MIS41020 Design,Development,Creativity

Academic Year 2023/2024

Digital design and development is the innovation engine of the ICT-enable organisation. However collaborative production and delivery of robust systems presents significant challenges and team issues. This module provides an understanding of approaches used by professionals in this vital function, from the perspective of managers who supervise developers or liaise with them during innovation projects.Our focus is on techniques and processes used for managing design and development to deliver value. We cover current issues of the management of software production ranging from traditional sequential engineering approaches through to agile and lean methods. We consider how lifecycles and methodologies are employed to balance the tension between requirements for orderly production and the need to respond to change.We will study management techniques, practices, lifecycles and frameworks for development projects. I hope to integrate these diverse concepts and theories of software development in order to translate them into personal, team, and management practice.Topics range over: the requirements process; deployment strategies; methodologies such as CMMI, RUP, XP, Scrum, & Lean; understanding knowledge, communication, and performance in teams.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

This module addresses the following areas. Context - Identify processes and practices involved in software design and delivery. Management tools - Describe software lifecycles and frameworks, covering historical and emerging management approaches to design and development. Apply theory - Interpret theoretical foundations of design, development lifecycles, and frameworks. Critical perspectives - Critically evaluate the processes, activities, and practices necessary for design and development. Research and analysis - Competently analyse, assess and act in industry cases; adapting methods, processes and practices to problematic situations. Management practice and skills - Acquire skills and tools to foster processes of joint design, development and quality assurance.

Indicative Module Content:

The class reviews the following themes and subjects:
* The 'whole product' and systems thinking
* Design thinking - build the right thing
* Organisation theories
* Practice perspective on teams and organising
* The lifecycle concept and systems development lifecycle (SDLC) - 'build the thing right'
* Frameworks for control
* Agility
* Managing creativity
* The economics of digital production

Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MIS40850 - Comparative Software Eng Proc

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Research paper, presentation, and reflection Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Homework assignments Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Group Activity Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Formative feedback on research essay offered throughout the module. Summative feedback on project given at time of presentation. Summative feedback on research essay and reflection given at end of term.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 14:00 - 16:50

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