KC4003 - Skills For Information Systems Professionals

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.

You will be able to access all of the learning materials 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. Additional learning materials which support the taught materials can also be found on the eLP.

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. The first piece will be an essay (1500 words) worth 50% and will assess MLOs 1, 2 and 4; the second will be an individual reflection (1500 word), worth 50%, and will assess MLOs 2, 3 and 5.





Module abstract

Skills for Information Systems Professional 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. In addition, the module provides an introduction to one of the most essential skills for information workers in the modern era; working with, manipulating and recognising the value of data, and the use of data in an organisational context.

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

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All information is accurate at the time of sharing.

Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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