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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS3103
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtMichaelmas and Hilary Term
Contact Hours

Two semesters, 1.5 hr lecture per week

Module PersonnelDiana Wilson
Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Recognise and define different organisational models and apply this understanding in work involving leadership, teamwork and negotiation
  • Apply critical thinking skills to challenge organisational models and to synthesise new models
  • Discuss and debate issues that affect the modern organisation and assess the viability of solutions e.g. teleworking, outsourcing, globalisation
  • Understand and question the role of IS in the modern organisation, and apply this thinking in the preparation of technology audits and impact statements
  • Predict and justify possible future scenarios of the nature of work, extrapolating realistically from events and contexts through problem assessment and problem-solving
  • Apply project management, negotiation, problem resolution, presentation and interpersonal communication skills in a team setting
  • Write for different audiences in a variety of formats including white paper, report, semi-formal and academic styles.
Learning Aims

This module covers organisational theories with an emphasis on the role of Information Systems within the workplace and its relationship with workers. Although conventional and classic organisation theory is studied, the perspective is from an unorthodox and radical perspective in order to encourage critical (social) analysis.

Module Content
Recommended Reading List

Tosi, Henry L, (2009), Theories of Organization, Sage.  
Grey, C. (2005) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Organizations, SAGE, ISBN 141290191X, 9781412901918.

Handouts, articles and recommended websites will be provided to students throughout the course

Module Prerequisites
Assessment Details

All of above assessment details are yet to be confirmed.

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Academic Year of Data2014/15