Information Systems Management (with Placement) MSc

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020

18 January 2021

Duration

18 months with placement

Places available (subject to change)

5

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

This course is specifically aimed at International students, supporting those wishing to gain practical work based experiential learning. Together with studying your chosen course we are offering an additional 6 month placement opportunity, making the course 18 months in length. This allows students with limited experience to put into practice the skills and techniques developed throughout the Master’s degree.

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.

Students studying this course will also be provided with access to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) resources during their studies with us.

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.

Information Systems Management is the study of how technological innovations can be used to achieve strategic goals. As a postgraduate student at the University you will be working with researchers on ways in which the most recent and advanced technologies can be used to solve organisational problems.

Steve Wade

Dr Steve Wade, Lecturer in Computer Science

Course detail

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.

Data Mining

Data mining is a collection of tools, methods and statistical techniques for exploring and extracting meaningful information from large data sets. It is a rapidly growing field due to the increasing quantity of data gathered by organisations. There is a potential high value in discovering the patterns contained within such data collections. This module looks at different data mining techniques and gives students the chance to use appropriate data-mining tools in order to evaluate the quality of the discovered knowledge. Topics studied include looking at the value of data; approaches to preparing data for exploration; supervised and un-supervised approaches to data mining; exploring unstructured data; social impact of data mining. Current application areas and research topics in data mining will also be discussed and students will be expected to develop their knowledge such that they are able to contribute to such discussions and to increase their background knowledge and understanding of issues and developments associated with data mining.

Software Development

This module brings together database, object-oriented semantics and web authoring skills using an appropriate set of development tools to enable the student to construct distinct software artefacts. The module provides an introduction to the programming and design techniques used to produce information systems that meet their required specifications. This will involve the modelling of business activity, the information that supports decision making and instances of significant events and actions. Student will acquire skills in programming languages capable of implementing object-oriented and web script software and will also be able to select and apply design techniques to enable an appropriate choice of semantic components and implemented software components to meet the requirements of a given software system.

Databases for Large Data-sets

The data needs of modern Enterprises and organisations require a more flexible approach to data management than that offered by traditional relational database management systems (RDBMS). With organizations increasingly looking to Big Data to provide valuable business insights, it has become clear that new approaches are required to handle these new data requirements. Primarily focusing on non-relational data models, this module introduces students to alternative approaches to modelling the data needs of an organization. It also provides students with an opportunity to use non-relational databases and database technologies to build robust and effective organizational information systems. The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts, core principles, formalism, and practical skills that underpin modern data system where students will develop a practical understanding of methods, techniques and architectures required to build big data systems in order to extract information from large heterogeneous data sets.

Semantic Web

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.

Individual Project

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.

Professional Development and Practice

This module provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their professional practice during their Masters degree by undertaking a period of development through study or by working with a company, research group or within a teaching environment in the UK or overseas. This module encourages students to reflect on their technical, personal and professional development experiences, and to identify their learning from these experiences.

You will need to complete all modules to progress onto the Individual Project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a Business Computing, Information Systems or IT (Information Technology) related subject or equivalent professional qualification
  • Applicants with other appropriate profession qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake a 6 month placement at the end of the taught element.This may be by working in a company, a research group or within a teaching environment.A placement can help you build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course.

The placement is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with work experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding a suitable placement opportunity. Students will have access to lecture capture to pick up advice on CVs, cover letters, speculative applications, online applications, and interviews. In addition, students will have access to the placement drop-in sessions for one-to-one advice and have a mock interview.

Teaching excellence

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.

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student life

Enhance your career


Graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as Graduate UX Designer, Service Desk Analyst and IT Consultant in organisations such as Kirklees Council, Sainsburys PLc and FGH (Freemans Grattan Holdings).**

* Percentage of our postgraduate students who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

** Source: LinkedIn, January 2019

93.8%*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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