SSST Subjects

Strategic Information Systems


Parent School / Dept

  • BSc Computer Science with Electrical Engineering;
  • BSc Computer Science with Economics;
  • BSc Computer Science with Management;
  • BSc Computer Science with International Relations;
  • BSc Computer Science with Political Science;

Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Information Systems

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Term taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code

IS 395


Module coordinator

Kenan Halilovic


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • Information Technology (IT) is a strategic asset. This module examines the nature of business and enterprise in competitive markets and how information systems strategies can be developed to enable information technology to contribute to strategic growth and provide competitive advantage.
  • Fundamental connections linking core business strategy, technology, and innovation are also explored
  • The module will help students think strategically about IT and innovation and will provide them with analytical tools that can help make effective decisions about the use (or not) of IT in organizations and to put a basic framework for the relationships among business strategy, information systems, and organizational strategies.
  • Students will learn how IT relate to organizational design and business strategy, how to recognize opportunities in the work environment, and how to apply current technologies in innovative ways
  • The goal is to provide the foundation to help the student become a knowledgeable participant in IS decisions because any IS decision in which the professional does not participate can greatly affect the organization’s ability to succeed in the future.
  • Module outlines the fundamental reasons for taking the initiative to participate in IS decisions. Moreover, because effective participation requires a unique set of managerial skills, this module identifies the most important ones.
  • These skills are helpful not just in making IS decisions, but all business decisions. We describe how managers should participate in the decision-making process and outline key topics to consider which develop this point of view.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Linking Systems Strategy and the Organization
  • Strategic Use of Information Resources in a Global Economy
  • Organizational Strategy: Managerial Levers
  • Work Design: Enabling Global Collaboration
  • Building and Changing Global Business Processes
  • Information Systems Strategy: Architecture and Infrastructure
  • Cost Recovery of Information Systems
  • Governance of the Information Systems Organization
  • Sourcing Information Systems around the World
  • Managing Projects in a Global Ecosystem
  • Business Analytics and Knowledge Management
  • Ethical Guidelines for Information Use

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 30 2 hours 60 hours
Tutorials / Labs 15 2 hours 30 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 110
Total Contact Hours 90
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 180 minutes 50% End of semester
Mid-term exam 1 90 minutes 20% Week 8
Project (group) 1 3000 words 30% Week 14

Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand basic concepts and principles of strategic approach to information systems
  • Have basic knowledge and competencies for designing and utilising strategic information systems effectively and efficiently
  • Understand importance of strategic management, use, governance and sourcing of information systems in global economy and ethics around it
  • Build an information systems strategic plan
  • Identify how an organization can leverage information systems to improve it innovation activities

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures introduce theoretical and conceptual materials from the recommended textbooks (ILO: 1-3, 5)
  • Tutorials explore the application of theory and concepts (ILO: 1-5)
  • Group project enables students to develop team-work skills and apply what they have learnt in the module to a practical problem (ILO: 4)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Mid-term exam (ILO: 1, 3)
  • Final exam (ILO: 1-3, 5)
  • Project (ILO: 4)

Practical Skills:

  • Understanding, studying and analysing cases in a strategic manner
  • Building strategic plans
  • Ability to consider ethics, security and privacy in IS design
  • Ability to develop IS strategies for an organisation

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Tutorials (PS: 1, 2,)
  • Project (PS: 1, 2)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Mid-term exam (PS: 1-4)
  • Final exam (PS: 1-4)
  • Project (PS: 1-4)

Transferable Skills:

  • Oral and written presentation: ability to express ideas clearly and precisely
  • Strategic thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Team working skills
  • Data analysis

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Personal and team projects to read, evaluate and present knowledge (TS:1-4)
  • Practical classes and application on real life data (TS: 1-5)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Project (TS: 1-5)
  • Mid-term exam (TS: 2, 3)
  • Final exam (TS: 2, 3)

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Pearlson et al., (2012), Strategic Management of Information Systems, 5th Edition International Student Version, Wiley

Supplementary Materials

  • Grant, K., et al., (2009), Strategic Information Systems Management, Cengage Learning
  • Ward et al., (2002), Strategic Planning for Information Systems, 3rd Edition, Wiley

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : Autumn 2016

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee: 28th September 2016

Date approved by School Board of Study : 12th October 2016

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee: 2nd November 2016

Date of Annual Review: December 2017


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