1. AIM

The aim of the module is:-

1.         To provide a conceptual framework and practical applications of Information Technology to organizational situations; and assess the knowledge and skills necessary for a manager to function in an Information Technology driven economy / business.

At the conclusion of this module the candidate should be able to.

  • Understand the impact of Information Technology on business.
  • Evaluate the organization’s Information Technology requirements and make appropriate decisions.
  • Identify and use the sources of information for the organization.
  • Use Information Technology, to leverage competitive advantage and deliver knowledge to the organization’s requirements.
    1. 1.Foundation Concepts
    2. 1.1.Information Systems: (IS)
    3. 1.2Information Technology:
    4. 4.1.3.Business Management Information:
      1. 4.2.Technology
      2. 2.1.Introduction to Computer Hardware:
      3. 2.2.Introduction to Computer Software:
      4. 2.3.Introduction to Database Management
      5. 2.4.Introduction to Telecommunication Technology
        1. 3.Applications
        2. 3.1.Information Systems in Business Management:
        3. 3.2.End User Computing and Office Automation:
        4. 3.3.Transaction Processing and Business Information Systems:
        5. 3.4.Managerial Information and Support Systems:
          1. 4.Development And Management

Evidence of assessed pre-requisite knowledge and understanding at ‘A’ Level, or those of equivalent qualifications

What is an IS?

Distiguishing between IT and IS

System concepts,

IS components,

IS resources,

IS types,

Classes of Information Systems

Motivation factors, attributes of information, management information, systems theory, data systems and users.

Business organizations, business information, management information, management information systems.

Computer architecture, major hardware components and types of software

Types of computer systems: micros, minis, mainframes, networked computers; types and trends; computer peripherals: input, output, storage devices.

Systems software: operating systems, programming language generations, language translator programs; Applications software: development tools, selection and implementation of software, package versus bespoke decisions.

Manager’s view of file and database processing, management problems of file processing, database management software, logical data elements, database structures, database development, database systems and concepts; entity-relationship model; relational model and algebra; relational commercial query languages; integrity constraints; design theories for relational databases.

Applications of telecommunications; technical telecommunication alternatives: media, processors, software, network, topologies, architectures and protocols, communications channel characteristics.


Information Systems for business operations,

Information Systems and management,

Information Systems and decision making,

Strategic roles of Information Systems.

Information systems for leveraging competitive advantage.                                          

End user computing: components, resources, applications, management implications;

Office automation :

word processing, desktop publishing, image processing, computer graphics, multimedia presentations, management implications.

Transaction processing systems: batch processing, real-time processing;

business information systems: marketing information systems, manufacturing information systems, human resource information systems, accounting information systems, financial information systems, and process control systems.

Executive information and decision support systems,

Artificial intelligence and expert systems.

4.4.1     Developing Information Systems Solutions:

Systems development cycle: investigation, analysis, design, computer aided systems engineering, prototyping, implementation, testing; evaluating hardware, software, services;

Systems development tools: system flowcharts, data flow diagrams, case tools.

4.4.2     Managing Information Technology:

Information resource management: strategic management, functional management, resource management, technology management, distributed management, information technology management, business and information technology strategies, business and Information technology applications, information technology platforms.

4.4.3     Security and Ethical Challenges of Information Technology:

Information system controls, procedural controls, physical facility controls, auditing;

Information security policy and information security standards,

Ethical and social dimensions of information technology,

Computer crime, and health issues.

Three hour examination paper

O Brien JA (2005) Introduction to Information Systems (12th Edition) Irwin Chicago
Laudon KC, Laudon JP (2005) Management Information Systems (8th Edition) Prentice Hall of India New Delhi

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