The MSc in Information Management opens up great career prospects. Through a challenging and exciting study programme you will acquire professional qualifications that will enable you to play a key role in a modern organisation and business.
The first semester features the following courses. Introduction to Information Systems Management exposes students to the managerial challenges created by the use of information and communication technologies in organisations. Organisational Theory focuses on the various theories and models within the field of organisational theory. The course gives students an expedient approach to creating an understanding of organisations. IS Development and Implementation in a Business Context focuses on information systems (IS) development and implementation in a business context. IS Philosophy of Science and Research introduces four perspectives positivist, interpretive, critical, and pragmatic and their underlying assumptions.
The second semester comprises the following specialising courses: Project Management aims to provide students with knowledge about central topics related to working in projects. IS Enterprise Architecture introduces students to strategic and technological aspects of enterprise architecture. IS Strategy and Management aims to provide students with an understanding of IS strategic management, and of how IT resources can be managed within organisations in order to create long-term business opportunities and benefits.
In the third semester, students can choose courses in their areas of interest. These can be taken at Aarhus University, at a partner university outside Denmark or at the AU Summer University. Students can also participate in internship programmes in Denmark or abroad.
The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis, where students have the opportunity to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest.
Specialising in Information Management opens up a wide range of career possibilities and qualifies graduates to take up positions such as IT manager, project manager or enterprise resource planning consultant (e.g. in the field of SAP software).
Introduction to Information Systems Management
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the managerial challenges created by the use of information and communication technologies in organisations. In particular, the course touches upon classic themes (project management, change management, strategy, etc.) but will focus on deviant behaviours where traditional theories fail to explain actions and results. To this end, the course draws on multiple action-based learning tools to challenge the students to build an individual approach to leveraging the complexities of information and communication technology during their managerial career.
Organisational Theory shows how various theories and models within the fields of organisational theory may individually and in combination provide an expedient approach to creating an understanding of organisations as both structure and behaviour.
IS Philosophy of Science and Research
In this course we introduce four perspectives positivist, interpretive, critical, and pragmatic and their underlying assumptions concerning the generation of scientific knowledge in IS research and its impact on our lives. We emphasise the relevance of these perspectives when conducting IS research and/or when addressing real-life managerial problems related to information systems. The course encourages critical thinking, introduces academic argumentation, facilitates various problem-solving strategies, and prepares the students to function effectively as professionals.
IS Development & Implementation in a Business Context
This course focuses on IS development and implementation in a business context. It focuses on the challenges that we face in practice and how to cope with the complexities. The course introduces a range of methods and techniques that can be used to understand, plan and execute the processes in which IS are developed, implemented, evaluated and modified, to enable the student to participate in the IS acquisition processes of the businesses.
IS Enterprise Architecture
This course introduces the students to strategic and technological aspects of Enterprise Architecture. IS Enterprise Architecture is one of todays best performing tools to enable long term strategic advantage. Enterprise Architecture provides a long-term view of a companys processes, systems and technologies that create and support the core capabilities of organisations. The purpose of the course is to give the students the knowledge and tools to lead and carry out Enterprise Architecture initiatives. The course will provide the link between Enterprise and IS architecture as a tool to improve business performance through IT.
Project Management: The Managerial Process including PRINCE 2
The aim of the course is to provide the student with knowledge about central topics related to working in projects. The course discusses several project types and relates tools and techniques and project management behaviour to different types of projects. The content in the course is inspired by the classical project life cycle, which means that focus will be on planning, carrying out and project evaluation, and from that perspective the course focuses on the content of the project management toolbox (stakeholder analysis, risk analysis, time schedule, estimation, monitoring progress etc.). The course also discusses more soft topics (project organisation, implementation of team building, handling of conflicts etc.).
IS Strategy and Management
The aim of this course is to provide the students with an understanding of IS strategic management and how IT resources can be managed within organisations in order to create long business opportunities and benefits. The course takes the offset in the observation that planned strategy and realised strategy often diverge. To study this divergence in practice the course includes a residence period in organisations where the students can observe the creation of IS strategy in the wild. The final learning will emerge from comparison between practice and theory.