IS & T for Business (ISTN101) – 16 credits

Offered at:  Westville (first semester), Pietermaritzburg (first semester)

Prerequisite Requirement:  None

Aim:  To provide an understanding of organisational systems, planning, and decision processes, and how information and systems are used in organisations. 

Content:  Organisational Systems (business processes, management levels, business decisions);  Systems theory and concepts, including systems components and relationships;  Information systems in organisations (decision-support, roles of people using, developing and managing systems, societal and ethical issues relating to IS & T use, business applications of spreadsheets and databases, types of information systems in business);  The Systems Development Life Cycle, Information system security; E-Business.

Practicals:  Computer-based exercises on the above topics.

Assessment: 2h exam (50%), tests/assignments (50%). Students must obtain at least 40% in the examination paper.

DP Requirement: Students must obtain a class mark of at least 40%.

For further information, please refer to the College of Law and Management Studies handbook.

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