Business Information Systems

Module code: CO7518

Module co-ordinator: Dr Georgios Koutsoukos

Financial services companies form one of the two largest IT consumer sectors worldwide. The IT systems in such companies are critical not only for the continuous operation of the business, but also as transformation and differentiation enablers. In order to manage, develop and operate IT systems effectively in such organisations, IT staff need to have good technical knowledge and skills but also a sound understanding of the financial services domain and of the relationships between the operating environment, organisational structures, business processes and IT systems.

Topics covered

  • The financial services market
  • Types of financial services organisations
  • Key concepts and terminology (e.g. financial instruments, loans, deposits, risks)
  • Key organisational units, functions and processes (e.g. loan origination, securities trading, payments)
  • Types of information systems in financial services and their functional and architectural perspectives
  • Banking applications landscape and analysis of key applications
  • Fundamentals of business intelligence systems
  • Application integration
  • Introduction to business process management systems and business rules management systems
  • IT roles and functions
  • Current industry trends and issues. 

Learning

This module is studied by distance learning. Your workload will include:

  • 25 hours of lectures (slides and recordings of campus based lectures)
  • 8 hours of surgery material (detailed instruction sheets)

Assessment

  • Coursework (40%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (60%)