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Information systems are spreading into every sphere of business and non-business organisations. Read more
Information systems are spreading into every sphere of business and non-business organisations. They herald the dawn of a new 'Information Age' in which information, information systems and information technology are recognised as key organisational resources and in which management activities become more information-intensive. Yet the majority of information systems - including e-government, e-commerce, and e-development systems - are under-performing or are failures.

A key cause of this problem is the gap of knowledge, of skills, of culture and of language that exists between functional managers and information systems professionals.

The aim of this Masters degree is to close that gap by training individual staff to become 'hybrid managers'. Hybrid managers are those who understand both the job of management in its organisational setting and the role, management and jargon of information, information systems and information technology. These individuals will be in a strong position to lead the successful development and implementation of new information systems in their organisations.

At the end of the programme, participants will have been provided with:
-Conceptual frameworks to understand the role of management of information, of information technology and of information systems in organisations.
-New knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development implementation and management of information systems.
-New knowledge and skills to help in the effective management and change of organisations.

Special features

An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is included in the programme fee. In addition, participants may undertake research visits to organisations applying information systems in practice in the UK. Field courses may be scheduled at any point during the twelve-month period of the degree programme and this may include during University vacations. Successful applicants are expected to be available to attend.

Countries to be visited may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The Global Development Institute (GDI) cannot guarantee that where visas are required for the field course, they will be granted. GDI will ensure that, in the unlikely event this occurs, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 24 months. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director first and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off. Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to develop two groups: functional managers who wish to take greater control over, and make a more direct contribution to, change in their organisations via the development and implementation of information systems; and information systems professionals who wish to improve the success rate of the information systems they develop or use, and who may also wish to upgrade their management skills and knowledge.

It will be relevant to those with career trajectories in the private, public, and NGO sectors, and it is particularly appropriate for those working in or with newly developed, transitional and developing countries. Our graduates have an impressive career record in the UK or in their home countries.

GDI has a large and diverse postgraduate population, with 85% of our students drawn from outside the UK, particularly from Africa, Asia and Western Europe, but also reaching out to Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific. Graduates from the MSc M&IS programme have gone on to careers that typically incorporate a mix of management, information systems and information technology responsibilities such as business analysis, change management, and e-business and e-government roles with public, private and NGO sector organisations. Others have pursued further academic study leading to a PhD and academic/research consulting careers. Since its foundation, GDI has trained over 7000 individuals from 170 different countries.

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Information systems are spreading into every sphere of business and non-business organisations. Read more
Information systems are spreading into every sphere of business and non-business organisations. They herald the dawn of a new 'Information Age' in which information, information systems and information technology are recognised as key organisational resources and in which management activities become more information-intensive. Yet the majority of information systems - including e-government, e-commerce, and e-development systems - are under-performing or are failures.

A key cause of this problem is the gap of knowledge, of skills, of culture and of language that exists between functional managers and information systems professionals.

Aims

The aim of this Masters degree is to close that gap by training individual staff to become 'hybrid managers'. Hybrid managers are those who understand both the job of management in its organisational setting and the role, management and jargon of information, information systems and information technology. These individuals will be in a strong position to lead the successful development and implementation of new information systems in their organisations.

At the end of the programme, participants will have been provided with:
-Conceptual frameworks to understand the role of information, of information technology and of information systems in organisations
-New knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development implementation and management of information systems
-New knowledge and skills to help in the effective management and change of organisations

Teaching and learning

The distance learning programme starts annually every January.

Participants study on the distance learning degree without leaving home or interrupting their careers. A typical study route would involve completion of four compulsory modules in the first year of study, and completion of the remaining four modules in the second year. A dissertation is undertaken in the first half of the third year. Using this route, participants complete the full Master's programme in two-and-a-half years. For example, those starting in January 2016 would complete in July 2018.

However, the programme is flexible and can accommodate faster or slower study and completion speeds in order to take account of work, family or other personal commitments. For example, after completing teaching period one, students can accelerate their study by spending a twelve-week semester in Manchester, studying alongside students on our face-to-face Master's programmes. Students can also slow down, perhaps taking only one module rather than two in a particular teaching period, or taking a complete break of a teaching period during which no modules are studied. Different study plans are possible as long as students complete the programme within four and a half years.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to develop two groups of participants: functional managers who wish to take greater control over, and make a more direct contribution to, change in their organisations via the development and implementation of information systems; and information systems professionals who wish to improve the success rate of the information systems they develop or use, and who may also wish to upgrade their management skills and knowledge.

It will be relevant to those with career trajectories in the private, public, and NGO sectors, and it is particularly appropriate for those working in or with newly-developed, transitional and developing countries.

