Professional Reading and Writing in Information Systems Strategy - 2016

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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 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Evaluation - (5%-15%) , Presentation - (5%-15%) - Learn more

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

Students examine the relationship between Information Systems and its organisational context, and how it can be used for strategic competitive advantage. Students should be able to communicate to others the true role of each of the development methodologies covered in the modern business environment, and explain the management concepts and practices typically used in the industry to influence and guide the actions of others.

You are encouraged to research a significant IS Strategy area in sufficient detail that the research project and/or report produced is of sufficient quality to be accepted for publication as a part of the Swinburne at Lilydale working paper series or conference. You will also learn the principles involved in literature analysis and research approaches, and proposal development. This understanding of current issues in Information Systems Strategy will also aid in the understanding of other disciplines as well as providing a strong philosophical and academic foundation for later vocational study of Information Systems.

Please note: Students are required to download the free eBook available at the link below.

Title: An Introduction to Business Research Methods
Author: Dr. S Greener, Dr. J Martelli
ISBN: 978-87-403-0820-4
Format: eBook

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

  1. Be familiar with several different approaches/methods for research
  2. Produce a research proposal
  3. Carry out a literature survey and literature review
  4. Explore some of the latest Information Systems frameworks for strategy from a variety of practically-oriented perspectives
  5. Communicate to others the true role of each of Information Systems in the modern business environment
  6. Develop an understanding of competitive IS advantage
  7. Employ analytical methods to help identify areas in need of strategic planning
  8. Explain the concepts and practices typically used in the industry to influence and guide the actions of others
  9. Relate the trend theories to practice, and discuss sensibly the implications of these issues in your day-to-day life
  • Evaluation — (5%-15%)
  • Presentation — (5%-15%)
  • Project — (50%-60%)
  • Report — (15%-25%)

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:

  • CIS310 — Professional Reading and Writing in Information Systems Strategy

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.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to research
2Plan of investigation
3Literature review
5Writing your literature review
6Report writing
7Business Models
8IT for competitive advantage and strategic planning
9Strategic planning methods

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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