Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Case Studies in Digital Transformation
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course considers several of the transformations that have arisen in contemporary organisations as a result of the introduction and use of information systems, focusing on four themes: social media; enterprise resource planning; global sourcing; and e-commerce. All these themes are central to the study of IS in the early 21st Century. One case for each theme will be presented and discussed in detail, so as to first familiarise yourselves with these developments, and secondly to explore the challenges that the introduction of information systems may pose, and finally to consider the scope for management action. You are required to produce two written reports, each of which will answer a set question based on our discussion, as well as your own independent research. The aim of this is to develop techniques, methods of analysis and research expertise that can be applied to a variety of real world settings.
This course aims for students to develop a critical perspective on some key areas of contemporary information systems use. It requires students to appreciate the importance of viewing human activity in organisations as being context bound. Thus there is an emphasis on consideration of the local, emergent and the contingent and on understanding how attitudes have been shaped by particular historical, political and /or cultural circumstances. This is achieved by drawing on in depth case studies from international contexts. Students are encouraged to apply various theoretical perspectives to the 'real world' so as to understand the potential and limitations of management action.
On completion of this course successful students will be able to:
- Describe and explain the terminology and role of information systems (IS) and the risks inherent in developing large IS in organisations.
- Critically analyse IS case studies and the social and organisational consequences using appropriate theoretical concepts.
- Access relevant academic literature using the Internet and appropriate databases.
- Present evidence and appropriate theoretical concepts forming the basis of critical analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to the intended audience.
- Interpret, structure and present ideas effectively orally, visually, and in writing correctly citing, acknowledging and referencing sources.
- Manage time and work to deadlines.
Teaching and learning methods
Lecture hours: 12 hours
Tutorial hours: 8 hours
Private Study: 80 hours
Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.
Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Dealing with student questions before and after lectures and tutorials
2 pieces of assessed coursework (1 group and 1 individual) and one assessed presentation.
Group Coursework: 1,500 words maximum (35% ) (groups will be 2/3 students)
Individual Coursework: 3,000 words maximum (50%)
One Group Presentation: (15%)
- Informal advice and discussion during a lecture and tutorials.
- Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
- Written and/or verbal comments on assessed coursework.
- Written and/or verbal comments following the group presentation.
None. All material is provided
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|Brian Nicholson||Unit coordinator|
Length of course: 12 weeks
Dependent courses: None
Programme Restrictions: There are no programme restrictions for this course providing the pre-requisites listed below are met and students are permitted to take this course as part of their programme structure. Option for BA Econ.
BMAN30202 is available to study abroad and exchange students admitted through the University of Manchester International Programmes Office.
For Academic Year 2017/18
Updated: March 2017
Approved by: March UG Committee