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INFO6027 - IT Communications

Title:IT Communications
Long Title:IT Communications
Module Code:INFO6027
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Information Systems
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Claire OSullivan Rochford
Module Description: This module gives students an understanding of how organisational information systems support decision making and strategy. It also focuses on e-commerce, effective communication across social media platforms and other digital channels in business, and the practical use of spreadsheet software.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe business needs for information systems and electronic commerce.
LO2 Explain how social media technologies are managed and used in business to create value.
LO3 Identify best practices for on-line organisational communication across digital channels.
LO4 Create and use spreadsheets in a business context.
LO5 Design and execute a spreadsheet project as an analysis tool.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Introduction to I.T. (INFO6014) or equivalent. Basic knowledge of spreadsheet programmes, such as Excel. Basic knowledge of presentation software, such as Powerpoint.
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Information Systems
Information as a resource; categories of information systems; business objectives and strategic fit of IS; case study examples.
Electronic Commerce
Types of electronic commerce; mobile commerce; intranets, extranets; EDI systems; case study examples.
Social Media Technologies
Exploration of the use of social media platforms and web 2.0 to enhance business communication, collaboration and connection. Email etiquette and effective written communication across digital networked channels - both internal and external.
Spreadsheets - Intermediate to Advanced Excel
Count functions; IF functions; Sumif; Introduction to Pivot Tables & Pivot Charts; V-Lookup; Data Sorting, Filtering; Subtotals; Conditional Formatting; Data Validation; Linking and Embedding; Worksheet Protection; Macros.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Excel Lab Exam. Individual lab assessment within class time to include: IF and SUM IF Functions; Lookup Functions; Pivot Tables and Charts; What IF Analysis. 4 40.0 Week 9
Practical/Skills Evaluation Design an individual Excel project with project aims, effective layout, and specifications for data input and processing output. Apply Processing/Analysis using: Absolute Cell Referencing; IF Functions; Lookup Functions; Charting; Macro Buttons; Formula Protection. 4,5 20.0 Week 12
Multiple Choice Questions The purpose of this assessment is examine the theoretical element of the module using a multiple choice question format. Questions will be asked from each of the theory topics covered in the modlule. 1,2,3 40.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of Theory 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Computer Lab Session 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed Study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of Theory 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Computer Lab Session 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed Study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Laudon J & Laudon K 2021, Essentials of MIS, Global Edition., 14th Ed., Pearson New York [ISBN: 9781292342702]
  • Dillon A. 2014, Step by Step Spreadsheets, 3rd Ed., Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717160440]
  • Gaskin S. & Vargas A 2017, Go! with Microsoft Excel 2016 Comprehensive, 2nd Ed., Pearson Passadena [ISBN: 9780134510958]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Laudon J & Laudon K 2020, Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm, 16th Ed., Pearson New York [ISBN: 978013519264]
  • Laudon K & Traver C. 2019, E-Commerce Business Models & Concepts, 14th Ed., Pearson New York [ISBN: 978129225170]
  • Parsons, Oja, Carey, Des Jardins 2017, New Perspectives on Microsoft Office 365 & Excel 2016 Intermediate, 1st Ed., Cengage Learning Boston [ISBN: 9781305880412]
  • Van Looy A 2016, Social Media Management: Technologies and Strategies for Creating Business Value, Ist Ed., Springer International Switzerland [ISBN: 9781446257319]
  • Sayce K. 2013, What Not to Write: An A-Z of the Dos and Don'ts of Good English, Words at Work London [ISBN: 9810761392]
  • Whelan, J., Writing Business Emails: Understand E-mail Etiquette, How To Books Ltd. Oxford [ISBN: 1857035887]
  • Mehta G. 2013, Infinite Ripple: The Social Media Revolution, 1st Ed., Xlibris USA [ISBN: 9781483606774]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_7 Bachelor of Business 3 Mandatory
CR_BBUSS_6 Higher Certificate in Business 3 Mandatory

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