BUSU9MI: Management and Information Technology

Semester:  Spring (not running in Spring 2016)

Level:  10

Credit Value:  20

Module Coordinator:  To be confirmed, Management, Work & Organisation Division

Contact Hours: 30 hours

Assessment: 50% assignment based on a group development of a business database system, 50% closed book examination

 

Aims

The aim of the module is to develop practical ability and an understanding of the use of information systems and information technology in today’s business environment. The module concentrates on the business context of information systems: the need and management of information, how data management systems are designed and built, how technologies (e.g. databases, apps, data-mining technologies) have become a strategic resource for management, how web-based and phone-based systems are the basis of new business models, and how systems are used to change and transform businesses.

 

Objectives

To develop practical ability and an understanding of the design and development and use of information systems and information technology in today’s business environment.  

To become familiar with tools for specifying business communications needs and specifying Information Systems requirements.  To appreciate the importance of big data in business planning and control.  To be able to contribute to a database life cycle.

Practical computer based labs and workshops are used to so that database theory from lectures is applied to practical exercises. This will include an introduction to Access (the module assumes no prior knowledge of database design or programming). There is a project assignment which allows you to contribute to the development of an information system. You can hear what a previous student said about the value of the assignment here and watch a presentation about a produced system here.

The module also addresses the issues of the business context of information systems: the management of information and how systems and technologies have become a strategic resource.  Relevant case material will be used in tutorial sessions which students are expected to prepare in advance and make use of in exams.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To acquire a new set of employability skills in the form of database systems design and programming skills. 
  • To be able to develop conceptual designs of IS business solutions.
  • Appreciate the use of data, and big data in the planning and operationalization of a business processes.
  • Understand the information system life cycle.
  • Continue to develop effective group working skills.
  • Gain practice in writing technical development reports and IS system user manuals.
  • Understand the strategic change drivers of information technology.
  • Appreciate the organizational and business model changes form IS system developments.

 

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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