NBS8321 : Strategy, Management and Information Systems

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to provide students with an understanding of information systems and its relevance for modern-day economies and societies. More specifically, it explains how a comprehensive view of traditional information systems (IS) and the opportunities given by contemporary Internet-based innovations is central for understanding the anatomy of e-business and how it has, and will continue enabling radical changes in the economic contexts, business models, corporate strategies, organisational designs and ultimately in the management of innovations in firms and entire industrial sectors.
We divided the module into two parts. The first part equips students to understand the fundamental principles of IS as well as relevant business applications, and from there to apply them in innovative ways in order to create sustainable competitive advantages and beat competitors. The second part of the module is about major topics which certainly could enable or block the materialisation of the e-strategies, and managers have to be knowledgeable of them in order to take decisions and appropriate courses of action, for example technology, implementation process, security, ethics and globalisation

Outline Of Syllabus

IS concepts and its role in modern business
Business applications
Business Intelligence
IS and competitive strategy
Information and communication technologies
IS life cycle
IS ethics
IS and organizations

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading143:0043:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Small-group seminars.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Whole-cohort synchronous seminars.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Other whole-cohort face-to-face synchronous activities.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods will be based on a mix of lectures, the demonstration of business applications, videos, mini case studies, group work and open discussions and debates in the seminars. A substantial input is expected in the form of guided background reading, private study as well as in the preparation for the assessments. The background reading, private study and lectures will be the methods to introduce theoretical concepts, which will be complemented with employability aspects in specific sessions. The demonstration of the business applications and videos will be used to get a more practical understanding of business processes, strategies and real information systems. The case studies are more focused to the discussion of soft aspects which affect information systems such as organizational, ethical and social issues. A substantial component of the module is based on the search for and analysis of real company, market, product and supplier information, as well as of the impact of information systems in society and e-business related career paths.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50Individual 2000-word assignment on the first part of the module, i.e. business processes, strategy and information systems
Essay1A50Individual 2000-word assignment on ethical aspects of IS in a global context and other aspects of the second part of the module
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MUndertake problem-solving exercises in the seminars based on a set of questions and mini case studies and demonstrations.
Case study1MGeneric and specific feedback based on the progress of their work.
Oral Presentation1MSupport/feedback for the exam.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first assignment addresses the first part of the module, which is about business applications, strategy and the alignment of IS and business objectives. It requires the research and critical reflection on the interactions of real firms, markets and information systems initiatives. The second assignment covers the second part of the module, with a focus on the analysis of controversial aspects of the ethical aspects of the information society in an international context and aided by technical and systems development perspectives as well as stakeholders perspectives. The objective is to make the students understand the foundations of IS management in order to apply them in more detail and comprehensively in the rest of the programme.

Formative assessment

In the seminars, the students undertake class exercises based on a set of questions and mini case studies, videos or software demonstrations. There are discussions between peers in groups and then the whole class, all facilitated by the teacher. The discussions are related to specific topics of the syllabus but with a deliberate formative focus on driving and facilitating the study for the summative assessments.
There are 3 1-hour formative sessions specifically about the assessments. The first is early almost at the beginning of the module, about the challenging task of searching for information for their own cases and ultimately deciding what case to undertake in the first assignment (company and systems). This is very formative since it’s the first time the students have a similar assignment. Another one is in the middle of the module and the other one at the end, about the content of the first and second assignments, respectively. These sessions are largely structured on the most important feedback that the module leader has compiled from years delivering the course and marking, as well as personal questions of the students who have already started the study, data collection and development of the assignments.

SEMESTER ONE ONLY STUDY ABROAD: The examination assessment would need to be taken earlier, in the designated early exam period to be managed by exams office.

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