module specification

CC4057 - Introduction to Information Systems (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Introduction to Information Systems
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
36 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
69 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Data Model with Learning Reflection
Coursework 30%   Information System with Report
Coursework 40%   Website with Report
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester 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, the Software Development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students which will develop key skills and knowledge in the aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability.
• 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, and the role of 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 (e.g., databases, 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.


Business Organisations and Business Processes LO1
Information Systems and Information Strategy LO2
Information and Communication Technologies LO2,LO3
Database Management Systems and Applications LO4
Database Design LO4,LO5
Database Application Development LO1,LO5
System Development Lifecycle and Project Management LO3
E-Business, E-Commerce and m-Commerce LO5,LO7
Introduction to Web and HTML LO6
Web Design and Web Site Development LO6
HTML Forms and Web Programming LO3,LO6
Knowledge Management and e-Learning LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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

Lectures (1 hour / week) cover theoretical aspects of the key topics identified in the syllabus, plus suggestions for further study and directed reading for independent study.

Tutorials (1 hour / week) consolidate understanding of topics introduced in the lecture via class discussions encouraging reflective learning and informal presentations.

Workshops (1 hour / week) extend the theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience in using appropriate software, which students should also experiment with during independent study to become more proficient.

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

Coursework 1 is an exercise in learning reflection to be completed early on in the module.

Learning outcomes

LO1: describe the main models of business organisations, typical internal structures together with their rationale in terms of business aims, business practices and business culture;
LO2: explain the role of information processing and knowledge management within businesses, and the relationship between business strategy, organisational decision making  and ICT provision;
LO3: apply a range of information systems modelling techniques to explain the processes involved in information systems development as part of a team;
LO4: explain the basic principles underlying database management systems and develop a database application;
LO5: demonstrate the importance of data, information and knowledge management in management decision making;
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;
LO8: reflect on the learning experience.

Assessment strategy

The assessment for this module enables both theoretical and practical elements to be assessed using three coursework

• Learning Reflection (30%): an early opportunity for students to engage with feedback and to reflect on their learning experience. (LO1,2,3,5,8).
• Desktop Information System (30%): individual work to create a database and a desktop information system. (LO1,2,4,5,7).
• Web Site (40%): individual work to create an online website for containing resources to support Personal Development Plan, reflection and career related information. (LO1,2,6,7).



Core Text:

1. Patricia Wallace. Introduction to Information Systems, 2nd ed., Pearson (2015). ISBN: 1292071109 CORE

Other Texts:

2. K. Laudon, J. Laudon. Management Information Systems, 14th ed., Pearson (2015). ISBN: 1292094001
3. J. Lambert, J. Cox. Microsoft Access 2013 Step by Step, Pearson (2103). ISBN: 9780735669086
4. Maivald, J. Adobe Dreamweaver CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release), Pearson (2017), ISBN: 9780134664286