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MSc Information Systems (Integrated)

Course Description

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.

This is an indicative listing of modules for the course:
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
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
Note: students select one option from the list offered

Level 6 (Year 1)


Strategies and Systems
This module sets IS in the business context. It examines approaches to the development of business strategy and its alignment to the organizational strategy and IS strategy and shows how strategy can be converted to architecture and infrastructure via a portfolio of projects. Key technology developments and their effects on job design are reviewed and in particular the trends in globalization of business and the coming together of IT, telephony and document management. Key organizational changes and their underlying causes are explored from functional management to a process based view of business. and the implications for business systems are discussed including Business Process Re-engineering and ERP systems. The various types of systems are reviewed and the implications for the nature management of such systems.

Advanced Business Systems
This module enables students to apply the learning outcomes from the course to a number of selected specialist business domains. Students will be facilitated to work in groups to investigate and document the latest approaches to the use of information systems in TWO of the following business areas: healthcare, financial / banking, logistics / transport, sales and marketing, law, public relations and contact centres. Alternative areas will be considered. Students will work in groups to analyse requirements, identify key technological and social issues and document current solutions.

Development Methodologies
This module is designed to bring together the tools and techniques covered in earlier modules in industrially recognised developmental frameworks that incorporate prototyping. It draws upon concepts from object oriented and relational design. It looks at the problems of adopting different process models for software development, in particular it addresses the issues raised by following iterative and incremental development. It explores two different methodological approaches to solving problems such as risk management, ensuring rapidity and quality when following Rapid Application Development. The aim is to take a practitioners approach to the problems of developing applications for relational database design using these approaches. This module attempts to raise an awareness of the appropriate methodology required for the business for given contexts.

Computer Security
This module addresses many important issues concerning security in computer systems. The relevance and topicality of this subject area to the computer and business industries is beyond dispute. Annual costs estimates vary but undoubtedly run in to the billion pound arena worldwide. Ever more sophisticated techniques are available to both the defender and the attacker as they play out a deadly game. Surprisingly, non-malicious security accidents account for a larger proportion of costs than malicious incidents. The recent explosive growth of internet based e-commerce has only added to security problems. The syllabus will invite the student to identify and analyse a range of security issues and strategies from the perspectives of both attack and defence.

Advanced Databases
This module extends your existing knowledge of relational database developed in previous studies by covering important topics such as distributed databases, object oriented and object relational databases, data warehousing and data mining. You will be introduced to advanced database applications, their requirements, design and implementation issues.

Requirements Engineering
Information systems are increasingly complex and stakeholders often have conflicting interests. Requirements engineering helps to facilitate a shared understanding of stakeholders needs, to analyse those needs, and to specify, manage and validate requirements based on those needs.
This module examines a disciplined approach to the process of eliciting; analysing, communicating and agreeing requirements as the essential first step in the development of information systems. The module discusses the options appropriate for a range of information system development processes such as waterfall and agile process.

IT Industry
This module aims to provide an understanding of the roles and activities of a modern IT function and to critically review the roles and activities. It deals with the organization of both the industry and a typical large IT function, together with the skills in managing an IT function including in-sourcing, outsourcing, partnering, sub-contracting and systems integration. Students will gain an appreciation of the IT marketplace and how the skills acquired in other modules are applied and fit together in the business context.

Visit the MSc Information Systems (Integrated) page on the University of West London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Candidates applying must have DipHE, HND or equivalent in a computing subject, business or an engineering degree with a significant level of computing.Applicants with equivalent professional qualifications, or a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) will be considered, provided they can demonstrate significant, relevant work experience and the ability to benefit fully from the course.Such applicants will be considered on an individual basis by interview. Some optional modules may not be available to students without a first degree in computing.

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