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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5998M Managing Digital Systems in Practice

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Professor David Allen

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The development and deployment of integrated digital systems and bespoke applications to meet local needs are pressing challenges for contemporary business. In this module we explore approaches that can be used to identify key challenges and design solutions which provide business value. Students will develop skills around systems-based tools and techniques, equipping them with the competencies to let them thrive in their chosen careers.


Businesses are facing uncertainty amidst rapid change in wider society. They need to be able to respond quickly to a dynamic business context and technology plays a critical role in this. This requires managers to develop and reconfigure new digital solutions within and across boundaries.
This module's overall purpose is to develop industry readiness and prepare students for a professional career. The module will be of value to anyone engaged in digital change processes. It aims to equip students with sought-after skills, tools and techniques valuable in job roles such as technology and business consulting, project management work, systems developer, and data and information architect, amongst others. Through this module, students will gain the necessary expertise to develop and design digital systems in a contemporary business context.
The module blends the latest research with practical hands-on sessions and is developed in collaboration with the Industry Advisory Board on the programme.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Develop critical awareness of how information systems are designed and managed in businesses.
2. Critically assess challenges related to the development of information systems as a response to business problems in a digital age.
3. Critically evaluate how to effectively integrate digital solutions in a professional work context.

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. To be able to develop effective digital solutions to business problems.
2. To be able to manage technology-mediated change through established industry approaches.
3. To be able to navigate challenges associated with the management of digital systems through holistic thinking.


The module covers how to manage digital solutions in business, providing students with in-demand knowledge of methods used for systems development and design. The focus includes both traditional approaches as well as more recent developments to systems design where there is less need for technical competence. Part of this includes how AI is impacting system design. The module also covers sourcing of digital solutions and the development of ecosystems of applications. Finally, the module focuses on challenges faced in the development of digital solutions and how to effectively manage change through established business approaches - covering participatory design, business process mapping and activity systems.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided in the seminars by module staff. Dedicated time will be allocated to feedback on activities such as, student group work, case studies, presentations, and discussion questions. There will also be one seminar dedicated to the coursework. In some cases, peer to peer feedback will also be used as part of the learning process.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report3000-word report based on a business case100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3,000 word report.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:23


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