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MGMT8016 - IT Strategy

Title:IT Strategy
Long Title:IT Strategy
Module Code:MGMT8016
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Business & Management
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: CATHERINE MURPHY
Module Author: REGINA O FLYNN
Module Description: This module aims to give students an understanding of the issues governing the strategic analysis of organisations IT strategy, from business planning considerations right through to IS strategic planning. Students will examine business cases in IS strategic planning .
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Assess the determinants of global strategies and international advantage as compared to Irish competitiveness.
LO2 Examine the determinants of smooth strategic change and the optional use of outsourcing from a IT strategic perspective.
LO3 Analyse the role of IS in Strategic Planning and the corporate value of aligning Information Systems strategy with the Business Strategy.
LO4 Appraise the ethical and social impact of Information Systems
LO5 Analyse and assess case studies.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Students should have already studied an introduction to Business Management module so as to be aware of the basics of organisational management and management functions.The student should have studied Strategic Business Management in Semester One.
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Global Strategies and International Advantage versus Irish Competitive
Terminology of International Business, Competitive Advantage, The drivers of Globalisation. Irish Competitiveness. Opportunites and Threats to Ireland and Irish Business. E-Globalisaton. The Global environment, Business Drivers and Challenges. The development of IT strategies for a Global perspective.
Managing IT Strategic Change
The concept of change, strategic change, success and failure, resistance to change, change and individuals, the use of consultants. The development of a IT strategic change process.
Corporate IT Strategy, Outsourcing & IS Support
Corporate and Business Strategy. Integration between Business Strategy and IS Strategy. The relationship between Organisations and Information Systems. Strategic Information Systems. Business models and strategies in the Internet Era. Requirements for effective IS Planning. Reasons for linking IS and Corporate Plans. Business Process Redesign. Outsourcing the IT function of an organisation. The benefits, challenges, strengths and weaknesses of outsourcing.
Ethical and Social Impact of Information Systems
Understanding ethical and social issues. Ethics in an Information Society, Privacy and Freedom in an Information Society. A Corporate Code of Ethics. EStrategies for tough economic times. Corporate Social Networking. Green IT.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Students will be given a short answer exam. 1,2 30.0 Week 6
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture will consist of analyzing each topic area and examining relevant case studies. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Students will be referred to Readings recommended by the lecturer to reinforce lecture material 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Lynch, Richard 2015, Strategic Management, Seventh Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 9781292064666]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Charles W. L. Hill, Gareth R. Jones 2015, Strategic Management Theory - An Integrated Approach, Eleventh Ed., Cengage Living [ISBN: 9781285184494]
  • Tiernan, S., Morley, M., & Foley, E., 2013, Modern Management - Theory and Practice for Students in Ireland, Fourth Ed., Gill and Macmillan Dublin, Ireland [ISBN: 9780717156320]
  • John Ward and Joe Peppard 2002, Strategic Planning for Information Systems, Third Ed., Wiley and Sons Ltd [ISBN: 0470841478]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Irish Business Journal Miscellaneous Articles
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBADM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Administration 2 Mandatory
CR_BBISY_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Information Systems 8 Mandatory

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