The course provides an introduction to information systems. It does so from a business perspective, looking at information technologies and the use of information in business. The focus of the course is on information, to put the relevance and value of information systems into perspective.
The course discusses topics, such as the Internet and World Wide Web, electronic business, enterprise information systems, business intelligence, information for decision-making, computational thinking, information security and privacy, and emerging technologies, amongst others. Both theoretical and practical aspects are covered through lectures and hands-on tutorials.
Expected Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of what information systems are;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the uses of information systems within ;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact information systems have on society, global business, design, and design;
- Demonstrate an understanding of computational thinking techniques as used in software engineering;
- Analyse data to solve business problems and support decision making (using Microsoft Excel); and
- Design and implement simple web applications
The course is a mixture of theory and practical content. The theoretical part of the course will examine the following 10 topics:
- Introduction to Information Systems
- Information Systems in Organisations
- The Internet and World Wide Web
- Electronic and Mobile Commerce
- Networks and Cloud Computing
- Enterprise Systems
- Business Intelligence
- Cybercrime and Information Systems Security
- Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Information Systems
- Introduction to MS Office for Business and Web Design Concepts
The practical part of the course consists of using the following applications:
- Microsoft Excel
- E-Commerce and Web Design
While the practicals are given using specific software packages the information processing, problem-solving, decision support, and computational thinking skills students are required to learn are applicable to any application.
The prescribed text for this course is: Principles of Information Systems by Ralph Stair and George Reynolds, ISBN-13: 978-1305971776
A list of resources will be made available on Vula.
General Course Management
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Note: The course outline is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.
Pitso Tsibolane (Course Convenor)
Office Hours: by appointment
Prof Ulrike Rivett
Prof JP van Belle
Office Hours: by appointment
(all questions regarding the practical material)
Last updated : 29 Jul 2019
Staff Members on this course :
Mr. Pitso Tsibolane
Prof. Ulrike Rivett
Prof. Jean-Paul VanBelle
Ms. Portia Desi