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Computing and Media faculty

MSc Information Systems


Anglia Ruskin University
Online distance learning

Qualification
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded an MSc Information Systems.

Business objectives. The module will also cover the key methodologies that are used in information systems development and will cover the advantages and disadvantages of the different methodologies. 2. Current Issues in Networking

digital media, to do research and generate your own evidence-based material to justify your professional practice. The module takes a broad view of research, considering what is meant by research, different approaches, scientific method, the concept of developing knowledge and how new knowledge is disseminated. You will be expected to undertake a significant amount of individual study including searching relevant credible academic sources and critically evaluating these sources and the materials published therein. You are also expected to develop your own project ideas, either from your own work experience or from consultations with academic tutors on the programme. The module is therefore largely driven by you, as you are expected to initiate and manage communications with tutors as required to explore possible dissertation topics. 5. Managing Client Focused Projects This module is designed to enable you to gain an understanding of all the key elements of managing a project which is to be delivered to a client. The module covers the key areas involved in an information systems development of project management, teamwork, consultancy and application design and development. As information systems development consists of teams, the model will cover team formation, team building and effectiveness of teams. The role of internal and external consultants on a project will be also discussed, as well as the importance of application design and development. 6. Dissertation This module will enable you to undertake a major piece of individual study in the field of computing or computer applications. Projects will be drawn from commercial, industrial or research based problem areas involving you in researching and investigating aspects of applied computing, then producing a major deliverable. The original research and the project process will be fully reported in the dissertation. The dissertation must focus on an area of information systems that is covered in the taught phase of the programme. The nature of the research undertaken is not constrained. You may engage in applied research by addressing a problem or issue that is based on your work

Awarding Body
Anglia Ruskin University

Course Description
The programme is designed to enable you to achieve a Master of Science degree in Information Systems by undertaking a rigorous study of up to date theories, techniques and issues and acquiring the practical skills that are essential within the rapidly changing environment so that you can pursue a related career or further relevant academic study. You will be provided with opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in Information Systems in a flexible way, such as developing an understanding of current and emerging computer technologies. The programme will enable you to explore the issues around the management of Information Systems in business and other contexts, and will facilitate the development of expertise and interest in topic areas of direct and complementary relevance to the workplace.

This module, which aims to deal with selected, leading edge topics in networking and data communications, is intended to develop in depth and critical analysis of research issues relating to network technologies and applications. The module presents various research topics within networking, showing the issues that these topics face and the current position of research in these areas. It is expected that the actual topics covered will change as research develops, issues are addressed and new problems arise. The focus is on leading edge research and as such the main source for material is published journals and conference papers from credible academic sources. 3. Web-based Systems This module has been designed to allow you the opportunity to develop your conceptual and practical understanding of advanced web application development tools and techniques, and to enable you to design and implement non-trivial web-based applications. You will review and analyse the methodologies, techniques, tools and approaches for the investigation and development of Internet based applications. You will evaluate developing trends and technologies in website development and web based applications. You will review client-server computing, multitiered architectures, mark up languages, client side scripting, server side scripting and the creation of n-tiered Internet applications. Also, you will be able to comprehend and critically evaluate the architecture of a data-driven website, a modern development environment and the relative effectiveness of computing technologies for developing and supporting data-driven website maintenance and security issues. You will therefore be better equipped to anticipate and select emerging technologies of the future. 4. Research Paradigms This module will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the use of evidence in computing and

Mode
Online distance learning

Course Content (Modules)


1. Information Systems Strategy and Development This module will give you an understanding of the various strategies involved in the creation of Information Systems and how the various strategies relate to each other. The strategies that will be considered are: Business Strategy, Information Strategy, Data Management Strategy, Software Strategy, Information Systems Development Strategy. The module will cover what is required in each of these strategies and how they need to integrate together to support the achievement of the

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or other experience or you may engage in a theoretical study of some aspect of information systems. You will have initially presented the topic to be researched in the Research Paradigms module.

Whats Included
RDIs virtual learning environment ilearn is used to deliver all resources for this course including: Study materials - Access electronic copies of your learning materials and important information, such as assessment instructions, whenever and wherever you are. Tutor support - Tutors use live chats and forums to stimulate discussions, request input and highlight external sources. External resources - Links to external sources can include key journal articles, your universitys online library, sites of topical interest, etc. Discussion with other students - Forums allow students to come together, share thoughts and ideas and you can initiate topics that you want to discuss with your fellow students.

How to Apply
In addition to a completed application form: A personal statement. Original or certified copies of your degree certificate and transcripts. One professional work reference (covering a five year period). Copy of your CV detailing your work history (covering the last five years). For applicants whose first language is not English, you will need to provide proof of English language ability (IELTS or TOEFL).

Assessment
You will complete a range of assessments, including case study based assignments, implementation of dynamic website, supported by critical analysis and review, and a dissertation.

Duration of Programme
This course is expected to be completed within 2.5 years. However, our online distance learning students have flexibility in setting their own pace of study, which means that the course can be completed in a minimum period of 1 year.

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Entry Requirements
First degree from an approved university equivalent to a UK second class honours. English language ability equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, where the medium of undergraduate study was not English. Candidates without a first degree will be eligible for entry if they can demonstrate at least two years relevant work experience at a supervisory level.

Workload
We recommend an average of 18 hours study time per week for this programme.

Exemptions
Exemptions may be granted in respect of other qualifications subject to the Universitys APCL regulations. It is not intended to provide exemption via APEL.

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