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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MA316
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: VAN DER HEIJDEN H Prof (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
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In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes described above:

  • Appreciate the theories, conceptual frameworks and methodologies that underpin management information systems
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesise business and ICT concepts within an analytical context
  • Demonstrate awareness of information and communication technologies (current and emerging) and their impact on organisational/business performance (foresight)
  • Demonstrate evidence of background reading and research of the academic and practitioner literature relevant to management information systems.
Module Overview
The module aims to raise and equalise the level the information management knowledge of all incoming students. It also provides an integrative introduction to all other modules in this master programme.
Module Aims

This module aims to cover the issues concerning the management of information and information systems at the intermediate level. The course starts with the assumption that the student has an MIS background at the undergraduate level, such as provided by, for example, the Laudon & Laudon textbook on Management Information Systems. Topics include introductions to information strategy, information systems project management, and information systems implementation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will:

  • have a basic understanding of the concepts in information strategy, project management, and information systems implementation. 
  • have a clear overview of how these concepts are interrelated with each other, and related to other fields of management
  • have an understanding of how and why the rest of the MSc MIS is structured the way it currently is
Module Content
  • Information systems strategy (strategic and competitive opportunities for information systems)
  • Decision support and artificial intelligence
  • Electronic commerce
  • Systems development
  • IT infrastructure
  • Information systems security
  • Managing emerging technologies
Methods of Teaching/Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to: cultivate an understanding of the main issues and challenges; provide a coherent conceptual framework; develop a critical awareness of the various approaches to the strategic and operational management of ICT in organisations. 

The teaching and learning methods include: One two hour lecture every week as well as several student exercises. Guest lecturers will be sought to cover appropriate contemporary subjects. Group presentations will also be given in the lecture periods to facilitate discussion on real organisations. Web-based learning support and electronic resources will be provided.

Selected Texts/Journals

Hans van der Heijden, 2009; Designing Management Information Systems. ISBN 978-0-19-954633-6

Recommended Texts

Chaffery & Wood, Business Information Management: Improving Performance Using Information Systems, Prentice-Hall, 2005
Robson, W., Strategic Management & Information Systems, 2nd edition, Prentice-Hall, 2005
Post & Anderson, Management Information Systems: Solving Business Problems with Information Technology, 3rd edition, 2005

Other Indicative Reading

Websites that can keep the student up tp date include (for technically well versed)

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