Computer Systems Engineering (3 Years) [BEng]

Case Studies in Digital Transformation

Unit code: BMAN30202
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 3
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit?: Y



Additional Requirements

BMAN30202 is a free choice option for students with prior agreement from their home schools. Option for BA Econ and ITMB.



This course aims for students to develop a critical perspective on some key areas of contemporary information systems use. It requires students to appreciate the importance of viewing human activity in organisations as being context bound. Thus there is an emphasis on consideration of the local, emergent and the contingent and on understanding how attitudes have been shaped by particular historical, political and /or cultural circumstances. This is achieved by drawing on in depth case studies from international contexts. Students are encouraged to apply various theoretical perspectives to the 'real world' so as to understand the potential and limitations of management action.


This course considers several of the transformations that have arisen in contemporary organisations as a result of the introduction and use of information systems, focusing on four themes: social media; enterprise resource planning; global sourcing; and e-commerce. All these themes are central to the study of IS in the early 21st Century. One case for each theme will be presented and discussed in detail, so as to first familiarise yourselves with these developments, and secondly to explore the challenges that the introduction of information systems may pose, and finally to consider the scope for management action. You are required to produce two written reports, each of which will answer a set question based on our discussion, as well as your own independent research. The aim of this is to develop techniques, methods of analysis and research expertise that can be applied to a variety of real world settings.

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture hours: 12 hours
Tutorial hours: 8 hours
Private Study: 80 hours

Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Dealing with student questions before and after lectures and tutorials

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course successful students will be able to:
- Describe and explain the terminology and role of information systems (IS) and the risks inherent in developing large IS in organisations.
- Critically analyse IS case studies and the social and organisational consequences using appropriate theoretical concepts.
- Access relevant academic literature using the Internet and appropriate databases.
- Present evidence and appropriate theoretical concepts forming the basis of critical analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to the intended audience.
- Interpret, structure and present ideas effectively orally, visually, and in writing correctly citing, acknowledging and referencing sources.
- Manage time and work to deadlines.

Assessment Further Information

2 pieces of assessed coursework (1 group and 1 individual) and one assessed presentation.

Group Coursework: 1,500 words maximum (35% ) (groups will be 2/3 students)
Individual Coursework: 3,000 words maximum (50%)
One Group Presentation: (15%)


Recommended reading

None.  All material is provided


Feedback methods

- Informal advice and discussion during a lecture and tutorials.

- Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

- Written and/or verbal comments on assessed coursework.

- Written and/or verbal comments following the group presentation.

Study hours

  • Lectures - 12 hours
  • Tutorials - 8 hours
  • Independent study hours - 80 hours

Teaching staff

Brian Nicholson - Unit coordinator

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