17 September 2018
14 January 2019
1 year full-time
Places available (subject to change)
About the course
Information Systems (IS) as a discipline is a combination of IT systems, business analysis, organisational and management theory, psychology and sociology that have found their home in IS. This is largely because these diverse areas are required now in increasingly complex organisational environments.
An organisation’s critical work systems are linked to the Information Systems that supports them. In the context of this course we assume the term ‘information system’ involves computer technology. However, the course places more emphasis on the human and organisational aspects of IS than on the computer systems that may form part of them.
This course has been developed to deliver the higher level, essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a role managing large-scale information systems. It will encourages you to reflect on the bigger picture of information systems management by taking a wider perspective on the strategic challenges that occur.
The course will enable you to develop the skills and expertise required to become an innovative problem solver who can bridge the gap between those focused on IT and those focused on business.
At Huddersfield, pioneering, prestigious projects attract external funding and high calibre researchers to join our community. Our continuing commitment to excellence in computing is reflected in the achievements of our staff, students and business partnerships. Our staff are innovative and creative practitioners who bring energy and enthusiasm to their work.
Professor Steve Donnelly, Dean, School of Computing and Engineering
Effective Research and Professional Practice
This module aims to provide you with skills that are key to helping you become a successful computing researcher or practitioner. You'll get the opportunity to study topics including the nature of research, the scientific method, research methods, literature review and referencing. The module aims to cover the structure of research papers and project reports, reviewing research papers, ethical issues (including plagiarism), defining projects, project management, writing project reports and making presentations.
Methods and Modelling
The development of a modern information system should be a disciplined exercise, utilising well-defined principles for good design and construction. This needs to acknowledge both bespoke development and package-integration as complementary parts of a project. This requires an understanding of contemporary architectures, scoping of functionality, methods for elaborating systems analysis into good designs, and control of projects to ensure timely and high-quality deliverables. The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and critical understanding of modern software and information systems (IS) development methods, covering model-centric methods and light (model-averse) methods, and to further develops skills in the principles and practice of good information systems architecture and design, using object-oriented approaches. In addition, you should develop an understanding of the principles and practice of project control, using iterative development approaches.
Information and Knowledge Management
In an increasingly dynamic environment, organisations require flexible and effective information and knowledge management frameworks to identify, model and share critical information and knowledge within the organisation and its environment and also to communicate appropriately with external parties. In this context, the module explores how organisations can better manage their information and knowledge for strategic advantage (intellectual capital). You'll consider issues such as the social, cultural and political aspects of using, providing and accessing information. You will also be exposed to the practicalities of developing appropriate information strategies and information system solutions demanded by today’s interconnected business.
Change and Project Management
This module aims to cover planning for different types of change – discontinuous, radical, incremental or continuous, focusing on both the human and organisational impacts of these changes. As a manager it’s important for you to be able to incorporate management theory and concepts within your working practice. This module aims to help you understand how planning and project management provide opportunities for you to manage change more effectively and efficiently. You’ll have the opportunity to study project management methods, tools and techniques as well as developing an understanding of risk.
Working in multidisciplinary groups, you will act as teams of consultants, employed by an ICT company on behalf of a client. Each team will be given a project outline that will require further clarification and agreement with both client and tutor before submitting a 'project requirements specification' for sign-off. The work will involve proposing/researching a solution, based on the specification, then designing, and finally developing, a prototype system. Data protection and privacy, computer misuse and crime, intellectual property and copyright, software liability and contracts and Internet security issues will be addressed within the scenario where applicable. You'll take turns to act out various roles within the team appropriate to your skills as identified during the module through self-awareness and peer reviews. Thus you should benefit from a wide range of experiences, learning new skills, as well as seeing some tasks and skills in a different light. Projects are carefully selected to require innovative thinking and design input taking account of relevant socio-technical and business issues.
Web and Network Services
This module considers how the Internet can be used to provide services, such as the web enabled provision of information, cloud computing and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). As well as providing a service the Internet can also be used as a medium for the control of remote agents, such as robotic devices, and within this you’ll consider the technologies that facilitate the provision of remote access control. This module also provides you with the opportunity to to explore contemporary research areas regarding Internet related subjects.
This module will cover basic ontology languages, semantic modelling, linked data principles, semantic query languages and basic reasoning methods for processing semantic data. Working both individually and in teams, you will be introduced to industry practice.
This module enables you to work independently on a project related to a self-selected problem. A key feature in this final stage of the course is that you will be encouraged to undertake an in-company project with an external Client. Where appropriate, however, the Project may be undertaken with an internal Client - research-active staff - on larger research and knowledge transfer projects. The Project is intended to be integrative, a culmination of knowledge, skills, competencies and experiences acquired in other modules, coupled with further development of these assets. In the case where an external client is involved, both the Client and Student will be required to sign a learning agreement that clearly outlines scope, responsibilities and ownership of the project and its products or other deliverables. The Project will be student-driven, with the clear onus on you to negotiate agreement, and communicate effectively, with all parties involved at each stage of the Project.
You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, practicals in computer labs and independent study. Modules are delivered over three terms, ending with the Group Project and individual Master’s Project and Dissertation in the final term.
Assessment will include coursework and peer review and reflect the emphasis of the course on the ability to apply knowledge and skills.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
You will need to complete all modules to progress onto the Individual Project.
Entry requirements for this course are normally:
An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in business computing/IS/ICT-related subject or an equivalent professional qualification.
Other qualifications and/or experience that demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at an Honours degree level.
Substantial (5+ years) relevant industry experience in a management role.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.
For more information see the Research section of our website.
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