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Information Systems in Organisations

Code: CINF042     Acronym: SIO

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Information Science

Instance: 2017/2018 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Bachelor of Arts in Information Science

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
CINF 44 Study Plan 2 - 3 28 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
António Manuel Lucas Soares

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 2,00
António Manuel Lucas Soares 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The goal of this UC is to give an overview of the information systems in onrganizations, from a socio-technical theoretical perspective.


Learning outcomes and competences

Being approved at the UC, the students will be able to:

  1. explain how information is used for decision-making in organisations and what is the instrumental role of the several types of IS.
  2. describe the offer of organisational IT systems, characterising it in the most appropriate way for IS analysis
  3. explain the business process analysis perspective and its relationship with the IS development
  4. read and interpret conceptual representations of business processes
  5. explain the influence of the IS in the organisational development, in terms of operations and strategy;
  6. identify, describe and analyse de possible impact of an IS in the organization through models of success and technology acceptance.

Working method



1. Information, management and decision-making

Managers and decisions. Generic decision-making model. Information to support decisions. Management functions and IS.

2. Structures, processes and IS types

Structure and processes in the organizations and IS. Facets of IS classification in the organizations. Paradigm examples of IS in organizations.

3. IS and organizational change.

Interdependence between organization, environment and IS. Types of analysis in IS: functions and processes. Business process analysis. Impact and technology acceptance models.

4. IS and organizational strategy.

IS planning. Strategic IS.

Mandatory literature

Alistair Mutch; Managing Information and Knowledge in Organizations: a Literacy Approach, Routledge, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-414-41725-9
Adrienne Curry, Peter Flett, Ivan Hollingsworth; Managing Information Systems: The Business Perspective, Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 9-78-0-415-35586-5

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical classes focus on the presentation of the curricular contents of the UC by the teacher and the discussion of the subjects by the students. The teacher motivates the discussion and the students prepare the class with the planned readings and other actions. The presentation lectures will be interspersed with classes where the students will perform practical group exercises and their discussion. Discussion of themes is based in case studies, examples, technologies, etc.

During the semester the students will 4 practical group exercises in class and an out-of-class group work that should be presented and discussed in the last class.

This UC is managed through the moodle.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 26,00
Estudo autónomo 31,00
Frequência das aulas 24,00
Total: 81,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Distributed assessment with final exam. 

Assessment components:

  • Exam: 50%
  • Group assignment: 30%
    • Exercise Class 1
    • Exercise Class 2
    • Exercise Class 3
    • Exercise Class 4
    • Work home Group
  • Homework (moodle): 10%
  • Attendance and participation: 10%
Group assignment grade:
GW= 0,15*Ex1 + 0,15*Ex2 + 0,15*Ex3 + 0,15*Ex4 + 0,40*HwG

Final Grade:
NF= 0,5E + 0,1AP + 0,3GW + 0,1HW

GW= Group assignment
Ex1= Exercise Class 1

Ex2= Exercise Class 2
Ex3= Exercise Class 3
Ex4= Exercise Class 4
Work home Group
NF= Final Grade
AP= Attendance and participation
HW= Homework (moodle)
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