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Information systems and organisation studies

Stage 1, compulsory (all pathways)

Business organisations use information technologies and systems to achieve corporate objectives, and as a solution to a variety of business challenges and problems. To fully understand information systems, it is necessary to be aware of the broader organisational, human and information technology dimensions of systems and their power to provide solutions to challenges and problems in the business environment.

The course examines the behavioural as well as the technical issues surrounding the development, use and impact of information systems used by managers and employees. Students will also explore the differences in classical and contemporary organisational forms and management techniques.

Topics covered

Information Systems:

  • Information systems and employability
  • The e-business and collaboration
  • IS for competitive advantage
  • Databases and information management
  • Enterprise applications
  • Acquiring information systems
  • Systems analysis
  • The internet and e-commerce
  • Business intelligence and knowledge management
  • IS security and ethical/social issues

Organisation studies:

  • Fundamental issues in organisation studies
  • Classical approaches in organisation studies
  • Managing and managers
  • Macro-issues: organisational structures
  • Micro-issues: groups, teams and emotions in organisations
  • Organisational culture
  • Leaders and leadership
  • Change in and around organisations
  • Critical approaches to organisation studies
  • Historical approaches to organisation studies

Learning outcomes

  • Assess the effectiveness of a range of different approaches for building system solutions to business problems, considering the broader ethical and social issues involved in building and using information systems
  • Apply information systems knowledge to real-world business scenarios requiring analysis and decision making
  • Appraise the connection between information systems and business performance by reviewing the ways in which real-world companies use information systems to achieve their objectives
  • Understand how contemporary approaches to organisation relate to and differ from classical approaches
  • Understand the contested and political nature of studying organisations and their management
  • Assess debates and studies in organisation studies


  • Written essay [2000 word] (40%)
  • Three-hour written examination (60%)