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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS4103
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtMichaelmas Term
Contact Hours1 x 3hr lecture throughout first semester
Module PersonnelMaria Loomes, Denise Leahy
Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the role and evolution of the IS function in organisations of different types  and be able to  discuss and understand the key factors influencing the  future direction  and role of an IS function
  • Identify the capabilities needed to manage the IS/IT function in contemporary organisations, and apply this knowledge to select potential candidates for a CIO role(Chief Information Officer) in different organisations
  • Discuss the essential functions of a CIO including IS Leadership,  the creation and importance of IS strategies, plans, governance structures and portfolio investment strategies
  • Demonstrate a business-driven approach to leadership of the IS function that shows an understanding of where IS is of  its strategic importance to an organisation
  • Stay abreast of new technologies and industry trends using information from a range of sources, including academic and professional research, to inform professional practice.
Learning Aims

This module covers the leadership and management of the corporate IS function in its broadest sense, covering IS business engagement, applications development & support, outsourcing and operations & telecommunications functional management.  It focuses on IS leadership challenges and the management of IS futures. Through participative case studies, students gain experience & understanding of today’s key IS management & leadership issues.

Module Content
Recommended Reading List

Pearlson, K., Saunders, C. (2013), Strategic management of Information Systems, (5th edition), Wiley, ISBN 978-1-118-32254-3

McNurlin, C., Sprague, H. (2009), Information Systems Management in Practice (8th Ed.), Pearson International. ISBN13: 978-0-13-157951-4


McNurlin, C., Sprague, H. (2014), Information Systems Management in Practice (8th Ed.), Pearson International. ISBN13: 978-1-292-02354-0

Module PrerequisitesCS3104 Information Systems Strategy
CS3103 Business, Management and IT
Assessment Details

All of above assessment details are yet to be confirmed.

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Academic Year of Data2014/15