8.1.1 Information Systems in Context


Current syllabus documentation states:

Students learn about:

  • Diagrammatic representation of an Information System in Context.
    • The environment - everything that influences and is influenced by the information system.
    • The purpose - a statemnt identifying who the information system is for and what it needs to achieve.
    • Who the information system is for includes individuals and organisations.
    • The information system - a set of information processes requiring participants, data/information and information technology built to satisfy a purpose.
    • Information processes - computer based and non-computer based activities.
    • Information technology - hardware and software used in the information processes.
    • Data - the raw material used by information processes.
    • Information - the output displayed by an information system.
    • User - a person who views or uses the information output from an information system.
    • Participant - a special class of user who carries out the information processes within an information system.

Students learn to:

  • Diagrammatically represent a given scenario that involves an information system.
  • Explain how an information system impacts on its environment and how it in turn impacts on its information system.
  • Describe the environment and purpose of an information system.
  • Explain how a given need can be supported by an information system.
  • Describe an information system in terms of its purpose.
  • For a given scenario, identify the people who are:
    • in the environment.
    • users of the information system.
    • participants in the information system.

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Okay, so now we are going to learn how an information system impacts on its environment and how it in turn impacts on its information system.