MM258-An Introduction to the Management of Information Systems

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Stephen Gulliver


Summary module description:
This module introduces students to the interplay of management, organisational and information technology dimensions of information systems. It allows students to appreciate the symbiotic relationship between company information infrastructures and business capability.

This module is delivered at University of Reading and Beijing Institute of Technology.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals that underline the design, implementation, control, evaluation, and strategic use of computer-based information systems for business data processing, automation, information reporting, and decision-making. After an overview of the conceptual foundations underlying information systems, the course covers considers, form a business perspective, specific types of information systems and their purpose in modern business. Although the course considers some information technology, content focus primarily on information management from a management perspective.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the Module students should be able to:
• identify the fundamental concepts and theoretical constructs relating to the management of information systems (MIS);
• describe the capabilities and limitations of MIS solutions;
• apply appropriate theories and models to issues involving the business and competitive effects of MIS strategies;
• analyse the issues involved with the deployment and use of an organisation’s information systems;
• discuss the key business and strategy implications related to information systems management.

Additional outcomes:
At the end of the Module students should benefit from:
• Improved analytical and evaluation skills
• Improved commercial solution awareness.
• Heightened general business awareness.

Outline content:
• The origins, current standing and future trends in the field of MIS
• Strategic alignment of IS and business strategy
• A management view of the key elements of IS: databases, networks, software, hardware
• A management viewpoint on some core techniques; data analysis, functional decomposition, business process re-engineering, and the management of change
• How IS investment adds value and creates competitive advantage
• Internet, e-commerce, websites and the wider digital future
• Information systems development

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures provide the base material and case studies. This module has a strong use of practical business examples taken from real life cases. Coursework feed-forward support and three 2 hr summer revision tutorials are provided to students to support preparation for assessment points.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
Tutorials 6
Project Supervision 2
Guided independent study 168
Total hours by term 194.00 6.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:
The assessment consists of two components: a written coursework assignment (30%) and an exam (70%).

Coursework: One 3000 word essay needs to be handed in by the end of the Spring term. To prepare an essay, students will need to research a particular topic and conduct an analysis of a case study.

Examination: Students will also sit a 2-hour paper that will constitute 70% of the overall marks. The examination will test the theoretical aspects of the module.

Formative assessment methods:
Feed forward is provided to all students in the autumn term on a project draft in advance of final coursework submission. A pre-examination tutorial is given to student with additional revision material to support students in the examination.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 hours. Students are required to answer, in full, four of eight questions.

    Requirements for a pass:
    Students will be required to obtain a mark of 40% in both coursework and examination.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Students will be allowed to re-submit their coursework, but marks will be capped at 40%. A re-sit examination will be available, if required, to students who fail the examination component.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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