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MANG6248 Information Systems Development

Module Overview

Information Systems Development aims to further your understanding of the role of Information System Development (ISD) as a fundamental construct of organisations. Through a series of examples and case studies, you are introduced to information system development methodologies and the issues relating to system development and maintenance. The module will also provide an overview of recent development in ISD and techniques.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • how to discuss the structures of the key conceptual models associated with Information Systems Development;
  • the recent developments in Information Systems Development.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically analyse the process of information systems development;
  • compare, contrast and select appropriate techniques and methodologies for Information Systems development.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop the following key skills: communication, problem solving, and critical thinking.


The curriculum will be divided into three broad areas: • Information Systems Development life cycle (SDLC) • Alternative Approaches, for example: • Organisational, engineering, people, modelling, external, software themes • Holistic, data, process, people techniques • SSADM, XP, Multiview methodologies • A comparative review and issues in methodologies.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through lectures, videos and case studies. The structure of the teaching/learning strategy will be as follows: • Introduce a subject area • Discuss how it relates to the theme of the module • Understand the theoretical content • Exposure into reality through videos and/or explore the theory-practice link through case studies • Eliminate ambiguities through discussion.

Independent Study63
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

van der Heijden, H. (2009). Designing Management Information Systems. 

Avison, D. E. & Fitzgerald, G. (2006). Information Systems Development: Methodologies, Techniques and Tools. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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