Course Description

Course Name

Information and Communication in Organizations

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

Develops understanding of the role and nature of information within an organisation, and the manner in which information is structured, processed and communicated to enable efficient and accurate decision making.

Information and communication technology (ICT) plays a pivotal role in all modern organisations. There is an ever-increasing need to understand the role that such technologies, and the resulting information systems, have in decision making. Students taking BSNS 106 will learn the basics of how information systems are developed, their impact on the quality of information used within decision making, the limitations of information systems and, finally, the types of information systems that they will encounter in their future careers. Labs in BSNS 106 focus heavily on the development of small, single-user databases and manipulation of data in Microsoft Excel. Additionally, BSNS 106 explores the process required to produce quality, evidence-supported written and visual communication.

Teaching Arrangements
2 one-hour lectures per week, supported by weekly labs

Course Structure
The paper covers 4 key themes:
Theory of information (eg types of information, evaluating information sources, etc)
Written and visual communication
Information systems development
Information systems usage in organisations

Learning Outcomes
By the end of BSNS 106, students should be familiar with the following core concerns of information usage in organisations:
- Understanding the difference between data, information and business intelligence
- Constructing business intelligence to assist with decision making in organisations
- Designing databases to maintain high-quality information
- Having an awareness of broader issues relating to information systems development, such as ethical concerns, professionalism and technological impacts
- Communicating information effectively in both written and visual forms

*Course content subject to change