Management of Information Security and Risk: Socio-technical Systems  CPD

Course Information

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Thursday 29 January 2015 Thursday 17:00-21:00; Friday 9:00-17:00; Saturday 9:00-17:00 Two blocks comprising Thursday evening, Friday & Saturday all day £1,500.00 (Home/EU students); £1,500.00 (Non-EU) INM415 Apply Now

Course Content

To understand the effects of IT in organisations, one needs to consider the organisation's people and its IT component together as a "socio-technical system". Technical knowledge of the IT systems is not enough for deciding how to procure, integrate and manage them successfully.

The main aims of this module are to give you the basis of social sciences knowledge required for managing risk in socio-technical systems, which encompasses procurement or development of IT systems as well as procedures, training, incentives and responsibility structures. It also aims to apply ideas of risk assessment and resilience in operation to these socio-technical systems.

The module will be delivered in block mode consisting of two blocks:

  • Thursday: 5pm - 9pm
  • Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday: 9am-5pm

The second block is delivered 6 weeks after the first block.

This module is taken from theMSc in Management of Information Security and Risk.


You should have a first or second class BSc honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualification).You should also have approximately five years of relevant professional experience (absolute minimum of two years in exceptional circumstances).

You should also have basic competence and familiarity with mathematics and good professional English.

What will I learn?

  • The concept of socio-technical system; examples of errors caused by technical-only analysis of IT based systems
  • Introduction to Human Factors, cognitive processes, assessment of human performance and human error
  • Unexpected effects of automation on work organisation,  behaviour and performance
  • The psychology of risk perception and communication
  • Models and empirical studies of responsibility, trust and trustworthiness
  • Psychology of security and social engineering attacks
  • Organisational factors: roles of culture and incentives
  • Approaches to the study of risk and risk management in socio-technical systems: "Normal accidents", "High reliability organisations", "Resilience engineering".

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is coursework based consisting of a mixture of one or more of the following:

  • reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • peer reviews
  • group work.

Application Deadline:

Apply for the Information Security and Risk: Socio-technical Systems.

Twenty places are available on this CPD module.