BM9500 - Managing Information in Organisations

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What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills of managing information in organisations in order to gain an in-depth understanding of business decision making. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and a combination of seminars/IT workshops. The workshops principally concentrate on the development of an access database and will enable you to design a small information system. The seminars will encourage you to work in small teams analysing different real life case studies.

Within this module, you will cover the following main topics:
• Files and databases
• System Analysis
• Systems Design versus Systems Acquisition
• Implementing information systems
• Business Intelligence
• Enterprise information systems
• e-Business systems
• Social Media
• Managing IS
• Global issues in Information Management

The module will lead you to a better understanding of Information Management in a business context. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of IS methodologies used for the development of IS applications as well as provide you with the knowledge of how IS are used by organisations in order to manage their information. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of MS Access Database as an aid to data management in businesses.

On completing the module you will be able to understand the issues involved in the Management of Information. You will have developed relevant IT skills to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module. You will create, use and design a business database as well as analysed appropriate real life case studies.

How will I learn on this module?

The one hour weekly lectures will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the module content, supported by 6 two hours seminars and 6 two hours IT workshops, will give you an opportunity to practice the various analytical techniques, allowing you to build up a proficiency in the use of Access Database.

There will be a number of additional exercises housed on the module’s e-learning portal that will permit you to undertake further practice independently. The module has a supporting reading list that provides you with an opportunity to see how the various IS applications are used across different organisations.

Your directed study will support the work you have undertaken in the contact sessions. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with your workshop and seminar exercises/activities. Independent learning time is set aside for learning activities, self-identified by you, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject. The practical nature of the workshops and seminars means that tutor (formative) feedback will be received continuously.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module and providing the lecture input. A team of academic staff are allocated IT workshop/seminar groups of about 20 students, which provides a closer, more personal academic support. These IT workshop/seminar groups are typically based on study programme cohorts, so you will be taught here alongside fellow members from your particular degree.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses lecture materials, IT workshops exercises, seminar activities, alongside assessment details and various support facilities such as recordings of certain lectures and IT applications. You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various academic reports, conference papers and journal articles that showcase the management of information in organisations.

The module assessment consists of two parts (a group work and a two hours exam) which will be distributed throughout your teaching semester. This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester. The eLearning portal will be used to permanently host assessment brief after release to ensure that you can access the information required at all times.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Application of Information Management concepts and their usage in various business settings for assisting in the solution of business problems informed by theory and research. (MLO1)
2. Application and development of analytical skills and abilities through the design and use of a database application in order to identify justifiable, sustainable and responsible solutions for management of information in businesses. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Apply effective interpersonal skills through completing activities in small groups and develop the ability to work in multi-cultural settings. (MLO3)
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of group work (50%) and a two hours exam (50%). For the group work you will be placed in a small group (3-4 members) and you will have to design a database system. The two hours exam will be based on a number of Multiple Choice Questions as well as Short Essay Questions. The examination will assess MLO1 and MLO2, the group-work will assess MLO2 and MLO3.

The lectures and seminars will provide you with what you need for the exam while the workshops will help you with your database design. This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester.

The eLearning portal will be used to permanently host the assessment brief after release to ensure that you can access the information required at all times. In the eLearning portal you will also find practice Multiple Choice Questions as well as Short Essay Questions.





Module abstract

This module will provide you with conceptual frameworks and knowledge of how to manage information in order to apply systems thinking to business practice and understand the role of Information Management within the global context. It is expected that you will enter employment with an appropriate level of analytical understanding and proficiency in everyday business management and with an understanding of how companies manage information internally as well as externally. This module provides these essential business skills giving you a theoretical understanding of various Information management methods and systems. These analytical, practical IT and interpretative skills are directly transferable to your working life, through part-time employment, placement or full-time graduate role.

Course info

UCAS Code N202

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad
1 other options available

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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