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2011/2012  BA-1FIS  Fundamentals of Information Systems, Module 1

English Title
Fundamentals of Information Systems, Module 1

Course Information

Language English
Point 15 ECTS (450 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration Two Quarters
Course Period Autumn
1st and 2nd quarters
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems
Course Coordinator
  • Rony Medaglia - Center for Applied Information and Communication Technology
Main Category of the Course
  • Information Systems
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Upon completing the course, the student should:
  • Be able to understand, define and explain what an information system is, and the elements that constitute an information system
  • Be able to explain and reflect upon why information systems are essential to business and how information systems can be used in organisations
  • Understand the basic technological framework for IS (such as hardware, software, databases and communication technologies)
  • Account for required course reading in module 1
Fundamentals of Information Systems:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period December/January
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
  • The examination is an individual oral examination in curriculum based on the 2nd quarter paper of max 10 pages (22,750 taps), written in groups of four students.
  • Two internal examiners
Course Content

Aim of the course
The course ‘Fundamentals of Information Systems’ is divided into two modules. Module 1 is taught in the first and second quarter. The second module is taught in the third quarter. The two modules constitute a foundation course that provides the necessary understanding of the definitions, concepts, and tools used in the IS field. Module 1 will focus on understanding and defining the notion of Information Systems, their relationship with business activities, and the technologies that provide the foundation for information systems. Further, the first module will gradually lead into more development and design-oriented readings in the second module.

Module 1 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, provide students with skills of critical reflection and problem-solving, and prepare for the examination. Exercises, case studies and student presentations will be used for enhancing students’ understanding of the lecture material.

Teaching Methods
Lectures and workshops.

Course readings
Students are required to read the assigned readings before each session. Any student who is not prepared to spend the required study time on the course can expect to fall behind quickly and perform poorly at the exam.


Laudon, K and Laudon, J. (2012) Management Information Systems, 12th Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN-13: 9780132142854

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