MSc Geographical Information Science
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
ICTs in Practice
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Global Development Institute|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The unit will be of particular benefit for those without a technical background and are likely to be involved in the management of computerised information systems communicating with technical partners. The Unit is very practical.
- Databases and database technologies.
- Programming languages.
- Internet and Web technologies.
- Other development-related ICT issues: free and open source software / network technologies.
- Individual presentations.
To provide participants with a foundational understanding of the key information and communication technologies (ICTs) that support change in organisations.
This module aims to evaluate the information technology used in the development of information systems to be implemented in developing/transitional country organisations.
Knowledge and understanding
- understand structural and process models of information systems design
- Knowledge of data modelling and categorisation for system development
- Knowledge of core IT systems relevant for business implementation.
-Understand technical issues related to environmental / business constraints.
- Link theory to real-world practice.
- Critically analyse ISD methodologies and techniques.
A good practical experience of the following:
- Database systems
- Website Design
- Using Content Management Systems for Web page design
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- group working
- discussion and debating skills
- literature reviewing
Teaching and learning methods
Each face-to-face 3-hr lecture session includes lecture presentation, case study material, student group activities and practical exercises at a computer, and some group discussion.
Additionally, students are expected to engage with the e-learning materials provided via Blackboard to support learning. These include lecture slides and additional exercises, solutions to exercises, links to research papers and websites, etc.
Essay (Report 60% - Prototype 40%): 2,000 words, 70%
Presentation - Group: 20 mins, 30%
Re-sit assignment: (Report 60% - Prototype 40%): 2,000 words, 100%
' Laudon, K. C & Laudon, J.P. (2010) Foundations of business Intelligence: Database and Information Management. Management Information Systems, Managing the Digital Firm. 11th Ed. Pearson.
- Bocij, P, Greasley, A & Hickie, S. (2008) Business Information Systems - Technology, Development & Management. 4th Ed. Prentice Hall.
- Krishna, S. & Madon, S. (2003) The Digital Challenge: Information Technology in Development, Ashgate
- Turban, E. et al (2006) Information Technology for Management, Wiley
- Lawrence, D. & Tavakol, S. (2007) Balanced Website Design: Optimising Aesthetics, Usability and purpose. Springer, UK.
- Hernandez, H. (1997) Database Design for Mere Mortals, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts.
|Independent study hours|
IDPM Programmes on which course unit is offered:
MSc ICT4D, MSc MIS, MSc GIS
10 x 3hr lecture; 4x 2hr tutorial