Information Systems Management MSc

2020-21

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Start date

28 September 2020

Duration

2 years part time

Places available (subject to change)

20

About the course

This Masters course has been designed to equip computing, computing in business and graduates from a related discipline, with the higher level skills to analyse, model, design, evaluate and manage information systems (IS) successfully within an organisation.

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 information systems. This is largely because these diverse areas are now required 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. During this course, you’ll have access to:

  • Specialist computer packages
  • Lab facilities available 24/7

Graduates from this course should possess the necessary skills to be able to manage operational change. This will allow you to compete particularly strongly for management positions that bridge the perceived business/IT gap, such as in project management, change management and business systems analysis, design and management.

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 Information Systems

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.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, 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.

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|http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/] 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. We are one of the four leading institutions in the country for National Teaching Fellowships, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It's part of our drive for teaching excellence, which helps you to achieve great things too.

  5. 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.

In the School of Computing and Engineering we have a dedicated guidance team that provides the students that need it, guidance and support on both academic and non-curriculum matters. These may include:

Settling in Personal development Health and wellbeing Balancing work and studies Exam and assignment preparation Staying the course (attendance, change course, extensions etc.) *Study skills and Technical English support from our Academic Skills Tutor

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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