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Information Management


Course Description

This programme offers students with a Bachelor's or Master's degree advanced non-technical training in information management, with an emphasis on the efficient and effective application and management of information technology in various business contexts (e.g. finance, marketing, HR, production and logistics, etc.). Following basic training in technology, the programme explores specific management issues in greater depth, particularly in order to develop the skills required to analyse information needs, design and manage information systems and fine-tune an IT strategy as an integral part of an overall business strategy.

The key focus is the preliminary design needed to develop and set up an information system. In completing your Master's thesis, you can apply these skills within a specific business context. Finally, a wide range of electives enables you to either explore specific areas in greater depth or gain a broader understanding through a multidisciplinary approach.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Objectives

This programme presents a non-technical curriculum in information management. It focuses on the effective and efficient application and management of information technology in a business setting. First, a basic technological background is offered, after which the management aspects are elaborated in more detail. The programme aims at developing skills in analysing information needs, the modelling and management of information systems and the alignment of information technology strategy with business strategy. Hence, the main focus is on the early phases of the information system development cycle. By means of the master project, skills acquired throughout the programme are applied in a concrete business setting. Finally, the electives provide the opportunity to explore particular aspects in more depth or to broaden the scope by taking one or more multidisciplinary courses.

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired:
- a broad and general knowledge of business information systems;
- the skills to independently formulate a strategy concerning information systems management accompanying an existing company strategy (business, non-profit, government);
- the skills to analyse and model the needs concerning information systems and to follow up on the design, implementation and management of these systems;
- the skills to evaluate technology independently and to choose a technical solution in accordance with the company strategy;
- the skills to independently recognise the economic aspects of a choice for a particular system;
- the skills to judge and optimise the quality of data, processes and decisions;
- the skills to lead and manage projects on information systems in a multidisciplinary team of analysts, designers and users;
- a professional and scientific attitude in the field of information systems.

Entry Requirements

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