This unit (VBE1001) introduces students to the fundamental concepts, issues and benefits of information systems to organisations and individuals. Students begin to investigate the nature and types of information systems, their impact on business processes, and how these systems and processes contribute towards an organisation's competitive advantage. Students develop skills in the management of data and information through the use of personal productivity tools. Students will work collaboratively to research and communicate their understanding of information systems in discussions and written assignments. Students will spend time in a supported environment to develop skills and abilities to enable them to transition into further study and the workplace.

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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. Solve business problems using spreadsheet and database software to; and  
  5. Work collaboratively to research, formulate and communicate understanding of information systems through written and oral business presentations.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two in-class supervised tests (session 3 & 5) 20%
Assignment Group Assignment 25%
Case Study In-class Case-based project - Spreadsheet 40%
Project In-class Database Project 15%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Spreadsheet Test 15%
Test Database Test 15%
Assignment Assignment (1200 words) 30%
Examination Final Examination (1500 words) 40%

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