UNIT STANDARD OUTCOMES
On completion of this unit standard, you should be able to,
- Determine procedures that can be used to formulate a management strategy in relation to information technology resources;
- Identify issues which are associated with the managing of information technology of strategic importance to the municipality;
- Discuss how management information systems projects are managed;
- Discuss risk management and information systems audit issues; and
- Understand the nature of costs associated with the management of a management information system.
UNIT STANDARD PURPOSE
This unit standard is intended for people who are, or who seek to be employed in a municipality environment at middle to senior management level. It provides the learner the opportunity to contribute to information management strategy formulation.
- Qualification : Certificate in Municipal Finance Management
- Credits : 34
- NQF level : 6
- Type : Core
- Duration : 16 days / 130 hours
- Lectures 5
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 52 week
- Language English
- Students 56
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes
Unit 1 : Formulating a Strategy for IT Resources
On completion of this study unit, you should be able to, Through the analysis of critical success factors ensure that the municipality’s overall strategy and the IT strategy are compiled and synchronised; Identify and use in the evaluation of a particular MIS the risk to the municipality relating to the development and implementation of an information system; Determine the key factors for the appropriateness of processing power and processing sites; and Describe and report for management’s benefit the value of IT to the municipality and its entities.
Unit 2 : Managing IT of Strategic Importance to the Municipality
On completion of this study unit, you should be able to, Identify and describe the municipality’s MIS units in terms of key objectives and strategic activities; Identify and describe conventional MIS unit structures including suitable environments for each structure; Discuss the changing roles of IT specialists and accounting specialists in terms of management information instead of management technology; and Identify and discuss the different phases through which management information systems evolve with specific reference to strategic fit.
Unit 3 : Managing MIS Projects
On completion of this study unit, you should be able to, Evaluate different roles for project participants; Check the initial understanding of stakeholders needs against actual behaviour during the project; Prepare a project plan and process to be followed taking other role players’ interests into consideration; Evaluate conventional project team structures for appropriateness in the context of the municipal environment; Identify and evaluate the key factors which contribute to successful implementation of MIS against municipal needs; and Identify procedures for monitoring and evaluating the quality of MIS project.
Unit 4 : Risk Management in a MIS
On completion of this study unit, you should be able to, Identify the structure and job responsibilities related to risk management for a conventional MIS unit; Develop a service level agreement for the municipality’s MIS; and Interpret procedures for amendments to existing active programmes to manage risk.
Unit 5 : Costs and the Management of a MIS
On completion of this study unit, you should be able to, Identify the recurring costs of MIS within a municipal finance management context; and Evaluate different approaches for recovering MIS costs from various users in the context of the municipal environment.