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2013/2014  BA-1FIS  Fundamentals of Information Systems

English Title
Fundamentals of Information Systems

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period First Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Rony Medaglia - Department of IT Mangement (ITM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Information Systems
Last updated on 30-01-2014
Learning objectives
Upon completing the course, the student should be able to:
  • define and explain what an information system is, and the elements that constitute an information system
  • argue (explain and reflect) for why information systems are essential to business and explain how information systems can be used in organisations
  • Describe the basic technological framework for IS (such as hardware, software, databases and communication technologies)
Fundamentals of Information Systems:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 4 students in the group
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period October
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
• Re-takes for students, who did not pass the ordinary exam as well as students who were ill during the oral examination is held as an individual oral examination in curriculum based on the same paper as used for the ordinary examination.
• Re-takes for students, who were ill during the writing of the paper is held as an individual oral examination in curriculum based on an individual 4-page paper
Course content and structure

Aim of the course
The course ‘Fundamentals of Information Systems constitutes a foundation course that provides the necessary understanding of the definitions, concepts, and tools used in the IS field.  It focuses on understanding and defining the notion of Information Systems, their relationship with business activities, and the technologies that provide the foundation for information systems.

Course content
The course provides an introduction to information systems by examining what is an IS, what are the different types, and how do businesses use them?  In addition, the module will examine the basic technologies which provide the technical foundation for information systems.
The workshops which run parallel to the lectures will be used to reinforce an understanding of areas covered in the lectures.  Exercises, case studies and student presentations will be used for enhancing students’ understanding of the lecture material.

Teaching methods
Lectures and workshops.
Expected literature

Laudon, K and Laudon, J. (2013) Management Information Systems, Global Edition, 13th Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN-13: 9780273789970

Last updated on 30-01-2014