BUS2021 Advanced Business Information Systems , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Dr. Yen Cheung
Clayton : Dr. Yen Cheung
Malaysia : Dr. Teh Ying Wah
South Africa : Yumiko Isawa

This unit deals with the technical and business (especially project management) processes involved in the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) of Business Information Systems.

Both generic and specific SDLC models will be examined. The latter will be drawn from the BBS sponsors especially the IT Management Consultancies.

Greater emphasis than is usual for Systems Analysis and Design units will be placed on the management of the technical processes involved. Actual Case Studies will be central to the delivery of the unit.

Recent, well-accepted, developments in all aspects of Business Information Systems development will also be covered.


Upon completion of this unit students should have acquired:


  • Knowledge of the technical processes of a generic SDLC model including its terminology, phases and work breakdown structure, stakeholders and participants and their respective roles, phase activities, tools, techniques and deliverables.
  • Knowledge of the project management processes peculiar to the extremely volatile and unpredictable activity of software development.
  • The same knowledge as 1) and 2) with respect to specific SDLCs used by one or more of the major IT Management Consultancies.
  • An understanding of why employing an SDLC model and appropriate Project management techniques is likely to produce maintainable and user acceptable Business Information Systems on time and within budget.
  • Understanding of the similarities of and differences between the specific SDLC models and their relationship to the generic model presented.
  • Skills to interview users and or determine requirements, produce a formalized analysis and design using both canonical and more recent leading-edge tools and techniques, implement the design and finally maintain a production system. In addition skills to Project Manage all these activities.
  • An attitude that will permit the quick assimilation of any new unseen SDLC model encountered by comparison with and extension of those already encountered.


Prerequisites Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed BUS1021, or equivalent.

Unit relationships BUS2021 is a [core/elective] unit in the [enter the name(s) of the major(s)] of the [enter the names of the degrees]. It is a [prerequisite/corequisite] for Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed [ BUS1021 ] , or equivalent.. You may not study this unit and [enter the unit codes of the prohibited units] in your degree.
Texts and software

Required text(s)

Systems Analysis and Design Methods 5th Edition Autors : Jeffrey L. Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley and Kevin C. Dittman Publisher : Irwin/McGraw Hill, 2004, 6th Edition.

Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Software requirements:

Microsoft Project 2003

Software may be:

  • purchased at academic price at good software retailers

Hardware requirements:

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Systems Analysis and Design Methods 5th Edition Autors : Jeffrey L. Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley and Kevin C. Dittman Publisher : Irwin/McGraw Hill, 2004, 6th Edition

Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
Study resources

Study resources for BUS2021 are:

Lecture slides and tutorials, both available for download from MUSO.

Prescribed textbok.

Structure and organisation



Study Guide

Key Dates

1 Overview Whitten, Chapter 1 28th Feb
2 IS Project Selection & Feasibility Analysis Whitten, chapter 4
3 IS Project Selection & Feasibility Analysis Whitten, chapter 4 7th March
4 systems analysis and design Whitten, chapter 3,6 14th March
5 systems analysis and design Whitten, chapter 9 21 March
6 systems analysis and design Whitten, chapter 8 28 March
7 systems design Whitten, chapter 12,13 4th April
8 systems design Whitten, chapter 12,13 11th April
9 systems design Whitten, Chapter 3 2nd May
10 OO Analysis & design Whitten, Chapter 11 10 May
11 OO Analysis & design Whitten, Chapter 15 16 May
12 Final stages of SDLC Whitten, Chapter 16,17 23 May
13 Summary & Review Summary & Review 30 May

The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 25% and a written final examination with a weighting of 70%. 5% for tutorial attendance and participation. Read this section VERY carefully.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

Achieve at least 50% of the written final examination, otherwise your final mark will be that of the final written examination. If you have passed your final written examination, your overall marks for this unit will that of this examination plus all other assessed components.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

If you achieve less than 50% of the final written examination, your final mark will be that of this examination.

Otherwise, final mark will be: Written examination (70%) + Assignments (25%) + Tutorial attendance and participation (5%)

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


assignment 1 tbc 15 %
assignment 2 tbc 10 %

Assignment specifications will be made available MUSO. Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

Assignment Submission Methods

Assignments will be submitted by [electronic/paper] submission to [enter submission URL/location] On-campus Students Submit the assignment to the [enter submission location] by [enter submission date], with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached Off Campus (OCL) students [OCL only] Mail your assignment to the Off-Campus Learning Centre with the cover sheet attached. Singapore and Hong Kong Students [Gippsland only] Mail your assignment to the Distance Education Centre with the cover sheet attached. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received/the date by which the the submission is to be posted.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Late assignment will be accepted using the following sliding scale:

No of Days Late

Percentage of Grade











This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

Feedback Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.



Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

Posted in MUSO

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

Dr Yen Cheung
Senior Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 52441

All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Feb 27, 2006