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Information systems and organisations A. Cordella, F. Iannacci IS2 136 , 2790 136 2011 Undergraduate study in Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences This subject guide is for a 200 course offered as part of the University of London International Programmes in Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences. This is equivalent to Level 5 within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ). For more information about the University of London International Programmes undergraduate study in Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences, see:
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This guide was prepared for the University of London International Programmes by: Dr Antonio Cordella, Department of Information Systems, London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr Federico Iannacci, Department of Information Systems, London School of Economics and Political Science. This is one of a series of subject guides published by the University. We regret that due to pressure of work the authors are unable to enter into any correspondence relating to, or arising from, the guide. If you have any comments on this subject guide, favourable or unfavourable, please use the form at the back of this guide. University of London International Programmes Publications Office Stewart House 32 Russell Square London WC1B 5DN United Kingdom Website: Published by: University of London Press © University of London 2006 Reprinted with minor revisions 2012 The University of London asserts copyright over all material in this subject guide except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher. We make every effort to contact copyright holders. If you think we have inadvertently used your copyright material, please let us know.
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Contents i Contents Chapter 1: Introduction .......................................................................................... 1 Learning outcomes ........................................................................................................ 2 Essential reading ........................................................................................................... 3 Further reading .............................................................................................................. 3 Using the essential textbook .......................................................................................... 6 Online study resources ................................................................................................... 6 Using the internet .......................................................................................................... 8 Overview of the subject guide ........................................................................................ 8 Experience with computers ............................................................................................ 9 Syllabus ....................................................................................................................... 10 Examination advice and structure ................................................................................. 11 Chapter 2: Theories of information systems ........................................................ 13 Essential reading ......................................................................................................... 13 Further reading ............................................................................................................ 13 Introduction and aim of the chapter ............................................................................. 13 Learning outcomes ...................................................................................................... 13 Perspectives on information systems ............................................................................ 13 A reminder of your learning outcomes .......................................................................... 16 Chapter 3: Information and communications technology .................................... 17 Essential reading ......................................................................................................... 17 Further reading ............................................................................................................ 17 Introduction and aim of the chapter ............................................................................. 17 Learning outcomes ...................................................................................................... 17 The history of computers ............................................................................................. 18 Hardware .................................................................................................................... 18 Modern taxonomy of computers .................................................................................. 19 Basic concepts of modern computer hardware .............................................................. 21 Software ..................................................................................................................... 24 Communications technologies and distributed systems ................................................. 28 A reminder of your learning outcomes .......................................................................... 32 Chapter 4: Developing information systems ........................................................ 33 Essential reading ......................................................................................................... 33 Further reading ............................................................................................................ 33 Introduction and aims of the chapter ........................................................................... 33 Learning outcomes ...................................................................................................... 33 Organisational change and information systems ........................................................... 34 Systems development .................................................................................................. 35
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