The Global Development Institute (GDI) has a large and diverse postgraduate population, with 85% of our students drawn from outside the UK, particularly from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe, but also reaching out to Latin America, North America and the Pacific. Graduates from the MSc M&IS programme have gone on to careers that typically incorporate a mix of management, information systems and information technology responsibilities such as business analysis, change management, and e-business and e-government roles with public, private and NGO sector organisations. Others have pursued further academic study leading to a PhD and academic/research consulting careers, including study with the University's Centre for Development Informatics.

Since its foundation, GDI has trained over 7,000 individuals from 170 different countries.

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This course builds upon typical computing courses available at undergraduate level and develops new knowledge and skills in areas critical for the successful introduction of information systems into business enterprises and organisations. Read more
This course builds upon typical computing courses available at undergraduate level and develops new knowledge and skills in areas critical for the successful introduction of information systems into business enterprises and organisations.

Information systems (IS) today are large, complex, varied in form and distributed, serving different types of people who use a variety of devices to access information. Specialists who recognise diverse business needs, and have a systematic approach to understanding the impact of technology on organisations, are essential to the success of any IS/IT strategy. Equal in importance to the architectures of systems and the supporting technologies, is the management and delivery of content, whether in the form of data, documents, images and sound.

Increasingly, the fundamental systems comprise digital architectures and networks which then embody and enable the distribution of digital content. Developed information systems are in reality socio-technical systems incorporating people, technologies and content. The information systems specialist becomes a more broadly based information professional as they extend their range and scope of operations towards the end users and their environments. Providing services to users and people at large and ensuring information resources deliver value is equally a part of the wider world of information systems.

Course detail

The course also provides a route for people with other backgrounds and experience to engage with the world of information systems. It helps you gain a full understanding of how information systems are designed and constructed, and of the impact of technology and its integration into an organisation.

It will also give you the skills you need to work effectively in a business-consulting environment, and provide a solid basis for research.

Modules

• Enterprise Architecture
• Knowledge Management
• Consultancy and Technical Innovation
• Information Systems Project Management
• UML Component Modelling
• Advanced Rich Media (optional)
• Data Architecture (optional)
• Security Management (optional)
• HCI for Information Systems (optional)
• Mobile Applications Development (optional)
• Research Methods
• Dissertation.

Format

Diverse methods are used to explore all aspects of the field. A strong supportive culture exists amongst the course tutors which enables students to achieve their potential.

Assessment

Course assessed work is a significant part of the total assessment. There is practical work, report writing, critical academic writing and the skills and knowledge gained in these contribute to a capacity to deliver a high quality dissertation.

There are a number of end of module exams. Course tutors provide appropriate support throughout the module to ensure candidates are well prepared.

Career and study progression

The course aims to provide routes into a number of career options and positions. There are good opportunities for employment in the core IS and ICT functions at the development and service levels. Employers require information officers, librarians, information service staff, content and intelligence gatherers and analysts, researchers, editors, searchers and intermediaries, advice and assistance workers, data managers, management information systems staff, as well as multimedia content workers, mapping specialists and cartographers, marketing research, public relations and communication staff. All these wider information professional positions are grounded in the fundamental core the discipline of information systems and the broader computing and ICT environment.

Graduates have a good record of achieving employment and progressing in professional information work especially in the voluntary and private sector as well as in the public sector.

Outstanding graduates have gone on to further study at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL and at other institutions. We actively encourage students with potential for research to make their interest known early on in their course.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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Information drives businesses. Without it, they cease to function. Whether for day-to-day operations or strategic decision-making, there is an imperative to record, manage and use information. Read more
Information drives businesses. Without it, they cease to function. Whether for day-to-day operations or strategic decision-making, there is an imperative to record, manage and use information.

The Master of Business Information Systems (MBIS) prepares you for careers in systems design, planning and management, as well as knowledge and information management. You gain the expertise to design solutions to business information problems, and to offer strategic guidance to organisations that will enhance their management and governance.

As an MBIS graduate, you may find work as a business analyst, systems analyst, consultant, project leader, IT manager, information management specialist, archivist or librarian.

The MBIS caters to students from a variety of backgrounds. If you do not have previous training in IT, the course includes preparatory units that will give you the IT knowledge needed for the remainder of the course. However, if you already have a degree in IT, you can accelerate your study with an exemption from these preparatory units, or perhaps study further elective units in areas of your choice.

The course gives you an opportunity to explore a wide range of areas, from enterprise systems, information systems design, and business intelligence to IT strategy and project management.

If your interests lie in information and knowledge management, you can pursue a specialisation in Archives and Recordkeeping or Librarianship and Information Science, accredited by professional organisations.

In your final semester, you may take part in an Industry Experience program, working in a small team with industry mentors to develop entrepreneurial IT solutions. Or you may undertake a minor-thesis research project, investigating cutting-edge problems in BIS under the supervision of internationally recognised researchers.

