Short Title:Fundamentals of Info Systems
Full Title:Fundamentals of Information Systems
Module Code:INFO H1018
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Accounting and taxation
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:MARTIN NOLAN
Module 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:
LO1 Explain the fundamental Information Technology (IT) concepts that underpin Business Information Systems.A.1.g, D.1.f, E.1.h.
LO2 Describe the fundamental principles of systems theory. A.1.g, D.1.f, E.1.h.
LO3 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.
LO4 Describe different types of software as used by business. A.1.g, D.1.f, E.1.h.
LO5 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,
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

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 Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Laboratory Lab based continuous assessment.   60.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   40.00 End-of-Semester

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


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Based Instruction 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 3.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

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
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources