Management Support 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, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - (20-30%) , Assignment 2 - Group (30-40%) - Learn more

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

Learn a wide range of theory relating to both management and the application of information technology to support management. You are encouraged to consider the importance of information for effective decision-making as well as the role and appropriateness of technology in various decision making contexts. Upon completion of this unit you will have developed an understanding of the connections and relationships between organisational structure, management and decision-making and be able to advise managers and system designers on selected issues and technologies related to supporting management decision making.

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

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

  1. Understand the role of managers
  2. Understand concepts surrounding organisational structure, management and decision-making processes
  3. Comprehend the characteristics and components of information systems
  4. Be aware of the characteristics of various types of computer-based systems
  5. Have the ability to design, construct and implement management support systems
  6. Understand the concepts of data warehousing and data modelling
  7. Appreciate the concepts of knowledge-based organisations, the knowledge society, and the impact of management support systems
  • Assignment 1 — (20-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (30-40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — (40%-50%)
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:

  • CIS23 — Management Support Systems
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to management support systems
2Decision support systems: DSS components. DS methodology
3Business intelligence: data warehousing, data acquisition, data mining, information visualisation
4DSS development: traditional SDLC. Prototyping development methodology
5Collaborative DSS: group support systems, enterprise information systems, knowledge management
6Intelligent DSS: artificial intelligence, knowledge acquisition & validation

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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