This unit focuses on the role and application of information systems operating in a range of contemporary business settings, and reviews a variety of organisational information systems developed to provide them with a competitive advantage. Within a simulated business environment, students will solve a range of problems, making and justifying strategic decisions by applying and interpreting complex and diverse information systems methods and procedures where considerable discretion and discipline-specific judgements are required. Decision-making will be based on a technical and theoretical knowledge of information systems concepts designed to manage the identification, acquisition, development, analysis and use of appropriate information systems, and the hardware and software technology integral to effective business information systems. Through a focus on business information systems and using vocational delivery and assessment methods, students will build and refine relevant academic language and discipline-specific literacy skills.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse fundamental concepts to extrapolate the issues and benefits of information systems;  
  2. Explain the nature of data, the characteristics of good quality information and the importance of knowledge in identifying, anticipating and solving problems and substantiating professional decision making;  
  3. Compare the potential contribution of information systems to the competitive advantage of different organisations;  
  4. Apply structured problem-solving skills to determine the role, purpose and contributions of an effective information system development life cycle as it supports core dynamic business processes. Apply skills to manage data and information using personal productivity applications; and  
  5. Employ effective interpersonal skills to work collaboratively to research and effectively communicate an evaluative review of information systems through written and oral business presentations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Group Resource Proposal (Learning in the Work Place/Community) - 1000 words 40%
Other Online Portfolio Review Questions – 500 words 10%
Examination Final Examination – 1.5 hours or 1500 words 50%
NESB students will have an additional 15 minutes reading time in the Final Examination.

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