Information Systems


Business managers face today the need for a deep knowledge on 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 within the organizations, covering the information systems conception, development, management and the way they can create added value and promote business competitiveness. We will focus our attention in 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

Maria Manuela Simões Aparício da Costa


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

This course will be leaded by theoretical and practical classes, associated with case study analysis and a applied
developed group project. After each theoretical learning unit will be applied a gamified quiz in classes.

Evaluation method

Regular examination period (1 st Call)
a) Reading study (5%) and one case study analysis and presentation: (10%)
b) Applied project: Pitch (5%) + Project deliverables & Presentation (30%)
c) Exam: 50%

Resit examination period (2 nd call)
a) Reading study (5%) and one case study analysis and presentation: (10%)
b) Applied project: Pitch (5%) + Project deliverables & Presentation (30%)
c) Exam: 50%

Notes :
- All the deliverables (reading study, case study and applied project) must be submitted within the stated deliverable dates.
- Penalties (1 point/day) will be applied per day of delay.
- Students will only obtain approval if they score a minimum value of 9,5 on the Exam, regardless classification
attained on a) and b).

Special examination period (only for students who can apply for this evaluation period, previously accepted by the Academic services)
a) Project deliverables & Presentation (50%)
b) Exam (50%)

Subject matter

LU1. Characteristics and components of an Information System.
LU2. Information Systems in organizations and their functions.
LU3. Project management, strategy, globalization and the value of information systems.
LU4. Planning, development and exploration of information systems.
LU5. Decision support systems for executive, management and operational levels.
LU6. Enterprise Applications; Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply chain management, customer relationship management, and e-commerce.
LU7. Information systems in the management of knowledge, ethics and crime.