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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MAN2056
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: WU F Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Semester 1 

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment 

Weighting towards Module Mark (%) 

Group project 


Individual examination 


Qualifying Condition(s) 
To achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must accumulate a minimum of 40% from the two units of assessment. 
Assessment Criteria 
·              Given a business scenario, explain the information system (IS) implications and make suggestions for business improvement through the use of information technology (IT). 
·              Given a business scenario, produce data models and suggest appropriate application architecture to support data flow, communication, and decision making. 
·              Given an information system, describe the basic data structure of the system and provide solutions for managing the data. 

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals of Management Information Systems (MIS) and their underlying infrastructure. With the rapid development of IT in this ‘information age’, it is increasingly important for business students to understand information management for improved competitive advantage. 

Module Aims

This module aims to provide students with a management perspective of information systems and IT. Students should gain: 
·              A basic understanding of MIS for business with an emphasis on process and data management as opposed to isolated techniques. 
·              Knowledge of the underlying infrastructure of MIS and their different forms.
·              Skills of applying MIS applications to support business challenges. 
·              Appreciation of the role of IS and IT during  business change. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to: 
·              Understand Management Information Systems (MIS) concepts and theory at different levels. 
·              Identify various types of IS in organizations and recognize their roles in business processes. 
·              Develop a critical awareness of emerging ITs and their impact on organizations. 
·              Comprehend how business data are captured, structured, and queried in information systems. 
·              Perform basic data analysis tasks with Excel, Access, and SQL to support business decision making. 

Module Content

·        Fundamentals of Management Information Systems 
·        Business Process Modelling 
·        Overview of Information Systems Development 
·        Data Modelling and Entity Relationship Diagrams 
·        Data Analysis and Structured Query Language 
·        Principles of Database Design 
·        Concepts of Human-Computer Interaction
·        Technology Diffusion and Change Management 
·        Web 2.0 and Social Networks 
* This indicative content may change to reflect new development in the subject. 

Methods of Teaching/Learning

·              Two-hour lecturing session for 12 weeks.
·              Two-hour lab session for 6 weeks. 
·              Learning and assessment activity on ULearn. 
·              Student project presentations. 
The teaching and learning strategy is designed to:
·              Enable students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in MIS. 
·              Illustrate available IT tools and their usage for process and data modelling. 
·              Provide an understanding of the significance of the role of IT in supporting business processes. 
Assessment Strategy 
The assessment is a combination of a group project, an individual final exam, and a series of ULearn-based assignments for self assessment. The assessment methods and weighting are detailed below: 
Group Project        50% 
All students will be assigned to a group to work on selected case studies and an in-class presentation. 
Final Examination  50% 
The exam will cover all aspects of the module. Length of exam: 2 hours. 
ULearn Assignments  Self assessment; no credit 
To help students assess their learning progress through the module, self-study assignments will be posted on ULearn. These assignments will NOT be graded by the instructors. Solutions or hints to the assignments will be posted on ULearn. 

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading 
van der Heijden, H. (2009). Designing Management Information Systems. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199546336. 
Recommended Reading 
Laudon, K.C. and Laudon, J.P. (2009). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm.  11th ed.  Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0136093688
Background Reading 
Kroenke, D.M. (2006). Database Processing: Fundamentals, Design, and Implementation.  10th edition.  Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0131672673
Oz, E. and Jones, A. (2008). Management Information Systems. Cengage Learning. ISBN: 978-1844-807581
Sharp, H., Rogers , Y., and Preece, J. (2007). Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd edition. Wiley. ISBN: 978-0470018668 
**Supplementary readings will be provided when necessary. Lecture notes/slides will be posted on ULearn.** 

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