MQM1IIO-Informatics in Organisations

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:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Prof Kecheng Liu


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module helps the student understand the principles of informatics and effective management of information resource as business competitiveness. The module covers the underpinning theory and methodology of information management and systems; appreciate business principles, organisation, processes and models; identify the user requirements and suitable IT systems solutions; and perform analysis and design of a systems solution using appropriate technologies.


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:

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

  • understand the underpinning theory and methodology of information management and systems

  • gain an understanding of strategic importance of technology enabled business processes, and document the design and management processes to implement the solutions effectively

  • identify, document, review and design complex IT solutions enabling business processes and activities th at accomplish specific organisational goals

  • apply broader technical knowledge combined with an understanding of the business context, and how it is changing,to deliver to the company’s business strategy.

  • enhance students’ understanding of ethical issues and of the roles and responsibilities as individuals to support organisational activities which encourage positive outcomes and results in a fairer and inclusive society.

Additional outcomes:

In-depth understanding of information and its effective use in all types of organisations such as small, medium and large enterprises, enabled by emerging technologies during and after the digital transformation.

Outline content:

  • Study business principles, organisation, processes and models

  • Identify the user requirements and possible IT systems solutions, perform analysis and design of a systems solution using appropriate technologies

  • 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 implementation

  • Select appropriate theories, methods and techniques for the design and development of IT solutions.

Global context:

This module lays the foundation for students who embark on a cross-disciplinary course whereas subjects such as business, management, innovation and technology are involved.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed, such as online study of course materials in forms of lectures, recommended readings and supplementary study papers and case studies. In-class practical, group work and independent supported learning will also be conducted.

Handouts and a module guide will be provided to students in the beginning of the course.



Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 14
Work-based learning 90
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 7
    Preparation of practical report 60
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 9
    Reflection 20
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One individual coursework, 3000 words.

Formative assessment methods:

Completion of all online classes.

Participation in and contribution to the in-class discussion and online exercises

Penalties for late submission:
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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students will be required to obtain a mark of 50% overall based on the coursework.

Reassessment arrangements:

Students will be required to submit a new report to achieve the pass mark, but the mark will be capped to 50%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 27 August 2020


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