You will study six core units and and one elective units in Management and one or two in Computer Science over the first two terms. In the third term you will complete a dissertation, giving you the opportunity to analyse a complex problem by combining knowledge of both management and information technologies.
See an example autumn timetable from 2015 here.
Core course units:
IS Theory & Practice
You will be introduced to a range of themes delivered by invited speakers from industry. The unit will focus on the concept of ‘hybrid management’ and its application in organisations where new and existing working practices are becoming increasingly dependent upon the effective integration of IT and business. This will include: implementing IT & design initiatives, managing IT projects, formulating business strategies and e-business infrastructures, and developing new ways of communicating in mobile work environments.
People & Technology
You will develop a critical understanding on the development, management and social consequences of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in organisations and society against the global context. With an emphasis on critical thinking skills, the course will be research-led, based on up-to-date academic literature and real life examples.
This course provides you with an introduction to the core concepts in data and information management. It is centred around the core skills of identifying organizational information requirements, modelling them using conceptual data modelling techniques, converting the conceptual data models into relational data models and verifying its structural characteristics with normalization techniques, and implementing and utilizing a relational database using an industrial-strength database management system.
Internet and Web Technologies
The Internet and the World Wide Web allows organisations to develop of a broad range of increasingly influential and strategic technologies, supporting a large variety of applications and services, both in the private and public sectors. There is a growing need for business professionals to gain a clearer understanding of these technologies, from planning through to deployment and maintenance. This course will give you an insight into architectures, protocols, standards, languages, tools and techniques; an understanding of approaches to more dynamic and mobile content; and demonstrate how you can develop internet and web applications.
IS Design, Development & Management
You will be introduced to the principles and practice of object oriented design, fault monitoring, decision-making and project management. The unit will be taught as four independent strands:
- systems design covering object-oriented design methodologies
- fault monitoring - an introduction to the problem of software quality management
- decision-making systems
- project management
Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
This unit helps prepare you for your dissertation. You will recognise and critically evaluate approaches to management research and the assumptions upon which they are based. This will equip you to make justified choices as to appropriate quantitative/qualitative research methods for data collection and subsequent analysis. You will then be able to conduct research, and evaluate primary and secondary data sources in a systematic and critically reflective manner.
You will also evaluate potential limitations to research investigation and applications and develop a coherent and appropriate research proposal, recognising the ethical implications of research investigations and their impact upon findings.
The dissertation is a hybrid piece of research, allowing you to combine both information technology and management concepts and ideas to advance your knowledge in an area of interest for academic and practice. It is expected that you will address a relevant topic for these audiences.
Elective units - Management
You will increase your awareness of technology and its contribution to competitive success through product and process change in order to create effective managers for the modern business environment. You will explore the need for a multidisciplinary approach, and insights are drawn from three main subject areas: economics, production operations and strategic management.
This course will cover:
- Introduction to Business Processes and Enterprise Systems
- Accounting in Enterprise Systems
- Procurement in Enterprise Systems
- Order fulfilment in Enterprise Systems
- Production and Material Planning in Enterprise Systems
- Inventory and Warehouse Management in Enterprise Systems
- Business Process Integration
- Implementing Enterprise Systems
This course will cover the challenges of the information society as networked organisation managers. A key challenge is successful development of electronically mediated forms of interaction in this type of organisation.
- The e-environment: e-business models and enabling technologies
- E-business strategies: analysis, formulation and implementation
- E-business strategies: analysis, formulation and implementation
- The e-business supply chain: business processes and information systems integration
- The e-business supply chain (continuation) and e-business processes
- E-business processes and relationships
- E-marketing and customer relationship management (CRM)
- Challenges for e-business and the networked organisation
You will develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories and practices of knowledge management (KM) and integrate different dimensions of knowledge management arising from human resource management, information systems and strategic management.
Electives units – Computer Science Pathway
Large-scale Data Storage and Processing
You will gain knowledge and understanding of core concepts, theories and principles of large-scale data storage and processing frameworks covering;
- Advanced concepts in the computer systems design and implementation
- Advanced concepts in distributed systems, networking, and cloud computing
- Principles of large-scale data storage and processing
- NoSQL Data Stores (MongoDB, and others)
- Distributed processing frameworks (Hadoop, Pig, and others)
- Design and implementation of an On-Line Analytics Processing (OLAP) solution based on the studied storage and processing frameworks
You will gain an understanding of data integration technology and processes that are needed to prepare the data for use, covering:
- Introduction to Business Intelligence for Decision Support;
- Concepts, Methodologies, and Technologies of Business Intelligence: An Overview;
- Data Warehousing;
- Data Mining for Business Intelligence;
- Data Analysis Techniques;
- Advanced Intelligent Systems: Emerging Trends and Impact
This course will complement other information security courses by examining the subject from the criminal angle by covering:
- Introduction: Types of computer crime, history, surveys, statistics and global connections
- Legal Measures: Computer Misuse, Criminal Damage, Software Piracy, Forgery,Investigative Powers
- Case Studies: Investigations into hacking, cases and PC misuse
- Social Engineering
- Spam, Phishing and Pharming
- Malware: The types, effects, and investigations
- DoS and Distributed DoS: The causes, mechanisms, case studies, and countermeasures
- Network Crimes: Hacking methodologies via the Internet and attacks to other networks
- Investigations, incident handling and forensic examination
- The Future: The expansion of the Internet, pornography and other unsuitable material
- Identity Theft and Fraud
Service-Oriented Computing, Technologies and Management
You will explore the recent thinking in Service-Oriented Computing, Technology and Management with the aim of understanding an increasingly important part of Business Information Systems often referred to as “Service Science”.
Individual Computing Elective
The aim of this unit is to introduce a larger element of computer science research into the BIS curriculum. It is appropriate if you have computer science background and may wish to follow a career in industrial research or develop the skill of self-directed learning. You would specialise in a specific computer science area by developing a substantial technical project.
Foundations of Modern Management (Induction week course only)
You will be introduced to management in an integrative manner by identifying five elements important to the commercial success of an organisation: customers, shareholders, employees, numbers and technology. Historical roots are accentuated to help you gain a better appreciation of current practice with regard to the first three elements; it also discusses how the remaining two can influence management decision-making.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- the ability to evaluate critically current research and research methodologies within the fields of Management and Business Information Systems and Technologies
- the ability to apply critical methodologies in analysing Management and Business Information Systems and formulating effective solutions to relevant problems concerning IT systems planning and management
- the ability to make well-informed decisions when dealing with both tactical and and strategic issues of IT investment
- appropriate professional levels of attainment in information technology; production and analysis of quantitative data; oral and written communication of complex business information to both professional and non-specialist audiences; independent and team-working skills.