Information and Communication in Organizations

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Information and Communication in Organizations

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Develops understanding of the role and nature of information within an organisation, and the manner in which information is structured, processed and communicated to enable efficient and accurate decision making.

    Information and communication technology (ICT) plays a pivotal role in all modern organisations. There is an ever-increasing need to understand the role that such technologies, and the resulting information systems, have in decision making. Students taking BSNS 106 will learn the basics of how information systems are developed, their impact on the quality of information used within decision making, the limitations of information systems and, finally, the types of information systems that they will encounter in their future careers. Labs in BSNS 106 focus heavily on the development of small, single-user databases and manipulation of data in Microsoft Excel. Additionally, BSNS 106 explores the process required to produce quality, evidence-supported written and visual communication.

    Teaching Arrangements
    2 one-hour lectures per week, supported by weekly labs

    Course Structure
    The paper covers 4 key themes:
    Theory of information (eg types of information, evaluating information sources, etc)
    Written and visual communication
    Information systems development
    Information systems usage in organisations

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of BSNS 106, students should be familiar with the following core concerns of information usage in organisations:
    - Understanding the difference between data, information and business intelligence
    - Constructing business intelligence to assist with decision making in organisations
    - Designing databases to maintain high-quality information
    - Having an awareness of broader issues relating to information systems development, such as ethical concerns, professionalism and technological impacts
    - Communicating information effectively in both written and visual forms

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