Module Identifier DSM0320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Christine J Urquhart  
Semester Available all semesters  

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Health information systems, large or small, need to take account of national and local policies and development frameworks. An information system should serve future needs, hence the need for an information strategy, which is discussed in Unit 1. Systems analysis requires a creative toolkit to map current systems and examine possible solutions, and changes to business processes. Unit 2 examines the `soft? methodologies, the techniques and philosophical approaches to systems design that emphasise a client-centred approach. Unit 3 discusses the methodologies which are more structured, including SSADM. Object-oriented methods of analysis can be viewed as a mix of both soft and hard approaches. Unit 4 examines procurement which is much more than purchasing a piece of kit. The relationship between supplier and procurer needs to be ascertained, and the role of standards clarified. Implementation can be done in several ways and Unit 5 discusses the possible approaches to implementation, together with the necessary training and support. Unit 6 examines project management techniques and the PRINCE project management methodology.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Avgerou, C and Cornford, T (1998) Developing information systems: concepts, issues and practice 2nd. Basingstoke: Macmillan (Macmillan Information Systems Series)
Avison, D and Shah, H (1997) The information systems development life cycle Maidenhead, Berks: McGraw Hill
Vidgen, R, Avison D, Wood, B and Wood-Harper (2002) Developing Web information systems. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann
In addition, the resouce pack for the module contains essential readings for each Unit, and the module conference area contains Web site links.


This module is at CQFW Level 7