Contemporary Issues in Business Analysis - 2017

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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 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (20-30%) , Assignment 2 - Individual (30-40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,180.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,430.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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The aim of this unit is to address the underlying competencies that support the effective performance of business analysis. The unit also covers the skills, knowledge and personal characteristics required to understand the organizational contexts and facilitate in implementing and assessing the contemporary business information systems. 

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature and characteristics of business problems and their organisational contexts
  2. Position information systems analysis within complex organisational contexts
  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 organisation
  5. Understand business analysis as the means of identifying, clarifying and defining business information requirements
  6. Demonstrate ability to use appropriate tools and techniques (software) to support different problem solving and analytical approaches.
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (20-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual (30-40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Group (40-50%)

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

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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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