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Learning Outcomes

Eight Learning Outcomes

The eight learning outcomes for the BSc (Information Systems) programme are as follows:

1. Integration of business and technology in a sector context

1.1 Business IT Value Linkage skills
Ability to understand & analyse the linkages between:

  1. Business Strategy and Business Value Creation
  2. Business Strategy and Information Strategy
  3. Information Strategy and Technology Strategy
  4. Business Strategy and Business Processes
  5. Business Processes or Information Strategy or Technology Strategy and IT Solutions


1.2. Costs & Benefits Analysis skills
Ability to understand and analyse:

  1. Costs & Benefits Analysis of the Project


1.3. Business software solution impact analysis skills
Ability to understand and analyse:

  1. How business software applications impact the enterprise within a particular industry sector

2. IT architecture, design and development skills

2.1. System Requirements Specification skills
Ability to:

  1. Elicit and understand functional requirements from customer
  2. Identify non functional requirements (performance, availability, reliability, security, usability etc.)
  3. Analyse and document business processes


2.2. Software and IT Architecture Analysis and Design skills
Ability to:

  1. Analyse functional and non-functional requirements to produce a system architecture that meets those requirements
  2. Understand and apply process and methodology in building the application
  3. Create design models using known design principles (e.g. layering) and from various view points (logical, physical etc.)
  4. Explain and justify all the design choices and tradeoffs done during the application's development


2.3. Implementation skills
Ability to:

  1. Realise coding from design and vice versa
  2. Learn / practice one programming language
  3. Integrate different applications (developed application, cots software, legacy application etc.)
  4. Use tools for testing, integration and deployment


2.4. Technology Application skills
Ability to:

  1. Understand, select and use appropriate technology building blocks, components and packages when developing an enterprise solution (e.g. integration middleware, portal, ERP, CRM, SCM and other enterprise solutions)

3. Project management skills

3.1. Scope Management skills
Ability to:

  1. Identify and manage trade-offs on Scope/Cost/Quality/Time
  2. Document and manage changing requirements


3.2. Risks Management skills
Ability to:

  1. Identify, prioritise, mitigate and document project's risks
  2. Constantly monitor projects risks as part of project monitoring


3.3. Project Integration and Time Management skills
Ability to:

  1. Establish WBS, time & effort estimates, resource allocation, scheduling etc.
  2. Practice in planning using methods and tools (Microsoft project, Gantt chart etc.)
  3. Develop / execute a Project Plan and maintain it


3.4. Configuration Management skills
Ability to:

  1. Understand concepts of configuration management and change control


3.5. Quality Management skills
Ability to:

  1. Understand the concepts of Quality Assurance and Quality control (test plan, test cases, etc.)

4. Learning-to-learn skills

4.1. Search skills
Ability to:

  1. Search for information efficiently and effectively


4.2. Learning Methodology skills
Ability to:

  1. Develop learning heuristics in order to acquire new knowledge skills (focus on HOW to learn versus WHAT to learn)
  2. Abide by appropriate, legal, professional and ethical practices for using and citing the intellectual property of others

5. Collaboration (or team) skills

5.1. Skills to improve the effectiveness of group processes and work products
Ability to develop:

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Communication skills
  3. Consensus and conflict resolution skills

6. Change management skills for enterprise systems

6.1. Skills to diagnose business changes
Ability to:

  1. Understand the organisational problem or need for change (e.g. Analyse existing business processes or "as-is process")


6.2. Skills to implement and sustain business changes
Ability to:

  1. Implement the change (e.g. Advertise / communicate the need for change etc.) and to sustain the change over time

7. Skills for working across countries, cultures and borders

7.1. Cross-national Awareness skills
Ability to:

  1. Develop cross-national understandings of culture, institutions (e.g. law), language etc.


7.2. Business Across Countries Facilitation skills
Ability to:

  1. Communicate across countries
  2. Adapt negotiation and conflict resolution techniques to a multicultural environment

8. Communication skills

8.1. Presentation skills
Ability to:

  1. Provide an effective and efficient presentation on a specified topic


8.2. Writing skills
Ability to:

  1. Provide documentation understandable by users (Requirements specifications, risks management plan, assumptions, constraints, architecture choices, design choices etc.)

Last updated on 02 Aug 2016 .