KC6003 - Strategic Systems Management

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What will I learn on this module?

The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the concepts associated with the strategic management of organisations and the importance that information systems can make to the implementation of that strategy.

On completion of the module you will be able to critically analyse the strategic position of an organisation and set out proposals for the use of information systems to gain competitive advantage.

The module includes a study of areas where information systems have made a significant impact on providing organisations with competitive advantage.

How will I learn on this module?

Each topic within the module will be introduced by a keynote lecture. This will be supported by a seminar and directed learning.

The seminar exercises will closely follow the programme of lectures with separate topics being explored each week. A theme will be chosen of a particular industry sector and a few major organisations in this sector will be considered from a strategic viewpoint - assessing their competitive positions; the factors influencing them; the strategic options they have taken. The focus will be on the importance of information technology and information systems in affecting strategic decisions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Summative assessment will be in the form of a portfolio of work to be produced by each student from their independent study. This will contain a report on an industry sector and selected organisations within that sector. It will contain an analysis of the strategic position of the organisations and suggested proposals for the future. This will be an individual piece of work that assesses your ability to apply the techniques of strategic management and illustrate their understanding of the concepts.
You will obtain formative feedback as you progress the development of their portfolio.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 You will be able to critically analyse the strategic position of an organisation through the application of a set of established techniques
MLO2 . You will be able to Critically evaluate the importance of information systems to the creation of competitive advantage in an industry sector
MLO3 . You will be able to Critically evaluate developments in information technology that affect the strategic position of organisations.
MLO4 . You will be able to Critically discuss issues associated with the implementation of strategic information systems

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment is by two individual 3000 word assignments.
Each assessment is a report on student selected organisation. Each assessment requires application of models and theory to that organisation.

(MLOs 1-4)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

*TBA

What will I learn on this module?

The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the concepts associated with the strategic management of organisations and the importance that information systems can make to the implementation of that strategy.

On completion of the module you will be able to critically analyse the strategic position of an organisation and set out proposals for the use of information systems to gain competitive advantage.

The module includes a study of areas where information systems have made a significant impact on providing organisations with competitive advantage.

Course info

UCAS Code G510

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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