MM3101-Information systems and digital business

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:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Keiichi Nakata

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Information systems are the means by which people and organisations, utilising technologies, gather, process, store, use and disseminate information. Digital business 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. 

This module is delivered at University of Reading, and University of Reading Malaysia. 


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 to support digital transformation of organisations with the awareness of social and technological changes and advances. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On the completion of the course, the students will be able to: 

  • understand the underpinning theory and methodology in business information systems; 

  • assess the user requirements and suitable IT systems solutions 

  • comprehend the key issues and approaches in alignment of business and IT strategies in businesses 

  • critically assess the social and technological interplay in business 

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 that aligns with business strategies. 

Outline content:

  • Informatics and Information Systems 

  • E-Business in Digital Economy 

  • Business and IS strategies 

  • Organisations as Information Systems 

  • Aligning Business and IT 

  • Business Requirements Analysis 

  • Business Solutions Design 

  • IT Solutions Design 

  • Integrating IT Solutions into Organisations 

  • Digital Bu siness 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • A mix of lectures, case studies and discussions will be used in class. 

  • Exercises and discussions on concepts, methods, and approaches in tutorial sessions. 

  • Through writing a critical essay on topical issues, students are expected to gain interest and awareness in issues surrounding the use of technology in business. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 40
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Exam revision/preparation 20
    Advance preparation for classes 10
    Essay preparation 80
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One two-hour exam in the Summer term.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One critical written piece of around 3,000 words, to be submitted in Week 8 of Spring Term.

Formative assessment methods:

Discussions in tutorial sessions.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

40% combined exam and coursework.

Reassessment arrangements:

By re-examination only which takes place in August of the same year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required text books: The following books are recommended for the module but they are also available in the Library:  

Bocij, P., Greasley, A. and Hickie, S. (2018) Business information systems: Technology, Development and Management for the Modern Business, 6th ed., Pearson (also available as an e-book at the Library) – RRP £54.99;  

Liu, K. and Li, W. (2015) Organisational semiotics for business informatics, Routlege (also available as an e-book at the Library) – RRP £36.99;  

Some might make use of Inter-Library Loan to obtain relevant articles for the coursework. The rates are available at 

Last updated: 12 April 2021


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