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Computing & Information Systems

Organisations and governments embrace all that technology has to offer. With the benefit of a historical perspective, and building on our experience of earlier and highly significant constellations of technologies, such as those around steam power, electricity or organic chemistry, people often suggest today that a small number of key technologies are shaping and changing our society and our lives. 

In this subject, we are concerned with these information and communication technologies (often abbreviated using the acronym ICT) with a strong focus on how they are understood, applied and used within organisational settings, in business organisations.

Course Objectives

By the end of studying this unit, you should be able to:

  • Critically assess alternative approaches to understanding concepts of knowledge information, data and information systems.
  • Differentiate between various classes and types of information system developed and used in organisations, seen within a historical context.
  • Describe contemporary information and communications technologies, including computer hardware. software and networking.
  • Present arguments for a strategic role for information systems within organisations, and alternative models to support this role and to establish such strategies.
  • Describe and evaluate changes in contemporary approaches to the management of the information systems function within organisations. the organisational structures used and the key issues for managers to address.
  • Explain how information and communication technologies change organisations and industrial structures, using appropriate models.
  • Provide an ethical respective on information use and evaluate various means of controlling abuses.
  • Critically assess the place of people within organisational information systems. and the human interests such systems serve, including automation of tasks, support for processes of management and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate some practical experience with computers, software packages and the Internet sufficient to be able to reflect on significant problems of taking up and using unfamiliar technologies, as well as the opportunities they offer.
  • Differentiate between and evaluate alternative approaches to developing information systems based on, for example. In-house projects, end-user development, purchase of packaged software or outsourcing of services. Use bask tools for specifying a new information system including data models and data flow diagrams. Describe the essential tasks needed to develop a new system and to set it to work in an organisational setting, and the professional roles for people who undertake these tasks.

The Course Routes and Course Modules available for the study of Computing and Information Systems at AUOL are shown here:

Course Routes Offered

Qualification Route
BSc BY DIRECTED COURSEWORK STUDY
MSc BY DIRECTED COURSEWORK STUDY
PhD BY RESEARCH & DISSERTATION

Course Modules

Module Code Module Title
BU02-001 INTRO TO COMPUTERS & COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I
BU02-002 INTRO TO COMPUTERS & COMPUTER PROGRAMMING II
BU02-003 MATHEMATICS FOR COMPUTING I
BU02-004 MATHEMATICS FOR COMPUTING II
BU02-005 DATA, INFORMATION & INFORMATION STORAGE
BU02-006 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS
BU02-007 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING I
BU02-008 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING II
BU02-009 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I
BU02-010 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING II
BU02-011 DATABASES I
BU02-012 DATABASES II
BU02-013 PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, INFO REPRESENTATION & PROCESSING I
BU02-014 PROGRAMMÌNG LANGUAGES, INFO REPRESENTATION & PROCESSING II
BU02-015 SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGIES I
BU02-016 TELECOMMUNICAFIONS & COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS II
BU02-017 DATABASE SYTEMS I
BU02-018 DATABASE SYTEMS II
BU02-019 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT I
BU02-020 SOFTWARE ENGÍNEERÍNG AND DEVELOPMENT II
BU02-021 COMPILERS
BU02-022 ASTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE I
BU02-023 NEURAL NETWORKS (2000)
BU02-024 SOFTWARE ENGINCERÍNG MANAGEMENT
BU02-025 HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION
BU02-026 MATHEMATICAL TECHNIQUES OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
BU02-027 ACCOUNTÍNG ÍNFORMATION SYSTEMS
BU02-029 INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
BU02-030 DECISION SUPPORT & EXECUTIVE ÌNFORMATION SYSTEMS

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