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ITPD711 – Information Systems Essentials

Module code
Module title
Information Systems Essentials
This module gives an overview of the essential areas of Information Systems (systems, databases and software) and the tools and techniques by which these are used to achieve business goals.
  • BI1804
  • IT0101
  • IT1101
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Analyse and apply the key components of Systems Analysis and Design
2. Analyse and apply the key components of Relational Database Management Systems
3. Analyse and apply the key components of Software Development
Systems Analysis and Design:

- Systems Development Life Cycle
- System development methodologies
- Information gathering techniques
- Data flow diagrams and data dictionary
- Entity models and entity relationships
- Input forms and reports

Relational Database Management Systems:
- Unique identifiers and the use of keys
- Data models and normalisation
- Table creation and maintenance and simple data manipulation
- Structured Query Language commands

Software Development
- Variables
- Program structure diagrams
- Arrays (one-dimensional)
- Data types
- Sequence, repetition and selection
- Debugging and testing
Learning and Teaching Resource
Teaching methods will involve theoretical and practical classes, which may include but are not limited to lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory work, group activities and assignments.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
An extended reading list will be supplied by the lecturer at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.
Assessment Criteria
In order to receive a passing grade, students must achieve a minimum 40% average over all supervised tests and achieve 50% overall for the module.

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