Introduction to Information Systems

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Information Systems

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    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

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Description
    This 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 objectives
    Upon 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 context
    8. Analyse end user experience
    9. Evaluate ethical and social responsibility issues in the IS context
    This 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 strategies
    The subject will be a combination of:
    Lectures: 1 1/2 hours per week
    Labs: 1 1/2 hours per week
    Content
    What information systems professionals do:
    Work in multidisciplinary teams
    Participate in business system development and modeling
    Investigate stakeholders needs and wants from socio-technical systems
    Identify problems in interactive systems
    Evaluate the social implications of information systems and act ethically and responsibly
    Learn to collaborate in groups to generate new ideas
    What benefits do businesses get from information systems:
    Distinguishing between business value and IS value
    Appreciate how IS value contributes to business value
    Understanding IS functions that support business processes
    Emerging applications to promote organisational sustainability:
    Understand the difference between non-emerging and emerging IS applications
    Introduce industry based frameworks
    Appreciate emerging applications add benefits and value for organisations, government, and the community
    Emerging technologies and their Business Implications:
    Consider the importance of social collaborative tools, activities, business values
    Understand emerging technologies contribute to agility and mobility
    introduce real world case studies of emerging technologies
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Information Systems in Business
    Intent:
    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 5
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.1, A.2, B.1, D.1 and E.1
    Type: Report
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 20%
    Length:
    Minimum 1800 words.
    Maximum 2000 words.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Appropriate and clearly justified recommendation 20 1, 2 A.1, B.1
    Valid selection and articulation of methodology 20 2, 5 A.1, A.2
    Correct application of theoretical knowledge to context 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 A.1, B.1
    Support argumentation with references 20 1, 2, 3, 5 A.1, A.2, E.1
    Clear and professional structure and referencing 20 1, 5 D.1, E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Information Systems and Social Value
    Intent:
    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 9
    This 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.2
    Type: Project
    Groupwork: Group, group assessed
    Weight: 30%
    Length:
    Minimum 1800 words.
    Maximum 2000 words.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Correct identification and explanation of theory 15 1, 7, 8, 9 A.4, A.5
    Appropriate and clearly justified recommendation 15 1, 2 B.1, B.4
    Correct application of theoretical knowledge to context 15 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 A.5, B.2
    Support argumentation with references 15 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 B.1, E.1
    Clear and professional structure and referencing 15 1, 2, 6 E.1, E.2
    Clear and engaging presentation 25 1, 2, 6 B.1, B.2, E.1, E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Class Participation
    Intent:
    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 9
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.1, B.1, E.1 and E.2
    Type: Exercises
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 10%
    Length:
    Variable. Depending on weekly activities.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Punctual attendance and participation in tutorial activities 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 A.1, B.1, E.1
    Active contribution to class discussions 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 A.1, B.1, E.1
    Completeness and accuracy of tutorial work 50 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 A.1, E.1
    Collaborate well with other members in class 10 6 E.1, E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Final Exam
    Intent:
    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 9
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.1, A.2, A.4 and B.1
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 40%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Correctness of answers 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 A.1, A.2, A.4
    Appropriateness of recommendations 25 2, 3, 9 A.1, B.1
    Valid explanations and justifications 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 A.1, A.2
    Correct application of theoretical knowledge to context 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 A.1, B.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    In 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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