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Module Description
This module will give students the opportunity to understand the nature of
information and business intelligence, the global role of information systems
within organizations and, in particular, how they relate to the IS Strategy and
the overall corporate strategy. It is intended to equip students to produce an
IT solution for managing and analyzing information in a given context.
Students will be expected to understand and apply the principles of database
design to solve a realistic business problem. This will involve designing,
developing and presenting a prototype database system, such as a
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Emphasis will be
placed on the need to involve the user at all stages of systems development
and implementation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
Analyse the role of information systems in organisations, and how business
intelligence influences the decision making process.
Interpret and analyse user requirements to develop a database that supports
decision making.
Justify selection of data sources and methods used for analysis and present
information generated.
Indicative Content
Querying and Reporting on data to obtain business intelligence,
influencing business strategy and planning
Data mining big data.
The business value of the components of Information Systems.
Types of Information Systems – transaction processing; decision
support software; modelling packages; knowledge-based systems;
executive information systems
Principles of database design – relational data modelling
Advantages and disadvantages of the database approach to
information systems; comparing alternative models
Systems implementation, control and evaluation
Analysing quantitative data
Learning & Teaching Strategies
The main learning and teaching strategy used in this module will be
workshop supplemented with lecturing input to provide the theoretical
dimension. Students will be provided with worksheets to acquire the requisite
software skills with support. Background reading is expected and the key
text provides the major source. The practical skill being acquired during this
module need to be worked upon in self-managed sessions outside the
workshop time.
Report (1000 words) analysing the role of Information Systems in decision
making, 25%. Mid semester.
A technical report (maximum 1500 words) documenting design and
implementation of a database which uses Business Intelligence for decision
making. 50%. End of semester.
A presentation of the database and its outputs that justifies methods and
gives commentary on how the information is used to support decision
making. 25%. End of semester.
Specific Learning Resources
IT facilities
Highly Recommended
Belanger,F and Van Slyke, C, (2016) Information Systems For Business: An
Experiential Approach (2nd Ed). USA: John Wiley & Sons.
Rainer,R. K. and Watson, H (2012) Management Information Systems:
Moving Business Forward (4th Ed). USA: John Wiley & Sons
Waters, D. (2011) Quantitative methods for business (5th Ed). Harlow:
Background Reading
Bocij, P.; Greasley, A. and Hickie, S. (2015) Business information systems:
technology, development and management for e-business. (5th Ed). Harlow: