MM374-Informatics for E-Enterprise

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

Module Convenor: Prof Keiichi Nakata


Summary module description:
Informatics is the study of the creation, management and utilisation of information in scientific and economic activities. E-enterprise is an emerging concept that makes effective use of information systems to enable organisations to create value throughout the value-chain. This module covers key concepts, theories, techniques, and issues towards an e-enterprise. It emphasises the importance of aligning business and IT strategies through an understanding of the structure and function of information processed by IT systems from both business and technical perspectives.

The aims of this module are to:
• Develop an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of information processed and presented by IT systems in decision-support and management within a business enterprise;
• Acquire the ability of planning and implementing information systems and transforming a business firm into an e-enterprise.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On the completion of the course, the students will be able to:
• understand the underpinning theory and methodology of information systems
• identify the user requirements and suitable IT systems solutions
• comprehend the alignment of business and IT strategies in e-enterprise.

Additional outcomes:
• Appreciation of relevant theory and methodology and their value in the development of information systems.
• Ability of critical selection of appropriate methods and techniques for solving problems and devising IT solutions.

Outline content:
• Understand the signs and types of signs used in human communication and computer information systems, from semiotic and other relevant perspectives.
• Investigate the characteristics of business 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; and apply them in systems development, through case studies where appropriate

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
• A mix of lectures, case studies and discussions will be used in class. Students will be asked to apply the theory and methods they have learned in solving problems through class discussions and individual essays.
• Blackboard will be used to supplement the traditional classroom delivery, facilitate student-centre learning and assist the management of the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Discussions in tutorial sessions.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    Two hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% combined exam and coursework

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By re-examination only which takes place in September of the same year.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: The following books are recommended for the module but they are also available in the Library:
    Liu, K. and Li, W. (2015) Organisational semiotics for business informatics, Routlege (Also available as an e-book at the Library) – RRP £36.99
    Beynon-Davies, P. (2013) Business Information Systems, 2nd ed., Palgrave - RRP £53.99
    Some might make use of Inter-Library Loan to obtain relevant articles for the coursework. The rates are available at
    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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