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TITLE Information Systems

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION The unit provides an introduction to systems theory concepts, information technology, and application software. It focuses on the way information is utilised as a critical resource in organisations.

Decision support systems, expert systems, office automation systems are explained. Transaction processing systems. Distributed Information Systems.

Information Administration Issues, Role and Nature of IS managers and management.

Functional Information Systems including financial, marketing, manufacturing and human resources systems. Introduction to CRM and SCM systems.

The structure and components of decision support and executive information systems. Their role within organizational decision making.

Definition of system and framework. The Work System Framework. Architectural characteristics of a business process. Business product positioning. An introduction to value chains.

Study-unit Aims:

Introduce ideas about general systems theory and systems concepts.

Analyze and discuss the importance, significance and diversity of information systems, their uses and their needs.

Introduce the ideas of Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems, Management Information Systems, Transaction Processing.

Comprehend the importance of structure in information systems.

Be able to apply Work Systems Framework to different scenarios.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Comprehend and distinguish the different types of information systems available;
Consider the importance of structure and organized work to deal with the construction of information systems;
Systematically distinguish different modes of information processing and their use in various systems;
Evaluate different important models and frameworks in information systems.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Apply theoretical knowledge to a particular information system, its organization and structure;
Distinguish different types of information systems and suggest their proper use for a particular problem; Suggest structured models for dealing with organizational information system strategies.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

• Laudon & Laudon, Management Information Systems, Prentice-Hall. ISBN -13: 978-0136093688, 2009
• O'Brien J.A., Introduction to Information Systems McGraw-Hill/Irwin. ISBN 0-07-282311-9, 2010

Supplementary Texts:

• Effy OZ, Management Information Systems Course Technology. ISBN 0-619-06250-9, 2006
• Zwass, Information Systems, William C. Brown. ISBN 0-697-13562-4, 1997

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite: Following a Computing course.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Michel Camilleri
Rodney J. Naudi
Anthony Spiteri Staines

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