High-achieving students who complete the research component may progress to further research study.

The MBIS is accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/business-information-systems-c6003?domestic=true

Overview

The course has a general form and also provides students with the option to specialise in archives and recordkeeping, and library and information science. Students may study the general form, complete either specialisation or combine both specialisations. The specialisations are not available to Malaysia, on-campus students.

Career opportunities

The highly flexible course structure opens up a variety of career opportunities. Graduates of the program will be expected to play leading professional roles in the field locally and overseas.

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Archives and recordkeeping

Records managers and archivists ensure that vital records of social and organisational activity are created, managed and made available to business for accountability, corporate memory, enterprise knowledge and cultural purposes. Work settings include most major private and public sector organisations, and archival institutions. Knowledge managers are concerned with developing strategies and processes for managing organisational knowledge and knowledge flows to achieve organisational goals, enhance performance and add value. A particular concern is developing an environment conducive to the creation, sharing and application of organisational knowledge, and systems that support these processes.

Business information systems studies

The general form of the course gives students the skills and knowledge to solve organisational information problems. The course caters for students who would like to be business analysts, information systems consultants and IT managers. Students will learn about information technology principles, systems analysis and design, enterprise architecture and systems, IT management and governance and project management. Students can select from a range of business information systems units to focus their studies in several areas of interest including business intelligence, user experience design and business process modelling.

Library and information science

Librarians and information specialists manage information and provide information services to clients in a wide range of contexts. They are concerned with analysing information needs, solving information problems, evaluating information sources, organising information, synthesising information into targeted information products, and training clients in the use of information products, services and systems. They work for commercial, government and community sector organisations, for information consultancies and as independent information brokers.

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts, A, B and C. All students complete Part B (core studies). Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A (foundation studies) or Part C (advanced studies) or a combination of the two.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

PART A. Foundations for advanced business information systems
These units provide an introduction to information systems and business concepts, including system design and analysis as applied in professional practice. You will learn basic software programming and development concepts and database technology.

These units are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

PART B. Core Master's study
These studies draw on best practices within business information systems to gain critical understanding of the theories and practice relating to information systems and business process design, IT strategy, IT governance, IT management and related issues. Your study will focus on project management as well as a choice of several areas of enterprise IT and information management practice.

PART C. Advanced practice
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work in the broad realm of business information systems.

You have two options.

The first is a minor thesis research program, consisting of a research project and a research methods training unit. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this first option.

The second option is a program of coursework involving advanced study and an Industry experience studio project.

Students completing the combined specialisation Archives and Recordkeeping/Library and Information Science complete the industry experience program.

Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a discipline cognate to information systems, will receive credit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a research project as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/information-technology

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/business-information-systems-c6003?domestic=true#making-the-application

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The MSc in Information Systems aims to provide a bridge between technology and management, by developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective practitioner in an Information Systems-rich environment. Read more
The MSc in Information Systems aims to provide a bridge between technology and management, by developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective practitioner in an Information Systems-rich environment. The award is appropriate for those that wish to develop their knowledge and skills in this discipline with a view to moving into Information Systems management.

This course is ideal if you want to combine current academic knowledge and skills in information systems with leading industry practice. The additional embedding of the SAP Business Suite within the curriculum means that you’ll be suited to a wide range of careers within the public and private sectors when you graduate.

The course will help you to develop the skills you need to understand business, communicate effectively with others, organise, plan and develop computer systems. It introduces the SAP Business Suite and the concepts of enterprise application software.
You’ll develop an understanding of how information systems fit into organisations and you’ll be able to work on the management and deployment of information systems at strategic levels within any organisation.
After completing this course, you will have a good understanding of many of the challenges facing corporate business and IT and how the latest SAP products provide solutions to these challenges.

Course content

The award is concerned with those areas of computing fundamental to the use and development of IT as a tool to support the objectives of an organisation. These include, for example, from the study of information systems methodologies, IT for strategic management, IT infrastructure, cloud-based service infrastructure, database systems technology, and e/m-commerce. The study of Information Systems is pivotal in understanding how computing technologies can be successfully used to enhance the operational effectiveness and strategic competitiveness of organisations. On completion of the award you will have developed detailed knowledge and understanding of specific areas in Information Systems and the ability to apply this knowledge in an academic or commercial context.

The award also aims to instil sound academic & professional skills required for lifelong learning & development - for example, skills in research methods, critical thinking & analysis, academic and professional report writing, and communication skills.

