MWM016-Strategic Information Management

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:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof David Lane


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module presents theories and practical applications relating to the management of information in support of strategic business objectives.

This module aims to develop the skills of potential senior managers to appreciate and apply strategic information management concepts in support of business objectives. It enables them to:

•Understand the principles of data, information and knowledge and their lifecycle necessary to drive and support business capability
•Critically assess the strategic use of information, information systems and tools and techniques necessary to optimise information use in business processes and systems
•Evaluate and improve the strategic use of information

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that programme members should be able to:

•evaluate critically the applicability of module concepts to specific organisational contexts (information audit, sourcing, systems development and change strategies);
•describe, analyse and evaluate the strategic design and implementation options of information activities and information management through manual and automated information systems using appropriate models and frameworks;
•describe, analyse and evaluate information management system designs, processes, and strategic impact and intent using appropriate models and frameworks to support business needs;
•employ strategic information management techniques to assess the current strategy and plan future information strategies in support of business activities;
•critically reflect on their strategic information analysis and demonstrate an understanding of the implications of their recommendations and interdependencies with other disciplines.

Additional outcomes:
Students will also develop team working skills through completion of group work, as well as IT skills and presentations skills.

Outline content:

Information is pervasive to human activity.  Efficient and effective use of information and systems in business context is critical to the development and continuation of a competitive business or an effective organisation.  The module begins with sets of concepts starting with the strategic role of information and basic principles of data, information and knowledge and their relationship and the quality and use of these elements with respect to the information infrastructure in a modern business.  The concept of strategic uses of information and data systems is introduced followed by an introduction to eBusiness principles and enterprise systems and their strategic use in supporting a business. The final set of lectures discuss resourcing/outsourcing practice and the management of strategic information management projects, concluded by a review of how these approaches can be practically used and implemented in an integrated manner to ensure alignment and change support of information activities to meet strategic and competitive business needs.

The course will sample from the following specific topics:

•        The Strategic Role of Information 

•        The Nature of Information

•        Information Systems Types and Development

•        Information and Infrastructure

•        eBusiness and Service Innovation

•        Enterprise Information Systems

•        Managing Complexity using Systems Thinking

•        Sourcing Information Services

•        Strategic Information Systems Projects

•        Implementing Information Strategy

The module integrates elements of strategic management, enterprise architecture, process and change management, sourcing theory and information and knowledge management to provide a holistic treatment of lifecycle of information and its management at strategic level in support of an organisation’s business goals

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module uses a blended-learning approach, incorporating self study, face-to-face workshop(s) and online tutor support. Key module content will be delivered in 10 half-day (3.5 hour) workshops. These workshops comprise a mixture of content delivery, discussion in class and break-out into group sessions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 35
Guided independent study 165
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assignment submission due in week 32

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the standard University policy. 

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Achieve a minimum of 50% in the coursework.

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who fail to achieve an overall module pass mark of 50% will be re-assessed by the failed element only, as below.

•         Reassessment by report (capped at 50%).  Date of resubmission to be advised by Programme Admin

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 2 May 2018


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