Introduction to Enterprise Systems - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit is about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and how enterprise systems fit into business operations. ERP Systems are becoming common in medium to large organisations as it removes the need to have a large number of individual computer-based applications. An ERP system integrates the various applications into a single package, increasing the efficiency of the organisation in delivering goods or services to customers. SAP software will be incorporated in this unit and used in the workshop. This unit is therefore viewed as a combination of business management practice and technology.

The capabilities that are developed through the unit in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide. This unit contributes to the development of the capabilities in the following way.

It is expected that you will acquire the following capabilities:

Generic Business Management

  1. Reflective practice: ability to reflect on experiences, employ conceptual frameworks, to relate these to similar and dissimilar contexts, to inform and improve future practice
  2. Analyse different types of problems, the contexts in which they exist and develop and apply solutions based on approaches you have learnt in your studies
  3. Use the technical tools and language of the field.
  4. Express ideas, concepts and arguments in a logical and coherent written form and in conformity with relevant standards of academic writing.
  5. Recognise the uncertainty of business decision-making
  6. Identify, understand, distinguish and interpret basic legal concepts.

Critical Analysis, Problem Setting and Solving Capabilities Ability to forecast and propose plans for cost effective interfaces between logistics and other functional business activities

  1. Ability to apply business and logistic methods and principles to identify problems to improve supply chain management for sustainable practice
  2. Ability to develop and evaluate creative and innovative solutions by applying a range of appropriate resources to plan for material management and physical distribution of goods and services
  3. Ability to deal with changing circumstances by integrating strategic, tactical, and operational thinking and initiating action in an ongoing cycle of research, planning and evaluation

Interpersonal and Communication Capabilities Ability to communicate effectively to build and maintain relationships with other professional at various levels of business organisation, stakeholders, clients, team members and management

  1. Ability to utilise a broad range of communication strategies (methods, modes and media) to listen, reflect and respond in a professional manner

Teamwork and Leadership Capabilities Ability to actively engage with and influence a range of people within business environment to achieve stated business goals and objectives

  1. Ability to effectively lead small teams and participate in teamwork

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors that lead to the development and implementation of ERP systems
  2. Discuss the pros and cons of implementing an ERP system
  3. Describe how an integrated information system can support effective and efficient business processes.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Case Study (40%)

You must have good general knowledge and understanding of information systems and business practices.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to ES
2ES Integration and Architecture, Cloud and On Demand Strategy
3Deciding to go ES
4Organisational Change & BPR
5Introduction to SAP ByDesign
6Development Lifecycle & Implementation Strategies
7Implementation Strategies, Sales and Purchase
8Program and Project Management
9Operations & Post-implementation
10Critical Success Factors
12Future ES Trends

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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