Other distinctive features:
-Research-informed teaching that has direct value to industry, commerce and to you as an IT industry professional.
-You will develop a critical perspective of Information Systems thinking and be able to apply this to a range of scenarios
-A well-structured and directed programme of learning
-You will develop skills in undertaking research and engaging with scholarly activity.
-MSc teaching expertise based on scholarship and research undertaken in our four Applied Research Centres.
-The knowledge and understanding that you develop will make you a valuable intellectual asset in both academia and industry. Thus, the award will provide you with competitive and professional advantage.
-The award will allow you to demonstrate a critical awareness of current research, advanced scholarship, contemporary problems and new insights in Information Systems Management
-The chance to focus on a subject area of interest and the opportunity to develop this even further by undertaking an associated dissertation.
-Access to a wide range of facilities, including laboratories housing specialist computing equipment and software
-Opportunity to apply for an Industrial Placement (Internship), with assistance from our placements team

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What is the 'Master of Business and Systems Engineering' all about?. As a business engineer in information systems engineering you’re still an all-round business engineer. Read more

What is the 'Master of Business and Systems Engineering' all about?

As a business engineer in information systems engineering you’re still an all-round business engineer: you’re able to analyse and optimize various business processes (marketing, production and logistics, finance,...). You understand how a company works and you take into account the economic, organisational, and human aspects of business. As a business engineer in information systems engineering you also translate these business administration elements into information systems that support the decision-making process. You can consider decisions about information technology against the backdrop of the company as a whole, predict their strategic consequences, and carry out (general) management duties.

The master’s programme shares a number of courses with the Master of Business Economics: Business Engineering. Furthermore, the programme contains a number of required courses on information technology and one optional component of your choice. This optional component allows you to specialise in one particular aspect of ICT:

 Optional components:

  • design, infrastructure and big data
  • data science
  • information systems engineering and technology and entrepreneurship
  • information systems engineering and man-machine communication
  • information systems engineering and production/logistics
  • information systems engineering and marketing
  • information systems engineering and accountancy/finance/risk

 Projects, work placements or the master's thesis give you the opportunity to gain experience in the corporate environment that will later become your professional habitat. And for those of you who enjoy looking beyond borders the faculty offers quite a few possibilities to follow part of your training at a partner institution abroad. More information is available on the website.

Is this the right programme for me?

  • You want to understand and optimize the ins and outs of companies and the relevant processes.
  • You have sufficient knowledge of IT – without necessarily being an expert – and you are very interested in the business world, so that you can connect corporate activity and the digital world.
  • You enjoy detecting problems and offering solutions with regard to the information systems in organisations, taking into account the latest digital developments.
  • You have excellent abstract reasoning powers, sound communication skills and a vivid interest in innovative developments.
  • Once graduated, you are a real information technology professional at an academic level. You combine in-depth knowledge of information technology with a thorough understanding of and affinity with business administration. You are able to formulate research questions for yourself, describe research methods and avenues, collect information, and analyse and interpret the collected data.

Career perspectives

Information technology has revolutionized the business world. Business and information systems engineers usually start their career in business and/or IT consulting. They can also take up more traditional management duties, as they have the ability to design, manage

and improve business processes, services and decisions in a digital world. Boasting a variety of skills, business and information systems engineers are much sought-after by a wide range of companies for various positions and sectors in Belgium and abroad.

Typical job titles include business analyst, analytics specialist, business intelligence analyst, big data specialist, operations manager, fintech specialist, customer intelligence director, fraud expert, compliance officer, IT manager, and chief information officer.



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Information systems (IS) today are large, complex, varied in form and distributed, serving different types of people who use a variety of devices to access information. Read more
Information systems (IS) today are large, complex, varied in form and distributed, serving different types of people who use a variety of devices to access information. Specialists who recognise diverse business needs, and have a systematic approach to understanding the impact of technology on organisations, are essential to the success of any IS/IT strategy. Equal in importance to the architectures of systems and the supporting technologies, is the management and delivery of content, whether in the form of data, documents, images and sound.

Increasingly, the fundamental systems comprise digital architectures and networks which then embody and enable the distribution of digital content. Developed information systems are in reality socio-technical systems incorporating people, technologies and content. The information systems specialist becomes a more broadly based information professional as they extend their range and scope of operations towards the end users and their environments. Providing services to users and people at large and ensuring information resources deliver value is equally a part of the wider world of information systems.

Course detail

This course builds on typical undergraduate computing courses studied at level 4 and 5 or equivalent ( such as HND) by offering a level 6 entry route 'integrated' to a level 7 Masters course.

The two year combination provides a route to develop new knowledge and skills in areas critical to the introduction and success of modern information systems for enterprises. The course also provides a route for people with other backgrounds and experience to engage with the world of information systems. It helps you gain a full understanding of how information systems are designed and constructed, and of the impact of technology and its integration into an organisation. It will also give you the skills you need to work effectively in a business-consulting environment, and provide a solid basis for research.

To qualify for the award of MSc Information Systems (Integrated), candidates on the integrated pathway must study five level 6 modules consisting of 20 credits each and two 10 credits each, and six level 7 modules consisting of 20 credits and a 60 credits dissertation module.

