Module Details

CE319-6-AU-CO: Business Information Systems

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Sam Steel
Teaching Staff: Dr Sam Steel
Contact details: CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The aim of this module is to consider how information systems can and should support the strategic management and routine activity of organizations, especially business organizations. Recognizing the support that organizations need, and understanding how information systems can provide that support, will be more central than the technology underlying those systems itself. Collecting and presenting that information about information systems is a central part of the module.

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Recognize the common structures and activities in businesses, and explain how information systems: support the execution of their routine activities, and; provide information for their strategic management;
2. Describe important technologies and concepts in the processing, analysis, storage and communication of business information.
3. Recognize, collect, organize and present information about the structure and function of information systems in business.

Outline syllabus

The syllabus is organized around a set of eight topics, drawn from or similar to these;

-Management information systems
-Enterprise information systems
-Supply chain management and customer relations management
-Business intelligence and decision support
-Commerce and the internet
-Information security
-Acquiring new information systems
-Social media and business

Learning and Teaching Methods

Each topic will be covered by:

Development of material for presentation
Presentation of that material in class.

Presentation is a required part of the module.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


All assessment will be by portfolio, likely to consist of 8 sections (4 involving a presentation and comments on other presentations, 4 involving comments on presentations only), and a reflection on the entire set of topics and presentations. The marks for the module will be: about 80% for the 8 sections, about 20% for the reflection. Marks for each section will be given separately for your own presentation material, and for your comments on other presentations. The reflection is expected to be 3000 words in total, though this may be taken as indicative.

Other information

Enrolment in the module will be limited to 40.


  • Online material will be used heavily, but the overall structure of the module will be shaped by the contents of textbooks.These books are very strongly recommended. It is expected that for each topic any students will use at least one of them.
  • Information Systems Today: Managing in the Digital World, 5/e - international edition
  • Joseph Valacich, Christoph Schneider
  • Pearson : ISBN-13: 978-0-273-75681-1
  • or
  • Information Systems Today: Managing in the Digital World, 6/e - international edition
  • Joseph Valacich, Christoph Schneider
  • Pearson : ISBN-13: 978-1-292-00000-8
  • Information Technology Management, 8/e
  • Efraim Turban, Linda Volonino
  • Wiley : ISBN-13: 978-1-118-09225-5