Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)


Department: Business School (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 identify and plan outcomes and related measures of success for a change programme and define the means by which they will be achieved.


  • Introduction to Benefits Management
  • A benefits perspective on the project lifecycle
  • Developing the Benefits Plan
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Business roles in IS/change projects

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have a critical appreciation of a benefit driven framework for the management of a change programme.
  • Have a critical appreciation of major success/failure factors for Information Systems initiatives.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to use a range of specialized practices for ensuring strategic alignment of a benefit driven change programme.
  • Be able to use a range of specialized practices for planning a benefit driven change programme.
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.
  • Be self directed and able to act autonomously in planning and implementing projects at professional levels, taking a high level of responsibility for themselves and others as appropriate.

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 an application of the concepts of benefits planning to a specific IS change programme. 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:

Feedback on a draft benefit plan for an IS change programme in the participants organization.

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