KC3006 - Introduction to Information Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

The aim of the module is to
• Develop an understanding of information systems as a multidisciplinary area
• Show how business information systems support different areas of an organisation
• Use methods for analysing, specifying and designing information systems
• Explore how emerging technologies can be used in information systems
• Develop critical and abstract thinking

In this module you will learn about the methods for analysing, specifying and designing information systems within a framework which takes a holistic approach to the introduction of change and in which user requirements are considered fundamental. Information systems are an integral part of any modern organisation and are increasingly used to support every aspect of an organisation's functions and activities. Whilst innovative use of technologies can provide significant benefits, information systems deliver value where they are deployed to meet the goals of an organisation.

You will cover topics such as:
• To explore the system’s components, explain elements in the study of Information Systems
• Business information systems and the core concepts: data and information
• Requirement analysis and presenting data
• Research methods and sources
• Creating instructions
• Growth of the internet, and cloud
• Social media – strengths and weaknesses
• Introduction to web design, HCI for web, testing and evaluation
• Online trading/e-commerce
• Ethical issues in information systems
• Cyber security
• Mobile technologies and apps
• Presenting an idea, peer reviewing, debating skills

How will I learn on this module?

This module includes a combination of methods to support learning including active or participatory learning, theoretical debates, presentations and guided learning. The topics will normally be introduced in lectures and explored through real world examples and practical exercises in seminars (helping you develop the knowledge and understanding needed) and guided learning activities. You will be encouraged to develop independent learning skills to explore further in the subject area.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be given advice and feedback on your work and progress during the timetabled classes and seminars. In addition to this, the eLP (electronic learning portal) blackboard is used to provide extensive support materials.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

On completion of this module you will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Demonstrate and apply an understanding of information systems by using office automation systems and participating in a debate
MLO2 Use literature and knowledge to underpin the creation of an information system

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Demonstrate the ability to select and apply appropriate methods to solve specific information related problems and reflect on their effectiveness

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO4 Demonstrate awareness of information systems for their use within the society

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment against the Module Learning Outcomes will be:

1) A poster presentation on a topic related to information systems and peer reviewing other posters (MLO1, MLO2, MLO3) (20% + 10%)

2) Individual research project - Creating a web-based information system (MLO3, MLO4) (60%)

3) Participating in a debate on a given topic related to information systems (MLO1, MLO2, MLO 4) (10%)

Formative assessment will take place through group work, assignment discussion and reflection, discussion board activity on the e-learning platform, case study activity, and theory/practice related discussions.

Criteria will be provided to enable you to understand what is expected, and how you will be assessed on your performance. You are required to demonstrate self-reflection and reflective practice where appropriate.

Feedback on your summative performance in this module will be provided as follows: Your assessment will be returned to you with annotated comments directly related to the assessment task. You will also be provided with a written comment on actions to be taken to improve performance in assessment overall.

Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module, particularly relating to seminar tasks. You should, however be aware that formative feedback can, and will, occur in any communication with an academic tutor.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Information systems are an integral part of any modern organisation and are increasingly used to support every aspect of an organisation's functions and activities. Whilst innovative use of technologies can provide significant benefits, information systems deliver value where they are deployed to meet the goals of an organisation. In this module you will learn about the methods for analysing, specifying and designing information systems within a framework which takes a holistic approach to the introduction of change and in which user requirements are considered fundamental. The module adopts a research tutored approach which focuses the learning and teaching activities on current research issues related to Information Systems and subsequent skillset required by potential employers. The subject is structured around research active staff within the Information Systems area with a secure knowledge of personal development planning and employability.

Course info

UCAS Code I200

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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