Theory and Practice of Information Systems


The course mainly aims at analyzing the information systems in the context of organizations, separating the technological aspects of the organizational aspects and management. It will cover the following topics: Characterization of systemic Organizations; Structured Analysis; Planning of information systems; Architectures-information systems.

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


Approved in CS 100094 - Information Systems.

The course will be lectured in English.


Laudon, K., Laudon, J. (2005) - Management Information Systems:Managing the Digital Firm, Prentice-Hall; O'Brien, J., Marakas, G. (2005) - Management Information Systems, McGraw-Hill/Irwin; Stair, Ralph M., e Reynolds, George W. (2006) ¿Principles of Information Systems, 7th edition) Boston, Massachusetts:Course Technology; 0; 0

Teaching method

Teaching based on lectures and practical classes. The lectures are, in essence, for expository sessions, with the objective to introduce the fundamental concepts associated with each of the topics. The practical classes are based on the analysis, modeling and planning organizations and implementation of theoretical concepts.


Evaluation method


1st Call:Theoretical exam (50%) + 3 Practicals Works (50%) (in this call the exam must be equal or greater than 8 points in sacle [0-20])

2nd Call: Final exam (100%). 



Subject matter

The curricular unit is organized in four Learning Units (LU):

  • LU1: Systemic characterization of Organizations under IT perspective; System concept Applications of the concept of system, types of systems, viable autonomous systems  -Conceptual models for the systemic study of active entities; Systemic characterization; Purpose (Mission and Business Sector, Legal status and ownership, size, performance); Environment (Stakeholders and Customers); Activities (value chain of the organization, organizational activities portfolio (APQC), functional structure); Business Model; Organs (Organizational, Job descriptions, Key skills / vocational skills, computer applications portfolio and computer architecture)
  • LU2: Structured Analysis; Overview (SSADM, Information Engineering, SSM) and Functional analysis
  • LU3: Information systems planning; Concepts; Building an Information Systems Plan
  • LU4: Information Systems Architectures; Architectures types; Referential 


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