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.
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.
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
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.
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.