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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 16:07:55

Title of Module: Strategic Management and Information Systems

Code: COMP10003 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Costas  Iliopoulos

Summary of Module

This module develops the student’s knowledge of strategic management within the context of IT systems development and deployment. Theory is related to practical examples to help underpin theoretical knowledge and develop in the student the capability of formulating a coherent and relevant strategy for the business of today.

The module starts by reviewing developments in strategic planning and management and links them with developments in computing and the deployment of IT-based systems within business.

As the student develops their knowledge and understanding of the subject, more recent approaches within the field of strategy will be introduced through lectures, case studies and tutorial materials. The deployment of of IT-based systems in tune with the business strategy will be given as a means of providing a current context of value to the student.

Undertaking this module will help the student develop a range of graduate attributes including: critical & analytical thinking, problem solving, research skills, collaborating and effective communication.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Develop strategies for the planning, development and implementation of IT-based systems aligned with the business strategy.

L2. Apply methodologies and techniques used in traditional and modern strategic planning, formulation and implementation

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principal approaches and techniques to strategic planning and be able to integrate this knowledge within a business context employing IT-based systems.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Apply specific current and general skills and knowledge within the domain of strategic management and IS.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Apply judgement in the definition and implementation of strategic planning within the domain of business strategy and IT-based systems development and deployment.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Use informal presentations to a peer group audience and purposefully reflect on feedback as befitting the systems practitioner.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Exercise initiative and self-management in the completion of the coursework.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery20
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Independent Study156
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

FT Guide to Strategy: How to Create, Pursue and Deliver a Winning Strategy (The FT Guides), Richard Koch, Fourth edition, 2011.

Grant K., Hackney R. and Edgar D., Strategic Information Systems Management, Course Technology, 2010.

Hitt, Michael A; Ireland, R Daune; and Hoskisson, Robert E (2017) Strategic Management – Competitiveness & Globalization: Concepts and Cases, Boston, Cengage Learning.

Pearlson, Keri E.; Saunders Carol S (2015) Managing & Using Information Systems: A Strategic Approach (2015), West Sussex: Wiley

Peppard, Joe and Ward, John (2016) The Strategic Management of Information Systems: Building a Digital Strategy, West Sussex: Wiley.

Rothaermel, Frank T (2017) Strategic Management, NY: McGraw Hill.

Selection of journal articles and conference papers.

Miscellaneous journal articles and conference papers.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorTony Gurney
External ExaminerT Gaber
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Written Assignment(80%)
Critical Self Reflection (20%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for students with support identified and provided by student services.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

2014 University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.