CT4020: Smart Business Computing

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CT4020: Smart Business Computing

Module Title Smart Business Computing
Module Code CT4020
Module Tutor Julie Paterson
School Business School
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module introduces students to the nature of organisations and the internal and external environments within which all organisations must operate. It examines those elements of the environment that impinge upon an organisation’s ability to achieve its mission and satisfy its objectives, giving particular focus to organisational behaviour, managerial work and the role of information and communication technologies and information systems in the context of business. The use of technology in the context of solving business problems and information needs is extended to include familiarisation with data and its uses in business to provide business value and aid decision making.

Indicative Syllabus

This module analyses key factors that contribute to an organisation’s success in terms of achieving its mission and satisfying its objectives. To promote understanding of how organisations operate in practice, the organisation itself is examined in terms of its structure, culture, internal and external environments and behaviour. These key success factors are then linked to how organisations use ICTs to support their aims and objectives. The information needs of organisations are examined in terms of the different types of information systems and technologies currently available to organisations. To provide students with a balanced view the module also focuses on the implications associated with developing, implementing and using information and communications technology and information systems within an organisational environment. This module also focuses on the acquisition of skills to gather and manipulate data using appropriate techniques and technology to achieve business value. There will be an emphasis on spreadsheets etc. as real business tools in the workplace to understand business problems and data and develop data models for business solutions. Relevant statistical theory will underpin the use of data from its acquisition, through analysis and summary, to presentation and interpretation to provide valuable business information.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Understand key factors that contribute to an organisation’s success including structure and functions, internal and external environment, managing people and organisational culture
  2. Appreciate the role of ICTs in business success
  3. Interpret the information needs of modern organisations
  4. Use application software as a business tool and apply this understanding in order to produce IT solutions to work-based business problems
  5. Apply appropriate data analysis techniques to solve business problems and aid decision making
  6. Interpret the results of statistical summaries and explain their validity and recognise their value in a business context
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words or equivalent
002: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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