IT & Software

Business Information Systems

Course Fee R799.00

What is this course about? 

This course is designed to introduce the student to Information Systems in the business environment. The course starts with an overview of Information Systems in the global business environment. The various types and benefits of Information Systems that can be found in a business are then discussed. These systems include enterprise systems, knowledge management systems, a variety of decision information systems, customer relationship information systems and supply chain management systems. The course aims to assist anyone that would like to broaden their knowledge regarding the purpose of specific Information Systems in the business environment.

Who should be doing this course?

This course will provide a broad overview of the field of Security in Information Systems for anyone who is interested to pursue a career in this field. It will also help those not familiar with Information Systems, or who do not have a background in Information Systems, to understand the key concepts related to information systems security, and how this should be managed.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what Business Information Systems entail
  • Discuss how Information Systems enable global business
  • Discuss Information Systems strategy in organizations
  • Identify an Enterprise Systems
  • Explain the difference between a Transacting Processing System, Management Information System, Decision Support System and Executive support system
  • Discuss a Customer Relationship Information Systems
  • Identify a Supply Chain Management Systems 

How is your course mark calculated?

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Study at your own pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you! 

In the 6 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Introduction To Business Information Systems
CHAPTER 2 BIS In e-Commerce
CHAPTER 3 Introduction To Enterprise Systems
CHAPTER 4 Using BIS To Make Business Decisions
CHAPTER 5 Using BIS In Customer Relationship Management
CHAPTER 6 Using BIS In Supply Chain Management

Dr Liezel Cilliers


Dr. Liezel Cilliers is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. She holds a DPhil in Information Systems. She specializes in the field of Information Systems with specific interest in information security, technology in education and health care. She has published extensively in these fields in both international conferences and journals.

Dr Joel Chigada


Qualification: PhD (Information Science); MBL (Unisa); BBA (Hons-Marketing Affiliation/ Background: Head of Marketing & Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the School of Management Studies, University of Cape Town. Short Bio: Dr. Joel Chigada is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Cape Town. He specializes in Strategic & International Marketing. Joel’s research interests are: Mobile Marketing, Digital Marketing, Customer Knowledge Acquisition Systems, Biometrics Systems and Ontology of Cyberspace and Cyberspace Security.

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