MSc in Advanced Information Systems in Business

 

Aim - Description

Information Systems in Business (ISB) is one of the three programmes for the MSc in Informatics and Telematics program. The aim of this programme is to provide the appropriate academic foundations for people wishing to develop a career in strategic as well as high-level technical posts in industry, commerce and in the broader public sector.

The need for modern organisations to provide better services is evident. While, Information systems and information technology are recognised as key organisational resources, rapid developments and innovations in these fields, particularly the Internet, wireless networks, and digital telephony can help businesses improve their practices, thus improving their products or services and often gaining competitive advantage through innovation based on the use of information technologies. More specifically they lead to the formation of new business models, change of in-house processes, affect relationships with customers and suppliers as well as the theory and practice of information systems management.

The central aim of this programme is to encourage a deep understanding in developing and exploiting information communication technologies (ICT), how these are shaped, and how they impact on organisational functions, human resources, organisational strategy and culture. It is important to understand how organisational transformation can lead to business competitiveness improvement.

This programme follows an interdisciplinary approach and draws on ICT and Business Administration (BA) while focusing on contemporary management and innovation theories. The curriculum concentrates on how to exploit emerging technologies and networks to improve business effectiveness.


Objectives

More specifically, this programme has the following objectives:

  • To provide students with an understanding of the fast evolving role and importance of Information Systems in support of business, management and organisational strategies in contemporary organizations.
  • To provide students with knowledge and skills in emergent technologies and business innovation and open the door to career possibilities in corporate Information Technology management.
  • To encourage communication and critical thinking skills with a specific focus on strengthening decision making abilities concerning effective use of Information Technologies in business.
  • To inculcate an interdisciplinary research approach and thereby provide a platform to those who wish to undertake further research at PhD level in emergent application technologies and technical innovation.


Entrance Requirements

This programme is targeted to applicants who intend to follow an academic career or wish to strengthen their knowledge in the fast evolving area of Information Systems in general and emergent technologies and decision making in particular, seeking a professional career in the Information technology discipline. Applicants should be:

  • Holders of a Bachelors’ degree, in a similar field - Information Systems in Business - from a Greek university or Technological Educational Institute, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution recognised by the Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC).
  • Persons who are currently employed in the private or public sector or non-governmental organisation.


Why study this MSc course at Harokopio University

Benefits from this Programme

This programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate academic, technical and practical skills in the following ways.

Learning/Technical Skills

Through a program that represents a contemporary approach to the strategy, development and management of information systems within an organisational context:

  • To follow an interdisciplinary approach and encourage knowledge creation in the following areas:
    • Contemporary Methodologies for information systems development (e.g. Rational Unified Process).
    • Business processes: Vertical vs horizontal process views. The business process movement. Workflow systems.
    • Enterprise Resource Planning systems. Advantages and disadvantages of ERP systems.
    • Support management processes using IT/IS. Business Transformation through the use of Information Technologies.
    • E-commerce, e-business, models. Social network and web 2.0, 3D internet and virtual worlds.
    • Tools and methods for software project management (e.g. Function Point Analysis, MS Project).
    • Project scheduling techniques, GANTT chart, project modelling techniques Critical Path Method (CPM), Project Evaluation & Review Technique (PERT). COnstructiveCOstMOdel.
    • Decision support systems – Simulation models development and programming.
    • Information Systems Security Models and Policies. Internet and Future Internet Security (RFID, Cloud Computing).
    • Identification and authentication techniques, access control techniques.
    • Internet marketing promotion models and methods of products or services.

 

  • To develop skills of relevance to industry such as:
    • Business and IT strategy.
    • Management of IT projects.
    • Development of IT projects.
    • Exploitation of information sources for organisational transformation and innovation.


Practical and organizational skills

Through the use of contemporary teaching methods which combine (i) the use of tools and applications in information systems, (ii) tutorials and class coursework and (iii) involvement in real industrial and commercial case studies, this programme encourages students:

  • To develop skills such as:
  • specifying and solving problems
    • choosing and reasoning about optimum practical solutions
    • working in teams
    • writing technical reports and making use of research methods through the use of seminars and the dissertation.
  • To emphasise the need for critical thinking, scientific analysis and also of practical application with the view to enhance understanding of the theory and the use of this theory in practical situations for a successful professional career and career development towards key management responsibilities.
  • To come to contact with the professional community through selected seminars given by key personnel from industry, commerce and the public sector.


