ITMB Case Studies

Module description

The development and management of large-scale IT systems is a difficult and often high profile undertaking.  Projects such as the NHS patient record system are a good example of this. This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of the technical and management implications of implementing large-scale IT systems. Example systems will be presented through traditional and guest lectures and through student presentations; these presentations will also allow you to develop your independent research skills. You will also undertake a substantial team project as part of this module to provide the necessary management and team working skills.

Full module specification

Module title:ITMB Case Studies
Module code:ECMM418
Module level:M
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Edward Keedwell - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:


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


Module aims

The ITMB Case Studies module aims to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the technical and management implications of implementing large- scale IT systems. The module uses both conventional lectures and “guru” lectures from influential members of industry and public organisations to deliver the latest thinking in large-scale IT management; this content is further supplemented by a tutorial programme where many of the topics introduced in lectures will be further discussed.


ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate an understanding of the challenges associated with implementing large scale IT systems in the public and private sectors;
  • 2. demonstrate the decision making processes associated with the implementation and management of IT-based systems;
  • 3. explain the importance of IT systems in large organisations and the context in which they operate;
  • 4. identify opportunities for IT within a business and determine the cost/benefit to the company of implementing such a system.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. implement software as part of a team, assigning roles to each member according to skill-set;
  • 6. develop plans for the development and maintenance of IT systems in an organisation.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. work effectively as a member of team to design and implement solutions to challenging IT problems;
  • 8. critically evaluate the management and implementation of existing IT systems;
  • 9. concisely present information in a semi-formal setting.

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
Scheduled learning and teaching activities10Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities10Tutorials
Guided independent study30ndividual assessed work
Guided independent study100Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Team project review 30 minutes per meeting approx 3 in total1, 5, 7, 9Oral

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
Individual research presentation3030 minutes2, 6, 8, 9Individual marksheet
Comparison study essay303,000 words2, 3, 4, 6, 8Individual marksheet
Team project individual report8300 word report1, 5, 7, 9Individual marksheet
Team Project Team Report325,000 word report1, 5, 7, 9Individual marksheet

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
As aboveCourseworkAllTimescale to be determined by examiners board - September or December referrals possible.

Re-assessment notes

Since this is assessed entirely by coursework, all referred assessments will be by the assignment of a new piece of coursework.

Deferred assignments will be done by the original piece of coursework combining elements of the module.

Syllabus plan

Selected suitable case studies (will be updated each year).

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


Module notes given by lecturer(s)

Other articles will be recommended depending on the case studies chosen.

  1. Cases on Information Planning, Desgin and Implementation (Cases on Information Technology Series),Medhi Khosrow-Pour,,Idea Group Publishing,2006,978-1599044095
  2. Information Technology for Management, Transforming Organizations in the Digital Economy,Efraim Tuban, Linda Volonino, Ephraim McLean, James Wetherbe,7th Edition,John Wiley and Sons,2009,978-0470400326

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