Studying Information Systems Management MSc at DMU will expose you to recent developments in both modern theory and practice, from learning about the technical side of programming and systems to understanding the organisational context in which they sit.
You will benefit from established academic expertise thanks to our 50-year history of teaching computing, and you will have flexible access to a range of laboratories. An optional placement year will give you the chance to build industry contacts and develop transferable skills.
Further your professional development and use this course as a springboard to a management-level role in this rapidly growing area of employment.
Course modules include:
- Object-Oriented Programming
- Computer Systems and Networks
- Management of Information Systems
- E-Commerce Systems
- Human Factors in Systems Design
- Organisations and businesses are looking for expertise in this rapidly growing field, because they rely on information systems to enable operations and support decision making.
- Our internationally recognised Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility has valuable input on to the course. Our experts collaborate with worldwide partners to give authoritative advice, assess implications and shape codes of practice, allowing you to understand the current research issues.
- We have more than 20 computing laboratories equipped with machines ranging from HP dual-boot, all-in-one computers and high-specification machines, to customised cyber security facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of industry-standard, general purpose and specialist software.
- Benefit from our well-established academic expertise in computing technology spanning more than 50 years.
- Choose to do a year-long work placement to gain valuable experience and skills, as well as networking opportunities to build your industry contacts.
- Enhance your professional development and use the course as a springboard to a management-level role.
Structure and assessment
First semester (October to January)
- Object-Oriented Programming covers the theory and practice of modern programming, enabling you to design, develop and implement object-oriented programs and appreciate these disciplines from a management perspective
- Database Systems and Design addresses the analysis of data storage requirements and the design of complex relational databases to meet those requirements. This module makes extensive use of commercial and industrial case studies
- Computer Systems and Networks explains the technical infrastructure upon which modern computer systems and networks are run. It provides a sufficient level of understanding of hardware, operating systems, systems software, network protocols and topologies to enable you to appreciate the use of computer systems and networks in commerce and industry, to be able to construct a technical specification for a computer system, and to select an appropriate system
- Systems Analysis and Design covers the theory and practice of systems analysis and design, and introduces the internationally recognised UML modelling language. Extensive use of case studies allows the application of selected UML techniques, and Computer Assisted Software Engineering (CASE) tools are used to support the development of complex UML models
Second semester (February to May)
- Research Methods, Professionalism and Ethics links the teaching of social, ethical, legal and professional issues with an overview of research approaches and methodologies. This module is important for your professional development and is also a central preparation for the final project/dissertation
- Management of Information Systems enables you to set computing developments in a broader social, economic and business context. It introduces many of the skills needed to effectively manage IS/IT projects within organisations
- E-Commerce Systems develops a conceptual understanding of the management and support of e-commerce systems within an organisation. This module provides a critical awareness of strategy issues, the provision of information and the support of such systems, and examines the process of e-commerce systems development. There is a detailed study of the strategy process, and the benefits of e-commerce are explored with reference to current research
- Human Factors in Systems Design introduces and explores the human factors and issues that need to be considered when designing interactive systems. You will develop skills enabling you to design effective and usable interactive systems. You will also learn how to evaluate the usability and appropriateness of competing designs
Third semester (June to September)
During the final semester you will work on your project/dissertation, chosen by you and agreed with your project supervisor. Part-time students normally choose to work on their project over an entire academic year.
Facilities and features
We have over 20 computing laboratories equipped with machines ranging from HP dual-boot, all-in-one computers in the Computer Science Laboratories to high specification machines in the Games Development Studios, and customised facilities in the Cyber Security Centre. Student work is stored and backed up on dedicated high-performance, network file servers.
A wide range of industry-standard, general purpose and specialist software is available to support teaching. Many software packages are freely available to students via open source and similar licensing (for example Linux and Java) and all students have access to Microsoft Office.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
We take pride in producing globally employable graduates for business, government and research. Past students are now working in a wide variety of organisations all over the world, from small consultancies to large, multinational companies. Typical roles include IT managers, systems consultants, and software developers.
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