SSST Subjects

Introduction to Information Systems for Economists

Computer Science


Information Systems


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • Economics an Political Science

STATUS:  (main,optional, Free Choice)   



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications

Entrance exam


Module Code

CS 101


Module coordinator



Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and pr inciples of information systems and Microsoft Office tools. In particular, it introduces the basic Information Technology (IT) concepts such as software, databases and networks.
  • The course will also introduce Internet research methods and skills which aim to structure how students search for information on the world wide web.
  • Furthermore the course will provide an understanding of the role and value of Information Systems (IS) in business, describes different types of IS and their functionalities, and the methods and tools used to develop and manage Information Systems in organisations.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Introduction:  Information Systems and Systems in Organisations. Office tools in the workplace.
  • Information Technology Concepts: Hardware; Software; Data storage and retrieval; Telecommunications and Networks; the Internet, Intranets and Extranets.
  • Business Information Systems:  E-Commerce; Transaction Processing (TP) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems; Decision Support Systems (DSS); Specialised Business Information Systems.
  • System Development: Focus on user driven systems development.
  • IS in Business and Society:  Security, Privacy, and Ethical Issues

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 1 1.5 hours 60 hours
Tutorials 3 1.5 hours 30 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 90
Total Contact Hours 60
Total Engagement Hours 150

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 180 minutes 50% End of semester
Lab Exercises 1 90 minutes 10% Week 10
Group Project and presentation 1 2,500 words 5% Week 15
In class quizzes 2 90 minutes 15% Weeks 4 and 13

Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures on course material.
  • Practical demonstration of software and network components during lectures or Labs.
  • Lab exercises with appropriate tools and practice problems and exercises.
  • Group project enables students to develop communication and research skills and apply what they  learn in the course to a practical problem
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Interactive lectures.
  • Tutorial exercises and discussions
  • Group project

Assessment Strategy

  • Weekly tutorial exercises
  • Mid Term and Final Exam
  • In-class continuous assessment test
  • Group project

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Ralph Stair, George Reynolds, Principles of Information Systems, Eight Edition.  Course Technology Incorporated, 2008,

Supplementary Materials

  • Various Microsoft Office Tutorial Books

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