MEX 1505 Management Information Systems

Course Code MEX 1505
Course Title Management Information Systems
No of credits 5
Semester Number 1
Medium of Instruction Sinhala and English

The majority of organizations in the world rely on information technologies today. Therefore the knowledge on information technology is one of the critical factors for an employee to succeed as a professional. This course is an introductory level course to information technology that provides necessary basic knowledge to students which they require in their carrier. This course covers the following modules: Introduction to Information Technology; The Internet and the World Wide Web; Software; Hardware; Communications, Computer Networks, and Safeguards; Personal Technology; Databases; The Challenges of the Digital Age; and Building Systems and Applications.

  • To provide a theoretical knowledge about various developments in the area of information technology.
  • To expose students to practical applications of information technology through various examples

Develop confidence among students in using new information technologies and also facing various issues related to the use of information technology

  • Identify different types of computers and information technologies used in both personal life and businesses
  • Identify different software applications and hardware components used in a computer system
  • Understand about different computer networks, personal technologies, and equipment used today
  • Understand about different types of databases used and their importance to today’s organizations
  • Understand about various security and other issues faced by organizations

Understand the process of developing information systems

Main Themes Sub Themes No of Hours
1.      Introduction to Information Technology: Your Digital World


1.1 The practical user

1.2 Information technology & your life

1.3 Information technology is all pervasive

1.4 The varieties of computers

1.5 Understanding your computer: How computers work?

1.6 Where is information technology headed?

2.      The Internet and the World Wide Web: Exploring Cyberspace 2.1 Connecting to the Internet

2.2 How does the Internet work?

2.3 The World Wide Web

2.4 Email and other ways of communicating over the net

2.5 The intrusive Internet


3.      Software: Tools for Productivity and Creativity 3.1  System software

3.2 The operating system

3.3 Other system software

3.4 Common features of the user interface

3.5 Common operating systems

3.6 Application software

3.7 Word processing software

3.8 Spreadsheet programs

3.9 Database software

3.10 Specialty application software

3.11  Filenames, extensions and data compression


4.      Hardware: The CPU and Storage: How to Choose a Multimedia Computer System 4.1 Microchips, Miniaturization, and Mobility

4.2 The System Unit

4.3 Secondary storage

4.4  Future developments in processing &storage

5.      Hardware: Input & Output: Taking Charge of Computing and Communications 5.1 Input & output

5.2 Input hardware

5.3 Output hardware

5.4  Input and output technology and quality of life

5.5 The future of input and output

6.      Communications, Networks, and Safeguards: The Wired and Wireless World 6.1 From the analog to the digital age

6.2 Networks

6.3 Wired communications media

6.4 Wireless communications media

6.5 Cyber threats, hackers, and safeguards

7.      Personal Technology: The Future is You


7.1 Convergence, portability, & personalization

7.2 Portable media players

7.3 High-tech radio

7.4 Digital cameras

7.5 Digital television

7.6 E-book readers

7.7 Tablet PCs

7.8 Smart phones

7.9 Videogame systems


8.      Databases are in Your Life: Digital Engines for Today’s Economy


8.1 Managing files: Basic concepts: How data is organized

8.2 Database management systems

8.3 Database models

8.4 Data mining

8.5  Databases & the digital economy

8.6  Information systems in organizations

8.7  Databases: Concerns about Privacy and identity theft


9.      The Challenges of the Digital Age: Society and Information Technology Today


9.1  Truth issues

9.2  Security issues

9.3  Security safeguards

9.4  Quality-of-life issues

9.5  Economic and political issues



10.  Building Systems and Applications: Software Development, Programming and Languages 10.1 Systems development and the life cycle of a software project

10.2  Programming

10.3 Five generations of programming languages

10.4 Programming languages

10.5  Markup and scripting languages

Mode of Study Seminar/ Self Study
Evaluation and Assessment Year-end written examination


Recommended Reading

Williams B.K., and Sawyer S.C, Using Information Technology,10th edition, McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc, 2012

Additional Reading ·            O’Brien J. A. and Marakas, G., Introduction to Information Systems, 16th edition. McGraw HillCompanies,Inc, 2012.

·            LaudenK. C., and Lauden J. P.Management Information Systems – Managing the Digital Firm, 12thedition, Prentice Hall of India (Pvt) Ltd, 2012