Artificial Intelligence (3 Years) [BSc]

Introduction to Business Information Systems

Unit code: BMAN21061
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit?: Y



Additional Requirements

BMAN21061 is a free choice option for students with prior agreement from their home schools. Option for BSc Accounting. Students on the BA (Econ) programme may take this course unit if it is listed on their programme structure.

Pre-requisite course units have to be passed by 40% or above at the first attempt unless a higher percentage is indicated within this course outline. If the pre-requisite unit is defined as a compulsory course unit within your programme of study (Maths with Finance, IBFE, Accounting, BA Econ pathways for example) then progression onto the dependent unit is permitted as long as you have gained the appropriate amount of credit to progress on to the following year of your registered undergraduate programme.

Pre-requisites: None

Co-requisites: None

Dependent course units: BMAN30151 Advanced Business Information Systems


Information Systems (IS) are at the heart of every business and pervade almost every aspect of our lives. This course unit is designed as an introduction to the subject of Information Systems and their role in business organisations. Information Systems are treated in this course within the context of the social sciences, offering students a management and organisational perspective on the role of IS in business and how they are managed. This one semester course is not technically –orientated but designed to show how information systems are conceived, designed, implemented and managed in contemporary organisations. We will adopt a process approach in the course unit.


The first part of the course looks at the transformations in contemporary organisations and the strategic and operational decisions in managing IS in organisations. In particular, we shall see how some organisations have centred themselves around their information systems and highlight critical issues in the debates regarding the use of information technologies in organisations including the competitive advantage they may provide. The second part of the course provides a view of state-of-the-art enterprise systems applications, and social networking and Web 2.0 tools and discusses how they are integrated into business life and used to improve organisational performance. The third part focuses on green IS/IT and green business practices and sustainability.

Teaching and learning methods

20 hours of lectures and 4 hours of workshops over the duration of the course.

Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Online Learning Activities (blogs, discussions, self assessment questions)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, successful students will have:
- Familiarity with much of the terminology of IS
- Insight into the role of IS in organisations 
- Knowledge of the major types of IS in organisations
- Knowledge of several case studies in IS development and implementation
- Awareness of the risks and challenges of developing IS in organisations
- Ability to evaluate concepts critically and apply them to problems.

Assessment Further Information

10% online test
90% final exam (2 hrs)

For semester 1 exchange students (attending for 1 semester only) admitted via the Alliance Manchester Business School International Office and taking this course as BMAN20761, the assessment will be a10% online test and  90% individual essay (2000 words).

Recommended reading

El-Sayed, H., (2015) Introduction to Business Information Systems, Second Edition,  Pearson .

Feedback methods

Methods of Feedback to Students
Formative feedback
Students will be asked to hand in an essay of not more than 1000 words on a topic to be confirmed. This should be handed to your Tutor during a tutorial in hard copy form. The tutor will provide you with feedback within 15 working days of handing in your essay and provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work in a final tutorial.

We will provide advice and discussion during lectures and tutorials.

We will provide responses to students’ emails and questions

We will monitor your views about the course at approximately half way through the semester using a custom-designed questionnaire. The results of this questionnaire will be fed back in the next available class and posted on Blackboard and where possible, adjustments will be made to the course unit content.

General feedback will be provided following the examination on how each question was answered. This will be reported using the course unit blackboard space.

Changes to the course unit are made each year based on the feedback provided by the students and in line with new business developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Study hours

  • Assessment written exam - 2 hours
  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Practical classes & workshops - 4 hours
  • Independent study hours - 74 hours

Teaching staff

Mike Newman - Unit coordinator

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