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    MSc Business Information Systems Management (BISM)

    By focusing on Information Systems in organisations, especially web-based Information Systems including Knowledge Management Systems: their strategic use, quality management, and legal and regulatory implications, this programme provides the knowledge and practical skill set to the inevitable use of Information Systems within any organisation.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      Increasingly information as a resource has become a predominant need for organisations and in society as a whole. The development of tools and frameworks which assist managers in controlling and managing the organisational information and technology is a testimony of the widespread recognition of the importance of information to organisational success. The availability of this information and technological tools has drastically changed the way we work.

      Rapid advances in communication technology today has resulted in networked communities and globalisation, which in turn has given rise to various forms of business organisations. The Internet has become a primary business tool particularly where e-commerce is part of the business model.

      With all the above in consideration, graduates of the programme will be equipped with professional and employable skills and attributes such as:

      • information and knowledge management skills;
      • business-oriented knowledge and awareness for success and competitiveness of organisations;
      • the ability to excel in their careers irrespective of the type of the organisation and the level at which they will work;
      • the ability to communicate effectively through a range of scenarios to different stakeholders;
      • the ability to participate in and manage projects;
      • and the ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
    • Course Highlights

      • Business Information Systems has grown in recent years, and its expansion is expected to continue considering technology is always in a state of flux and information and knowledge need to be processed for sound organisational growth and competitive edge. This Programme provides the skills to understand the current condition of the industry besides the obvious advantage of standing out in the job market with technological proficiency.
      • It is aimed at those students who have not just strong interests in information and knowledge management, but who also wish to be more proficient with the use of technological tools to innovate and generate extra value for businesses.

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    What will you study on the MSc BISM Programme?

    The programme is comprised of four compulsory modules and one optional module. Among the compulsory modules, you will have the opportunity to undertake an individual project with a supervisor with specialist knowledge of their field.

    • Associated Modules

      • Information Systems Quality Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module is at the heart of software engineering quality management and aims to impart the knowledge and skills for the engineering, monitoring, and improving information systems. Engineering good quality software products benefits from controlled and managed development process. Managing the complexity of organisations and the complexity and proliferation of information systems and their many failures demand specialised knowledge and skills. In particular, quality assurance engineers, project and systems managers and auditors need the knowledge and skills to monitor and assess both the software process and software artifacts in order to provide guidance and leadership for their improvement. The quality manager also needs to have the knowledge and skills for evaluation and selection of appropriate process models,methods, tools and human resources.

      • Information Systems Strategy and Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

        The business strategy of an organisation should be supported by Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) strategy. In order to achieve this, developing IS should be part of an organisation's strategic planning. This module will explore major concepts, methods and technologies needed to develop business strategies for an organisation focusing on the Internet as the medium. Data management systems are now the central software of enterprise systems and the driving force behind e-commerce. This module will cover the fundamentals of managing industrial data. The aim of the module is to integrate theory and practice in a holistic manner. This module also aims to give students the knowledge of how to use and manage information systems to bring value to the organisation.

      • Regulation of Electronic Commerce and Information Technology (30 credits) - Compulsory

        This module focuses on the regulation of electronic commerce activities and associated technologies. It gives students an understanding of regulatory frameworks for electronic technologies and the underlying legal principles which govern electronic commerce. The module critically examines the role of regulation in the commercial context of electronic transactions and how such regulation applies to these transactions. Legal and regulatory issues related to intellectual property, conducting business online, privacy, jurisdiction are among topics covered. In addition to the above, the module covers regulation in the broader context of professional and ethical issues relevant to the use of information technology.

      • Data Management for Decision Support (30 credits) - Optional

        Data management systems are now the central software of most industrial data processing applications and the driving force behind Business Information Technology and E-Commerce. This module covers the concepts and theories of managing industrial data such as implementation of large volume data storage, preserving data quality, data preparation for dimensional modelling. It also explores technologies and algorithms for handling a large amount of data, i.e., data cleansing, data segmentation and data transformation, to discover knowledge from data warehouse. The module presents state of the art technologies that support decision-making and provide problem solving capabilities to managers in industry.

      • Knowledge Management Strategies (30 credits) - Optional

        To maintain competitive advantage in the knowledge economy, organisations need a knowledge management strategy. The aim of this module is to enable participants to draw upon the latest theory and practice in knowledge management to be able to assist organisations in developing knowledge management systems that nurture and exploit business, social and technological aspects of the organisation.

      • Postgraduate Computing Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

        To give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake work that is independent - shaped largely by one’s own decisions and preferences; complete - accomplished from conception to delivery, via all stages in between; technically competent - employing techniques and exploiting knowledge gained during earlier parts of the programme; professionally and ethically compliant; supervised - working under the guidance but not instruction of a member of academic staff; academically sound - taking critical account of current knowledge and methods in the chosen specialist area.

