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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap
Tied to N1KE12
Tied to N2KE12
Tied to N2KF12


  • None.


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • provide students with the opportunity to study key topics in information systems management at an advanced level.


  • Classification and benefits of information systems; key issues in IS/IT; IT Department/Manager/user perspective; top IS/IT issues; business expenditure on IT.
  • Electronic commerce and globalisation; role of communications in globalisation; the virtual organisation; IS/IT impact on organisational structure.
  • IS/IT strategy; strategic information systems planning; information architecture; information strategy, formulation and implementation.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have a critical understanding of the underpinning concepts of ITS;
  • Have a critical understanding and appreciation of the key considerations in developing and operationalising an IT strategy;
  • Have a critical awareness of the impact of IT on the global business environment.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to apply the subject-specific knowledge as appropriate to their own organisations.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, facilitated discussion sessions, group work and guided reading. Extensive use will be made of case studies and business simulations. All sessions have a high participation element, and an emphasis on action-learning.
  • Assessment of this module is by summative assignment, designed to: test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge; test conceptual understanding and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 3 daily 2 hours 6
Seminars 3 daily 3 hours 9
Practicals 1 daily 1 hours 3
Preparation & Reading 132
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment 3,000 words (Max.). 100%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback on group and individual activities undertaken during contact hours. Feedback on learning set relfections and action points related to this module.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University