This unit 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. 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 class students are able to work collaboratively to research and communicate their understanding of information systems in discussions, written assignments and oral presentations. Students will spend time in a supported environment to develop to develop skills and abilities to enable them to transition into further study and the workplace.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
VBE1001

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 basic skills in the management of data and information using personal productivity applications;  
  5. Work collaboratively to research, formulate and communicate understanding of information systems through written and oral business presentations; and  
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Information Systems and practice as well as develop the necessary underpinning skills for transition into further study and the workplace.  

Assessment

Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Spreadsheet Test 25%
Test Database Test 10%
Assignment Assignment (1200 words) 20%
Test Three (3) In Class supervised Tests. 45%

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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