University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Information Systems

Overview Information technology has never been more central to industry and commerce. If you're looking to develop your existing IT experience and qualifications, this MSc Information systems degree course will bolster your skill in preparation for roles of greater seniority or specialism. On this course you'll learn everything you need to know about the management of information systems and related software and equipment in a business context, including computer programming, systems analysis and software development. Once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career as an information systems specialist, whether in an IT company, the IT department of a larger organisation or in local government. You can start this course in September or January (full time only in January). What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Apply what you learn to real-life practical problems, in collaboration with local and global organisations Study the key themes in the field, like Information Systems Management and Development, Interaction in Computer Systems and Web Development Design and develop your own software, hardware, or network system as part of your final project Access over 250 servers in our £1 million network laboratory, featuring the latest computer networks and communication systems Use our excellent resources, including multi-platform network suites, pervasive computing lab for high performance computing, usability lab with eye-tracking equipment, and forensics lab Be supported by qualified and enthusiastic staff, who are experts in the field and experienced in research Make use of our Tutor Centre and Maths Cafe to iron out any tricky computing, math or stats problems Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your information systems skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities All organisations rely on information systems for their business processes, and you'll graduate from this course with skills and knowledge that will give you the edge in this competitive arena. You can pursue a career in the computing industry, or use computing as an additional skill to support a career in a different sector. You might choose to further your research studies with a PhD, and eventually become a university lecturer or researcher. Career opportunities include: Computer programmer Systems analyst Software developer Web developer Researcher We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. Professional Accreditations Our MSc Information Systems degree course is accredited by BCS (British Computer Society), the UK's Chartered Institute for IT and partially meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Entry requirements

MSc: A second-class Honours degree or equivalent, which includes some element of computing. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

Alongside a selection of key compulsory topics, you'll also undertake a substantial project. This involves in-depth research, where you will apply the skills and knowledge from the taught part of the course to a practical computing problem, usually supplied by local businesses or other external clients. Here are the units you will study: Information Systems Development: The unit prepares and enhances skills for industry with specialisation in the areas of the software process, systems design, object-oriented analysis and relational database development. It provides a balance between theoretical and practical elements. Information Systems Management: This unit introduces students to the project management of IS/IT developments and encourages understanding of the techniques and methods currently used. It is based on monitoring and managing the activities in a project development life cycle, covering estimating and planning techniques, design, implementation and integration, project team building and motivation, configuration management and risk management. The unit requires students to consider project management techniques applicable to the development of current types of information system and to apply these techniques and methods specifically to the task of website development. Interaction in Computer Systems: This unit introduces interaction with and by computer systems, and the role of computer systems and data communications in network environments. Concepts of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and ergonomics are introduced to students, and used to analyse and assess interactive systems in terms of accessibility and usability. Web Development: Website design and development is a central skill for IS professionals. It involves not only a basic understanding of how websites are constructed and served, but also an understanding of how the websites function as part of a user-computer interactive system. This requires a developed understanding both of users and of the information tasks they are trying to perform. Master's Project: You will undertake either an engineering unit or a study project, during the summer period. The project offers students the opportunity to apply the taught material in the solution of a real-world problem directly related to their course. The engineering project usually involves building a piece of software to solve a problem. An example of the sort of thing you might do would be building an information system to address a specific organisation's requirements. The study project usually involves undertaking a study of an information systems problem domain. An example of the sort of thing you might do for a study project would be an evaluation of the information systems impact of mobile devices on an organisation.

Assessment methods

You will be taught using a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and lab sessions. You'll also be required to spend a significant amount of time in private study, which may involve additional software development or research as appropriate to the topic you are currently studying. You will encounter a range of assessment styles depending on the content and nature of the unit topic. This can include written assignments, presentations as well as group and individual lab-based assessments. However, the most significant assessment element is the final dissertation, which reports and reflects on your final project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 15,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (England) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (EU) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 Years
MSc Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 15,900 per Year 1 (International) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 16 Months

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