CAPP07018 2016 Business Computer Applications

General Details

Full Title
Business Computer Applications
Transcript Title
Business Computer Apps
N/A %
Subject Area
CAPP - Computer Applications
BUS - Business
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
David O'Halloran, Aiden Bell
Programme Membership
SG_BBUSS_B07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Business L7 SG_B(ADD_J07 201600 Bachelor of Business in (Add On) L7 SG_BADMN_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration L7 SG_BBUSS_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business L7 SG_BADDO_J07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business SG_BADMN_J07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration L7

This module builds on students' knowledge of computer applications (such as spreadsheets and databases) with an emphasis on solving business problems and capturing and analysing business data.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Select and use the appropriate tools to manage, analyse and report on business data, based on a range of detailed business scenarios (eg. databases and spreadsheets)


Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of end-user development.


Explain how business intelligence can be used to improve decision making within an organisation.

Module Assessment Strategies

Students knowledge is tested at every step by means of on-line quizzes.

Students will be required to work on projects to produce a database and a number of spreadsheets for business use. Both the database and spreadsheet projects will incorporate elements of end-user computing and business intelligence.


Module Dependencies

Students must have a basic knowledge of Spreadsheets and of using a DBMS.

Indicative Syllabus

1. End-user computing

Describe end-user computing, highlighting the advantages and risks involved.

Compare and contrast end-user computing with typical SDLC.


2. Data Management  

Identify what data a business should save in a database for a given business problem (eg Stock Control, Sales Management, Customer Profiles, Supplier Details, Questionnaire Analysis) and possible sources for this data.

Interpret entity relationship diagrams that model this data.

Design, create and maintain database tables using both a simple ERDs and data from spreadsheets.

Identify the best tool/combination of tools for facilitating information storage and extraction in given business scenarios.

Produce simple databases, forms, queries, reports and macros.

3. Business Analysis using Spreadsheets

Produce spreadsheet models which can be used to analyse business situations (eg Projected Cash Flow, Sales Forecasting).

Perform "what if" analysis, sensitivity analysis and goal seeking.

Import data from databases and do pivot table analysis.

Produce reports from spreadsheets.


4. Introduction to business intelligence

Identify how companies can use operational and other data to make business decisions.

Discuss data quality issues.

Describe how information systems can be used for both operational and analytical purposes.

Explain how web analytics is carried out.








Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Produce a set of spreadsheets Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 1 1,2
2 Project Produce a database solution for a business problem Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 7 1,2
3 Multiple Choice Ongoing quizzes Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam 2 hour written exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory and class discussions 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Computer practical work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Project Work 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Microsoft and Office Excel 2007 : data analysis and business modeling Microsoft Press, 2007, by Winston, Wayne

Excel for small business owner Holy Macro! Books, 2008, by Hari, P. K. 

Databases a beginner's guide McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 2009by Oppel Andy

Multichannel marketing : metrics and methods for on and offline success Sybex, 2008, by Arikan Akin 

Other Resources
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