This module can only be taken as a Short Course for Credit.

For more information please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section.

Information Systems Development can be a time consuming and complex process. On this course you will be exposed to the principles and concepts underlying the various process models suggested for developing information systems. We will examine the different philosophies that underlie different systems development methodologies, and examine why the systems development process can sometimes breakdown.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days face to face learning (with additional distance learning to be completed during 7 weeks)
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,490 Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:


  • justify the selection of information methods and tools relevant to the planning and organisation of information systems development projects at the organisational level,
  • document the wider organisational and environmental issues that contribute to successful information systems development.


  • appraise SDLC process models,
  • critically compare IS development methodologies,
  • evaluate the importance of the philosophies underlying different IS development methodologies,

Core content


  • Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Models
  • systems thinking
  • IS development methodologies:

    • Hard
    • Soft
    • Agile
  • Information Systems Failure
  • alternative approaches to IS development:

    • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
    • Commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) -based development

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Defence and Security (Technology) MSc or Information Capability Management MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for managers who are responsible for overseeing systems development projects.

You must have successfully completed Foundations of Information Systems in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit.



A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available. 

Location and travel


How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.