Comments about Management and Information Systems: Change and Development MSc - At the institution - Manchester - Greater Manchester
The aim of this Masters degree is to close that gap by training individual staff to become 'hybrid managers'. Hybrid managers are those who understand both the job of management in its organisational setting and the role, management and jargon of information, information systems and information technology. These individuals will be in a strong position to lead the successful development and implementation of new information systems in their organisations. At the end of the programme, participants will have been provided with: -conceptual frameworks to understand the role of management of information, of information technology and of information systems in organisations; -new knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development implementation and management of information systems; -new knowledge and skills to help in the effective management and change of organisations.
Entry requirements: Applicants should have a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from an approved university, and are expected to have one year's full-time or two years' part-time work experience. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Prior computing expertise is not a pre-requisite for entry onto the programme.
Management and Information Systems: Change and Development MSc
Information systems are spreading into every sphere of business and non-business organisations. They herald the dawn of a new 'Information Age' in which information, information systems and information technology are recognised as key organisational resources and in which management activities become more information-intensive. Yet the majority of information systems - including e-government, e-commerce, and e-development systems - are under-performing or are failures.
A key cause of this problem is the gap of knowledge, of skills, of culture and of language that exists between functional managers and information systems professionals.
An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. Previous visits have included Malta and Jordan. The cost of the visit is included in the programme fee. In addition, participants may undertake research visits to organisations applying information systems in practice in the UK.
Core programme course units usually include:
-Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems;
-Introducing Information Systems in Organisations;
-Issues in Information Systems Management;
-Organisational Change Strategies;
-International Management OR Public Sector Reform and Management OR Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Management and Strategy.
Optional course units may include:
-e-business, Organisation and Strategy
-e-learning and the Web
-Research Skills Development
-ICTs in Practice
-Human Resource Practice
-ICTs and Socio-Economic Development
-IT and Human Resources
-Planning and Managing Development
-Principles and Practice of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Availability of optional units may vary from year to year.
It should be noted that the development of technical computing skills is not the primary aim of the programme. However, a range of short computing skills workshops are available for those that require them, covering hands-on office automation skills and specific programming skills. The programme also incorporates some small practical information systems projects.