Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

Unit code: BCO6603 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


This unit provides students with a foundation in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and identifies the key issues for organisations involved in acquiring and maintaining large-scale software systems. The strategic significance of ERP systems in organisations is demonstrated through investigating how ERP systems support business processes, and examining the relationship between the configuration of enterprise systems modules and the design of organisational structures and practices. The objective of the unit is to provide students with sufficient knowledge of ERP systems so that they can appreciate the role and functionality of ERP software as well as being able to contribute effectively in projects for acquiring and enhancing ERP software.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Deduce and analyse business information requirements related to ERP systems;
  2. Assess and use various information gathering techniques for eliciting user requirements and system expectations;
  3. Exhibit the ability to navigate and access information in an ERP system to assist decision making;
  4. Evaluate the essential functionality of ERP systems within varied, specialised contexts and critically review the potential impacts of ERP implementations;
  5. Interpret and critique future trends of ERP systems and associated technologies to address the increasingly complex and evolving environments of businesses in local and global settings; and,
  6. Concisely advocate and justify professional judgements to a variety of audiences through diagnosis of complex problems, illustrating evidence-based decision making.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Part A: Workshop report (25%) & Part B: Practical test (25%)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Game simulation (Group) and individual reflective report
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Group Report Outline (5%) & Report (25%)

Required reading

Selected readings will be available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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