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MPhil in Informatics, specialization in Information Systems

Message from the Program Coordinator

Given today's ubiquitous computing, organizations have a critical need for people who understand, in depth, both information technology and business. A modern computer system can be a mobile phone, a PC, or a data center with thousands of servers. Information systems handle coordinating the flow of data between such widely varying computational systems and support corporate decision making. The most successful technology leaders are those with deep expertise in technology and business strategy. Successful new technology products and information systems always combine technical quality and smart business strategy. Developing these systems requires extensive communication among technical developers, business managers and users.

The MPhil in Informatics, specialization in Information Systems program focuses on training students in the core and emerging concepts of information systems technologies and business strategy, so that graduates can develop successful careers in management positions that require deep technical skills. Through the programme’s core modules students will gain a solid foundation in information systems and information technology, enhance their existing professional knowledge and gain insights into current developments in IT.

Isabel Seruca (PhD)


 

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Admission requirements

·         Bachelor level degree in Informatics or any related area

·         Minimum English Proficiency level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2 – Independent - Vantage or upper intermediate

·         Evaluation of the CV

·         An interview (live or Skype)

Objectives and Course Structure

The MPhil is a post-graduate program aimed at preparing the student to take leadership roles in the management of information systems and technologies.  The course’s generic objectives are to know how to apply and incorporate knowledge in the area of information systems and technologies in new and complex situations, by acknowledging the emerging technologies that may contribute to the innovative and efficient conception of information systems as well as adopting the best practices to manage these systems. The planning and control of the intervention activities of information systems is thus envisaged as well as the ability to communicate the knowledge and reasoning to diverse audiences.

The course allows a common basis for structuring knowledge, namely concerning modeling techniques, emerging technologies, project management and technological innovation. Students should be able to enhance business through the use of technology and to manage and lead information systems intervention activities employing the best practices.

The course follows the best international practices and is aligned with the ACM/IEEE curriculum recommendations. Moreover, it is accredited by the national authority agency A3ES, and  UPT is the only Portuguese private university to hold a global quality certificate.

The two-year course program comprises twelve mandatory curricular units providing a mix of theoretical underpinning, technical skills and perspectives on organizational and information systems and technologies management. It then culminates with an applied research and development experience that can be an internship, project or a thesis.

1st Year, 1st Semester

 Curricular Unit

ECTS

Advanced Modeling Techniques

6

Seminar

7

Emergent Technologies

5

Research Methologies

5

Data Management

7

 

1st Year, 2nd Semester

Curricular Unit

ECTS

Organizational Strategy and Information Systems

6

Information and Knowledge Management

6

Management of Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship

7

Business Process Management

6

Human Machine Interaction

5

 

 

2nd Year, Annual

Curricular Unit

ECTS

Internship, Project or Dissertation

60

 

 

Further Information

E-mail: iseruca@upt.pt

 

 

 

 

 

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