MSc Digital Development

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Issues in the Management of Information Systems

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI60052
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
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module offers participants knowledge on issues for being a hybrid IS manager, including IS strategy, project planning, resourcing IS projects, HR issues in IS management, risk management, and project monitoring and evaluation.


  • learn about a range of IS project management issues emerging from the beginning to the end of an IS project cycle
  • develop a range of skills needed in IS project management, including practical skills (Microsoft Project ) and social skills (negotiation, networking, managing suppliers and clients)


Learning outcomes

  • knowledge of a range of IS project management issues
  • practical and social skills needed in IS project management
  • understanding of the challenges facing IS project management in developing and transitional economies 

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture, lab practice of using Microsoft Management

Employability skills

Prepare to be a hybrid IS manager

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 70%
Oral assessment/presentation 30%

Feedback methods

In each session, the first and last 10 minutes are for Q&A. Feedbacks will also be via emails and meeting appointments.

Recommended reading

' Bocij, P. et al (2003) Business Information Systems (2/e), Harlow, Pearson.
- Choi, H. & Choi, H. (2003) An exploratory study and design of cross-cultural impacts of information systems management, Journal of Global Information Management, 11(2).
- Heeks, R.B. (2006) Implementing and Managing eGovernment, Sage Publications, London
- Patching, K. & Chatham, R. (2000) Corporate Politics for IT Managers, Oxford, Butterworth-Heinemann.
- Robson, W. (1997) Strategic Management and Information Systems (2nd Edition), London, Financial Times.
- Willcocks, L. et al. (1997) Managing IT as a Strategic Resource, Maidenhead, McGraw-Hill.
- Yeates, D. & Cadle, J. (2001) Project Management for Information Systems (3rd Edition), London, Pitman Publishing.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ping Gao Unit coordinator

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