Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Foundations of Information and E-Business Systems

UM LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

MQF LEVEL Not Applicable


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Information and Communication Technology

DESCRIPTION This unit focuses on the way information is utilised as a critical resource in
organisations both traditional and those based on modern structues such as
distributed and virtual organisations


Components of an information system. Characteristics of Data and Information.

Cost/value and quality of information. Types of information systems. Business management and reporting functions. Transaction processing systems, Office Information systems including groupware, Management information systems. Information Management Issues, Role and Nature of IS managers and management.

Functional Information Systems including financial, marketing, manufacturing andhuman resources systems. New information systems models based on thedistributed and virtual organisation.

The structure and components of decision support, executive and expert information systems. Their role within organizational decision making. The role and scope of communication and networking services as a means to increase information flow and business productivity. E-Commerce models. Internet marketing. Web usability issues. Web security. Legal, ethical and social issues. Financial issues on the web. Introduction to professionalism and ethical issues in IS. Real world examples and case analysis application of the above will be included.

Reading List:

- Zwass, Information Systems, Mc Graw-Hill
- Laudon & Traver E-Commerce, Addison-Wesley
- Effy OZ, Management Iinformation Systems Thomson
- Laudon & Laudon, Management Information Systems, Prentice-Hall


Assessment Component/s Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Assignment Yes 25%
Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Simon Caruana
Albert Leone Ganado


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