KC4005 - The Business Environment, Organisations and Management Information Systems

What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn about different types of organisations and the functional areas within each organisation. You will also learn about the aspects of the internal and external environment which impact on the organisation. This will include learning about analysing organisations using tools such as Porters Five Forces model and by using frameworks such as SWOT and PEST, you will be guided to understand how this information can be used to increase competitive advantage.

You will learn about how information systems are used at various levels in the organisation and how information is used and transferred between functional areas which will help you to gain an understanding about the impact of decision making at all levels of the organisation. You will also learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of an organisation.

Throughout the module you will be guided to identify various information sources and to recognise the validity and appropriateness of different sources. You will also learn to identify important aspects of information and to summarise appropriately. Throughout the module you will learn about reflecting on your own learning and development.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn by a series of workshops. Mini lectures at the start of each topic will provide a foundation and a starting point, you will then investigate these topics further in groups. Each group will select a particular organisation which the investigations will be based on throughout the module.

You will produce a series of posters to present your findings and you will receive feedback on each of these which can then be improved before the final assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by feedback from tutors during practical sessions and you can come and see us to discuss module questions on a one-to-one or small group basis face-to-face as and when the need arises. All lecture and seminar material will be available on the eLearning Portal (eLP). In addition, the university library offers support for all students through providing electronic reading lists and provides an excellent Ask4Help Online service if you are having difficulty or would like some advice when undertaking your own research on the module. IT support is also on hand if you are experiencing difficulties accessing university systems.

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 identify different types of organisations and how they interact with the environment.
MLO2 You will be able to recognise the external and internal information businesses require to operate efficiently.
MLO3 You will be able to explain the impact that the development of information systems and technology has had on the organisation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO4 You will be able to work as a team to investigate different aspects of an organisation and to present your findings.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 You will acquire the skill to reflect on your own learning and development

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the module you will work in teams to produce a series of posters presenting your findings from given tasks.

In your teams you will present each of these posters in the seminar sessions where you will receive formative feedback from the module tutor as well as from your peers. Following this feedback you will have an opportunity to update your posters before they are finally assessed.

The group summative assessment will take place at the end of the module at a poster conference where you will present your posters together with a summary poster. (MLO1,MLO2, MLO3) (50%)

The work will be assessed by the module tutor but will also be peer assessed. (MLO4)

The individual componentis a reflective commentary where you will reflect on your learning and development in the module.(50%) (MLO5)





Module abstract

On this module you will learn about different types of organisations and the environment in which they operate. You will learn about how external influences can impact on the success or failure of an organisation as much as internal factors. Throughout the module you will work in groups and select one specific organisation to research in depth. You will present the findings from the research as a series of posters which are prepared throughout the module and then can be reviewed after receiving formative feedback to be assessed at the end of the module. There is also an individual element to the assessment and you will be required to provide an individual reflection of your learning.

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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