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MANG6119 Introduction to Knowledge and Information Systems Management

Module Overview

The module aims to introduce you to the fields of information systems and knowledge management. You will be introduced to definitions and conceptualisations of an information system and knowledge management and some key supporting technologies. The distinction between data, information and knowledge will be outlined, and new trends such as big data will be discussed and put into context. The components of an information system, information quality dimensions and different perspectives on knowledge will be considered. Information systems and knowledge management as research fields are then examined and you will reflect on how research themes in these subject areas have over time varied from the study of the development, use and management of these systems within their traditional organisational boundaries to the wider societal impact of information and communication technologies or their role in globalisation, development, etc. By the end of the module, you will have a background understanding of the areas studied in the Knowledge and Information Systems Management (KISM) MSc programme and be able to position specific work in this area against its broader context.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module provides an appreciation and understanding of the subject area of knowledge and information systems management. It acts as an introduction to the Knowledge & Information Systems Management (KISM) MSc programme. It provides an overview of the field, introducing the fundamental concepts of knowledge and information systems and their management, thereby emphasising the particular perspectives adopted by the programme. The module makes reference to the structure and content of the programme as a whole.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The nature and scope of contemporary knowledge management (KM) and information systems (IS);
  • The relationship between the current nature of the KM and IS fields and their history and development.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critical thinking
  • Bibliographic
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The intellectual (cognitive) skills required to identify and characterise some of the main current practical and theoretical debates in the fields;
  • The intellectual (cognitive) skills to relate your own aims and objectives to the KISM programme.


The module covers, at a broad level, the following topics: the nature of information systems; (big) data, information and knowledge; information systems and their organisational context; information systems, knowledge management; information communication; information quality, information systems management, database principles, information systems development; information systems strategy; ethical, societal, globalisation/development issues.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught by a mix of lecture and discussion sessions and will feature talks on selected research topics relevant to knowledge and information systems management.

Independent Study63
Total study time75





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