Information systems and the role they play in society have increased in significance in recent years. The raw ingredients – information, information technology and participants – combine to form information processes within information systems. The area of information systems has provided major jobs growth for both women and men in recent years. Moreover, fields which have not traditionally been associated with computers – but in which processing information is a vital function – are emerging as exciting new areas of employment. These include music, the arts, science and technology as well as new and fast-growing industries that use multimedia.
The Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 course, teaches students about information-based systems. It covers the processes of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving, and displaying, as well as the technologies that support them. With this background, students will be well placed to adapt to new technologies as they emerge.
Through this course, students will gain a good working knowledge of:
• the key concepts of data, information and systems
• the interactive nature of effective information-based systems
• available and emerging information technologies
• the social and ethical issues associated with the use of information technology and information systems, such as equity and access, privacy, freedom of information and copyright
• the communication, personal and team skills necessary to ensure that an information systems solution is appropriate for the needs of the users
• related issues such as project management, documentation and user interfaces.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• select the most appropriate technology for a given situation
• design and implement an information-based system using a creative and methodical approach.
This course complements another Stage 6 course, Software Design and Development, which focuses on the design and development of software solutions.
Students who successfully complete Information Processes and Technology will be confident, competent and discriminating users of information processes and information technology. They will appreciate the nature of information, its ethical use and its impact on many aspects of life. As such, they will be well prepared to pursue further education and employment across an especially wide range of contexts.
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