Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate analytical tools to align business and IS strategies and improve planning and decision-making
  2. Analyse and evaluate problems, opportunities and challenges in IS management and make recommendations based on sound IS management theory and practice
  3. Evaluate issues in the management of relationships between IS and the host organisation demonstrating sensitivity to cross-cultural and interpersonal communication issues associated with the successful management of global IS teams
  4. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Topics
    • Understanding the business environment
    • Introduction to strategy, Information systems strategy
    • Concept of alignment with business operations and strategy
    • Architectures as a design proactive for organisational information systems
    • Information systems function governance, governance mechanisms and processes
    • Developing & managing organisation wide IT capability
    • Structuring the information systems function
    • Evaluating investment, planning and decision making in information systems
    • Managing realisation of benefits from information systems investments
    • Managing delivery of information systems services
    • Information systems performance measurement, benchmarking
    • Cross cultural communication & management issues
    • CIO-CEO relationship

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-INF20006
  • SWI-CIS23

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

SWI-INF10003-Introduction to Business Information Systems , or SWI-INF10006, or SWI-INF10014

Others

You must also complete 187.5 credit points (15 OUA subjects) before undertaking this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as INF20006 Management Support Systems.

The subject aims to assist students in identifying and understanding issues facing IS managers in the management of information systems. In particular, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of aligning information systems operations and strategy to business operations and strategy and explore techniques and tools for analysing and improving the degree of alignment between business and the information systems function
  • Explore the role of architecture as an analysis and design framework for organisational information systems
  • Contextualise organisational structure and governance of the information systems function to support managers in improving their control and risk management over the information systems function.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 — Individual (30-40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 — Group (30-40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 — Individual (20-40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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