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Introduction to Business Information Systems

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: INF10024

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

Introduction to Business Information Systems aims to instil an appreciation of how technology can be used to assist business, without the technology becoming an end in itself. In particular, the unit aims to generate an awareness of the importance of information to decision-making and how to provide such information to ensure its usefulness to the decision makers. Students gain a strong foundation of business systems fundamentals and the influence of the Internet on business stakeholders; customers, suppliers, manufacturers, service makers, regulators, managers and employees.


  • Organisations in the digital economy
  • Information Systems: their evolution to current role and purpose in business & society
  • Strategic review of purposes of commercial business, organisational requirements for Information Systems
  • Data and information management in the digital economy; Ethical, legal and security issues; Databases, and their importance to contemporary business
  • Business processes: evolution and support of IS
  • E-Commerce Networks and commercial internet applications
  • IS to support business transactions & processes; transaction processing systems, supply chain management, customer relationship management; enterprise systems
  • IS to support managerial decision making, business intelligence, decision support, and knowledge management; the nature of IS management
  • Information Systems requirements analysis; Information systems acquisition, development, and implementation

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