Course at a glance


This level 3 diploma in Management Information Systems will provide students with an in depth knowledge of the subject areas covered. The modules have been organised to take you a step at a time towards developing a sound knowledge of Management Information Systems. At the end of each module there is a section focusing on examination preparation. These will help to prepare you for the 2 assessments. One assessment is at the midpoint of the course. The second is, naturally, at the end of the course and covers the entire syllabus.

The course is accredited by CIE Global and the grade given is either a pass or a fail. The assessments concentrate on 3 areas:

Theoretical knowledge and understanding
Practical implications
Integration of theory and practice
The modules are of different lengths. You will probably find some to be easier than others. Some of them have references to carefully selected and reviewed websites to enable you to have even more practice and to see summaries and examples of topics covered in the lessons.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body


Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Course Content

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module One – Introduction to Management Information Systems, (MIS).

What is meant by MIS? A reliable definition of the term. WHat information does a company need, how is it gathered and why? How dependable and accurate should it be? Storage of data (particularly important in view of recent data leaks from high profile organisations). Confidentiality. Uses for MIS in many different aspects. Discussion of artificial intelligence.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Two – Decision Support Systems

What is a DSS? They have become widely available and affordable in recent years but are they widely understood? Real life case studies are used to illustrate the essentially practical issues under consideration.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Three – The Use of Expert Systems

How have ES developed in the 21st Century? What are their uses and applications? How can they improve the competitiveness of your organisation? What are the rules for obtaining the correct answer to a query? All of this needs to be understood if the system is to be an advantage rather than a burden to the organisation. Again case studies highlight some of the great advantages and some of the pitfalls of an Expert System.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Four – Processing Information

Once we have got all of that information how should it be processed to provide the most effective (i.e. usually most profitable) outcome to the organisation? Although computing science plays an important part in this the unit will explore techniques of Workflow, Business Process Re-Engineering, Architecture of systems and the output of information into a meaningful form. What are the implications of such systems for employment patterns in the near future?

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Five – Recording and Storing of Business Data

A database management system (DBMS) is a computer program (or more typically, a suite of them) designed to manage a database, a large set of structured data, which allows an organisation to store, organise and search for information on anything within its business from records to product detail. These systems are very powerful and contain almost unbelievable amounts of data. What would once have occupied a ship can, now, be contained in a chip! That information, though, is of value only if it can be readily and effectively accessed.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Six – Report Writing and Producing Executive Information Systems

One important task for which these systems can be used is in the production, and updating, of management reports Here we look at various approaches to this aspect of their use. If you are writing a report for top managers it must be accurate, timely, relevant etc… If your job success depends on this, then you have a very good reason for producing good reports.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Seven – Performance Monitoring

Business performance management (BPM) is a set of processes that helps organisations optimise business performance by consolidating, analysing and implimenting results. BPM is focused on business processes such as planning and forecasting by setting key performance indicators for measuring and evaluating their success. It helps businesses to use their assets efficiently thereby maintaining quality, competitiveness and the bottom line.Aspects of Business Intelligence, Planning, Forecasting, Workflow Analysis and process improvement techniques are examined and discussed. The Six Sigma model is discussed through the use of case studies where champions and coaches identified key areas of work that needed to be developed and improved.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Eight – Database Management

Continuing on from module 5, a database management system (DBMS) is a computer program designed to manage, store and retrieve a large set of structured data. They can also run operations on the data requested. Typical examples of DBMS use might include accounting, human resources and customer support systems. These would enable it, for example, to check if an invoice has been paid. Once the sole preserve of huge corporations, such systems are now available to much smaller organisations due to advances in technology. They are widely available, but not always widely understood.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Nine – Object Oriented Analysis and Design

This module is more technical and discusses how models are developed and set to deliver a particular software system with an engineered specification setting and visual modelling. It discusses how software is developed to do a particular job such as processing wage payments. To do this it needs to be aware of hours worked, pay-scales, bonuses, absent days and other factors which need to be included in the model used to set and design the software. Object-oriented analysis and design applies object modelling techniques to design a solution. Object-oriented analysis builds a model of a system that is composed of objects that communicate with each other or other sections of the software. The results of object-oriented analysis are concepts and relationships between concepts expressed as a conceptual model.

Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma Module Ten – Information Security Management

An information security management system (ISMS) is, as the name suggests, a system of management concerned with information security. The idiom arose primarily out of ISO/IEC 17799, a code of practice for information security management published by the International Organization for Standardization in 2000. ISO 17799 was revised and re-issued in 2005. You will be aware of the multiple lapses of security in recent years. These are examined and solutions offered. This unit, by its very nature, is quite sensitive as most organisations are understandably unwilling to discuss their arrangements!


This Accredited Level 3 Management Information Systems Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.