Module Title:Strategic Management & Information Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Strategic Management: Traditional lectures with workshops for groups. Information Systems: Traditional theory classes incorporating class interaction. Workshop style classes for implementing emerging IS frameworks and case studies.
Module Aim: To provide the student with an in-depth analysis of strategic IS/IT planning and IS portfolio implementation within an modern enterprise. Strategic Management will directly link to the Business Management syllabi. In particular, students should be familiar with organisational structures, corporate culture and tools of external analysis that will be taken to a higher level of study in Strategic Management. The main objective of this subject is to enable students to draw up comprehensive strategic plans and to develop a framework for strategic implementation. To provide the student with an in-depth analysis of strategic IS/IT planning and IS portfolio implementation within an modern enterprise
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Analyse and evaluate Opportunities and Threats in the external organisational environment
LO2 Apply range of concepts and tools to identify, analyse and evaluate competitive advantage of current organizations
LO3 Develop and recommend appropriate strategies for an organisation using tools and techniques offered by management theory
LO4 Analyse current areas of interest in strategic management which drive the development of strategic information systems
LO5 Evaluate and apply the techniques used to plan, develop and implement strategic information systems.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

4434 MGMT H3203 Business Management
Incompatible Modules
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No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
3rd year Information Systems Engineering or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Strategic Overview
Leadership, Strategy, and Competitive Advantage; Opportunities and Threats - Analysis of the External Environment
Competitive Advantage
Competencies and Profitability - Analysis of Internal Resources; Strategy at the Functional Level
Formulating strategic options
Strategy at the Business Level; Industry Environment and Business -Level Strategy; Strategy at the Corporate Level; Corporate Diversification Strategy
Technology and Business Strategy
Technological Change, Disruptive Technology, Architectural Innovation, Dominant Design
Implementing Strategy
Performance and Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility
Strategic Information Systems
Strategic role of information systems; evolution of systems to support competitive positioning of an organisation. Strategic informations systems and value chain analysis. Internal and external value chains and their impact on IS/IT. Competitive forces model and its impact on IS/IT development (4 hours) Adopting a process-based perspective to IS development. Problems with functional systems. The role of BPR in systems development
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Topical issues associated with ERP implementation in the modern enterprise e.g. configurability, best practice etc.
Strategic Planning for Information Systems
Links between information systems strategy and business strategy; establishing a strategic information systems planning process; barriers to aligning information systems strategy with business strategies; planning frameworks and approaches; contents of an information systems strategic plan.
System Implementation Strategies
Current frameworks and techniques for strategic information systems development and implementation.
Case Studies
Case studies in strategic information systems implementation.
Current/Emerging Issues
Current/emerging issues in terms of information systems for strategic advantage.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment65.00%
End of Module Formal Examination35.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Team -based Project and Presentation 1,2,3 50.00 Week 13
Other Continous Assessment 4,5 15.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 4,5 35.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Tutorial 30 Weeks per Stage 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.50
Total Hours 150.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_KCCIT_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology Management 4 Mandatory