COMP08090 2012 InformationTechnology Management

General Details

Full Title
InformationTechnology Management
Transcript Title
N/A %
Subject Area
COMP - Computing
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mr. John Kelleher, Paul Flynn, Paul Powell, Una LEstrange, Therese Hume
Programme Membership
SG_KSYSN_K08 201200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Systems & Networking L8 SG_KSDEV_K08 201200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Software Development SG_KCMPT_K08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing SG_KSDEV_K08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Software Development SG_KCOMP_H08 201500 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing SG_KCOMP_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing SG_KCOMP_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage information technology in business and organisational environments.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


assess how IT can contribute to the achievement of business/organisational strategic objectives.


utilise a range of I.T. planning methods


use a range of methods to demonstrate the costs and benefits of IT solutions


be aware of key legal, ethical and professional issues relating to the development and use of information systems.


apply principles of IT governance


demonstrate knowledge of the key management principles of security and business continuity planning and be able to apply these to specific situations

Module Assessment Strategies

A series of workshop (lab) and classroom based formative assessments using web resources and current case studies will focus on developing skills in group work and research.

A research essay will provide an opportunity for the student to research and evaluate an emerging technology within a specific organisational framework.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Introduction  Strategic Use of I.T.

  • Overview of Information Systems, key application areas
  •  I.T. Strategic Planning Methods e.g. Porters value chain, linkage analysis planning, scenario planning, sustainability value framework etc
  • Current issues and application areas e.g. energy management, cloud etc.

2. Trends in I.T. Architecture/ data centre management

  • enterprise architectures
  • software architecture : web services, soas
  • networking and telecommuncations architecure
  • information architecture
  • hardware architectures : virtualisation, data centre management
  • Cloud architectures /public and private cloud

3. Security and Business Continuity

  • Threats to security , assessing and monitoring threats
  • Security planning : people, technical components, policies and procedures, Security governance structures, frameworks and standards (e.g. ISO, COBIT)
  • Monitoring and testing
  • Cloud security issues
  •  Business continuity planning.

4.  IT Budgets

  •  Methods of charging for I.T.e.g. Chargeback
  • Business case development, limitations of the business case approach
  • I.T. valuation methods e.g. TCO, ROI,EVA, Balanced scorecard etc.
  • Outsourcing : advantages, disadvantages, contracts, SLAs , managing the outsourcing relationship
  • Outsourcing to the cloud, costing, contracts etc.

5. Legislation, Ethics and Governance

  • Legislation applying to staff (employer liability)
  • software licensing
  • software development agreements
  • data protection
  • e-business and other web-related legislation
  • Professional Ethics, ethical principles and their application, professional codes of conduct.
  • Policies and Procedures, awareness training
  • It Governance principles
  • Example Frameworks for I.T. Governance e.g. Cobit, ITIL

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Essay on relevant topic Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 11 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom theory lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Computer Laboratory Workshop/Seminar 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self-directed Research/Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

 McNurlin, Barbara C. and Sprague R. (2009 9/e) Information Systems Management in Practice

Supplementary Texts:

Introduction to Information Systems: Enabling and Transforming Business, 3rd Edition by R. Kelly Rainer, Efraim Turban, Richard E. Potter, Casey G. Cegielski February 2010, ©2011·

Information Systems for Managers: Texts and Cases, 1st Edition Gabriele Piccoli ISBN: 978-0-470-08703-9

Hardcover 480 pages December 2007


Other Resources


A number of journals may be useful. These include general management journals; jounals on the social implications of IT or journals specifiic to the student's chosen essay topic. For example :

  • Journal of Information Technology (Palgrave)
  • Sloan Management Review
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Journal of Educational Technology and Society