Digital Systems and Technologies Digital Systems and Technologies

Module organiser: Dr Pat Barrow


The single most significant trend in modern management is the growing importance of information systems (IS). Without the strategic use of information technology, the success of companies such as Tesco, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Amazon, American Airlines and Nordea Bank could not have been achieved and, as a consequence, every manager now needs a basic ‘literacy’ in IS.  This course will fully equip you with the knowledge to be an informed and active participant in organisational decisions regarding practices and technologies for information management.

Aims and Objectives

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the role of IS in a range of contextual settings

  • Recognise the strategic importance of IS to the success of the organisation

  • Appreciate the changing nature of IS and the importance of a variety of information technologies to IS provision

  • Recognise the impact of the Internet and e-business on organisations and management

  • Comprehend the role of IS in enhancing business processes and decision-making across the enterprise

  • Know the fundamentals of building and managing IS in organisations

  • Apply knowledge relating to specialist IS functions in both domestic and international contexts

  • Utilise analytical tools, and understand different IS perspectives which will provide a sound basis for strategic IS decisions.

Learning outcomes

There are multiple benefits to completing this course, benefits that will serve you well as a forward-thinking manager. The ability to manage creative processes in yourself and others, to identify problems, evaluate your options and understand how to solve them. As a forward-thinking manager, you will have the capacity to learn and evaluate new technologies. The course will also teach you how to listen, negotiate and influence others, and ways to conduct research into issues involving information systems or management in organisations.


Please note: This information is subject to review and change without notice.