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Business Information Systems Management MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGG502
Start
October 2021
EU/INT induction: September 2021
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£10,000 (UK) *
£14,500 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Nawaz Khan
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Business information, and using it to increase profitability, is becoming an ever more essential part of running any organisation. This course will train you to design and develop information management systems and make the best use of them in the workplace – a highly sought-after skill in today's competitive market.

Why study MSc Business Information Systems Management at Middlesex University?

From revenue reports and customer data to figures used to forecast sales and analyse trends, the useful knowledge which organisations can gain from information systems is virtually limitless. Experts who can use the technology intelligently and creatively to add value to a business, combining technical ability with an understanding of an organisation's needs, are in high demand. This course is designed to meet that demand.

The university's close links with industry have allowed us to develop a highly practical course, focusing on the skills employers tell us they want. We work with companies such as Microsoft and Siemens, and we are a Cisco local academy and a Xilinx university partner – meaning you will have access to the latest equipment, and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops. You will be encouraged to learn, explore and work within our award-winning technology centre and its specialist network, software, digital and wireless laboratories equipped with industry-standard software and hardware. All our sessions will be delivered online during the 2020/21 academic year due to Covid-19 restrictions, enabling you to gain from these experiences without having to travel to campus.

Course highlights

  • You will have access to the Human Interactive Systems Laboratory technologies and tools online, which explores the design of interactive technologies for education, training and medical use
  • You will be encouraged to publish your research and you may have the chance to present your work at public conferences
  • This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status
  • You can gain real life insight into the industry from the range of guest lectures who teach on this course. In the past students have been taught by speakers from Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic and General Electric
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What you will study on the MSc Business Information Systems Management?

This course will furnish you with the technical skills you’ll need to introduce, manage and improve information systems and knowledge management programmes within an organisation to increase its profitability. You’ll look at how information systems benefit an organisation, how to assess a company’s IT needs and choose appropriate technologies and methods for setting up a system. You’ll also explore business, management and decision-making theory, recent developments in information systems, and the legal, regulatory, ethical and professional issues surrounding the sector such as consumer protection, privacy, and intellectual property, copyright and trademarks.

What will you gain?

In addition to an in-depth understanding of the subject, you will also gain the knowledge required to evaluate and manage information systems and strategies, including quality management and the use of models to evaluate processes and products, and assess their impact on an organisation. You’ll also be competent in analysing, designing, developing and building web-based applications.

Modules

  • Modules

    • Information Systems Quality Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is at the heart of software engineering quality management and aims to impart the knowledge and skills for the engineering, monitoring, and improving information systems. Engineering good quality software products benefits from a controlled and managed development process. Managing the complexity of organisations and the complexity and proliferation of information systems and their many failures demand specialised knowledge and skills. In particular, quality assurance engineers, project and systems managers and auditors need the knowledge and skills to monitor and assess both the software process and software artefacts in order to provide guidance and leadership for their improvement. The quality manager also needs to have the knowledge and skills for evaluation and selection of appropriate process models, methods, tools and human resources.

    • Information System Strategy and Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The business strategy of an organisation should be supported by Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) strategy. In order to achieve this, developing IS should be part of an organisation's strategic planning. This module will explore major concepts, methods and technologies needed to develop business strategies for an organisation focusing on the Internet as the medium. Data management systems are now the central software of enterprise systems and the driving force behind e-commerce. This module will cover the fundamentals of managing industrial data. The aim of the module is to integrate theory and practice in a holistic manner. This module also aims to give students the knowledge of how to use and manage information systems to bring value to the organisation.

    • Regulation of Electronic Commerce and Information Technology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the regulation of electronic commerce activities and associated technologies. It gives students an understanding of regulatory frameworks for electronic technologies and the underlying legal principles which govern electronic commerce. The module critically examines the role of regulation in the commercial context of electronic transactions and how such regulation applies to these transactions. Legal and regulatory issues related to intellectual property, conducting business online, privacy, jurisdiction are among topics covered. In addition to the above, the module covers regulation in the broader context of professional and ethical issues relevant to the use of information technology.

