Module title: Information Strategy

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: INF10103
Module leader: Pritam Chita
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics
Prerequisites

Module code: INF09102
Examples of equivalent learning:
Knowledge and understanding of the use and application of large scale IS/IT systems in organisations.

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Pritam Chita
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of materials. Case Studies will be utilised to develop analytic thinking (LOs 2, 3, 4 & 5). Discussions drawing upon a series of reading will develop skills of analysis and synthesis (LOs 2, 3, 4 & 5). Continuous assessment will encourage independent learning through data collection, analysis, synthesis, as well as skills in developing sound argument. Supervised assessment will provide scope for demonstration of knowledge and understanding (LOs 1,2,3,4 & 5).

Formative Assessment:
Each week students work in groups to complete tutorial exercises relating to LOs 1,2,3,4 and 5. This work is discussed in class where formative feedback is provided; any reports, diagrams or comments produced are uploaded to the VLE where they are shared with the whole class.

Summative Assessment:
First individual coursework element relates to LOs 1, 2 & 3 and will involve the student selecting a topic and submitting a paper in the style of a business report to management. Ideally this should be based on the development of an organisation's strategy for its IS/IT implementations and consider the evaluation and organisational aspects of strategic IS/IT. This will be submitted around weeks 8/9.

Second Individual coursework element relates to LOs 3, 4 & 5 and will involve the student in selecting a topic in mid-trimester and submitting a paper in the style of a fully referenced academic journal article in weeks 14/15.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 78
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Online Guided independent study 50
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 50 3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Evolving role of strategic IS/IT systems; Management of strategic IS/IT systems; Processes for developing effective IS/IT strategies; Alignment of IS/IT strategies with business strategies; Innovating with IS/IT systems; Strategic IS/IT systems for competitive advantage; Tools & techniques for building IS/IT strategic capabilities; Evaluating & justifying IS/IT systems; Managing a portfolio of IS/IT applications. Positioning & managing strategic IS/IT systems.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate knowledge of the strategic context of IS/IT systems and their increasing business integration
And impact on the competitive advantage of businesses.
LO2: Appraise the challenges in the management and strategy formulation of IS/IT systems in modern complex
business environments.
LO3: Critically understand the tools & techniques available to build and develop innovative strategic
IS/IT capabilities.
LO4: Examine how strategic IS/IT systems are justified and assessed as investments and for their
business contribution.
LO5: Assess the structural, organisational & governance aspects of strategic IS/IT systems.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - GRANT, K. HACKNEY, R. & EDGAR, D. (2009) STRATEGIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: COURSE TECHNOLOGY CENGAGE LEARNING, 1st ed. - ISBN: 1408007932
Core - APPLEGATE, LM, AUSTIN, RD AND MCFARLAN, FW (2007) CORPORATE INFORMATION STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT: MCGRAW HILL, 7th ed.
Core - WARD, J. & PEPPARD, J (2002) STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS: WILEY, 3rd ed.
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