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Computers in Business

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N11101

Semester: Autumn

Convenor: Thomas Chesney

Credits & Level: 10 credits; Level 1

Pre-requisites: None.

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Only available to single honours Business School students.

Delivery: 9 two-hour lectures, 4 one-hour computer lab sessions

Assessment: Group coursework (2,500 words) (50%); Individual coursework (1,500 words) (50%)

Summary of Content This module will introduce the use of computers and IT in business today - and in particular spreadsheet modelling - via a lab based assessment and a case study group report and presentation.

Aims To provide participants with a solid understanding of the application and impact of computers and the Internet, especially in small businesses. To ensure a hands-on competence in the use of spreadsheets.

Key Words: Business computing. PCs. Internet. Hardware and software. Spreadsheets. Health & safety. Systems implementation. Security, Green Computing. Web 2.0.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The use of accounting and other information systems for planning, control, and decision making
  • The development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations
  • The comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Numeracy and quantitative skills to manipulate data, evaluate, estimate and model business problems, functions and phenomena
  • People management, to include communications, team building, leadership and motivating others
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • An awareness of the interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation and their use in generating business contacts
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information
  • Building and maintaining relationships
  • Ability to work collaboratively and an awareness of mutual interdependence

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