Computer System Development

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INTRODUCTION

The unit will investigate and provide the generic skills, understanding, knowledge and work-based activities required by a manager in the information technology environment, thus enabling them to play an active role within an organisation.

Technology managers have to deal with change and participate effectively with management at all levels, including senior management, in the development and implementation of strategies. Learners will be introduced to the software tools available to support management and produce reports for financial planning and control.

In this unit learners will also use IT for strategic planning activities and evaluate the impact of IT on management as well as learn the importance of embracing new developments.
AIM
To enable learners to embrace the work-based activities expected of a technology manager, by providing the generic skills, knowledge and understanding required in the IT environment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
On Successful completion of this unit a learner will:

LO1 Understand principles of staff management
P1.1 – evaluate an organisation’s staff recruitment policy P1.2 – explain theories concerning staff motivation and the management of change P1.3 – evaluate staff administration documentation

LO2 Be able to use software management tools
P2.1 – use system management tools to assist a company in their management planning process P2.2 - effectively use software management tools

LO3 Be able to participate in strategic planning
P3.1 critically evaluate the role of IT in strategic planning P3.2 use appropriate research methods to contribute to a companies P3.3 discuss the issues associated with strategic planning

LO4 Understand current developments in information technology P4.1 evaluate the importance of embracing new developments in technology P4.2 analyse the impact of new technology on management.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
What will be 21st century challenges in Management of IT •What Management In IT system development related problems are likely to arise as a result of changes in the forms of organizations and how we can these problems be avoided •What standards are available to deploy Management in IT

INDICATIVE CONTENT
1.Understand principles of staff management

Recruitment: policies eg legal, job descriptions, selection criteria, preparation for interview, administrative and induction; line management structure

Motivation: current theories eg management of change, leadership, participation, team structure and management

Administration: tasks eg scheduling including links with project management, monitoring performance, appraisal, terms and conditions of employment; employer standards; systems and expectations; company policies and procedures

2 Be able to use software management tools

Management planning processes eg investigation of an organisation’s budgetary procedures, bidding procedures, budgetary monitoring systems, production of financial reports, managing projects

Software tools for management: information system tools eg diary systems, spreadsheets, intranet, decision support systems; identification of tools with appropriate applications; project management software; management information systems

3 Be able to participate in strategic planning

Strategic planning: aim of strategic planning; use of IT in strategic planning; participating eg, contributing to disaster recovery plan, IT systems planning on strategic planning

Maintaining currency: research methods eg periodicals, internet, conference; human networking; accreditation; issues eg social, political, ethical, legal (UK, EU, global)

4 Understand current developments in information technology

Developments in IT: impact on management eg learning new skills, training; impact of the internet eg on senior and middle management

Importance: for management eg competitive advantage,...

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Management (Kogan Page, 2007) ISBN 0749445076
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Kaufmann, 2006) ISBN 012370488X
MacDonald, Lynda – How to Manage Problem Staff Successfully: Busy Manager 's Guide to
Managing Staff (Emerald Guides, 2008) ISBN 1847160581
Robson W – Strategic Management and Information Systems: An Integrated Approach (Prentice
Hall, 2007) ISBN 0273615912
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