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Information Systems 2017/2018

  • 6 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


Recognize the importance and the role of information systems in organizations.
Identify the types of information systems used in organizations.
Recognize how organizations acquire and / or develop information systems.
Select the paradigm of Development Information Systems that best fits the project to develop.
Select and use the best techniques to identify the requirements of the Information System to develop, not forgetting the organizational context.
List and evaluate different CASE tools.
Use and operate a CASE tool for modeling.
Develop the skills of teamwork.

The learning objectives of the UC contribute to 1st, 6th, 8th and 9th goals defined for Computation course and to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 10th and 11th goals of the course of IST.

Recommended Prerequisites

Identification Code of CU in Moodle: DICT-205-1442 e DICT-140-726

Teaching Metodology

It will be used the expositive method, intending however the active participation of students through direct interpellation between teacher and students and vice versa.
Students will solve case studies that could approximate them to the real-world situations. The demonstrative method will be used to demonstrate the operation of a CASE tool.In parallel the students develop a group project whose goal is to acquire practical knowledge in a collaborative and simulation environment.

Body of Work

1. Information Systems
1.1 Concept of information system
1.2 The Importance of Information Systems in the Organization
1.3 The Role of Information Technologies and Communication in the Information System
1.4 Information Systems Types
2. Different Approaches to the Implementation of an Information System
2.1 Package (purchase)
2.2. Outsourcing
2.3 In-House Development
3. Paradigms of Information Systems Development
3.1 Different Approaches to Development Information Systems
3.2 The Requirements Identification Process
3.3 Requirements Identification Techniques
4. CASE Tools
4.1 CASE concept
4.2 Advantages / disadvantages
4.3 Examples

Recommended Bibliography

• Laudon, K. e Laudon, E. (2016) Management Information Systems-Managing the Digital Firm, 14th edition, Person Edition Education Limited, England.
• Stair, R., Reynolds, G. and Chesney, T. (2012) Fundamentals of Business Information Systems, Cengage Learning, UK.
• Lopes, F.C, Morais, M.P. e Carvalho, A.J. (2009), Desenvolvimento de Sistemas de Informação, Lidel Editora de Informática.
Biblioteca digital (artigos científicos):

Complementary Bibliography

• Stair, R.M., Reynolds, G.W. (2011), Princípios de Sistemas de Informação, (Tradução da 9ª edição norte americana),Cengage Learning, UK.

Weekly Planning

Week 1
Week 2
.Concept of IS
.The importance of Information Systems (IS) in the organization
Week 3
.The Role of Information Technologies and Communication in the IS
.Modeling of information flows in the organization - Activity Diagram
Week 4
No classes
Week 5
.Types of IS
.Modeling of information flows in the organization - Activity diagram
Week 6
.Types of IS
.Identify types of IS
Week 7
.Different approaches to the implementation of an IS
.Use an IS (ERP)
Week 8
.Information Systems Development Paradigms
.Written test #1
Week 9
.The process and techniques to the requirements identification
.Identification and writing requirements - Case Study
Week 10
.Identification and writing requirements - Case Study
Week 11
.Modeling requirements
Week 12
.Modeling requirements
Week 13
.Case Tools
.Use and operate a CASE tool for modeling.
Week 14
.Written test #2
Week 15
.Presentation of projects
.Presentation of projects

The dates of the tests are conditioned to the publication of evaluations map and may be modified.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The recognition of the importance and the role of Information Systems in Organizations and the Identification of Information System Types used by an organization are worked on the Information Systems topic.
The programmatic content Different Approaches to Development Information Systems provides insight into how organizations acquire and/or develop information systems.
The selection of the Development Information Systems Paradigm that best fits the project is achieved through the presentation and comparison of different Information Systems Development approaches.
The purpose of selecting and using the best techniques to identify requirements for the Information System to
be developed is worked through the Requirements Identification Process and Requirements Identification
Techniques topics.
The enumeration and evaluation of different CASE tools will be achieved with the topic CASE tools.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

In class we discuss the concepts, paradigms and basic techniques of information systems in order to provide students with a solid foundation that allows them to operate under the current systems.
It is intended that each concept, paradigm or technique presented/discussed in lectures is put into practice by resolution of Case Studies and a Project. The demonstrative method will allow the student to know how to use a CASE Tool. The classes take place in the context of collaborative work, where teamwork skills will be developed.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Foreign language proficiency  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Relating to othersYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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