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Business Computing (BUS337)

Semester: B
Level: 6
Module code: BUS337
Module organiser: Dr Panos Panagiotopoulos

Overview

The module will broadly explore the impact of computing applications on organisations and individuals.  Traditional themes in information systems management will first be examined such as the role of information and how it relates to decision making, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), e-commerce, IT planning and data applications.

The module will then cover more contemporary aspects of business computing including business intelligence, mobile devices information ethics and the emerging phenomenon of the crowd economy.

The aim of the module is to enhance the digital skills of business and management students so that they are able to understand, analyse and evaluate the use computing applications in business settings. For example, they will be able to appreciate the level of organisational change, commitment and economic impact that information technology generates in the digital economy. This will include an understanding of how information emerges from data to inform decision making,  fundamentals concepts of computing (e. g. what is a database) as well as more recent innovations (e. g. tablets and smartphones). Finally, the module will aim to help students improve their technical communication skills, which are highly sought after in the modern business environment (the coursework will be produced in the form of two blog posts).

Indicative lecture topics

  • Business computing and the digital economy
  • e-Business and e-Commerce
  • Mobile, wireless and cloud computing
  • Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management systems
  • Data and Knowledge Management systems
  • IT strategy and competitive advantage
  • Government computing
  • Social media and the crowd economy
  • Security, privacy and information ethics

Assessment

  • Examination 70%
  • Essay (2000 words) 30%

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