module specification

CC4002 - Information Systems (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Information Systems
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Learning Reflection
Coursework 20%   Script with Report (800 words + a combination of methods/procedures/functions and a diagram)
Coursework 30%   Database with Report (800 words + a combination of 8 entities/relationships/queries and a diagram)
Coursework 30%   Website with Report (4 Web pages with a combination of features on each page and a diagram)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year (Spring and Summer) North Wednesday Afternoon
Year North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

Students will receive an introduction to the business environment and the role of information management and information systems within business.
The module develops an understanding of the Information Systems development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students will develop aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability and security.

Module aims

The module aims to provide an overview of the nature of organisations, their business models, and how key areas operate to meet business objectives.  It introduces students to organisational culture, data information and knowledge management, information security and information in organisational decision making.

Within the module the students will be given  an appreciation of the effect of ICT on organisational performance, and a basic understanding of the processes of developing and maintaining information systems, software products and services.

An introduction to underlying technologies (eg database, Internet and Web) is embedded in the module, which also seeks to develop basic competence and confidence in the use of appropriate tools, techniques and academic and communication skills, with an underlining awareness of legal, social, ethical and professional issues.


Part I: Computers and Computation

Topic I.1 Introduction to Computing
Topic I.2 Data Storage
Topic I.3 Data Manipulation
Topic I.4 Operating Systems
Topic I.5 File Concepts
Topic I.6 Database Systems
Topic I.7 Networking and the Internet

Part II: Problem Solving and Software

Topic II.1 Problem-Solving using Computers
Topic II.2 Planning Your Solution
Topic II.3An Overview of Programming Languages
Topic II.4 An Introduction to Programming Structure
Topic II.5 Problem Solving with the Sequential Logic Structure
Topic II.6 Problem Solving with Decisions
Topic II.7 Problem Solving with Loops
Topic II.8 Data Abstraction

Part III: Business and IT

Topic III.1 Information Systems in Global Business Today
Topic III.2 World-Wide-Web
Topic III.3 An Introduction to Web Design and HTML
Topic III.4 Global E-Business and Collaboration
Topic III.5 Information Systems, Organizations, and Strategy
Topic III.6 Ethical and Social Issues in Information Systems
Topic III.7 IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies
Topic III.8 Foundations of Business Intelligence
Topic III.9 Telecommunications, the Internet, and Wireless Technology
Topic III.10 Securing Information Systems
Topic III.11 System Development Life Cycle

Learning and teaching

Topics will be introduced through the medium of formal lectures, supported by tutorial/workshop sessions and on-line resources as follows:

Lectures (1.5 hours / week) cover theoretical aspects of the key topics identified in the syllabus, plus suggestions for further study and directed reading for independent study.

Tutorials/Workshops (1.5 hours / week) consolidate understanding of topics introduced in the lecture via class and group discussions encouraging reflective learning, informal presentations and hands-on experience of appropriate software, which students should also experiment with during independent study to become proficient.

On-line resources: lecture notes, tutorial/workshop exercises and notes, example questions and suggestions for further study and directed reading available on Weblearn.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
LO1: describe the main legal frameworks for business organisations, typical internal structures together with their rationale in terms of business aims;
LO2: explain the role of information processing within businesses, and the relationship between business strategy and ICT provision;
LO3: explain, and apply as part of a team, the processes involved in information systems development;
LO4: apply a range of Information Systems modelling techniques;
LO5: explain the basic principles underlying database management systems and develop a database application;
LO6: explain a range of internet technologies and develop a personal development planning  website;
LO7: demonstrate an awareness of key legal requirements related to information systems and relevant professional and ethical issues and standards;


Assessment strategy

The assessment for this module enables both theoretical and practical elements to be assessed.


• Learning Reflection (20%): an early opportunity for students to engage with feedback and reflection on learning experience. (LO1,2,3,5,8).
• Script (20%): individual work to create a script for manipulating data. (LO1,2,3,5).
• Database (30%): individual work to create a database. (LO1,2,4,5,7).
• Website (30%): individual work to create an online website for containing resources to support Personal Development Plan, reflection and career related information. (LO1,2,6,7).


[1]. J. Brookshear, D. Brylow. Computer Science - An Overview,12th ed., Pearson (2015). ISBN: 1292061162
[2]. K. Laudon, J. Laudon. Management Information Systems, 14th ed., Pearson (2015). ISBN: 1292094001
[3]. M. Sprankle, J. Hubbard. Problem Solving and Programming Concepts, 9th ed., Pearson (2011). ISBN: 0273752219
[4]. Fry, C., 2010, Microsoft Access 2010 (Plain and Simple), Microsoft Press, ISBN 0735627304
[5]. West, R, Muck, T, 2004, Dreamweaver MX, A Beginner’s Guide, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0072229969
[6]. C. Severance, 2013, Python for Informatics: Exploring Information, CreateSpace, ISBN 1492339245