Modules

Year One (Level 6)
• Strategies and Systems or Advanced Business Systems
• Development Methodologies
• Computer Security
• Advanced Databases
• Project Preparation
• Project
• IT Industry
Year Two (Level 7)
• Project Management
• Consultancy and Technological Innovation
• Enterprise Architecture
• Knowledge Management
• Learning and Professional Development
• Employability Skills and Employment
• HCI for Information Systems (optional)
• Mobile Applications Development ( optional)
• Data Architectures ( optional)
• UML Component Modelling(optional)
• Security Management ( optional)
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

Note: students select one option from the list offered

Format

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory work to provide a basis for the intensive individual study you need to undertake to maximize your investment of time and potential outcomes from taking the course.

Assessment

Course assessed work is a significant part of the total assessment. There is practical work, report writing, critical academic writing and the skills and knowledge gained in these contribute to a capacity to deliver a high quality dissertation.

There are a number of end of module exams. Course tutors provide appropriate support throughout the module to ensure candidates are well prepared.

Career and study progression

The course aims to provide routes into a number of careers:
- information officers
- librarians, information service staff
- content and intelligence gatherers
- analysts
- researchers
- editors
- searchers and intermediaries
- advice and assistance workers
- data managers
- management information systems staff
- multimedia content workers
- mapping specialists and cartographers
- marketing research
- public relations and communication staff.

Outstanding graduates have gone on to further study at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL and at other institutions. We actively encourage students with potential for research to make their interest known early on in their course.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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Modern organisations rely upon good information systems in order to survive in the global competitive business environment. This course will suit graduates who, through their interest in information technology and information systems wish to pursue management roles in charge of information systems. Read more
Modern organisations rely upon good information systems in order to survive in the global competitive business environment.

This course will suit graduates who, through their interest in information technology and information systems wish to pursue management roles in charge of information systems.

It is delivered via a new Block delivery method. You study four blocks, one subject at a time, with two assessments for each block followed by a project. This enables you to focus on each topic and study in depth. There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Why choose this course?

• Learn contemporary approaches to information systems management and develop original approaches to organisations challenges and opportunities
• Study aspects of information systems, digital analytics, marketing and the digital future and strategic management
• Explore how the full benefits of modern technologies can be realised, and address the problems associated with increasingly rapid rates of change in the information technology and business environment
• Benefit from a course that inspires teamwork and engagement to contribute to ethical an innovative practice
• Develop your skills within Information Systems theory, against a context of real business through our employability practice-based teaching and learning approach.
• Gain the ability to make critical high-level managerial and organisational decisions, and learn critical thinking and creativity in analysis, synthesis and appraisal

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/information-systems-management#about

Course detail

On this Information Systems Management course, you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit.

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits

The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.

Modules (unit order depends on your start date):

• Marketing and the Digital Future
• Information Systems
• Digital Analytics
• Strategic Management

Capstone project

This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:

• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.

• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.

• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Assessment

In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand Information Systems Management in practice.

It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.

Careers

By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:

• Information Systems
• IT
• Management Information
• Financial Services
• Consulting
• Hospitality
• Electronics

You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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UNIGIS is a Distance Learning Postgraduate Network in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) jointly run by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. Read more
UNIGIS is a Distance Learning Postgraduate Network in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) jointly run by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. The UNIGIS network has over 25 years' experience of success in delivering GIS postgraduate courses. Our highly regarded programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in the GI industry - or those wishing to enter the sector. UNIGIS aims to provide a deeper and balanced education in GIS.

Although GIS is a relatively new and emerging branch of geography, the UNIGIS network has over 25 years experience of successfully delivering GIS courses at postgraduate level. You study via web-based distance learning.

The application of GIS is growing rapidly in areas such as urban and regional planning, transportation and land use interaction, and retail marketing, which opens up a range of opportunties for graduates of these courses.

Features and benefits of the course

Three separate pathways are offered up to MSc level:
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Providing a broadly based postgraduate qualification in the field of GIS permitting some choice in application selection. Develop in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in applying GIS to solving spatial problems with an understanding of the constraints imposed by application area and the interactions between data, methods, people and technology.

Applied Geographical Information Systems (Applied GIS)
Helps develop an in-depth knowledge of GIS based methods for monitoring social/human and natural environments. Establish an effective understanding of the spatial interaction of social/human and environmental factors and develop the capability to extract information from a variety of sources and to analyse and assess within a GIS framework.

Geographical Information Technologies (GI Technologies)
Aids critical understanding of the software engineering practices and standards that underpin database and web application development and the methodologies for implementing those practices in a GIS context. A critical understanding of the issues involved in designing the storage and use of geographical data in databases and web-based applications is forged. Also key is proficiency in the design, implementation and evaluation of small scale database and web-application projects.

