The idea behind this module is to explore various ways in which information technology relates to objectives and goals in an organisational context, given the increasing inter-relationship between these two in today’s global world. The students will get a basic knowledge about information systems and their impact on business processes. This course examines the fundamental principles associated with the strategic adoption, implementation, use and evaluation of information systems in organisations. It discusses the significant managerial aspects of treating information as an organisational resource and its increasing impact on today’s organisation. The course will involve lectures, readings, cases and discussions. The course consists of two primary components: business informatics – the study of the emerging technologies and knowledge management in the context of business organisations and development informatics – a focus on the interplay between the diffusion, transfer and impact of the ICTs on resource poor environments and institutional elements that would shape it. These components embrace topics including Knowledge management; Electronic business; Mobile technologies; Enterprise Resource Planning Systems and IT GRC; ICTs for development; and Health Information Technology. The course will examine the theoretical underpinnings of the competitive advantage of information systems, change management, information systems development process (e.g. the life cycle concept) and the practical and policy aspects of IS planning and IS strategies and ethical issues in information systems.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: