Contemporary Issues in Business Analysis - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Assessment: Assignments - Individual (30%) , Group Project (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,000.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,250.00
International continuing 2,762.00

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Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature and characteristics of business problems and their organisational context
  2. Position information systems analysis within complex organisational context
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the major, contemporary problem solving methodologies in business information systems analysis, and their application to business analysis and information analysis
  4. Identify and appreciate contemporary issues and problems associated with information requirements analysis in an organisational
  5. Understand business analysis as the means of identifying, clarifying and defining business information requirement
  6. Use business analysis as the basis for constructing, implementing and assessing business information system
  7. Demonstrate ability to use appropriate tools and techniques (software) to support different problem solving and analytical approaches
  • Assignments — Individual (30%)
  • Group Project (40%)
  • Presentation — Group (30%)

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.

Requires at least 2 years relevant IT work experience and approval of MISM program coordinator for students not enrolled in the MISM only.

  • Broadband access

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Nature of problem in organisations, the organisational context of business and information analysis
2Nature of systems, and systems thinking for organisational problem solving
3Business analysis and the systems development life cycle (SDLC)
4Tools, techniques and skills for business & information analysis: communication, recording, assessment
5Hard vs soft approaches to intervening in organisational problem contexts
6Soft OR approaches, and their relevance to business and information analysis
7Sociotechnical theory and its relevance to business and information analysis
8Reflective systems development approaches
9Issues & challenges in business and information analysis, and the criticality of these initial phases to system success
10Information as social/cultural /political symbol & signal, concept of myth and metaphor in business and information analysis, and systems development
11Interpersonal issues & communication difficulties between and amongst analysts & users

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