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Information Systems Principles and Practice (ICT581)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
OUA: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Information systems primarily exist to assist organisations to achieve their goals in a number of ways, including improving operations and supporting decision making processes. This unit explores how this happens by examining how organisations use information systems and then addressing the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully analyse, design and implement information systems. There is a significant hands-on component of the unit where students will demonstrate their understanding and achievement of the unit's objectives.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Establish how organisations identify and use information systems in order to achieve their objectives
2. Provide examples of the various types of information systems that support the operations and decision-making processes of organisations
3. Plan the phases and activities typically involved in the systems development life cycle
4. Develop a variety of techniques for analysing and defining business problems and opportunities and determining system requirements
5. Model system requirements using UML, including use case diagrams and descriptions, activity diagrams and domain class diagrams
6. Demonstrate practical knowledge of normalisation and database design
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/Workshop: 1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit focusses on building knowledge and skills that are essential for effective information systems analysis, design and implementation. You will learn through lectures, workshops and self-study. The lectures will highlight the main points for each topic and the workshops will help you to gain experience applying this knowledge. There are readings and resources for each topic and you are expected to have obtained and made use of them to prepare for each class. Students are encouraged to raise issues from their experience to create an interactive learning environment.
Assessment Workshop Exercise - 10% System Analysis Assignment - 20% Database Assignment - 20% Final Examination - 50%
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate IT course or permission of the Academic Chair.
Notes MS Visio or alternative tools
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (GradCertIT)
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (OUA) (GradCertIT)
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology [New in 2020]
Master of Information Technology (MIT)
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 Joo Yeon Park

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6257
e: JooYeon.Park@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.002 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Joo Yeon Park

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6257
e: JooYeon.Park@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.002 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
OUA: S2-External
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