The idea that information is a resource may not be new, but its significance is often misunderstood. Other resources, such as people, machines and money, are considered together but information is considered separately. Perhaps information is not like these other resources. Perhaps it cannot be used as a substitute for them, in an economic sense. For example, we can substitute people for machines in an economy where labour is cheap and plentiful. Can we do the same with information? Can information, that intangible and ethereal thing, replace heavy machinery, for example? Quite possibly, as it happens.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- define the purpose of information systems in business
- list the components of modern information systems
- identify the pressures driving change and corporate responses to change
- classify different types of information systems
- identify the impact of IT in a competitive industrial environment
- analyse the potential effects of IT in your industry
- map the relationships between key concepts.
Managing in the Information Age
Managerial involvement with IT
Information SYSTEMS in Organisations
Classifying information systems
Information systems integration
Information infrastructure integration
Business process integration
Examining the five forces
Analysing strategic IT effects
Analysing IT potential in your industry
Strategic applications of IT
Identifying strategic applications of IT
Analysing further strategic applications
Tutor-marked Question Paper
There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.
This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 20 hrs.
After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.
For this course, you will need to either purchase or borrow the textbook: Information Technology for Management: Making Connections for Strategic Advantage (1999) Efraim Turban, Ephraim McLean, and James Wetherbe, second edition, New York: John Wiley.
- All study materials
- Study Guide
- Full Tutor and Admin support
On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Strategic Role of Information Technology (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate
Strategic Role of Information Technology (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.