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Undergraduate Course: Information Systems and Organisations (BUST10112)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course examines the organisational issues arising from the application of new kinds of organisational technologies and systems within private and public sector businesses and organisations.

Its central argument is that the nature of the modern enterprise-wide information system is changing and that this has radical implications for organisations. For instance, most large and medium-sized organisations around the world now use a $¨packaged enterprise system&ę. A small number of software suppliers, of which the software giant SAP is the clear leader, have succeeded in deploying their enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship
management (CRM) and other kinds of financial and administrative computer systems across many different organisations, sectors and countries around the globe. Large organisations now appear to be dominated by a new breed of standardised software package. These are not the locally specific, tailor-made systems experts had predicted would prevail but the most highly generic kind of information system. This illustrates a significant shift, which involves the reshaping of the corporate information system and has implications for how organisations choose between, adopt and use these kinds of information systems.

The aim of the course is to give students a sophisticated and critical appreciation of the nature and complexities surrounding these kinds of organisational technologies. It will look at a variety of issues ranging from: the emergence and growth of the packaged software sector; the procurement, implementation and use of ERP systems, the design and development of generic software systems; and how the wider market for these systems is created.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Operations Strategy (BUST10092) OR The Management of Technology (BUST10034) OR The Social Shaping of Electronic Commerce (BUST10042)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  0
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 16:10 - 18:00, Zone: Central. Lectures held in Room 2.14, Appleton Tower Week 1, Tuesday, 16:10 - 18:00, Zone: Central. Lectures held in Room 2.14, Appleton Tower
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Information Systems and Organisations2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
-understand the organisational issues surrounding enterprise-wide systems and other kinds of organisational technologies;
-describe the basic capabilities and limitations of these organisational technologies;
-develop a critical awareness of the operation and limitations of the modern day information system arena

Cognitive Skills
-move beyond simple descriptions and develop a more sophisticated and critical awareness of the complexities involved in technical and organisational change;
-demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and present material on emerging topics.

Key skills
-recognise both the benefits and limitations of resolving organisational problems through the use of information technologies;
-utilise and analyse information from a variety of sources;
-analyse real examples of information systems and their rollout within organisations and the related organisational change that occurs.
Assessment Information
Group Presentation (30%)
There will be group presentations in the final two weeks of the term which will make up 30% of the final mark. The optimal number within a group is four. Each group will be assigned a case study to analyse, with each member receiving the same mark. The objective is for each student to experience the challenges and rewards of group work. Students must learn how to work together as 30% of their mark is contingent upon effective group participation and output.

Exam (70%)
The students will have to complete an examination $˙ the format will be for students to answer two essay questions from a paper offering a choice of five in two hours.
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Course organiserDr Neil Pollock
Tel: (0131 6)51 1489
Course secretaryMiss Anne Cunningham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827
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