Postgraduate Course: Managing Communication, Information and Decision-Making (EDUA11216)
|Moray House School of Education
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area
|Other subject area
|Taught in Gaelic?
|The aim of this course is to provide an holistic understanding of the role and function of information in the communication and decision-making processes of organisations. The course addresses the contribution made by information and communication technologies to strategic decision-making in organisations and in particular decision-making in the management of training and development. It will explore the influence of the technologies on processes, content, outcomes and impacts in decision-making and problem solving.
Various models of communication, information and decision-making systems are introduced to provide an understanding of the limitations of the rational approach, the concept of risk and the consequent difficulties for system design, management and use. There is a particular emphasis on information systems as crucial to supporting planning, setting objectives, the allocation of the organisation's resources and their control and for measuring the effectiveness of resource use.
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|Candidates will demonstrate an informed understanding of
i. communication concepts, communication systems and processes in organisations
ii. systems design methodology and (for CIPD students) the use of databases and spreadsheets
iii. financial statements, the flow of money in an organisation, financial planning and budget control (for CIPD students)
iv. the effective handling of statistical data (for CIPD students)
v. the strategic role of Information Systems and Information and Communications Technology within an organisation
vi. organisational decision processes and the nature of problem-solving in the decision-making context
vii. the implications for management of data protection and freedom of information legislation.
|A report of 2,000 words arising from a communications, information and decision-making audit of a selected organisation or a theoretical analysis of the themes of the course.
|Mr Peter Evans
Tel: (0131 6)51 6345
|Mrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573