F21IF Information Systems Methodologies

Dr Tessa BergJenny CoadySteve Gill

Course co-ordinator(s): Dr Tessa Berg (Edinburgh), Jenny Coady (Edinburgh), Steve Gill (Dubai).


This module explores a range of issues concerning advanced contemporary methodological approaches to information systems development. The aim is to enable students to develop critical faculties and techniques in relation to the selection and application of these methodological approaches.

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisite course(s): F29SO Software Engineering & F29PD Professional Development or equivalent.

Location: Dubai, Edinburgh.

Semester: 1.


There is a growing requirement in industry for engineers and scientists with good and appropriate analytical skills when considering the development and evolution of systems, in particular information systems. This module develops furtherĀ  the knowledge and skills students should have already gained in the Information Systems and Software Engineering modules in topics such as:

  • General Systems Principles;
  • Systems Classification and Taxonomy Models;
  • Information Systems Life Cycle and Functions;
  • Paradigmatic Approach to Methodology Classification;
  • Framework for Analysis and Comparison of Methodologies (NIMSAD & Fitzgeraldā€™s);
  • Process Improvement Models;

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

This module develops further the knowledge and skills students should have already gained in the Information Systems and Software Engineering modules. It will enable students to:

  • Determine alternative approached to gathering requirements and systems development
  • Compare methodologies for use in organisations using a standardised Framework
  • Rationalise systems development to prepare a more relevant system

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT

  • Critical reading and reviewing works in the field
  • Evaluating Methods under an agreed Framework
  • Structuring an argument (PDP)
  • Presentations of mini lectures to show understanding of the topic area (PDP)
  • Use of VLE as a means of learning, contributing and discussing

Assessment Methods: Due to covid, assessment methods for Academic Year 2021/22 may vary from those noted on the official course descriptor. Please see:
- Maths (F1) Course Weightings 2021/22
- Computer Science (F2) Course Weightings 2021/22
- AMS (F7) Course Weightings 2021/22

SCQF Level: 11.

Credits: 15.