Curricular Unit:Code:
Information Systems1093SI
1UndergraduateComputer Systems Engineering6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
• Introduce and reflect on the essential concepts associated with Information Systems (IS);
• Show what the IS are, how they are identified and structured, with solutions supported by information and communication technologies (ICT);
• Provide valid and long-term concepts about IS, for application in a professional context.
Aptitudes and competences:
• Recognize the associated IS concepts, their relevance and impact, identifying occurrences and arguing in their favor;
• Describe processes in an IS, using specific techniques (BPMN);
• Perform calculations of the use of alternative ICT for an IS and present the results in a spreadsheet;
• Understand the basic use of HTML to produce a Web document;
• Use a version registration system for the registration and organization of information (git);
• Operate a relational database (sqlite) and create a simple data model, proposing a structure to store and manipulate information.
1. Concepts of Information Systems
1.1 Information, the human being and the computer
1.2 Fundamentals of Information Systems
1.3 The use of Information Systems in organizations
1.4 IS modeling and processes
1.5 Challenges and opportunities for the use of Information Systems
2. Complements of Information Technologies
2.1 Technology assessment
2.2 Trends in Information Technologies
2.3 Multimedia, hypermedia and virtual reality
2.4 Telecommunications and data networks
2.5 Internet, intranet, extranet and the cloud
2.6 Organizational and social consequences
3. Databases and information systems
3.1 IS and Information Functions
3.2 Introduction to databases
3.3 Data modeling
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The contents presented for the Information Systems course are aligned with the suggestions and international good practices, specified by IS 2010 (Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems - ACM / AIS). Thus, the study of Information Systems is proposed taking into account a systemic approach and a socio-technological vision for the use and exploration of computers and networks and to support the information flow in organizations. The contents provide, in two parts, an introduction to the concepts and the framing of technology to support human activity in organizations. This is an introduction that provides a global view and reinforces the importance of a systemic approach, enabling the acquisition of skills and the use of tools to deal with each of the four major themes addressed, raising awareness of the role of the computer in a more than information and communication technologies.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Expository classes in the theoretical-practical part for the presentation of fundamental concepts, associated with information systems, their definition and exploration in the context of organizations. The work is complemented with reading suggestions and the discussion of concepts, relating current topics as concept demonstrators. At the end, a written test is carried out to test individual learning.
Practical classes are based on exercises to present techniques associated with the learning objectives. Whenever possible, the use of the computer is encouraged. The work is organized in groups, in order to encourage discussion, exchange of ideas and collaboration between peers.
The evaluation is made by tests and works with an equal weight, to obtain the final result.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Introduce the importance of a more systemic approach to the exploration of computers and networks in order to provide a broader view of the impact that Information Systems has on an organization. Additionally, the use of the Internet as a space for searching for information is encouraged, as well as its exploration as a platform and also for the dissemination and interaction of the learning effort in order to relate the Information Systems and their relevance, with the information resource and its multiplicity of occurrences.
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Lecturer (* Responsible):
Hélder Pinto (
Luis Borges Gouveia (