Course module - The Nature of Information Systems
Code : BMAN10652 Credit rating: 10 Semester : 2
• To provide an overview of information systems as a professional practice and an academic discipline.
• To provide an introduction to the methodologies, tools and techniques of information systems practice.
• To explore the nature of organisations.
• To identify how information systems are managed within organisational settings.
• To introduce the student to the role of the information systems practitioner and their profession.
• To explore success and failure in information systems
• To introduce System Thinking, Soft System Methodology, Multiview Methodology, WISDM
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
• An understanding of the nature, history and the potential futures of information systems as an academic discipline and as a professional practice
• An appreciation of the domains, methodologies, tools and techniques of information systems
2 Group presentations on research papers: Each group presentation is weighted at 30%
Individual report 2000-3000 words: 40%
Methods of Feedback to Students (for 2011/12)
• Informal advice and discussion during a lectures and presentations
• Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
• Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation.
Other staff involved: None
Programme Restrictions: BSc Information Technology Management for Business, BA Accounting, Management and Information Systems, BSc Computing for Business Applications and BSc Internet Computing.
Brief overview of the syllabus/topics
• Information Systems Development
• Information Systems Development 2: Approaches and Different Views
• Information Systems Development 3: Sociotechnical Approach, Multiple Perspectives and Future Directions
• Web Development Methodology
• Information Management/Nature of Organisations
• Information Systems: Web Information Management
• Hard and Soft Systems Thinking
• Soft System Methodology/Multiview/WISDM
Course Materials and Handouts (current students only)
ManLaw intranet page for BMAN10652
Methods of delivery:
Lecture hours – 12 hours in total - 1 hour per week (inc. revision classes)
Seminar hours - 16.5 hours in total (1.5 hour per week)
Private study – 71.5 hrs
Total study hours 100hrs
Vidgen R., Avison D., Wood B. & Wood-Harper T. (2003). 'Developing Web Information Systems', Butterworth Heinemann
Research papers will be supplied each week for presentation and discussion.
Date of last revision of course unit specification: 5 September 2011
The above information is for the academic year 2011/12