Assessment details

All study routes employ web-based delivery and aim to provide the conceptual and technical framework required for an in-depth understanding of GIS. Each route has either core or elective units available and all incorporate a project and dissertation which involves the design and execution of an original study.

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Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand. Read more

Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand.

This Masters gives you the skills and knowledge to engage with the information society as a leader, innovator and entrepreneurial manager.

You’ll learn to understand and integrate contemporary theory while exploring the latest trends. Taught by our leading academics and business practitioners, you’ll be shown how to select and use cutting-edge tools and techniques to solve complex business challenges, with opportunities to gain hands-on experience through live case studies and projects.

You’ll benefit from interaction with leading UK and European businesses through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops, all of which help you prepare for the challenges of a fast-changing sector.

Academic excellence

This Masters is supported by an advisory board, with representatives from leading UK and international businesses including IBM, Ericsson, Lloyds Banking Group and Thales Group. They advise on content, deliver guest lectures, provide dissertation projects and offer site visits. You’ll benefit from a curriculum developed in collaboration with these partners, which allows us to focus our teaching on the skills most relevant to the workplace.

Teaching on the MSc is informed by leading scholars from the AIMTech Research Centre at Leeds University Business School, one of Europe’s most influential research centres in Information Systems and Information Management.

The centre has a tradition of cutting-edge research subjects, including how ICT drives organisations, information sharing in disasters, ICT in developing countries (ICT4D) and the design and evaluation of mobile information systems.

Course content

Core modules will develop your understanding of research design and introduce you to systems thinking. This will prepare you to study the concepts and perspectives of the design and build of information systems, and you’ll also learn more about entrepreneurship.

You’ll explore approaches and techniques in strategic management, as well as applying your knowledge to real-life scenarios to develop professional skills. At the same time you’ll examine the importance of information management as a core business activity and how it is put to use in different organisations.

You’ll also examine the ways in which businesses use information in analytics and decision science, and broaden your knowledge by studying innovation in the context of operations management and information systems.

By the end of the course, you’ll submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice to focus on a specific question in-depth. You may be able to choose a topic set by one of our industry partners, demonstrating your knowledge and skills in an area of clear interest to organisations.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Dissertation 30 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Challenges in Information Management 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Designing Information Systems 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking 15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits
  • Operations, Information Systems and Innovation 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Information Systems and Information Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork, workshops, group learning or computer classes. You’ll also have chances to enhance your learning through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops with our industry partners and guest speakers.

Independent study is also vital to this course, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

This Masters prepares you for a range of careers related to information management. Graduates can consider a management position in information systems, information management, senior IT or business analysis roles, or may pursue a dynamic career as a technology innovator or leader.

The emergence of social media, wireless communications, the cloud, big data and mobile technologies are all creating challenges for managers and organisations. Alongside accelerating information flows, complexity and volume, the skills to manage and drive opportunity through this information are now vital for most organisations.

The skills to meet this need are scarce, particularly amongst managers. As a result, many organisations struggle with this area of business and demand for professionals with these skills is strong as a result. This course is designed to meet the expectations of both leading organisations and individuals who wish to pursue a career in information systems and information management.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.



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With City’s MSc in Information systems and technology you will develop the skills to manage an organisation's IT infrastructure. This postgraduate Information Systems and Technology course is for students who have a keen interest in both information system development and information management. Read more
With City’s MSc in Information systems and technology you will develop the skills to manage an organisation's IT infrastructure.

Who is it for?

This postgraduate Information Systems and Technology course is for students who have a keen interest in both information system development and information management. Students are either in the early stages of their career or have significant work experience in the area and wish to formalise their knowledge.

Students will have curiosity about information and knowledge and will want to learn about managing them in organisations, together with the requisite design and technical skills to meet business requirements.

Objectives

Information systems are a key part of an organisation's IT infrastructure. IT professionals who can manage a business's information resources, and understand the technologies and systems that enable this are key to a modern enterprise's success.

Our postgraduate Information Systems and Technology degree will equip you with the skills to develop and maintain information systems that align with the strategic needs of any organisation.

Rather than focusing on technical issues only, the course combines technological fundamentals with a systematic understanding of IT's broader business contexts, including human and organisational factors. The course exploits City's research expertise in both computing and information management to produce effective professionals with a broad understanding of IT underpinned by a firm grasp of key technical concerns.

Placements

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science& Engineering has been delivering placements in the IT industry for over 20 years.

Academic facilities

The School's computer science laboratories are equipped with the latest up-to-date hardware and software. From Oracle’s leading commercial object-relational database server to PCs with state-of-the-art NVidia GPUs for computer graphics, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP etc you will have access to an array of tools to support your learning.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods we use mean that your specialist knowledge and autonomy increase as you progress through each module. Active researchers and professionals guide your progress in the areas of information systems and management, project management and business processes.

