Management of Information Systems

Module description


The aim of this module is to provide you with the methods and approaches used by managers to exploit new digital opportunities and position their companies to realise higher business value. By the end of this module, you will be equipped with the necessary tools to deal with current business issues including digital transformation, business model innovations and business agility.

Additional Information:


Through analysing current ‘real-world’ examples, you will have the opportunity to examine case studies of companies operating internationally such as Pepsi, KLM, , Procter & Gamble, Groupon, Netflix, BT, and LinkedIn.


One of the key business issues considered in this module addresses the challenges faced by managers to unwrap the digital opportunities in order for their businesses to become more sustainable.

External Engagement

Guest speakers from the industry will be invited to share their experiences on how they deal with digital transformation in their own companies. Practitioners’ perspectives will either support or challenge ‘best practices’ discussed in this module.


You will be able to develop skills necessary to succeed in today’s complex business environment including critical thinking, problem-solving, team-working, presenting and defending new business ideas.

Full module specification

Module title:Management of Information Systems
Module code:BEM3015
Module level:3
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Ben Ramdani - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



BEM1007 OR BEM1007A OR BEM1005 OR BEM1016A

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

  • Assess the new digital trends affecting organisations, and determine which opportunities should be exploited.
  • Develop skills and competencies necessary for shaping future business directions.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. develop a digital strategy that is aligned with the overall business strategy.
  • 2. assess the business value of digital technologies using formal academic and practitioners' methods and approaches.
  • 3. critically evaluate new digital opportunities and determine which opportunities will support business functions and satisfy business requirements
  • 4. utilise tools and methods to manage the digital-side of a business
  • 5. develop organisational capabilities needed for a digital transformation to take place

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. examine new ways to enhance decision making by deploying business intelligence competency.
  • 7. analyse the potential of a disruptive digital innovation.
  • 8. deal with security, privacy and sustainability issues

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. present and defend key findings from both academic and practitioners' work in digital technologies
  • 10. produce reports with recommendations for a firm's digital transformation
  • 11. provide constructive feedback to your colleagues

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours11Lectures

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Workshop requiring preparation10 x 2 hour workshops1-4, 6-9, 11Tutor verbal feedback and peer feedback in workshops

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination702 hours1-11Exam result
Group (groups of 4-6 students) case study presentation and report3015 minute presentation and 2500 word report1-11Lecturer written feedback to each group. Peers feedback in workshop

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Examination and Group WorkExamination (100%)1-11August / September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Where you have been referred/ deferred for the module, you will have a second chance in the August/ September re-assessment period. This will constitute 100% of the module (15 credits).

Syllabus plan

The lectures will cover: digital strategy; business value of information technology; selecting, adopting, and diffusing new digital technologies; managing your digital business; business models innovations; security and privacy; sustainability; and developing organisational capabilities.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core texts for the course:

  • Laudon, K. C., & Laudon, J. P. (2012). Management Information Systems, 12th Edition, Pearson Education.
  • Lorenzo, O., Kawalek, P., Gonzalez, G., & Ramdani, B. (2011). The Long Conversation: Maximizing the Business Value from Your Information Technology Investment, Palgrave Macmillan.


Supplementary reading:

  • Brynjolfsson, E. (2010). Wired for Innovation, The MIT Press.
  • Chaffey, D., and White, B. (2011). Business Information Management, Second Edition, FT Prentice Hall.
  • Ward, J., & Peppard, J. (2002). Strategic Planning for Information Systems, 3rd Edition, Wiley

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


ELE based discussion forums; links to internet resources

Various journal articles including: 

MIT Sloan Management Review

Harvard Business Review

California Management Review

MISQ Executive ...etc.

Case studies: will require in-depth analysis for workshop activities


Other Web resources:

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