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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS7021
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtSemester 1
Contact Hours

36 hours lectures (12 weeks x 3)

3 hour session per week – lectures, seminars, team working and individual research.

Module PersonnelMaria Loomes and Diana Wilson
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • understand the role of IS leadership
  • discuss the various business skills that are required of IS/IT managers and chief information officers and the future challenges of these roles
  • engage with the business to prepare, agree and implement IS strategies and policies
  • prepare and present initiatives with a company board and senior management;
  • discuss the principal theories and models of IS strategic management;
  • detect and avoid the engagement and communications problems that often occur in IS management;
Learning Aims

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the theories, models and professional practise associated with establishing, developing and implementing information systems (IS) policies, strategies and plans.

Module Content

Overview of the IS field with an emphasis on technology leadership.    IS strategy and policy development.  Barriers and IT function communications issues and problems. The adoption of solutions/tools to improve IT capability and value contribution by a CIO and the IS function.

Recommended Reading List

Reading material will be handed out and appropriate references / links advised.  Other resources will be presented in class.

Module Prerequisites
Assessment Details

Assessment will be based on a team assignment worth 40% and two individual assignments – one of 20% and one worth 40%   

All of the submissions must achieve a pass mark and all will be completed before the start of Semester 2.

Academic Year of Data2017/18