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 apply a framework for identifying opportunities and setting priorities for business transformation and improvement.


  • Strategic context
  • Benefit driven framework for strategy
  • The strategy process
  • Analyzing the opportunities - a range of approaches
  • Exploring the opportunities for business innovation enabled by IS
  • Succeeding with IS strategy

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have a critical appreciation of the value to the organization of an approach to IS strategy based on the creation of value - to customers and other stakeholders.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to apply a framework for a benefit driven approach to IS strategy.
  • Be able to use a range of advanced techniques to analyse the organization and identity opportunities for transformation and performance improvement enabled by Information Systems.
  • Have an increased critical insight into the business opportunities enabled by new technologies.
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 an Assignment, related to all aspects of the Information Systems strategy of the organization, 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 a group presentation based on a exercise to apply key ideas from the module to an example organization/scenario.

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