Systems Acquisition & Implementation Management - 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: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Group (10%) , Assignment 2 - Group (20%) - 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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This unit aims to explore and develop a strong understanding of the issues involved in selecting, purchasing and implementing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software packages. Students will gain an understanding of the differing ways in which an organisation can go about acquiring software, and learn to match particular approaches to suit particular organisational contexts. Issues associated with requirements specification and package selection, vendor selection and management, contract negotiation and management, project management of the organisational implementation of the package software and change management are also covered in detail.

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

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the issues and options available to provide appropriate organisational IT services and capabilities
  2. Evaluate the pros and cons of differing approaches to acquiring systems, and demonstrate an ability to match particular approaches to particular organisational contexts
  3. Discuss the issues associated with commercial off the shelf software (COTS) selection, including requirements specification, selection criteria, and vendor due diligence, and students will be able to apply tools and techniques to business cases
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and processes involved in COTS vendor selection and management, and contract negotiation and management
  5. Explain and communicate the major issues and human concerns in IT-related organisational transformation, identify causes and consequences of human resistance to change, and show an ability to identify and implement steps to effectively manage change in an organisation
  6. Compare approaches and frameworks for implementing systems in organisations, and appreciate the purpose and approaches to post implementation reviews
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to user education, training and documentation
  8. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills in group work as well as written and oral presentations
  9. Demonstrate an understanding in conducting scholarly literature research to further investigate the contemporary and emerging aspects of acquiring, sourcing, and implementing systems within an organisational context.
  • Assignment 1 — Group (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Individual (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Test — Individual (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1IS Contract negotiation & management
2IS procurement
3IS Vendor selection & management
4Understanding the business implications of Open Source architectures
5ISD Methods
6Agile, adaptive approaches
7Build vs buy decisions
8IS Packages (requirements specification, selection criteria, vendor due diligence, contract negotiation, modification, implementation)
9Systems integration
10Assessment and appraisal of various approaches to implementation of systems in organisations
11Management of people issues in implementing systems
12Management of IT-based change, motivating organisational change and innovation.
14Creating user manuals
15Post implementation reviews
16Systems maintenance

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

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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Required textbooks

  • Successful Packaged Software Implementation

    By:Christine B. Tayntor

    ISBN: 9780849334108


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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