Cultivate your skills and knowledge related to business, and conceptual and software modelling. Topics include:
- different paradigms for modelling (including business services, processes and objects)
- techniques for modelling the business domain and business behaviour
- the relationship between business modelling and software modelling
- the use of the Unified Modelling Language (UML)
Systems in Context
Develop your critical understanding of information and information systems, and the role that each plays in the context of the modern working environment and society. Topics include:
- concepts of 'information' and 'information systems'
- information revolutions and their impact
- approaches to the implementation and use of information systems in modern working environments
Develop your ability to capitalise on digital business opportunities. Topics include:
- understanding and justifying change
- change management
- digital business models
- managing technology risks
- ethical issues in change
ICTs and Strategic Change
Enhance your critical awareness of the central issues and challenges in strategic approaches to information systems. Topics include:
- the nature of strategic planning and its key components
- the relationship of IS/IT strategy to organisational aims and strategy
- the assumptions of traditional planning approaches to strategic ICT adoption
- state-of-the-art responses to issues and challenges
Systems Project Management
Develop your critical awareness of the central issues and challenges in information systems project management. Topics include:
- traditional project management techniques and approaches
- the relations between projects and business strategy
- the role and assumptions underpinning traditional approaches
- the ways in which the state-of-the-art can be improved
Data Management and Business Intelligence
Focus on business intelligence solutions in modern organisations. Topics include:
- issues in data/information/knowledge management
- approaches to information integration and business analytics.
Practical aspects of the subject are examined in the context of contemporary software platforms.
Understanding the issues of integrating people, process and technology systems, both within and across organisational contexts. Topics include:
- the dimensions of business integration
- collaborative working and its issues
- virtual organisations
- electronic markets
- commerce policy
Provides youwith support in developing and using the necessary skills to design a scholarly piece of research work that addresses an identified problem area within a chosen field of study. This module will introduce methods of data collection and analysis when conducting empirical research, in both private and public sector environments. Topics include:
- questionnaire and interview design
- qualitative and quantitative analysis
This module is essential preparation for the dissertation.
In addition, you’ll be asked to produce a dissertation, which is an opportunity to build expertise in a more focused area of interest to you and which you may want to specialise in.
- The dissertation not only showcases your project management and subject specific skills to potential employers, but also serves as valuable experience and a solid building block if you wish to pursue a PhD, on completion of your MSc.
- Your work will be individually supervised by a member of academic staff. You’ll be encouraged to critically examine the academic and industrial contexts of your research, identify problems and think originally when proposing potential solutions that serve to demonstrate and reflect your ideas.
Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:
- 'The adoption of electronic care records in the health sector'
- 'Using social networking technologies to promote small business enterprises'
- 'The application of information technology in the electoral process'.