MM258: An Introduction to the Management of Information Systems

MM258: An Introduction to the Management of Information Systems

Module code: MM258

Module provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting; Henley Business School

Credits: 20

Level: Level 2 (Intermediate)

When you'll be taught: Semester 2

Module convenor: Dr Stephen Gulliver, email:

Pre-requisite module(s):

Co-requisite module(s):

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite module(s):

Module(s) excluded:

Placement information: No placement specified

Academic year: 2024/5

Available to visiting students: Yes

Talis reading list: Yes

Last updated: 28 May 2024


Module aims and purpose

This module considers the management of business Information Systems, and introduces students to the interplay between management, organisational, and information technology IS dimensions. It covers enterprise applications and allows students to appreciate the symbiotic relationship between company information infrastructures and business capability. This module is delivered at both Beijing Institute of Technology (Semester 1) and University of Reading (Semester 2).

This course introduces students to the fundamentals that underline the design, implementation, control, evaluation, and strategic use of information systems in business. After introducing conceptual foundations underlying information systems, the course considers, from a business perspective, categories of information systems and their purpose in modern business. Although the course considers some information technology issues, the course aims to deliver a socio-technical perspective of information management from a management perspective.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to: 

  1. Identify the fundamental concepts and theoretical constructs concerning management of Information Systems (IS) 
  2. Describe the capabilities and limitations of the technology upon which IS is structured. 
  3. Consider appropriate theories and models related to business and competitive effects of IS strategies. 
  4. Discuss and analyse issues involved with the development and use of an organisation's information systems resources: data, information, application systems and hardware.

At the end of the Module students should benefit from: 

  1. Improved analytical and evaluation skills 
  2. Improved commercial solution awareness. 
  3. Heightened general business awareness. 

Module content

  • The origins, current standing, and future trends in the field of IS
  • Strategic alignment of IS and business strategy
  • A management view of the key dimensions of IS: management, organisational and information technology
  • A management viewpoint of some core techniques, e.g., functional decomposition, data analysis, business process re-engineering, management of change, etc.
  • How IS investment, if managed, can add value, and create a competitive advantage
  • Internet, e-commerce, websites, and the wider digital future
  • Information systems development / implementation lifecycles


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, and online material, provide student with content delivery; and include numerous case studies and classroom activities. This module includes consideration of practical business examples taken from real life cases. Lecture and coursework is supported by weekly 1hr seminars.

Coursework feed forward and Q&A seminars are provided to students to support preparation for assessment points.

Note that the module is taught at BIT in Semester 1; hours are identical to those shown for the UK in Semester 2.

Study hours

At least 30 hours of scheduled teaching and learning activities will be delivered in person, with the remaining hours for scheduled and self-scheduled teaching and learning activities delivered either in person or online. You will receive further details about how these hours will be delivered before the start of the module.

 Scheduled teaching and learning activities  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Lectures 25
Seminars 15
Project Supervision
Practical classes and workshops
Supervised time in studio / workshop
Scheduled revision sessions
Feedback meetings with staff
External visits
Work-based learning

 Self-scheduled teaching and learning activities  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Directed viewing of video materials/screencasts
Participation in discussion boards/other discussions
Feedback meetings with staff
Other 80
Other (details) Coursework preparation

 Placement and study abroad  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Study abroad

Please note that the hours listed above are for guidance purposes only.

 Independent study hours  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Independent study hours 80

Please note the independent study hours above are notional numbers of hours; each student will approach studying in different ways. We would advise you to reflect on your learning and the number of hours you are allocating to these tasks.

Semester 1 The hours in this column may include hours during the Christmas holiday period.

Semester 2 The hours in this column may include hours during the Easter holiday period.

Summer The hours in this column will take place during the summer holidays and may be at the start and/or end of the module.


Requirements for a pass

Students need to achieve an overall module mark of 40% to pass.

Summative assessment

Type of assessment Detail of assessment % contribution towards module mark Size of assessment Submission date Additional information
Written coursework assignment Report 40 3,000 word report UK Semester 2, Teaching Week 10 and BIT Semester 1 Teaching Week 10 Coursework one consists of a case-based coursework assignment in which students define and justify the information system (IS) problem scope being considered, ii) critically consider possible solutions and select and justify a recommendation, and iii) develop and justify an IS implementation plan. To prepare this report, students will need to undertake considerable research and conduct analysis of this problem domain in context of the case.
Written coursework assignment Critical Evaluation 60 5x 800 words UK Semester 2, Assessment Week 3 and BIT Semester 1 Assessment Week 3 This requires students to critically evaluate five questions, which will be updated for each cohort. For each question the student must present a critical response to some aspect of theory. Each question reflects 20% of the final coursework mark and needs to be handed in 4 weeks after the end Teaching Week 11.

Penalties for late submission of summative assessment

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

Assessments with numerical marks

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of three working days;
  • the mark awarded due to the imposition of the penalty shall not fall below the threshold pass mark, namely 40% in the case of modules at Levels 4-6 (i.e. undergraduate modules for Parts 1-3) and 50% in the case of Level 7 modules offered as part of an Integrated Masters or taught postgraduate degree programme;
  • where the piece of work is awarded a mark below the threshold pass mark prior to any penalty being imposed, and is submitted up to three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline), no penalty shall be imposed;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

Assessments marked Pass/Fail

  • where the piece of work is submitted within three working days of the deadline (or any formally agreed extension of the deadline): no penalty will be applied;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension of the deadline): a grade of Fail will be awarded.

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.

Formative assessment

Formative assessment is any task or activity which creates feedback (or feedforward) for you about your learning, but which does not contribute towards your overall module mark.

Students can gain formative assessment on a single one-page project plan before lecture 6. Submissions can be sent informally to the local tutor as agreed in class.


Type of reassessment Detail of reassessment % contribution towards module mark Size of reassessment Submission date Additional information
Written coursework assignment Report 40 3,000 words During the University resit period August/September Case-based coursework assignment
Written coursework assignment Report 60 5x 800 words (max) During the University's resit period August/September Critical Evaluation

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