Module code: MAN2175

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals of information technology and covers the uses of information systems in business scenarios and business organizations. The module equips students with skills of database management and an in-depth understanding of the role of information systems in this ‘information age’.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: N210

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

 Fundamentals of management information systems
 The role of information systems in business organizations
 Data modelling and data analysis
 Principles of relational database design
 Enterprise information systems and strategy
 Privacy and information security
 Technology acceptance and diffusion
 Web 2.0 and social media
 “Big data” and cloud computing

* This indicative content may change to reflect new development in the field.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Group project – A written report (5000 words) and an online video presentation (10 minutes). 75
School-timetabled exam/test Multiple Choice Test 25

Alternative Assessment

An individual project (2500 words) that covers the key skills assessed in the group project.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment is a combination of a group project, an individual examination, and a series of laboratory tasks. The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a basic understanding of MIS as well as skills of applying the knowledge to real-life business scenarios.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
 Group Project 75%
The deliverables include a written report (approximately 5000 words) and an online video presentation (approximately 10 minutes). The deadline is usually the beginning of Week 12.
 Final Multiple choice test 25%
The test will cover all content of the module. Length of test: one hour.

Formative assessment and feedback
Students will be asked to deliver laboratory assignments using Access, Excel and other IT tools. Assignments will not be graded, but feedback will be given in labs or office hours.
In Week 10, student project groups are expected to attend extended office hours to receive verbal feedback on a draft of their project work.

Module aims

  • A basic understanding of MIS for business with an emphasis on information management.
  • Knowledge of the underlying data structure of information systems and their different forms.
  • Skills of applying MIS solutions to business challenges.
  • Awareness of emerging IS applications and the associated business models.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Understand various types of information systems at different managerial levels. K
002 Develop a critical awareness of emerging ITs and their impact on business organizations. C
003 Comprehend how business data are captured, processed, and presented by information systems. K
004 Perform basic data analysis tasks with Microsoft Excel and Access to support business decision making. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 30

Lecture Hours: 30

Methods of Teaching / Learning

 Two-hour lecture session for 6 weeks.
 One-hour webinar for 6 weeks.
 Facilitated online discussions
 Learning and assessment activities on SurreyLearn.
 Group project online presentations.
 Workplace application

Individual Learning
Students are expected to take advantage of opportunities for individual learning, and opportunities for feedback on that learning. Examples include:

Lab assignments. These are opportunities to develop or further skills in key areas of IT, including database design and data analysis. There is a strong emphasis on data modelling and data management. Students receive feedback on their efforts in labs or in office hours.

SurreyLearn discussions. Students can engage with each other and receive feedback from the instructor by taking part in topic discussions on SurreyLearn.

Project week. Students are expected to attend extended online tutorials as a group to receive feedback on a draft of their project work. This will allow them to improve the work and achieve a better grade.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.