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Module ASB-2112:
Business Information Systems

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Prof Gareth Griffiths

Overall aims and purpose

To develop effectiveness as a business user of information systems, and as a collaborator with information systems professionals in defining appropriate applications including those in online businesses.

Course content

Information systems and competitive advantage, including the value chain, and the nature of data, information and knowledge; E-Business online models, innovative new businesses Business systems concepts, business processes and business systems; Communication, networks, software, models for effective virtual communication; Impact of technology on working life, and new modules of working; Developing and changing technology, including stages in systems development projects, such as analysis, specification, design and implementation; Business uses of social media Control and security, in networked environments, including intranet and internet.

Assessment Criteria


Ability to demonstrate the basic comprehension of business information concepts. Some errors in interpretation and application of the concepts to the business practice.


Ability to apply concepts in development of business strategies and to recognise factors influencing its implementation in business practice.


In addition to the above; ability to critically assess developments of business information systems in the contemporary business environment and reflect upon recent literature and other relevant market information.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain the contributions of information systems to organisations.

  2. Identify and evaluate organisational applications of information systems.

  3. Explain and illustrate the nature of business processes and database management.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Coursework 40
EXAM Exam S2 2hrs 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Private study


2 hours per week of taught lectures/class discussions for 12 weeks


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Problem solving and critical analysis: analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions.
  • Research: the ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making.
  • Commercial acumen: based on an awareness of the key drivers for business success, causes of failure and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty.
  • Innovation, creativity and enterprise: the ability to act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, manage and exploit intellectual property, gain support, and deliver successful outcomes.
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures.
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information.
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media.
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • Self-management: a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time.
  • Self reflection: self-analysis and an awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetite for development.


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: