Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Enterprise IT Planning 1

UM LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION Enterprise IT Planning revolves around the idea that software is designed and built to provide solutions to the ever-evolving business problems across various domains (including retail, government and manufacturing). The systems analyst’s role is to understand the business’s blueprints using different modeling techniques, facilitate discussion between key players on how to improve such processes (business process re-engineering) and suggest or develop solutions to support this re-engineered environment while minimizing inherent risks. Be-spoke software, systems integration and ERP packages can all be conducive to achieve a workable solution to such problems and this study-unit will equip students with analytical skills to be able to balance the risks involved with the potential benefits arising from each solution to help the business being investigated achieve its long term goals.

Topics covered include:

(1) History and Evolution of ERPs;

(2) The Various Components of an Enterprise Resource Planning system
    - Inventory Management, Procurement, MRP, Costing’s, Order Fulfillment, Financials, SCM, Security, EDI, CRM, HR, Sales and Marketing;

(3) Introduction to Business and Accounting Principles for ERP Systems;

(4) ERP Design and Best Practices
    - ERP Requirements for the Services and Manufacturing Industries;

(5) ERP System Selection and Adoption
    - Build Integration between standalone IT applications (e.g. JMS)
    - Adopt off the shelf ERP solutions
    - Adoption Decision for various ERP systems
    • Commercial ERPs (e.g. Microsoft Dynamics (NAV or AX), Oracle, SAP, …)
    • Open Source ERPs (e.g. TinyERP, GNU Enterprise, Compiere, …);

(6) ERP and e-Commerce;

(7) Understanding customer requirements for ERP systems
    - business process analysis / mapping using BPMN;

(8) ERP Deployment
    - the development/implementation process, including:
    • business proposal
    • project initiation document
    • detailed project plan.

The study-unit includes both a theoretical component and a practical component in building and deploying ERP solutions. Students will use the Business Lab and available ERP software to build business solutions.


- Magal, S. R., and Word, J., 2012. Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Chennai ISBN 978-0-470-47844-8.
- ERP Vendor Manuals.
-Silver, R., 2011. BPMN Method and Style, 2nd Ed., Cody-Cassidy Press, Aptos, CA. ISBN 978-0982368114.
- Monk, E and Wagner, B 2013. Concepts in Enterprise Resources planning ISBN 978 – 1- 111-82041-1.


Students taking this study-unit need to have a technical background.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Laboratory Session

Assessment Component/s Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 50%
Assignment Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Conrad Attard
George M. Vella
Peter Albert Xuereb


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