This unit introduces students to the fundamental concepts, issues and benefits of information systems to organisations and individuals. Students investigate the nature and types of information systems, their impact on business processes, and how these systems and processes contribute towards an organisations competitive advantage. The unit commences by examining the characteristics of good information and how it supports sound decision making. Students develop skills in the management of data and information through the use of personal productivity tools. Through a range of activities in lectures and tutorials students are able to work collaboratively to research and communicate their understanding of information systems in discussions, written assignments and oral presentations.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse fundamental concepts, issues and benefits of information systems;  
  2. Explain the nature of data, the characteristics of good quality information and the importance of knowledge in decision making;  
  3. Compare the potential contribution of information systems to the competitive advantage of different organisations;  
  4. Apply skills in the management of data and information using personal productivity applications; and  
  5. Work collaboratively to research, formulate and communicate understanding of information systems through written and oral business presentations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Spreadsheet Practical Test 15%
Test Database Practical Test 15%
Case Study Group Assignment - Report 30%
Test Theory Test 40%

Required reading

Introduction to Information Systems 6th Edition
Rainer, R, & Prince, B 2017

Binder and eBook available from Students encouraged to purchase eBook.

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