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Business Information Systems


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Dr Marion Frenz
  • Tutors: Russell Craigie, Phil Reed and Kay Bains
  • Assessment: a 30-minute group presentation (50%) and end-of-module multiple-choice test (50%)

Module description

In this module we introduce you to the ways in which information technology is organised and used in industry, and some of the typical information system configurations (architectures) deployed in different sectors. As well as discussing the uses of data and databases, we also cover topics that are central to the way in which digital technologies underpin the modern economy, including:

  • information privacy and data protection
  • cybercrime 
  • technology innovations in business, including cloud computing, data security and large-scale information systems development.

Finally, we highlight a range of strategic issues that are central to the way in which modern business uses and invests in information systems.

Topics presented in lectures will be augmented with case studies presented and discussed in seminars. You will be expected to complete assigned reading prior to these sessions and will receive guidance on completing your essay assignment.

Indicative syllabus

  • Introduction to business information systems
  • Information systems architectures
  • Internet and business
  • Data and databases
  • Digital privacy and data protection
  • Computer misuse and security
  • Information systems development
  • IT strategy

    Learning objectives

    By the end of this module, you should:

    • know the basic terminology used in connection with enterprise information systems and be familiar with how they fit in the modern corporation
    • understand key concepts in information systems, including application software, database concepts and data management, and the use of the internet as a business tool
    • be familiar with emerging digital technologies used in business such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning
    • understand how information systems are structured and organised in the enterprise and in various industries, and factors associated with the economics of information systems
    • have gained an overview of the legality, obligations and challenges associated with use of customer and other personal data, including data protection, computer misuse and cybercrime
    • be comfortable with participating in strategic discussions and be able to relate these discussions to academic case studies.