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Introduction to Information Systems (ICT158)

School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides a broad introductory understanding of information systems, viewed from organisational and societal contexts, and provides students with a balance of technical and organisational perspectives to serve as the basis for further study in the discipline. It introduces business environments and explores how technology is integrated into business, government and community systems. It also provides an introduction to decision making and systems theory, and considers the role of IT professionals in solving organisational problems.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
ULO1 Demonstrate an understanding of how and why information systems are used today
ULO2 Identify the technological, human, and organisational contexts of information systems
ULO3 Describe the major components of an information systems infrastructure
ULO4 Discuss how organisations identify and use information systems to improve strategic advantage
ULO5 Analyse the ethical issues associated with the information systems profession
ULO6 Explain how organisations develop and acquire information systems and technologies to achieve their goals
ULO7 Examine the various types of information systems that provide the information to support the operations and decision making of organisations
ULO8 Create a simple information system to solve a problem
ULO9 Be aware of emerging trends that enable new forms of communication, collaboration, and partnering.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures:1 x 2 hours per week; computer laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit has three primary teaching components: lectures; tutorials/labs and self-study. The lectures cover the content of the unit. The tutorials/labs will support the lectures by exploring the theory covered, and opportunity will be provided to reinforce and extend learner understanding using a variety of activities, including in-class and forum discussion, hands-on problem solving using Excel, and exploration and investigation of web resources.
Assessment Students will be assessed on the basis of two assignments, class participation which includes an e-portfolio of tutorial/lab exercises, and a final examination.
Assignment 1: Short/medium answers addressing an overview of organisational IS - 10%
Assignment 2: Report, addressing implementing IS - 15%
Class Participation: Discussion and group work in the tutorials and forums - 10% and
exercises: e-Portfolio including reflection/extension of tutorial work - 15%
Examination: 3 hour, closed book - 50%
Students will receive written feedback on all continuous assessment items from their tutor and/or the unit coordinator.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ICT107 Principles of Information Systems may not take this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Business Information Systems (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Computer Forensics and Information Security Policy
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Jocelyn Armarego
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7351
e: J.Armarego@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.028 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Jocelyn Armarego
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7351
e: J.Armarego@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.028 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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