Module Identifier DSM5010  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Christine J Urquhart  
Semester Available all semesters  
Mutually Exclusive DSM0320  
Course delivery Lecture   Introductory session at study school  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Coursework report (2,500 word essay equivalent)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework  100%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

The module covers a variety of techniques that may be used throughout the planning and implementation of new information systems. New information systems often upset current ways of working and therefore considerable emphasis is placed in the module on the techniques that analysts and users can use to help in planning for a new information system. Students will learn how projects can be managed better, from planning through procurement and implementation to evaluation of the completed project and realisation of benefits.


The content includes:
Unit 1: Information strategy, strategic planning tools, benefits appraisal
Unit 2: Procurement of information systems, strategic procurement issues, standards and methods for procurement, trust and collaborative procurement, outsourcing
Unit 3: Project management risks, approaches to implementation, organisational change, user acceptance, human-computer interaction principles, training and testing, project management software, project management methodologies, project evaluation, programme management principles.

Module Skills

Problem solving Through work with strategic management matrices  
Research skills By critical appraisal of the evidence for the factors affecting the success or failure of projects  
Communication Through practice with different methods of presenting information  
Improving own Learning and Performance By appreciation of their own likely preferred roles within a team  
Team work By appreciation of the factors that affect project performance, including the factors affecting successful team working  
Information Technology Through practice with use of project management software  
Application of Number Through understanding of the principles of cost-benefit analysis  
Personal Development and Career planning By acquisition of a range of practical skills that can be applied to organisational problems, appreciation of project management that can be applied to their own career planning  
Subject Specific Skills a) Systems analysis, b) Business process analysis, c) Project management, d) Research skills  


This module is at CQFW Level 7