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Business Information Systems - MAN00149M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Zahid Hussain
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

The module introduces information systems and their role in modern business. Including how information systems assist different levels of management with the efficient running of the business; by providing timely access to data produced by the organisation. How information systems can help prevent organisations being overwhelmed by the data that they create, and can instead process that data into useful information. The module also discusses the sweeping changes that have occurred within organisations by the Internet, and the digital integration of the enterprise, and the need to demonstrate the business value of information systems investments. Students on this course will be exposed to real-world systems, focusing on their relationships to organisations, management, business processes, strategy, and important ethical and social issues.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Business landscape in terms of information systems – the concept of extended enterprise with focus on strategic and opportunistic customers and suppliers.

  • Perspectives and dimensions of information systems – contemporary approaches to information systems.

  • Impact of information systems on organisations and the management decision process – models of decision-making and implications for the design and understanding of information systems.

  • Electronic business, electronic commerce and the emerging digital firm – the role of internet technology in facilitating management and coordination of internal and inter-organisational business processes.

  • Concept of ethics in an information society – a model for thinking about ethical, social and political issues within a digital firm.

  • Systems investigation, analysis and implementation – human aspects of systems and introduction of human computation.

Academic and graduate skills

By the end of the module students should be able to:-

  • Define an information system from both a technical and business perspective and identify the major challenges to building and using information systems

  • Analyse the relationship between organisations, information systems and business processes using the business landscape model

  • Explain how enterprise applications promote business process integration and improve organisational performance

  • Identify and describe important features of organisations that managers need to know about in order to build and use information systems successfully

  • Compare different types of electronic business systems and describe how it has changed consumer retailing and business-to-business transactions

  • Analyse the relationship among ethical, social and political issues that are raised by information systems

Module content

Teaching Material

  • Online handouts of the lecture slides, reading lists, case study material

  • Group discussions during seminars


Task Length % of module mark
Essay / coursework
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.

Indicative reading

Laudon, K C & Laudon, J P –Management Information Systems (14th edition) – Prentice Hall – 2014

Additional Reading:-

Turban, E et al – Information Technology for Management (2nd edition) – Wiley – 2005

Chaffey D (2010), Business Information Management: Improving Performance Using Information Systems, Prentice Hall.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.