Information Systems

Module description

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the business opportunities and threats presented by digital technologies such as social media, mobile, cloud, analytics and smart embedded devices. By the end of this module, you will be able to deal with current managerial issues including technology investment, digital innovations, and privacy & security.


Additional information:


Through analysing current ‘real-world’ examples, you will have the opportunity to examine case studies of companies operating globally such as Paypal, LinkedIn, Netflix, Flikr, YouTube,, and Wikipedia.



This module explores the innovative ways in which digital technologies are assisting companies become more sustainable.


External engagement:


Guest speakers from the high-tech industry will be invited to share their experiences on how they manage their information systems. 



You will be able to develop skills necessary to succeed in today’s digitized business environments including critical thinking, business analysis, problem-solving, and team-working.

Full module specification

Module title:Information Systems
Module code:BEM2027
Module level:2
Academic year:2018/9
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Ben Ramdani - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:





Cannot be taken with BEE1034

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

Evaluate the business opportunities and threats presented by new digital technologies such as social media, mobile, cloud, analytics and smart embedded devices.


Develop skills and competencies necessary to succeed in today’s digitized business environments.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. 1. critically evaluate the digital technologies resulting in continuous changing business environments
  • 2. recognise the current digital trends and their potential to fulfil business needs
  • 3. develop an understanding of the issues associated with managing digital business
  • 4. outline the ways in which organisations are enhancing their communication and collaboration
  • 5. demonstrate a critical knowledge of business systems
  • 6. establish the appropriate procedures to ensure information security

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 7. identify sources of information needed by businesses to make better decisions
  • 8. uncover the innovative ways of utilizing digital technologies to achieve better business performance

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. formulate and present business cases for technology investments
  • 10. produce reports with recommendations

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact Hours12Lectures
Contat Hours12Tutorials

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Workshop requiring preparation5x2 hour workshops1-2, 4-5, 7-9Tutor verbal and wwritten feedback and peer feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Project (indicative groups of 5-7)303,000 Words1-10Written feedback
Examination702 hours1-10Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Examination and Group Work Examination (100%)1-10August Examination Period

Re-assessment notes

Where you have been referred/ deferred for the module, you will have a second chance in the August/ September re- assessment period. This will constitute 100% of the module (15 credits).

Syllabus plan

The lectures will cover: Managing in the Digital World; Strategic Information Systems; Information Systems Infrastructure & Services; Electronic Commerce; Enterprise 2.0; Business Intelligence; Enterprise Systems


Supply Chain & Customer Relationship Management; Developing & Acquiring Information Systems; Privacy & Security; and Management Information Systems.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Rainer, R. K., & Cegielski, C.G. (2013). Introduction to Information Systems, 4th Edition, International Student Version, Wiley.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Various journal articles including:

MIT Sloan Management Review


Communications of the ACM


MISQ Executive


Case studies: are provided in the core textbook (Valacich & Schneider, 2013) and will require in-depth analysis for workshop activities

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Other Web resources:

McKinsey & Company

FT – The Connected Business


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