KC5016 - Integrated Enterprise Systems

What will I learn on this module?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are the most common type of Integrated Enterprise System. “Integrated” refers to many departments and functions of the enterprise sharing the same application and data.
You will develop an appreciation of the way modern enterprises use integrated systems to achieve business benefits; an understanding of the constraints and impact of such systems on business organisations and the issues and best practices for implementing them.

The module will use the “best of breed” SAP ERP system as the framework to cover the use and implementation of such systems in today’s large businesses. The SAP ERP system is broken down into a number of functional areas. This functional structure will be used as the framework from which to introduce and discuss the theory surrounding the use and implementation of Integrated Enterprise Systems.
You will also have with practical experience in the use of such systems.

How will I learn on this module?

You will start exploring the basic processes and data of Integrated Enterprise Systems are through a series of lectures and seminars.
These topics are explored further through the use of hands on exercises using the SAP ERP system and through further lectures looking issues and complications relating to both the processes themselves and the implementation of these systems.
Finally you will be required to research a specific area further to complete the module assessment.

Practical sessions will be based on SAP training material as part of the SAP University Alliance.

For Degree Apprenticeship delivery of this module you will also learn at work, by reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the module to your practice in the workplace. The workplace provides an opportunity for you to put your own knowledge and skills into practice and review your learning with your manager/mentor and your guidance tutor. Given the specialist nature of the software tools used in the module, attendance and use of the universities laboratories is normally expected. In the classes you will be encouraged to reflect upon the relevance of the delivered material to your work place.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

We will guide you through exercises during the timetabled sessions. The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning.

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 explain how Integrated Enterprise Systems support a variety of business functions and organisational structures.
MLO2 You will be able to analyse the various factors required to roll out a business system successfully

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 You will be able to critically discuss the strategic and cross-functional importance of business processes and business data

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO4 You will be able to choose appropriate reflective practice to demonstrate your IT systems skills in specific organizational and cultural contexts

How will I be assessed?

There will be one assignment for this module.
The assignment has three components; the first two will be based on the hands-on seminar exercises. The third component will require individual research to expand and explore a related topic. .
Assignment support will be built into the seminar schedule.
Formative feedback will be given through seminar and workshop exercises.

(MLO1, MLO2, MLO3)





Module abstract

Enterprise Information Systems are at the heart of all modern businesses. These are the “behind the scenes” systems that keep the organisation running and support the day to day transactions. This module explores the theory and practical complications of key business processes, what is involved in implementing the transactional systems to support and maintain them and what data is required and generated by the transactions.
Practical, hands on experience is gained in using an SAP ERP system. SAP is the third largest software company in the world and its software is used by hundreds of companies globally.

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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