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Principles of Information Systems (ICT107)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Description This unit provides an introduction to the principles of information systems and informatics. The broad themes underpinning the information systems discipline are explored, including communication, representation, recording, problem solving, decision making, and systems theory; and the organisational and technical contexts essential for the design and development of information systems are covered. Tutorial and practical sessions complement the theory material.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Explain what informatics is
2. Explain the role of language and communication in the study of informatics
3. Describe discovery and representation in the context of the study of informatics and information systems
4. Explain why it is essential for ideas or knowledge to persist through time for individuals and groups or organisations
5. Describe the processes involved in making records and arranging them in a useful way
6. Identify different types of problems and approaches to their solution
7. Define the main features of a system and identify them for any given system
8. Explain how organisations can be viewed as systems and achieve their objectives in different ways.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week (1 hour unsupervised).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is is based around structured learning activities, including lectures and tutorials. Lectures introduce the main theory topics, which are explored further in the tutorial and assessment activities. Small group activities are used in many of the tutorial exercises. The unit uses LMS for distribution of materials and assignment submission.
Assessment Tutorial exercises, submitted three times: total 20%
Assignment 1 : 15%
Assignment 2: 15%
Weekly online quizzes: total 5%
Final exam: 45%
Each weekly lecture topic has associated learning outcomes that are addressed by the assessment. Weekly online quizzes provide immediate feedback on key concepts; tutorial exercises reinforce concepts and provide early and continuous feedback from the tutor; and the two assignments require the students to extend their learning by completing longer exercises and/or carrying out research into a topic. The final exam is short answer and covers all the material in the unit. Students will receive written feedback on all continuous assessment items from their tutor and/or the unit coordinator.
Prerequisites Nil.
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Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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