IS40370 Management for Information Professionals

Academic Year 2023/2024

In the dynamic and changing employment environment, many information professionals find themselves in management positions in their organisations. Being able to think critically and strategically about the management of resources, people, projects, technology, financing and budgets as well as services is a quintessential skill in a range of organisational contexts. This module provides students with theoretical and practical frameworks, tools, and techniques needed to thrive in today's changing information environments. Students will be introduced to key aspects of management theory and practice, addressing topics such as planning, prioritising, and strategising; team working, leadership, budgeting and change management; evidence-based practice; marketing of products, services, and projects; human resources management; fundraising and grant writing; and stakeholder relations. Undergraduate registration to this module is subject to the module co-ordinator's permission.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Understand theories, principles and techniques of contemporary management science and organisational behaviour; understand their application to the environments in which information professionals work.
2. Demonstrate core management skills, such as project planning, prioritising, and coordination; effective written and oral communication and presentation; and critical thinking and analysis.
3. Create strategies for key management activities, including contextual awareness, mission development, and stakeholder accountability; budgeting and financial management; recruiting and retaining staff; marketing and promotion; and the development, implemention, and evaluation of services and programmes.
4. Think critically and reflexively about their own practice and development as emerging professionals in information environments.

Indicative Module Content:

* Introductions, timetable, housekeeping, ePortfolios
* Self-management, critical thinking and reflective practice
* What is management and strategy and their importance to library and information services
* Origins of management; theory and practical application
* Strategic Planning, organisational behaviour and culture
* Marketing & Communications, stakeholder engagement
* Financial planning & management, budgeting, procurement
* Core management skills
* People management, staff development and team working
* Performance measurement
* New and emerging technologies
* Module evaluation and feedback

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; enquiry & problem-based learning; case-based learning, online learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Collaborative Group Activity Week 7 n/a Graded No


Project: Trimester-long individual project with interim deliverables. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Claire McGuinness Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Philip Russell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Andrew Woods Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33 Fri 10:00 - 11:50