Module title: Information Systems in Organisations

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: INF07403
Module leader: Jyoti Bhardwaj
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics


2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jyoti Bhardwaj
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The student is required to be employed as a Graduate Apprentice based in and around Edinburgh to be eligible to complete this module, in this format. This module is offered in day release (GA) study mode and will be delivered during the period that students are attending classes from 9 am to 5 pm, one day per week. The delivery of the module is in line with normal university delivery models. The traditional lecture materials will be delivered in a blended form using online materials, while in-class time is devoted to practical exercises, projects, or discussions. The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice with an emphasis on building a learning community. The module is introduced by an induction workshop which introduces students to the online resources and explains the assessment process.
For this module the lecture and classroom tutorial will take place weekly over three hours in weeks 2-11 (10 weeks). The tutorial material will be assessed by written report in week 10 and the lecture material is assessed by class test in week 12. The SimVenture simulation will be run over week 12 (1.5 hours) and weeks 13 – 15 (3 hours). SimVenture will be assessed by written exercise in Weeks 12-14 and group presentation in Week 15.
Teaching comprises a blend of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions that cover all learning outcomes. The lectures are used to present a range of theoretical and systems concepts in a business context (LOs 1, 3).

Practicals include exposure to a range of packages, for example, a business simulation game. Working in groups, the students will consolidate the theory of business organisations from an Information Systems perspective and put this into practice. A combination of written exercises and presentations will encourage students to extract and present technical data in a number of formats and using a range of techniques (LOs 2, 3).

Formative Assessment:
Tutorial/practical sessions are used to provide formative feedback for students on the module. During these sessions, module tutors assess and evaluate student performance on tasks relevant to the summative assessment, providing timely feedback which supports the development of students’ capabilities. These formative tasks provide the essential underpinning for the summative assessments that follow.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment of the practical element is by group presentation and written exercise, incorporating extraction of data and presentation using a number of software applications (LO2).

Assessment of material on business organisations, information systems theory and concepts, the main business information systems and an introduction to the roles and responsibilities in the IS sector is by 1 hour class test (LOs 1, 3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 103.5
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10.5
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 50
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 20 1,2,3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Oral Presentation 13.3 1,2,3 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Class Test 40 1,3 12 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Report 26.7 1,2,3 14 HOURS= 10, WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will develop knowledge about and allow the students to engage with:
• Nature of data, information and knowledge in an organisational context
• General systems theory
• Information systems in business
• Career and professional development for the role of IT professional
• Managing the IS function
• Technical, social and ethical issues in computing and information technology
• Business information sources and uses, including University online resources, academic and research journals, technical forums; the use of sources with standard referencing methods
• Report writing and presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Identify the characteristics of business organisations and their use of information systems
LO2: Extract and present oral and written technical information in a business context using business standards and formats
LO3: Identify and comment on a range of roles and responsibilities prevalent in the information systems field

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