KC4003 - Skills For Information Systems Professionals

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What will I learn on this module?

The aim of the module is to prepare you for employment and a career as an Information Systems Professional and to introduce you to the conventions and demands of an academic institution and professional business environments.

Some of the areas that you will be introduced to are as follows:

• Time Management and Decision Making
• Business Report and essay writing
• Data, information and elementary statistics
• Sources of information and how the information and data can be effectively analysed, stored and retrieved

How will I learn on this module?

Learning on this module will be through both lectures and seminars. In the lectures, you will be taught key concepts and ideas, which you will then use yourself in the seminars to solve practical problems set within a variety of business contexts.

For those studying a Degree Apprenticeship, your workplace provides an opportunity to reflect on what you have learnt in the module and consider how the content applies to your own organisation and how you conduct your business. As data and information is used in an ever-increasing number of scenarios within almost all businesses, you will almost certainly have the chance to apply your learning to your work-based practise. The standard delivery is Newcastle Campus class room based, however if your employer has a contract with the university that indicates you may study remotely then you will be able to attend the classes virtually. In this case, you will follow lectures via webcasts and attend online seminars / workshops. The use of Blackboard collaborate (or similar) will be employed to enable this.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a module tutor as well as the wider module team. You will be able to use the electronic Learning Platform (eLP) to access the module learning materials whenever you need them.

If you are studying for a Degree Apprenticeship additional support will be available from your work place mentor who will encourage you to reflect upon how you work and studies interact and complement one another.

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:
MLO1 You will be able to describe different types of data and information and their use within organisations.
MLO2 You will be able to demonstrate the effective use of technology, information and data retrieval and statistical analysis techniques for communication purposes.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 You will develop the confidence to demonstrate a range of employability skills and attributes, such as time management, decision making and problem solving techniques.
MLO4 You will develop research skills and abilities to confidently use academic sources of reference and recognise appropriate conventions relating to academic writing and citation.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 You will be able to recognise the legal and security implications of handling and managing information and data.

How will I be assessed?

This module will be assessed by means of two assessments, one in each semester.

The first piece will be an essay (1500 words) worth 25% and will assess MLOs 1, 2 and 4; the second will be a written examination, which will assess MLOs 1-5 and will be worth 75%.





Module abstract

Skills for Information Systems is a module that addresses the ‘soft skills’ that employers look for when recruiting new staff. Whilst your degree qualification is an indicator of your intellect, the way that employers gain a deeper insight into your personality is of equal importance. A range of key skills are facilitated, but the focus in this module is on your personal ability to demonstrate these in a ‘real work’ situation. Time management, decision making, analytical problem solving are three of the ways that the module explores and assesses how your own interpersonal skill set fits the needs of today’s employers. The opportunity to assemble an individual portfolio that demonstrates your skills is provided.

Course info

UCAS Code GN52

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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