Entry Requirements and Weighting

Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Credit Points: 15 Credit Points
Level: Year 1, Core
Workload: Timetabled hours/week: 4 (Lecture= 2 hours, lab= 2 hours)
  Personal Study Hours/week: 8

Brief Description

This unit introduces students to the organisational context of information technology. It also introduces students to human-centred system development. Students will work in a studio-based learning environment to investigate and understand the application of Information and Communications Technologies in business environments and build simulations of common business information systems in projects using current spread sheet and database management software tools.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Overview of the organisational context of Information and Communications Technology.
  2. Introduction to organisational structures and management.
  3. Introduction to business processes
  4. Introduction to problem analysis.
  5. Overview of business information needs.
  6. Designing solutions to business information problems with tools.
  7. Introduction to spread sheet and database management technology.
  8. Overview of decision support in business through the application of ICT.

Unit Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the basic concepts of organisations, including business organisational structures, and the roles of individuals and groups in organisations.
  2. Understand the basic concepts of ICT as they are used in organisations and society, including the evolution of the role of ICT in business organisations and society.
  3. Describe the information technology and communications technology infrastructures employed by business organisations.
  4. Describe the business and information management processes and functions for which ICT is used in organisations, and in which ICT professionals are involved.
  5. Describe the processes of acquiring, developing and managing ICT in business organisations
  6. Understand the basic concepts of human-centred development and how it can be applied to IT and network systems.
  7. Appreciate the importance of individual and organisational stakeholders in the specification and development of ICT systems
  8. Have an appreciation and knowledge of how ICT supports users in organisations.
  9. Have developed problem solving skills by designing and building solutions in relation to business information needs.