COIT20274 - Information Systems for Business Professionals
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts relating to the management and organisational use of computer-based information systems. You will study the management of information systems and their use in contemporary settings. This provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to apply an analytical perspective to the strategic use of information systems based on a thorough overview of theory and contemporary practice. This is achieved through researching current literature, and applying the knowledge to case studies. The unit fosters independent thought and inquiry to enable you to evaluate different types of information systems and the roles that they play in today’s business environment. Note: If you have completed unit COIS20024 then you cannot take this unit.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Linkage between Business and Information Systems were well demonstrated in this course. Student feedback This area with strength should be well maintained. Importance and value of studying Information Systems should continually be explored, with good engagement for students.
There are varied opinions regarding the scope and depth of this course. Student feedback It is a challenge in offering a reasonable overview on information systems for students with a very varied related background. The teaching team will continue to maintain a good balance in the scope of topics and depth of technical details, supported by current applications from industry. Search is underway to identify a more updated textbook with suitable approach for business students.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the foundational concepts and terminology relating to computerised information systems
  2. Describe the information technologies used in computerised information systems.
  3. Distinguish between various types of information systems and their applications.
  4. Analyse organisational experiences and strategic use of information systems through case studies.
  5. Evaluate approaches used in managing information systems.
  6. Prepare a business report that utilises basic research skills to compare and contrast different options for information systems in a simulated business environment or case study.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.
ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:
  • IT Governance (GOVN)
  • Information Systems Coordination (ISCO)
  • Emerging Technology Monitoring (EMRG)
  • Solution Architecture (ARCH)
  • Data Management (DATM)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • IT Management (ITMG)
  • System Software (SYSP).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Knowledge  
2. Communication        
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills    
4. Research        
5. Self-management            
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility          
7. Leadership            

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Management Information Systems
Author/s: James A. O'Brien & George M. Marakas Year: 2011
Edition: 10e Publisher: McGraw-Hill
City: New York State: NY
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

An e-book version of this textbook may be available. For more information, contact the CQU Bookshop (see http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au/texts.asp)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRajesh Sarin (r.sarin@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Foundations of IS, and Competing with IT

1 & 2

Week 2 13-03-2017

Computer Hardware and Software

3 & 4

Week 3 20-03-2017

Data Resource Management

5

Week 4 27-03-2017

Telecommunications and Networks

6

Practical and Written Assessment Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 08:00 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

e-Business and e-Commerce Systems

7 & 9

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

-- MID-TERM BREAK --

Week 6 17-04-2017

Enterprise Business Systems

8

Week 7 24-04-2017

Supporting Decision Making

10

Week 8 01-05-2017

Developing Business/IT Strategies and Solutions

11 & 12

Week 9 08-05-2017

Security and Ethical Challenges

13

Week 10 15-05-2017

Assignment consultation

-

Written Assessment Due Friday (19 May 17) 08:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Enterprise and Global Management of IT

14

Week 12 29-05-2017

Unit & Exam Review

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Unit Coordinator

Rajesh Sarin

Phone: 07 3295 1141

Email: r.sarin@cqu.edu.au

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Assignment 1 is a practical and written assessment task. In this assignment, you will demonstrate an ability to locate and research both scholarly and general references that will support your analysis and recommendations in Assignment 2. You need to identify six unique references that will help you to address the Case Study questions. You will present your references and justifications on the relevance, with proper referencing techniques. You must do this assignment on an individual basis. The detail requirements of Assignment 1, including the Case Study and questions, will be accessible from Moodle unit website from Monday of week one in this term.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 08:00 PM AEST
Assignment 1 is due on week 4 Friday at 20:00 AEST.
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

In general, the assignment will be marked against the source, relevance, quality and age of the chosen references; report format compliance; and use of correct referencing conventions. A detailed marking template will be available along with the assignment details on the unit website.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

6. Prepare a business report that utilises basic research skills to compare and contrast different options for information systems in a simulated business environment or case study.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Assignment 2 is a written assessment task to prepare a non-technical report. In this assignment, you will demonstrate an ability to analyse a Case Study, and to present sound arguments showing decision-making and evaluative skills, and application of theories / models based on the unit content and further research to address the Case Study questions.

In doing so, you will also demonstrate an ability to research and use the references found in Assignment 1, plus references from further research. You may work on this assignment on an individual basis, or in a group of up to three students. Students who would like to work in the group mode must receive the email approval from the Tutor of your class before you proceed to work as a group.

Proposal for working as a group should be submitted to your Tutor for consideration by Wednesday in week 6 (or earlier which is more preferable).

The detail requirements of Assignment 2, including Group Mode Rules will be accessible from Moodle unit website from Monday of week one in this term.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 08:00 PM AEST
Assignment 2 is due on week 10 Friday at 20:00 AEST.
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

In general, the assignment will be marked against the quality of the answers given to the Case Study questions; compliance to required report components including using understandable English; and correct use of referencing conventions. A more detailed marking template will be available along with the assignment details on the unit website.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the foundational concepts and terminology relating to computerised information systems

3. Distinguish between various types of information systems and their applications.

4. Analyse organisational experiences and strategic use of information systems through case studies.

5. Evaluate approaches used in managing information systems.

6. Prepare a business report that utilises basic research skills to compare and contrast different options for information systems in a simulated business environment or case study.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the foundational concepts and terminology relating to computerised information systems

2. Describe the information technologies used in computerised information systems.

3. Distinguish between various types of information systems and their applications.

4. Analyse organisational experiences and strategic use of information systems through case studies.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication


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