MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (Distance Learning) / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (Distance Learning) aims to train 'hybrid managers' capable of understanding both the job of management in its organisational setting, and the role, management and jargon of information, information systems and information technology.
The course intends to help close the gap of knowledge, skills, culture and language that exists between functional managers and information systems professionals - a gap that results in the majority of information systems, including e-government, e-commerce, and e-development systems, under-performing or becoming failures.
You'll therefore graduate in a strong position to lead the successful development and implementation of new information systems in a wide range of organisations. By the course's end, you 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.
The next intake for this course is January 2018. Equity & Merit Scholarships (open for applications at the end of 2017) are available for national of Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Informal enquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact one of our Programme Directors, Prof Richard Heeks ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Dr Jaco Renken ( email@example.com ).
Teaching and learning
The distance learning programme starts annually every January.
Participants study on the distance learning degree without leaving home or interrupting their careers. A typical study route would involve completion of four compulsory modules in the first year of study, and completion of the remaining four modules in the second year. A dissertation is undertaken in the first half of the third year. Using this route, participants complete the full Master's programme in two-and-a-half years. For example, those starting in January 2018 would complete in July 2020.
However, the programme is flexible and can accommodate faster or slower study and completion speeds in order to take account of work, family or other personal commitments. For example, after completing teaching period one, students can accelerate their study by spending a twelve-week semester in Manchester, studying alongside students on our face-to-face Master's programmes. Students can also slow down, perhaps taking only one module rather than two in a particular teaching period, or taking a complete break of a teaching period during which no modules are studied. Different study plans are possible as long as students complete the programme within four and a half years.
Coursework and assessment
Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Director. Students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.
Course unit details
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Fundamentals of Information and Information Systems||MGDI70001||15|
|Introducing Information Systems in Organisations||MGDI70002||15|
|Issues in the Management of Information Systems||MGDI70003||15|
|e-Business - Organisation and Strategy||MGDI70004||15|
|Organisation Development and Change||MGDI70050||15|
|Human Resource Practice||MGDI70060||15|
Study is undertaken via the University's e-learning system, which provides study materials, online resources, and interactive online tutorial discussions with the module tutor and other course participants. You benefit from access to the University's library, with more than 25,000 electronic journals and 400,000 electronic books.