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MSc Management (Management Information Systems)

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ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Master of Science in Management (MSc Management) ), which offers specialisations in general management, marketing, human resource management, public sector management and management information systems,  is intended to meet the demand in the region for more qualified persons to provide effective leadership in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The programme will provide opportunities for participants to gain practical experience in the areas of study. More specifically, it will equip graduates to make sound management decisions; formulate innovate strategies for solving real world problems and challenges; motivate employees; satisfy customers; and maximize benefits to their organisations.   
 
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE & CONTENT 
The MSc Management is a forty-one (41) credit programme that allows students to specialize in one of the following areas: general management; marketing; human resources management; public sector management; and management information systems. The programme comprises the following courses:
1. Five (5) core courses in management 
a. Management Essentials I  (3 credits)
b. Management Essentials II  (3 credits)
c. Sustainable Financial Management  (4 credits)
d. Management Information Systems (4 credits)
e. Critical Analytical and Communication Skills for Managers  (3 credits)
2. Five (5) courses in a chosen area of specialisation  
a. General Management
i. Marketing Management (3 credits)
ii. Human Resource Management (3 credits)
iii. Responsible Leadership (3 credits)
iv. Policy Formulation and Implementation (3 credits)
v. an elective (3 credits) chosen from Marketing, HR or Public Sector Management
b. Marketing
i. Marketing Management (3 credits) 
ii. International Marketing & Export Strategy (3 credits)
iii. Strategic Integrated Marketing & E- Communications (3 credits)
iv. Sales Force Management (3 credits)
v. Marketing Research (3 credits)
c. Human Resource Management
i. Human Resource Management (3 credits)
ii. Recruitment & Selection (3 credits)
iii. Compensation and Benefits (3 credits)
iv. Industrial Relations & Negotiating Strategies (3 credits)
v. Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Resource Management (3 credits)
 
d. Public Sector Management
i. Law and Public Affairs (3 credits)
ii. Ethics and  the Public Sector Manager (3 credits)
iii. The Role of Government in National Development (3 credits)
iv. Managing Public-Private Sector Partnerships (3 credits)
v. Policy Formulation and Implementation (3 credits)
 
e. Management Information Systems (MIS)
i. COMP5110 Introduction to Software Engineering (3 credits) 
ii. COMP5740  Business Intelligence (3 credits)
iii. COMP6100 Introduction to Programming, Databases and Networking (3 credits).
iv. MISY6116 IT Governance and Policies (3 credits)
v. MISY6117 IT Project Management  (3 credits)
 
3. Research seminar (3 credits)
4. Research project/Practicum (6 credits)
 
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Course descriptions for the MIS specialisation courses appear below:
 
Management Information Systems:
COMP5110   Introduction to Software Engineering – This course examines some of the different approaches to software construction. The various activities common to all software processes will be explored in conjunction with tools available for supporting these activities. Students will have the opportunity to apply the techniques involved by participating in small but comprehensive software engineering projects. 
Credits: 3
 
COMP5740  Business Intelligence – To successfully compete in today’s global business environment, an organisation must constantly monitor, recognise and understand every aspect and every issue of its operations, its industry and the overall business environment.  This course focuses on business intelligence (BI).
BI, which encompasses a variety of tools, applications and methodologies, allows organisations to make business decisions that are based on data rather than “guesswork”.  Among the tools and applications are data warehouse and data mining; both of which form the core of this course.  Business intelligence systems aim to provide organizations with a historical, current and predictive perspectives based on their data.  Implementations of BI can be at various levels of complexity that delivers different business value to the organisation.  BI initiatives can include different types of analytical activities such as reporting, analysis, monitoring and prediction. In this course the focus is on analysis and prediction. Analysis focuses on “Why did it happen” and uses Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) and prediction focuses on “What might happen” and uses data mining techniques and tools.  
The course provides an overview of important concepts and techniques in the design and implementation of data warehouses (DW) which enable OLAP.  The course also introduces students to important concepts and techniques in descriptive and predictive data mining techniques which are becoming essential for modern organisations. 
Credits: 3
 
COMP6100  Introduction to Programming, Databases and Networking –  It is a first programming course and focuses attention on basic programming concepts (such as computation, function, operations) and structures (such as basic and structured data, procedures). Since the focus is on writing programs which work on the web, the students will also be introduced to different components of the HTML. The course also includes database management systems and how they can be integrated into computer programs. Topics include data modelling techniques, conceptual and physical design. Special emphasis will be placed on relational databases and the application of query languages using relational operations. Students will also be exposed to networking concepts which will enable them to connect their web-based applications to their databases and to other web-based systems. 
Credits: 3
 
MISY6117    IT Project Management - The course introduces students to the defining characteristics of IT projects, a variety of project management techniques, the challenges involved in executing IT projects, how to recognize warning signs associated with failing projects and how best to avoid them. The course will also cover management issues associated with different alternatives for sourcing information systems and acquiring infrastructure components.
Credits: 3
 
MISY6116 – IT Governance and Policies
The course will enable students to gain an understanding of IT Governance, policy frameworks and Corporate Governance and how to utilize these strategies to meet key objectives, manage risks, deliver value and measure performance in an organization. Students will also be introduced to the organizational interventions required to cultivate and sustain an effective, business-specific IT governance model which is an essential tool for deriving benefits and meeting business objectives.