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MSc Information Systems and Business Management

Course Overview

The course introduces non-specialists to a range of business functional areas so that you become knowledgeable and effective managers. You develop a deep understanding of organisations and their external context. You also learn how to manage yourself, and others, in a supportive and academic environment.

For some time, the British Computing Society has been promoting the idea of managers who can bridge a number of different areas. This course is a response to this, and has been designed for students who want careers encompassing management information systems, the strategic management of business IT, web analytics and digital business management.

You will study the latest IT/IS applications in business organisations, such as enterprise resource planning, web analytics, social networking, cloud computing and business intelligence. Another theme will address the rapid rates of change in IT by focusing on the importance of achieving effective interaction of IT/IS with business strategy.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Information Systems and Business Management

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration

    12 to 17 months

    Tuition fees

    £9,900

    Intakes

    March, May, October & November

    Work placement

    Yes

    Course location

    Luton

Academic entry requirements

A good UK honours degree or equivalent in the area of Information Systems.

For those without a first degree you may be granted entry on the basis of your industrial work experience. Such work experience should total five or more years in a related subject area.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

The course uses a range of assessment methods. You are required to undertake a variety of individually based assessments. These assessments include individual essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, examinations, and a Dissertation. We designed the assessments to test your knowledge and understanding of the appropriate subject matter, but also to allow you to demonstrate the range of management skills.

The assessment strategy underlines the programmes emphasis on research and independent thinking, critical knowledge of theory and practice, the ability to make information decisions and communicate these under time pressure and, finally, the all-important skills of teamwork and oral communication of ideas.

The written assignments and reports contribute to the learning outcomes focusing on your ability to research and critically evaluate elements of the curriculum in depth. All assessments are rigorous and academic in nature, and as such require you to use a blend of formal academic sources

The end-of-unit examinations focus primarily on critical discussion of theory and current practice and provide the reassurance of guaranteed student authorship, and a true measure of your own ability and understanding.

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

On completing this course you are likely to progress into career areas including junior management in a range of possible functional areas, become an entrepreneur, work as an analyst in the IT industry, enrol in a fast track post-graduate scheme in a major international organisation.

Modules

Semester 1

  • Financial Analysis (15 credits)
  • Business Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Intercultural Business Contexts (15 credits)
  • Marketing (15 credits)

 

Semester 2

  • Digital Business Management (15 credits)
  • Managing People (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management of Information Systems (15 credits)
  • Web Analytics (15 credits)

 

Semester 3

  • Information Systems and Business Management Dissertation (60 credits)

 

Reasons for choosing this course

  • Study core areas of business and management and their relationship to information technology and information systems on an intellectually rigorous, innovative and multi-disciplinary course
  • Explore how the full benefits of modern technologies can be realised, and address the problems associated with increasingly rapid rates of change in the information technology and business environment
  • Develop the organisational and people skills required to break down barriers between IT and business
  • Gain the ability to make critical high-level managerial and organisational decisions, and learn critical thinking and creativity in analysis, synthesis and appraisal
  • Benefit from practical experience and a critical appreciation of software products, and develop an understanding of the management of information systems in the context of the organisational issues and challenges on business and wider society

 

Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • Combine a depth of knowledge and a systematic understanding of business management and information systems
     
  • Justify the usage of relevant knowledge to a range of situations taking account of the relationship and interaction of IT/IS with business strategy and other areas of business functions
     
  • Develop a critical awareness of current and emerging issues of information systems in business and management which is informed by research and practice in the field
     
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of appropriate techniques sufficient to allow investigation into relevant IT/IS and business management issues that requires familiarity with a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies, and as such to inform the overall learning process
     
  • Integrate creative judgement into the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how techniques of research and enquiry are used to develop and interpret knowledge in business and management, with a particular emphasis regarding information systems and their influence upon applied solutions
     
  • Develop the ability to acquire and analyse complex data and information, to evaluate their relevance and validity, and to synthesise information in the context of new situations
     
  • Demonstrate a high level of conceptual understanding to:
  • Apply and evaluate the concepts, applications and impacts of information systems on business management and organisation
  • Extrapolate from existing research and scholarship to identify new or revised approaches to practice and the solutions offered, particularly concerning the role of emerging information systems and strategic application and management of information systems have to play
     
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using a range of media

 

How this course will enhance your career prospects:

You will gain valuable skills for a career within Information Management and Security as well as those relevant for the wider world of IT and business.

The unit ‘Professional Project Management’ requires you to work in a team to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

The final project fosters independent and autonomous study. You learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.

This programme is ideal for both Computing and non-Computing graduates who are looking for a course that allows them to gain skills and experience in managing data securely with respect to a business environment. It provides a balance of concepts and technical (hands-on) aspects and allows a graduate to demonstrate proficiency in management, as well as hands on approaches to information management.
 

Graduate impact statement

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Become effective and efficient junior managers, able to synthesise information and produce meaningful written and verbal outcomes
     
  • Evaluate critically a range of inputs to an effective standard, either in a report, research dissertation, or presenting a variety of facts and ideas publically and effectively. They will be skilled in understanding the nature of Information Systems
     
  • Conceptualise and appraise data into an appropriate format for a range of businesses. You should demonstrate imagination and originality when solving problems, rigour when researching, and create new opportunities in your chosen area of Management