Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
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.
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.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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