|Degree Profile of
Master of Commerce in Information Systems Management
|Institution:||Midlands State University|
|Type of Degree:||Masters|
|Credit Load:||336 credits|
|Level:||SADC-QF – Level 9|
|Accreditation Organisation(s):||Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education|
|Period of reference:||Accredited by ZIMCHE in 2012|
|Purpose of the Programme|
|The goal of the programme is to educate students to become Information Systems Engineers and Managers who have the ability to conceive IT solutions in the widest context. The programme aims to develop the sound conceptual, technical, analytical and communication skills that are required to succeed in the I.T. profession. To this end, the programme employs a rigorous case analysis approach, which requires students to exercise their analytical abilities and develop effective verbal and written communication skills.|
|To qualify for entry into this programme, prospective students must hold a good pass in an honours degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or relevant qualification with a strong programming background.|
|Areas of Study:||Programming; Artificial Intelligence; Database Systems; Management; Emerging Technologies|
|Specialist Focus:||The goal of the programme is to help meet the increasing demand for knowledgeable personnel who possess a balanced combination of technical and managerial skills.|
|Orientation:||Research and innovation oriented. Teaching and learning are professionally oriented and focused on practical aspects|
|Distinctive Features:||The programme builds the research-technology-innovation continuum and focuses on knowledge development and application using a student-centred approach|
|Career Opportunities and Further Education|
|Employability:||Programmer; Project Manager; Chief Information Officer; Consultant; Database Designer; Systems Designer; Chief Technology Officer|
|Further Studies:||Doctoral studies in Information Systems or in interdisciplinary programmes related to Information Systems|
|Teaching and Learning Methods:||Lectures, tutorials, group work, dissertation, individual independent study|
|Assessment Methods:||Written and oral examinations, tests, final year dissertation, presentations, term papers, continuous assessments|
|Intended Learning Outcomes|
N.B. * denotes core modules
Electives will be offered subject to availability of personnel.
Level 1 Semester 1
Code Module Description Credits
MIM 701 Operating Systems and Microcomputer Technologies 24
MIM 702 Advanced Database Technologies 24
MIM 703 Artificial Intelligence & Expert Systems 24
MIM 704 Object Oriented Programming- Java 24
MIM 705 E-Commerce Strategies 24
Level 1 Semester 2
MIM 706 Simulation and Modeling 24
MIM 707 E-Corporate Governance and Ethics 24
MIM 708 Data Structures and Algorithms Design Java 2 24
MIM 709 Information Systems Control and Audit 24
MIM 710 Strategic Management 24
Level 2 Semester 1
MIM 801 Mobile Computing 24
MIM 802 Agent systems 24
MIM 803 Neural Networks 24
MIM 804 Strategic Marketing Management 24
MIM 805 Change Management 24
Level 2 Semester 2
MIM 806 Dissertation 48
MIM 701: OPERATING SYSTEMS AND MICROCOMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Review of fundamental Operating systems concepts. The history of design of operating systems. Detailed study of the internal functioning of operating systems. Optimization of modern operating systems performance. Case studies of Linux and Windows. Introduction to microcomputer system software and a comparison of microcomputer systems vs. embedded systems.
MIM 702: ADVANCED DATABASE TECHNOLOGY
The module builds upon the student’s general understanding of database systems acquired in the prerequisite undergraduate module(s). Concepts such as database architectures, parallelism, distributed databases, speciality databases and applications, data warehousing, data mining and its algorithms, XML data and web databases will be discussed.
MIM 703: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERT SYSTEMS
This module seeks to consolidate the basics of artificial intelligence and expert systems and move to the application of these aspects in practical industrial situations. It also seeks to show how knowledge and reasoning are demonstrated through the use of intelligent agents. Knowledge representation techniques such as rules, frames, cases and semantic nets are also explored.
MIM 704: OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING – JAVA
This module offers full coverage of the theory and practice of object oriented programming in a project based environment. Detailed concepts such as classes, objects, inheritance, and encapsulation are covered. Java language concepts such as inner classes, exceptions, coupling, and cohesion will be described. The use of threads in java will be looked at. Students should be able to develop real life applications using Object Oriented Programming aspects.
MIM 705: E-COMMERCE STRATEGIES
The module seeks to develop understanding and appreciation of significance of e-commerce concepts and issues in contemporary business world. The student will be able to examine the business implications of e-commerce in the following areas Corporate Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Customer Experience, Customer Relationship Management, E-Services, Marketing channels, distribution, Online Product Promotion and Payment Systems among others.
MIM 706: SIMULATION AND SYSTEMS MODELING
This module aims to equip candidates with modeling skills from the fields of mathematical programming and simulation to enable candidates to analyse management decision making problems. The process involves learning how to formulate models, how to construct computer models (using Cisco Packet Tracer), how to solve such models, how to interpret the output of such models.
MIM 707: E-CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND ETHICS
The module looks at corporate governance theories, corporate governance codes, Board of Directors, Corporate governance in Zimbabwe in private Companies and public sector companies. The relationship between IT governance and corporate governance, IT governance focus areas, IT governance frameworks, IT Governance Risk Management, Information Security Governance, Problems in implementing IT Governance in Zimbabwe.
MIM708: DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHM DESIGN –J AVA 2
This module teaches concepts of data structures and algorithms for effective problem-solving skills and implementation of solution using Java. It focuses on dynamic data structures such as stacks, queues, linked lists, trees and graphs. Algorithms for searching and sorting, including common algorithm design techniques, will also be introduced.
MIM 709: INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONTROL AND AUDIT
This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, procedures and standards of IS audit and controls, develop students’ practical skills in handling various types of IS audits and examining the IS controls and prepare students to develop generic skills in communication, individual and team works, case analysis and reporting, and creative problem solving.
MIM 710: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
The manager as strategist, Organizational mission, Organizational objectives, Strategic auditing and process, Strategic control systems, Decision making process, implementation and strategic change in the internal and external organizational environments.
MIM 801: MOBILE COMPUTING
This module familiarises students with the mobile computing world. This course exposes students to the current trends in mobile services and applications. It focuses on new trends and various applications available in mobile services arena. It also introduces various concepts and ideas of in-trend applications running on mobile devices. Mobile Communication development, WAP, WML, SMS and Bluetooth or similar technologies will be covered.
MIM 802: AGENT SYSTEMS
Agent technology has been considered as an important approach for developing distributed intelligent software systems that are able to act autonomously on behalf of humans. This module thus seeks to introduce students to these technologies that enable them to develop software agents while being conscious of the paramount agent properties which are intelligence, Agency, rationality, mobility and benevolence.
MIM 803: NEURAL NETWORKS
Introduction, Neuron Model and Network Architectures, Perceptron Learning Rule, Background on Linear Algebra, Supervised Hebbian Learning ,Background on performance surfaces and optimization , Widrow-Hoff Learning ,Back propagation , Associative Learning and Competitive Networks.
MIM 804: STRATEGIC MARKETING MANAGEMENT
The module aims to provide strategic insights into the broader understanding of marketing management and its critical role to the success of the business. Emphasis will be given to the fact that a strategy is a game plan and every game plan is contextual and dynamic and it depends on resources, competition, competencies and the environment.
MIM 805: CHANGE MANAGEMENT
Understanding the Changing Environment, Drivers of Change in the World around Us, Living in the Comfort Zone and Resistance to Change, Typical Change Initiatives, Understanding the Need for Change, Building Advocacy – Diminishing Complacency, Tactics for Success.