    • Data Management for Decision Support (30 credits) - Optional

      Data management systems are now the central software of most industrial data processing applications and the driving force behind Business Information Technology and E-Commerce. This module covers the concepts and theories of managing industrial data such as implementation of large volume data storage, preserving data quality, data preparation for dimensional modelling. The module also explores technologies and algorithms for handling a large amount of data, i.e., data cleansing, data segmentation and data transformation, to discover knowledge from data warehouse. This module presents state of the art technologies that support decision-making and provide problem solving capabilities to managers in industry. The module is designed to give an introduction into the theory of decision-making and management and some of the most widely used contemporary methods enabling modern decision support systems. In particular, the module explores theories in the domain of management decision making, for example, linear models, utility and decision-making under uncertainty. The module provides students with an opportunity to examine how data management techniques can be applied in business information systems to enhance the decision making power of managers. The module also equips students with sufficient understanding of the current theory of decision making and its applications that address modern and future business needs.

    • Knowledge Management Strategies (30 credits) - Optional

      To maintain competitive advantage in the knowledge economy, organisations need a knowledge management strategy. The aim of this module is to enable participants to draw upon the latest theory and practice in knowledge management to be able to assist organisations in developing knowledge management systems that nurture and exploit business, social and technological aspects of the organization.

    • Postgraduate Computing Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      To give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake work that is independent - shaped largely by one s own decisions and preferences; complete - accomplished from conception to delivery, via all stages in between; technically competent - employing techniques and exploiting knowledge gained during earlier parts of the programme; professionally and ethically compliant; supervised - working under the guidance but not instruction of a member of academic staff; academically sound - taking critical account of current knowledge and methods in the chosen specialist area.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How will the MSc Business Information Systems Management be taught?

As well as doing practical work in our laboratories, you’ll attend interactive lectures, where your teachers will introduce you to concepts and principles and demonstrate models and tools. You’ll also attend seminars, workshops and tutorials, where you’ll analyse systems, work on real-life case studies and problem-solving exercises, take part in discussions and give presentations. You’ll supplement all this with your own independent study and research.

All sessions will be held online during the 2020/21 academic year and do not require attendance in labs or face to face presence. The programme team is very experienced in delivery of learning online and leads international research in e-learning.

Assessment

You will be assessed through exams, your research project and other coursework, including research papers and extended abstracts, essays, reports, critical analyses of research issues, database exercises, posters, presentations and case study assignments. Some assessed work will be done in groups and you’ll receive regular feedback on all work. All assessment will take place online during the 2020/21 academic year and all module leaders have a wealth of experience in setting, moderating, supporting and assessing e-assessment.

For your independent computing project you will plan, conduct and produce an original piece of research relevant to the industry. You will be assessed on your written report and possibly via an oral examination. All supervisory sessions will be held online during the 2020/21 academic year and there will be no need for face to face meetings.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we currently plan to teach your course fully online through a mixture of live interactive sessions and independent learning. This will ensure you’re equipped with the same skills as on campus study, and offer you an engaging learning experience where you can meet and network with your lecturers and fellow students through online platforms. We are also exploring opportunities for face-to-face interactive sessions with smaller groups of students and staff where possible and we can make the appropriate arrangements. You will still be able to access bookable study spaces on campus, and any of the facilities and support services which are open, as well as our extensive online support.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes, the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Course delivered fully online while current social distancing measures are in place

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

12 hours
(3 hours per module)

1 hour per module allocated for:
(i) additional module support
(ii) project supervision
(iii) surgery sessions
(iv) personal tutorials

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

Approx. 24 - 40 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

Approx 4 - 8 hours
(1 - 2 hours per module)

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

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How can the MSc Business Information Systems Management support your career?

Well-qualified IT professionals are in high demand and your career prospects on graduating this course will be excellent, leaving you ideally placed for a role as IT manager or project manager, business analyst, quality assurance engineer, information systems auditor or web developer.

Recent graduates have gone on to hold such positions as:

  • IT Officer with the National Bank of Greece
  • Senior Technical Expert with Dell International Services
  • Network Engineer with Logic on Solutions.

You could also start your own business.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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