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.

This module can only be taken as an Accredited Short Course.

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

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    £1,300 - Accredited Short Course fee

    Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student 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,
  • evaluate competing analysis and design techniques.

Core content

Module topics:

  • software development lifecycle (SDLC) models
  • systems vs reductionist thinking
  • information systems development methodologies: hard, soft, agile
  • information systems failure
  • alternative approaches to information systems development, e.g. enterprise resource planning systems, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS).

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this Accredited Short Course, 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.

Students must have successfully completed Foundations of Information Systems in order to take this as an Accredited Short Course.



A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available. 

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.