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0203 Information Systems

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Narrow Field 0203 Information Systems

Information Systems is the study of the flow of information, capturing data, and the design and specification of information systems and user interfaces.

The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the information management needs of users, and the ability to analyse, design and manage information systems.

Courses in Narrow Field 0203 Information Systems develop skills in:

  • conceptual modelling
  • database management
  • database systems design
  • information systems analysis
  • information systems management

This narrow field comprises the following detailed fields:

020301  Conceptual Modelling
020303  Database Management
020305  Systems Analysis and Design
020307  Decision Support Systems
020399  Information Systems, n.e.c.

020301 Conceptual Modelling

Conceptual Modelling is the study of representing the structure, type, and relationships of data elements within a system used to support system design.

Examples of subjects in this detailed field include:

  • entity relationship modelling

020303 Database Management

Database Management is the study of programs which create and maintain databases.

Examples of subjects in this detailed field include:

  • database independence
  • distributed databases
  • logic based databases
  • object oriented databases
  • relational databases

020305 Systems Analysis and Design

Systems Analysis and Design is the study of analysing the information needs of the user and designing or modifying a system to meet these needs.

Examples of subjects in this detailed field include:

  • data and process modelling
  • identifying system components
  • general systems theory
  • systems software engineering
  • systems design
  • systems development lifecycle

020307 Decision Support Systems

Decision Support Systems is the study of designing information systems based on statistical and mathematical models to support management decisions.

Examples of subjects in this detailed field include:

  • linear and dynamic decision making approaches
  • multicriteria design decision making
  • optimisation and simulation models
  • utilisation of appropriate models


Expert systems. This is included in Detailed Field 020119 Artificial Intelligence.

020399 Information Systems, n.e.c.

This detailed field includes all Information Systems not elsewhere classified.

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