INMB61-Applied Informatics (BIT)

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Kecheng Liu


Summary module description:

To develop an in-depth understanding of the nature, structure and function of information in the business domains. To build a knowledge foundation in business organisation, processes and operations that are supported by information technologies and systems. To gain knowledge of information requirements and presentation, working alongside the users and subject specialists, to support their business functions. To acquire the ability of planning, implementing and evaluating IT based solutions.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable outcomes
On the completion of the course, the students will be able to:
•understand the underpinning theory and methodology of information systems; appreciate business principles, organisation, processes and models;
•identify the user requirements and suitable IT systems solutions;
•Perform analysis and design of a systems solution using appropriate technologies

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
•Understand the signs and types of signs (indices, icons and symbols) used in human communication and computer information systems, from semiotic and other relevant perspectives
•Investigate the characteristics of organisational needs in the era of e-enterprise and potential IT capabilities to support business objectives and functions
•Study the methods and techniques for alignment of business and IT strategies, business and IT planning, requirements analysis and determination
•Select appropriate theories, methods and techniques for application in the design and development of IT solutions

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed, but will focus largely on lectures, in-class practical, group work and independent supported learning.
Handouts and a module guide prepared by the module convenor will be provided to students to study in the pre-intensive study period.
•At the end of the pre-intensive period, students will be expected to have completed the required reading as stated in the module guide; and to be familiar with basic concepts and terminology used in the handouts and the module guide.
•At the end of the intensive study period, students are expected to achieve the key learning outcomes, and will be able to apply the theory, principles and techniques.
•In order to fully achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to study further of the module in the post-intensive study period and complete the tasks required by the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 6
Tutorials 6
Guided independent study 168
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Assessment will consist of two components, coursework and examination.
An essay of 3000 words is required.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission of course work will be in accordance with University policy.
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:
Students will sit a paper that will constitute 50% of the marks overall. The examination will test the theoretical aspects of the module.

Requirements for a pass:
Students will be required to obtain a mark of 50% overall based on the coursework and examination.

Reassessment arrangements:
If the module is failed overall, reassessment will be made for the failed components.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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