MG213      Half Unit
Information Systems

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Edgar Whitley MAR.4.32 and Dr William Venters MAR.4.33


This course is available on the BSc in Management, International Exchange (1 Term) and International Exchange (Full Year). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

This course is not capped, any student that requests a place will be given one.

Course content

The course will cover the role of data, information and knowledge within management; the evolution of digital management practices; digital business strategy; information systems development and organisational change; Artificial Intelligence and distributed ledger technologies; information systems outsourcing; and IT infrastructure including cloud computing, and digital platforms.

Please watch the following video to find out more about this course:


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Teaching hours in the LT will be commensurate with a usual half unit undergraduate course.

This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will present draft essay plans for peer review in the LT.

Indicative reading

Indicative readings:

Beynon-davies, P. (2013). Business Information Systems, Palgrave, London.

Bharadwaj, A., El Sawy, O. A., Pavlou, P. A., and Venkatraman, N. (2013). Digital Business Strategy: Toward a Next Generation of Insights, MIS Quarterly 37(2), 471–482.

Galliers, R. and Leidner, D. (2009) Strategic Information Management. Routledge, London.

Laudon, K  and Laudon, J (2013) Management Information Systems, Pearson, London.

Sarker, S., Chatterjee, S., Xiao, X., and Elbanna, A. (2019). The Sociotechnical Axis of Cohesion for the IS Discipline: Its Historical Legacy and its Continued Relevance, MIS Quarterly 43(3), 695–719.

Willcocks, L. P., Venters, W., and Whitley, E. A. (2014). Moving to the Cloud Corporation: How to face the challenges and harness the potential of cloud computing, Palgrave Basingstoke.


Essay (50%) in the period between LT and ST.
Group project (40%) and reflective learning report (10%) in the LT.

The reflective learning report will be individual reflections on group working. 

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2021/22: 208

Average class size 2021/22: 16

Capped 2021/22: No

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness