Organisational Processes

Subject 615-150 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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

Scheduled class meetings and independent study, supported by lecture notes, audio recordings (where available) in consultation with an allocated staff member.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 hours of scheduled class meetings, plus additional consultation time.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students may not gain credit for both this subject and any of 615-181, 615-255, 306-106 or 306-207.
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. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Wally Smith
Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on a process view of organisations. A process is defined as a logically connected series of tasks that produce a defined output for a specified group of customers. Typically, organisational processes cross functional boundaries within an organisation.

Objectives: At the completion of this subject, students should understand the fundamental premises and approaches of total quality management and business process (re)engineering; be aware of major organisational processes (such as order management, billing, new product development) found in many organisations; be able to analyse and document organisational processes using data flow diagrams and event process chains; understand the importance of human self-interest in organisations and the need for controls in well-designed information systems; understand how vendors of enterprise application software are attempting to provide software that can adapt as business needs change; and be ready to commence study of inter-organisational processes.

Written work of up to 20 pages, group research and field projects taking approximately 20 hours in total due throughout the semester (40%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (60%). Satisfactory completion of both project work and the examination is necessary to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Commerce degree students are not permitted to enrol in this subject, except BCom/BIS students, where this subject is a core requirement.

This subject is only available by invitation from the Head of Department.

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