MSc Business Information Systems Management
British Computer Society (BCS)
Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)
October & January
• A good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject.
• International students: equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification.
• Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of experience.
• Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, you may be able to take an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Further academic study at postgraduate level including MPhil, DBA, PhD or professional career.
Your career prospects on graduating this course will be excellent, with a vast range of roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors open to you. You could also start your own business. Potential roles include systems designer, developer or analyst, IT manager or project manager, information systems manager, business analyst, quality manager, quality assurance engineer, knowledge engineer, information systems auditor, web developer or customer support advisor.
You will be assessed through exams, your research project and other coursework, including research papers and extended abstracts, essays, reports, critical analyses of research issues, database exercises, posters, presentations and case study assignments. Some assessed work will be done in groups.
In general, between 30 and 50 per cent of your mark for each module will be based on coursework, and between 50 and 70 per cent will be assessed through an exam. You’ll receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed work.
Aims of the programme
The programme aims to:
Main learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:
Cognitive (thinking) skills
On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:
On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:
What you will learn from modules of this MSc
Information Systems Quality Management
This module is at the heart of Software Engineering Quality Management and aims to impart the knowledge and skills for the Engineering, monitoring, and improving information systems. Engineering good quality software products benefits from a controlled and managed development process.
Managing the complexity of organisations and the complexity and proliferation of information systems and their many failures demand specialised knowledge and skills. In particular, quality assurance engineers, project and systems managers and auditors need the knowledge and skills to monitor and assess both the software process and software artefacts in order to provide guidance and leadership for their improvement. The quality manager also needs to have the knowledge and skills for evaluation and selection of appropriate process models, methods, tools and human resources.
Postgraduate Computing Project
To give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake work that is independent - shaped largely by one’s own decisions and preferences; complete - accomplished from conception to delivery, via all stages in between; technically competent - employing techniques and exploiting knowledge gained during earlier parts of the programme; professionally and ethically compliant; supervised - working under the guidance but not instruction of a member of academic staff; academically sound - taking critical account of current knowledge and methods in the chosen specialist area.
Regulation of Electronic Commerce and Information Technology
This module focuses on the regulation of electronic commerce activities and associated technologies. It gives students an understanding of regulatory frameworks for electronic technologies and the underlying legal principles which govern electronic commerce.
The module critically examines the role of regulation in the commercial context of electronic transactions and how such regulation applies to these transactions. Legal and regulatory issues related to intellectual property, conducting business online, privacy, jurisdiction are among topics covered. In addition to the above, the module covers regulation in the broader context of professional and ethical issues relevant to the use of information technology.
Information System Strategy and Management
The business strategy of an organisation should be supported by Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) strategy. In order to achieve this, developing IS should be part of an organisation's strategic planning.
This module will explore major concepts, methods and technologies needed to develop business strategies for an organisation focusing on the Internet as the medium. Data management systems are now the central software of enterprise systems and the driving force behind e-commerce.
This module will cover the fundamentals of managing industrial data. The aim of the module is to integrate theory and practice in a holistic manner. This module also aims to give students the knowledge of how to use and manage information systems to bring value to the organisation.
Data Management for Decision Support
Data management systems are now the central software of most industrial data processing applications and the driving force behind Business Information Technology and E-Commerce.
This module covers the concepts and theories of managing industrial data such as implementation of large volume data storage, preserving data quality, data preparation for dimensional modelling. The module also explores technologies and algorithms for handling a large amount of data, i.e., data cleansing, data segmentation and data transformation, to discover knowledge from data warehouse.
This module presents state of the art technologies that support decision-making and provide problem solving capabilities to managers in industry. The module is designed to give an introduction into the theory of decision-making and management and some of the most widely used contemporary methods enabling modern decision support systems. In particular, the module explores theories in the domain of management decision making, for example, linear models, utility and decision-making under uncertainty.
The module provides students with an opportunity to examine how data management techniques can be applied in business information systems to enhance the decision making power of managers. The module also equips students with sufficient understanding of the current theory of decision making and its applications that address modern and future business needs.
Knowledge Management Strategies
To maintain competitive advantage in the knowledge economy, organisations need a knowledge management strategy. The aim of this module is to enable participants to draw upon the latest theory and practice in knowledge management to be able to assist organisations in developing knowledge management systems that nurture and exploit business, social and technological aspects of the organization.
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