Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Module Cap
Tied to N1KH07


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • The aim of the module is to enable participants to:
  • Critically assess the success of the project in terms of benefit delivery; identify opportunities for the realization of further benefits; and identify lessons learned and opportunities for improvement in future.
  • Apply a range of specialized techniques to continue to realize the potential benefits from information, applications and IT services.


  • Benefits review
  • Information management and exploitation
  • Information and decision making
  • Ongoing service management

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Critically analyse the need for ongoing management, exploitation, and continuous improvements to realize the benefits from the new way of working.
  • Explain a framework for the management and exploitation of information.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Lead a benefits review to assess the outcome for a change programme, capture learning and set priorities for action to realize further benefits.
  • Plan specialized activities to drive/ sustain adoption and exploitation of the new capabilities.
Key Skills:
  • Consistently apply an advanced level of knowledge and wider intellectual skills in this complex and specialized area of study.
  • Be adaptable, and show originality, insight, and critical and reflective abilities which can all be brought to bear on unpredictable and problematic situations.

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

  • The learning outcomes will be addressed through a combination of lectures, case studies and seminars. The summative assessment by Assignment, is a Review of a specific business area/process and development of an action plan. It is designed to test both students' conceptual knowledge and understanding, and their ability to apply what they have learned.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 3 hours 18
Seminars 3 2 hours 6
Group, case study work
Preparation & Reading 126
Other: (Mentor visits)
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
assignment 3000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment will be based on an individual exercise to reviewing specific organizational issues related to exploiting information.

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