Short Title:Fundamentals of Info Systems
Full Title:Fundamentals of Information Systems
Module Code:INFO H1018
NFQ Level:6
ECTS Credits:5
Description:To introduce students to the fundamental aspects of I.T. in business, including hardware, software, data storage technologies and the theoretical basis for understanding how systems work and interact. Module Aims: To bring the students to a practical level of competency in business related IT tools, including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Explain the fundamental Information Technology (IT) concepts that underpin Business Information Systems.A.1.g, D.1.f, E.1.h.
  2. Describe the fundamental principles of systems theory. A.1.g, D.1.f, E.1.h.
  3. Explain the characteristics of different IT hardware configurations, in terms of processor, storage and input/output technologies. A.1.g, D.1.f, E.1.h.
  4. Describe different types of software as used by business. A.1.g, D.1.f, E.1.h.
  5. Be competent in the use of a computer, produce documents, design spreadsheets and make a presentation. C.1.g, D.1.a, D.1.d, D.1.f,

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change)
  • Fundamentals of Information Systems: (5%)
    Data and information, Attributes of Information, Business Information, Information and decision making.
  • Systems Theory (15%)
    General Systems Theory and its application to IT, Systems definition, Types of systems, boundaries, subsystems, inputs, processes, outputs, interfaces, open and closed systems, coupled and decoupled systems, feedback, control
  • Hardware Fundamentals (12.5%)
    Overview of IT configurations (Personal Computer Systems, networks etc.) types of computer – mini, micro, mainframe, Input technologies, Processing technologies, Storage technologies, Output technologies
  • Software Fundamentals (7.5%)
    Systems Software, Applications Software, Programming languages/development tools
  • Practical IT (60%)
    Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation software
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60%
End of Semester Formal Examination40%
 Outcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
Formal End-of-Semester ExaminationNone40%Semester End
Coursework Breakdown
TypeDescriptionOutcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
LaboratoryLab based continuous assessment.60n/a

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

TypeDescriptionHoursFrequencyAverage Weekly Learner Workload
LectureClass Based Instruction3Every Week3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload3.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours3.00
Required Book Resources
  • Bocij, Chaffey, Greasley & Hickey 2003, Business Information Systems, Technology, Development & Management for the e-Business, Prentice Hall
Recommended Book Resources
  • Laudon & Laudon,, Business Information Systems, Dryden Press
  • ComputerScope, Computers in business, Sunday Business Post
  • Technology Section, Irish Times and Irish Independent
  • Microsoft, Step by Step Word, Microsoft Press
  • Microsoft, Step by Step Excel, Microsoft Press, Microsoft Press
  • Microsoft, Step by Step Powerpoint, Microsoft Press
  • Online sources referenced during lab sessions