

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