Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Economy and Business Management :: Economics

Versao Portuguesa


2º curricular year
Semestralidade: 1st semester


Leading Teacher: Mestre Jorge Almeida
Assistant Professor: Mestre Jorge Almeida

Class type and School hours

Orientação Tutorial : 1 Horas
Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

This Course unit aims to provide students with Information Technology skills in particular in solving problems in the area of economics and management using spreadsheets, Information Systems models and relational databases. This Course unit aims also to provide students with an understanding of the role of Information Systems in organizations.

Specific Aims/Objectives

It is intended that students achieve the following objectives:
Be able to solve problems in the area of economics and management with spreadsheets.
Acquire skills in conceptual modeling of Information Systems.
Know how to create, implement and use relational databases.
Learn how to use information and communication technology (ICT).
Understand the role of Information Systems (IS) in organizations.

Skills to be acquired

Solve management problems with spreadsheets.
Develop conceptual models of Information Systems.
Create, implement and use relational databases.
Know the role of Information Systems (IS) in organizations.

Teaching Procedures

Classes are theoretical and practical. All the classrooms are equipped with computers where keynotes and computer applications are presented. Students can individually, on their computers, follow the presentations and solve the proposed exercises.


Use of spreadsheets (MS Excel). Conditional Formatting. Filters. PivotTables. Building models to solve problems in the area of economics. Designing models of Information Systems.
The relational model. Concepts of normalization and primary key. Foreign keys and referential integrity. Construction of class models in UML.
MS-Access. Tables, forms, queries and reports.
Evolution of IT / IS in organizations.
The role and importance of the IS. Transaction Processing Systems (TPS), Management Information Systems (MIS), Decision-Support Systems (DSS) and Executive Support Systems (ESS). Information Architecture. Planning Information Systems. ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning, CRM - Customer Relationship Management, SCM - Supply Chain Management. Data processing, data analysis and reporting (OLAP, Data Warehouses, Datamining). Business Intelligence. Knowledge management. Business and electronic commerce.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation is based on continuous assessment, including attendance, participation, tests (2), as well as final exam.

Teaching Resources

Video projector for presenting applications, fundamental concepts and examples. Students should solve exercises using classroom computers.


Spreadsheets Models
Relational Databases
Information Systems

Main Bibliography

Author Ken Laudon, Jane P. Laudon
Title Management information systems
Edition 13
Editor Pearson Prentice Hall
Year 2014
Author Sérgio Sousa
Title Domine a 110% Access 2010
Place Lisboa
Editor FCA
Year 2010
Author Maria José Sousa
Title Domine a 110% Excel 2010
Place Lisboa
Editor FCA
Year 2010

Complementary Bibliography

Author Adelaide Carvalho
Title Exercícios Resolvidos Excel para Economia & Gestão
Author Paul Beynon-Davies
Title Information systems