Introduction to Business Information Systems - 2017

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: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (15-25%) , Assignment 2 - Group (10-20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,925.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 3,175.00

This unit aims to instill an appreciation of how technology can be used to assist business, without the technology becoming an end in itself. In particular, the unit aims to generate an awareness of the importance of information to decision-making and how to provide such information to ensure its usefulness to the decision makers. Students gain a strong foundation of business systems fundamentals and the influence of the Internet on business stakeholders; customers, suppliers, manufacturers, service makers, regulators, managers and employees.

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

Students who complete this unit of study should be able to:

  1. Analyse and explain issues that arise with the adoption / acquisition of technology that enable core business processes and support business strategic goals
  2. Use appropriate software tools for the provision of business solutions
  3. Discuss the impact telecommunications (Internet, networks, mobile devices) and social media has on developing business solutions and the subsequent use of Business Intelligence tools to facilitate competitive advantage for organisations
  4. Describe major ethical, legal and security concerns associated with the use of technology within organisations
  5. Demonstrate appropriate communications skills in group work and written and oral presentations.
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (15-25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (10-20%)
  • Assignment 3 — (25-35%)
  • 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:

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Organisations in the digital economy
2Information Systems: their evolution to current role and purpose in business & society
3Data and information management in the digital economy; Ethical, legal and security issues
4Business processes: evolution and support of IS
5E-Commerce Networks and commercial internet applications
6IS to support business transactions & processes; supply and chain management, customer relationship management; enterprise systems
7IS to support managerial decision making, business intelligence, business analytics, and knowledge management

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