INMR91-Business Informatics

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 underpinning theory and methodology of business informatics for information systems and information management; 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 systems and information management; 

  • appreciate principles of business informatics, organisation, processes and models;  

  • identify the user requirements and suitable IT systems solutions; 

  • Perform analysis and design of a systems solution using appropriate tech nologies. 

  • 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 companies such as small, medium and large enterprises, and impact of emerging technologies during and after the digital transformation.  

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 plann ing, 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 all 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; but will focus largely on lectures, in-class practical, group work and independent supported learning.  

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

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 60
    Wider reading (directed) 35
    Exam revision/preparation 25
    Revision and preparation 25
    Group study tasks 10
    Essay preparation 15
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 30
Class test administered by School 70

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One examination of 2 hours, in the end of Autumn Term. 

Students will sit a paper that will constitute 70% of the overall assessment. The examination will test the theoretical aspects of the module. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

An essay as group coursework will be assessed which takes up 30% of the overall assessment. 

Number and length of assignments and in-class tests, and if available, the submission date for each assignment (expressed as a week of a specific Term): 

One group coursework, 4,500 words


Formative assessment methods:

Course participation, and contribution to the in class discussion.  

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 and examination. 

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be made for the examination component. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 27 August 2020


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