Fundamentals of Information Systems

Subject 615-502 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Contact will take place via the online learning system. An estimated total time commitment of 9-12 hours per week for the duration of the subject is required.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Simon Milton
Subject Overview:

Information Technology now impacts on people and processes within and beyond organisational boundaries. The discipline of Information Systems is concerned with the effective use of IT by people and organisations. This subject provides context on Information Systems practice and use viewed through a range of roles that interact with these systems, including those of system developers, users, business managers, IT managers, and vendors. It provides students with a foundation that is further built on in other information systems subjects. The style of the subject is to integrate concepts, theories, and frameworks with case studies and examples drawn from industry. The emphasis is on gaining a tool kit for a rich understanding of the practical rather than learning the theory, per se.

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
• Explain the importance of understanding IT in its context to successful IS practice
• Apply key areas of research and practice in information systems
• Identify interrelationships between concepts in information systems
• Critically discuss and analyse information systems issues at an advanced level
• Describe the place of information systems as a key discipline and its relationship to ther disciplines
• Exploit the key knowledge and transferable skills as a basis for further post-graduate evel study
• Use the learned context to assess the role of IT/IS in organisations


Individual online written work of up to 5000 words, consisting of 3 portfolios from contributions to online discussions (45%); group online written work of up to 2000 words consisting of a group portfolio from the group topic discussion (20%); a downloaded examination completed over 24 hours at the end of semester (35%). All three pieces of assessment must be completed to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: Some reading materials will be made available before commencement of the subject online or in hard copy, and other materials during the subject.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: This subject should enhance the following:
• Analytical and interpretive skills through introduction to and use of case studies
• Research and critical thinking skills through preparation of discussion materials
• Report-writing skills
• Team work through group and project work (online)
• Confidence through group and class discussion (online)
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Notes: This subject cannot be taken if 50 or more points of study in the MIS, PGDipIS or PGCertIS has been completed. Students cannot enrol in this subject if they previously have completed undergraduate subjects in IS Strategy or IS Management.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
Master of Information Systems

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