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2018/2019  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
Start time of the course 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 - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Organization
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 06-06-2018

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Learning objectives
  • demonstrate an understanding of and explain the fundamental concepts and technologies of information systems including hardware, software, networks as well as basic web technologies including HTML, CSS and JavaScript (part I)
  • demonstrate an understanding of and compare the 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 of and assess the key issues related to managing information systems (IS) in an organization, including the IS strategy, the organization and governance of the IS function, and the management of IS services (part III)
  • demonstrate an understanding of and reflect on the practical issues involved in addressing specific client problems in web-based information systems development (part IV)
Introduction to Information Systems and Information Systems Development:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 2 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Closed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
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.
If the re exam is conducted as an oral exam, it will be an individual 20 minutes oral exam in the curriculum.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam is in English language (questions and answers).


The exam generally comprises three different types of questions: 

1. Multiple choice questions on the different topics of the course

2. Analytical and programming-related questions to solve (e.g., drawing a data diagram)

3. Essay questions to reflect on specific topics (e.g., explaining the advantages and disadvantages of a specific IS management concept)


Course content and structure

The course provides an introduction to the technology, development and management of business information systems (BIS). 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. IT organization and governance
12. Providing end-user services and service management

13. Ethical and legal aspects of information systems 


14. Presentation of website projects

15. Course evaluation and Repetition 

Description of the teaching methods
The course will be taught as a set of independent lectures and exercise sessions. The structure and contents of the lecture is for large parts based on the text book by Bocij, Greasley and Hickie (2008/2015), while also additional references are provided as needed. The exercises in some parts repeat and deepen the content from the lecture, but also provide room for preparing and helping the students conduct a group project.

In summary, theoretical and conceptual material 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 reinforce the presented methods, technologies, and tools
• supporting online resources and web links on specific technical topics
• case examples from a variety of sectors and countries
• self-assessment questions (quizzes) in class to test the individual understanding
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be provided via different means and at different occasions, including the following:
• During the lectures, students receive instant feedback by participating in-class quizzes ("clickers") that test the achievement of specific learning goals
• During exercises, students can request feedback from instructors on specific issues of the given exercise tasks and solutions
• In session 14, students will present their group project and receive instant feedback from the teacher and instructors regarding their group project
• A post-exam review will be offered where students can review their own exam and understand the correctness of their answers
Student workload
Lectures 28 hours
Exercises 28 hours
Preparation of lectures (incl. reading) 40 hours
Project work (website development) 80 hours
Preparation for the exam 30 hours
Total: 206 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the literature on LEARN before they buy the books.


  • Paul Bocij, Andrew Greasley, Simon Hickie, Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management, 5th edition, Pearson Education Limited, UK, 2015
  • 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 06-06-2018