KC7022 - Information Systems and Technologies

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse, synthesise and evaluate information systems; and to appraise and use a range of appropriate information technologies for solving problems within a business / enterprise context. You will learn about modern data-storage paradigm and how contemporary business is making use of cloud computing technologies and services. The module will be taught from two complementary perspectives: the managerial perspective and from the perspective of a developer. From these perspectives you will learn how an appropriate incorporation of technology and innovation into corporate strategy and management can lead organisations to achieve profitable and sustainable competitive advantage. Throughout the module, key issues around security and ethics when implementing and using such technologies will be introduced and discussed.

How will I learn on this module?

Each week you will attend a two hour lecture followed by a two hour tutorial session. During the lectures you will learn the key material of the module which will build week on week. Following each lecture, the tutorial session will give you the opportunity to work through problems related to what you have just learnt in the preceding lecture. The tutorials will take a number of different forms including seminars and group work. Extensive use of small group and individual tutorials will be used to provide you with feedback/feedforward on both group and individual work. For those learning at a distance, you will learn using online learning materials, in addition to discussion boards and online activities. This is facilitated by our University eLearning Portal which has been successfully delivering distance learning provision for a number of years. It is expected that you will draw heavily on your own experience to contextualise the theory learnt.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be given opportunities to use the skills and techniques learnt during lectures as part of the workshops and to build upon these to complete your assignments. The weekly tutorial sessions will give you the opportunity to work with the module tutor to complete tasks and to bring forward any issues you might be having with the module content. All module content will be made available on the University’s Electronic Learning Portal, Blackboard. Weekly verbal feedback will be available during classroom time on relevant exercises and tasks. This will provide formative feedback on thoughts and ideas of the student and allow feed forward into the assessment element of the module. A detailed written feedback will be provided to the students on their summative assessment, which will enable students to reflect on their learning and improve their subsequent work.

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?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically appraise the issues associated with managing digital business
2. Analyse and synthesise information systems to critically evaluate how systems and technologies impact on a business / enterprise
3. Critically evaluate and use a range of information technologies in the context of business problem solving and information systems development

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Apply and reflect on a range of information technologies and data to deal with business enterprise

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Develop an ethical and professional attitude to solving real life business problems

How will I be assessed?

You will be expected to produce a single assignment report of between 4,000 and 5,000 words in length based on specific scenarios which will assess all the learning outcomes of the module. In additional to this, you work during the tutorial sessions will be continually assessed to ensure that you are understanding the module content and are developing the skills necessary to meet the module’s learning outcomes. Detailed written feedback will be provided on your final assessment, which will enable you to reflect on your learning and improve your subsequent work.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

You will learn to analyse, synthesise and evaluate information systems and use a range of appropriate information technologies for real life business / enterprise context. The contents of this module are also based upon the recent research in the area of business information systems and data analysis. This module will help you in your future employment in this information rich world.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years distance learning

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2018

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