Introduction to Information Systems
Area of Study
Taught In English
31060 Information Systems Principles AND 31414 Information Systems AND 31472 Introduction to Collaborative Systems AND 31484 Information Systems Foundations AND 32557 Enabling Enterprise Information Systems
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject describes today's business environment and how technology is integrated into businesses, government and community systems. It describes the trends to greater mobility, greater complexity, globalisation and business networking, and ways that technology can deliver services needed to improve business competitiveness in an increasingly global and networked environment. It describes the role of information systems for better managing businesses and the formation of business networks.The subject provides an introduction of different information systems and how data, information and knowledge access by stakeholders and customers can affect them. Techniques on building effective team collaboration skills, relationship skills and successful stakeholder engagement are applied in this subject. Real world case studies are presented to understand the triangular effect between social value, business value and IS value. Additionally, topics on ethics, social responsibility and IS sustainability are also highlighted.Subject objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:1. Identify, analyse and propose IS solutions to IS problems;2. Identify and evaluate stakeholder roles and responsibilities;3. Describe different systems development methodologies;4. Illustrate business processes and define information needs;5. Identify customer value and IT value;6. Work in teams.7. Assess environmental issues within the IS context8. Analyse end user experience9. Evaluate ethical and social responsibility issues in the IS contextThis subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs. (A.1)Establish priorities and goals (A.2)Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems (A.4)Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.) (A.5)Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies (B.1)Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications (B.2)Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability (B.4)Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self) (D.1)Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose. (E.1)Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting (E.2)Teaching and learning strategiesThe subject will be a combination of:Lectures: 1 1/2 hours per weekLabs: 1 1/2 hours per weekContentWhat information systems professionals do:Work in multidisciplinary teamsParticipate in business system development and modelingInvestigate stakeholders needs and wants from socio-technical systemsIdentify problems in interactive systemsEvaluate the social implications of information systems and act ethically and responsiblyLearn to collaborate in groups to generate new ideasWhat benefits do businesses get from information systems:Distinguishing between business value and IS valueAppreciate how IS value contributes to business valueUnderstanding IS functions that support business processesEmerging applications to promote organisational sustainability:Understand the difference between non-emerging and emerging IS applicationsIntroduce industry based frameworksAppreciate emerging applications add benefits and value for organisations, government, and the communityEmerging technologies and their Business Implications:Consider the importance of social collaborative tools, activities, business valuesUnderstand emerging technologies contribute to agility and mobilityintroduce real world case studies of emerging technologiesAssessmentAssessment task 1: Information Systems in BusinessIntent:This asessment task requires students to analyze a case study and identify stakeholder needs. In addition, they must apply problem solving methodologies to solve solutions. Their proposed solutions must communicate effectively to the appropriate audiences such as their tutor and the subject coordinator.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4 and 5This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:A.1, A.2, B.1, D.1 and E.1Type: ReportGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 20%Length:Minimum 1800 words.Maximum 2000 words.Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsAppropriate and clearly justified recommendation 20 1, 2 A.1, B.1Valid selection and articulation of methodology 20 2, 5 A.1, A.2Correct application of theoretical knowledge to context 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 A.1, B.1Support argumentation with references 20 1, 2, 3, 5 A.1, A.2, E.1Clear and professional structure and referencing 20 1, 5 D.1, E.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 2: Information Systems and Social ValueIntent:This assignment involves team work. The assignment requires students to collaborate, research and investigate methods to solve an information system problem. The problem can be related ethics, privacy and security.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:A.4, A.5, B.1, B.2, B.4, E.1 and E.2Type: ProjectGroupwork: Group, group assessedWeight: 30%Length:Minimum 1800 words.Maximum 2000 words.Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsCorrect identification and explanation of theory 15 1, 7, 8, 9 A.4, A.5Appropriate and clearly justified recommendation 15 1, 2 B.1, B.4Correct application of theoretical knowledge to context 15 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 A.5, B.2Support argumentation with references 15 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 B.1, E.1Clear and professional structure and referencing 15 1, 2, 6 E.1, E.2Clear and engaging presentation 25 1, 2, 6 B.1, B.2, E.1, E.2SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 3: Class ParticipationIntent:Assess your regular class participation and your contribution in tutorials.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:A.1, B.1, E.1 and E.2Type: ExercisesGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 10%Length:Variable. Depending on weekly activities.Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsPunctual attendance and participation in tutorial activities 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 A.1, B.1, E.1Active contribution to class discussions 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 A.1, B.1, E.1Completeness and accuracy of tutorial work 50 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 A.1, E.1Collaborate well with other members in class 10 6 E.1, E.2SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 4: Final ExamIntent:Examination is compulsory. The objective is to assess your understanding in the subject.Objective(s):This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9A.1, A.2, A.4 and B.1Type: ExaminationGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 40%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsCorrectness of answers 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 A.1, A.2, A.4Appropriateness of recommendations 25 2, 3, 9 A.1, B.1Valid explanations and justifications 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 A.1, A.2Correct application of theoretical knowledge to context 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 A.1, B.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesMinimum requirementsIn order to achieve a passing mark in this subject, a student needs to:Attempt All assessment items.Achieve a cumulative mark in the subject >=50%.Achieve a pass mark on the final examination.If the student fails to meet these criteria the student will be awarded a Fail grade for the subject. Therefore, failure to attain a pass mark on the final exam, even if the cumulative mark is 50% or more overall, will result in a fail (X) grade in the subject.
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