Taught modules are delivered through a series of lectures together with either tutorials or laboratory sessions. Tutorials help you develop the skills to apply the concepts we have covered in the lectures. We normally achieve this through practical problem solving contexts or case studies. Laboratory sessions give you the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques using state-of-the-art software, environments and development tools.

City’s online learning environment Moodle contains resources for each of the modules from lecture notes and lab materials, to coursework feedback, model answers, and an interactive discussion forum.

Assessment

We expect you to study independently and complete coursework for each module. Modules are assessed through a combination of written examinations, coursework, group work and presentations.

The individual project is a substantial task. It is your opportunity to develop an autonomous research-related topic under the supervision of an academic member of staff. This is the moment when you can apply your learning to solve a real-world information system or information management problem. At the end of the project you submit a substantial MSc project report, which becomes the mode of assessment for this part of the programme.

Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a masters level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Modules

The postgraduate Information Systems and Technology programme is made up of five core modules, three elective modules and a final project. All the electives are studied in the second term. You will take core and elective modules in three main streams: information, systems and technology. The third term is reserved for the project.

Modules include hands-on lab-based tutorials, group work seminars and presentations. We teach technical skills in SQL, JavaScript and PhP, as well as design skills using UML. You can pursue a practical MSc project in an application area of your choice.

With respect to hours please consult the SMCSE programmes office.

Core Modules
-Systems Specification INM312 (15 credits)
-Databases INM343 (15 credits)
-Information and Knowledge Management INM351 (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Professional Issues INM373 (15 credits)
-Information Architecture INM401 (15 credits)

Elective Modules - you may choose three elective modules from the following:
-Information Retrieval INM305 (15 credits)
-Web Applications Development INM316 (15 credits)
-Business Engineering with ERP Solutions INM342 (15 credits)
-Information Law and Policy INM361 (15 credits)
-Project Management INM372 (15 credits)
-Data Visualization INM402 (15 credits) *
-Libraries and publishing in the information society INM380 (15 credits)
-Information Organisation INM303 (15 credits) +
-Business Intelligence and Analytics INM451 (15 credits)

+ Students who take INM303 must also take INM305 as an option.
* Students may only take one of INM402 or INM451 as an option.

Career prospects

City’s Information Systems and Technology MSc graduates are prepared for employment in information systems management roles within large and small organisations including banks, consultancies, the pharmaceutical and IT industries, central and local government and the education and health sectors.

Previous graduates have secured employment in some of the most prestigious companies in the world including Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Virgin Atlantic, Barclays Capital and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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If you have earned a first degree with an information systems focus and are interested in following up with a Master's degree in the same discipline, then you've come to the right place. Read more

About the programme

If you have earned a first degree with an information systems focus and are interested in following up with a Master's degree in the same discipline, then you've come to the right place.
The M.Sc. Information Systems allows you to consolidate your knowledge of e-commerce, business information systems, IT management, knowledge management and other topical subjects.
This degree programme involves original research and working on hands-on projects.

Features

In addition to the courses taught in this programme you will also have the opportunity to attend courses from the related programmes of study, Business Administration, Computer Science, IT Security, IT Law and Media and Communication.
Moreover, the Language Centre offers many language courses – in many cases certified up to UNIcert® IV, the highest attainable level – allowing you to perfect your knowledge of a foreign language.
If you are interested in studying abroad for a semester or two at one of our numerous partner universities in Europe, America or Asia, the International Office team will be happy to help you plan your study abroad.

Syllabus

While studying this programme you should gain a minimum of 100 ECTS credits and write a Master's thesis. Out of the 100 credits, 35 are earned in compulsory electives, of which 7 must be earned in a seminar; at least 10 credits come from the Methods modules and a minimum of 18 from Principles of Business and Economics.

Methods
The Methods module group teaches you the principles of mathematics, which are important for business and economics; empirical research methods; decision theory; operations research and fundamental concepts and techniques used in information systems. In the assessments, you will be expected to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and show that you have the methodology to understand the state of the art of research in the subject area and are able to apply the it to problems in the real world.

Principles of Business and Economics
Principles of Business and Economics deals with the theory and empirical studies in business and household finance, computational representation, and with the control of resources and dispositions in businesses and household, as well as their taxation. The module also imparts knowledge on international, market-oriented control, strategic and organisational management of companies, as well as marketing theory and empirical studies.

Information Systems
Information Systems consists of the modules Theory and Empirical Research and Methods, Models and Tools for Analysis, Development, Implementation and Use of Information Systems and Information and Communication Technologies in the context of their application. The subject area is interdisciplinary in nature and comprises the socio-economic dimension of IT applications.

Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies
The Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies modules consist of theory and empirical studies of subjects closely related to information systems. These include courses from the Master's programme in Media and Communication (e.g. cross-media concepts, design of computer-aided educational settings, etc.), from Computer Science (IT law, media law and legal informatics), from Business Administration (e.g. marketing courses, social media management, entrepreneurial organisation, etc.) and from computer science (e.g. information management, software analysis, cloud computing, multimedia databases, information security).

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This mid-career Master's degree in information systems and management is designed for those with a degree in information systems, computing or management; or those with extensive experience in the use of information systems in organisations, or the management of IT. Read more
This mid-career Master's degree in information systems and management is designed for those with a degree in information systems, computing or management; or those with extensive experience in the use of information systems in organisations, or the management of IT. It will build on your understanding of information systems and management, offering the opportunity to study at an advanced level within or across several areas, including information systems project management, development and change management, and computing-based innovation.

Students who complete the programme successfully will have gained an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in their chosen area of study, which they will be able to use in: analysis of problems; evaluation of technology options; deployment of appropriate solutions; and research into, or development and deployment of, new information-based technologies.

Those who hold the Prince2® Foundation and Practitioner qualification in project management will gain credit for their previous external study, while those who do not will have the opportunity to gain this useful external certification. The use and management of information systems in organisations is emphasised. For those entering with management qualifications, study of information systems development and related material is required.

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Expand your understanding of information systems and their design and development. All organisations require information systems to operate efficiently and competitively, so we have developed this programme based on the techniques of developing such computer based application systems. Read more
Expand your understanding of information systems and their design and development.

All organisations require information systems to operate efficiently and competitively, so we have developed this programme based on the techniques of developing such computer based application systems.

The course is structured to develop your knowledge of information systems to an advanced level in a relatively short time and provide you with the skills employers require.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Information-Systems-Development-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

You will focus on how these systems work, how the requirements for them are established and how they are designed and developed. You will gain an overview of the importance of systems to organisations as well as gain technical and communication skills which the industry values.

Develop an understanding of information systems management and development in organisations, and learn how to design and implement information systems solutions.

You will also gain transferable skills in project management, time management and communication. This course is studied full-time over one year or part-time over two and a half years.

Modules

PgCert:
• Software Development
• Information Systems Engineering
• Computer Systems and Database Systems.

PgDip:
• Web Design and Development
• Software Development or Web-enabled Business
• Information Systems group project or Management of Software Project

MSc:
• Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

You may find employment in computer departments of organisations as a trainee programmer, software engineer, system builder, analyst or system tester. Alternatively, you could move into business as a graduate trainee, particularly where a good understanding of information systems, and their potential, is valuable. This degree and the experience you will gain of creating and commissioning computer solutions can open up new opportunities in your existing area.

Study Mode

This is a full-time course studied over one year. It requires an intensive period of study, involving lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. As a full-time student you'll take three 20 credit modules per trimester for the first two trimesters, and then complete a Project.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-information-systems-development-postgraduate-fulltime

This course is also available part-time, with one or two modules studied per trimester.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-information-systems-development-postgraduate-parttime

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

Fees and Funding

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specifics scholarships for students from North or South America, Asia and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Please see our website for up-to-date information about fee and funding and what you could be eligible for.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

Information for International Students

For applications whose first language is not English, the following is generally required: minimum IELTS 6.0, with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent. We also offer a range of pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme. Please see our website for up-to-date information.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/international-students/english-language/english-language-requirements

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Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017. Any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies. Read more
Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017. Any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.

About the course

Information systems are becoming ever more central to society, especially in business and industry – and this course will develop your ability to use these systems to manage the complex challenges that can confront businesses.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
-Explore issues relevant to information systems development in the context of modern business environments and needs.
-Express a rounded awareness of the state-of-the-art in relation to the role of information systems in the enterprise environment and the importance of strategic alignment.
-Understand the changing nature of information systems and the implications of this for the requisite dynamic balancing of the social and the technical.
-Reflect, critically, on the state-of-the art of both the practice and theory of organisational-level systems development and critically understand information systems and their role in organisational effectiveness.

Aims

Information systems managers provide a pivotal role in helping organisations get the most from the technologies they deploy. As society and technology develop, the most important skills for the future lie in the development of individuals with the ability to both understand and manage these complex and interrelated systems.

Aspects of business that were once seen in isolation – the people, organisation, process, information and technology – are now expected to operate as part of a seamless whole, both within and across enterprises. Information systems managers are responsible for delivering this seamless integration efficiency.

The jobs that require the knowledge and skills that you will learn on this course in Information Systems Management include business analysts, systems development analysts and consultants (both technical and managerial).

Careers

The types of companies that might employ graduates from the course range from the very large and multinational, to the niche SMEs. Whatever the job role and whatever the type of organisation, we aim to equip you with industry relevant skills that will enable you to flourish in your chosen profession.

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