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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

Almost all business organisations use computerised information systems to some degree. many business organisations would not be able to function without such systems. At the same time there are continuous occurrences of problems in the design, implementation and use of these systems. This module introduces students on a range of business studies courses to the fundamental features of business information systems (BIS). The main purpose is to enable graduates of such course appreciate the need for BIS, how BIS can aid the decision making processes of an organisation and how the design of such systems is fundamental to their eventual success or failure.


- Importance of information systems management in business. - Differentiate between information and data. - Using information to aid decision making in business. - Data management. - Features and functional components of relational databases. - Role of the database in business information systems. - Components of a Business Information System (BIS) including hardware and software components. - Introduction to systems development methodologies. - Development of computerised business information systems using system life cycle methodology management of BIS. - BIS strategy and how it creates business advantage. - Legal and ethical aspects of the design and use of BIS. - Construction of a simple relational database using MS Access.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

1. Differentiate between information and data. 2. Describe how information is used to aid decision-making in a business environment. 3. List and describe the components of an information system (IS). 4. Compare and contrast the typical hardware and software of business information system (BIS). 5. Recommend the most appropriate components for a BIS. 6. Explain how BIS are developed including the system life cycle for a computerised BIS. 7. Justify typical BIS strategy and assess how it creates business advantage. 8. Define the roles involved in managing a BIS. 9. Create a multi-table relational database using MS Access from a given design.

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Prime Texts:

Paul Bocij, Dave Chaffey, Andrew Greasley and Simon Hickie (2006) Business Information Systems (3rd edition) , Financial Times Press, London
() Support material is drawn from a number of sources and the recommended textbooks are regularly updated to reflect the latest development in the field. ,

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Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Autumn - 08/09

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