The MSc in Computing in Information Systems Processes combines the human, the organisational, and the technological to provide a broad perspective of modern information systems and their development. The human aspects of the programme explore issues such as human-computer interaction, psychology, computer ethics, and systems development in the human-centred tradition.
The organisational aspects consider successful business processes and how these can be supported through information infrastructures such as supply-chain management systems. Finally, the technological aspects look to trends in information systems development, such as emerging methodologies, software development, and technological systems. The programme also includes a research project and dissertation, thus allowing students to investigate an individual area of personal interest.
An applied work-based research project and dissertation may be particularly appropriate for working or part-time students.
The programme consists of six taught modules and a dissertation. It can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students undertake three taught modules for each of the first two semesters. They also take support modules on research methods related to their dissertations. Students complete their dissertations over a third semester to complete the MSc programme in 12 months.
Part-time students may complete their studies over a longer period. Students who choose not to complete a dissertation can instead complete a Postgraduate Diploma award comprised of the taught modules only.
Psychology of Computer-Mediated Work, Human Computer Interaction and Usability, Emerging Systems Development Paradigms, Business Process Analysis and Design, Design Patterns.
Ethics and e-Privacy, Usable Information Architectures, Human-Centred Systems Development, Innovation and Intrapreneurship, Supply Chain Integration Technologies, Agile Software Development.
An honours degree in Computing, Information Systems, Information Technology or equivalent.
Alternatively an honours degree in Business Studies or Engineering where there is a strong computing component will also be acceptable.
The number of places available on the course will be limited to a maximum of 20 in the first year. Therefore an interview process may be required in the student selection procedure.
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English. Please see SETU Waterford's English Language Requirements.
There is a prerequisite that a student successfully completes a bridging module in Systems Analysis and Design if they have not taken an equivalent module already. This module in an intensive introduction to object oriented analysis and design techniques.
Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at www.setu.ie/pgfees
Applications for this programme are made online by going to www.pac.ie
Organisations worldwide are increasingly relying on information systems to assist in their work at an operational, tactical, and strategic level. There is a growing awareness that these systems are not simply technical in nature but are in fact socio-technical systems. 'Socio-technical' here refers to the need for an appreciation of both technical and human factors in the design, development and deployment of advanced computer-based systems.
There is an increasing recognition that the success of an investment in information systems requires that these human factors be addressed. As information systems become more pervasive their impact at a human level becomes more pronounced. This course equips students with the understanding of the issues that will prepare them for a career in information systems.
A graduate of this course will also be well equipped to pursue a research-oriented career in both Academia and Industry. The course is aimed both at new graduates and experienced professionals wish to obtain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the human factors associated with information systems in modern organisations.
“As a mature student, returning to study the MSc in Computing (Information Systems Processes) at SETU Waterford has been a most rewarding experience. The level of knowledge and support provided by lecturers was exceptional and the online facility to
access academic journals from home was vital to keeping a balance between study and family life. The course has broadened my thinking, improved my CV and opened interesting new doors for me. The future is bright!”