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COMP1208 Business Information Systems

Module Overview

Understand the role of information systems in organisations as and explore the life cycle of information systems development

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to present the role of information systems in organisations, and to explore the life cycle of information system development.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The common categories of computer-based information systems and their organisational context
  • Common application domains and their intrinsic characteristics.
  • The process of development of information systems.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the major categories of information system, where and how they are used.
  • Explore the relationship between computer systems and organisations.
  • Justify decisions and evaluations about technologies and their suitability.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Presenting information and ideas making use of relevant resources,demonstrate research and study skill.


Introduction to Information Systems: - What is a system? - Information, data and communication - Information systems Organising Relationships: - The system owner - The IT department The IS Life Cycle: - System development - System selection and acquisition - System maintenance Managing: - What is IT? - Managing an information system Managing the IT function Planning : - IT modelling - IS Strategy - Managing change; Costing - Quality; Risk

Learning and Teaching

Follow-up work16.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions16.5
Completion of assessment task14
Wider reading or practice49
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Beynon-Davies, P. (2009). Business Information Systems. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 75%
Report 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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