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2014/2015  BA-BINTO1058U  Introduction to Information Systems and Information Systems Development

English Title
Introduction to Information Systems and Information Systems Development

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Till Winkler - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Information Systems
  • Methodology
Last updated on 16-07-2014
Learning objectives
In the written exam the students should be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding and explain the fundamental concepts and technologies of information systems such as hardware, software, networks as well as basic web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript (part I)
  • demonstrate an understanding and compare different approaches to developing information systems, including the initiation, the analysis, the design and the implementation of information systems as well as project management (part II)
  • demonstrate an understanding and reflect on the key issues related to managing information systems (IS) in an organization, including the IS strategy, the organization and governance of the IS function, the management of IS services as well as IS security and ethical issues (part III)
  • have applied the key concepts, methods and technologies of web-based information systems to address a specific ‘client problem’ through developing a website, and be able to reflect on this project
Informationssystemer i organisationer og systemudvikling:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 2 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term, November/December
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Allowed dictionaries
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • Notes brought by the examinee
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure

2 hours written sit in exam. 

The exam comprises multiple choice questions on the 14 individual topics of the course as well as analytical questions to solve and essay questions to reflect on specific topics (including the information systems development group project work). 

Course content and structure
The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the technology, development and management of business information systems. The course assumes no prior knowledge of IS or IT, new concepts and terms are defined with comprehensive explanations. In this fast-moving area, the course covers both the crucial underpinnings of the subject as well as the most recent business and technology applications. The lecture walks through the following subjects:


1. Basic concepts, enterprise and functional business information systems
2. Hardware and software
3. Networks and the Internet
4. Web-based information systems 
5. Acquiring versus developing information systems
6. Initiating system development
7. System analysis and process modelling
8. System design and data modelling
9. System implementation and project management
10. Information systems strategy
11. Information systems organization and governance
12. Providing end-user services and service management
13. Managing information security and ethical issues
14. Presentation of website projects, repetition and wrap-up

Teaching methods
The course will be taught as a set of 14 double lectures and exercise sessions. The structure and contents of the lecture is based on of the text book by Bocij, Greasley and Hickie. The theoretical and conceptual contents will be supplemented with:

• a group project work where students initiate, design and build an information system (a website) from scratch
• practical exercises to apply and re-inforce the presented methods and technologies
• supporting online resources and web links on specific technical topics
• case examples from a wide variety of sectors and countries
• self-assessment questions to test the individual understanding and allow for further reflection

Use of e-learning:
The course will be taught face-to-face, but the students are encouraged to use the above described resources.
Student workload
Lectures and Exercises 60 hours
Preparation of lectures (incl. reading) 27 hours
Project work (website development) 90 hours
Preparation for the exam 30 hours
Total: 207 hours
Expected literature
  • Paul Bocij, Andrew Greasley, Simon Hickie, Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management, 4th edition, Pearson Education Limited, UK, 2008
  • Charles M. Kozierok: The TCP/IP Guide: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Internet Protocols Reference, 1st edition Hardcover and online: http:/​/​www.tcpipguide.com, No Starch Press, 2005
  • Marijn Haverbeke: Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming, 1st edition, Paperback and online: http:/​/​eloquentjavascript.net, No Starch Press, 2011 
Last updated on 16-07-2014