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2016/2017  BA-BINMO1071U  Fundamentals of Information Systems

English Title
Fundamentals of Information Systems

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Rony Medaglia - Department of IT Management (ITM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Management
Last updated on 18-07-2016
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: 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 for (explain and reflect) 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:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group max. 4
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Project
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
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed book
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.
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 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.
Student workload
Attending lecture sessions 20 hours
Participating in workshop sessions 16 hours
Reading and preparing for in-class discussions 70 hours
Writing exam assignment 50 hours
Preparing for individual oral exam 50 hours
Expected literature

Laudon, K and Laudon, J. (2016) Management Information Systems, Global Edition, 14th Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN-10: 1292094001 • ISBN-13: 9781292094007

O’Reilly, T. (2007). What is Web 2.0: Design patterns and business models for the next generation of software. Communication & Strategies, (65), 17-28.

Porter, M. E. (2001). Strategy and the Internet. Harvard business review, 79(3), 63-78.

Last updated on 18-07-2016