Information Systems


The objective of this curricular unit is to develop skills in the design and configuration of information systems in the industrial and service context. It is intended to teach the characterization of the main types of computer applications in a company as well as their parameterization in simple situations. In terms of applications, this UC will have a greater focus on ERPs and Content Managernt Systems for the Internet. In order to implement information systems, methods and tools will be taught to model organizational processes, database modeling and simple database information search.

Students should also develop teamwork skills for understanding, formulating information systems solutions in real context, as well as developing oral and written communication skills to describe the solutions and justification of the options taken.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Carlos Bárbara Grilo


Weekly - 4

Total - 86

Teaching language



To attend this course students do not need any specific competence.


Management Information Systems (15th Edition)", by Kenneth C. Laudon  and Carol Guercio Traver, Prentice Hall, ISBN-13: 978-0134639710

Relevant papers about the various topics of the programme.

Teaching method

The teaching method is based on the following principles:

Theoretical classes (2h / week): Oral presentation by the teacher; Debate with students; Practical study case resolution;

Practical Class (2h / week): Practical and practical exercises of tools; Realization of group work; Presentation and discussion of the works.

Evaluation method

The final evaluation will be based on the performance during the semester:

- 3 Group Assignments (TG1, TG2, TG3) which consists of the development of assignments to be carried out according to the challenges posed by the teacher. The first work is related to the parameterization of an ERP. In the second assignment students will develop a Web Portal to support a digital business. The third work aims to model the processes, information and data for the development of a database. The groups will have a maximum of 5 students.

Each work consists of 3 elements:

Oral Presentation (35%),

Multimedia Presentation (15%),

Written Report (50%).


- 1 Final Test (T1), at the end of the semester.


The final grade of SII will be composed as follows:

Final grade = 0.15 * T1 + 0.20 * TG1 + 0.30 * TG2 + 0.35 * TG3


Approval occurs if the Final Mark is equal to or greater than 9.5 points.

Subject matter

Part 1 – Information Systems Characterization

How the world is changing and the enabler role of Information Systems

Definition of Information Systems

The Impact of IS on the Organization

Information Systems Typologies

Business applications

Information Systems Architectures


Part 2 – The Internet 

e-business and  e-commerce

Portal development

New Digital Business Models


Part 3 – Information and Data Modeling

Business Process Modeling Notation(BPMN)

Unified Modeling Language

Class Diagram

Sequence Diagram

Relational Model

Tables and Databases modeling

Access Database set-up


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