Structure of the Programme

This programme consists of ten (10) taught modules, one (1) series of seminars dedicated to research methodologies, technology and application of Informatics and Telematics and one (1) dissertation. Eight of the taught modules, the seminars and the dissertation are common for all students attending this programme and they are compulsory. Two modules are electives from a pool of modules.

This programme is academically structured in a way that considers two domains in a synergistic manner namely the domain of Information Systems, and the domain of Business Administration as shown schematically in the following diagram.


This diagram shows the logical structure of the compulsory subjects to be followed in this programme. Specifically, the diagram shows that all modules are considered within an organisational framework, within which management decisions are made which in turn are supported by information systems that underpin the successful application of these management decisions.

To this end, there are three (3) compulsory subjects whose focus is on the business environment and provide the context for studying specific issues related to information systems:

  • MSC-9 Business Management Administration. This module deals with business process analysis, business and organisational structure, human resources management and business plan development.
  • MSC-17 Marketing of IT Services and Products. This module aims at studying subjects such as: internet marketing strategies and techniques relationship marketing product pricing policies and distribution networks in electronic commerce product and service promotion, presentation and pricing techniques.
  • MSC-20 Quantitative Methods, Simulation and Decision Making. This module aims at studying quantitative methods (e.g. analysis of variance, cluster analysis, factor analysis, discriminant analysis) as well as enabling students to use simulation as a tool of systems analysis and decision-making.


The specific study of information systems includes five (5) compulsory subjects as shown in the diagram. These are:

  • MSC-7 Management and Information Systems. This module provides the basis upon which the four other subjects are developed. It deals with fundamental issues of development and deployment of information systems.
  • MSC-19 Information Systems Strategy. This module deals with design methodologies and tools for strategic IS and evaluating proposals for new IS projects.
  • MSC-18 Information Systems Project Management. This module aims to provide to students with the basic concepts of methods and tools throughout the development life cycle of an IS project.
  • MSC-8 Software Engineering and Application Development. This module provides an overview of contemporary models, methods, and tools in Information Systems development.
  • MSC-3 Data and Systems Security. This module deals with key protection techniques for sensitive data and critical infrastructures and specializes in security protection mechanisms.


In addition to these eight compulsory modules, all students from all programmes will attend a series of seminars which are also part of the compulsory portfolio of modules.

  • MSC-21 Seminars on Research Methodologies and on Applications of Informatics and Telematics. The main objectives of this module are:
    • to explore research methodology issues and to provide students with an appreciation of industrial experiences as well as innovative research, and
    • to bring students in contact with leaders in their filed of studies from industry and the academia.


In addition to these compulsory subjects, students have the opportunity to choose from the following elective subjects:

1st Semester – Electives

  • MSC-4 Data Mining and Business Intelligence. This module presents the procedure of selection, investigation and analysis of large volumes of data in order to discover interesting patterns and rules.
  • MSC-24 Information Technology and Law. This module deals with key legal issues related to information systems.


2nd Semester – Electives

  • MSC-27 Advanced Telematics Applications. The objective of this module is to familiarize the students with advanced telematics applications focusing on e-business, e-government and e-health services.
  • MSC-28 New Technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The aim of this module is to provide the basic concepts of business innovation and the role of IT and social networks.


The Dissertation

During the third semester students will engage into project work leading to the writing up of a Master’s dissertation. A list of potential dissertation topics will be provided from which students will be able to select the one they are mostly interested in. Students may also be given the opportunity to suggest topics, which they may wish to specialise in after consultation with a member of academic staff. A member of academic staff, the main supervisor, as well as two other members will supervise the dissertation work. The dissertation subject, as well as the three members of the supervising committee, will be assigned by the appropriate graduate committee. Dissertation subjects by students following this programme can be:

  • research-based with special emphasis on theory that deals with the development of a model or extension of an existing one followed by qualitative and/or quantitative proof,
  • research-based with special emphasis on development of a new system, tool or application based on existing IS theory and practice,

and how these can be exploited by contemporary organizations to offer practical solutions to their problems.


Students, in agreement with their supervisor, can present the dissertation report either in Greek or English language including an extended abstract in one of the other two main languages.

 

Studies Program

Department of Informatics & Telematics - 2017