module specification

CC4057 - Introduction to Information Systems (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
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
40 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
74 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 40%   In-Class Test with Learning Reflection
Group Coursework 60%   Information System Design and Protype with detailed presentation.
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon

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
Information Systems and Applications  LO4
Website/Application Design  LO4, LO2
System Development Lifecycle and Project Management  LO3
E-Business, E-Commerce, and m-Commerce LO2, LO6
Introduction to UML and User Interface Design  LO5
Website/Application Design and Prototyping  LO5
UML & User Interface Design and Website/Application Prototyping  LO3, LO5
Knowledge Management and e-Learning  LO2, LO6

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, information and knowledge management in management decision making; 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 tasks required when undertaking the establishment of a new information systems and be able to contract alternative approaches to development;
LO5: demonstrate, though project work, understanding of the analysis and design of small projects using UML design and user interface programs, and the ability to write brief but informative reports on such work;
LO6: demonstrate an awareness of key legal requirements related to information systems and relevant professional and ethical issues and standards; reflect on the learning experience;

Assessment strategy

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

• In-Class Test and Learning Reflection (40%): individual assessment to evaluate understanding of the fundamentals of information systems and an early opportunity for students to engage with feedback as well as to reflect on their learning experience. (LO1,2,3,5,6)
• Information System Design and Prototyping (60%): group work to design a website or application and a prototype information system. (LO1,2,4,5,6)