SSST Subjects

Introduction to Computer Science and Information Systems

Computer Science


Information Systems


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Computer Science with Electrical Engineering
  • BSc Computer Science with Economics
  • BSc Computer Science with Management
  • BSc Computer Science with International Relations
  • BSc Computer Science with Political Science
  • BSc Information Systems with Electrical Engineering
  • BSc Information Systems with Economics
  • BSc Information Systems with Management
  • BSc Information Systems with International Relations;
  • BSc Information Systems with Political Science

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code



Module coordinator

Emir Ganić


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • The overall aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and principles of computer and information systems.
  • In particular, it introduces the basic Information Technology (IT) concepts such as hardware, software, data, telecommunications and networks.
  • It alsoprovides 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 Computer and Information Systems in organizations.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • An Introduction to Information Systems
  • Information Systems in Organizations
  • Hardware: Input, Processing and Output Devices
  • Software: Systems and Application Software
  • Database Systems, Data Centers and Business Intelligence
  • Telecommunications and Networks
  • The Internet, Web, Intranets and Extranets
  • Electronic and Mobile Commerce
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Information and Decision Support Systems
  • Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems
  • Systems Development
  • Systems Investigations and Analysis
  • Systems Design, Implementation and Maintenance
  • Green Computin

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 30 2 hours 60 hours
Tutorials 15 2 hours 30 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 110
Total Contact Hours 90
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 180 minutes 50% End of semester
Mid-term exam 1 90 minutes 20% Week 9
Project (group) 1 2,000 words 10% Semester-long
Lab assignment 1 90 minutes 10% Semester-long
Test 3 60 minutes 10% Weeks 4, 8, 12


Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures on module material.
  • Practical demonstration of hardware and network components during lectures or labs.
  • Laboratory sessions with appropriate tolls and practical problems and exercises.
  • Group projects enabling students to develop communication and research skills and apply what they have learnt in the module to a practical problem
  • Lectures on module material.
  • Practical demonstrations. 
  • Laboratory sessions
  • In-class communication
  • Reading and exercises duringlaboratory sessions
  • Reading and in class practice
  • Participation in group project

Assessment Strategy

  • Test 
  • Mid-term exam 
  • Final exam 
  • Lab assignment
  • Project 

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Ralph Stair, George Reynolds, (2015) Principles of Information Systems, second Edition. Cengage Learning

Supplementary Materials

  • Wallace, P., (2015), Introduction to Information Systems, Pearson
  • Rainer, K., et al., (2014), Introduction to Information Systems, International Student Edition,Wiley
  • Brookshear, G., Brylow, D., (2014), Computer Science: An Overview, Global Edition, Pearson
  • Additional Reading to be advised


Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.  More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.  The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by theQuality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : Autumn 2016

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee: 28th September 2016

Date approved by School Board of Study : 12th October 2016

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee: 2nd November 2016

Date of Annual Review: December 2017



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