Information Systems Fundamentals - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Practical (20-30%) , Group Project - Practical (20-30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

The unit Information Systems Fundamentals offers an overview of the entire IS discipline, while giving students a solid foundation for further study in advanced IS units such as the internet, systems analysis and design, programming, project management, database management, data communications, eCommerce application, decision support, business intelligence and knowledge management.

This unit also addresses organisational use of technology and in particular the ‘fit’ between technology, information systems, culture and social change in a global context. It is relevant not only for IS majors, but to students from fields of study, such as management, business and social science.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of organisational structure and culture
  2. Identify the framework and boundaries of Information Systems in the global environment
  3. Apply appropriate systems analysis and design methods, tools and techniques in solving business problems
  4. Recognise the role and practical application of IS/IT in business systems
  5. Examine the impact of social and ethical standards in global business operations
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of sustainability practices and Green IT in information system context
  • Assignment — Practical (20-30%)
  • Group Project — Practical (20-30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — (40-50%)
  • Quiz — Online (10-20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

  • CIS13 — Information Systems Fundamentals

You must have knowledge of the MS Office Suite (Access, Excel, Word) before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Organisational landscape
2Information systems
3Managing systems development
4Information technologies
5Business Information systems
6Social information systems

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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

This unit is an approved elective 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Informations Systems Fundamentals (Custom)


    ISBN: 9781442566064


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