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Information Systems

Code: EIC0040     Acronym: SINF

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Information Systems

Instance: 2014/2015 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
E-learning page: http://moodle.up.pt/
Responsible unit: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEIC 125 Syllabus since 2009/2010 4 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
João José da Cunha e Silva Pinto Ferreira

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 2,00
Recitations: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 2,00
João José da Cunha e Silva Pinto Ferreira 2,00
Recitations Totals 5 10,00
Rogério Pinho da Silva 4,00
Valter Sérgio Figueiredo de Pinho 6,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


BACKGROUND This is the only course on Information Systems in MIEIC. For this reason, we want this course to be an introductory Information Systems in Organizations focusing on their role and how the they contribute to the creation of value.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES / SPECIFIC AIMS The aim of this course to prepare students to understand the role of Information Systems (IS) in organizations and the importance of its alignment with the business strategy.

Learning outcomes and competences

Interpret, classify and explain:
1) Sales and Procurement Process managed by an ERP;
2) how the IS contributes to the Value Construction in an organization, with a special focus on ERP and with other IS that integrate with the ERP (eg: manufacturing execution system and warehouse management);
3) Technology trends and their impact on enterprise information systems (Cloud Computing, Big Data, the new Internet).

Delivering an integration projecto with Primavera ERP.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)



PRIMAVERA ERP; Sales and Procurement Processes; Software Development of 3rd Party Applications and Integration with PRIMAVERA.

- Information Systems Concepts: What is an Information System? How many types of information systems we have and their role in the company? The information system as a strategic decision.
- Introduction to ERP: Understand the concepts behind an ERP system. Visualize ERP as packaged software. Understand the information integration through the ERP system.
- Evolution of ERP
- ERP Modules: Finance Module. Human Resource Management (HR) Module. Materials Management (MM) Module. Sales and Distribution Module.

ERP & Other Information Systems
- Shop Floor Control
- Warehouse Management Systems

ERP & Technology
- Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
- Big Data
- The New Internet

- Putting the Enterprise into the Information System

Mandatory literature

Ken Laudon Jane Laudon; Management Information Systems: Managing the Ditigal Firm, 11/E, Global Edition, Pearson Higher Education, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-13-609368-8
Gary A. Langenwalter; Enterprise Resources Planning and Beyond, Integrating Your Entire Organization, CRC Press 2000, 2000. ISBN: eBook ISBN: 978-1-4200-4906-0
S. Parthasarathy; Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) - A Managerial and Technical Perspective, New Age International (P) Ltd., Publishers, 2007. ISBN: 978-81-224-2298-6 (Book available at "EBSCO Ebook Academic Collection" via U.Porto Virtual Library)

Complementary Bibliography

Laudon, Kenneth C.; Management information systems. ISBN: 0-13-153841-1

Teaching methods and learning activities

1. Sessions combining theoretical exposition and discussion of topics. Use of Case Studies in text or video.
2. Practice sessions with Case Studies and coaching on the project integration with Primavera ERP.


Primavera versão Ensino


Technological sciences > Engineering

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 60,00
Exame 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 66,00
Estudo autónomo 40,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Minimum grade of 50% in the sum of several components.

Calculation formula of final grade

1) Individual Exam: 40%

2) Team project, involving application integration with Primavera ERP: 60%
- Functional Specification. Integration with the API (Test with ERP): 10%
- Functionality / Partially Developed Interface (Test with ERP): 30%
- Final presentation: 60%
For the "Final Presentation" (60%) the grade assigned to each team will be multiplied by the number of students who make up the team. The totality of these points should be distributed by the team members amongst its members. The lack of agreement within the time limit specified will result in the assignment of the same grade for all team members.

The student must have at least 50% in each of the evaluation components.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

1) Individual Exam: 40%
2) Individual project, involving the application integration with Primavera ERP: 60%

The student must have at least 50% in each of the evaluation components.

Classification improvement

It is possible to improve the marks obtained in individual tests in an exam test (appeal period) that encompasses the course covered concepts.

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