IS Strategy and Governance

Subject ISYS90038 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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: Contact Hours: 36 hours over the semester (block mode)
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



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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:


Dr Wally Smith



Subject Overview:

Strategic alignment of ICT and business is critical to the competitive positioning of organisations. ICT governance deals with all aspects of the formulation and implementation of ICT management plans, including ICT strategic plans. This subject discusses approaches to the formulation and development of ICT strategies. Topics covered include analysing an organisation’s operating model, ICT governance arrangements and ICT governance policy framework, and maturity in the adoption of enterprise architectures. Students are expected to become familiar with current ICT governance frameworks and their implications for developing ICT governance plans.

To align this subject with current terminology, particularly standards in ICT Governance, the subject title could be changed to ISYS90038 ICT Strategy and Governance.


Upon completion of this subject students are expected to be able to:

  • Engage in the process of ICT strategic planning and the critical review of ICT strategic plans
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of ICT strategic planning in the formulation of ICT governance plans
  • Apply the principles and methodologies found in current ICT governance frameworks to the development of ICT governance plans for an organisation
  • Critically analyse the ICT plans of an organisation to determine of maturity of ICT governance within that organisation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between ICT governance planning and the development of an enterprise architecture
  • Analysis of an ICT strategic plan - individual report, due mid semester (40%)
  • Development of an ICT governance plan - group report, due end semester (60%)

The assessment of the group report will include a short group presentation, worth 10% of the total assessment of the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

There are no prescribed texts for this subject. A book of readings will be provided and frequent references will be made to:

Ross,JW; Weill,P & Robertson,DC 2006 Enterprise Architecture as Strategy:Creating a foundation for business executives, Harvard Business School Press

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 literature searching and analysis, critical and strategic thinking, case study analysis, independent learning, team work and report writing.

Links to further information:

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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