Module aims

1. To equip students with a theoretical, practical and systemic understanding of knowledge regarding the needs of organisations when strategically planning, re-engineering, and integrating Information Technology/ Systems (IT/S).
2. To provide a holistic knowledge of the critical role of current problems and /or new insights of IT/IS at both the corporate and business level such that students are ready to provide capability in IT/IS at functional levels of the business.
3. To provide a critical understanding of professional, ethical and legal issues in IT/IS implementation.
4. To facilitate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable both in business and IS/IT alignment in the context of current research and emerging trends.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion the student will be able to:

1. Critically appraise alternative IT/IS solutions against business needs, to bridge potential gaps in business and IT strategic alignment.
2. Conduct a critical evaluation of the effectiveness of various business requirements, design and integration techniques, and appraise critically alternative third party vendors and IT/IS solution providers.
3. Reflect on paradigms or philosophical enquiry and the application of systems and systems thinking, acknowledging the value of critical thinking in IS.
4. Evaluate critically the legal and ethical implications arising from new technologies in a business setting.
5. Make a critical appraisal of contemporary models and evaluate methodologies and practices of Business Process Modelling and Knowledge Management in the context of current research and emerging trends.

On completion the student will have had the opportunity to:

6. Students will be able to review and diagnose knowledge (tacit and explicit) sharing in organisations and build critical thinking skills
7. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as an individual and group member in order to carry out tasks linking theory to practice so developing new skills to a high level
8. Manipulate available learning resources in order to solve problems related to IS planning, re-engineering and integration.
9. Communicate the solutions arrived at, and the theory underlying them, in verbal and written form to specialists and non-specialist audiences
10. Appraise key issues in relevant literature and digital resources.

Assessment Policy

Reading List

Michael E. Porter on Competition

Project Management, 4th edition (by Harvey Maylor)

Exploring Corporate Strategy (by Gerry Johnson, Kevan Scholes, Richard Whittington)

Managing information in organizations: a practical guide to implementing an information management strategy - Sharon Cox 2014

Business information systems - Paul Beynon-Davies 2013

Business information systems and technology: a primer - Brian Lehaney, Phil Lovett, Mahmood Shah 2011

Strategic information systems management - Kevin Grant, Ray Hackney, David Edgar 2010

Strategic management and information systems: an integrated approach - Wendy Robson 1997

Information security management principles - Andy Taylor, David Alexander, Amanda Finch, David Sutton 2013