Module Title:Information Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work individually or as part of a team to resolve various computer application tasks/scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices. Group Work - students will develop strong team skills in group work projects. Project Work - Students will produce a professional standard project by applying the knowledge, skills and competencies learned during the course.
Module Aim: The aim of this course is to introduce the student to Information Systems and their role in supporting strategies and tactics of a business in its endeavour to achieve a high level of success. Through exposure to up-to-date theory and practical examples, students will gain an understanding of the business use of Information Systems. These include global environment, Information Systems and the modern organisation, e-business, Information Systems that support organisations, Information Systems and decision making, planning for, acquiring and maintaining Information Systems and protecting information assets. In addition, students will learn a range of advanced features of Excel and an introduction to MS Access.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Evaluate a range of issues relating to Information Systems in organisations, including the effect of the digital economy on organisations and issues relating to protecting information assets
LO2 Evaluate the many different types of Information Systems used by organisations at different levels and functional areas of the organisation
LO3 Evaluate the processes and identify the issues relating to acquiring Information Systems
LO4 Demonstrate awareness of new and emerging technologies
LO5 Demonstrate ability to apply advanced excel features to workplace problems; to create and manage a relational database
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Computer applications

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Information Systems
Understanding what an Information System is
Organisational Strategy, Competitive Advantage and Information Systems
Business processes and business process management; Information Systems: concepts and definitions; The global web-based platform; Business Pressures, organisational responses and IT support
Information Systems that support organisations
Transaction Processing Systems; Functional Area Information Systems; Enterprise Resource Planning Systems ; Supply Chain Management Systems; Customer Relationship Management
Business Analytics
Managers and decision making; Business Intelligence; Data Visualisation techniques; Intelligent Systems
Electronic Commerce: Applications and issues
Overview of E-Business and E-Commerce; Business-to-Consumer electronic commerce; Business-to-Business electronic commerce; Electronic payments; Ethical and legal issues in E-Business
Acquiring Information Systems
Planning for and justifying IT applications; Strategies for acquiring IT applications; The Traditional Systems Development Life Cycle; Vendor and software selection
Protecting your information assets
Introduction; Behavioural actions; computer based actions; Data Protection legislation
New and upcoming technologies
Big Data, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, 5G, Data Lakes, Commercial imaging, Fintech, Conversational commerce
Stage 2 Excel
Functions; Goalseek; Scenario manager; Pivot tables and charts; Auditing; IF statements; Vlookup and Hlookup; Data validation
MS Access
An introduction to MS Access; Tables; Queries; Forms; Reports; Importing; Exporting
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Group project and presentation 1,2,3,4 20.00 Week 10
Practical/Skills Evaluation Demonstrate ability to independently apply advanced excel features 5 12.00 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation Demonstrate ability to independently apply the features learned in MS Access 5 8.00 Week 15
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 4.00
Laboratory Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Every Week 12.00
Total Hours 18.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 15.00
Total Hours 18.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBACT_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting 3 Mandatory
CW_BBACF_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting and Finance 5 Mandatory