Information Systems Management (Previously INF20006 Management Support Systems) - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (20-30%) , Assignment 2 - Group (20-30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,925.00
Domestic continuing 1,180.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 3,175.00
International continuing 1,430.00

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The unit aims to assist students in identifying and understanding issues facing IS managers in the management of information systems. In particular, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of aligning information systems operations and strategy to business operations and strategy and explore techniques and tools for analysing and improving the degree of alignment between business and the information systems function
  • Explore the role of architecture as an analysis and design framework for organisational information systems
  • Contextualise organisational structure and governance of the information systems function to support managers in improving their control and risk management over the information systems function.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

  1. Articulate the characteristics and elements underpinning business and IS strategies and apply appropriate analytical tools and techniques to align business and IS planning and decision-making strategies
  2. Analyse and evaluate problems, opportunities and challenges in IS management and make recommendations based on sound IS management theory and practice
  3. Evaluate issues in the management of relationships between IS and the host organisation demonstrating sensitivity to cross-cultural and interpersonal communication issues associated with the successful management of global IS teams
  4. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.

  • Assignment 1 — Individual (20-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (20-30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Group (20-30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Individual (30-40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • INF20006 — Management Support Systems

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You must also complete 187.5 credit points (15 OUA units) before undertaking this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Understanding the business environment
2Introduction to strategy, Information systems strategy
3Concept of alignment with business operations and strategy
4Architectures as a design proactive for organisational information systems
5Information systems function governance, governance mechanisms and processes
6Developing & managing organisation wide IT capability
7Structuring the information systems function
8Evaluating investment, planning and decision making in information systems
9Managing realisation of benefits from information systems investments
10Managing delivery of information systems services
11Information systems performance measurement, benchmarking
12Cross cultural communication & management issues
13CIO-CEO relationship

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