Emerging Technologies and Issues

Subject ISYS90032 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours total (block mode), Standard semester.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Students who are enrolled in the two year 200 point Master of Information Systems must have completed 50 points of study to enrol in this subject.



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


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Subject Overview:

As with many other forms of technology, information technologies have lifecycles ranging from initial conception, possible adoption and widespread use in industry, to eventual obsolescence.

This subject will examine emerging information technologies and the issues that relate to them, including: how they evolve and, enter usage, and their likely future effects on people and social structures.

This subject supports course-level objectives by allowing students to develop analytical skills to understand the complexity of real world IT usage. It promotes innovative thinking around the deployment of existing and emerging information technologies. The subject contributes to the development of independent critical inquiry, analysis and reflection.


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand key enabling technologies and describe how to promote technology-enabled business endeavors and initiatives
  • Describe ways of leveraging the technology to improve intra and inter-organizational processes and enhance a firm's competitive position
  • Describe how to take advantage of opportunities through emerging technologies, and explain the factors that influence how relevant an emerging technology will be in the long run
  • A group case (2 members) study of 3000 words, due early in the semester (20%) supporting ILO 1 and 2
  • A group case study (3 members) of 5000 words, due mid-semester (30%) supporting ILO 2 and 3
  • 2 hour examination held in the examination period (50%) supporting ILO 1 2 and 3

To pass the subject, students must obtain at least 50% overall, at least 50% for the group project, and at least 50% for the end-of-semester written examination

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students should develop skills in:

  • Analytical and interpretative skills, through the conceptualization of classes of technology and through the analysis of a real world case
  • High-level design skills, through proposing new uses of technology to support human activity
  • Team-work, through working on a group project
  • Report-writing skills
  • Presentation skills
Links to further information: http://www.cis.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration/Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems/Postgraduate Diploma in Management
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Science (Information Systems)
Ph.D.- Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems
Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems

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