Information Systems


Business managers face today the need for a deep knowledge of information systems potential to create value for their organizations. Firms looking for competitive advantages expect more from information systems than just the execution of repetitive tasks like wages processing or invoicing. In reality, organizations count on information systems to accelerate product development, improve customer relationship and achieve other strategic objectives. In the Information Systems course, we intend to promote a global reflection on information systems in the organizations covering the information systems conception, development and management in the organizations and the way they can create added value and promote business competitiveness. We will focus our attention on the ways that communication and information technologies advances are continuously redefining the roles and value of information systems in organizations and in management.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Miguel Fernandes Ruivo


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English


The course will be lectured in English.


  • Laudon, Kenneth C. and Laudon (2012). Management Information Systems (12th Edition), Prentice Hall, ISBN:978-0-13-607846-3
  • O'Brien, James A. and Marakas, George (2005). Management Information Systems (7th Edition). McGraw-Hill/Irwin, ISBN:007293588.
  • Bach, Santiago O. (2001). A Gestão dos Sistemas de Informação. Centro Atlântico, ISBN: 972-8426-41-0.
  • Amaral, Luís e Varajão, João (2000). Planeamento de Sistemas de Informação. FCA, ISBN: 972-722-193-9.
  • Lopes, Filomena C.; Morais, Maria P. e Carvalho, Armando J. (2005). Desenvolvimento de Sistemas de Informação. FCA, ISBN: 972-722-461-X.

Teaching method

  • Theoretical and practical classes.
  • Case study analysis.
  • Applied project.

Evaluation method

a) Case study analysis and presentation: 15%

b) Applied project: 35%

c) Exam: 50%

Note: Students will only obtain approval if they score a minimum value of 9,5 on the Exam, regardless classification attained on a) and b).

Subject matter

  1. Characteristics and components of an Information System.
  2. Information Systems in organizations and their functions.
  3. Project management, strategy, globalization and the value of information systems.
  4. Planning, development, and exploration of information systems.
  5. Decision support systems for executive, management, and operational levels.
  6. Enterprise Applications; Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply chain management, customer relationship management, and business intelligence & analytics.
  7. Information systems in the management of knowledge, ethics, and crime.