    What will you gain?

    By the end of the programme, you will possess a sound knowledge and understanding of elements taught, and simultaneously develop cognitive (thinking) skills, and practical professional development skills.

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    About the MDX Mauritius Campus

    Our new campus demonstrates what can be achieved when all stakeholders share a clear vision. The concept was developed by a London architect, Graham Wilson, who also is credited for developing many of Middlesex buildings in Hendon.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group discussions, small group and individual exercises, lab sessions, demonstration software, on-line examples and the research project. Lectures allow you to gain and develop knowledge in specific subjects. You can discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and practical sessions in smaller seminar groups usually made up of around 20 students. In workshops, you will be able to develop your skills by doing exercises, with teaching staff at hand to provide help and answer questions. In addition, you can arrange one to one session with your personal tutor or module coordinator. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including library support, a broad range of available software and laptops on loan throughout your course.

      Throughout their studies students are encouraged to undertake independent study both to supplement and consolidate what is being learnt and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. Critical evaluation and reflection engage the students in applying theory to practice.

      During your course, your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

      • 4 hours of lectures
      • 8 hours of supervised practicals and seminars

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching, sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and examinations. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      Overall Workload

      Your overall workload will include the activities listed above, and with each credit being completed equating to 10 hours of study time (You will complete 120 credits which are broken down into modules of typically 30 credits).

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer. The team includes academics, professional practitioners, and technical staff. Graduate Teaching Assistants or trained postgraduate research students may also have input into your teaching under the supervision of the module coordinator.

    • Assessment

      The course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. This will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment which will count towards your final marks. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any grade you receive from formative assessment does not count towards your final marks.

      Summative assessment is generally by coursework (i.e. project reports, both individual and group presentations and other written work) and exams for some modules. The grades from the summative assessments count towards your module mark. Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Percentage of course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment will depend on the modules that you complete throughout your course. The approximate percentage of the course which is assessed by coursework is usually 60% unseen examination and 40% coursework.

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback on examination performance can be requested from the module coordinator. Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module or personal tutor.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that you assist you in the following areas;

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills.
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills.
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism.
      • Progression and Support Advisors to assist you with if you experience difficulties with your studies.
      • IT related support. The Learning Resource Centre has computers and software such as SPSS which are for students use. There are five Information Technology Laboratories that enable the use of standard software such as MS Office and specialist software and hardware such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Linux OS, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Cisco equipment, etc.

      More information on how to access these services would be provided to you at your induction.

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    How can the MSc BISM Programme support your career?

    Equipped with higher level knowledge and hands-on skill set, you will be able to pursue several different career pathways in a promising field of industry where information and knowledge management is optimised with the use of information technologies.

    • Your career options may include:

      • IT Project Manager

        IT Project Managers specialise in overseeing the process of planning, executing and delegating responsibilities around an organization's information technology (IT) pursuits and goals. As project participants are often spread across different offices and teams, the role of the IT project manager is to ensure that projects are delivered smoothly on-time and on-budget with minimal unexpected stoppages in work.

      • IT Team Leader

        IT Team Leaders coordinate and delegate the responsibilities of IT teams. They oversee the day-to-day functions of the department. Leaders also conduct training sessions with employees so that they can be equipped with new knowledge and skills to remain current. They also train entry-level employees that will allow them to be on the same level as the team.

        These leaders consider the abilities and expertise of the team members to assist in dispersing assignments. Team members may have specialities such as networking, security, administration, data entry, software programming, web development or data testing. IT Team Leaders have comprehensive knowledge and skills to guide all these professionals. Leaders are able to motivate teams and maintain a comfortable and conducive working environment.

      • IT Systems/Business Analyst

        An IT Systems/Business Analyst provides new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. They are responsible for analysing the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to help identify business problems and propose solutions, using the discipline of business analysis. They examine existing business models and the flows of data in the business, and then present appropriate improved IT solutions.

      • Information Systems Manager

        An Information Systems Manager installs computer systems, ensures that backup systems operate effectively, buys hardware and software, provides the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation, and contributes to organisational policy regarding quality standards and strategic planning.

      • IT Service Delivery Manager

        The IT Service Delivery Manager oversees a number of key functions within the IT department that enable the delivery of a high-quality service to end users, and to ensure Service Support and Service Delivery processes are in place to meet business needs. This position is a stakeholder facing role and requires that you establish and manage expectations within the business and drive the IT team to achieve those expectations to a high standard.

    I find Middlesex University and Mauritius to be the perfect pair, a natural paradise. The campus has an amazing green environment and sustainable facilities, which support student life. Every moment, you find something thrilling about the island, the opportunities are limitless, and the experience is mind-blowing.

    Mr. Tabi Hope Okorn-Tabi (Nigeria), MSc BISM - Class of 2019

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